Book Review: Holy Roar

Out of the gate, I feel it is important to note that this book is not very in depth. Yes, seven words for praise in the Psalms are the focus of the book, we simply do not get much more than the definition, some references, and a personal story. While I admit that this is the first time I have come across such a distinct book that has this specific content  presented in this manner, I would have liked to have had more.

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Through the book we hear of first-hand stories from both Darren Whitehead and Chris Tomlin. I find it interesting that Tomlin’s name comes first on the title even though Whitehead writes most of the words. I enjoyed hearing the background on the songs that Tomlin describes while also reading of Whitehead’s account of events of his own life.

While the book is short and there is no great theology presented, it is an alright read. You could read the thing very quickly if you sat down with no interruptions. If anything, I could see this being used for a seven week sermon series by a pastor than I could a small group study.

Overall, I would recommend it if you are interested, but I would have a hard time dropping the cash on it. If anything there are enough blogs like this that have covered the book and you could find the seven words. That’s the bulk of what you’re paying for here as the other is just personal stories.

I received this book for free in exchange for an unbiased review. The words above are my own and have not been influenced in any manner by the authors or publisher except for the written manuscript.

 

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Major League (The Film)

I am not ashamed to admit that baseball is my favorite sport. Yes, I recognize that it is supposedly a dying sport as less and less people are following it. While I am sure that it appears that way, I have fond memories of both playing baseball and watching baseball related movies. In fact, my favorite sports movie of all time is the title Major League released in 1989. Why? Well, I am glad you asked.

Truthfully, we could talk about the memorable characters that were created for this film. I still think of the humor and wittiness of the movie. We also see a convicted felon  who gains a second chance at life as he is on work release to play baseball. I do have to admit, some of the background of the characters does seem unbelievable. However, I think more than anything the thing that solidifies it in my brain is the way it took a team full of misfits and watches them to progress to do something that seemed impossible.

Through a series of events the manager (and the players as a result) find out that the new owner of the team is working against them so that they will flunk. In return, she will be able to move the team to a warmer climate. It is a timeless story that has been told many times before now, but this is one of the first times that I remember seeing it with adults playing in their roles.

Regardless of how timeless the story is or how outlandish the characters are, there is still the inspiration there. It is the story of folks working together to achieve a goal. As someone who has sometimes struggled with confidence issues, it encouraged me to not only set an ambitious goal, but work to complete it.

The new film Creed II is all about remembering. Sometimes no matter how much we may want to remove ourselves from the past, we cannot escape it. What we have experienced have made us who we are today.

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About The Movie (Synopsis)

Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.  The film releases in theaters on Wednesday, November 21.  #CreedII

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A Special Treat Once A Year

 

I do not know whether you would classify me as being from the South. I mean, geographically we do fall south of the Mason-Dixon line, so I qualify by that perspective; however, I am not so far south that I have a long drawl when pronouncing words. If I had to qualify my culture, it would probably be Appalachian. If you don’t pronounce it with the word latch included, then you do not know what I am talking about. Regardless of how different I may think I am, I know that my family still has many of the same Christmas traditions as other families even if we are separated by thousands of miles.

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We have a couple of desserts that we fix only for Christmas Eve dinner. Despite the fact that these would work for other occasions, they are only made during this special time. The first is what is called an applesauce cake. It uses, you guessed it, apple sauce as the base. It is then seasoned with clove, walnuts, ginger, and bay leaves among other ingredients. The family recipe (and I am sure there are countless others online) turns out a dark, rich, dense cake that is best enjoyed with some coffee.

The second dessert is more eclectic and not as well-known. It is what is deemed frozen fruit salad. The main fruit in the ingredient list is pineapple. Beyond that, I do not know if there are other fruits included except for the maraschino cherries that adorn the top. What I do know is that it may carry the word fruit in its name, but it is in no way healthy for you. The instructions require boiling an odd assortment of ingredients including egg yolks and mayonnaise. Do not take it at face value. The end product is quite delightful and after it has thawed a little, it has a creamy consistency that is different than the normal holiday desserts. Yet again, this is another family recipe.

I would love to share both of these recipes with you, but then that would go against the family and I cannot do that. Not really, it is more due to the fact that I am only aware of one copy of each of these recipes and it resides at my parents. I suppose my sister and I will fight over these recipes later. If I am able to find those copies, I will be sure to edit this post.

The holiday season is full of merriment and delight. This holiday season is shaping up to not disappoint. To kick it off in style, Disney is releasing a new film called The Nutcracker and The Four Realms. All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale. “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” releases in theaters on November 2.

For more information, please go to: https://movies.disney.com/the-nutcracker-and-the-four-realms

If you are like me, I thoroughly enjoy the holiday season. I cannot wait to start celebrating and watching this movie.

The Nutcracker and The Four Realms

The Nutcracker and The Four Realms is an upcoming holiday film from Disney that I am excited to see. It features Misty Copeland as a ballerina princess. Misty is the first African-American principal dancer for the prestigious American Ballet Theater and showcases her world class dancing in the upcoming holiday film.

ABOUT THE MOVIE:

All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale.

Opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 2, 2018.

Directors:  Lasse Hallström, Joe Johnston

Producers:  Mark Gordon, Larry Franco

Executive producers:  Sara Smith, Lindy Goldstein

SOCIAL LINKS:

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Book Review: Eschatological Discipleship

What does it mean to make disciples? What does it mean to do this in one’s culture? These are both questions that Trevin Wax seeks to answer in his new book Eschatological Discipleship. This book was a deep read. I could have finished it earlier, but great things take time to digest. This book is one of those things.

The contents of the book are rich in theology and require the reader to allow the words to simmer in their soul. There were times that I felt completely over my head, but for the most part Wax writes in a way that can be clear to a layperson. That does not mean that you won’t have to consult some resources to gain a background, but that it is not happening on every page.

We could use a generation of Christians who are engaged in making disciples in this current culture. Instead of looking back or looking forward, they are interacting with unbelievers and showing them what it means to follow Christ and allowing his spirit to work in their lives

I would recommend this book to a Christian that wants to take a good luck at their discipleship methods and seek to tweak them for greater efficiency. I don’t recommend it for everyone as it could be easy to throw the book out if you do not want an in-depth study. However, as mentioned before, the writing should be accessible to most people.

I received this book for free in exchange for an unbiased review. The words above are my own and have not been influenced in any way other than the written manuscript.

Creed II

creed2In Theaters Wednesday, November 21st

Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.

Genre: Drama

Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Director: Steven Caple Jr.

Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Wood Harris, Andre Ward, Florian “The Big Nasty” Munteanu, Dolph Lundgren, Russell Hornsby Writer: Sylvester Stallone

Writer: Sylvester Stallone

Producers: Irwin Winkler, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Kevin King-Templeton, Sylvester Stallone.

Executive Producers: Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Guy Riedel

Distributor:  MGM, Warner Bros. Pictures

#Creed2

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Book Review: Devotions for Sacred Parenting

I have always enjoyed Gary Thomas’ books and despite not having read Sacred Parenting, I have read a couple of his others. When I saw that he was releasing a devotional geared towards parents called Devotions for Sacred Parenting, I knew this would be something I am interested in reading. It seems that people no longer ask me what it feels like to be a parent and yet some days I feel like I am lost when it comes to the situations I face.

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There is no feeling like being a parent and I am thankful that there is an excellent devotional for us. I know that there are others, but this new one is one of the few that I own. Thomas’ writing is easy to read and the pages have a nice weight to them and are a glossy finish. There is even a ribbon to keep place to make sure that we do not repeat ourselves after the loss of sleep that we encounter.

Like most devotionals, this will not replace a deep study of parenting. Instead, it is good for a daily conversation starter with your spouse as each day will require about four  minutes of reading. After that you are not limited in the time you can spend as Thomas has a couple of questions at the end of each day to help spur the conversation along. While you could do these on your own, it is helpful to discuss them with your spouse, if that situation applies to you.

I would say that the devotions are not geared towards any one particular age group of parents as I could see these being beneficial for every stage of life. Overall, I like the book and would recommend it to anyone that wants some light reading over coffee or before falling asleep every night.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. The words above are my own and have not been influenced in any way by the author or publisher except for the written manuscript.