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.


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






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


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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.


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.

Operation Finale

About: Operation Finale, brings to life one of the most daring covert operations in modern history. Starring Academy Award winner Sir Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Schindler’s List) and Golden Globe winner Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, X-Men: Apocalypse), the film vividly captures the ingenious and brilliantly executed mission to capture Adolf Eichmann, one of the chief architects of the Holocaust.

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Fifteen years after the end of World War II, acting on irrefutable evidence, a top-secret team of Israeli agents travel to Argentina where Eichmann (Kingsley) has been in hiding together with his family under an alias Ricardo Klement and execute an extremely dangerous abduction. In attempting to sneak him out of Argentina to stand trial in Israel while being pursued by the country’s right-wing forces, agent Peter Malkin (Isaac) is forced to engage Eichmann in an intense and gripping game of cat-and-mouse with life-and-death stakes. 

Operation Finale releases in theaters on August 29.


Book Review: The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen

First things first because I need to preface this review. I do not align with a lot of beliefs of Lisa Gungor and her husband Michael. I do not know what it is like to go through a deconstruction like they have processed. However, I did enjoy the book and her thoughts regarding her spirituality.



Lisa’s writing is easy and familiar at the same time. She speaks with eloquence and you can tell she has given a lot of thought to the words she has penned. Throughout the book we are given the background and the experiences that have made Lisa who she is today. We learn what it means to experience a crisis and come face to face with a child having a genetic disease.

I cannot give this book the typical Christian endorsement. In fact, I would lean to it being more about spirituality than Christianity because, really, we do not hear Lisa say that she is of the faith. She seems alright with that and understands the issues that it can bring.

If you want, read this book to get the memoir of an artist who has left the Christian faith. Do not read this book expecting great theological truth. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. The words are my own and have not been influenced in any manner outside of the written manuscript.

Book Review: Didn’t See It Coming

No. I really did not see it coming. I don’t mean to jest about the new book by Carey Nieuwhof entitled Didn’t See It Coming. I really did not see it coming. I have followed Carey for a few years, but I have never read his writing more than the articles published on his blog. To say that I do that routinely would be a slight exaggeration. I am more devoted to his leadership podcast. I saw the book coming, but I did not see what it would do to me coming.


From the very outset, I could tell that this book would shape me for years to come. Although I am fairly young, I have faced my share of struggles in ministry. As I opened the book and read the first chapter, I knew that Carey was on to something and it did not let up until the last page. Those first two chapters has either described my life from just a few months ago and maybe even to some degree describe where I am today.

Carey’s writing is very easy to comprehend and you feel like you have known him your entire life. While he is writing these words to a broad audience of great size, you feel like he is writing a very long letter specifically for you. This book is applicable to leaders of all ages. Even if you are not a leader, there is information in there that you can use. I can already tell that Carey is right. If we do not keep ourselves on guard for these feelings that he details in the book, they will sneak up on us and take us down.

I hope that you will choose to read Didn’t See It Coming when it is released. I know that there is something in there for everyone. If you find yourself in a leadership role, I cannot stress the importance of this book to you. I received this book for free in exchange for an unbiased review.