Randy Alcorn is probably my favorite all-around author. We studied his book Pro Life Answers to Pro Choice Arguments (Now retitiled Why Prolife) as a Sunday School Class, my husband is currently reading Heaven in preparation for leading a similar Sunday School series, and we have several of his others on our shelves as well.
Mr. Alcorn is giving away three copies of my all-time favorite book Safely Home this month on his blog. To enter, simply go here and leave a comment. If you don’t have a blog, leave your email address in the comment so they can contact you. The deadline to enter is Friday, February 22.
Facing the Giants is not your average movie. There are some things you need to know up front about this movie.
You need to know that it was produced almost entirely by volunteers–very few paid professionals worked on this movie. They did it out of a love for the Lord and conviction about spreading the message of this movie.
You need to know that this movie received a PG rating. Why? Because it usues the name of Jesus Christ without taking it in vain. Because this movie shows people living daily, submitted lives for Christ and the people who rate movies thought that might be offensive to some movie goers.
You need to know that Hollywood is probably not going to give this movie any awards for its acting, writing, or special effects. If that is what you’re looking for, I don’t want you to be disappointed. But if you’re looking for a movie that goes beyond being safe for your kids to watch, a movie you can use as a springboard to talk to them about living for Christ in the midst of hard times, a movie that spurs you on towards more holy living…then this is the movie for you.
As much fun as it was having my son Nathan as a guest contributor, I’ve set up a blog for their own use. Gabe and Nathan will now be posting over at KingdomBlog. It’s still a work in progress as I can barely maintain my own blog, but I think it should provide encouragement for them to practice their writing skills.
Guest Contributor: Nate
This book is a classic, worthy of its Newberry Award and rivaled in beauty only by Where the Red Fern Grows. The main characters of this book are a boy named Jesse Aarons and a girl named Lesslie Burkes. Even though it didn’t look very promising at first, they became very close friends when they started to use their imaginations to create the fabulous and creative land of Terebithia, where they had many adventures.
As a warning, Leslie believes in animal rights and the Aarons think that church is very boring. There is a strong belief in unidentified spirits and the Lord’s name is used very casually throughout the book. Jesse’s older sisters are very nasty. Other than that, Bridge to Terebithia is a book fit for the affections of readers.
I recently read The Invisible Woman: When Only God Sees by Nicole Johnson. It is a very quick read (only 87 short pages), which I read in the dark, under the covers, next to my
snoring, I mean sleeping husband–delightful alone time. And by the way, fellow bibliophiles, if you don’t have a lightwedge, get one. It is the best book light I’ve ever used; but I digress.
In a season where it seems that most of my efforts, not to mention who I am as a person, are unnoticed The Invisible Woman is a touching and powerful reminder that I am not invisible to the One who always sees me, the One who really matters, the One who gives my life and my efforts meaning.
The imagery of cathedrals and hidden sparrows will stay with me for a long time. I hope I never forget the message they taught me.