Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Book Review: "Don't Blink" by James Patterson and Howard Roughan

Warning: potential spoilers 

While conducting an interview at New York's famous Lombardo's Steak House, reporter Nick Daniels witnesses a murder and accidentally captures a key piece of evidence. This immediately makes Nick a target of both law enforcement and organized crime.  The main question is:  who will get to him first?

Not only is Nick on the run, but he must also try to protect those he loves:  his sister, his niece and his girlfriend.

This is the fastest-paced James Patterson story I've read (and I'm a big fan, so I've read quite a few).   It is full of plot won't know who to trust until the very end.

Content warnings include mostly language, some violence, and two particularly gruesome murders (two victims have their eyes removed).

A thrilling story you won't be able to put down.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Music Review: "One Silent Night" by FFH

Just in time for the holidays.... A very good collection of Christmas music, both old and new. This CD includes classics, such as "Baby it's Cold Outside", "Jingle Bell Rock", and  "I'll Be Home for Christmas".  FFH performs these as we're used to hearing them, thereby bringing back lots of memories. You'll also appreciate some new songs such as "The Birthday of a King" and Glorious Impossible".  Although they are new, they sound as those they're also classics, like we've known them all along. I especially enjoyed the vocals.  The songs are also enhanced by sound effects, like the sound of horses pulling a carriage, and sleigh bells. An excellent collection of music to get you in the Christmas spirit!
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Friday, November 18, 2011

Little Angels DVD Giveaway Offer

To promote the launch of Roma Downey's new children's DVD's "Little Angels" (see my interview with Roma where she describes the series in detail) Learn more at the Little Angels website. 
 I have four copies of" Little Angels Animals; God Loves All His Creatures" and four copies of "Little Angels ABCs: God's Love Goes from A To Z".

 Add a comment if you want to win a set of two, one of each type of DVD. Four winners will be chosen soon and will be sent in time for Christmas gifts.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Parents beware: ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn’ features disturbing treatment of abortion

Parents with children who are thinking of watching the latest Twilight film, Breaking Dawn – Part I, should be aware that it features disturbing discussions about abortion that carry ambiguous, if not openly anti-life messages, according to a professor at a Canadian college.
In this fourth film, set for release on Friday, heroes Bella and Edward get married and then are shocked to discover on the honeymoon that Bella is pregnant. The story appears to carry a strong pro-life message, as Bella quickly realizes that her life is at risk but chooses to keep the half-vampire, half-human child despite strong pressure from Edward and other characters for her to obtain an abortion.
“All Bella wants is for that baby to survive and she’s willing to kill herself for it,” comments actress Nikki Reed in a promo video.
In a society that largely accepts abortion-on-demand, let alone abortion to save the mother’s life, the storyline comes across as strongly counter-cultural. Indeed, the book sparked fan protests over a perceived “anti-abortion” theme when it was released in 2008.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Music Review: Revolution Worship Live

"Revolution Worship" starts off with "Revolution",  which calls for a change that will bring us closer to God, and  an evangelization, in which we promise to be the voice, hands and feet of the Lord in spreading His word.  I loved this analogy  :)
My favorite is "Your Name" because of the reverence with which God is acknowledged as our creator, redeemer and savior.
Another excellent song of worship is "We Lift You Up", because it recognizes God's mercy and approaches Him humbly.

But it all begins with saying "Yes" to the Lord's love and His will for us. This is an excellent album, because it is filled with songs of true worship of the Lord.  A lot of Christian music tends to focus on "us" and our wants and needs.  "Revolution Worship" stands apart because it focuses on true worship of God, incorporating humilty and gratitude. An excellent album that will bring you closer to the Lord  :)