Monday, September 30, 2013

Book Review: Worship Walk by Gareth J Goossen


What does "worship" mean to you? When you hear the word "worship," do you only think of singing songs of praise in church? This book shows readers that worship is much more than music; worship should entwine every aspect of our life. It's meant to be an everyday activity...a consistent way of walking with our God, not reserved for just a Sunday schedule. Does your love and passion for God grow cold or distant? Do you feel like you're walking alone through drought and storm? It's time to soak in God's presence, really worship Him, and connect with Him intimately. The book covers the essence of worship, the cost of worship, the sacrifice of worship, and various ways to worship God in our daily walk with Him. From his wealth of experience, the author shares his insightful thoughts and offers practical ideas/steps for readers to try. He does a wonderful and thorough job at helping readers gain a right understanding of worship and develop a lifestyle of worshipping God, encompassing their hearts, attitudes, and actions.

Being quiet. Asking. Obeying. Confessing. Praying. Witnessing. Encouraging. Suffering. Giving. And many more topics. If you would like to know what worshipping God in spirit and in truth looks like, check Worship Walk out! This book is great for a small group study, book club, or individual study. May God use this book to renew our "first love" for Him and help us be true worshipers who never cease to worship our Lord Most High!

~I received a free copy of this book via The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

PhotoHunt: Global


It's time for another weekly photo hunt, hosted by Sandi at The Saturday PhotoHunt. This week's theme is Global.

McDonald's is definitely a global establishment. Here Ronald McDonald is greeting customers in Thailand with the traditional "wai".

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

DVD Review: Season of A Lifetime


Faith. Family. Football. Season of A Lifetime is an inspirational documentary about Jeremy Williams, head football coach of Greenville Patriots high school team, who is determined to persevere through his terminal illness of ALS (aka Lou Gehrig's disease). ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. It's a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The motor neurons (which control muscle movement) eventually die. There is no cure for ALS, "slow version of death". This film follows Jeremy Williams around as he leads and motivates his football team through a tough 2010 season, in the midst of his own battle with ALS.

Jeremy's faith in God has kept him going through all the storms of life. He also has a loving support from his family. He's married to his high-school sweetheart and they have one daughter and one son who is stricken with spina bifida. His players love and respect him not only as their coach but also as a caring father to them. Jeremy Williams inspires others to never give up...to not let adversity knock them down. He is definitely a true champion and hero who continues to trust God and do all things for God's glory. I admire his Godly perspective, integrity, and tenacity. I enjoyed this encouraging & inspiring film and highly recommend it. 

The Atlanta Journal Constitution recently asked Williams what he hoped the film would show. He responded, “That when things get tough, you can be tough and still love.” Williams’ wife added, “I really hope that people see that, no matter what they might face in life, that through Christ, they can not only get through it but also live a happy, joyful life.”
 
"In all my years of documenting lives and writing and researching about real people, I never met a man who didn't have a single enemy nor a cross word said about him,” said Cohen (the film's producer, director, and editor). “Jeremy is about as righteous a human being as God has ever put on this earth. He truly walks the talk!”
 
In 2010, the Williams family also received national attention when ABC’s “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” selected their family to receive a new home suited for his disability and his son’s spina bifida. In addition, his Greenville Patriots also received a new locker room the process. NFL player Michael Oher, whose story was documented in “The Blind Side,” also served as one of the volunteers to help build the home.
 
The 89-min DVD also includes special footage featuring images from Williams’ college days, footage of the 2009 Greenville football team and the “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” segment. For further information and to view the trailer please visit www.seasonofalifetime.tv


~Thanks to Edify Media, Inc for sending me a free copy of this DVD in exchange for my honest review! 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

DVD Review: CAMP


CAMP is a must-see film inspired by true stories from camps for abused, neglected, and abandoned children. It's the story about a troubled, physically abused, biting ten-year-old boy, Eli and a self-absorbed, career-minded, cell phone-addicted investment advisor, Ken, who get paired at a summer camp for foster kids and learn the true meaning and the healing power of unconditional love. At first, Ken (Eli's counselor) struggles to connect with Eli. Eli is filled with anger, distrust, and shame, haunted by his past. Once Ken stops complaining and starts caring instead, things begin to turn around.       

Raw. Powerful. Absolutely inspiring and touching! I was totally captivated from the beginning to the end. And I cried more than once. I really enjoyed the movie and loved all the different characters (campers and counselors). There's even a cool surprise near the end of the movie :). It's incredible how one week of camp can make such an enormous impact on the lives of these children who have endured so much hardship. Excellent performance! Kudos to all the real-life campers who volunteer their time to help foster kids have fun and experience God's love, hope, friendship, encouragement, safe environment, and trust. These broken and forgotten kids desperately need caring & understanding adults in their lives to positively influence, guide, and nurture them.


Jacob Roebuck, the film’s writer and director, received inspiration for the film when he joined a summer missions trip and had the opportunity to help abused and neglected children through a program called Royal Family Camp. Once there, he felt the call to help the children he met that so desperately needed contact with loving and caring adults. A portion of the proceeds from the film benefit Royal Family KIDS, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit that serves as the nation’s leading network of camps for abused, neglected and abandoned children.

The film is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 110 minutes. The DVD was released on Aug. 27th. For more information about “CAMP,” Royal Family KIDS, Inc. and to view a trailer, visit: www.campthemovie.com. 

This is a wonderful film about healing the wounds of your past... We are pleased to award this movie our Dove ‘Family-Approved’ Seal for ages 12 and over.” ~The Dove Foundation 

Most of the time, movies and television shows spotlight the lighter side of youth camps, but CAMP goes deeper to bring viewers face-to-face with the transformation that happens in the lives of children and even the adults that volunteer. It is incredibly heart affecting, even through the real-life interviews that play during the credits.”  ~DeWayne Hamby (Christian Retailing, White Wing Messenger) 

Hollywood loves to entertain us. But CAMP does more than entertain – it inspires. It beautifully illustrates the huge impact the small sacrifice of a week’s time can make in the life of a child in foster care.” ~Julie Gumm, best-selling author of “Adopt without Debt” 

~Thanks to Edify Media, Inc for sending me a free copy of this DVD in exchange for my honest review!