Belong to Us – Movie Review

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The new movie Belong to Us follows family that consists of Starring Ryan O’Nan (Fargo, Legion) as Travis, (Ryan O’Nan) a single father struggling to connect with his baseball star son, Decklin (Matthew J. Lindblom), and spirited young daughter, Paige (Brooklyn Funk). Nana also lives with the family to help them.

The daughter finds a dog, and hides it from her father so she can keep it. With Nana’s help, Dad finally consents to keeping the dog, Duke. The dog brings the family together, but what they don’t know is that Duke escaped a dog fighting ring. And they want him back.

Nana tries hard to get Dad to see that he is favoring his son over his daughter. It takes his son getting bit by the dog and losing his pitching arm for the father to realize the mistakes he has made. And rectify them.

 

 

Belong to Us Movie Review

 

The brother – sister relationship in this movie is pretty cool. The actors do a great job of portraying a brother and sister that fight, yet are always there for each other no matter what.

 

In the end, the family has to fight to keep the dog. By going to a dog fight to rescue him after he has been taken. The police tell the dad and daughter that they saved all the dogs. Then the daughter tells the police about her friend that was home alone (his father was one of the dog fighters) and they went to get him. So she saved her friend, too, from being home along when his father was arrested.

 

Belong To Us (Trailer) from Jeff Green on Vimeo.

 

Belong to Us is rated PG-13 and is suitable for ages 12 and above. Belong to Us is Dove Approved, having received the “Family Favorite” Award for ages 12+.

 

Here are a few things to be aware of so you can decide if this movie is a good fit for your family:

Opening scene shows a dog fight for money, but no dogs fighting are actually shown. After the dog fight, you see a man passed out/asleep with bottles around  him.

Another scene shows Nana doing a finger gesture with both hands. When the granddaughter asks her what the man in the car wanted, the grandmother said he was just admiring my birds. (Not very grandmotherly. lol And a totally unnecessary scene.)

In another scene a man is beaten in shadows, although they do show his face in between getting hit, but there are no marks or blood on his face. The next scene does show him with blood on his face.

The dad uses a gun is self defense, shooting a guy about to hit him with a tire iron in the arm. The guy runs away. After the police come, the dad hands his gun over to the police.

 

 

Overall, Belong to Us is a great movie about family, love and second chances.

 

Belong to Us is available on Amazon. Pre-order now for an August 6th release date.

 

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The Logic of God by Ravi Zacharias – Book Review

 

 

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I recently received a copy of the book The Logic of God to read. I was looking forward to reading this new book. And I wasn’t disappointed.

 

 

The Logic of God

 

The Logic of God Book Description

 

Jesus Christ alone answers our deepest questions.

We all have doubts that challenge our faith. We wonder whether the Bible still matters, or whether God is truly as loving and personal as we hope. In his first ever devotional, The Logic of God, apologist Ravi Zacharias offers 52 readings that explain how and why Christianity, the Bible, and God are still relevant, vital, and life-changing for us today. To all our dilemmas Ravi says, “I am convinced that Jesus Christ alone uniquely answers the deepest questions of our hearts and minds.”

With a remarkable grasp of biblical facts and a deep understanding of the questions that trouble our hearts, Ravi tackles the most difficult topics with ease and understanding. But The Logic of God is more than intellectual; it is also personal, offering thoughtful wisdom on:

  • when Jesus draws especially near you.
  • the deep ray of hope found in God’s Word.
  • how God transforms disappointments.
  • why prayer matters.
  • how genuine peace is possible.
  • making sense of suffering.

Ravi makes profound biblical truth easy to understand. And if your life is busy, this book is designed for you! It addresses 52 topics that you can read over the course of one year or slowly digest at your own pace. Each entry includes a Scripture, questions for reflection, and some practical application steps.

When you’re struggling with questions and doubts, confused, curious, or just want a clearer way to express your faith The Logic of God has answers from that satisfy the heart and the mind.

 

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The Logic of God Book Review

 

The Logic of God is a devotional book with 52 entries. Each day’s reading follows the same pattern.

A scripture verse

2-4 pages of reading

2 Reflection Questions

2 Personal Application questions &/or things to do

 

 

This is not a fluff devotional. The readings are full of information, references, stories, and more. The questions are challenging to the reader, as in challenging you to think about the lesson and reach deep to answer it. But not so hard that you can’t answer them. There are no right or wrong answers!

You can choose how you want to read this book. You read one a day, and finish in under 2 months, one a day Monday-Friday and finish in about 2 1/2 months, or read one a week for a year.

I am really liking this devotional. I have found many of the readings to be much more than what the typical devotion is like in make books. Many of these are more like a teaching session. They are easy to read, but challenging at the same time. I like that there is a note section in the back that tells you where the references came from. As well as several pages of lined pages for you to write your own notes. There is a built in ribbon bookmark so you can easily find your place.

 

If you are looking for a devotional to challenge you to find out what you believe and why, The Logic of God is the devotional for you.

 

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Healing the Healers

 

Who do we turn to when tragedy strikes? Faith leaders are the ones that we usually call upon when a tragedy or mass trauma strikes. They guide us, and our communities, toward healing and restoration.

 

But who heals the healers?

 

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Healing the Healers is a new media resource where clergy, laity, social workers, first responders and other spiritual care providers facing community-level trauma can go for support. The five-part film series features a church pastor leading an important conversation with other faith leaders. All have ministered to their communities after a mass trauma or during ongoing community problems. The pastors who have been working in the trenches provide help and support for others going through similar things.

 

Check out the Healing the Healers trailer:

 

 

You can view trailers for each episode on the website.

The 5 part series is available for purchase on the website as a dvd set that includes license rights to screen the series in a group setting with pastors, and other leaders. The set also includes a discussion guide that includes written reflections by scholars, clergy and other experts.

 

I love that the website has emergency phone numbers that congregation leaders can use for immediate support.

 

If you, as a leader of your congregation, are experiencing a personal emergency or mental health crisis, call —, the disaster distress helpline(——–), or the national suicide prevention lifeline (———) for immediate assistance. If you are experiencing vocational distress, contact representatives at ——, by emailing ——, or by calling ——-, to receive personal care or coaching.

 

*Telephone numbers and email addresses removed by me for posting here. They are visible on the Healing the Healers website.

 

Our pastors, and other leaders, go above and beyond on a daily basis for all of us. It’s about time they had someplace to turn for help. I have viewed some of these and this series looks to me like it will really help our leaders to heal so they can continue to be there to help their churches, and communities with our many needs. The pastors who have been working in the trenches provide help and support for others going through similar things.

 

To learn more about this amazing resource for Pastors other leaders, visit Healing the Healers.

 

Please share with those in your life that who can use it!

 

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Grit & Grace Devotions for Warrior Moms Book Review & Giveaway

 

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As a mom of 6, I know first hand how hard it is to fit in Bible reading and devotion time. It’s not because we don’t want to. It’s because we have these little people all clamoring for our attention. Often several at the same time. Add in work, and all the other responsibilities moms have, and it sure is hard to fit anything in!

 

That’s why I’m really liking Grit & Grace Devotions for Warrior Moms. Grit & Grace is a 90 day devotional for busy moms. Daily devotions take less than 5 minutes to read. Each devotion includes Bible verses, a prayer, along with a true story of motherhood with the spiritual truths the authors learned by going through the experience with their kids. This devotional is fully self contained, you don’t need to gather your Bible, notebook, pen, etc.

 

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Grit & Grace Devotions for Warrior Moms Book Review & Giveaway

 

Grit & Grace Devotions for Warrior Moms is written for moms of young children. Babies, toddlers, and early elementary. I had all of those at the same time, along with a couple of teenagers, too. lol My oldest was 14 when my youngest was born. From reading these devotionals, I think they are appropriate for moms with kids of all ages. And Grandma’s too! Let’s not leave out the grandmas! I am one now. lol This devotional will encourage you while you spend quality time with your grandchildren. If you are one of the many, many grandmothers now raising your grandchildren, you will benefit greatly from this devotional book.

The authors are both busy moms that use their own real life stories, along with humor to help encourage moms. As you read the Bible verses and prayer that go along with each day’s message, you’ll discover more fully who you are in Christ and how to raise your children to reflect His love to the world.

I have enjoyed reading the devotionals in Grit & Grace, now I’m going to pass my copy on to my daughter. My granddaughter is 6 months old now, and I know these devotions will really help and encourage my daughter as she walks through this journey of motherhood.

 

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Grit & Grace Devotionals for Warrior Moms is now available to purchase in bookstores and online. (affiliate link)

 

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The Restoration Series: Jonathan’s Walk – New Series from Prison Fellowship

 

I think it’s safe to say we all know someone that is, or has been, in jail. Whether that is a family member, a friend, a friends family member, or a neighbor. According to statistics from Prison Fellowship, America is home to only 4% of the world’s population, but we house more than 20% of its prisoners.

 

I personally spent about 10 months last year helping a family member that had just gotten out of jail. They have now been out for a year. They have worked hard to reach their goals – get a job, get their drivers license back, buy a vehicle. Not easy goals when you start with nothing.

 

Recidivism, the tendency of a criminal to reoffend, is out of control. The odds are against them, with over half of prisoners returning to prison within two years. That’s why it is so important for prisoners to get the help they need to get their lives in order so they don’t have to go back to prison again.

 

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Prison Fellowships new series The Restoration Series tells the story of men and women who have experienced The Academy, a revolutionary in-prison program that is combatting incarceration and recidivism head on.

 

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The Restoration Series: Jonathan’s Walk, is a 5-part documentary series that follows one man as he re-enters his community after 15 years in prison. As they tell Jonathan’s story we see what it means to be human and the shared need of all people to see communities restored.

Because that should be the goal. Helping people to reclaim their lives, so we can reclaim our communities.

 

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Watch The Restoration Series: Jonathan’s Walk episode one below. Visit The Restoration Series website to watch the rest of the series.

 

 

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Artsy Olive Personalized Prints Review & Giveaway

 

 

After I visited the Artsy Olive website, I just knew I was going to love their personalized prints! I had a hard time deciding which print to get as there are so many great ones!

 

The deciding was the hard part! Ordering was super easy. The website walks you through it, and you get to see a preview of what your print will look like personalized with your choice of name, or phrase on it. I chose the 7.7×7.7 size, but there are several to choose from.

 

I ordered my print on a Wednesday night at 10:30. I received an email saying that my order had shipped the next day, Thursday, at 1:30 in the afternoon. So fast! My print was delivered on Saturday.

 

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I was impressed with the packaging. My print was sandwiched between 2 layers of packing peanuts. It wasn’t going anywhere! lol I blocked out the family’s last name for privacy reasons. And so they don’t know the gift is for them!

 

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Inside, it had corner protectors on it, and was wrapped in plastic. My print arrived in perfect condition!

 

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My personalized print is amazing! It looks just like the picture on the website.

 

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It looks so good hanging on the wall! I will be giving this print as a gift. I’m sure it’s going to look amazing on their walls, too.

 

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I love this print so much, I’m going to be ordering one (or more! lol) for myself. Include in the box was this card. It explains how you can order a frame with your first print, then order prints only on future orders, and use the same frame. You can store up to 12 prints in one frame! How awesome is that! Store all your holiday prints behind the current one you are displaying. No storing multiple frames when you aren’t using them! An awesome space saver for those with limited storage space. And a money saver! Only by one frame!

 

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This is going to be an awesome Christmas gift! They are going to love it!

There’s still time for Christmas delivery! To give an Artsy Olive personalized print as a gift this Christmas, go to the Artsy Olive website may use the promo code “blog15″ and get a 15% discount on their order. It is good December 1-30 for unlimited use. So you can get one, or more, for yourself, too!

 

 

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The New Little Women Movie Review

 

2018 marks the 150th anniversary of Little Women by Lousia May Alcott.  I have loved this book since the first time I read it! I have also thoroughly enjoy watching every Little Women movie that has been made. Several times! lol

 

Now there is a new Little Women movie!

 

Sisters—and dreams—are unique in their ability to inspire, encourage and change the world. For 150 years, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women has motivated women of all ages to dream together and celebrate family. Coming to theaters for the first time, a modern retelling of LITTLE WOMEN brings a new generation together with their mothers, sisters and friends.

From girls playing in the attic to women living with purpose, the March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—are committed to always supporting each other. Yet, growing up sometimes means growing apart. An aspiring writer, Jo leaves for New York determined to publish a novel. In the wake of rejected draft upon draft, her editor challenges Jo to write about something more interesting—her family. When tragedy brings the sisters back home, sticking together takes on new meaning. As Jo comforts her sick sister, Beth asks for one thing: a story. Jo knows the perfect one … by heart.

 

Little Women: A Modern Retelling Official Trailer

 

 

The New Little Women Movie Review

 

Since I am a big fan of Little Women, I noticed a few things that bothered me about this new movie.

It is supposed to be set in harsh times, but they don’t seem to have it that bad off. I really noticed no representation of harsh times in the movie.

In previous versions, Marmie and the girls are shown repeatedly doing their part to help others. In this version, volunteering is mentioned, once that I noticed, but there is nothing shown of the girls and Marmie doing anything to help others. That was such a big part of the original, and subsequent versions, that it is noticeably absent. The girls seem wrapped up in themselves instead of caring for others.

In previous versions, Marmie was home every night, and there a was family life. When she wasn’t there, there was a housekeeper to take care of the girls. In this version, Marmie isn’t seen very much. She certainly isn’t shown with the girls every day. With no housekeeper, it seems like the girls are just on their own most of the time.

Another thing that was changed was Beth’s illness. Jo cut her hair, her one beauty, in solidarity to her sister Beth who was diagnosed with leukemia. Jo sold her hair to pay for the gumball machine she broke when leaving the hospital in a fit of rage after Beth was diagnosed.

There are significant differences between this movie and previous movies, and the book. I hope it doesn’t seem like I am picking this movie apart. When you’ve read the book and seen other versions of a movie, you notice differences. I don’t think that diminishes this movie, though.

Overall, I enjoyed this new Little Women movie. It’s an entertaining movie about family, friendship, love, and purpose.

 

 

Here, Clare Niederpruem, the writer and director, joins the cast to talk about this modern retelling of Little Women.

 

 

Little Women has a PG-13 rating for some thematic elements and teen drinking.

Little Women releases in theaters nationwide on Friday, September 28th, 2018.

For more information about Little Women, visit the official Little Women website. Follow Little Women on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

 

 

*Disclosure: I watched an online screener version of this movie for free in order to write this review. My opinions are my own.