This June I’ll be teaching screenwriting at the Kentucky Christian Writer’s Conference. As a result, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Hannah R. Conway, the faculty chairman of the conference. We were recently chatting, and she mentioned the need for more reviews. I quickly volunteered to review Up in Smoke, and I’m so glad I did. What an amazing book!
I remember the first time I watched Butterfly Circus with Nick Vujicic in the leading role. I was fascinated, trying to figure out they just happened to have a script for a limbless man and was able to find an actor that fit the role. Little did I know until years later that Nick was already a personality, and they wrote the script hoping he could do it. I’m so glad it worked out. I can’t imagine the film with anyone else in that role.
I’ve always enjoyed reading books from the early 1900’s, but Out of the Ashes is the first contemporary novel I’ve read that takes place in the 1920’s. Authors Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse engage readers on a journey from post-war France to New York to Alaska as we follow along with a host of characters.
After years of filmmaking and blogging, I’m slowly returning to my first loves of writing and speaking. After speaking about Lottie Moon at church this past Christmas, I remembered how much I enjoy research. I’ve began work on a new book about women from the Bible. I’m loving studying the Bible more in depth, so I was excited to have the opportunity to review HIStory in 30 Days, a daily devotional that provides an overview of the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
Laura Ingalls Wilder holds a dear spot in my heart. As a child I read her books and watched Little House on the Prairie each week on tv. I connected with Laura’s character, and since Melissa Gilbert is my age, I felt like we grew up together. Many years later, I discovered that Laura and Almanzo lived in Florida not too far from where I lived but that she only lived there for a year or so, and really didn’t like Florida. Nevertheless, that was another connection we had.
These past two months have been busy with requests to review books and movies, but as a former children’s church director, I always enjoy checking out children’s products. 365 Bible Answers for Curious Kids is written as a devotional journal for children on their own, but would also make a great resource for children’s teachers or homeschoolers.
Whenever I get a new CD to review, I’m always so excited to listen that I don’t often bother to read about the artist or the inspiration for the music. When I got Julie Elias’ album A Girl Like Me, I was in the midst of Christmas present wrapping, so I immediately popped it in and bopped to the uplifting music. It made me feel youthful and brought back memories of artists I enjoyed in my younger years. I listened to it over and over, enjoying her beautiful voice, the powerful lyrics, and the pleasant tunes.
If you’re looking for a Bible for yourself or for a woman in your life, you’re in for a treat! I always enjoy receiving new products to review, but I’ve got to say, when the She Reads Truth Bible arrived in the mail, I could tell, this was going to be more special than my usual fare. Just the weight alone, took me by surprise. This is a substantial book!
As a member of a husband-wife creative duo, I always love seeing other couples serving together. Scott and Ginger Tabot have found a creative way to combine their talents. Live SoulFull is a music-driven Bible study with Scott providing the study material and Ginger providing music that enriches the teaching. Together they’ve created a multisensory experience.