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Book Review- Captive by Ashley Smith #flyby #followyourpurpose

I just posted last week about 90 Minutes in Heaven. Now I have an opportunity to share another faith-based book-turned-movie with you. This time, it is Captive by Ashley Smith (originally published as Unlikely Angel).

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Overview

This is directly from the press release:

CAPTIVE: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero, based on a miraculous true story that drew the attention of the entire nation, is a thrilling drama about the spiritual collision of two broken lives.  When Brian Nichols – on the run as the subject of a city wide manhunt and desperate to make contact with his newborn son – takes recovering meth addict Ashley Smith hostage in her own apartment, she turns for guidance to Rick Warren’s best-selling inspirational book, The Purpose Driven Life.  While reading aloud, Ashley and her would-be killer each face crossroads where despair and death intersect hope.  

The film stars Kate Mara and David Oyelowo, who played Martin Luther King, Jr. in the recent film, Selma. It is being released September 18th.

Here is the official movie trailer.

From the Back of the Book:

In March 2005, Ashley Smith made headlines around the globe when she miraculously talked her way out of the hands of alleged courthouse killer Brian Nichols after he took her hostage for seven hours in her suburban Atlanta apartment. In this moving, inspirational account- now a motion picture from Paramount- Ashley shares the details of her traumatic ordeal and expands on how her faith and the bestselling book The Purpose Driven Life helped her survive and bring the killer’s murderous rampage to a peaceful end. 

 

 My Thoughts

This was definitely an engaging read, as Smith brings us along on her difficult, but remarkable journey. I must say though, that I would point the focus more to the fact that she prayed for the man and shared the Word of God with him and a little less on The Purpose Driven Life specifically. Yes, that is the book she was reading at the time and no offense intended. I just think it’s important to remember the most important thing.

 

Find out more at the following links:

 

Movie Website

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I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. My opinions are 100% my own.

 

Book Review: 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper #Hopelives #flyby

90 Minutes in Heaven is not a new story. It was originally published in 2004, so it may be one that people are already familiar with, as it has sold 7 million copies. However, there is a movie version being released, so the book has been re-released.

 

ABOUT THE MOVIE

 

The movie is presented by Giving Films and will be in theaters everywhere September 11, 2015. The movie stars Hayden Christensen and Kate Bosworth, in addition to Michael W. Smith, Fred Thompson, Dwight Yoakam and Jason Kennedy. The film is rated PG-13 ( for intense accident and injury images).

 

ABOUT GIVING FILMS

 

This is the first film from Giving Films. They will be donating all of their profits to charities and ministries, such as Christian Alliance for orphans, Faith Bridge Foster Care, Hire Heroes USA, Hope International, LifeWater, Street Grace, and World Vision. When you see a Giving Films movie in theaters, you can visit their website and select which charities you would like to receive the profits from your ticket.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

90min

 

This is directly from the press release:

Pastor Don Piper died January 18, 1989 when a semi-tractor truck crushed his car.  Declared dead by the first rescue workers to arrive on the scene, Don’s body lay under a tarp for the next 90 minutes.  Don’s soul, meanwhile, was experiencing love, joy, and life like he’d never known before.  Don was in Heaven.  
 
When another pastor’s prayers helped bring Don back to life, he became a living miracle!  Yet this is one miracle Don wished never happened.  Heaven’s bliss was replaced by excruciating pain and emotional turmoil.  With the support and prayers of his beloved Eva, their three kids, and friends near and far, Don clings to his faith in God and fights to regain a semblance of his previous life.  The Piper family’s incredible true story of perseverance and overcoming the challenges of life – and death – will bring hope and encouragement to all who see it. 
MY THOUGHTS
This book is the “movie edition”. Now since this is the first time I have read it, I am not 100% sure what is new or different about it. Of course, there is a “personal update from Don Piper” written in 2014, that was obviously not in the original.
In his book, Piper begins with the story of his accident and quickly we get to the part we are all waiting for- his time in heaven. He tells about being greeted by those he knew that had passed on and of the wonderful, heavenly music. Now, I can be skeptical of some “near-death experiences”, especially those that give a physical description of Jesus or things like that. Thankfully, Piper’s story isn’t like that, and nothing that I read seemed all out of line with Scripture. And Piper has definitely been using his experience to point others to God.
The book also deals with the extremely difficult recovery process Piper had to go through and eventually how he accepted his situation and began sharing his story with others. My main criticism is actually in regards to the photo section and not the main body of the book.
Personally, I wish there were more  photos of Don and his family before the accident and during the recovery process. The majority of the photos are of Don sharing his story more recently.
At the end of the book, there is a chapter, Stories of Encouragement that includes letters from people who have been touched by his story. He also includes his favorite Bible verses and quotations. I’m definitely looking forward to checking out the film as well.
For more information, check out these links:
Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Blog Challenge Day 5: Movies I Never Get Sick Of

1)      Stand By Me

2)      Almost Famous

3)      The ‘Burbs

4)      Newsies

5)      Swing Kids

6)      The Princess Bride

7)      Labyrinth

8)      Amadeus

Blog Challenge Day 2: Favorite Quotes

There are tons of great and inspiring quotes but I decided to share a couple of quotes from TV shows/ movies that meant something to me as I was growing up.

 

 

 

–          Angela, My So-Called Life

“ It happens sometimes. Friends come in and out of our lives, like busboys in a restaurant.”

–          The Writer, Stand By Me

DVD Review: The Identical

I received a DVD of the movie The Identical, via FlyBy Promotions for the purpose of review. The opinions are my own and are not influenced by any company.

identical

To start off, I will share the description that came with the disc:

The Identical, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Seth Green, and Blake Rayne is a redemptive movie about a young man, the son of a preacher, who rejects his father’s desire for him to join the ministry and instead embarks on a career as a rock singer. As he struggles to pursue his dream and rise to stardom, he finds love, pain, success, failure and ultimately uncovers a hidden family secret that reveals who he really us. The Identical is a captivating story about a family restored and a life discovered that lifts your soul and warms your heart.

Now, I suppose this may be a bit of a spoiler, but since it happens at the beginning of the movie, I don’t feel that bad sharing it with you. A poor young couple gives birth to twins. When a traveling preacher comes through town and shares that his wife and him are unable to have children and have had several miscarriages, the couple makes a tough decision. Deciding that they barely have the means to support themselves, they end up giving one of the boys to the preacher and his wife to raise. Hence the name, The Identical. Get it? See, it’s not that bad of a spoiler.

Blake Rayne, the actor playing both of the twins as an adult, has a very Elvis-like look and sound (though they do mention Elvis in the film so he’s not supposed to BE Elvis). I also noticed the similarity in the fact that Elvis himself was actually born a twin.

I won’t tell you which is which, but one of the men has great success in the music industry, while the other has the same talent and actually ends up eventually performing as, basically, an impersonator of the other. Of course people always point out the resemblance. The whole movie you keep wondering if  they will discover the secret. I won’t tell you that either.

I thought it was interesting to see Ray Liotta in the role of the preacher, considering some of the other films he has been in, such as Goodfellas.

The movie is definitely family friendly and is rated PG. The music is great as well. The story spans several decades and the music sounds like hit music you would have heard at that time but is actually brand new music written just for the film.

The DVD also includes bonus content such as the making of the film, behind the scenes and deleted scenes as well.

If I hadn’t watched the bonus features, I wouldn’t have realized that the film is actually a family affair. The director is Dustin Marcellino. His father Yochanan and grandfather Jerry Marcellino co-wrote the songs, and I believe were producers on the film as well. There is also another Marcellino that I saw in the bonus features. I believe he is the brother of Dustin and co-produced as well.

Overall, this was a good film. It’s nice to come across a movie with big-name actors that is something you could watch with the entire family and not be embarrassed by anything inappropriate. The acting was believable and the music was very convincing- made you feel like you were really in that time. I do wish somewhat there was a little less of an Elvis similarity. I don’t know, that’s just me.  I would definitely recommend the film to others.

Check out the trailer here.

Also here is the movie’s official website.

Don’t You Forget About Me

I know I haven’t posted as much lately but I am working on some new stuff for you.

New crafty stuff, duct tape news, product reviews, maybe even a giveaway!

The Lumo Project: The Gospel of John Review

I was recently given the opportunity to review the film The Gospel of John presented by The Lumo Project.

First, here is what they say about the movie.

About the film:
THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
The Gospel of John takes the story of Jesus from John’s gospel with its own unique characteristics. For John, Jesus is the Word of God made human. John is clear that that when encounter Jesus, we encounter God. The gospel writer points to the miracles (the ‘Signs’) and teachings as evidence of Jesus’ special relationship as the divine Son of God.


This full-length feature film about the life of Jesus takes the actual Gospel text as its script, word for word, unedited. Five years in the making, this epic production has been critically acclaimed by leading religious scholars as a unique and highly authentic telling of the Jesus story. Narrated by leading British actor David Harewood (‘Homeland’, ‘Blood Diamond’, ‘Merchant of Venice’) it is based on the latest theological, historical and archaeological research. With specially constructed sets and the extraordinarily authentic villages and countryside of rural Morocco, it immerses the viewer in the world of first century Palestine.
FOUR GOSPELS. FOUR FILMS. ONE JESUS STORY. FOR EVERYONE.
A ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels.
The Lumo Project is a ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels: redefining the standard of visual Biblical media. The Lumo Project presents four films – one for each Gospel account – that will revolutionise the way we all experience the story of Jesus and the world of First Century Palestine in which he lived.

MY THOUGHTS
i very much enjoyed the fact that there multiple versions to choose from: New International Version, King James Version, and Spanish. I was also very pleased that the actor actually looked like a Jewish man, and all the actors looked…. ethnically authentic, not the European actors you often see in Bible movies.
The scenery and settings were quite beautiful. The entire film is narrated word for word from the text. I have to admit that I spent much of the movie trying to determine what language the actors were actually speaking in in the background. I still don’t know.

The Gospel of John is now available on Netflix. Make sure to follow their social networking sites to see what’s coming next. Overall, a great film and I look forward to seeing which Gospel is next in line.

https://twitter.com/TheLumoProject
#JohnOnNetflix
http://instagram.com/thelumoproject
https://www.facebook.com/thelumoproject

Duct Tape- Woo-oo!

You have to check out this fun video about duct tape, set to the tune of the Duck Tales Theme by The Warp Zone.