I’m Launching A Blog For Kids!

I’m back!

I hope you are all doing well. As you can tell by my lack of content here, I’ve fallen off the book reviewing wagon. Hopefully I can get back to that again in the future.

In the meantime, I have an exciting announcement. I am launching a blog with stories for kids! They will hopefully be funny, imaginative, creative… all that and more. That’s the goal at least.

If you need a resource for fresh stories for your kids at bedtime, be sure to check it out here:

http://www.storiesforkids.life
http://www.facebook.com/storiesforkids.life

I only have a few stories up, at the time of this blog, but am planning on steadily pumping out fresh content.

Thanks all!

Korey

I’m Launching A Blog For Kids!

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone – Movie Review

This is a surprisingly good movie. Are secular critics going to rave about how great it is? Of course not. It’s an obviously Christian movie. Christian movies are destined for a certain type of ending, especially a feel-good one with an unbeliever being the main character. Just by reading the summary of film, you can fairly accurately guess what is going to happen. But even though the overall plot is very predictable, they throw some creativity into the way things happen – it’s not all entirely predictable, so that’s a good thing.

The film is labelled as a comedy. Is it overly funny? No, not really. Lighthearted and feel-good with some humour, but I wouldn’t say funny enough to be labelled a comedy. I’m not being stuffy, there just aren’t even that many attempts to be real funny. The plot isn’t real intense or compelling. But the characters are lovable. The acting is good. The camera work is good. It doesn’t feel like a cheap cheesy film.

There is some humour that non-church people may not pick on. This was one of the things I enjoyed most about the film, how they took very Christian/Churchie (in a bad way) things and exposed them without being sacrilegious, judgemental or condescending.

Overall, it’s a worthwhile film for Christians to watch. You’ll laugh a little bit, you’ll enjoy seeing the transformation of Gavin Stone. Will it change your life? I wouldn’t guarantee it, but you should leave being reminded of what Jesus can do in a life, and how God can work in ways we wouldn’t expect.

4/5 Paper Movement Stars

Movie has been provided courtesy of Mongrel Media and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone – Movie Review

Hillsong: Let Hope Rise (Movie Review)

I’ve listened to a lot of Hillsong United music, especially through my teenager years and early 20’s (which unfortunately was quite a long time ago) so I was quite excited for a chance to check out this movie.

Well, the excitement didn’t last long. The movie starts at a slow pace, leaving you unsure of where it is heading. Time goes on, and, it’s still plodding, not really going anyways, not really saying too much, and I soon found myself wishing it were over. There’s just not much substance here, and the biggest drama is near the end of the movie the band is about to perform a huge concert and they haven’t finished writing the one song they need to play. If that sounds like a bad plot, it’s because it is. I’m not sure that having a plot was even really attempted

The movie just kind of dabbles here and there. There’s some reminiscing talk from the founding pastor of Hillsong, a bit of a look into the private family lives of some of the band, quite a bit of focus on how much the band loves Jesus, and a lot of the movie is spent with live footage from concerts and filling space playing some of their big songs.

Unfortunately I’m not sure what the purpose of this movie was. It doesn’t teach you much about how Hillsong grew from tiny to massive, it doesn’t give you many tips on how to grow a church, or how to have a great worship band, it doesn’t teach you a whole lot about the band members themselves, it doesn’t give you much of an inside look at how the band operates, it doesn’t teach you much about God or the Gospel, and it doesn’t give you a great live worship experience.

As unoriginal as it sounds, a live concert movie would’ve been better than this.  This is just too many different things cut and pasted together into one disjointed, boring piece.  It’s not a great way to experience their music, and it’s not a great way to learn about Hillsong’s history, their music, their people, or their methods. In my opinion, it just lacks much relevant content, and that’s pretty disappointing.

I received complimentary tickets to see this movie courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications.

2/5 Paper Movement Stars

Hillsong: Let Hope Rise (Movie Review)

Jesus Called – He Wants His Church Back (Book Review)

This book sports a title that is easy to agree with, but with a title like this stating things are wrong, you might expect a lot of negativity about what a terrible state the church of today is in. But it’s a really solid, positive, uplifting read. Ray writes with a humility and grace. He makes profound, insightful statements.

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What I really appreciate about this book is that is something that you can (and should) personalize to your own personal walk with Jesus. This isn’t a book bashing the church as an organization, or bashing Christians as a whole. You can read this book and if you apply it, you will become a better Christian, and help make your church better.

This book covers a wide variety of topics while not feeling scattered, but rather thorough.

Highly recommended read for Christians, whether they love their church or not. There is a lot of convicting content that’s straight to the point.

I received a complimentary review copy of this book courtesy of BookLook Bloggers.

Jesus Called – He Wants His Church Back (Book Review)

Miracles from Heaven – Movie Review

The story in this movie really sucked me in and I was moved. So I’d have to say that this movie works. I fully entered into the story. As a father to 2 young children what the family was going through felt like something I care about because having your kids go through a horrible disease is almost unthinkable. I don’t consider myself a movie buff by any stretch of the imagination but I thought the acting was very well done, especially the little girl who was the main character. The camera work is good, and the script is solid. I’ve read other reviewer’s suggestions about improvements that could’ve been done to this movie, and while possibly valid, this movie is centred around a true story so I would tend to be more forgiving for the sake of staying true to the actual happenings. It does not feel like a cheesy, poorly executed Christian movie. I finished watching it thinking about the fragility of life and a gratitude for my family’s health.

The story is fairly dark, but they did a good job on inserting light-hearted moments – you have to love the doctor with the Elmo tie who’s there to brighten everybody’s day. It’s definitely not the type of movie I’d generally choose to watch because I don’t enjoy watching suffering and it hits me pretty hard, but I think it is good for myself to do from time to time.

And as for the actual happenings themselves, it’s pretty crazy, and the miracle is such a God thing – Him working in the craziest ways you would not dream up! The fact that the miracle seemingly happened though/as a result of such a traumatic and scary experience isn’t what I would expect. Definitely more worthwhile than so many movies out there!

Great job!

4/5 Paper Movement Stars.

I was able to screen this movie courtesy of Martin-Graf Communications.

 

Miracles from Heaven – Movie Review

It’s Not What You Think – Jefferson Bethke (Book Review)

This is a worthwhile read. You can learn more about the Bible, as well as God and yourself. Bethke tackles numerous different subjects (as seen in the chapter titles) that Christians have had wrong ideas about. The title of the book is an umberella for him to talk about a wide variety of subjects compliled into one book.There perhaps isn’t a lot of cohesiveness between some of the different subject matters as it jumps from a topic like ‘where is the kingdom of God’ to the significance of eating at a table, but that being said, each chapter has good thoughts so a bit of randomness is forgivable .

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The book is well written and enjoyable, but I didn’t have any problem setting it down, and it actually took me a long period of time to get it completed, for what that’s worth to you.

Bethke’s writing style includes a lot of talking about the Bible, sharing wisdom from other authors, and he has some stories from his own life (and he’s willing to talk about his shortcomings).

If you’re an underlining/highlighting kind of reader you shouldn’t have any problem finding things that you want to take note of. There are quite of bit of good nuggets here for you.

4/5 Paper Movement Stars

It’s Not What You Think – Jefferson Bethke (Book Review)

Book Review – Dairy of a Jackwagon (Tim Hawkins)

Dairy of a Jackwagon is a great read if you love sarcastic humour – this book is full of it. You will also likely find this book funnier if you have seen Tim performing. If you can get a visual of Tim telling the joke and what expressions he might be using I think you’ll be more likely to find the jokes funny.

I’m not overly familiar with Tim Hawkins, although I have seen many of his videos. I definitely recognized some of the jokes, so if you’ve seen every Hawkins video out there you will probably run into a ton of duplicate content.

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Tim’s humour is clean, and with typical funnyman creativity that makes you (or at least me) curious as to what all goes through his head throughout a day. He has a gift at seeing the funny in the everyday things. He also has some good insights into Christianity and Christians, although they definitely don’t feel like the focus of the book, and even when they are there Tim isn’t forceful about it. It’s a very light read. You can definitely read this book in small chunks and be able to pick it up much later without really missing anything as the book doesn’t have an underlying plot – it moves around from topic to topic.

There are definitely some great humour in here, I tried reading this in bed one night, it did not help me fall asleep, I was laughing out loud. While not all the book is over the top funny there were numerous jokes that had me LOL’ing and I just had to share with my wife.

As others have said, video or live is the preferred method of experiencing Tim Hawkins, but the book is still a great experience for readers with a sarcastic sense of humour, or die hard fans. There is also a audiobook version of this book, read by Tim himself. I haven’t heard it, but I’m sure that’d be fantastic.

I received a complimentary review copy of this book courtesy of Booklook Bloggers and the publisher.

4/5 Paper Movement Stars

Book Review – Dairy of a Jackwagon (Tim Hawkins)