Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Most Anticipated Films

Mary Poppins Returns

Release Date: December 25, 2018

Mary Poppins Returns is a continuation of the beloved Mary Poppins story and I can not wait to see this film. The trailer's color scheme seems to be a bit dark. I hope the colors become more bright and cheery as the film progresses. I noticed all the references in the trailer to the original film. I mean, when I saw that kite starting to blow in the wind it made want to start singing I Want to Go Fly a Kite. Now, where is the casting is concerned it's a toss-up. I think Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins could be a fantastic choice. However, I am concerned with the pick of Lin Manuel Miranda. I just don't think he is as great of a performer as so many make him out to be. So if his performance is underwhelming I'm afraid he could drag the entire film down with him. When I first heard about this film I was completely closed off from it. But now after seeing the trailer I am more open-minded and will absolutely see this film. Don't screw it up Disney!!!

Christopher Robin

Release Date: TBD

Like Mary Poppins Returns, Christopher Robin is also a continuation of a beloved character and his adventures. In Christopher Robin, we find Christopher all grown up and has started his own family. But in a debacle. And in his need and imagination, Pooh returns. I found this trailer absolutely charming and I am so looking forward to this film release. I love the casting of Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin. I think he was a perfect choice. Now, I have seen some people complain about how Pooh looks. I, however, do not find fault with the studios choice about how to physically portray Pooh. Christopher has grown up so it would only be natural for Christopher to see his old friend a little older as well. Remember, Pooh is a well-loved bear. I can tell this entire film is going the charm everybody, but especially those like me who grew up on this character.

Monday, February 26, 2018

REVIEW: Stronger than the Struggle by Havilah Cunnington

About the Book 

"Why do I still struggle if I'm faithfully following God?"

We all face challenges. On any given day, the problems of real life can take our breaths away. Our marriages, finances, relationships, and health are regular struggles, and that's just the beginning. Doesn't the Bible say the war has already been won? So why do we still battle?

In a down-to-earth, let’s-get-real approach, popular Bible teacher Havilah Cunnington cuts through the confusion and shows us how to 

Discern whether we’re dealing with battles within ourselves, resistance from God, or genuine fights with the Devil.
Throw off misconceptions about spiritual warfare, and understand what Jesus really said about our spiritual authority and the certainty we have in him.
Ask the right questions and build a realistic battle plan to win one day at a time.
With humor and honesty, Cunnington lays out practical tools to thrive in the face of hardship, enabling us to walk forward in the confidence that, because of Jesus, we really are stronger than the struggle. 

My Review 

Havilah Cunnington's Stronger than the Struggle as the title says uncomplicates your spiritual battle and the supernatural world. So many in and outside the church see the supernatural and supernatural warfare as something mystical when in fact it is so simply and aptly put in Scripture. The supernatural and supernatural warfare is one of my favourite subjects to read about so I was extremely excited when Havilah announced this was going to be her next book and it was fantastic. Highly recommend!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Most Anticipated Reads of 2018

So I've been gone a while and not posting much except for a review here and there. That's because I started a new job. I started working for Starbucks in late September and I've been there for 4 months now. Sorry for the hiatus but after work I've been tired and just wanting to nap. And I also plan to go back to college. Starbucks has the Starbucks College Achievment Plan, where they pay for my tuition completely. I can take advantage of this perk after working at Starbucks for 6 months so that means anytime after March I can register for school. Well, that's enough of life updates let's get onto what you're really here for......THE COVERS!!!

Friday, January 12, 2018

REVIEW: Staying Stylish by Candace Cameron Bure

About the Book 

Join Candace Cameron Bure, actress best known as D.J. Tanner from Full House and a New York Times bestselling author, whose faith and wit have delighted audiences for decades, as she lets you in on her best-kept secrets for Staying Stylish. This gorgeous manual for beauty, style, health, and spiritual wellness will be your one-stop shop for everything you need to live your most stylish life.

As an actress, producer, New York Times bestselling author, and inspirational speaker, Candace Cameron Bure has spent her entire life in the spotlight, and she is well aware of the pressures and forces many women face. Throughout her career, Candace has balanced her faith, family, and passion for work and found her spot as role model to women of all ages—and as a style icon.

In her brand-new book Staying Stylish, Candace invites you behind the scenes of her day-to-day life and shares over 100 tips and tricks for looking and feeling your best—both inside and out. Nurture your body, style, and soul as you read through this beautiful book full of photos, insider secrets, and exciting ideas to revamp your own life into its best possible version. She offers her insight into balance, spiritual growth, and looking great while doing it all.

Staying Stylish topics will include personal style, fresh hair and makeup for any age, a well-balanced diet and fitness regime, and a well-nourished spirit.

My Review 

Staying Stylish is actress' Candace Cameron Bure's newest release covering a variety of topics including fashion, beauty, and self. But not without talking about us as people and who we truly are minus all the superficial, but fun topics. I did knock off a star because it feel a bit repeptitive sometimes. However, I adored the layout of this book, the book itself, and the photographs insode the book. Whoever took them is truly talented and has a great eye. This is a fun book that is perfect for that Summer beach day!

Friday, December 1, 2017

REVIEW: The Martyr's Oath by Johnnie Moore

About the Book

Be Inspired by Amazing Eyewitness Stories of Hope and Courage from the Persecuted Church

We are witnessing an astonishing escalation in Christian persecution like we have rarely seen since the first century. Some estimate that every five minutes, a Christian is martyred for his or her faith. Countries like Egypt have experienced more Christian persecution in the last five years than in the previous six hundred years combined. And who could have missed the atrocities of ISIS in Syria, Boko Haram in Nigeria, and the continued persecution of Christians in North Korea?

Johnnie Moore, like many American Christians, didn't fully appreciate the extent of what was going on--until he witnessed the graduation of theology students in India. Unlike graduation ceremonies in America--where feel-good speeches made by visiting celebrities are common--this one featured a remarkable oath. It wasn't an oath to excel or succeed. It was an oath to be willing to die, if necessary, for the cause of Christ. This was no empty promise. This was a choice, choosing the eternal over the temporal.

Johnnie knew he was witnessing a raw, first-century Christianity that his comfortable American version had shielded him from. "For the first time, I really understand my faith," says Johnnie Moore. Now, he's on a mission to give this same experience to others. He and his team have crisscrossed the world, recorders in hand, gathering eyewitness accounts from dozens of people who survived persecution--and the stories of some who didn't.

Join Johnnie Moore on this compelling journey to the heart of the Christian faith.


My Review

The Martyr's Oath by Johnnie Moore is a collection of stories of people who have died for their faith. A concept for so many in the West we can't even wrap our heads around. But in the last several years the persecution of Believers around the world has escelated to a high we have not seen in generations. Men, women, and yes even children in nations like Egypt, Iraq, Iran, China, North Korea. Nations where being a Christian is either severaly frowned upon or illegal. The Martyr's Oath is a timely work that needs to be read by Believers and non-believers alike. 

REVIEW: The Delusion by Laura Gallier

About the Book

By March of Owen Edmonds's senior year, eleven students at Masonville High School have committed suicide. Amid the media frenzy and chaos, Owen tries to remain levelheaded--until he endures his own near-death experience and wakes to a distressing new reality.

The people around him suddenly appear to be shackled and enslaved.

Owen frantically seeks a cure for what he thinks are crazed hallucinations, but his delusions become even more sinister. An army of hideous, towering beings, unseen by anyone but Owen, are preying on his girlfriend and classmates, provoking them to self-destruction.

Owen eventually arrives at a mind-bending conclusion: he's not imagining the evil--everyone else is blind to its reality. He must warn and rescue those he loves . . . but this proves to be no simple mission. Will he be able to convince anyone to believe him before it's too late?

Owen's heart-pounding journey through truth and delusion will force him to reconsider everything he believes. He both longs for and fears the answers to questions that are quickly becoming too dangerous to ignore.


My Review

The Delusion by Laura Gallier is a Young Adult Supernatural Thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat and awake at night because you won't want to go to sleep until you finish the whole thing. Laura Gallier's The Delusion is reminiscent of Frank Peretti and Craig Parshall's Supernatural Thrillers and I believe Laura has made a place for herself in this genre and I can't wait to see what Laura will release next.

Friday, November 24, 2017

REVIEW: Laugh It Up by Candace Payne

About the Book

The world knows Candace Payne as “Chewbacca Mom,” the wife and mother of two from Dallas who captured the hearts of nearly 200 million people around the world with nothing but a toy Chewbacca mask, a smart phone, and infectious laughter.

Candace’s viral moment of simple joy became Facebook Live’s top video. But what the video doesn’t show is Candace’s storied journey of daunting obstacles on the way to the joy-filled life—extreme poverty, past trauma, and struggles with self-worth.

Laugh It Up! tells the rest of the story behind the woman in the mask. Like most of us, Candace has often felt overlooked, undervalued, and insignificant. But she has also discovered the secrets to unshakable joy that no circumstance can take away, and Laugh It Up! will help you discover and experience the same.

Join Candace to discover the gift God has given us all to experience life to the fullest. All you need to do is answer “yes” when joy, whom Candace personifies as a friend, calls you to come and play.

Do you feel tempted to give up on your dreams? Joy stays the course.
Do your knees knock when thinking about the future? Joy hopes for what can be.
Do you feel unseen and unnoticed? Joy is content whether backstage or center stage.
Do you feel crushed under the weight of regret? Joy loves you enough to weep with you, but also enough to help you move on.
When life punches you in the gut, it can be difficult to muster a smile—much less a laugh. But with humor and power, wit and wisdom, Candace lights the way forward to a life that is free indeed.


My Review

Laugh It Up is the memoir of everyone's favourite mom, Chewbacca Mom! Candace Payne made her name simply by posting a video to Facebook that garnered millions of view just for her joyous reaction to a Star Wars electronic Chewbacca mask. In Laugh It Up Candace goes back to her childhood how her family moved from place to place. Laugh It Up really is about experience joy through the smallest of things.