Monday, November 1, 2010

The Least Among You Movie Review

Rated PG-13

Richard Kelly is serving time in jail having been accused of committing a horrible crime. Although he states his innocence, he has two choices. One of which is attending an all-white seminary. Richard has dreams that doesn't involve preaching, but he finds this choice better than jail.
Very few accept Richard, and as he copes with his new probabtion sentence, he learns that friends he had before seem against him as well. During this time, his mom becomes terribly ill and needs extreme medical care. The doctors first need five thousand dollars to treat her. Can he get through this? Richard faces recurring dreams that he can't seem to understand. He meets "the gardener in the basement," and begins to realize what his purpose in life truly is, and he is a true friend.
While Richard is trying to achieve his goal, he is rejected by many that cannot see past race. He begins to see how much strength he really has mentally. Richard is threatened by the seminary president that if he follows through with his goals, he will be put back into jail.
Find out how this young man handled these situations and trials. This is a very good movie that teaches us that God has control and has His own plans in our lives. In God's eyes everyone is equal and we should see everyone the same as well.

5 stars

*Thanks to Booksneeze for my review copy. This is my honest opinion.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Your Money God's Way by Amie Streater(Overcoming the 7 Money Myths That Keep Christians Broke)

Book Description

“Amie Streater…delivers a powerful message of common sense and biblical wisdom that today’s churchgoers desperately need.” - Dave Ramsey

Readers discover the seven "counterfeit convictions" that keep them broke and encounter proven plans for getting out of debt, building wealth, and finding financial peace.

Money habits. Where do they come from? Can you pinpoint when you started shopping to feel better, why you can’t usher grown children into financial independence, or why saving for the future is a priority in theory but not in practice?

Amie Streater, associate pastor of financial stewardship for the 10,000-member New Life Church in Colorado Springs, has been there. From her own experience, she knows what it’s like to look at an impossible pile of bills and a pile of toddlers wrestling in the next room. In Your Money God's Way, empowered by her own incredible journey to financial freedom, she leads readers to the dream of mastering their finances. She also expertly uncovers seven “counterfeit convictions” Christians believe that hinder their personal finance success.

We all have our own struggles with money. This book, Your Money God's Way, gives us ways to break free of the negative way we use money.
Amie, which was working as a reporter, realized one day that she was living large, but in deep debt. She now has a different career, helping others get out of debt and use money the way God wants and expects us to. She gives us advice and ideas on ways we too can get out of debt and set goals for ourselves and our families.
Many people have been blessed by her ideas by applying them to their lives and have been rewarded with getting out the debt trap. Amie gives us Bible scriptures which will inspire us to get on track. Many times we have used scriptures as an excuse thinking that God will always bail us out without reading the whole scriptures. God wants us to be financially secure without debt and we don't have to have all the best of material items to be happy. Amie goes on to let us know that if we aren't happy with what we have, we won't be happy with even more. We need to be content with what we do have. This book is very enlightening and helps me to know that we all can live debt free if we work hard on it and be content with all that we have been blessed with. I highly recommend it. I rate this book 5 stars.
*I was not required to give a positive rating on this book, I did so on my own free will. I received this book through the Booksneeze free book program.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Boy Who Changed The World by Andy Andrews

The Boy Who Changed The World is a great children’s book that we as adults can even learn from.
It lets us know that everything we do in life has an effect in some way or another. In this book, it starts out with a little boy Norman who lived on a farm and decided he wanted to make a difference and help save peoples lives, and he ended up saving 2 billion people. But as you keep reading you learn that without the help of a few others Norman wouldn’t have succeeded at his dream. This book lets us know that what we do today will affect the lives of others in the future. This book is very encouraging for children, as well as adults. Very influencing , I really enjoyed reading this and would suggest it for everyone of all ages to read.
I think we all could learn from it. I rate this book 5 stars.
* I received this book from the Booksneeze program, Thomas Nelson publishers, and was not required to give a positive review.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Where Willows Grow by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Book desription:  Anna Mae isn't sure her husband
is being completely honest about his job with the Works Progress Administration.  They're building a castle? In Kansas?  Harley promised he'd be at the work site only long enough to earn enough cash to keep their farm.  But the money hasnt arrived, and Anna Mae fears Harley may be gone for good.
Harley Phipps has never been a man in need of luxuries, but he wants to do right by his wife and two girls. 
He was about to lose all he'd worked for if he didn't do something-there was no way he could pass up the government job, even if it meant leaving his family for a while. Anna Mae was actually mad when he sold the mules, packed his bag, and headed out.  If only she'd send him a short note to let him know she and the girls are all right.

My review:  Anna Mae is left to tend to her children as her husband leaves to take a job in Kansas.  She is not very happy about this although she knows it will help them catch up on all the bills and provide food for them.  Anna Mae tries to deal with all the responsibilities that the two of them usually did together.  She is on the verge of losing her farm that means a great deal to the her, but temptation lurks around trying to lead her in a different direction.  She thinks her husband has left her, along with the fact that she has another baby on the way. This is enough to make any of us distraut, but with her faith in God, she lets God lead her in the path he has put before her.  This book reminds us that we always think we have everything planned out, but that God has a better plan for us ahead.  This is a very good book and I think you all would enjoy it:)