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We decided to use our blog to review books we have read and movies we have seen. These reviews are intended to help you determine if you want to read a particular book or see a particular movie, or to help you find books or movies that might be interesting. If you have read or seen any of the books or movies we have reviewed, please feel free to add your comments.

Paul: Apostle of Christ: Posted 4/19/2019 12:45:02 PM

Movie Review

STUDIO: Affirm Films

TOPIC: Christian Biography

This is not one of those feel-good Christian movies. It is a sobering depiction of the last days of the apostle Paul and the horrible persecution inflicted upon the early church. Without being preachy, it presents a great message about the strength of Christian faith in the face of such persecution; a message still very much relevant today. This movie has a very good story line which leaves you thinking. As a bonus, the cinematography is fantastic and the acting is excellent. Even the special features are pretty good. I have watched this movie multiple times and highly recommend it. But, note the PG-13 rating. Some of the imagery is strong for little eyes.

RATING: $$$$$

Patterns of Evidence: Exodus: Posted 4/4/2019 4:23:47 PM

Movie Review

STUDIO: Capitol Christian

TOPIC: Apologetics

This documentary challenges the evidence for the Exodus. Modern archeologists dispute that there even was an Exodus based on accepted “interpretations” of current archeological evidence. But, this movie re-examines the Patterns of Evidence between modern archeology and the Bible. I really like it because it makes a compelling case that the Exodus actually DID happen using real-life tangible proof. I also like it because it exposes how the scientific community ignores credible evidence that supports the Bible. This documentary is well done and is very interesting. I have already watched it three times.

RATING: $$$$$

The Shack: Posted 4/4/2019 2:46:36 PM

Movie Review

STUDIO: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

TOPIC: Christian Fiction

There has been some controversy about The Shack because God and the Holy Spirit are portrayed as women. I basically understand what these characters represent, so I don’t have a real problem with it. My issue with the movie is that it is just…weird. The scenes where the main character is “hanging out” with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit has the feel of a 1960’s movie written and acted by a bunch of people whacked out on LSD. The basic story is okay, but the Christian message is elusive. The book might be better, but the movie is agonizing to watch. I will not watch it again…unless my wife makes me. :-O

RATING: $$$$$

not a fan.: Posted 4/4/2019 1:25:23 PM

Book Review

AUTHOR: Kyle Idelman

TOPIC: Discipleship

I read not a fan. because of my concern about what the author dubs snuggie theology becoming popular in churches today. I like how he compares its feel-good messages to the tough messages Jesus often preached, which were more likely to cause people to “get up and leave”. The author challenges churches that won’t preach Jesus’ tough messages because they are too uncomfortable for the snuggie congregation. And he reminds us that being a true disciple of Jesus has requirements which are often uncomfortable. This book really connected with me. It is an excellent read with some good humor mixed in.

RATING: $$$$$

Rediscovering God in America: Posted 3/27/2019 1:49:56 PM

Book Review

AUTHOR: Newt and Callista Gingrich

TOPIC: Christianity and Politics

The Gingrich’s counter the secular lie that the founding fathers intended for our government to be free of any relationship with God by taking the reader on an illustrated “walking” tour of the monuments in Washington, D.C. This tour shows the references to God literally etched into many of our nation’s most revered monuments. These physical evidences are supported by historical information and numerous quotes from the founding fathers confirming their belief in the need for God in government. Having lived in the D.C. area and seen many of these monuments, I found this book extremely interesting. It is an easy read with lots of pictures and lots of natural break points so you can put it down and pick it up again later. (Only available in store.)

RATING: $$$$$

Risen: Posted 3/27/2019 1:22:56 PM

Movie Review

STUDIO: Affirm Films

TOPIC: Christian Fiction

This is a fascinating movie about a Roman Centurion who participates in the crucifixion of Jesus and is later tasked with investigating the empty tomb. His investigation leads him to a shocking face to face meeting with the Risen Christ, plunging his life into utter turmoil. Though not Biblically based, Risen presents a gripping story of a traumatic conversion much like the true story of Saul of Tarsus. The movie was well produced, well acted, and very entertaining. I really liked it and will watch it again.

RATING: $$$$$

The Case For Christ: Posted 3/19/2019 2:56:45 PM

Book Review

AUTHOR: Lee Strobel

TOPIC: Apologetics

This was my first real foray into apologetics. I was primarily drawn to the book by the fascination that the author was an atheist who tried to disprove Christianity and ended up becoming a Christian. That story is cool enough on its own. But, this book is also full of great fact-based information Christians can use to refute anti-God arguments offered by atheists.

Lee Strobel was an investigative journalist at the time he wrote this book. In it, he presents how he conducted real life investigations then used those techniques to gather information to disprove the existence of God. It is a very interesting style. The Case for Christ is considered a modern-day “must read”. And I must have read it twice already.

RATING: $$$$$

The Case For Christ: Posted 3/19/2019 2:47:35 PM

Movie Review

STUDIO: Flix Pure

TOPIC: Christian Biography

I really liked the book, so I had to see the movie. While the book focuses primarily on Lee Strobel’s investigation of Christ, the movie focuses on his personal journey from atheist to Christian, particularly how it affects his relationship with his wife. It all starts when she surprises him with the news she has become a Christian and goes from there.

I didn’t like the movie as much as I did the book. Being a blossoming apologetics nerd, I guess I was looking for more of a documentary that presents the results of his investigation. But, that aside, the movie is still pretty good. It is a compelling personal story of a man who finds Christ. As I have said in other movie reviews, we need more of these kinds of true stories.

RATING: $$$$$

The Devil''s Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions: Posted 3/16/2019 2:46:13 PM

Book Review

AUTHOR: Dr. David Berlinski

TOPIC: Apologetics

I first saw Dr. Berlinski on a television talk show. As a secular Jew from the academic and scientific communities, his defense of Christian free speech and thought was fascinating. When I discovered he had written a book on the same subjects, I had to have it. Himself a member of the intelligentsia, he uses a lot of Ivy League words to dismantle the arguments used by the scientific atheist community to disprove God and to expose their own “faith based” biases.

Having attended a small public university where I graduated with a disappointing 2.85 GPA, I struggled with his Ivy League words and complicated scientific concepts. I spent a lot of time rereading what I just read… particularly in the cosmological chapters. (It didn’t help that I read it at bedtime.) However, I stilled enjoyed The Devils Delusion, particularly all the high-brow putdowns he aimed at his fellow scientists. I will have to read this again someday…just not so late at night.

RATING: $$$$$

Unbroken: Path to Redemption: Posted 3/16/2019 2:19:43 PM

Movie Review

STUDIO: New Day Distribution

TOPIC: Christian Biography

The true story of Louis Zamperini’s life is incredible. The Path to Redemption about how he came to Christ after his harrowing experience in a Japanese POW camp is truly inspirational. It shows how the true power of God can really change lives. I wish the movie had focused a little less on his journey to redemption and a little more on what happened after he was saved at a Billy Graham revival. Although at the end of the movie, and in the special features, it does have real life commentary that talks more about the revival and Louie’s life after accepting Christ. This sequel is as good as the original movie, Unbroken. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

RATING: $$$$$