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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Two new Zonderkidz children's books

Summer is great to laze around and read. In fact, it's a great time of year to read to your little ones and invest in them the love of good books. Here are two new children's books fresh from the press brought to us by Zonderkidz.

These books are packed with delightfully colorful illustrations and Scripture-based wording. Simply beautiful!

Read my full review of The Blessing of Friendship Treasury by Mary Engelbreit.
Read my full review of Jonah and the Great Big Fish by Rhonda Gowler Greene with illustrations by Margaret Spengler.

Now, if I could just get copies of these books to the children in our Orphans First programs in India, Mexico, Siberia... Wouldn't that be fabulous?

More coming soon. Keep reading while you're soaking up those rays.

Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © July 2014


Friday, July 11, 2014

Persecuted, new political thriller - & interview with debut actor Natalie Grant

With Saeed Abenini, an American pastor in prison in Iran, and Meriam Ibrahim and her two babies held captive in Sudan--all because of their faith in Jesus, persecution is--or at least it should be--on every Christian's lips.  Here in America, Christians are becoming increasingly targeted. Both liberal media and many politicians (including the USA prez & the IRS) target Christians and try to limit their freedom and squelch their voice.

Makes sense then to bring out a new movie on this very subject, Persecuted.

Persecuted, a political thriller, brings us into a world where hostility towards Christians—a world not unlike our own, a scary peek at how things could turn out even in America.

Persecuted features an all-star cast, which includes Fred Thompson (Days of Thunder, Law & Order), James Remar (X-Men, Django Unchained), Bruce Davison (X-Men, Lost), and Gretchen Carlson (Fox News) as well as singer Natalie Grant in her acting debut as the senator’s wife. Natalie shares her thoughts about Persecuted in an exclusive interview.

JD—Hi Natalie. Congrats on your acting debut as the Senator’s wife in the movie, Persecuted. You already light up the world with your music. Do you see acting as another expression of your God-given, artistic creativity?

NG— To be honest, I never planned on acting. I never even took a drama class in school. But this door opened up to me, it was an interesting script and something I had never done before so I was thrilled to be a part. 

 JD—What was your first response to the script of Persecuted? Did it hit a nerve?

NG— My first reaction was that it was nice to see a faith-based thriller script. It was different from other Christian based movies I'd seen before. 

JD—Do you feel this movie holds an important message for us today?

NG— This movie is not a political campaign, it's just a political thriller. But at the same time, we are living In interesting and unprecedented times, and the thought that the government might try to control what pastors say from the pulpit is no longer such a far fetched idea. 

JD— We know that Satan hates truth and that he’s out to try to silence Christians. As a Christian artist, to what measure have you faced resistance to the message you bring?

NG— I face constant opposition from people who don't understand what I do and what I stand for. I also think that Christians are often so misrepresented in the media as people of judgment, rules and hate. That's what the enemy wants the world to think we are about. But Jesus is love and grace and peace. and my prayer had always been that my life would be a reflection of that. 

JD—Thank you Natalie. We look forward to seeing and hearing more from you in the future.

Persecuted holds a PG-13 rating and releases on July 18th. 

Read my full review and find out more info about Persecuted in Assist News Service

Meanwhile, let's keep praying for the persecuted church everywhere. 

Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © July 2014


Saturday, June 21, 2014

The NIV ReadEasy Bible

Ever been frustrated searching for a simple Bible where the print is not too small? Or, maybe the print is a decent size, but the Bible is too big? Or the cover is cheap and unattractive? Look no more. Zondervan seems to have met all these needs in The NIV ReadEasy Bible.
The NIV ReadEasy Bible contains the popular easy-to-read New International Version text and is printed on fine silver-edged paper with a comfortable sized, easy-to-read font. This Bible is also a comfortable size—approximately 9” by 6”—making it easy to carry or grab on the run. The classy Italian Duo-Tone™ cover looks and feels like leather.

Features of the NIV ReadEasy Bible include:

*  perfect, portable size
*  comfortable size print
*  easy-to-read layout
*  classy, Italian Duo-Tone™ cover
*  words of Jesus in red
*  presentation page for gift giving
*  ribbon marker
*  silver-edged paper

This luxurious Bible is just right for Bible studies, bedtime reading, traveling…and works for anyone who just wants a solid Bible without all the extra study notes. 

The NIV ReadEasy Bible lives up to its claim as an easy to read Bible and makes a great personal Bible or gift. (Unfortunately, at almost $ 50 it's not a gift price.)

This article also appears in Assist News Service

Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © June 2014


Monday, May 12, 2014

A Lady's Honor - a cliffs of Cornwall novel (Zondervan)

If you like 19th Century romances set in England, you might enjoy A Lady’s Honor - A Cliffs of Cornwall Novel by Laurie Alice Eakes, published by Zondervan. But if you’re looking for a story that is easy-to-read as in well written, this book falls short—a pity as it detracts from an otherwise decent plot. 

For example, at the beginning of the novel (page 3), as the reader is being lured into the drama, an annoying little French phrase pops up, “Souvenez vous qui vous etes.” The phrase is apparently the protagonist’s family motto—“remember who you are”—but the French is incorrect; it should be “Souvenez-vous qui vous ĂȘtes” or “rappelez-vous qui vous ĂȘtes.” The phrase is repeated once again in French a little further into the novel but we still don’t know why a Trelawney would speak French—especially incorrect French. Is it supposed to clue us into the fact that she’s well educated? If so—and one can only guess as no explanation is given—wouldn’t the French be accurate?  Sigh!

Ok, fair enough, so you might not get the French. But take a look at this sentence: “…Her grip would surely crush his fingers. Her cries would surely deafen them…” (page 284). Hmm. Deafened fingers? Oh yeah, she obviously means deafened people, but why should the reader have to do be stumbled by ambiguity? It interrupts the flow.

And there are many more mistakes. But what about the narrative?

A Lady’s Honor tells the story of a young girl, Elizabeth Trelawney, whose struggle to win approval and to live up to what she thinks others expect from her in order to merit their love keeps her from pursuing her own heart. She especially values the endorsement of her beloved grandparents who require more from her than just good behavior.  In order to inherit Bastion Point, the only place she ever felt was home, Elizabeth must discover some kind of treasure.

With smugglers doing their dirty business and killing people who get in their way, Cornwall is not a safe place. After the death of a friend, Conan, Elizabeth and her female cousins may be in danger. And the man who has set his heart on helping them, Rowan Curnow, has also set his heart on Elizabeth. But his is not a match for Elizabeth Trelawney—not if she is to keep in good standing with the grandparents.

A Lady’s Honor is a Christian novel and, on that level, it presents a clear message about God’s unconditional love.  

A link to this story also appears in Assist News Service.

Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © May 2014

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Moms' Night Out

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Moms’ Night Out, a brilliant comedy, opens in theaters on May 9th. And if you’re a parent or have children in your life, or just enjoy a good guffaw, you won’t want to miss this movie. It has all the elements of belly-aching hilarity with a whopping dose of ouch-that-hits-home.

Starring Patricia Heaton (The Middle, Everyone Loves Raymond), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings, Rudy) and a crew of other top-notch talent, this film is brilliant.

Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © May 2014