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Monday, March 30, 2015

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café

Max Lucado brings us another great read in his heavenly novel, Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café, which combines human dilemma with angelic warfare.

When Chelsea Chambers learns her NFL famous husband has cheated on her, she decides she’s done and needs to take her two children and find a new life. Since her mother had recently passed on and left her with the responsibility of a cozy café in San Antonio, she decides this is a good place to start.

Eager to revamp the Higher Grounds Café and draw customers with her delicious cupcakes, she is quickly set back by more bad news: Her mother had failed to keep up with the taxes leaving Chelsea with a humongous debt to the IRS. And with the upbeat Cosmic Café in firm competition with its free Internet and great coffee, Chelsea’s cupcakes just don’t cut it. She needs something else. An attraction to draw clients, a lure, a miracle no less!

While Chelsea remains indifferent to God, her patrons apparently are not. When an Internet system is installed in the Higher Grounds Café, it brings free access to a mysterious God-blog with it. People are able to log in and ask God one question. And He answers with precision and understanding that defies explanation.

At the same time, a convivial, almost childlike character, Manny, joins Chelsea’s team in the café. Manny proves himself to be a real God-send in more ways than one.

With human dilemmas to boot and angelic warfare in the background, Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café flaunts Max Lucado’s incredible imagination coupled with a strong biblical base.

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café is a sweet story (no pun intended)!

Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © April 2015


Monday, March 02, 2015

The Drop Box, a film that will change your life

The Drop Box, released by Focus on the Family and showing in various cinemas nationwide now through March 4th, is a stunning, compelling true story about Pastor Lee Jong-rak of South Korea who saves babies.

Together with his wife—and with the help of other loving Christians—Pastor Jong-rak works tirelessly day and night to take care of the abandoned babies that are dropped off in what is called “The Baby box”—a drop box where birth-mothers can place their babies and know they will be cared for and loved.

Jong-rak’s journey begun through the birth of his own and his own handicapped son who, in essence, becomes the icon and centerpiece of the entire story. Many of the babies who are dropped off are handicapped in some way of other, whether Downs syndrome, physical handicaps, or premature, they share complex issues. But those issues do not hinder the outpouring of love and care Pastor Jong-rak and his team give them. They quickly become members of a large family where love reigns.

Focus-on-the-Family partnered with Kindred Image and Arbella Studios to bring us The Drop Box with the purpose of not only sharing a beautiful true story, but of hopefully touching hearts to the core to choose life and to care for children. The film highlights the need for global orphan care, adoption, and post-adoption support.

The Drop Box also shines a light on the deep love of God, the love that never forgets any child, the love that compels those who are open to it to act radically so others may see the Light. Pastor Jong-rak is such a person—one who acts with radical love no matter what it costs him.

See the trailer here at TheDropBoxFilm.com. Look for the film in a local theater, and be sure to bring a large box of Kleenex. You’ll need them. The film is not the best cinematic production—some cartoon drawings interspersed in the documentary and a lot of sub-titles to read—but the story is so powerful, so life-changing, you hardly notice.

Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © March 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

In Plain Sight - sex trafficking in your back-yard

In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom is a disturbing and compelling documentary that follows six modern-day abolitionists fighting sex trafficking across the country.

Narrated by Natalie Grant, the film introduces us to girls who are or were real-life sex-slaves, real life victims of a hellhole lifestyle from which they could find no way out. Their plight comes about mostly because of their destitution and vulnerability, which make them easy prey to evil pimps. Their stories tell the tale of brokenness and hopelessness – until God pricks the hearts of some several women across America who – each in their own way – feel God’s call of compassion on their hearts so strongly, they just have to do something.

In Plain Sight shows what that “something” looks like and how it changes lives. Drastically.

Six abolitionists—women from various walks of life and none with any expertize with regard to sex-trafficking—feel constrained by the Holy Spirit to create a home for girls wanting out from sexual slavery. The testimonies of these ladies and the girls they pour their lives into are stunning. In a culture where evil is often rendered banal or even deemed as good, where sexual slavery is glorified (think Fifty Shades of Grey and The Family Guy), the girls' stories offer hope. they highlight the power of redemption through Christ.

Narrator and co-executive producer, Natalie Grant says, “The reality is that children are being ravaged day in and day out. If you have a heart beating on the inside of you, I don’t understand how this couldn’t be important to you.”

David Trotter, co-executive producer, adds, “Most Americans are completely oblivious to the fact that thousands of women and children are enslaved within their own communities. This isn’t limited to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York. We’re talking about cities across America – from Sacramento to Little Rock to Baltimore – where the unthinkable is happening.”

In Plain Sight does more than just bring awareness about the huge problem of sex trafficking in America; it rattles you. It disrupts your self-comfort and shakes you up. It marks you—hopefully in a way that you’ll get involved in some small or big way to help prisoners of the sex traffic trade.

Learn more about In Plain Sight and watch the trailer here: www.Wordfilms.com or www.inplainsightfilm.com.

This article will also appear in Assist News Service

Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © February 2015


Thursday, January 15, 2015

InScribed, a series of Bible-based books for women

The InScribed collection from Thomas Nelson publishers is a new series of women’s Bible studies and testimonies on various topics relevant to women. 

The collection is designed to help women grow stronger and deeper in their walk with God through life’s varying challenges ranging from infertility to self-identity and everything in between.

The latest titles in the InScribed collection include: Just RISE UP! by Sarah Francis Martin, Barren Among The Fruitful by Amanda Hope Haley and Inseparable by Ashley Linne.

Barren Among The Fruitful! highlights the emotional and social struggles that accompany infertility. The book includes several stories from women who have walked the path of pain and disappointment of barrenness. In a woman-to-woman way, they share their trials and their triumphs – the diverse ways that God ministered to them and led them as they sought fruitfulness.

Barren Among The Fruitful! draws from Scripture and biblical viewpoint which, together with the testimonies, provide encouragement and strength to those feeling the sting of infertility. This book differs from another recent book I reviewed for Zondervan on the same subject, Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet, which is more a memoir and personal story of adoption.

All three books in this InScribe collection are beautifully bound in paperback matt covers with a soft rustic design in faded colors giving them an olde-worlde feel. The covers have a convenient flipback on the front and backside which work as inbuilt bookmarks.

A sweet collection that many different types of women would enjoy.

This story also appears in Assist News.

Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © January 2015


Wednesday, January 07, 2015

NIV Discover God's Heart Devotional Bible

The Bible is full of insight into God’s heart and it is easy to miss it. Here is a great tool to help: The NIV Discover God’s Heart Devotional Bible (Zondervan).

Containing the complete NIV text, the Discover God’s Heart Devotional Bible highlights many passages and Scriptures that point to God’s heart and help us tuck into it. Brief devotionals are divided into three key sections: God’s Story, The King’s Heart and Insight.

The 365 sections provide an overall picture of various aspects of God’s character and show how Scriptures reveal Him, and how they are continually relevant to our lives today.

This hard-back Bible with an attractive glossy cover is a handy size – not too big, not too small – and is easy to read. A special Reading Schedule is placed at the beginning—an outline to help the reader work through reading the entire NIV Discover God’s Heart Devotional Bible.

The Tour of the Bible Reading Plan at the end of the book is another great feature to guide the reader in reading the Bible. And for those wanting to explore a particular theme in God’s Word in a shorter time period, there are several 30-day reading plans at the end—including one called “Thirty Stories You’ve Probably Never Heard.”

Great Bible, especially for those hungry to learn more about God’s heart.

This story will also appear in Assist News Service. 

Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © January 2015