Friday, August 29, 2014

When Calls The Heart - Second Chances

This fabulous feel-good romance is now out on DVD. Perfect for movie night. Also makes a great gift. (Hey, it's not too early to stock up on stocking stuffers.)

Read my full review in Assist News.

Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © August 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Giver, new controversial movie

Imagine a world in which pain has been eradicated, where social engineering and drugs have quelled jealousy, hatred—even love—an egalitarian world where, for the sake of sameness, people’s ability to see colors has been blocked. Picture a community where destinies are assigned by “The Elders”, dictators who also get to decide who is inept and should therefore be euthanized—including babies.  This is the dystopia depicted in The Giver.

Starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift, The Giver is the movie adaptation of Lois Lowry’s mind-probing and oh-so disturbing novel. Disturbing because, in its absurdity, it strikes a chord and sends a warning: When man wants to tamper with nature and control everything to create utopia, he creates dystopia. Worse still, he destroys the very heart of humanity.

But this movie has a serious flaw. It seems to ignore Christian history while highlighting Islam--something one assumes is an oversight and not a deliberate bias--especially in a time when Christians are being beheaded for their faith. 

For more details, read my full review of this movie in Assist News Service and in The Examiner

Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © August 2014

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The NIV Essentials Study Bible

I love reading the Bible, but sometimes it is hard to understand without studying it more deeply. You need to grasp context and literary nuances to get the full picture, but where do you start?  There are so many good tools out there; how do you know which one to choose? How about choosing six bestselling NIV resources fused into one awesome Bible: The NIV Essentials Study Bible!

The NIV Essentials Study Bible (Zondervan) combines key articles, study notes, in-text charts, archeology photos, question & answer sections, cut-out, guided tour clarifications, and meditations from six top NIV sources to facilitate understanding the fundamentals of Scripture:
·      NIV Study Bible
·      NIV Quest Study Bible
·      NIV Archeological Study Bible
·      NIV Student Bible
·      The Great Rescue Bible
·      The Essential Bible Companion

Each biblical resource within this one Bible helps you explore God’s Word using a variety of study methods and probes, as well as photos and charts.

This large hardback Bible comes in an enticing format that makes you want to delve in immediately. The layout is clean and easy to read. The study component insertions within the NIV text don’t pop out as an interruption to the scriptural text but, rather, they stand out just enough without being a distraction. 

The beauty of the NIV Essentials Study Bible is that, within one Bible, you can quickly and easily understand and apply God’s Word to your life. The Q & A and response sections also help you to consider the relevance of the text and how it personally affects you today.

Well worth the $ 50 price tag, this Bible makes a great gift or an investment for your own spiritual growth.

This review will also appear in Assist News Service.

Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © August 2014