Saturday, March 28, 2009
Order Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace
After experiencing the death of both parents, Margaret McSweeney recognized the importance of community like never before. Through these difficult times in life, she learned how God uses gritty circumstances to conform us to the stunning image of Christ.
McSweeney also realized that she was not at all alone. It is for this reason that she decided to compile essays into an inspiring book: Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit Experiencing Grace. Through this collection, readers will be encouraged by the heartfelt writings that deal with loss and hardship in a real and honest way. Respected authors such as Shaunti Feldhahn, Melody Carlson, Debbie Macomber, Robin Jones Gunn and others help remind every woman that they are not alone and that no circumstance is beyond the grace of God.
McSweeney uses the metaphor of a pearl in order to better describe the situations that ail us all. When an oyster takes in a piece of sand in order to create its coveted masterpiece, it is initially painful to the soft flesh of the creature. But after the pain, appears a clean, white symbol of simplicity, purity, and endurance that any woman would be proud to wear. McSweeney believes that each woman is a pearl and together, form a necklace of great worth. In this book, readers will discover community and encouragement: women are alone in neither their pain nor victories in life.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Stars From Hit Television Shows Talk About Spiritual Issues On Evangelize.Com
LOS ANGELES, Mar. 26 /Christian Newswire/ -- Evangelize.com, a new website which features Christian videos, taps into Hollywood talent as actors from hit television shows such as "The Office," "Saturday Night Live" and "Reno 911" star in videos on the site.
Officially launched on January 10, 2009, Evangelize.com first showcased its "Gossip" video, which stars Kate Flannery ("The Office"), Victoria Jackson ("Saturday Night Live"), and Beth Grant ("Jericho," "No Country for Old Men"). The video quickly became the number 1 seller on the site. Evangelize.com co-founder Tom Rice says "I think people are hungry to hear positive messages during these tough times and these talented actors wanted to be a part of that."
Rice launched the site to give viewers an opportunity to hear about important themes. Videos tackle issues such as gossip, relationships and forgiveness -- all from a Christian perspective.
Rice wants people to view Evangelize.com as the top digital resource offering only the best in Christian media for churches, small group leaders and individual use. The downloadable videos range from inspirational pieces and documentary testimonials, to comedies that often feature recognizable actors. The content on the site is produced through a partnership of Christian media producers.
Evangelize.com sees their popular "Gossip" video as an indication of the kind of quality video they plan to show prominently on the site. They are currently in production on several upcoming videos that will also star recognizable faces. "I think people are much more open to hearing these spiritual messages when the people involved are at the top of their field," says Rice.
Evangelize.com is an online digital resource that offers the best in Christian media for church, small group or individual use. Their high quality inspirational videos, documentary testimonials and comedies often feature recognizable actors -- from hit television shows such as "The Office," "Saturday Night Live" and "Reno 911."
In addition to founding the site, Rice is also an award- winning filmmaker. His debut feature film, "The Rising Place", which Rice wrote and directed, won awards at over 16 festivals, including Best Picture and Audience Favorite. It is being distributed by Warner Bros. He has written and/or supervised scripts for various television shows including "American Idol", "Survivor" and "Last Comic Standing." He recently produced "The Presence," starring Mira Sorvino, Justin Kirk, Tony Curran and Shane West, which is currently in post production.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I'm a huge fan of literary fiction. Huge! Mary's latest book, Daisy Chain is just that...high quality, literary writing at it's best. The book, story and characters were rich and dripping with complication, angst and turmoil. They were real. My favorite character is Jed Pepper, who is so much more than he gives himself credit for. I love the way Mary let's us see what Jed can not. I love a story told from a child's perspective. And a story told well is so much the better. Daisy Chain brings to mind one of my favorite authors, Flannery O'Connor. I highly recommend this book. Pick up a copy here!
So well done Mary... I can harldy wait for book 2!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mary E. DeMuth is an expert in Pioneer Parenting. She enables Christian parents to navigate our changing culture when their families left no good faith examples to follow.
Her parenting books include Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture (Harvest House, 2007), Building the Christian Family You Never Had (WaterBrook, 2006), and Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God (Harvest House, 2005).
Mary also inspires people to face their trials through her real-to-life novels, Watching The Tree Limbs
(nominated for a Christy Award) and Wishing On Dandelions (NavPress, 2006).
Mary has spoken at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, the ACFW Conference, the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, and at various churches and church planting ministries. Mary and her husband, Patrick, reside in Texas with their three children. They recently returned from breaking new spiritual ground in Southern France, and planting a church.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The abrupt disappearance of young Daisy Chance from a small Texas town in 1973 spins three lives out of control—Jed, whose guilt over not protecting his friend Daisy strangles him; Emory Chance, who blames her own choices for her daughter’s demise; and Ouisie Pepper, who is plagued by headaches while pierced by the shattered pieces of a family in crisis.
In this first book in the Defiance, Texas Trilogy, fourteen-year-old Jed Pepper has a sickening secret: He’s convinced it’s his fault his best friend Daisy went missing. Jed’s pain sends him on a quest for answers to mysteries woven through the fabric of his own life and the lives of the families of Defiance, Texas. When he finally confronts the terrible truths he’s been denying all his life, Jed must choose between rebellion and love, anger and freedom.
Daisy Chain is an achingly beautiful southern coming-of-age story crafted by a bright new literary talent. It offers a haunting yet hopeful backdrop for human depravity and beauty, for terrible secrets and God’s surprising redemption.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Daisy Chain, go HERE
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Sandwiches cut diagonally
taste better than
sandwiches cut horizontally--
no matter what's in them.
And hot dogs at the ballpark
to hot dogs
And being with you--
wherever you are--
is the tangiest mustard
Patrick Joseph Hill (1939-2008)
(former VP and faculty member of The Evergreen State College)
written to his wife Maureen.