Showing posts from October, 2015

Woodlawn starring Sean Astin & newcomer Caleb Castille opens October 16 (movie review)

Woodlawn is this amazing story of how Jesus Christ helped a football team overcome racial tensions after their school was integrated in the 1970s. It's based on the true story of the Woodlawn High School football team whose teammate, Tony Nathan, became the first real African American superstar. Sean Astin (best known for Rudy ) plays Hank, a guy who went to a Billy Graham revival in Texas called the Jesus Revolution and just really felt lead to share Jesus in Birmingham, Alabama during one of the hardest times of racial tensions in the United States post-Civil War. Hank comes to the football coach, Tandy Gerelds (took me the whole movie to figure out they weren't calling him "Candy."), to ask about coming to share his faith with the team. The coach says no, this is a public school. Then a fight breaks out between races and the coach gives Hank five minutes. Those five minutes turn into an hour and after that, Hank asks if any of the team wants to start li


Filmmakers are finally listening to audiences and going with more family friendly movies. War Room has done amazingly in the box office, God's Not Dead 2 is gaining steam in production, and Woodlawn (in theaters October 16) is highly anticipated! The tagline for the movie is One Hope. One Truth. One Way . The setting for the movie is Birmingham, Alabama in the 1970s. The story is a talented high school football player who must stay true to his faith and talent as he battles racial tensions in a very racially sensitive time in history. This is a true story of "how love and unity overcome hate and division." images via Grace Hill Media Sean Astin (Rudy, Lord of the Ring trilogy) stars in this film along with newcomer Caleb Castille, Nic Bishop (Covert Affairs), Jon Voight (Ali, National Treasure), C. Thomas Howell (The Outsiders, Red Dawn), and Sherri Shepherd (The View). images via Grace Hill Media It's directed by The Erwin Brothers (October Baby,

The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones by Jan and Mike Berenstain (book review)

I have fond memories of reading The Berenstain Bear series growing up. One my own sons are etching into their memories as they love BB books. We have a few out of their Living Lights series which is their faith-based books vs straight social stories that I grew up on. I love some of them: "All Things Bright and Beautiful" and "Love Their Neighbor." If you remember from an older post of mine, I reviewed their "God Bless America" and was taken aback by their using a reference of the Promised Land to America. Calling America the land flowing with milk and honey. Not really what God had in mind, I don't think. Like a friend said on Facebook the other day 'patriotism is not Christianity.' image via BookLook However, I decided to give it another chance with their Storybook Bible. How wrong can you go with Bible stories? And for the most part, it is a great little book. What I liked: The length of the stories is terrific. Not too complex. Pre