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23 Blast – Inspiring Us to See Differently

Vision Comes From Within When you look for a movie to watch over the next couple of weeks the pickings are slim. It almost seems that family movies get buried behind movies like John Wick starring Keanu Reeves which people will go see just because it is Keanu. Then there is Ouija which no matter how you spin cannot turn out well for anyone. Buried among the weekends travesties is 23 Blast, a movie that everyone that likes inspirational true stories should see, yet many never heard of. We went to see it on opening weekend last weekend. Like many faith filled, feel good or family movies it was tucked in the back of the theater. for we walk by faith, not by sight Click To Tweet The movie itself was thoroughly enjoyable, it has a PG-13 rating due to football violence and some teen drinking. It carries a faith undertone unlike many recent faith-based movies. You are not burdened with cheesy scripts and a heavy message. The acting is actually top-notch compared to the budget. Being that the movie is based on a true story made it all the more enjoyable. Without giving away too much of the story, here is a brief synopsis. The movie is based on the true story of Travis Freeman (Mark Hapka) a high school football player that loses his eyesight his junior year. His football coach (Stephen Lang) talks him into coming back and playing for the team. Needless to say he comes back and plays and inspires […]

Album Review – Lately by Alice Summers

Lately by Alice Summers – A music Review As a music aficionado I am always on the lookout for new and upcoming artists with a new sound. I recently had the fortune to be able to preview the newly released album Behind the Noise by Alice Summers. Disclaimer Alice Summers provided the album “Lately” free of charge for review. So let’s dive right into the track list of the album that should be added to your play-list. For the Rainy Days – starts out with an upbeat almost country-like guitar and is a prayer of thankfulness. The song takes us through mistakes and missteps and yet finding the smile as it is His path not ours. The song of gratitude can make anyone’s bad day a bit brighter while it points us to Him. “A flower never grows if the Sun is all it knows.” This is Grace – A slower tempo song of reassurance through Grace. Alice’s beautiful voice is displayed with precise emotion in this song of God’s Grace. Under the Shadow – Possibly my favorite track on the album, Alice’s prayer to provide comfort through darkness and overcoming of fear. Under the shadow of His wings we are able to find peace through trusting Him to be our refuge. Rock of Ages – No this is not the musical , much better in my opinion, a beautiful ballad of redemption through our baptism and the age of life. May we find healing until our last breath through the cross. It takes the listener […]

Chosen For Purpose – A Book Review

Chosen for Purpose: Overcoming Giants and Living Your Dreams written by Danya Bickham is the recently released book from the author of ‘No More Lies‘. The anticipated new release Chosen for Purpose is written especially for those that are trying to figure out their dreams and purpose. Written using the scriptures and story of David at its’ core Chosen for Purpose takes us on a transformational journey. This journey includes: Understanding the Role of Your Personality Individual Identity versus Tribal Identity The Value of Battles Reconciling Your Past to Press Into Your Future Building the Skills it Takes to Overcome Giants Learning to Dream Again and more… Danya digs into the Biblical story of David in a way that goes beyond the common story of David and Goliath that we all know. We all are faced with challenges and hurdles in our lives that can be giants in our path that deter, detract and at times derail us from our purpose. She takes us through the journey of David from being the young shepherd boy to the hero that we all have read about to the leader hiding in caves that others follow because his purpose was chosen for him.