Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Last Song

Two movies in one day! What's the world coming to?

This one was a movie that I thought I wanted to see, but the girls were so over Miley Cyrus there was no way they were going! :-) It was a cute movie, totally predictable. No too much Miley, my girls still wouldn't like it. A few bad words, but nothing major. Well maybe, the girls would be ok, she doesn't sing until the last song with the closing credits. Her clothes are skimpy in parts. Of course there are bikinis on the beach. And the fellas play beach volleyball, so no shirts there either. Greg Kineer did a great job as the dad. Sad movie though. A popcorn movie to be sure. Romantic drama I guess is how you'd classify it.

Recommended? I'm not sure. I'd hold off due to clothes in spots. And like I said it was predictable. Still. A sweet story.

The Last Starfighter

I'm doing mini-reviews on books, I figure why not review movies we watch too. :-)

We just finished Last Starfighter. It's a PG movie from 1984. It's one that I remember from my youth as being good. I remembered the basic story line as being something M would enjoy. I think he did enjoy it. And other than bad effects - it's from 1984, what did we expect??? - it's still a good movie.

Basic story - kid growing up in a trailer park is obsessed with a video game. He breaks the all time record and is then taken into space as a starfighter. He tells them no, he doesn't want to be there and they bring him home. Then for what ensues, I'll leave for those who will watch the movie.

The one disappointment - There are a handful of bad words. Not that I didn't expect them. I figured it's made at a time when curse words were common in movies and I'd need to preview the movie. John said let's just watch it and if it gets bad, we'll turn it off. So we did that. The disappointment is that every curse word in the movie, and some of them weren't the mild variety, were said by the 10/11 yo little brother. Not any of the adults or newly minted high school grads, the 10/11 yo. Oh and they flashed some Playboy covers. Not enough to see anything you wouldn't see at the beach these days. But those also belonged to the little brother. Not cool.

Recommended - yes, with the cautions above.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Book 10

Real Food by Nina Planck

This is a book I read once a year. It gets me on track with what I should be eating - food grown in dirt. Meat from animals that have eaten grass. I can't always afford it, but it's what I'd like to be able to do. Those of you who are young earth types will have to get over her "we've been eating this way for millions of years." I just ignore those statements, well I guess I change them to "We've been eating this way since the dawn of time." She does talk a lot about cholesterol - I happen to share her viewpoint. Recommended: YES.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Book 9

365 Daily Devotions for a Godly Woman

Obviously I didn't start this book this year. Truthfully, I didn't start it last year either. I started it in 2009! But I kept at it and have finally finished it! Yes, I would recommend it. It's nothing ground breaking but it is a set of wonderful reminders. It gets you thinking first thing in the morning about Christ and who He is and who He is to you. Which is what a devotional should do, right?

Friday, February 11, 2011

Mom Heart Conference 2011

Join me at Mom Heart in NC in less than a month. Sally Clarkson leads the retreat. She has such a heart for moms. This year her theme is "My Mom Heart Matters, Reclaiming Motherhood, Shaping the Future."

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Book 8

Breaking Free by Beth Moore

I had this book up on my bookshelf. I have no idea when or why I bought it. I picked it up because it is the book that goes along with the Bible study I am doing at SEEK. We split the study into 2 semesters so I needed a review before we started spring semester. I picked up this book. But I didn't read only the parts we studied last semester. I read the whole thing. :-) I figure the more the word washes over me the more I'll get what I need to get. Less forgetting and going my own way, you know. The subtitle is "Discover the Victory if Total Surrender". She lays out 5 benefits to submitting to God. There's part that describes the benefits, part that explains what keeps us from the benefits and part how to live out the benefits. If you are willing to do the work, it's a good study. Would I recommend the book? Yes, but I think the Bible study is better. You don't need one if you have the other.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Book 7

The Centurion's Wife by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke

The only reason I have this book is it was free on the Kindle. But I was intrigued by the story. Then the more I read the less I wanted to put the book down! Would I recommend this book - YES! It is in the genre of Christian fiction.

It takes place in Jerusalem between Christ's crucifixion and Pentecost, or the week after Pentecost. It's the story of a centurion who is told to find out what the disciples did with Jesus's body and the story of a servant to Pilate's wife who is told to find out if the disciples plan a rebellion. Well sort of. And it's really so much more than that as well. :-)