Books and Movies - Celebrating Family

Top Gun: Maverick

The original Top Gun movie debuted in theaters when I was in fifth grade and I saw it at the drive-in theaters with my family. As you know, it was a huge hit and immediately became part of popular culture. Roughly 36 years have passed since then, so one has to wonder if a Top […]

The Batman (2022)

Batman stories have been done over and over again and the list of Batman actors keeps getting longer and longer. With the recent release of The Batman, moviegoers may be asking themselves if they should go see this newest iteration. My answer is a qualified yes. We meet this newest Batman (played by Robert Pattinson) […]

CSB Holy Land Illustrated Bible (Review and Giveaway)

I have always loved Bibles with pictures. I can remember my mom reading to me and my sisters out of a huge children’s illustrated Bible and always being excited to see the pictures. Later, when I fully embraced the Christian faith, I spent a lot of time in the Bible and enjoyed seeing the maps […]

Before the Wrath (2020)

Before the Wrath explains anthropological evidence from the time of Christ that will reignite hope for believers and prepare the world for what’s coming. I heard an amazing analogy several years ago in a Bible study taught by a teacher who was an expert on Revelation and Israel. The analogy took something mysterious, Jesus’ return, […]

I Still Believe (2020)

I Still Believe was the last movie I saw in theaters before everything came to a screeching halt. I had been listening to Jeremy Camp for years, but I did not know a single thing about his story. By the end of the movie I felt like I knew so much about him and better […]

Life Essentials Interactive Study Bible (CSB) – Review and Giveaway

I have several Bibles in a few different translations. I have a Bible for study, one for reading, and a few for translation comparison. Like most of you, I even have one on my phone. The Life Essentials Interactive Study Bible very different from any Bible I own. It is the perfect study Bible for the […]

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Spoiler Free Review)

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is the last movie in the newest trilogy of the Skywalker saga. It has a lot to live up to and hopes, if not expectations, are high. Who is Rey? Is Kylo Ren truly going to follow in his grandfather’s terrible footsteps? And what will be the fate of the […]

Dora and The Lost City of Gold

Dora and The Lost City of Gold brings a beloved childhood favorite to the big screen. But is it worth a visit to the theater? Every parent loves at least one of their children’s cartoon shows more than they would publicly admit. One of those shows for me was Dora the Explorer. I loved the […]

The Farewell (2019)

The Farewell is a story about family, tradition, change, and culture. It centers around one family’s decision to keep a family member’s terminal illness secret from her. When a much-loved family matriarch falls ill, her family rushes to China to be with her. She has been given a short time to live, although she does […]

Toy Story 4

I cried at the end of Toy Story 3. I felt the end of Andy’s childhood was the perfect end to the Toy Story series. It spoke to me as a child now grown, but more as a mother of a son. When I heard a new Toy Story movie was on the horizon, I […]

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Dark Phoenix is the newest installment in the X-Men movie franchise and centers on Jean Grey’s growing power and her struggle to control it. If you think this story sounds familiar, you are right. Jean Grey’s struggle to control her power was at the heart of X-Men: The Last Stand. That struggle ended with Wolverine killing […]

Avengers: Endgame | Spoiler-Free Review

Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of nearly two dozen Marvel films and its release has been highly anticipated. The events of Avengers: Infinity War left audiences shocked and wondering exactly how the story would be finished. I have heard many theories about how the tragic events of Infinity War would be resolved in Endgame; every […]