Gosnell Movie

     Dr. Kermit Gosnell was an abortionist in Philadelphia whom this movie asserts is the most prolific serial killer in America. This movie is closely based on actual events and the court dialog is from actual court records. You might wonder as I did how an abortionist could be convicted of murder, given that abortion… Continue reading Gosnell Movie

The Sensitivity of the Spirit

This is the title of a book by R. T. Kendall, including, "Learning to Stay in the Flow of God's Direction."  The Holy Spirit is my fascination, He captivates and seldom leaves my consideration, perspective, and longing.  I believe the Holy Spirit is active in the congregation of Believers on earth ever since Yeshua ascended… Continue reading The Sensitivity of the Spirit

The Sovereignty of God

"It would be foolish for us to expect that this work will meet with general approval.  The trend of modern theology - if theology it can be called - is ever toward the Deification of the creature rather than the glorification of the Creator, and the leaven of present-day Rationalism is rapidly permeating the whole… Continue reading The Sovereignty of God

Rescuing The Gospel

"Rescuing The Gospel" by Erwin Lutzer is a book about the Reformation.  Lutzer was the senior pastor of Moody Church in Chicago for 36 years until retiring in 2016.  The book focuses on Martin Luther who 500 years ago nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral in Germany which challenged the… Continue reading Rescuing The Gospel

A Matter of Faith

This 2014 movie is about evolution versus creationism, a topic which few in the secular mainstream would find interesting, but Christians might.  As a "Christian" film it does not have the flash, pomp, and professionalism that fifty million dollars can buy.  Harry Anderson plays a biology professor at a state University who religiously promotes evolution… Continue reading A Matter of Faith

The Lord of the Rings

When I was 16 years old a friend encouraged me to read a book he had just finished "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien.  He described it as being about Hobbits, Wizards, Elves, Dwarves, Dragons and Fiery Mountains and the like.  I had always loved to read but had no use for fiction… Continue reading The Lord of the Rings

The Bookshop (2017)

This movie stars Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, and Patricia Clarkson.  It is set in 1959, in a quaint seaside location near London and is a story about a persons dream and courage in the face of adversity.  Bill Nighy is one of my favorite actors and doesn't disappoint in this film.  It is rather slow… Continue reading The Bookshop (2017)

Crockett’s Own Story

Recorded history may be more awash with opinion than fact.  Of course, movies and TV shows are designed to exaggerate and embellish stories for entertainment purposes, but an honest man's own account will bear up against the cross examination of opinion.  I found "A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett" to be an interesting… Continue reading Crockett’s Own Story

David Crockett

David Crockett wrote a narrative biography of his life in 1835.  Unable to abtain a ready copy of it, I picked up, "Davy Crockett, the Man, the Legend, the Legacy", by Michael Lofaro.  This book is a book report on all the books, movies, TV shows, and periodicals written about the man.  That alone is… Continue reading David Crockett

The Fingerprint of God

If this being is omnipotent, then every occurrence, including every human action, every human thought, every human feeling and aspiration is also His work; how is it possible to think of holding men responsible for their deeds and thoughts before such an almighty Being?  In giving out punishment and rewards he would to a certain… Continue reading The Fingerprint of God

Alone in the Wilderness

  This is the title of a documentary film about Dick Proenneke, a man who left civilization for the Alaskan wilderness. This movie is a quintessential male statement of challenge, endeavor and quest. The film was compiled from self-made films and the personal diary of one man's search for peace and freedom found in the… Continue reading Alone in the Wilderness

Won’t You Be My Neighbor

I just watched a movie of this title about Fred Rogers, the creator of the long running children's PBS TV series, "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood".  I wasn't interested at first because I thought I knew all about him and his show.  However, IMDB rates it 8.5 and I discovered a fascinating tale of a man with… Continue reading Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Hero of the Heartland

Hero of the Heartland by Robert Martin is a biography of evangelist Billy Sunday.  Sunday was a fundamentalist evangelist whose sermons concentrated on personal salvation and individual morality.  He was the most influential revivalist in the United States between 1896 and 1935.  He had a theatrical aspect to his sermons.  Those who attended his sermons expected to be entertained… Continue reading Hero of the Heartland

For Cause and Country

For Cause and Country, written by Eric Jacobson, is one of the very best books on the Civil War Battle of Franklin, TN.   It is an excellent read for those interested in the Civil War in general or the Battle of Franklin.  It is a thoroughly-researched book and gives an excellent battle narrative including… Continue reading For Cause and Country

Stan and Ollie

I recently went to see the movie, Stan and Ollie.  It was about the last years of the legendary comedy team, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.  They were one of the top box office draws from the 1920's to mid 1940's after which their popularity went into decline.  The film focuses on a last-gasp music… Continue reading Stan and Ollie

Little Girl Blue

I have long been a fan of Karen Carpenter's singing.  She has one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard and I loved many of her songs.  The book "Little Girl Blue" by Randy Schmidt is probably the best biography of Karen Carpenter, the lead singer of the Carpenters.  The book is based… Continue reading Little Girl Blue

Joy

Most people have probably heard of C. S. Lewis, the famous Christian apologist writer.  The book "Joy" by Abigail Santamaria is an excellent biography of Joy Davidman, C. S. Lewis's wife.  Based on some extraordinary new documents as well as extensive research by the author it brings a full portrait of Davidman for the first… Continue reading Joy

The Creator and the Cosmos

This book by Hugh Ross, Ph.d. is well written and interesting.  It discusses astrophysics in a way that is understandable even though it goes into considerable depth.  Dr. Ross is a believer and a cosmologist and theoretician.  This was the third edition which included many recent updates. The Big Bang theory and recent discoveries related… Continue reading The Creator and the Cosmos

Sea of Darkness

On a cold night in February 1864 George Dixon, captain of the CSS Hunley, and his crew of seven attacked and sunk the Federal blockading ship Housatonic in Charleston harbor becoming the first submarine ever to sink a ship.  The Hunley never returned to shore after the sinking and was presumed lost at sea.  The… Continue reading Sea of Darkness

First Man

I recently went and saw the movie, First Man, and was pleasantly surprised.  I enjoyed it very much and it kept me entertained throughout with its suspenseful action and interesting story.  The movie is more of a biopic of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, then a primer on the Space program's… Continue reading First Man

The Man Who Planted Trees

This short story by Jean Giono, about one shepherd's long and successful single-handed effort to re-forest a desolate valley in the foothills of the Alps in France, and accompanying short animated film is one of my all-time favorites.  It is narrated by Christopher Plummer who is outstanding.  The story is written in words with an… Continue reading The Man Who Planted Trees

Inside The Third Reich

When I was in the seventh grade, around 1972, my English teacher handed out a book club flyer to encourage us to do some extra reading outside the normal reading assignments.  I was already an enthusiastic reader of books, mainly on history subjects, but rarely found any subject matter I liked in these book flyers.… Continue reading Inside The Third Reich

A Torch Kept Lit

This is an excellent book I recently read of eulogies written by the late William F. Buckley.  Buckley was the founder of "National Review", a conservative journal and host of "Firing Line" from 1966-1999 on PBS.  He also wrote many best-selling books and a syndicated column for many years and was known for his eloquent… Continue reading A Torch Kept Lit

The 5:17 to Paris

We watched an outstanding movie entitled "The 5:17 to Paris."  You might recall the three young Americans who thwarted a terrorist massacre on a train in France.  This is their story and even includes the actual men portraying themselves.  Movies based on true events seem to be those we enjoy most - the saying, "truth… Continue reading The 5:17 to Paris

Three Cups of Deceipt

I've read some books and watched some movies lately that got me thinking about worldly perspectives. The book "Three Cups of Deceit", by Jon Krakauer, is an interesting book about the founder of Central Asia Institute which was organized to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The founder fabricated lies and fake events to concoct… Continue reading Three Cups of Deceipt