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Robin Parrish – The Stephen King of Christianity

July 24th, 2013 by
Stephen King is a pretty household name these days. His books are everywhere and continue to entertain and, just recently, it was confirmed - according to sites and vendors like - that there was going to be a television adaptation to one of his best-sellers "Under the Dome." However, there's a new name in the world of Christian fiction that has been steadily climbing the ranks, as well - Robin Parrish.

Parrish has written a number of popular books for Christians, but one of the big things that sets him apart from the rest is that his books are not, necessarily JUST for Christians. They are written in a strikingly accessible fashion that allows for multitudes of different people to read and enjoy. They also cover a number of topics you might not expect.

Offworld, one of his greatest works, was a standalone novel taking place in a semi-contemporary future. A group of astronauts return to Earth after a manned mission to Mars only to discover that everyone has vanished. It's a brilliant premise highly evocative of the kinds of high-concept plots King has been known for.

You should certainly check out Parrish's work if you're in the market for something a little different.

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Family Friendly Weekend of Movies! Movies Based on Books

July 23rd, 2013 by admin
Few family events are more satisfying than a learning activity together that is both exciting and challenging, and many films can provide entertainment while educating and inspiring parents and children alike.

More recent box-office smashes are known to everyone of course -- Harry Potter is familiar to millions for the adventures that sprang to life on the screen from the best-selling series of books by JK Rowling -- and recent films like The Chronicles of Narnia, adapted from such classics as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis, have also captured the public imagination.

Other options include the stop-motion animated picture James and the Giant Peach, based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, as well as Neil Gaiman's Coraline and its interesting and quirky take on a young girl's thoughts on life.

If you're looking for some of the best books turned into movies, the options are truly limitless. Great directors such as David Lean -- who numbers Lawrence of Arabia and The Bridge Over the River Kwai among his accomplishments -- also directed excellent versions of Charles Dickens's classic works Oliver Twist and Great Expectations. Moreover, few know that the great English writer Aldous Huxley worked for a time as a screenwriter, adapting Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice to the screen in 1940.

Whatever film you choose, be sure to know that finding family-friendly options for finding great educational and entertaining movies makes for a great adventure in itself!

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The Best and Worst of Currently Released Literature

May 25th, 2013 by admin
The Best and Worst of Currently Released Literature

What Is Hot Today
There has been an immensity of books on religious topics since September 11, 2001. These books encompass a wide range of topics on diverse subject matters. For instance, one of the most popular subjects is called New Atheism. This literary movement attempts to even the playing field amidst the vastness of literature pertaining to religion. Moreover, New Atheism literature discusses the benefits of what it means to be atheistic. In short, atheism is the non-belief in a god or gods.Additional information can be found at What is more, New Atheism explains the positive and humanitarian resources that atheists contribute to society.

Opening A Door To Atheism
Atheism is not a negative belief system. In fact, it is not a belief system at all. It is the rejection of religious dogma and the belief in any supernatural being. Furthermore, atheism uses rational thinking, reason and empirical evidence to formulate their views on life. These books are crucial to the understanding of the atheistic argument. Some examples include, The End of Faith by Sam Harris, The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, The Failed Hypothesis by Victor Stenger and God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens.

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Teaching Your Toddler Values: Five Best Picture Books

March 28th, 2013 by admin
Teaching Your Toddler Values: Five Best Picture Books

1.) "The Little Engine That Could" by Watty Piper tells of a little locomotive traveling up a mighty hill. This book extolls the benefits of sticking to your goals.

2.)"Horton Hatches the Egg" is a fable from Dr. Seuss about an elephant who says he'll hatch a bird's egg for her, follows through on that promise despite hardships, and is rewarded with love. It's a moving story about the importance of keeping your word.

3.)"You Can Do It!" by Tony Dungy tells the entertaining tale of how Dungy's younger brother struggled to figure out what to do with his life before deciding to become a dentist.Didn't catch that? This explains it. The book's larger moral is that God has a plan for everyone.

4.)"Leo the Late Bloomer" by Robert Kraus concerns a young tiger who is not always able to keep up with his friends. But soon Leo thrives. The message is that people shouldn't compare themselves to others, but should instead do the best they can.

5.)"You Are Special" by Max Lucado is about a character named Punchinello who feels inferior because he is made of wood. The lesson Punchinello learns is to appreciate himself exactly as he is.

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Newest Best Selling Christian Novels of 2012

September 13th, 2012 by
One of the most respected awards in the spiritual publishing industry is the Christian Book Awards. Awards honor quality in content, literary excellence and significance to one of the six categories represented. Here are some of the best-selling novels of 2012 represented in the fiction category. Freedom's Stand, by Jeanette Windle After Jamil is faced with a message from Jesus Christ, he renounces a life of jihad, only to have the people of his Afghanistan village respond with suspicion and violence. Amy is a relief worker and concerned about the women and children in her care.Want more? Click here Steve is a former special forces veteran faced with the riots of Kabul's election. All three are on a journey in a country of religious and political injustice, searching for freedom and love. The Touch, by Randall Wallace Andrew Jones is a surgeon with a blessed ability to heal. After he fails to save his fianc he rejects his gift. A close friendship with Lara Blair helps him rediscover his healing gift. The Reluctant Prophet, by Nancy Rue Allison Chamberlain is 40-something when she decides to by a Harley motorcycle and travel wherever it takes her. Suddenly she is in the shadiest corners of humanity with the heartache of the poor discovering that healing comes through the voice of God.

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Never Fear, Books to Guide through Teenage Years

September 10th, 2012 by
The world of literature has been used for centuries to tell stories, but in more recent decades books and literature have been used to guide people through difficult and trying times. There are few times more trying for the parent/child relationship than the teenage years, but fear not, because there are books to help at every turn. "Age of Opportunity", for example is a book written in guide form to help parents navigate the rebellious teen years with their child and to help their teenager grow into an active, moral adult. The book covers everything from the psychology behind rebellion and the ways to stave it off.Want more? Click here "Getting to Calm" is another example of a book that covers the problems many parents face with their teens. Manipulation, moodiness, lying and rebellious behavior are all common themes through the teen years, but many of these books, including "Getting to Calm" touch on how to plan strategical against these undesirable traits. There are many, many more books available today to parents and teens alike as a resource. Navigating the teen world isn't easy. It can pit parent against child and child against themselves as parents struggle to hold on while a child yearns to become independent. Books, guides and resources are the first stop in truly understanding the difficult period.

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Mother Daughter Bonding: Five Books to Share

September 7th, 2012 by
Reading together is a great way to bond with your family, no matter how old you are. Sharing a book with your mother or daughter can bring you closer together as you explore a new story. "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd is a powerful and compelling story for mothers and daughters to pour over together. The tale deals with change, racism, the power of forgiveness and other themes that will touch readers of all ages. This helps explain it more. Frances O'Roark Dowell's "The Secret Language of Girls" is another great option for moms and middle-school aged daughters. Throughout the story, Marylin and Kate deal with boys, new friends, divorce and other issues that test their friendship. Moms and daughters will both love Ann Brashares' "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," a story of summer adventures and real-life challenges that are relatable and entertaining. Other great books for moms and daughters to enjoy together include the Betty Smith classic "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" and Jane Austen's fun read "Pride and Prejudice." Austen's world is still surprisingly relevant today, and many mothers will enjoy re-reading this classic with their daughters. Smith's captivating tale of growing up in Brooklyn in the early 1900s is as charming and enthralling as ever before.

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How They Do It? Learn About Popular Authors

September 4th, 2012 by admin
To become a popular author, a person must take on the mantle of an author by writing a manuscript - fiction, nonfiction, essay or short story. An author must be able to present who, what, where and why enquiring minds want to know about.

A good author fleshes out characters with vivid description of their apparel and attitude, as well as makes the reader feel the heat, cold or deluge of the surrounding environment. The reader is a part of the finished work, bringing their attitude and mores into play determining what is good or bad, tolerable or outstanding.

Popular authors over the ages have been interviewed and polled to determine what it takes to be successful writer. Authors responded with a description of a routine that worked best for them, with a majority stating they rarely drifted from the routine.

Popular authors are voracious readers. They read books, magazines and newspapers to be familiar with current topics and trends as well as for relaxation. Most authors listen to music ranging from classical to head-banging heavy metal for inspiration and relaxation. Popular authors also like to start and stop and the same time each day. They treated their writing time as being on the job with regular breaks for exercise and nourishment.

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Inspirational Read-Alouds for the Whole Family

September 1st, 2012 by admin
Family reading time is important, and what better way to have family time than by reading a piece of Inspirational literature. Of course, anything that deals with faith, answers to prayer or testimonies are certainly valid and worth reading. If you have young or pre-readers in the home, reading the story aloud is a good way to instill a life-long love of reading. If you are considering a religious-based text or literature, here are some good examples that will meet the expectations you have for inspirational literature; each example are written in plain language that is easy for anyone to understand.

The Guidepost series of magazines are full of positive experiences of people who have faith in their lives. They share experiences of trial, love and overcoming obstacles. At the conclusion of each article is a piece of Christian Scripture that ties into the story.

Dr. Charles Stanley, pastor of First Baptist Church Atlanta, runs a ministry called In Touch Ministries. His In Touch magazine is free for the asking. Dr. Stanley includes various stories of faith as well as examples of how you can use faith in your life. Many articles focus on dealing with daily struggles, and Dr. Stanley includes appropriate Scriptural references for the family to read and share.

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