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Book Review ~ This Is The Day By Tim Tebow

About the Book


Beyond Tim Tebow’s exploits as a Heisman-winning football player, he is widely known and respected for his exemplary character and personal excellence, which have made him a role model for millions. When Tim interacts with the public, he often encounters people who feel “stuck”–unable to take action on matters ranging from daily life to pursuing lifelong dreams. In response, Tim often identifies a crippling fear or lack of courage, to which he advises: “now is the time to take some risks, to quiet the voices of defeat, to step forward and make a mark, because this is the day.” In this inspiring, motivational book, readers will receive the advice and encouragement to daily move from “pause” to “play” in finding deeper meaning and success. Tim illustrates the book’s themes with stories from his personal life that will delight all readers, including his an update on his dream pursuit of a baseball career.


Category

Religious/Christian/Non-fiction

Genre

Christian Living

Release Date

September 25, 2018.

Rating

5 Stars

Review


 

Funny. Inspiring. Forthright…a winner!

Tebow’s This Is The Day takes off with an intro that quickly dives the reader into a place of solemn truth with an overall positive message and outlook. Tebow doesn’t relent in dishing out stories of his personal life and experiences with the objective to mentor hope and faith in anyone so inclined to listen, so that This Is The Day rings true with a message that reverberates and resonates on a deeply personal level with anyone not satisfied with their current status, but willing to make a change.

There’s much wisdom, humility, passion and strength in this book that is rarely seen, which adds to the book’s camaraderie, inspiring trust and endearment from any reader willing to appreciate and learn from the nuggets of wisdom offered.  Add humor and teary elements to the mix, and you have a book that’s a winner.

This Is The Day is for people who want change but need encouragement to take the leap.

This Is The Day is for folks who believe that change is possible and want to hear from someone who’s tasted and tested the element of said change.

This Is The Day is for people of faith, who believe in love, and are not afraid to hope.

This Is The Day is a fantastically splendid book!

*Though I offer this review to the public, it’s my opinion and simply that. My gratitude to Waterbrook Multnomah for a free proof copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

About Tim Tebow


Tim Tebow is a two-time national college football champion, Heisman Trophy winner, first-round NFL draft pick, ESPN contributor, and a professional baseball outfielder with the New York Mets. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Shaken, which was named the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association 2017 Book of the year. Tim’s true passion remains the work of the Tim Tebow Foundation, which he began in 2010. The foundation’s mission is to bring Faith, Hope, and Love to those  needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. The foundation fulfills this mission every day by serving thousands of deserving children around the world.

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Entertainment Scoop ~ Interview with Screenwriter & Executive TV/Film Producer, Reuben Evans

Reuben Evans is a brilliant screenwriter and the executive producer at Faithlife TV/Faithlife Films, and has been for over ten years. Reuben is also the head writer and script supervisor for the highly anticipated forthcoming Christmas comedy classic, The Farmer & the Belle, due for release Thanksgiving 2018. Reuben took some time to dive into his faith, personal life, and work as an executive producer of Christian TV/film. Take a look!


Miranda ~ Hello Reuben! Honored to have you visit TBAP today. Please tell us a bit about yourself.

Reuben: Great to be with you. I’m from the beautiful Pacific Northwest where I work as a filmmaker and Executive Producer for Faithlife TV/Faithlife Films. I’m married to my lovely wife, SaraAnn, and I’ve got four little kids.

Miranda ~ How did you become a Christian?

Reuben: I actually became a Christian at the age of eleven. I watched The Jesus Film and they gave an invitation to trust Christ at the end. I ended up kneeling beside the TV and accepted Christ.

Miranda ~ In what way do you believe your personal journey as a Christian/Executive producer for Faithlife TV inspires those around you?

Reuben: I hope that we can use the media of filmmaking to inspire an awe of God in others.

Miranda ~ When did entertainment/film become a part of your life? What events inspired, and in particular, led to you to this industry?

Reuben: I’ve been doing video production at Faithlife for over a decade now. But what really launched me into filmmaking was a very personal project. We did a documentary, Reunion (also on Faithlife TV and Amazon Prime), a film which told the story of my wife’s adoption and reunion with her biological family. It’s a truly unique and inspiring story.

Miranda ~ You’re working with Jim and Jenn Chandler on their forthcoming movie, The Farmer & The Belle, a movie that’s being projected to be a major Christmas classic. What inspired you to join the team?

Reuben: I met Jenn at the International Christian Film Festival. She is such an inspiring and hard-working actress. She was looking for people to help read what they had at the time. Soon thereafter, I joined the team and began work on script revisions.

Miranda ~ You’ve worked with a number of writers/professionals. For The Farmer & the Belle project, how did you pick your team?

Reuben: From the get-go, co-producer Joel Bunkowske, wanted to draw on the talents of a team. Jenn had a number of excellent connections with talented writers. They volunteered to read the script and give their insights. From there, we used a Faithlife group to coordinate the collaboration efforts. We had over a dozen contributing writers that we were able to work with. One of those writers, James M. DeVince, ended up taking an even larger role on the project and is credited as a co-writer.

Miranda ~ Who are the people that have inspired you the most professionally and personally? How so?

Reuben: I’ve been fascinated by those who have written about story structure: Joseph Campbell, Robert McKee, Christopher Voelker, Blake Synder and others. Understanding the building blocks of “story” helps us to write well and read well. It even helps us to have a deeper perspective on the stories in the Bible. And it helps us to learn humbly from those who have taken the time to master their craft.

Miranda ~ You’ve been on the executive production side of TV for some time now and have also worked on film. In what way would you say the Christian industry is different than the mainstream and, what would you like to see change on the Christian scene?

Reuben: The divide between Christian and non-Christian is essentially a marketing one. You are choosing an audience to serve. What I would like to see is that regardless of which audience we choose to serve, that we choose to challenge them to examine themselves. Christian entertainment that chooses to pander to Christian audiences instead of challenging them to a more Christ-like life are of limited value. So in addition to sharpening our crafts of writing, acting, and cinematography, we need the courage to produce scripts that seek to go beyond an “us vs. them” mentality.

Miranda ~ Using Faithlife TV as a positive platform, what do you believe you can add to the entertainment scene that isn’t already there?

Reuben: The kind of content that we are producing at Faithlife TV is designed to help you grow in the light of the Bible. Knowing and obeying the Scripture is key to Christian growth. We hope to help our viewers from young to old understand and apply God’s Word to their lives.

Miranda ~ What are you most grateful for right now and generally?

Reuben: I’m genuinely grateful for the opportunity to come home to my wife and kids at a reasonable time most nights. I get to do something creatively challenging, but in an environment that seeks to keep first things first. We push hard to make great Faithlife Films, like our latest documentary, Fragments Of Truth, but we never want to lose focus on the primary responsibilities that God has given us.

Miranda ~ What advice would you offer a person who believes they’ve been called to become a writer/producer?

Reuben: Seek to make good films. Read the books on screenwriting. Study the marketplace. Go to Christian film festivals and seek to learn from those in the industry. It is a fast changing market. Finally, go shoot a short film with your iPhone and a good microphone. Now you’re a Christian filmmaker.

THIS or THAT (The Fun Questions!)

Coffee or Tea? Coffee! Single shot 8 oz. half sweet vanilla latté

Gym or Outdoor? Outdoors—I live in the beautiful PNW! (Pacific Northwest)

Sneakers or Boots? In my heart I’m a sneaker-head; my first job was at Footlocker 🙂

Running or Walking? I ran cross country for a semester in college. I really don’t feel the need to run again.

Cereal or Fruit? Cereal for me.

Music or Books? I’d love to think of myself as an audiophile and a bookworm, but really I just want to watch a movie!

TV or Magazine? Does Netflix count as TV? I haven’t bought a magazine in a long time, but if I was going to read one, it would probably be American Cinematographer.

About Reuben Evans


Reuben Evans is the Executive Producer of Faithlife TV/Faithlife Films. He’s an experienced commercial director and documentary filmmaker (Reunion, Archaeology + Jesus, Aliens & DemonsFragments of Truth). Reuben is a co-writer and the Script Development Supervisor of The Farmer and The Belle. He resides in Bellingham, WA with his wife SaraAnn and 4 children.

Book Review ~ The Life Giving Leader: Learning To Lead From Your Truest Self By Tyler Reagin

About the Book


With clear biblical teaching and personal accounts, Tyler Reagin not only demonstrates the necessity of life-giving leadership, but also provides the steps you’ll need to begin knowing and leading from your truest self. From his experiences in high-impact leadership roles at some of our nation’s largest churches and ministries, Reagin has learned firsthand the importance of identity-based leadership. His desire is to help each reader become an empowered, confident leader that brings life and vibrancy to every room they enter. Whether you’ve got the corner office or you’re just getting started, Reagin gives you the tools you need to become an impactful and unique influencer right where you are!


Category

Religious/Christian/Non-fiction

Genre

Christian Living/Leadership

Release Date

September 14, 2018.

Rating

5 Stars

Review


Reagin’s The Life Giving Leader takes on leadership from a whole new dimension that is authentic, organic, and flawlessly refreshing. Birthed from a place of experience and humility, the wisdom offered cuts to the deep, removing the flesh of falsehood, and pointing leaders to the  Christ-like model that gives life to those who look up to them to seek direction both personally and professionally, as well as in other areas of life. Reagin takes the leader through realistic steps that show what true leadership is all about, highlighting the character/attitudes that build leaders into people that can be trusted and followed. The most important truth Reagin emphasizes is the truth that the best kind of leadership is drawn from the place of authentic self; a leader leading from their truest self is bound to give life to others and inspire that same authenticity in people. Reagin provides stories, insights and practices that guide any leader to fully develop their natural gifts and talents, and invites them to put away what will sabotage their leadership. He further hints on the attributes that increase their positive influence, breaking each point down into simple nuggets that can be easily comprehended and practiced.

A stunningly poignant and deeply insightful material for great leadership development!

*Though I offer this review to the public, this is simply my opinion. A thank you to Waterbrook Multnomah for a free proof copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

About Tyler Reagin


Tyler Reagin is the president of Catalyst, a leadership development organization that exists to unify and equip church leaders with resources and experimential events. Through live events, weekly podcasts, digital resources, and a community-building app, the Catalyst team connects with more than one hundred thousand leaders from around the world. Prior to Catalyst, Tyler served for seven years under the leadership of Andy Stanley as the service programming director with North Point Ministries. He received his Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and serves as a leadership coach for teams and organizations. Tyler and his wife, Carrie, have two boys and live in Atlanta, Georgia. When he’s not working, Tyler is hanging out with his family and friends on the golf course.

Album Review ~ Hiding Place By Tori Kelly

Category

Religious/Christian

Genre

Gospel R&B/Pop/Soul

Release Date

September 14, 2018.

Rating

5 Stars

Review


Tori Kelly’s Hiding Place is rich with soul, vulnerability and truth. Her heart, lyrics and voice touch to the deepest parts, whether she’s hitting the highest notes or riding the lowest pitches. Clearly intentional and delicate about her theme, it is obvious Kelly aimed to inspire faith, hope, and love for the darkest of times with her story, as she boldly tells about the goodness and faithfulness of God in leading her through her toughest times and supplying her joy, strength, and love for God, herself, and others when she needed it the most.

Kelly may have aimed to bless and inspire, but it’s simply impossible not to be entertained by Hiding Place, as each unique song touches on something that resonates on a personal level with most living souls.

*Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. My gratitude to Propeller Consulting, LLC for a free CD copy in exchange for my honest opinion.  

Album Review ~ The Outcome By The Church Vessel

Category

Religious/Christian

Genre

Contemporary Rock/Praise/Worship

Release Date

September 21, 2018.

Rating

5 Stars

Review


The Outcome begins joyfully, inspiring a heart of worship and dance to God. The lyrics don’t hold back, reminding the believer of Who God is—His faithfulness and goodness! The instrumentals collide with the lyrics to create magnificent music of praise to the one true God. The Outcome album promises an indisputable message of faith, hope, and love—the kind that is joyous and unshakable—because it is found alone in God.

The Outcome song (#3 & #4) summarizes the entire theme of the album beautifully. A powerful song of worship and victory that presents dauntless faith, fiery hope, and courageous love for God and people that preaches the truth and power of God’s glorious splendor, which overcomes the darkness and breaks every chain and sets free. In it is a message of the pathway to healing for every kind of brokenness, stronghold, and bondage through worship.

The Outcome album is good music to soak your soul in as you pray, worship, work, go through the day, and can even be played softly as you sleep.

*Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. My appreciation to DREAM Label Group for supplying me with a free download link in exchange for my host opinion.

About the Church Vessel


The Church Vessel is a worship project that emerged from the passion and desperation of a local worship team. The heart of Vessel Worship is to see a continuous overflow of the presence of God touch, change, save, heal, rescue, and restore lives all over the globe. By pursuing and pressing into the depths of God’s love, we are able to see empty vessels being filled with purpose, hope, and a desire to worship. The Church Vessel is currently signed to Dream Records with one studio album and one live album. TCV was inspired and raised up by The Church International, located in Baton Rouge, LA.

Album Review ~ Before The Sun Goes Down By The New Respects

Category

Religious/Gospel

Genre

Funky Pop/Soul/Jazz

Release Date

August 17, 2018.

Rating

5 Stars

Reviews


An all-round-themed album that touches on the various aspects of life and faith in an elegant and eclectic fashion with deep lyrics and mind-blowing music. This breath of fresh air neatly weaves the original classic elements of traditional funky pop, jazz, and rock with a twist of urban flavor to birth something entirely and delightfully new and spontaneous.

The New Respects are bold, fantastically talented, and a band to look out for!

Album Review ~ Red For War By Zahna

Category

Religious/Christian/Inspirational

Genre

Rock

Release Date

August 17, 2018.

Rating

4 Stars

Review


This pure rock release is a breath of fresh air as Zahna doesn’t hold back in expressing her passion for God and her zeal for a relationship with Him. She lets out a vulnerability through the lyrics that is rarely seen, and the instrumentals match melody and lyrics in perfection.

For a hint of Zahna’s style of music, think Barlow Girl meets Jesus Culture + Unique Zahna!