All posts filed under: Inspirational

Movie Review ~ Dolphin Island

Category Christian Genre Drama/Family Rating 2.5 Stars Review Dolphin Island is the story of a teenage girl being raised by her grandfather, and together, they face a tough situation stemming from a family feud that began years ago. Eventually they overcome, and gain more than they ever had, wrapping up the story with a nice “happily-ever-after” bow. While the theme is sweet and interesting, execution of certain parts of the plot did not translate into the best professional output. Much of it can be overlooked to enjoy the story, but not necessarily ignored. And there’s also the numerous clichés. Overall, it’s a sweet story, but doesn’t offer more than that—sweetness. *Though I offer this review to the public, it’s my opinion and simply that. My appreciation to Entertainment Squad for a free screener in exchange for my honest opinion.

A Journey of Hope

Jim and I becoming pregnant with our baby, James, was one of the best and trying seasons of our lives. It was an experience like other. In the first trimester I suffered from depression, and the consequence was a loss of my sense of creativity; I also couldn’t hear from God. We visited a psychiatrist who was of great help, and after some sessions prescribed a drug for hormonal balance. By my second trimester, I was back to my normal self. My creativity was restored and I could hear God again. I went back to working on post-production of our forthcoming movie, The Farmer and the Belle: Saving Santaland, a funny Christmas movie for the family. I’ve remained stable even after delivery—and this is important—since post-partum depression is quite common. In my third trimester, I suffered from gestational diabetes. Initially, the doctor prescribed insulin, but later developed a regimen that consisted of exercise and high-protein/low-carb diet, so I didn’t have to take insulin, and it worked perfectly well. Becoming a mother has been sublime. I …

Book Review ~ Reviving the Commander: Crown Legacy #1 By Nadine C. Keels

About the Book First in the Crowns Legacy series. She isn’t a beautiful young maiden hoping to erase the Commander’s memory. Opal Whilstead knows she has a reputation: a reputation as a bright, giving, upright woman—smiling and laughing her way through hopeless spinsterhood. It’s been so long since she’s had serious feelings for a man, but now she finds herself taken with the Commander Exemplar of Diachona’s army. And she regrets it. Not only is the Exemplar a widower still longing for his wife, but he’s the father of the reigning king. Even if a man of such prestige could find love again, he’d be unlikely to search for it among the kingdom’s old maids. Besides, Opal dreads being found, due to a grievous secret she carries… This book is inspirational historical fantasy: fictional history that takes place in a completely fictional world. Category Fiction/Christian/Adult Genre Utopian Romance Rating 4 Stars Review Two hearts who have lost the hope of love in their present circumstances, meet, and then a miracle happens in the most unlikely …

Entertainment Scoop ~ Interview with Director & Producer, Lance Hool

Lance Hool is a producer, director, executive producer, writer and actor who’s been in Hollywood and in the business of filmmaking for over four decades, even being directly responsible for 25 major projects, two of which hit #1 at the US Box Office. Lance has taken the time to share with us today a bit about himself and his journey in making his latest movie, 2 Hearts (read the TBAP review here), to be released in theaters on October 16, 2020. Take a look! Miranda ~ Hello Lance! It’s a pleasure to have you visit TBAP today. Could you please tell us a bit about yourself? Lance: I grew up in a family full of love, art, and great story tellers. I consider myself an artist story-teller. Miranda ~ How did you first get into filmmaking? Lance: As a child I loved making movies on a browny camera, watching my mother create beautiful dance numbers for her concerts, movies and TV shows, and my grandmother act on the theater stage. My earliest memory is watching …

Book Review ~ All of Us Warriors: Cancer Stories of Survival & Loss By Rebecca Whitehead Munn

About the Book In All of Us Warriors, Rebecca Whitehead Munn paints a realistic picture of the impact cancer has on an individual’s life, and she attempts to demystify the experience by sharing heartfelt stories from twenty survivors and the loved ones of those that passed. They are mothers and fathers with seven types of cancers and all stages of the disease, as well as advice regarding how to approach someone you love living with cancer and tips and tricks for helping others feel joy in the midst of pain. This inspirational book provides a positive outlook of strength and perseverance through belief in a higher power, reinforcing the idea that the reader is stronger than cancer and not alone, and offering real strategies that cannot be found in online medical sites. Like a conversation with a new best friend (or twenty of them), All of Us Warriors is full of understanding, acceptance, and practical advice gained from personal experience. Category Nonfiction/Inspirational Genre Health and Fitness/Healthcare /Healing Rating 5 Stars Review This is a book that will pull …

Movie Review ~ 2 Hearts By Lance Hool

About the Film For two couples the future unfolds in different decades and different places, but a hidden connection will bring them together in a way no one could have predicted. Based on an inspirational true story, 2 Hearts is a romantic journey that celebrates life, love and generosity of spirit, and challenges audiences to believe miracles are possible. Charismatic young Australian actor Jacob Elordi (“Euphoria,” The Kissing Booth) plays Chris, a college freshman whose love for a spirited classmate played by Tiera Skovbye (“Riverdale,” “Once Upon a Time”) helps him find the purpose he has been searching for. In another place and time, Adan Canto (“Designated Survivor,” “Narcos”) plays Cuban exile Jorge, who falls for well-traveled flight attendant Leslie, played by Radha Mitchell (Man on Fire, The Shack). Though they were never meant to meet, fate has something entirely unexpected in store for both couples that dramatically changes the course of their lives. Category Inspirational Genre Drama/Romance Release Date October 16, 2020. Rating 3.5 Stars Review 2 Hearts is a heart-wrenching feature of two …

Devotional Review ~ Take Back Your Life By Levi Lusko

Category Non-fiction/Christian/Adult Genre Christian Living/Devotional Rating 4 Stars Review Take Your Life Back is a devotional armed with words that help re-direct the reader to consider a lot of the things they’ve taken into their system, which have changed how they view their lives. Many people suffer from the struggle of viewing their lives as victorious, because of the standard set up in and by the world. Take Your Life Back challenges to you rethink the standards by which you judge your life and your worth, and then, intentionally align your life to God’s Word. This is a forty-day journey that will lead you to come back to the Word of God and believe what God says about His children. *Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. Appreciation to Flyby Promotions for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion. About Levi Lusko Levi Lusko is the founder and lead pastor of Fresh Life Church, located in Montana, Wyoming, Oregon, and Utah. He is the bestselling …

Book Review ~ The Prayer of Agur: Ancient Wisdom for Discovering Your Sweet Spot in Life By Jay Payleitner

About the Book “Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.” Proverbs 30:8 This simple, unexpected request from a little-known biblical author named Agur is the only prayer in all of Proverbs, and it offers life-changing potential. Imagine finding new purpose and contentment in your work, personal ministry, and relationships. Open your heart to Agur’s wit and wisdom, and you can learn to – escape imbalance – overcome fear of failure and eliminate envy – joyfully pursue your passions – reap the eternal rewards of trusting God – find your personal sweet spot In our modern, busy lives, embracing balance leads us away from bad decision-making and the emotional cost of trying to do too much or survive with too little. This engaging and practical book faithfully unpacks Agur’s humble prayer. Read it in an evening. Affirm it for a lifetime. Share it with those you love. Category Religious/Christian/Nonfiction Genre Christian Living/Prayer Rating 4.5 Stars Review The Prayer of Agur is drawn from the Book of Proverbs, chapter 30—a well …

Entertainment Scoop ~ Interview with Music Artist & Actress Juli Tapken

Juli Tapken is an actress and a contributor on TBAP who has offered us great content in the past. And her talent doesn’t stop there! She was signed as a music artist with the Platinum Planet Records and recently launched her debut album, Denim with Diamonds. Juli graciously offered to share her new journey as a music artist with us, letting us know some of new things in the entertainment industry that she’s picked up along the way. Take a look! Miranda ~ Hello Juli! Excited to have you on as a guest on TBAP today! Please tell us a bit about yourself that we don’t already know. Juli: Surprisingly, I have found that many did not know that I sing. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share with you the new and exciting direction this career path has taken. I honestly never dreamed that I would be promoting an album of songs that I had written. I have always been a sort of poet. I love poetry and verse. When I was …

Entertainment Scoop ~ Interview with Movie Producer, Angela White

Angela White is a movie producer, writer, and speaker. She’s the person behind the film, A Question of Faith (read the TBAP review here), one that turned out to be a favorite among many Christian audience. Beginning her journey as a talent manager, she discovered her love for story and telling it on screen, and then went full-time, starting a company of her own with a clear mission that holds true to her work. She took the time with TBAP to tell us a bit about herself, her faith, her journey as a producer, and how the project, A Question of Faith, came to be on screen. Take a look! Miranda ~ Hello Angela! It’s a pleasure to have you visit TBAP today. Could you please tell us a bit about yourself? Angela: Hello, thank you for having me. I am a film producer, author, business coach, and motivational speaker, who hails out of Los Angeles, CA. I am from New Jersey and started working in the entertainment business in the ’90s as an event promoter …