All posts filed under: Stories

Website Review ~ Vooks

Category Online/Website Genre Library/Children/Animation Rating 4 Stars Review Vooks is a wonderful children’s library that brings to life the words in a book in a magical way. Through Vooks, a child can get the full experience of both reading a book and watching an animated movie. Special attention was paid to viewing delivery so that it is pretty engaging, and this makes it easy for a child to not only follow, but to also grasp what a story is trying to portray. This explains why vooks is a favorite and trustworthy resource for teachers–it makes their work easier! But anyone can use vooks. Anyone. For a lovely, learning and relaxing story time with your child, vooks will certainly not disappoint, as it promises a satisfying experience. *Try for 30 days free. Sign up at https://www.vooks.com/subscribe/?utm_source=collide *Though I offer this review to the public, it’s my opinion and simply that. A ‘thank you’ to Momentum Influencer Network and Vooks for a sample of the product in exchange for my honest opinion.

Movie Review ~ Before the Wrath

About the Movie Based on true discoveries from the time of Christ. While scholars debate the timing of the Rapture, the world has forgotten why this event is prophesied to occur in the first place; knowledge that was once understood by those in the first century. Today, researchers in the Middle-East have rediscovered ancient anthropological evidence that reveals how and why the Rapture must occur; unveiling new biblical insight that will reignite hope for believers and prepare the world for what’s coming. Narrated by Kevin Sorbo and featuring:  Jack Hibbs – Theologist and host of “Real Life” on SiriusXM Amir Tsarfati – Founder and President of Behold Israel Jan Markell – Founder of Olive Tree Ministries JD Farag – Theologist and Eschatologist Scott McConnell – Exec. Director of Lifeway Research Jay McCarl – Ancient Middle Eastern Anthropologist Lizette Dillinger – Qualitative Director of LifeWay Research To access the YouVersion 5 day reading Bible plan, visit this page.   Category Religious/Christian Genre Christianity/Christian Living/Rapture Rating 5 Stars Review Before the Wrath dives deeply into one of Christianity’s most profound mysteries, the Rapture, …

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 …

Book Review ~ Shaped Notes: How Ordinary People With Extraordinary Gifts Influenced My Life and Career By Larnelle Harris with Christine Schaub

About the Book “My dad was a bootlegger. Believe or not, bootleggers go to church. Drug dealers and cartel kingpins go to church. That doesn’t make them Christians. Mom was praying Dad into the faith…praying for a change in his life and a change in ours…” The majestic tenor voice of Larnelle Harris has helped define a generation of contemporary Christian music. Most people know about Larnelle’s notable successes—his Grammy Awards, his Hall of Fame inductions, his #1 hit songs—but no one has heard the true story of how a little boy from the hills of Kentucky made his way to music’s most acclaimed stages and venues. His journey—from the son of a bootlegger to being the first gospel artist inside the Kremlin after the fall of the Soviet Union—is chronicled for the first time in this heart-felt memoir. From watching his father handcuffed and taken to jail to battling racial tensions to losing his voice and not knowing if he would ever sing again, Larnelle shares the most painful and triumphant moments of his …

Movie Review ~ I Still Believe By Kingdom Story Company & Distributed By Lionsgate

  About I Still Believe One love can change your life. One life can change the world. From the creators of I Can Only Imagine comes an inspiring love story for the ages. Rediscover the wonder of love in I STILL BELIEVE, based on the real-life story of chart-topping singer Jeremy Camp. Starring KJ Apa, Britt Robertson, Shania Twain, and Gary Sinise, I STILL BELIEVE is directed by Jon and Andrew Erwin, produced by Kevin Downes, with the screenplay by Jon Erwin and Jon Gunn. I STILL BELIEVE is a powerful reminder that in the midst of life’s storms, true hope can be found. Category Religious/Christian Genre Faith-based/Romance/Drama/ Release Date: IMAX March 11, 2020. Release Date: Theater March 13, 2020. Rating 4.5 Stars Review “The stars that shine the brightest, are the ones that live the shortest lives.” I Still Believe, the love story of Jeremy and Melissa Camp is anything but tragic. In a paradoxical sense, it is softly poignant in pointing out the awesomeness and beauty of God’s wisdom in awarding each of …

Scoop ~ Interview with Bestselling Author, Karen Kingsbury, & Music Artist/Screenwriter, Tyler Russell

Tyler Russell is no stranger on TBAP (read his 2018 exclusive interview here) and he and his mom, bestselling author of Christian Fiction, Karen Kingsbury, are no strangers to the Christian literary/entertainment audience either. They recently co-authored a book, Finding Home, a new addition to the dearly loved Baxter Family series, coming out this February 25th. Karen and Tyler graciously talked with TBAP and granted us a peek into the writing journey of this latest addition. Take a look! Miranda ~ Hello! Delighted to have you both visit TBAP today. Please tell us a bit about this latest book. Karen & Tyler: Thanks for having us! Our collection for 8-12 year olds, The Baxter Family Children follows the adventures, trials, and triumphs of the five young Baxter Siblings, Brooke, Kari, Ashley, Erin, and Luke. Finding Home is a companion to our book Best Family Ever, which finds the family relocating from Michigan to Bloomington. But a new move means new struggles. And through it all one question remains, will a new house ever become a …

Book Review ~ Something Needs to Change: A Call to Make Your Life Count in a World of Urgent Need By David Platt

About the Book USA TODAY, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, AND ECPA BESTSELLER – The author of Radical takes readers on a soul-searching journey through impoverished villages in the Himalayan mountains, daring them to make a difference in a world of urgent need, starting right where they live. “Grippingly vulnerable and unforgettable. I could not put this book down.”–Ann Voskamp, author of One Thousand Gifts While leading a team on a week-long trek of the Himalayas, bestselling author and pastor David Platt was stunned by the human needs he encountered, an experience so dramatic that it “changed the trajectory of my life.” Meeting a man who’d lost his eye from a simple infection and seeing the faces of girls stolen from their families and trafficked in the cities, along with other unforgettable encounters, opened his eyes to the people behind the statistics and compelled him to wrestle with his assumptions about faith. In Something Needs to Change, Platt invites readers to come along on both the adventure of the trek, as well as the adventure of seeking answers to tough questions like, “Where is God in the …

Scoop ~ Interview with Music Artist, Alexandria Levin

Alexandria Levin is a beautiful soul with a heart for serving God and people through music. Her debut album, Amazed, scheduled to release January 17, 2020 by DREAM Label Group, tells the story of her experience walking with Jesus. Producing both an english and spanish version, Alexandria wants her listeners to experience fully the power of God’s love and presence as she has. Talking with TBAP today, Alexandria shares her faith and story. Take a look! Miranda ~ Hello Alexandria! Delighted to have you visit TBAP today! Please tell us a bit about yourself. Alex: I’m a mom of two boys, a wife of a Philadelphia Police Officer and I love to worship Jesus!! Miranda ~ Is there a special story on how you became a Christian? We’d like to know! Alex: I grew up in church since I was a baby. It’s all I’ve known. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I fully understood  that I was personally responsible for my relationship with the Lord. Going to church on Sundays and doing …