Friday, March 27

The Word of Promise -- Review

The Word of Promise: Next Generation c.d. set proved to be a very convenient way to listen to the Bible. Whether driving, studying, or working out, I can quickly flip it on and chose what part of the New Testament to listen to. On top of that, it isn’t even like listening to dry book on tapes, with one person attempting to do a wide array of voices. Rather celebrities such as Sean Astin, Annasophia Robb, Cody Linley, and Jordan Sparks all join the voice talent, and there are many more people behind them. It is an extremely well produced set.
However, although the voice talent is easy to listen to, many of them sound too young. Jesus (Cody Linley) sounds like a teenager, not like an adult. This is probably because Cody is only 19. Jesus’ lines aren’t alone either. Many of the characters sound too young, as a result of many of the voice talent being teenage celebrities, with only a few exceptions. That being said, I think that perhaps those in their early teens, who pay more attention to these teenage stars would enjoy this immensely. Perhaps teenage girls could use it to share the gospel with their friends, playing up the fact that Corbin Bleu and Cody Linley both perform in it. In that sense, I believe that this c.d. set could prove to be a useful evangelical tool. I do not think this will appeal as well to adults who may have a hard time accepting youth voicing the roles of Jesus and his disciples.
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3/5 stars

Tuesday, March 10

Rachel's Tears review

Rachel’s Tears by Beth Nimmo and Darrell Scott
There are some events that will never be forgotten. Among them is the Columbine shooting in 1999 which claimed the lives of thirteen people, including Rachel Joy Scott. Rachel’s Tears is comprised mainly with stories from her parents about their life before and after the shooting, and the dramatic change in their lives as a result of this horrible event as well as entries from her personal diary. Included in this 10 year anniversary book is a short interview with both parents.
This is a book filled with emotion. Many stories are shared of Rachel and her faith. It is amazing to read about a teenage who felt so strongly in her belief in God and did not shy away from it. One of the most powerful chapters in this book is the first chapter, in which first Rachel’s mom (Beth), and the dad (Darrell), recount what they went through on the day of the shooting, and the days after. It will likely bring a tear to your eye. Her mother, especially, has a way of telling the story that makes it seem personal. Though both parents are open and reflective in their remembering, Beth goes into much more detail than Darrell. In reading Beth’s memories of Rachel’s life, Rachel began to feel like someone I had met, someone who I could feel that I knew at some point in my life.
Though this was a good book, the placement of the journal entries did seem a bit confusing. Though it offered further insight into Rachel’s life and mind, often they seemed to be placed randomly. Within chapters, it seems the entries placed there didn’t really relate to the chapter, but was rather an extra tid bit of information. I think it would’ve been more appropriate to either have the text directly reference the journal entries, or to have created a whole new chapter dedicated solely to the journal entries. However, that does not detract from the emotional impact of the story.
4/5 stars.
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