Friday, February 22

Oscar Predictions 2013

This year I made an effort to catch as many nominees as I could. Compared to past years, I feel that I did pretty well, especially in some of the major categories. Here are my picks for who I think will win, and who I think should win. I’m not including every category, only the ones I’m most interested in. Agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments.

Monday, February 18

Fearless by Eric Blehm

The SEALS are the United States’ elite military force. Those who enlist undergo intense training for their missions. SEAL Team SIX especially has received much attention after the raid which resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden. But that is not their only story.

Adam Brown was a member of SEAL Team SIX before the raid. He grew up as a young boy in Arkansas and was a person who never backed down. He’s the kid who jumped off of roofs and who jumped off a bridge from a moving vehicle as a teenager. Adam was also the kid who refused to take off his life vest when boating with friends because he promised his parents he wouldn’t. Loyalty was something Adam held close. But, as he grew older, that loyalty began to be overshadowed by darkness. He fell into the wrong crowd and his life spiraled in addiction, and then to jail.

Monday, February 11

Savior Next Door by Max Lucado

Too often Christians explain Jesus in terms that can make him seem unreachable. Or they go in the opposite direction, and talk about his humanity while neglecting the divine. In his book Next Door Savior, Max Lucado writes to bring both to the table. One of the things I appreciate about Lucado is his simple writing. He is down to earth and I can imagine him sitting across the table talking with me. However, the simple writing does not mean he dumbs things down. While not an exegetical paper, he does work with a multitude of different topics.

The beginnings of most chapters read as a dramatization of a biblical story. Without changing the meaning of the story, Lucado adds little details. These might be sights or smells that would be encountered. When reading the Bible, it can be hard to actually imagine these events happening. Yet Lucada breaths a life into the stories that I think we too often gloss over when reading. We can read about the blind man that Jesus healed with a gob of spit, but we don’t always try to think of what it would’ve been like