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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Just a Quick Heads Up About Kevin Max's new Album: Serve Somebody

I'm so excited that Kevin Max has a new album out. It's called Serve Somebody. Remind you of a song by Bob Dylan? Well, it should, because Kevin covers the song on this album, twice actually, along with six other tracks by a diverse range of artists including U2, Rich Mullins, and Larry Norman.

Who is Kevin Max? Well, first, how could you not know? lol He's one of the three amazingly talented guys who made up dc Talk, only the greatest Christian music trio ever. (I might be a little biased.) Anyway, if you've heard the band at all, you'll probably remember one voice that stood out. That guy, the one with all that amazing vibrato, is the one and only Kevin Max. Oh, and he also happens to be a homeschool dad. :)

Now, I'm just giving a heads up here. I haven't even heard the whole album yet, though I've heard bits and pieces. I must say, as a huge fan of early U2, he does incredible justice to Pride (In the Name of Love.) Everything else sounds great, too. I mean, it's Kevin Max, ya'll. 

Of course, you can check it out just about anywhere, so do yourself a favor and do so! I plan to buy it later today, but I wanted to get this post out ASAP.

Get it pretty much anywhere you buy or listen to music. Find it on iTunes here

Happy Listening!

Crazy Mom :) 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Movie and Book Review! The Trust Fund and Love Was Near

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Review Crew

Mapelle Films

Trust Fund Movie

Love Was Near Book

About the product/service: As part of the Homeschool Review Crew, I received a free copy of the movie Trust Fund and a copy of the book Love Was Near from Mapelle Films so we could check them out and let you know what we think.

The movie is based on the story of the prodigal son from the Bible, but in this case, the story is contemporary and the prodigal is a daughter. A young girl discovers she has been left millions, but her father hasn't told her. She finds a way to transfer the money into her own account and takes off to Italy. Of course, things go wrong. The book was inspired by the movie. Watch the movie trailer here

What are the pros of this product?

Well, y'all know how much I like to promote homeschooling and homeschoolers. The filmmaker behind this movie, Isaac Alongi, was homeschooled in grades 1-12. I think that is totally cool. His wife, Sandra, wrote and directed the film. He credits homeschooling for giving him the time to pursue his dreams of becoming a photographer and filmmaker. Read about Isaac here

This is a well-done movie. The film quality itself is good. (Ugh, so many Chrisitan movies as so low-budget that the quality just suffers.) Also, the music score is good, and the story is well-written. It's quality work. Now, honestly, I'd say it was more like a TV movie than something you'd see in a theater, but it was definitely done well. 

I love the fact that there are actually good Christian movies out there that I can watch without feeling like I am compromising my faith. It's better yet when the film actually teaches biblical truth. 

Love Was Near, as I stated above, is based on the movie. It actually goes back and gives a lot of the back story that isn't in the film. It's more than just a novel, however. It's written from the perspective of Reese, the main character, in the for of a diary.It actually has questions after each chapter and is almost more like a devotional. In other words, the questions aren't about characters, settings, or points in the plot, but they are designed to get you thinking about the story and relating it to your own life. I have never seen a movie and book combination set up quite like this. I liked it!

What's not to like? I really found nothing objectionable in the movie. My daughter had no issues with the book. She liked the way it was set up and she enjoyed getting more of the story after watching the movie. 

The Crazy Mom take:
I watched this movie with my 16-year-old daughter, Bear. It's well done enough, that even my teenage boys stopped to check it out as they walked through the living room. I liked that it was the prodigal son story, but with a twist. I've actually seen several films based on the story, but this is the best I've seen. While it is based on the parable, it is unique enough that you don't end up knowing every point in the plot ahead of time. 

I would recommend Trust Fund to anyone, and since it's not really preachy, it's something you could easily watch with unsaved friends without them feeling like you're "trying to shove your religion down their throats." That being said, it could easily be used as a springboard for a discussion of God's love for us and His willingness to forgive us now matter how far we stray.  

What's the bottom line?
Trust Fund $14.99
Love Was Near $12.99

I am going to give The Trust Fund 5 out of 5 hearts!!! <3 font="">💜💜💜💜💜

I am going to give Love Was Near 5 out of 5 hearts!!! <3 font="" nbsp="">💜💜💜💜💜

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Monday, July 10, 2017

New Goals Update

I just thought I'd pop on here for a quick second to let you all who are dying to know how my laundry is coming along, that I am making some real progress! So now I can take all that clean laundry, pack it into our motor home, and then bring it all back dirty in a week! Oh, such joy. LOL On the bright side, packing usually takes much longer because we have to make sure we have enough clean clothes. At least this time it should go a little better. My hope is that we can stay somewhere that has a place to do laundry. That makes a huge difference in how behind we are when we get home.

I hope everyone is making and keeping some summer goals!
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