Monday, October 17, 2011

2 Good Movies and a Good Book

We recently got back from a vacation in Houston (which I might post about later).  Right before we left last week, I went and saw two good movies and read a good book.  I didn't have time to post about them then so am just now getting around to it.

Good Movie #1- Courageous
If you haven't seen this movie yet and it is still in theaters, I highly recommend it.  The message about dad's standing up and being a man for their kids was really well told.  There were a couple of spots of rough acting, but the crew from Flywheel, Facing the Giants, and Fireproof have come a long way.

Good Movie #2- Captain America
This is a good story about serving your country and self-sacrifice and looking at the heart of a person instead of the outside.  It may be rather scary for littler kids (the villain has a red skull face).  There is also quite a bit of violence because Captain America is a soldier during WWII.  The whole thing makes you want to do something big with your life.

Good Book- Wings of a Dream by Anne Mateer
This is a Christian historical romance that I was given to review by Bethany House.  It is set during the influenza epidemic of 1918.  It is a great story about following the Lord's leading even when he is taking you where you don't think you want to go.  Ms. Mateer does a great job of creating a compelling set of characters.  The story revolves around Rebecca and her thirst for adventure.  She longs to get away from her boring life in a small town in Oklahoma and her overbearing mother.  She is sure that she can see the path that God has laid out for her.  But as with much of real life, God's way leads her to an altogether different adventure than she had in mind.

Even though I really enjoyed this book, I can't give it the full 5 stars.  The ending was too abrupt.  I would have enjoyed a little more of the loose ends tied up.  The book just ends at the climax without much thought to the aftermath of her big decision.

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