Posted in Christian Films, Favorite Movies

Review for Life With Dog from Mill Creek Entertainment

 

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For our family movie night, we watched Life with Dog from Mill Creek Entertainment.  As a parent, I am always on the lookout for quality movies for our family to watch, and the Christian movie, Life with Dog fulfilled our requirements.  We received a physical copy of the movie as well as a code to allow us to digitally download the movie from the site.

Mill Creek Entertainment is a provider of value-priced DVD movies and compilations.  Their product line includes both contemporary and classic films, television series, documentaries, kids programming along with independent films, fitness, and more.

This dramatic film is one hour and forty-six minutes long. Therefore I feel it may be better suited for older children and teens.  However, the film does not have an actual rating, I believe it is appropriate for ages 12 and up.  However, families can use their own discretion.  This drama opens with a scene of a bicycle crash and first-responders loading someone into an ambulance.  The film then changes to a scene of Joe Bigler, who is alone and missing his wife who died recently.

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This movie does an excellent job of showing how God meets us where we are in a way that is meaningful to us.  Joe’s wife Alice had all the faith, while Joe had all the doubt.  Without her and without faith in God, Joe lost his way.  Joe and Alice’s daughter, who also has faith, tries to reach her father but is unsuccessful.  She then tried to get their pastor to reach Joe, but that does not work either.  Joe completely resists all attempts to bring him to God.

Finally, a dog mysteriously appears in Joe’s yard and refuses to leave.  “Dog” as Joe names it succeeds at reaching Joe and helps him to start healing and finding faith.  Like many who suffer from horrible events, Joe wants nothing to do with God and religion.  I have to say our family appreciated how the storyline developed and details slowly emerged.

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There is a couple of scenes where Joe wields a gun while trying to get answers about his wife’s death.  But nothing he does seems to get him answers or closure.    In addition, to his wife the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death, we learn Joe and Alice also lost a son years ago.  These two instances helped develop Joe’s resistance to God and religion.  He reached out to God in both instances for help and did not get the answer he was looking for at the time.  However, Dog is able to help Joe find God and the peace he has been looking for in the end.

Our family appreciated Dog’s personality.  We loved how he nodded and more at various points in the movie.  He truly was the right dog for the job.  We also appreciated the scene where Norm comes to see Joe about buying the house, and Joe decides his name should be Chad instead.

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The most prominent and important message found in the movie for our family is one of forgiveness.  By forgiving the man who accidentally hit Joe’s wife which results in her death, Joe is able to move on with his life.

Oh and be sure if you watch the movie to not think things are immediately over when the credits begin to roll, or you might miss one of the best parts of the movie.

You can find Mill Creek Entertainment on Social Media at the following links:

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So if you are looking for a Christian movie for your Family Movie Night, check out Life with Dog from Mill Creek Entertainment for yourself.  You can also find the movie on Amazon for rent or sale here.

Other members of the Homeschool Review Crew are also reviewing this movie this week, so click here or on the graphic below to read reviews by other members of the Crew.

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Posted in Book Reviews, Celebrate Lit Reviews

Review and Giveaway for The Famine of the Human Dream

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About the Book

Book: This Famine of the Human Dream

Author: Benjamin Mester

Genre: Christian Inspiration; Essays and Poems

Release date: May 2015

An uplifting and thought-provoking look at life from a poet’s perspective. The Famine of the Human Dream will challenge you to live with greater passion, to throw off those trifling ambitions that ever grope for our attention, and learn fight for things worth fighting for. The great theologian, CS Lewis, once said:

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

The ultimate goal of life isn’t a search for happiness. The ultimate goal of life is learning how to fight for things worth fighting for. All of life is a battle. But the battle that defines each one of us isn’t primarily between right and wrong, as you would think. Rather, it’s something much more surprising. Find out what in the inspiring pages of The Famine of the Human Dream.

Click here to purchase your copy.
MY THOUGHTS (1)
The Famine of the Human Dream is a compilation of essays and poems designed to inspire the reader.  The first part of the book is a collection of essays that include Scripture references designed to make the reader think and connect with God on a deeper level.  It also encourages the reader to delve deeper into the material for themselves while drawing their own conclusions.
The second part of the book is a compilation of poems including some by himself as well as masters like Robert Frost, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edna St. Vincent Millay and more.  The poems contained such powerful words and dramatic imagery, it was impossible to put this book down.
Of the two sections, I have to say both stood out in very different ways.  The essays were thought-provoking on a research-based level, while the poetry spoke more directly to my soul and spirit.
So if you are looking for a book to make you think and research while also diving into poetry, check out this book for yourself.
I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

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Benjamin Mester is an author and poet, with a passion for seeing people break away from small and shallow living and to step into the full measure of what the Lord has prepared for them. The destiny prepared for each one of us is to live a life of love and deep gladness. Benjamin Mester was born and raised in sunny San Diego, but can often be found wandering the woods of northern Minnesota, pen and paper in hand. His lifetime goal is to one day build a house in the woods, expanding it over time into a retreat center for authors, artists and others bursting with creativity. God is the most creative being in the entire universe, and as children made in His image, Mester hopes to inspire His people to explore the wonderful gift of creativity placed in each one of us.

More from Benjamin

The Famine of the Human dream was written as a response to something…a quote from a great theologian, CS Lewis.
It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
When I read that, my heart began to burn. For though, as a younger man, I had often felt a passionate stirring to live my life to the full, though I didn’t quite know how and always felt myself slipping back into the mundane of mere survival. And so, I voraciously began to explore the many facets of life. I studied art, poetry, philosophy, beauty, and theology, prompted by Solomon’s declaration in the Proverbs, Whatever else you get, get understanding! I desperately wanted understanding of a very particular sort. I wanted to understand how to live my life to the full…this precious, brief slice of life we so often take for granted. I wanted true wisdom.
Contained within the pages of the Famine of the Human Dream are a poet’s reflections on life and the struggle to suck the marrow out of life, as Thoreau put it. This book is also an attempt to give the reader a passion for the study of poetry, which has dwindled much in modern society. The second portion of the book is a collection of my own poetry and poetry from other lovers of life that has touched me deeply. My biggest hope is that the reader will come away from this book with a renewed passion for life and an eager desire to dive deeper into poetry, beauty, and the heart of the Father.

Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, Ben is giving away a $50 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e515/the-famine-of-the-human-dream-celebration-tour-giveaway