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Love Takes Wing

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment | Starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Cloris Leachman, Sarah Jones, Haylie Duff

Love Takes Wing, the seventh installment of Janette Oke's Love Come Softly series, is now available on DVD. The story of Dr. Belinda Simpson (Sarah Jones) continues as she and her best friend, Annie (Haylie Duff), travel West for Belinda's new post as a town doctor in Missouri. read more


Glory at the Gardens

Every year in early September Christian music fans have their pick of popular artists at Disney's Night of Joy and Universal Studios' Rock the Universe in Florida. Now Busch Gardens is getting in the game with the concert series Glory at the Gardens. Busch Gardens wisely chose not to compete for visitors the same September weekend as Night of Joy and Rock the Universe, and the park features concerts in Florida and in Virginia. read more

New Music Releases

May 5, 2009, turned out to be another big day for album releases. Here are just a few of the new CDs that hit the streets the week.


In the Hands of God
By Newsboys | Inpop Records read more

terri cadiente

Terri Cadiente: Living Courageously

Terri Cadiente is a wife, mom, life coach, stuntwoman and jet-ski world record holder—who once ended up in a gutter.

Terri grew up in a broken home and felt unloved. It "tinted" her perception of life, she says, and she didn't have the internal structure to know which way to go. The external structure of high school guided her, but after she graduated, when that structure was gone, her life turned upside down. She says, "I just imploded in a big way." read more

Battle for Terra

Lionsgate | Voice cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Luke Wilson, Amanda Peet, Dennis Quaid, Danny Glover, Rosanna Arquette, James Garner, Chris Evans | Rated PG

The attack of the ... humans? Typically with stories about aliens and humans, it's the aliens who are trying to take over. But this time, the tables are turned. Earth has been destroyed, and the last survivors of humanity must fight for planet Terra in order to survive. It seems an all-out war between the two races is inevitable. read more


X-Men Origins: Wolverine

20th Century Fox | Starring Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Ryan Reynolds and Lynn Collins | Rated PG-13

The beginning is a very good place to start and that's where X-Men Origins: Wolverine takes us. Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is out to avenge his girlfriend's death. He'll do whatever it takes and fight whoever is responsible. read more

Love Is a Verb

By Gary Chapman | Bethany House | hardcover | 224 pages | $18.99

In his new book, Gary Chapman reminds us that love is more than a feeling. It is something we do. This best-selling author offers a moving collection of personal stories that demonstrate how powerful and transforming love can be when we put it into action.

Readers will be inspired by the family that lavishly cares for a homeless man whose life is changed by their love and generosity. Husbands and wives will be encouraged by the couples that made the hard decision to love in order to see the good. read more

The Firstborn

By Conlan Brown | Realms | softcover | 304 pages | $13.99

The Firstborn, a thriller by new author Conlan Brown, jumps immediately into overdrive and doesn't slow down. The opening sequence erupts with heart-pounding action, daring escapes and a victory that leaves the reader wanting more.

Brown introduces us to The Firstborn, made up of three groups: the Domani (those that see the future), Prima (those that see the past) and the Ora (those that see the present), all descendants of those resurrected during the resurrection of Christ. read more

Ben Tankard: Celebrating God's Mercy

Jazz musician Ben Tankard's new album, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, is a celebration of God's mercy. Although his life has taken a different path than he anticipated, this multitalented artist sees how God has had His hand on him and has remained faithful.

Tankard grew up playing the drums, but in middle school took up the tuba. He excelled at this throughout high school, even ranking No. 2 in the nation as an All-American. After high school he had quite a choice. He had 30 scholarship offers for music and 20 scholarship offers for basketball. He ultimately decided to pursue basketball because he wanted to go to the NBA so he could take care of his family. read more

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Painting Revelation

By Debby Topliff | Firefly Life

The book of Revelation is full of visions and symbols that are difficult to understand. But there are also pictures, artist and teacher Debby Topliff says, and she had the idea to paint the images described by John. She admits that she is not a trained artist but decided to create the painting "even if it looks like a 7-year-old did it." read more

The Waltons: The Complete Ninth Season

Warner Home Video

Good night, Mama. Good night, Mary Ellen. Good night, John Boy. Good night, Waltons.

From 1972 to 1981The Waltons was a beloved and award-winning TV program. Now the ninth and final season is available on DVD. Fans from the show's glory days will enjoy watching again, and new viewers can experience the charm of this loving family. read more

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The Long Fall Back to Earth

By Jars of Clay | Essential Records

Jars of Clay follows up its critically acclaimed 2006 album Good Monsters and its excellent 2007 effort, Christmas Songs, with The Long Fall Back to Earth. The Grammy- and Dove Award-winning band said the title of the album is not an admission these songs won't measure up to its recent portfolio, but rather refers to the interpersonal issues the new recording addresses. read more

Special Music Report: Dove Award Winners

Special Music Report: Dove Award Winners

Thursday night the Gospel Music Association (GMA) continued a tradition started in 1969 with its 40th Dove Awards. Dubbed the "Biggest Night in Gospel Music," the ceremony recognizing artists' achievements in the Christian music industry was broadcast live on the Gospel Music Channel.

The top winners were Casting Crowns and Brandon Heath with a trio of Doves each. Heath received the Song of the Year with Jason Ingram for "Give Me Your Eyes," along with two more awards for Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song and Male Vocalist. Casting Crowns was declared Group of the Year for the fifth time, and also won for Christmas Album and Short Form Music Video, while Natalie Grant was dubbed top Female Vocalist, her fourth consecutive win in the category.

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The Soloist

The Soloist

DreamWorks Pictures, Universal Pictures | Starring Jamie, Robert Downey Jr. | Rated PG-13

Based on a true story, The Soloist shows the power of music and friendship. Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.) is a Los Angeles reporter who has lost his passion as a journalist. One day while walking through Skid Row, he notices a homeless man passionately playing a two-stringed violin. He thinks Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx) might make a good story, but soon discovers there is more to Ayers than he originally thought. read more

Special Movie Review: Earth

Special Movie Review: Earth

Disneynature | Rated G

It all comes down to a tilt ... and a really big God.

As I watched Disneynature's Earth, which opened on Earth Day, I was in awe of God's amazing handiwork. I know that's probably not the intention behind the making of this film, but all I could see was evidence of our Creator and how nature cries out praise to Him. read more

100 Answers to 100 Questions Every Graduate Should Know

100 Answers to 100 Questions Every Graduate Should Know

By Lila Empson and Jayce O'Neal | Christian Life | softcover | 224 pages | $10.99

It's that time of year again—graduation. Soon many students will don the robes, walk across a stage, receive their diplomas and enter into the next chapter of their lives. It's an exciting season, but also one filled with questions. Students oftentimes don't know what to ask, much less whom to ask. Lila Empson and Jayce O'Neal offer a great starting place for graduates with 100 Answers to 100 Questions. read more



By Bruce Bickel, Stan Jantz | Bob Simeon Designs | softcover | 128 pages | $7.99

Hope is something everyone can use a little more of these days. And this small yet power-packed book offers the perfect amount of comfort and encouragement from the Bible. Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz combine short, thoughtful writings and Scriptures. This booklet is arranged by topic, making it easy for readers to quickly find a passage that will build their faith or could be used to uplift a friend. read more

The Noticer

The Noticer

By Andy Andrews | Thomas Nelson | hardcover | 176 pages | $17.99

Andy Andrews, best-selling author of The Traveler's Gift, provides a timeless lesson on perspective in his latest release, The Noticer. Part allegorical, part autobiographic, part fiction—but all charm and insight—Andrews' parable reminds readers that we need to look at situations with fresh eyes. Everyone can get wrapped up in their own problems, circumstances and way of doing things from time to time, but a little bit of perspective can change everything.  read more

Sarah Reeves: Worshiping With a 'Sweet Sweet Sound'

God messed up Sarah Reeves' life.

Reeves comes from a musical family and dreamed of becoming a big rock star. But when she was 15 God changed everything. At a youth camp she saw teenagers worshiping and radically pursuing God with all their hearts. She knew at that moment God was calling her to be a worship leader. "God humbled me and messed up my life, my way of thinking and said, ‘Sarah, life's not about you, it's about Me." read more

More Than I See

More Than I See

By Seth Condrey | Koch Records / Kosmos Records

A worship leader at North Point Community Church outside Atlanta, Seth Condrey's second album is an interesting collection of praise and worship tunes and modern rock-infused pop ballads. Condrey, who attended college in South America and won a Gospel Music Association Dove Award for his 2007 Spanish-language album De corazon a corazon, is pretty impressive singing in his native tongue, too. read more


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