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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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.