Friday, November 27, 2015

Fantastic Black Friday Book Sale


The meaning of Thanksgiving is here! Buying large quantities of items for small prices! Even better if you can do it online, which saves you having to get out of bed where you are sleeping off your meal.

Just kidding, I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday full of family, fun, and ginormous amounts of mashed potatoes and gravy.

Sales may not be the meaning of Thanksgiving, but they are definitely something to be thankful for. I am so pleased to be able to share this fantastic Black Friday book sale with you all. It is a good day for book lovers everywhere.

From Nov 27 (that’s today!) through Nov 30th, more than 70 independent Christian books are on sale. You can find free shipping, $0.99 ebookspackage deals, and more! Think 70 books is overwhelming? Narrow it down and find the perfect books for you or someone on your Christmas list by using this quiz to customize your book reading list.> What awesome reads of 2015 are you grateful for? What books are you looking forward to reading in 2016?
A note on the Ebooks Only page. All books are listed as “Sold Out.” This only refers to paperback copies of these titles. Please click onto the product pages to find descriptions and links to discounted or free ebooks.
Acknowledgements: Thanks to Leah E. Good for her work organizing this sale, Gloria Repp for completing the time consuming job of uploading book info to the sale website, and Hannah Mills for her fantastic design work on the website graphics. Hannah can be contacted at hmills(at)omorecollege(dot)edu for more information about her design services.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Movie Review- Bridge of Spies

During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

Spoiler Free! I'll be back on here soon with my spoiler riddled (N-Depth) post where I will discuss the movie in depth.

My older brother and I had the pleasure of seeing this movie last night. It was one of the top movies I have ever seen. Trust Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg to know how to tell a story! And to learn that most of the story is true? Ah, it's a good day to live in reality.

The cinematography was beautiful, with several very impressive scene transitions. Some very clear contrasts were shown in the story using scene placement. Oh, and one very impressive bit of foreshadowing. I was delighted!

However, the thing that impressed me the most about this movie, was how they told the truth from every angle. Not all of the Americans were not shown as being angels, they were correctly portrayed as human beings. Humans with prejudices, and sometimes, a lack of integrity.

At the same time, Communism was not portrayed as being beautiful, as is often the propagated message given to us by our modern world. No, Communism was shown to be just as ugly and cruel as it truly was.

But above all, this movie was about people. James Donovan was an amazing man who valued human life. He was a man of integrity, who strove to do the right thing. His strength of character and desire for justice is the strongest feature of this movie.

I wish all of America would go see this movie. During one scene, I heard one of the clearest definitions of what makes America special that I have ever heard. This movie did such a magnificent job of clearly defining truths, showing human beings realistically, and above all, placing a value on life and integrity.

I highly recommend this movie as an inspiring and educational story.