Interview with Rachel Hendrix: Star of October Baby & The Perfect Wave

{By Ellery Sadler}

This incredible Christian actress shares her thoughts on true forgiveness, her top secret for relationships & what song makes her roll the windows down.

Something about the way Rachel looks, the depth in her voice, and the way her eyes speak to the screen, haunts me.

I first saw Rachel Hendrix as Hannah in October Baby, and was blown away by the passion of that film. And then when I saw that she was in The Perfect Wave, I was so excited and knew I had to watch it.

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Movie Review: The Perfect Wave

{By Ellery Sadler}

Rating: A moving, inspiring story that everyone should see. Highly recommend.

You need to see this movie.

I grew up on Clint Eastwood. I know that classic squint and the cheroot hanging on his lip and the lean, hard look. And I think he’s amazing. So when ‘The Perfect Wave’ starring Scott Eastwood (who has his dad’s squint and his dad’s eyes and that same sort of smile), came across my newsfeed, I looked twice. Especially since Rachel Hendrix of October Baby, co-stars.

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Movie Review: Seven Deadly Words

{By Ellery Sadler}

Rating: A thought-provoking film for the Christian community. 

Sometimes we need a wakeup call. And Seven Deadly Words is an interesting film that sheds light on the stagnant way churches and Christians often live and function.

Inspired by true events, Seven Deadly Words tells the story of a young new pastor who comes to a nearly bankrupt local church and sets about to make some serious changes. The only problem is, the man who hired him wants a puppet-pastor, not change.

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Interview with Jenn Gotzon from Alone Yet Not Alone

{By Ellery Sadler}

There is a beautiful authenticity to Jenn Gotzon, a sort of deep, raw emotion that spills over into her work and shows itself in a soft empathetic voice. I first saw Jenn in Alone Yet Not Alone’s sneak preview at an independent Christian film festival about a year ago and knew that I had stumbled on someone I needed to know.

jenn gotzon interview

Me: What is your favorite part of being an actress?

Jenn: I love sharing the journey. I’m an actress and the roles I play are the kind I have prayed for, asking God to allow me to portray.

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How Should Christians Respond to Heaven Is For Real?

{By Taylor Turner}

The tidal wave of response to the book has died down only to resurface with the news of the “Heaven is for Real” movie release.

As I have been thinking through a response to this book, I was struck by the fact that we can like or dislike things for different reasons. We think categorically. I dislike one aspect of something while another person may love another totally unrelated aspect of the same thing. All categories are not created equal, but this has helped me think through a balanced response to the book.

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Book Review: What is the Gospel?

{By Taylor Turner}

Suppose somebody hastily approached you, pausing for a moment to catch their breath and to wipe away beads of sweat on their forehead. After gasping for air, one simple question is asked of you:

“What is the gospel?”

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Movie Review: Heaven Is For Real

{By Ellery Sadler}

Can we all just agree that Connor Corum is the cutest child to walk the face of this planet since Shirley Temple? That little boy stole my heart the first scene of the film. Heaven Is For Real has created a lot of controversy – some people think it’s just hype, some say it’s a scam, some believe it, some critique it. I had to see it. And here is what I think.

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Movie Review: God’s Not Dead

{By Ellery Sadler}

So, is God’s Not Dead really as good as they say? Or is it really as bad as the critics believe?

I first heard about God’s Not Dead from one of those Facebook ‘suggested’ posts. [They did a pretty good job targeting that one, don’t you think?] So I clicked on the trailer and saw one of my favorite actors, Kevin Sorbo. Cool beans. And then I got a glimpse of the storyline and decided I definitely needed to see it.

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Book Review: Humility

{By Taylor Turner}

“As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.”

C. S. Lewis is addressing a life-long issue commonplace to every person. It is a challenge we recognize as vitally important—and, yet, we don’t always realize its pervasiveness. Humility.

In Humility: True Greatness, C. J. Mahaney provides a practical, thorough handbook for us as we by God’s daily grace are transformed into the likeness of Christ.

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An Interview with Actor Landon Henneman

The first time I saw his picture, I knew who he looked like: James Dean.

And I knew that I needed an interview. Not only does he look like James Dean, he is a fantastic actor, he has a great perspective on life and film, he’s also a surfer. The star of Rob Diamond’s new movie Wayward, Landon Henneman is one of the coolest guys you’ll meet.

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An Interview with Director Rob Diamond

{By Ellery Sadler}

Rob Diamond has been in the business of independent Christian film since before it was even a business.

There is a sense of determination and conviction in his voice. I can hear it as soon as he picks up the phone and we start to talk.

His latest film, which he wrote, directed, co-starred in, and produced, (just in case you were wondering if he is multi-talented, as well as dedicated to his calling) Wayward: The Prodigal Son, is a modern retelling of the classic parable and comes out in the summer of 2014. And I cannot wait to see it!!

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3 Apps for the Scatterbrained World-Changer

{By Kyle Griesinger}

If you are anything like me you have big dreams and big plans, but sometimes the biggest obstacle to your success is yourself because you cant find your stapler, or your notebook, or the email you need, or your phone, or your laptop… (I can’t even tell you how many times I have lost my laptop, searched for it for hours, and found it where it always is… on my desk.)

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An Interview with Rachel Spencer Hewitt: Rising Christian Actress

{By Ellery Sadler}

I do a quick Google search of Rachel Spencer Hewitt. She’s a beautiful brunette, she went to Yale School of Drama, she’s from Texas, and she stars in Return to the Hiding Place [which ranks as one of the most powerful, breathtaking movies I have ever seen].

But Google can’t tell you what an hour on the phone with her can. She has a rich, vulnerable voice and a beautiful laugh. I can almost see her smiling as I listen to her talk over the distant sound of the cars passing outside her window.

She has an amazing perspective on life and film and what it means to be a strong woman in today’s world.

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The Newest Reality TV Show You Need to See

{by Ellery Sadler}

There is something so genuine and engaging about the Green family.

Maybe its Mr. Green’s laugh or the way Mrs. Green welcomes you into her home like you’re an old friend. Or the way Rhett smiles a little shyly when he stands up to recite the Declaration of Independence. Maybe it’s their dedication to pursuing the truth.

You couldn’t ask for better guides or better friends to lead you on a journey of discovering American principles and bringing history to life.

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An Interview with Kirk Cameron

{By Ellery Sadler}

My phone buzzed on the kitchen table. I dropped my book and jumped to get it, feeling excited, a little jittery. On the screen was the right number – it was Kirk Cameron calling. I swiped on the screen to answer.

“Hello?” I said.

“Ellery!” I recognized the voice. “I’m so sorry for being late. I was just running around with Chelsea and the kids and got a little behind. Let’s get started!”

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