Being a teen girl living in today’s world is just not the same thing as it was even a decade ago. They face new challenges, new experiences. They face things that most adults could never even dream of.
Years ago, I read Mirror Mirror… Am I Beautiful? by Shelley Hitz and immediately thought that it was the book I wished I would have had when I was a teen. It was like the perfect handbook for Christian girls living in the real world. It didn’t just cover the pretty Christian topics, but the real-life, nitty-gritty issues that you are faced with in high school: Insecurities. Guys. Fashion. Evolution. Faith. Sex. It was all there.
And it was about a decade too late for me.
As my own daughters approach their teen years, I didn’t want it to be too late for them. So, I partnered with Shelley to update and expand the book so it is relevant for today’s teens. I so strongly believe in the message this book holds that I am willing to literally give it away.
But I know sometimes the best books are books that you can hold in your hand.
When you buy our book, either the paperback or Kindle edition, now through Saturday, you’ll get a free coloring book and have a chance to enter to win five more true beauty books.
Ever since a friend from church told me about “Old Fashioned” the new movie that came out in theaters in February, I have been dying to see it. I practically had the trailer memorized having watched it so many times, and last night, I finally got to watch it! Below, you’ll find Paul and I’s review, but first, I wanted to share a bit about this movie with you. (FYI – it came out on DVD today!)
About Old Fashioned
A romantic-drama, OLD FASHIONED centers on Clay Walsh, a former frat boy who gives up his reckless carousing and now runs an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. There, he has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance as well as for his devout belief in God. When Amber Hewson, a free-spirited young woman with a restless soul, drifts into the area and rents the apartment above his shop, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to his strong faith and noble ideas, which are new and intriguing to her. And Clay, though he tries to fight and deny it, simply cannot resist being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Ultimately, Clay must step out from behind his relational theories and Amber must overcome her own fears and deep wounds as the two of them, together, attempt the impossible: an “old-fashioned” and God-honoring courtship in contemporary America.
We watched this movie last night as a family. My mom is here visiting, so she watched it with us. While this movie is rated PG-13, it was portrait as a good old-fashioned romance. Before I get to my thoughts on the movie, let me share some of the other comments it received:
“Slow-paced, but in a good way.” (My mom)
“Really good.” (Our 12-year old son who didn’t understand a lot of what was going on)
“I LOVED IT!!! I probably watch it a second time in the morning.” (The friend who originally told me about it)
And Paul was excited to see how they tied everything together, and said they exceeded his expectations.
So what did I think?
I’m still sorting through my thoughts on this. I don’t think this is a very good family film as it’s really geared more towards young adults. Originally I wanted to pass it on to my mother-in-law, but after watching it I wasn’t sure that was such a good idea, however my friend is going to buy her own copy to watch with her young adult children.
In My Own Words
Old Fashionedis a film about a man committed to Christ, and a woman running from life.
While Clay Walsh struggles to live-out his commitment, he thinks he is unworthy because of his past. In the midst of his struggle, Amber rents the apartment above his shop and does everything in her power to test his convictions. Somehow he finds that endearing and falls in love with her. Obviously, he also found it a bit disconcerting, but puts the blame on himself instead of her.
Amber admires Clay’s old-fashioned ways. Even if her friends think he’s a whack job. Clay’s friends have issues of their own, but encourage his relationship with Amber.
While I know strippers, pornography, and discussing sexual parters is part of modern day, I didn’t expect them to be so prevalent in this old-fashioned movie. While it doesn’t show anything inappropriate, there is a ton of sex talk, and a lot of other innuendo and such that is implied. Had I realized how much of that was in the film, I would not have chosen it for a family film, but all of that was left out of the trailer, blurb, etc.
But don’t take my word for it, you can watch the trailer for yourself below, and pick up your copy of this DVD from PureFlix or Amazon. As I said, I am the only one who didn’t think this movie was outstanding. 4 out of 5 loved it.
Full Disclosure: I received a free copy of this DVD from Propeller Consulting LLC in exchange for posting an honest review.
Our family loves all things VeggieTales. It’s an obsession I picked up in middle school and passed on to my children.
Who doesn’t love a wholesome family film and silly songs – right?
Anyway, we got their newest film, “Beauty and the Beet,” in the mail yesterday and watched it right away.
It was a HIT!
The message in this one was on unconditional love. That’s something all Christian parents try to teach their kids, and I really think this film knocked it out of the park. I’ve never seen it covered so well.
Here’s a little bit more about the film:
This brand-new VeggieTales musical stars Kellie Pickler (American Idol, Dancing With the Stars), who brings her unmistakable voice to the role of Mirabelle, a sweet-potato singer whose family band is on the brink of superstardom.
BEAUTY AND THE BEETblends the irresistible charm of VeggieTales with a heartfelt message about unconditional love. The DVD also includes Mac and Cheese, a giddy new “Silly Songs With Larry” segment in which Larry the Cucumber reveals the surprising and heretofore untold history of his family’s unexpected contributions to Italian cuisine.
BEAUTY AND THE BEET is just the start of the fun in store this fall for VeggieTales fans, because the gang will also star in a brand-new Netflix original series, VeggieTales In the House, which premieres Thanksgiving weekend.
So now that you know all about how awesome this movie is, you HAVE to enter to win a copy for yourself! …okay, you don’t have to, but I know you want to.
Check out all the entry options to win below – only one DVD will be given away, if you don’t win you can order a copy from Amazon, or pick one up at Wal-mart. Whatever way you go, leave a comment and let me know what you think of the film!
The giveaway kicks off October 18th in honor of our youngest son turning 10! 🙂
Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
Hey Y’all! I just wanted to share a few quick updates with you today to let you know what we’ve been up to.
Group Bible Study Guides
Most of you know that I write the Bible study guides for the ladies’ Bible study at my church. You can now download the study sheets for free here on our website. Find out what studies are available here: http://www.paulandheatherhart.com/bible-study/ I’ll be adding more later, so keep an eye out and spread the word.
We are also giving away a DVD on our website for Teen Guys. It’s for the movie Ragamuffin. It’s about the life of Rich Mullins, and honestly, it has some really great insights on the condition of your heart. It prompted me to do some more research on the Ragamuffin Gospel. I was actually amazed to find people tearing apart Brennan Manning (the one who coined the term) for being a sinner. That’s the whole point of the Ragamuffin Gospel.
Manning believed that the one question God would ask us when we get to heaven is, “Did you believe I loved you?” He believed there were only two responses to that question:
“Yes, Lord. I did believe that and I tried to shape my life around that belief.”
“No, God, I didn’t. Because ______.”
Do you truly believe that God loves you – the way you are right now today? Not that He will love you only if you do xyz, or whatever, but just because you are who He made you? This has been a recurring theme of messages that I’ve heard lately. Any way, it was an awesome, thought provoking movie and I highly recommend it. You can enter to win your copy here: http://findyourtruestrength.com/do-you-have-the-faith-of-a-ragamuffin/
I’m working on a new Ladies’ Bible study through Revelation, outlining a novel, and planning to launch a newsletter to make it easier to post updates such as this and stay connected with everyone among other things.
What about you? What have you been up to this summer?
I’m excited to announce that “Blessings from Above” was released on Amazon Kindle yesterday!
Here’s the blurb from the back cover:
If someone asked you to define the word “blessing,” how would you respond. What would you say qualifies as a blessing? Is it something physical? A position or a relationship? What is the determining factor that makes something a blessing?
In this short Bible study, Heather Hart takes women deeper into the beatitudes. Each of the eight chapters is short, but provides modern-day examples to the biblical teachings of Christ. After each reading, you’ll find questions to ponder and Scriptures to look up to really bring Christ’s message home.
As I’ve mentioned before, this is the first in a series of Bible study books for Christian women that I’ve been working on. It takes readers verse by verse through the blessings mentioned in the beatitudes. We just finished going through this in our ladies Bible study group at church and I’m excited to be able to share it with others.
You can pick up your copy to discover true blessings from above for on 99 cents on Amazon.com at the link below:
Relationships with other Christian women have helped me grow in my walk with God more than anything else I can remember. When Christian women come together – God is there (Matthew 18:20). He can do amazing things when we get together.
Proverbs 27:17 says that Iron sharpens Iron – Christian women do that for each other.
I’ve been blessed with multiple women throughout my life that have poured into me, and I’ve learned that we can all learn from each other – it’s never been one-sided. God uses us to sharpen one another.
Every Christian woman can be a blessing to another Christian woman – and whether we realize it or not, we all need each other. Most recently God has blessed me with a wonderful group of Christian women who leave the business of their lives every Monday morning to study God’s Word with me. We’re currently working our way through the beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12) and I’ve learned so much.
God has taken me from an elementary understanding of His blessings and blown me away. He has challenged me to dig deeper – both into His Word and into my heart. I’ve learned that the biggest blessing anyone could ever hope for is the truth that is found in the Gospel. To know we are sinners in need of a Savior. To know who Christ is and what He has done for us. To know that He rose from the grave and is preparing a place for us to spend eternity. How could I ever ask for more?
My favorite part of this study has been the fellowship with the other women. I’m an introvert and talking face-to-face has never been one of my strong suits, but these women have befriended me, loved me and encouraged me. They build me up and help me grow – and I love being able to witness the changes God is making in them as well.
These precious ladies have shared my study outlines with other women and churches and encouraged me to pursue publishing it as a book. So that’s what I’m doing. I’m taking the study sheets I’ve written for them, expounding on them, and will be publishing the study later on this month.
“Blessings from Above” will include 8 study chapters – one for each of the beatitudes, as well as an introduction and conclusion (all based on our 10 week study). It’s my prayer that it helps Christian women to deepen their understanding of God’s Word and open their eyes to the blessings He has already bestowed upon them. Most of all, I pray that God can use this book to encourage them.
Stay tuned for more information about “Blessings from Above” coming soon.
— Update —
“Blessings from Above” is now available on Amazon.com.