Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Dolphin Tale

I saw Dolphin Tale movie on my 16th birthday in the theatre and I was absolutely giddy with love for this glorious movie. It is about a shy young boy struggling through summer school who encounters dolphin that changes his life.
     This outstanding film is perfect for the whole family and has a terrific cast with people like Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, and Morgan Freeman. And do you know what makes it a hundred times better? It’s based on a true story! I researched online to find out that there are some differences, such as the fact that Winter was actually found not near Clearwater (which is near Tampa) but near Cape Canaveral which is on the other side of Florida, and that Winter’s tale was no amputated but actually fell of because of blood loss, and it took longer in real life to make Winter’s prosthetic tail- a year and a half. Wikipedia says that there are other differences too, but I couldn’t find any reliable backing.
There’s nothing wrong with this movie, nothing at all (other than a single use of d--mn in a song, but it didn’t bother me much).
     *spoiler* My one problem was the painfully undeveloped romance between the two main kid’s single parents. They hinted at it early on, but then did nothing with it! And it would have been so lovely and perfect.
     One thing I really loved in this movie was a young girl named Hazel. Surprisingly this was her first film role, but you would never know it because of the excellent job of acting she did. In the story she is the bubbly homeschooled daughter of the director of the aquarium. She quickly befriends Sawyer.
     You are left with a happy satisfied feeling, the sort you get after you watch a really good movie with a happy ending- which is exactly what you would have just done. I heartily recommend that you buy this splendid film, you will want to have it in your permanent collection.

Criteria      1-10
Creative Characters: 8
Excitement: 7
Plot: 9
Interest: 10
Emotional Involvement: 8
Mature Content: 1

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why It Matters

“I’ve come to learn that theology matters. And it matters not because we want a good grade on a test but because what we know about God shapes the way we think and live… Theology matters, because if we get it wrong, then our whole life will be wrong… We’re all theologians. The question is whether what we know about God is true.” -Joshua Harris

I got a big beautiful hard back version of this book for my birthday, and even though I don’t normally enjoy non-fiction as much as fiction, I loved this book and was enthralled. I found Dug Down Deep to be interesting, necessary, and impacting.
     I’ve been raised in a Christian home. But when I read this book, I was shocked to find out just how much there was that I didn’t know or understand. This book almost reminds me of C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity, for the following reasons: Joshua Harris explains why I believe what I believe, he clears up things that I have not previously understood perfectly, he makes me actually believe the things I say I believe, and he addresses things in a clean-cut understandable way.
     Joshua Harris talks about his own life struggles in an honest and relatable way, to address questions like, “Why Jesus? Couldn’t someone else have died?” “What’s all this about feeling the Holy Spirit? It looks like ‘singing songs to the ceiling’ to me!” “I’ve heard a million times that Jesus died on the cross for my sins, but how does that work?”
     His narrative is convincing, humorous, and so honest it’s like a breath of fresh air. I highly recommend you pick up Dug Down Deep at your local Christian book store, so that it can help you understand doctrine the way it helped me.