The Thorn Birds
By |   June 29, 2011 |   in Movies |   BE THE FIRST TO COMMENT

Though my husband and I are not ones to ask about best new movie picks, we do have an extensive dvd collection of tried and true classics. We recently worked our way through The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough‘s tragic epic tale of a priest and the woman he loved, and it is still resonating in my soul.

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The Shores of their Faith
By |   June 20, 2011 |   in Movies |   1 Comment

There are few movies on the subject of faith that linger with me, inviting me to examine my assumptions about life with God, prodding me to consider my sins and the price paid for them. There are fewer still that inspire me to love God more deeply, to follow Christ more closely. In the past years, I can could them on one hand: Into Great Silence and Doubt are two that spring to mind. In the past month, I have added a third: Of Gods & Men.

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Soothing The Soul
By |   June 17, 2011 |   in Movies, Television |   3 Comments

Since the age of 12 when my grandmother introduced me to the outlandish and extravagant 1958 film, Auntie Mame, I have been an avid lover of film and television classics. In fact, I have often remarked jokingly to family and friends that I was born in the wrong century, for my preferences, mannerisms, and demeanor tend decidedly toward the old-fashioned.

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Get Low
By |   June 16, 2011 |   in Movies |   2 Comments

I’ll admit that whenever a movie touches a place deep within my soul my obsessive/compulsive tendency kicks into high gear.

If you’re catching my drift, then you won’t be too startled to hear me say, You absolutely must see “Get Low”!

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Doing The Right Thing
By |   June 13, 2011 |   in Movies |   1 Comment

A few weeks ago I watched “The Dilemma” on a cross-country flight. I don’t want to say too much about the movie, so here’s a synopsis from the official website:

“Vince Vaughn and Kevin James headline an all-star comedy from director Ron Howard. Ronny’s (Vaughn) world is turned upside down when he inadvertently sees something he should not have, and makes it his mission to get answers. As the amateur investigation dissolves his world into comic mayhem, he learns that his best friend Nick (James) has a few secrets of his own. Now, Ronny must decide what will happen if he reveals the truth.”

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Let Go And Enjoy The Movie
By |   June 10, 2011 |   in Blog, Movies |   3 Comments

I never thought I would tell anyone about this. It was, after all, a chick flick.

I was home alone when I got the call from my son-in-law that our granddaughter had just been born. She had Downs syndrome. I was stunned. Of course, I worried a bit about labor and delivery, for my daughter and the baby, but never, ever did I think of Downs syndrome.

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What I’m Not Watching
By |   June 9, 2011 |   in Blog, Movies, Television |   1 Comment

Uh . . . it’s not viewing that is forming my soul. I gave up watching television several years ago, sort of by accident. I was already upset by how I woke up every morning thinking about murder after watching reruns of Law and Order. I’d also had a spiritual director for ten years who didn’t watch television. He had a sense of peace I needed.

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Intersecting Stories
By |   June 7, 2011 |   in Movies, Television |   3 Comments

I have this theory about TV and education.  The more degrees you have the smaller your TV, and the larger your bookshelf.  My friends from the university I work at have pathetically small televisions, and they’re never in the living room.

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The Painted Veil
By |   June 1, 2011 |   in Movies |   BE THE FIRST TO COMMENT

Editor’s Note: As we move into June, we switch blog topics from “What have you been reading that’s forming your soul?” to “What have you been viewing (art, movies, television, etc.) that has been forming your soul?” Our intrepid bloggers have lots to say on this subject, and don’t always agree. We’d love for you to join in the conversation. What have you been viewing that’s forming your soul?

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“Eat, Pray, Love” or Lectio?

With the incredible popularity of the book (and now the movie) Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, many would-be prayer dropouts are seeking an experience of God. In their dialogue in the most recent issue of Conversations, Dr. David Benner and Dr. Gary Moon offer a conversation around Benner’s book “Opening to God” that would have saved Elizabeth Gilbert time, money and the flood of inoculations that are required for traveling to India and Indonesia.

Benner is transparent when he states, “My experience of that openness is far from constant… the moments when I have known this openness are rarer than I’d like, but they leave a taste I can never forget.”

Elizabeth Gilbert ate her way through Italy and ended up buying larger jeans to accommodate her ravenous appetite for all things Italian. In Benner’s dialogue on the impact of the feeling of alignment with God the wholeness and the sense of belonging he declares, “Like any taste of God, it leaves me hungering for more.” I read eagerly yet meditatively, being reminded of my own moments of sheer delight in God and God’s presence.

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