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Behind Bella: The Amazing Stories of Bella and the Lives it's Changed Hardcover – September 25, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press; 1st edition (September 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586172786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586172787
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,458,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim Drake is an award-winning author, journalist, and freelance writer. A former educator, he is a 16-year veteran reporter, having worked with the Morris Sun and Tribune, the National Catholic Register, Faith and Family magazine, and a variety of other print and online publications.

Tim is the author of six books, including "Behind Bella", and has contributed to half a dozen other titles, such as "Surprised by Truth 2," and "Moments of Grace." He has appeared on Vatican Radio, Fox News, EWTN and numerous radio programs nationwide. He formerly co-hosted the Relevant Radio program "Voice from the Cloud" and EWTN's "Register Radio."

Currently, Tim does freelance writing, speaking, and consulting. He serves as the New Evangelization Coordinator for the Holdingford Area Catholic Community.

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I have read the transformation in Edward Verastequi's life that researching background for this part made in his.
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After viewing the film one but cannot help to get lost in all the behind the scenes stories that went into making Bella.
P. Buccella
This is a beautiful book, worthwhile to read it and even more special to have it if you already saw the movie bella!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Leticia Velasquez on June 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In the opening scene of "Bella," there is a gorgeous view of the ocean surf with seagulls crying overhead. Eduardo Verastegui's resonant accent is heard in a voiceover, saying, "My mother always told me, `If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans'". This quote could well have come from Eduardo's mother in real life, who while despairing over his wild lifestyle as a pop singer and Soap Opera star in Mexico, said, "my prayers will touch his heart one day, even if my words cannot." Tim Drake's book Behind Bella tells the fascinating story of how this mother's prayer changed not only her son's life, but also that of thousands of others. The film Bella began and ends with a mother's tender love.
At seventeen, Eduardo Verastegui left his home on the Mexican-Texas border to find fame and fortune in Mexico City. He sang with a boy band touring sixteen countries, was on various Mexican soap operas, and his fame combined with his mesmerizing blue eyes earned him the nickname "the Brad Pitt of Mexico." Pursuing the North American market, Eduardo went to Miami to record an English language album when a Hollywood agent told him to audition for the film. "Chasing Papi." It was about a man exhausted from seeing three women at once, hardly a family oriented film, however Verastegui was about to meet someone who would forever change his life.
God had heard the prayers of his mother, and sent Eduardo an English language coach, Jasmine O'Donnell, who would challenge the quality of the film projects he was doing and his lifestyle, bringing him to a reversion to the Catholicism of his childhood. Fueled with the grace of the sacraments, Verastegui sought to make films, which would positively influence the culture. He changed agents and turned down many offers in Hollywood.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Buccella on November 17, 2008
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What can I say about Behind Bella? My subject title says it all: it's the perfect companion to the film. After viewing the film one but cannot help to get lost in all the behind the scenes stories that went into making Bella. The pictures alone are worth it. Do yourself a favor buy Bella the movie and include Behind Bella as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. L. Bowen on February 6, 2009
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Saying "Yes" to God can change your life and those of others in ways you don't expect! The amazing story behind the film "Bella" tells of so many behind-the-scenes things that happened in order for the film to come together. It's also an insight into lives the film has changed, including babies lives saved. It got a little over-the-top with the details, but totally made me want to watch the movie again!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lori A. Bridgwood on January 24, 2009
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Thoroughly enjoyed reading the many wonderful stories that served as the background for making this amazing, encouraging film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laura L. Ravenscroft on January 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
After reading this book I loved the movie even more. This book will encourage and inspire as you read of the courage, perseverance, commitment, and divine intervention it took to create this incredible piece of cinema.
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