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IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America
IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America
DVD ~ Colin Gunn
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of how the public education system came to be in this country, June 18, 2016
I think whether you identify as a Christian or not, this is a well produced documentary on the history of public education in this country. I don't think any Christian parent will find any new information here regarding the lack of any faith-based foundation for learning. Many good points are brought up not only from a Christian perspective but also from educators who provide insight on how the current system is failing to even educate children properly, aside from any religious controversy. While the government narrative states that schools are neutral, the Bible teaches that there can be no neutrality when it comes to God. You are either for him or against him. I think that is what Christian parents need to keep in mind: if your child is in the public schools, than everyday is a fight for their morals and beliefs. The current public education system has strong communist and atheist roots and this history is what I think most people will be surprised to learn. The documentary highlights the 2 camps of Christian thinking in regards to public education - to be the light of Christ in the darkness of secular schools or to be separate all together, it does lean heavily toward separation. Not everyone can afford private schools and most are not equipped to homeschool. Perhaps the increasing online options might be a middle ground. While I understand those k-12 years are clearly the most formative, eventually we all have to live and function in a godless culture that is showing increasing hostility towards Chiristians. I think it provides good food for thought and is well worth watching.

I wanted to address one reviewer who so eloquently stated he could not see the connection between evolution and school shootings. When you remove the creator and teach generations that they are just random organisms with no purpose, there is no longer a respect for life. As evolution has become the "standard" with it came abortion and now we're seeing the rise of euthanasia for the sick, disabled and elderly. Yes there is a connection and it goes far beyond the classroom. We see it everyday in random shootings all over the country. This is the result of "neutral" public education without any moral foundation.


The Third Wife: A Novel
The Third Wife: A Novel
by Lisa Jewell
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting look at divorce as it relates to personal happiness and the repercussions of pursuing it, June 12, 2016
Interesting look at divorce as it relates to personal happiness and the repercussions of pursuing it. Adrian is married for the third time and the whole extended family, 5 kids and 2 previous wives all get along marvelously and even vacation together. When the third wife dies tragically, the facade begins to crumble. I thought it did a great job of distinguishing love in the long run from the glow of the "in love" euphoria. Defining genuine love and happiness versus the fleeting high of new love. I think it also spoke strongly to how we can deceive ourselves that the selfish choices we make are not harmful to those around us. I found it hard to put down and the fact that several characters could've been the culprit reminded me of And Then There Were None, a good remake just came out with Aidan Turner, which I had watched recently. Not long after the thought had crossed my mind I came to the line "Like guests at an Agatha Christie-style weekend house party, each one had a motive." Highly recommended. Very clean, no sex, the only real language is a series of harassing emails addressed Dear B****.


He Will Be My Ruin: A Novel
He Will Be My Ruin: A Novel
by K.A. Tucker
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.08
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars new genre for this author, March 24, 2016
This one was just OK. As mentioned by other reviewers. there is no romance here. The plot is steady and somewhat suspenseful but not in a can't put it down way. It had a slight film noir feeling to it for me. ***POSSIBLE SPOILER*** My biggest hang up was a wishy washy ending I didn't feel was believable. People of a certain caliber do things differently and I can't imagine that said person would jeopardize his future and do these things himself rather than "outsource." Especially since the importance of reputation was critical to this person. I'm thinking this was an experimental project into a different genre but Tucker's earlier books were better reads.


Cat & Cat: A Novel in Three Movements
Cat & Cat: A Novel in Three Movements
Price: $4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Criminal activity with a local flare, February 8, 2016
An engaging crime story by a native Clevelander set in the far west suburbs of Cleveland. A story about the evil that can lurk in the midst of the most unassuming of suburbs. Our hero Chris, recently unemployed, has just learned that a sexual predator lives across the street. This revelation jars some old memories of unsolved missing girl cases from Chris’ teenage years and he begins writing a blog flipping between his theories of unsolved crimes and his love of the jazz music scene. The blog attracts the attention of a mysterious internet contact, whose inside information on these crimes, and the subsequent abduction of two local girls, propels Chris to investigate his suspicions about the neighbor in an effort to solve these cases. Chris embarks on a mission that takes him to Indiana on another related unsolved case, and embroils himself in a dangerous web of gang-related child prostitution. Added to the mix are a skeptical police detective, a concerned wife, and an insolent stepdaughter who may be the next victim. Not graphic though the last few chapters where it all comes together are a tad gritty. The fictional cases are based on actual northeast Ohio true crimes so an ideal read for fans of this genre.


The New Christmas Tree: 24 Dazzling Trees and Over 100 Handcrafted Projects for an Inspired Holiday
The New Christmas Tree: 24 Dazzling Trees and Over 100 Handcrafted Projects for an Inspired Holiday
by Carrie Brown
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.36
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful holiday crafts with timeless appeal, November 1, 2015
So many wonderful crafts, many of which can be used for decorating all over your home and for all types of occasions beyond the Christmas season. Features 24 beautifully themed trees with simple yet stunning crafts like garlands, unique tree toppers, tree skirts and more. Ideas for a kitchen tree, bees' tree, galaxy tree and even an upside down tree, just to name a few. Beautifully photographed. Sure to get you in the holiday spirit and your creative juices flowing.


Paper Towns
Paper Towns
DVD ~ Nat Wolff
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Actors miscast in this one, November 1, 2015
This review is from: Paper Towns (DVD)
Loved The Fault in our Stars, both the book and the movie, but not this one. Only made it through about half of the movie. This adaptation really fell flat for me primarily because I felt the actors for Ben (Austin Abrams) and Radar (Justice Smith) were totally miscast. Both are very young looking and would've been better as Greg's friends in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies. They're supposed to be seniors in high school and Ben especially makes frequent comments about sex and hook ups - one conversation in regards to Quentin's mother "I would totally hit that" - which just came off as really creepy and inappropriate. Seemed true to the book plot though very slow moving and with that added to the character/actor disconnect, I just couldn't find myself interested enough to finish.


Beautiful Sacrifice: A Novel (The Maddox Brothers Series Book 3)
Beautiful Sacrifice: A Novel (The Maddox Brothers Series Book 3)
Price: $5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than the others but faltered at the end, September 18, 2015
Personally I thought this one was far better than the first two. But like other reviewers commented, it started out strong and then the last quarter or so took some really contrived turns that ruined it. Plot twists that could happen but were highly unlikely and way too convenient. My biggest problem with these books is that they are supposed to be the Maddox brothers stories and I feel like I get very little about the brothers as the focus is always on the girl. I get that it's harder to write from a man's POV but still. I wasn't sure what to make of Taylor. Was he a womanizer? It seems that's what all hotshots are but there was little actual background on Taylor. I think her editor needs to point out some of these flaws or she needs more input from a focus group to help her polish rough ideas into better stories. ***SOME SPOILERS*** A 20 something woman who has never actually tried to get pregnant can't say she's barren and then claim to have a miracle baby. The one night stand (a successful attorney who would look for a hook-up and not take precautions) who wants to give the child up. These are all things that could've been tweaked to be more believable and less fairy-tale like. We all want a HEA but let's make it within the realm of possibility. Beautiful Disaster remains one of my all time favorites but none of the follow-ups have measured up.


Pretty Baby
Pretty Baby
by Mary Kubica
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.46
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Mary Kubica., August 31, 2015
This review is from: Pretty Baby (Hardcover)
A really great story, possibly better than her first. A workaholic husband, his altruistic wife and homeless teen with a baby. Starts off a little slow as it sets up til the girl's perspective comes into the story right around page 100. After that it's hard to put down. Excellent read. Highly recommended.


True Devotion (The True Series Book 2)
True Devotion (The True Series Book 2)
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Price: $5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner in this series, August 29, 2015
Book 2 in what is turning out to be a great series. This is a standalone with characters introduced in True North. Again, really liked the chemistry between Devon and Simon. Sexy and romantic. Engaging story that reads quickly without too much heaviness. We get some more tidbits from Trevor and Kate as well so it's best to read them in order though it won't affect your understanding of this book. Looking forward to book 3, True Divide.


True North (The True Series Book 1)
True North (The True Series Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love this new author!, August 29, 2015
Good story that has a nice blend of funny and likeable characters. Not too heavy a plot, just a few ripples in there to shake things up a bit before the HEA. Sexy scenes backed up with a lot of genuine emotion which is not always the case in some romances. Trevor and Kate work well together and it sets up for book 2 with Simon and Devon. Reads as a standalone so you're not left hanging. Definitely hits the spot if you've a hankering for a good love story.


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