Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Transformers Two, Good or Bad?

Transformers... more than meets the eye...

With the help of the Autobots, the soldiers of NEST, and an adversary-turned-ally, Sam and Mikaela must uncover the secret history of the Transformers presence on earth, and the sacrifices that have to be made to save if from an ancient threat sworn on returning here for revenge... an ancient Decepticon named THE FALLEN.

Some of you may have read the Transformers comics and even watched the TV show when you were younger. I, however, was never really into comic books and wasn't even born when they came out. But earlier this year when I saw the first Transformers movie, I ended up loving it. Same for the second one, except for a few things. There was a lot of bad language, profanity, and adult situations. But, if there wasn't any of that, it would truly be an awesome movie. It was disappointing to see all these things, and I hope that in the future the directors would see that these things aren't necessary to make a really great movie. I wouldn't recommend this movie for little kids, mostly because of the bad language and adult content. The thing I really liked about this movie was the war between the Autobots and Decepticons, and how the government was involved in all of it. So can Sam and Mikaela save the world once again, with the help of the Autobots? Or will The Fallen end up having his revenge and take over the planet? This movie has all the characters from the first one, plus a few new faces- or should I say Autobots...?And yes, for all Transformer-loving people out there, Bumblebee is back to help save the day!

Transformers... robots in disguise...

Love in Jesus,

Elyssa =)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Secret by Beverly Lewis

In the seemingly ordinary Amish home of Grace Byler, secrets abound. Why does her mother weep and wander in the night? And why does her father refuse to admit something is dreadfully wrong? Then, in one startling moment, the quiet life Grace has known is irrevocably altered, leaving her to question all she has been taught about love, family, and commitment.

What would you do if you woke up in the middle of the night to find your mother leaving you and your family with no explanation as to why? And what if you father wouldn't do anything about what was going on? Follow Grace Byler and her family as she finds out what's really behind all that's going on with her loved ones. Beverly Lewis is definitely one of my all-time favorite authors, so when I heard there was a new series coming out earlier this year, I pretty much freaked out. The Secret has the story of Grace, Lettie, and Judah Byler, as well as Heather Nelson, an Englisher that finds her way to Lancaster County. Although a little slow at times, I found my attention getting captured and wondering why Mrs. Lewis can't write faster. This book definitely wasn't a disappointment, because I know from personal examination (this may just be my opinion) that the first in Mrs. Lewis' series usually capture your attention, the second always leaves you dying for the last one, and the final book is always the best. And because of that, I'm definitely looking forward to reading more about Grace and the rest of the gang. Full of mystery, heartache, and confusion, The Secret is one that will leave you guessing until the end, and even then you'll still be dying to know what happens.

Love in Jesus,

Monday, October 19, 2009

Relient K- Forget and Not Slow Down!

Alright this review is pretty hard for me to write being an absolute HUGE Relient K fan. So, I’ll have to ask you to bear with me. Relient K always amazes me with each new album they release whether it’s the songs they started out singing with their funny but serious way; or their more matured sound. Either way, I think, they hit the ball each and every time they put lead to paper. Forget and Not Slow Down is as they call it more of a break-up CD. It’s a compilation of songs that lift your spirits and just make you feel good. As for the Christian side, I have to be honest and say that I still haven’t detected anything in this particular album. Every time I buy a Relient K CD I expect to find somewhat of a hint of Christianity, and every time so far I have found just that. But with this one it seems like they focused more on other things. I haven’t found that in all the years of listening to this band that they have stuck to just one theme throughout their albums, it was always just a little bit of this and a little bit of that. But as I listen to Forget and Not Slow Down I find that this album focuses more on getting through emotional turmoil such as a bad break-up. Like the lead singer Matt Theissen says, “It’s hard to forget and move on emotionally, but sometimes it’s better for you. You have to keep the bigger picture in mind. If you’re feeling sorry for yourself or reflecting on things that aren’t good, you’re not being productive. So to move forward is to concentrate on ‘What can I do better?’ That’s the whole idea of the record.”
I would definitely say that Relient K had matured in their music, making a much better quality and sound. But if you are a fan of Relient K then you know that no matter where this band goes with their sound and quality, that you will follow them wherever. I truly do love this album, and feel that Relient K just gets better and better as the years go by. But, like I said before, it would’ve been amazing to hear a little bit more about God in these songs. Don’t get me wrong there are some great songs on this CD such as: “I Don’t Need a Soul”, “Over It”, “Sahara”, and “If You Believe Me”.
Over all I would give this CD two thumbs up. Relient K truly lives up to their amazing reputation with this album!

Have an amazing day,

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Wagered Heart by Robin Lee Hatcher!

When Bethany Silverton left the genteel life of Miss Henderson’s School for Young Ladies
back in Philadelphia for the raw frontier town of Sweetwater, Montana, she had no idea how much she would enjoy the freedom and danger of this wild country.

A conservative preacher’s daughter, Bethany can’t resist the challenge of charming the most attractive cowboy in town into attending her father’s new church. She never dreamed that the cowboy would charm the lady.

But Hawk Chandler isn’t the only man vying for Bethany’s affections. Ruthlessly ambitious Vince Richards thinks Bethany is perfect for him: attractive, gracious, just the woman to help him become governor. And he is determined to get what he wants at any cost.

Drawn to one man, an obsession of another, Bethany’s quiet life is thrown into turmoil. She wagered her heart on love. Now she has gotten more than she bargained for—and the stakes are about to become life and death.

Wagered Heart by Robin Lee Hatcher is, from my view point, one of my favorite books I read this year. The story is a little slow at first, but like all good stories it gets better. If you decide to read this book, don’t get frustrated with it in the beginning because it’s well worth sticking with. Miss Hatcher definitely did a great job with this book, the story just amazing. I could really just go on and on about it. I actually read this book with a friend and it took everything I had to put it down after two chapters every night, in fact I think we changed it to four chapters a night after a while. This book is an amazing read and I highly recommend it. Robin Lee Hatcher had created the best of the best with Wagered Heart!

Have a great day and a wonderful month of October,

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Switchfoot- Hello Hurricane trailer!!! Check it out!

Okay Guys,
This is something I think a lot of people are waiting for. Switchfoot's new CD is coming out, I believe, November 10th. For such a long time fans of Switchfoot have been waiting for the next big album that the band would come out with. Well, the wait is coming to an end! Switchfoot's Hello Hurricane should be the perfect antidote for all those waiting fans.
Here is the link to Switchfoot's trailer of their soon-to-be released album, Hello Hurricane!!!

Switchfoot's Hello Hurricane Trailer

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Thousand Foot Krutch- Welcome to the Masquerade

“Between the economy and everything else, this is as good a time as has ever been to drop our stereotypes—all the stuff that separates us—and get down to the black and white of loving people as God intended it to be.” ~Trevor McNevan~

Alright, so I’m sure that most of you that know us probably think we don’t look like the kind of people that would listen to louder music. Well… surprise! We absolutely LOVE Thousand Foot Krutch and their music. Their newest release, Welcome to the Masquerade is definitely one of my favorite CD’s from them. From the beginning to end, TFK has definitely not disappointed loyal fans. Songs like Fire It Up and Smack Down make you smile with the head banging beats, and the slower tunes like Watching Over Me and Forward Motion have relatable issues weaved into them.
As lead singer Trevor McNevan says about the CD: “We all wear masks. We hide what we don't want people to know we're thinking or feeling. And that's easy to get away with when life is so busy. A lot of times, we have no idea what's really going on in the life of the person right beside us."
This CD is definitely NOT a disappointment! Another great music choice for all those teens out there that are trying to find a band that their non-Christian friends can listen to without getting a bad message. For everyone out there that’s looking for something to bop your head to, enjoy!

Love in Jesus,
Elyssa =)

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

A Man of His Word by Kathleen Fuller

In just a few short months, Moriah Miller's perfect life unravels. Newlywed and newly pregnant, Moriah is abandoned by her husband, Levi. He's left her, his family, and their faith without a backward glance. The community, stunned, rushes to the young woman's aid.

But there is someone who feels more than just sympathy for Moriah. Gabriel Miller--Levi's twin--longs for an intimate commitment that might someday bind them to one another. Convinced of the impossibility of his dream, Gabriel settles for a mere friendship with the woman he loves.

Moriah bravely goes on with her life, adjusting to her new role in their tight knit Amish community and preparing for the birth of her child. She is unaware that her brief marriage--once idealized as the happiest time in her life--may have been merely a shadow of the kind of love God has created her for. A love that can mend the soul, renew her heart, and give her a future filled with hope...if only she'll let it.

A Man of His Word by Kathleen Fuller is an inspiring novel about forgiveness and love. For me, the adventure Miss Fuller takes you on with Moriah was well worth the $14:99 most book stores ask for. Just the way she captures one’s attention with her beautiful writing style, and artful way of portraying these peaceful people you will definitely be taken aback. I’ve read many Amish novels before, mostly Beverly Lewis, and Kathleen Fuller definitely doesn’t disappoint with this book. I was awed by this story, my heart was touched by the love it held. Most definitely, I recommend this book to you readers! If you like to curl up on the couch on one of those cold, winter days, this book is definitely a good choice. Thank you Miss Fuller, for this amazing inspiring novel!

Have a blessed day as the winter approaches.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Hannah Montana The Movie

As Hannah Montana's begins to take over her life, Miley Stewart, on the urging of her father takes a trip to her hometown of Crowley Corners, Tennessee to get some perspective on what matters in life the most. Follow Miley as she finds out what means more to her- her rock star life, or her friends and family. Will she choose the life she's always dreamed of, or will she choose to just be Miley Stewart?

To be honest, this was a really good movie. Full of laughter and fun, you'll find yourself being sucked into the plot, and hoping Miley chooses the right thing to do. Including the regular cast from the TV show, you'll find new characters that are as likable as the ones you've known from the show. And for all you country music fans, keep your eyes open for guest appearances from Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts. By the time you're done watching this movie, I promise you'll have different songs in your head, and for about a week later, you'll still be bopping your head! Definitely a movie that's fun for the whole family! Hope everyone has an awesome weekend and a blessed month!

In Jesus,
Elyssa =)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Check out A Mom After God's Own Heart!!!

Hey guys, head on over to A Mom After God's Own Heart and enter her book giveaway for a chance to win Karen Kingsbury's new 52 week devotional!!!!