Monday, November 30, 2009

"An Amish Christmas" by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Barbara Cameron

An Amish Christmas is a collection of three Amish Christmas novellas. All three author brought out the rich traditions of the Christmas season, as celebrated by the Amish, the First Christmas and the Second Christmas. This tradition that would be great to incorporate today, reminding us of the real Reason for Christmas.

A Miracle for Miriam by Kathleen Fuller is a poignant love story of a couple, which includes a devastating beginning for Miriam and a tragic accident that changes the heart of the young man, Seth, who was living the fast life. Kathleen weaves the tender love and fragile emotions of both young people throughout her novel in a very quiet, pastoral and intimate setting. The feelings are palpable; excellently presented.

A Choice to Forgive by Beth Wiseman is about Miriam’s sister, Lydia, widowed after 15 years of marriage to Elam Smucker. He wasn’t her first love. Daniel Smucker was her first love, but a secret kept her apart from him, but was known by both Daniel and her husband for all those 15 years. Daniel is back. Can she not only forgive Daniel, but can she also forgive the deception of her deceased husband? Can she ever trust again?

One Child by Barbara Cameron describes the indepth feelings of a miscarriage suffered by David and Sarah Fisher, and how their hearts are touched by Jason and Kate Stevens, who were caught in a blizzard when their car went off the road. Kate is almost nine months pregnant, with only David, Sarah and Jason in the Fisher home as she goes into labor. Fears abound for Sarah. Will she have to deliver the baby before help can get to them? We again are reacquainted with Lydia and Miriam, along with a host of family as they celebrate Amish Christmas.

If you love Amish reading, this is one book you will not want to miss!

A copy was provided by Kate Bond at Thomas Nelson for review purposes. These are my own reviews, are not edited by the publisher, and I receive no compensation for them. I do reviews out of my love for good Christian reading.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Jesus Movie for the Next Generation

Be a producer for the new Jesus movie

The Jesus Movie for
the Next Generation

Guest post by Bruce Marchiano, producer of Jesus...No Greater Love

The truth of the gospel never changes. But Christianity has many faces. They reflect the customs and cultures and the beautiful diversity of the global church. They are lined with the wisdom of age and vibrant with the passion of youth. One gospel for all the world…but how will we deliver it in a way that reaches the whole world? How will we reach the next generation?

Young Christians today are more like St. Francis of Assisi than a circuit riding preacher. “Preach the gospel at all times and when necessary, use words.” This is a generation focused on being the hands and feet of Christ and meeting the physical needs of those in both the local and global community. They are building houses, planting gardens, taking food and clothes to the poor and helping the widows and orphans… and then they are sharing the gospel. And they are using technology like never before. They communicate the message through audio, film, video and the internet, and they strive for excellence within those mediums. They must. This is how they will reach their generation for Christ.

I share their passion. In the film, The Gospel According to Matthew, we were able to capture the heart of Christ that is so often missing in Christian films, but the quality of the film making was constrained by an $800,000 budget. Now we are inspiring a movement that will bring Jesus to film in a version that literally leaps off the screen and into the hearts of viewers.

Jesus…No Greater Love, the new Jesus movie, ( will be a word for word, verse by verse film adaption of the Gospel according to John. The gospel is the power of God unto salvation. That’s really our concept, that the gospel would go out in the power of the film medium, unaltered by any human script writer.

The budget for a typical Hollywood production is $100-110 million. Actors’ salaries account for much of that cost. Because the new Jesus movie will be not be paying big name actors, our team believes we can produce a world class, state-of-the-art film incorporating the latest cutting-edge technology for just $45 million. The production will be shot on location in Jerusalem and shot digitally using CGI backgrounds and a green screen stage, providing unlimited potential for sharing the gospel for generations to come.

We are inviting people from all nations and all generations to join this movement to bring the gospel to all people. A movement made of 4.5 million people contributing a tax deductible donation of $10 each would fund the cost of the film. The Gospel belongs to everyone, and the new Jesus movie will be produced expressly so it can be accessed by everyone, no matter their financial situation. Our team's vision is to see the film translated into as many languages as possible and supplied to mission organizations and churches all over the world.

You can become a part of the movement to reach the next generation. Please help us spread the word to your friends and family. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so at

Also, you can keep up with our progress by visiting any of these links:

Bruce Marchiano is an actor, author, international speaker, and the founder of Marchiano Ministries, a non-profit organization reaching out to people both spiritually and practically in the USA and across the world. He is best known for his joyful, passionate portrayal of Jesus in the film, The Gospel According to Matthew.