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Monday, November 28, 2011

Journey to Christmas

Journey to Christmas is a fascinating new reality DVD series that invites you to explore Jesus’ birth through five modern-day explorers. Shot on ultra-high-definition film and packaged as a four-part DVD church curriculum, this unique study series chronicles the experiences of five very different people—a messianic Jew, a First Nations woman, a poet, a Christian radio personality, and an agnostic lawyer—as they journey through the Holy Land to discover the true meaning of Christmas. Guided by a local historian (Nizar Shaheen) with on-camera commentary from a team of Bible experts (astronomer Dr. Hugh Ross, ancient history expert Dr. Paul Maier, archeologist and New Testament scholar Dr. Craig Evans, Biblical times culture expert Claire Pfann, and others), viewers will see the Christmas story unfold though the eyes of each member on this unique pilgrimage. Journey to Christmas lets you immerse yourself in the culture, places, and people surrounding the Nativity. Stunning photography, a reality show format, exotic locations, and fascinating commentary from a team of Bible experts make this an unforgettable Bible learning experience!

I decided to review this DVD because I thought it would be interesting and I couldn't pass up seeing some great sights of the Holy Land. 

The five explorers: Kim, Rory, Nazreth, Drew and Dusty, were pretty much every-day people coming from different backgrounds with similar questions about the true meaning of Christmas. I think I understood Drew best, having been a cynic for much of my life. 

Were their questions completely answered? Well, you will have to watch the DVD to find out. 

I went through the provided study material and found it good. It leaves enough room to bring about discussion on not just the explorers but also about who Jesus is, the archeological findings and what the true meaning of Christmas is to each person.

The scenery and places where the series was shot was wonderful and only heightened my desire to go to the Holy Land. But, I might have to pass on riding on a camel.

This is a beautifully filmed series that will be worth reviewing over again. It is suited for a small group study and will not only delight the viewers but will also bring them to a better understanding of why we celebrate the birth of our Savior.

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2 DVDs 
December 2011 
This complimentary DVD series was provided by Tyndale House Publishers for review purposes. 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Judgement Day: A Novel by Wanda L. Dyson

Wanda L. Dyson has a new fan.... me! This is the first time I have ever read one of her books and I am hooked. 

Judgement Day is so fast paced and the characters are so interesting that I found myself holding my breath in anticipation of what was going to happen next. 

Suzanne Kidwell is a rating-getting reporter on a cable news show Judgement Day. Her style of fact gathering on business men, religious leaders and politicians causes a backlash on her own life and actions. When her fiance dies in a fatal car accident, she discovers information that ties him, a prominent politician and doctors to a dark enterprise that will bring her facing her own judgement day.

Extremely well written, with a plot that will keep any reader riveted, Judgement Day is one of the best suspense novels I have read in a long time. I agree with other people when they say it's "high octane from the start."

Wanda L. Dyson lives on a working horse farm in Maryland, boarding and keeping a menagerie of critters. She is the author of four acclaimed suspense novels, including Shepherd's Fall, and she is the co-author of Why I Jumped, the true story of Tina Zahn. 

You can read more about her and her work on her website: http://www.wandadyson.com/

Judgement Day is available in both Trade paperback and e-book format.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Here is a sneak peak at Judgement Day

Don't forget to watch the trailer!