I am loving this book. It feels like Flanerry O'connor. I give only it only 4 stars cuz I wasn't done. Now that I am I think 4 and a half would be the rating I'd give it. I felt as if I entered into this story with the characters. And, as they are so close to my locale in real life, the settings and characters rang as true as old friends. The redemptive arc of the story, seemed to me, to hit just the right tone without getting too smarmy. In fact in some places it was down right gritty. A tough feat, as I know Miss Van Liere's audience target and they don't like real...they like sweet. This is both. But it is very carefully and lovingly written. Get this book. In fact get 2 and give one to a friend and tell them that this is what a believers art ought to look like.
Tags: BA, Big Orange, Blue Cross Bowl, Brentwood Academy, Ensworth, Florida, Football, Max Mullen, Memphis University School, MUS, Play Offs, Tennessee, UT
The Bracket for the 2013 DivII AA Football Playoffs was released this weekend. With BA’s 36-10 drubbing of Ensworth in week 10, the hunt for the Blue Cross Bowl Trophy is wide open. What do you think?
We love the nip in the air that comes with October, and the seasonal celebrations, too! If your kids are like ours, they can’t wait to pick out a fun costume and head out for a night of trick-or-treat fun. If trick-or-treating isn’t your style, we have 12 Easy Fall Festival Ideas. We’ll show you the cutest invitations, recipes, games and more to help you celebrate with neighbors and friends!
And in case you’re wondering, we checked into the Real Meaning of Halloween. Some of it surprised us, and may surprise you too.
We’ve learned that having intentional interaction with your kids is a great way to grow your relationships. Our schedules may prevent us from having a long block of time together, but we can squeeze out a few minutes on a daily basis.
The All Pro Dad Huddle Up questions are great way to facilitate the conversations during these small bits of you time you’ve made available. We’ve put together a list of 10 great huddle up questions, statements, and discussion points.
We encourage you to use these over the next month to explore conversation with your kids. Be sure to check out our Top 10 Huddle Up Questions for Your Wife, too!
Huddle up with your kids tonight and say: “One of the biggest failures of my life was ____. I learned ____.”
Huddle up with your kids tonight and say: “I think the most important thing I can do for you is ____. I say that because ____.”
Huddle up with your kids tonight and say: “I will never give up on you because ____.”
Huddle up with your kids tonight and say: “I am going to stop ____ and instead, do ____ with you.”
Huddle up with your kids tonight and say: “Honesty is always the best policy because ____.”
Huddle up with your kids tonight and say: “My biggest concern with you having a cell phone is ___. I say that because ____.”
Huddle up with your kids tonight and say: “Let’s go have some fun and ____ next month.”
Huddle up with your kids tonight and say: “One of the most creative things I have ever seen you do was ___. I say that because ____.”
Huddle up with your kids tonight and say: “I would like us to spend more time together by ____.”
Huddle up with your kids tonight and say: “The first time I saw you, I ____.”
Here’s a blast from the past. After writing and producing Larryboy the Theme Song for Veggietales, they asked me to write and produce on their 1st full length feature “Jonah”. The immediate result was “Second Chances”….
What if finding your mate is more about WHY than it is about WHO? In his usual transparent and matter-of-fact style Thomas pulls back the curtain on marriage for unmarried readers. Face it, most people get married with a consumerist attitude...what can I get out of this...or I'll be here until this just doesn't work for me, the other person cheats, the other person____ just fill in the blank. Few people reach the level of maturity in their marriages where they ask how can we as a couple be a single entity that preaches the gospel and impacts our world as a single unit. Those are the ones that last. Gary Thomas is trying to help us find that other person who fits that profile.