Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
I sat down today to watch The Shunning once more. I watched it about a week ago, but during my viewing of the movie I was distracted/interrupted too many times to really grasp it all. I left my first viewing not very happy with the movie.
Katie Lapp is a young Amish woman who is the prime of her life. She is getting ready to marry the young widower who is also their Bishop. Her father has given his blessing and her dowry. Katie is having her doubts and missing her first love, Daniel Fisher, who disappeared 3 years earlier and was never found. She also continues to struggle with the "old ways" especially when it comes to her guitar and music.
A strange English woman appears in the community. Laura Mayfield is looking for Rebecca, Katie's mom. Unbeknownst to Katie, Laura is the woman who gave birth to Katie, but as a young, single mother, she gave Katie to Rebecca after Rebecca lost yet another child at birth.
During the movie, there are parts that seem confusing or just unexplained. Some of the conversation and filming is choppy. For example, there is a scene where Katie and John are before the minister about to become a married couple and Katie says she can't get married. The movie goes from John looking around the "church" to Katie sitting behind a tree holding herself and crying while hiding from those that are looking for her. In this scene, her pretty blue wedding dress and white apron are covered in dirt as are her hands and arms. It makes you wonder if she was digging for something... but never shows what or how she got that dirty if she wasn't. Oh, and you can tell that Katie and Rebecca have eye make-up on... which we know that unless an Amish woman is in her rumspringe (sp?), then she doesn't wear any make-up/ jewelry or any other "worldly" thing.
Okay, now that I've gotten the stuff I didn't like out. Here's the stuff I did like. The movie stayed true to the book. It's a good movie, even though it's kind of sad. It shows that the Amish go through some of the same struggles we do and it's not always a happy ending. You also see that just as the English world isn't perfect, neither is the Amish world. The movie does give some insight into the Amish world, although not as much as it could. The movie also leaves you hanging which I hope means that they will be making a second and third movie (to go along with the second and third books in the series).
I would say watch the movie, but don't judge the movie by the book. Maybe the movie will spark your interest and you'll check out the whole series that goes with the book. For more information click here or check it out on Facebook.
Beverly Lewis' The Shunning - Video | Hallmark Channel
Sunday, September 25, 2011
When I was offered the chance to review Ginny Owens' new CD "Get In, I'm Driving," I was excited because I remember seeing her in a mini concert some years ago... maybe at a Women of Faith event. I had never heard of her before then, but thoroughly enjoyed her music and was amazed by her gift. Remembering that, I was very hopeful for the new CD.
Here's a little about Ginny from her own website:
"A three-time Dove Award winner, including the Gospel Music Association’s 2000 New Artist of the Year recipient, and multiple ASCAP Award winner, Ginny Owens has sold nearly one million albums. A top performer on the Christian radio charts with hits like “If You Want Me To,” “Free” and “I Wanna Be Moved,” among others, Owens’ music has impacted mainstream audiences at Lilith Fair, the Sundance Film Festival and the White House. Her music has received widespread film and television placement, including songs on the popular WB series’ “Roswell” and “Felicity.” Owens was featured on national television, including NBC’s “Today” and CNN, for her contribution to help rebuild New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
Born and raised in Jackson, Miss., Owens was discovering melodies on the piano almost before she could complete a sentence. Songs began to emerge from her fingers as the vision began to leave her eyes and by the age of three. A degenerative eye condition left Owens completely blind. Despite her physical challenge, Owens pursued a music career. Songs provide a window into a world Owens can’t see and an outlet for her to express her thoughts and dreams. Owens’ unique musical style and inspirational lyrics continue to appeal to Christian and mainstream audiences alike.
In 2005 Owens launched The Fingerprint Initiative, a hands-on, non-profit organization designed to “bring hope to the world, one project and one touch at a time.” The organization has partnered with and raised money for groups such as Compassion International, International Justice Mission and Habitat for Humanity."
So, not only is she an amazing artist, but she's a great person in general. "Get In I'm Driving" did not let me down. Her music is very soulful and moving. Her sound is unique and flows from easy and melodic to hip and dance-y and is injected with inspirational and thought provoking lyrics. There's something for every body and every mood. Check her out, and enjoy!