Woe! It’s Wednesday: It’s All Good Redux

I suppose it’s somewhat ironic that when I blogged about the saying, “It’s all good,” here, life as I know it … changed.

In some respects, things are still the same. I usually get up at about the same time and go to bed about the same time. In other ways, life is completely different.

Part of what I said in that post:

“It’s all good,” is shorthand-speak for:

  • “I understand what you said and I get it.”
  • “I forgive you. We can move on.”
  • “Yes, that was bad, but it’s not the end of the world. God is sovereign and it will work out.”
  • “It may not be good now, but it will be, and I have faith.”

Of those options, the one I believe most fervently this week is, “It may not be good now, but it will be and I have faith.”

Actually, I would add a qualifier: “It may not be good now — and it may not be good for a really, really long time — but I have to believe it (whatever ‘it’ is) will be good again. Someday.

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IT HAD TO BE YOU $100 Visa Giveaway from Susan May Warren!

I reviewed It Had to Be You here.

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I love all Susie’s books and It Had to Be You is another winner. I loved Eden and Jace’s story and am looking forward to seeing them reappear in the rest of the Christianson family saga.

 

 

Woe! It’s Wednesday: Life Goes On

Anyone else remember this show?

It was on in the late 1980s and early ‘90s. We enjoyed it at our house. In the years since it’s been off the air, I still find myself humming the opening song.

Life does indeed go on.

It’s surprising how quickly the human mind and body can absorb blows and regain its equilibrium.

Today I hum both Life Goes On and Dorie’s mantra: Just Keep Swimming!

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Book Talk Tuesday: Heaven is For Real

I’m a few years late getting around to reading Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent.

Heaven Is For Real

I finally moved it to the top of my stack when we were invited to preview the new movie coming out on April 16th based on the book.

Heaven is For Real is the true story of three-year-old Colton Burpo who visited heaven during emergency surgery.

In the months after the surgery, Colton’s parents, Todd and Sonja, were surprised at his comments and insights. He knew both parents’ whereabouts during his surgery. He claimed to have met a sister (a baby his mother miscarried before he was born and who he didn’t know about) and his great-grandfather in heaven where he sat on Jesus’ knee and the angels sang to him.

The book is well-written and engaging. It’s a quick read and I breezed through it in a day or so. The book has its nay-sayers who don’t believe Colton visited heaven. I admit his conviction that people in heaven have wings isn’t in my Bible, but it’s likely that some of his three-year-old misconceptions about the hereafter were translated into his experience.

The movie is well-done. I enjoyed it.  It will also have its nay-sayers. The Gospel is watered-down. There’s a lot of talk about God and His love and Jesus is a big part of heaven, but there’s no mention of the narrow path or the price Jesus paid for us to get to heaven. The movie is also different from the book. Most of the changes didn’t bother me, I understand the need for poetic license in adapting a book for the screen. The essence of the book is there: a little boy visited heaven and lived to tell about it.

Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly are excellent as the mom and dad. Connor Corum as Colton is perfectly cast. He captures the winsomeness and innocence of a young boy.

The production values are excellent for a faith-based movie, although the persistence in using an electric blue and yellow/orange color palette grew a bit tiresome.

The ending is very contrived and “Hollywood-ish.” First a drama had to be created where there wasn’t one in the book. Then it had to have the Kum-by-yah resolution. Yawn. There are so many talented storytellers. I refuse to believe that was the best they could come up with.

Overall though, minor quibbles to what is an excellent book and a good movie. Will they win any converts? Not likely. Will the already converted love them? Yep.