As I mentioned in my previous entry, my sister Tracy and I had the great privilege of interviewing acclaimed director/writer Michael Landon, Jr. We talked about his latest project The Last Sin Eater (based on the novel by Francine Rivers), Christians and entertainment, his novel One More Sunrise coming out with Bethany House next year, and more.
"Entertainment and art have power. Our culture is molded more so by entertainment than any other influence." --Michael Landon, Jr.
If you don't have plans to go see The Last Sin Eater movie (based on the novel of the same name by Francine Rivers), make them. Check out the official website for the trailer and theater information.
I've watched the film, and it retains everything important about the book. A very touching story. I'll be writing a review of the movie soon for TitleTrakk.com, and I'm going to be interviewing Michael Landon Jr. (with my sister and fellow writer Tracy) as well as Francine Rivers.
We need to support films like this so more are made.
A question came up recently on a Christian writers e-mail group to which I subscribe. Someone asked, "How do you know when to say 'no' to writing opportunities?"
Here's what I responded:
Since we are Christian writers, I believe we have an advantage over those in the secular market. We have the spirit of the Lord inside of us---He's inside to guide. The best way we can know when to put on the brakes is to follow our hearts. I realize that's an easy statement to make, but I totally believe it. The key is creating an environment that enables us to hear his guidance clearly. How many times have we decided to go one way even though we had this niggling thought inside that maybe we shouldn't, and we find out later it would've been a whole lot better if we'd listened to that nudging? Here are a few practical ideas to help you.
1. Follow peace. Even if what seems like the most amazing opportunity drops into your lap, do you feel a peace about doing it? If not, you would be wise to sit on things for a few days. If the opportunity is from God, it'll be there tomorrow.
2. Pray. Get in a quiet place and ask the Lord for wisdom. "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault." James 1.
3. Just because a door opens doesn't mean you're to walk through it. It could mean that, but I'd suggest not living your life only walking through open doors. They're not always from God. They could be, but not always.
This is starting to sound like a sermon. But I just want to encourage you all to listen to your spirits. That little voice inside that you think is just you, often is God. He speaks to us through our spirits. That's why the voice sounds like us sometimes.
My book review of Sibella Giorello's The Stones Cry Out is up at TitleTrakk.com. I was very impressed with this novel, and I encourage you to go out and buy a copy as soon as possible.
My review begins:
Special agent Raleigh Harmon has just been assigned a civil rights case her supervisor wants closed yesterday. A white male police detective and a black man with a shady past died when they fell off a factory roof during a “Parade for the People” rally two days prior. The city of Richmond has become divided by color before the facts are even known. The police stand by their man, the African American community by theirs. And if there were witnesses, they’re not talking. Especially to the FBI. What really happened on that factory roof? Why were the men together in the first place? Is it really an open and shut case? Raleigh isn’t sure. Despite the surmounting odds, she’s determined to dig down to the truth, because to a forensic geologist the stones do indeed cry out.
Nominated twice for a Pulitzer Prize, Sibella Giorello has already proven she’s a gifted non-fiction writer. But with the publication of The Stones Cry Out, Giorello can now add “gifted novelist” to her resume. Her skillful use of language has created a unique novel that smacks of quality. More than once I found myself awed by her vivid word pictures. To read the rest of the review, click here.
I had the great opportunity to interview Ted Dekker recently for TitleTrakk.com. He had some awesome information to give writers, readers, and fans. Exclusive info on his upcoming releases, an inside look at the making of the movie Thr3e (based on his novel of the same name), plus much more.
Read a review of Hell in a Briefcase at TitleTrakk.com here.
ELEVEN BRIEFCASES AND ONE UNLIKELY HERO...CAN MATT COOPER FIND ELEVEN NUCLEAR DEVICES AND HIS FAITH BEFORE DISASTER STRIKES?
With violence in the Middle East escalating daily, Americans are glued to their televisions wondering what will happen next. Meanwhile, Matt Cooper, jet-setting star of Phil Little's debut novel Hell in a Briefcase is doing something about it. A private security executive, his adrenaline-junkie days consist of last-minute first-class overseas flights, Hollywood parties with his actress girlfriend, and direct calls from top CIA brass. A chance meeting with Mr. Roberts, “an old broken-down millionaire” and uncommon Christian, sends Cooper on a trip to Israel that will change his life. Matt goes behind the curtain of Middle East terrorism, witnessing firsthand the untold ravages of holy war. The deeper he goes, the closer he gets to a plot involving eleven stolen briefcase nukes and a plan infinitely more sinister than 9/11.
For space restraints the first chapter can now be read in the Reading Room of TitleTrakk.com. Click here.