Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Going to Africa!

I'm leaving in three days for Namibia, Africa, on a mission trip. My friends moved there as missionaries a year ago, (they took the picture above), and I'll be staying with them for two weeks. I probably will not be able to do any blogging until I return on July 12. I'll be sure to post about my adventures when I get back; complete with lots of pictures!

(PS. Please pray for our safety, particularly from diseases, and that God would use this trip for His glory.)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

New Movie: Come What May

I just saw the film, Come What May, produced by Advent Film Group, and I wish there were more movies like this. This is the debut film of a brand-new, Christian film making company. Come What May was produced largely by home school families in Virginia, who were instructed and overseen by professionals. Advent Film Group calls itself "an independent film production and distribution group established to create excellent Christian films by raising up excellent Christian filmmakers". ( Of course, since Come What May is AFG's first film, the acting and a few other qualities aren't as good as they could be; but the content is priceless. "Do what's right... come what may" is the theme of the movie. It's a story about faith, standing for what you believe in, and doing what's right; even when it's hard.

I highly encourage you to support this film group and its mission. Watch Come What May! We can expect even better quality films coming from AFG in the near future. I can't wait to see where it will be in ten years. Please invest in this group by viewing the movie. God willing, AFG will grow and expand in its mission for God, and continue to produce films that glorify Him.

See the trailer for Come What May by clicking here: Movie Trailer

Purchase Come What May by clicking here: Order Come What May

Learn more about Advent Film Group by visiting their web site,, or the movie's web site,

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Book Review: Do Hard Things

A message to all teenagers: you are possibly being bombarded by a dangerous, unseen weapon that can change your whole life for the worst.

That weapon is low expectations.

Are you ready to read one of the most challenging, inspiring, life-altering books you've ever laid your hands on? Do Hard Things, written by Christian teens Alex and Brett Harris, explores what it really means to be a teenager. What does God expect of us in our teen years? Is it true that He has big plans - I mean, BIG plans - for even the youngest of His followers? Are you missing out on something enormous because your culture is holding you back from it?

If you're ready to defy culture and take your walk with God to a new level, I highly encourage you to read Do Hard Things. It's a book written by teenagers for teenagers, with simple language that anyone could understand, but powerful content that could shake the foundations of our culture.

Learn more about Do Hard Things by checking out the authors' website,, or seeing it on Amazon here.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Nature Photography

Here are some photos I've taken recently. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Book Review: The Door Within Trilogy

For the next few weeks, I'm going to do a series of book reviews on some of my favorite books. I'll start with the series that first got me interested in fantasy: The Door Within Trilogy by Wayne Thomas Batson.

The Door Within Trilogy is a Christian fantasy series, written in the allegorical style of The Chronicles of Narnia, but with a modern twist. Young Aidan Thomas, the main character of the series, is about to enter high school when he discovers three mysterious scrolls in his basement. They beckon him to another world of knights, dragons, and war, and he finds himself wrapped up in a dangerous mission: to save the kingdom of Mithegard from the evil clutches of Paragory.

The trilogy continues with Aidan, Antionette, and Robby, as each young teen has a turn in the adventures of the mirror world. The books are filled with action, mystery, and peril, and I found them impossible to put down. Christians will love the clear allegory and good Biblical messages, and any reader will enjoy the nail-biting, page-turning suspense that keeps you up late at night; waiting to find out what happens next. A surprising twist at the end wraps up a rewarding, worthwhile read. I highly recommend this series!

Learn more about The Door Within Trilogy by visiting the author's blog at Or, click on the following links to see the trilogy on Amazon: Book 1, Book 2, and Book 3.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

2009 Reading Challenge

Shown above are all the books I plan on possibly reading this year: Binding of the Blade, Books 2-5; Ben Hur; Through the Gates of Splendor; Outside Hollywood; and Left Behind: The Kids, Books 3-30.

These are the books I've read so far: Binding of the Blade, Book 1; Mary Slessor; William Carey; and Left Behind: The Kids, Books 1-2. Anyone think I can do it?

If you think you're brave enough, try the challenge with me! I dare you to read all 40 books before December 31, 2009! Then if you live to tell about it, post a comment about your adventures. (If you wish, they don't have to be the same 40 books; as long as the number is the same.)