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The Isaac Project

isaac-reviewAfter Rebekah finds her boyfriend cheating on her, she decides to forget about trying to fall in love. Taking after her namesake in the Bible, she decides that she wants to have a modern day arranged marriage.  And she wants to get married as soon as possible so her ailing grandfather, who raised her, would be able to see her get married. Her friend would search for a husband for her and God would give her a sign to know which man would be the one. Continue reading

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Review)

High-quality LEGO game that brings the Star Wars experience to life  – and isn’t afraid to make fun of itself.

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I’ve been waiting for LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens for a while now. I first heard about this game during a visit to my local GameStop. They had an elaborate countdown timer stationed near the checkout line, and it was about 19 days until the release. I was a little sad to see that the Wii U only had a regular version (unlike the special versions for PS4 and XBOX One), but I was still excited for the game.

LEGO games have always had a great sense of humor, and I was ready to see how that humor translated to the The Force Awakens. I really enjoyed this movie, but I also know how ridiculous Star Wars can be (*cough* original trilogy *cough*). After getting back from the store with the game in hand, I was eager to see how it would portray some of the movie’s darker plot points.

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Chop, Chop: A Story of Friendship, Love, Loss and Faith

chop-reviewThis story starts off with a few people heading to an execution of a prisoner who got the death penalty. But to be honest, when the main character, David, began to tell the story in Chapter 1, I completely forgot about that.  He literally starts the story from pre K, and introduces his friend Laci, and later in 6th grade, Greg, and the three become best friends. So we get to see these kids and their friends as they go through middle school and high school. Continue reading

Reflect (Developments) – Analysis

Originally Published: December 29, 2014 I just liked it so much I wanted to repost it. It’s pretty long, so prepare to read 🙂

There’s a lot that I want to say about Hands Like Houses, but, first, take some time to watch this video, which I’ll be discussing in this post.

When I first heard Hands Like Houses, I was surprised by how different they were from everything else I usually listen to. Their music was heavy, but they didn’t have any screaming, so they hung in a weird balance. Lyrically, they were very creative, clear but just cryptic enough to force you to spend some time pondering the meaning behind the words.

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Series with an Impact: Lowlands of Scotland

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Lowlands of Scotland

This series, written by Liz Curtis Higgs, is historical fiction based in Scotland.  The books are Thorn in My Heart, Fair is the Rose, and Whence Came a Prince (there is another book called Grace in Thine Eyes that takes place probably 16 years later, but it can be a stand alone).  Since the characters are Scottish they speak a little differently then us, so they ken rather than know and say things like dinna fash yourself to mean don’t be worried or vexed.  And they say och! a lot. The story of this book reflects the story of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel in the Bible.  If you know the story, then you might be thinking, but isn’t Jacob a polygamist? How is that supposed to work in the 18th century? Well, we’ll see. Continue reading

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