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review 2019-07-29 17:00
Growing with Grace Through Faith: A Book Review of "Grace The Early Years"

 

 

About the Book

 

Format: Audio Book CD

 

Stories Written By: Cindy Smith

 

Produced and Created By: Lisa L. Bennett

 

Copyright 2017 Victory Television Network

 

Purchase at http://gracethefilm.com/

 

 

Book Description

 

"Grace the Early Years" audio book CD introduces you to "Grace", the main character of our faith-based western film series. Nancy Stafford ("Matlock", Hallmark favorites "Christmas for a Dollar" and "Christmas With a Capital C", recently released "Heaven Bound", http://nancystafford.com/) will star in the film playing the character of Grace and narrates the birth of her character on this CD in Chapter 1 "The Beginning". In addition, we have the amazingly talented Kathy Garver ("Family Affair", "Princess Diaries 2", "The Ten Commandments", http://www.kathygarver.com/), Tony Senzamici ("NCIS: New Orleans", "Treme", "Dry Creek", http://www.tonysenzamici.com/), Tanya Christiansen ("Dry Creek", "Wild Bill Hickok: Swift Justice", HSN, http://www.imdb.me/tanyachristiansen/), Jim Damron ("Forrest Gump", PBS, http://www.jimdamron.net/) and introducing James Woody (http://jamesrwoody.com/) narrating the character of our Cowboy Guide.

Proceeds help missions in the coal mining town of War, WV and to fund the Grace film series. 

 

About the Grace Project

 

"Grace" is a faith-based western film series set in the 1800's currently in development by VictoryNOW Films & TV. It's starring and being directed by Nancy Stafford ("Matlock", Hallmark favorites "Christmas for A Dollar", "Christmas With A Capital C", recently released "Heaven Bound"). The project is also starring Kathy Garver ("Family Affair", "Princess Diaries 2", Voice of Firestar in Spiderman and His Amazing Friends", "The 10 Commandments"), Jim Damron ("Forrest Gump", "Nashville"), Tony Senzamici ("NCIS: New Orleans", "Treme"), Tanya Christiansen ("Dry Creek", Co-host Home Shopping Network), Johnny Ray Gibbs and Ashley Rain. The story is created by its Executive Producer Lisa L. Bennett and being made possible through tax-deductible donations.

 

  

"Grace" originated from a story told to Lisa by her beloved grandmother, a missionary, and part of the film's proceeds will be used to help in the town of War, West Virginia, where Lisa's parents are missionaries. War is a coal mining town of approximately 900 people. It's located in McDowell County which has the highest suicide rate in the country from drug overdoses. When the coal mines began shutting down, the lack of jobs took a toll on families . Our goal is to help through furthering education so many can learn a new skill set, if desired, so they don't have to depend on the coal industry or government to provide for their families. 

With Grace being a film series, we have plans to shoot more than one Grace film. It's an opportunity for us to produce content to provide hope, encouragement and inspiration to touch people's hearts which is very important, especially in this current time.

Filming will take place in Villa Rica, Bremen, and Rockmart, Georgia.

 

"Grace" on IMDb

 

Grace the Film on Facebook

 

Grace the Film Series on Twitter

 

Grace the Film Series Project Promotional Video on YouTube 

 

*All graphics used in this post are taken from the Grace the Film Facebook page.* 

 

Funding

 

How can you help the Grace Project with the rest of the funding needed to proceed with filming and production? You can donate money via PAYPAL or send your donation to:

 

Grace Project
P.O. Box 352551
Palm Coast, FL 32135

 

My Review

 

As a lifelong historical fiction aficionada with a particular affinity for the nineteenth century, the film series “Grace” captured my attention the moment I first came across it. There is a quaintness about America’s earlier years that resonates through the centuries, drawing us back to an era of faith and grit, when God and family meant everything. Such a world seems, in many ways, utterly foreign in today’s society, with values that challenge the mainstream. And that is why productions like “Grace” are so important. In a self-glorifying culture, undertakings such as the Grace Project instill values of loving and helping others and serving where there is a need, all in a family-friendly environment.

An introduction to the story of Grace and her missionary journey, Grace The Early Years is a 50-minute audio book CD. Comprised of five chapters, each of which is uniquely narrated, this audio book chronicles Grace’s birth and adolescence through a series of heartwarming vignettes. These sketches each feature a different celebrity narrator, hearkening back to the oral tradition as Nancy Stafford, Kathy Garver, Tony Senzamici, Tanya Christiansen, and Jim Damron relate segments of Grace’s early life. Enhancing the authentic ambiance is Cowboy Guide narrator James Woody. The various voice inflections and poetic descriptive language infuse the narrative with joie de vivre and call to mind a gathering of townsfolk recounting the tale of a well-loved young lady.

 



Throughout the story, the themes of family and faith are predominant. One of the most compelling elements is the interweaving of Scripture and daily life. Many Bible verses are quoted, with practical applications by the characters that underscore their message. Although the last chapter has a time leap that is somewhat disconcerting at first, it ties together the previous events, demonstrating how each aspect of Grace’s life has led up to this climax and setting the scene for the film.    

True to its mission, the Grace Project seeks to inspire and encourage with its message of hope, faith, and love. Part of the film’s proceeds will be used to help those in the coal mining town of War, West Virginia to overcome the difficulties and challenges of losing their livelihoods when the coal mines closed. Funding is still needed in order to continue with production of the film, and donations are tax-deductible. Proceeds from items sold through the website’s store, where along with other items you can purchase this audio book CD as well as the book Journey to Grace, provide funding for the film series and also support missions in War, West Virginia. For more information and to donate and check out the store, please visit http://gracethefilm.com/.

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text 2014-10-15 22:39
Missionary Position (Modern Love Stories Book 3) by Daisy Prescott 99 cents
Missionary Position - Daisy Prescott

Missionary Position (Modern Love Stories Book 3) by Daisy Prescott

 

Selah Elmore is a confident, curvy woman who knows exactly who she is and what she wants. She loves her life being a professor and popular pirate erotica author. However, when she leaves the Pacific Northwest to spend six months studying sculpture in West Africa, she learns she doesn't know a thing about love. 

Cocky, suit-wearing Gerhard charms her during a stopover in Amsterdam, but dashing, adventurous Kai sweeps her off her feet in Ghana. 

Sparks fly on three continents when perpetually single Selah discovers there's more to love and life than she ever imagined. 

Sex? Absolutely.
Love? Not my thing.
I didn't do love or butterflies, but I loved him.
I was screwed, and not in a good way.


Missionary Position is the third novel in the Modern Love Stories series. It's a spin-off/standalone from Geoducks Are for Lovers. It isn't necessary to read that novel or Ready to Fall prior to reading this.        

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text 2014-08-25 02:41
August Book a Day #24: Best Biography/Autobiography
Firelight of a Different Colour: The Life and Times of Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing - Nigel Collett
An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist - Richard Dawkins
The Fry Chronicles - Stephen Fry
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban - Christina Lamb,Malala Yousafzai
Hitch-22: A Memoir - Christopher Hitchens
The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice - Christopher Hitchens
Wish You Were Here: The Official Biography of Douglas Adams - Nick Webb

Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Stephen Fry Malala and Leslie Cheung. 

 

I could have added Long Walk to Freedom, but I just got it and haven't read it yet.

 

Christopher Hitchens, great read on himself and how he become who he is as a witty man with pen. (Or keyboard)

 

I added Christopher take on the con woman Teresa as well. Good read.

 

Richard Dawkins, he is funny and it is fun to see how shy he is really as a person. Talking about his personal life is kind of like asking as shy person to speak publicly. He could do it, but if he could help it, he would only tell you things that he is comfortable to talk about. He married twice. He only mentioned he was married for the first time, but failed to mention how he date his first wife. 

 

I like of like the way he is now and accept that there are details he is not likely to share with the rest of the world. .

Stephen Fry, he didn't get all the fact correct as Hugh has pointed out, but who cares.

Leslie Cheung. No one write about him in this among of details. It is a treat.

Malala is still a young woman who didn't know much of the world. But her world is being interrupted by a bullet. A bullet that meant to kill her because she dare to oppose to the "moral" of religious men of her town. Religious persons, when apply externally, fucked up people life. Religion is bullshit. And she was almost kill, and her friend got shot, because according to this fucked up religion, girls have no educational right.

Glad she survived. I hope she lost her religion too. Or she might support Sharia in UK, or some shit like that that make me decrease my hope for humanity. 


Douglas Adams, how we all missed him. Thank you for bringing us the joy of your writing. 

These are my picks. 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-08-23 20:08
Review of Distant Fields by Jed Gourley
Distant Fields: The Amazing Call of George Markey from Farmland to Missions - Jed Gourley

Distant Fields by Jed Gourley proved to be one of those books, one of those stories that would confirm that God can use anyone regardless of background, if they would surrender completely to Him.  I've always enjoyed reading missionary stories such as the Hudson twins to Asia, or of the Elliots and their fateful trip into Inca territory.  I've enjoyed stories such as "God's Smuggler" about Brother Andrew, "Tortured for Christ" about Wirmbrand, and like George, I too have read "Revolution in World Missions".  So to read George's story and to discover myself a contemporary to half his children, was amazing.  Then to discover that he had some of the same character-quirk hang-ups that I do, made the ability to relate even stronger.

The style of writing was very personal, like that of reading a memoire more than a biography of one's life.  Eventually I'd discover that the author was (spoiler alert) married to one of George's kids.  This made the telling of the story very personal, and it was impossible to miss the growing sense of "goodbye" that was looming as the author approached the latter pages of the book.  Most professional editors would have had a conniption at Jed's sentence fragments, or worse, at his use of the occasional single-word sentence, but he was writing this way on purpose.  This book is a very personal work, and to remove some of the conversational structure of the writing would have been to render it's heart anemic.  The telling of this story was both personal and introductory.

As I sit here now writing out my thoughts, I too am left with a sense of what this world has lost.  I look forward to meeting George in heaven one day and am grateful to hear that his family continues to reach out to people on the mission field and at home.  

Thank you Jed, for letting me read this story.  God truly can use anyone if they will let Him.

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review 2014-05-20 00:00
Missionary Position
4.5 Stars!

I finished reading the last page of Missionary Position by Daisy Prescott and let out a contented sigh, a large grin on my face. I loved this book, and for so many reasons. The way that Selah first meets Gerhard and Kai is cute, fun, and different. Her adventures to Amsterdam and Ghana are enthralling, and you really feel like you're tagging along on a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It's a nice change of pace to read a love story about a 40-something woman who's independent, hard-working, and knows what she wants. It's also so much fun to see her be proven wrong.

Selah Elmore is a professor of the human form and embarks on a six month expedition to Ghana to study sculpture and art, but on her way she makes a stop in Amsterdam. That's precisely where she's headed, still in the airport in fact, when she meets an intriguing woman who insists that Selah meet up with her brother when she arrives.

Enter Gerhard. He's a sexy, suit-wearing banker and exactly what Selah has been avoiding due to her past experiences. That is, until she spends some time with him and realizes that underneath the suit, he's actually pretty great. He's extremely sexy, engaging, funny, and interesting. He sweeps Selah off her feet during her short time in Amsterdam, and when he leaves her at the airport, she's left wondering how she got so attached in such a short amount of time and if she will ever see him again.

Selah arrives in Ghana, prepared to spend the next six months there. Ms. Prescott does a fantastic job during this portion of the book making you really feel like you're there. I saw the things Selah saw, tasted the food she ate, made friends with the people she talked to, and learned a lot about an entirely different way of life.

When the woman she's staying with insists that she meet a man named Kai, who visits often, Selah doesn't show much interest. She's still thinking about a certain alluring Dutchman that haunts her dreams and graces her private fantasies. But when Kai unexpectedly shows up, she's powerless to resist his charms. He's adventurous, funny, smart, altruistic, charming, and sexy. He takes her on adventures and teaches her new things, not the least of which is something about herself. He makes all of her preconceived notions and foregone conclusions about herself go right out the window. He surprises and scares her.

But the time for both of them to go home comes before long and now Selah is left changed by both Gerhard and Kai. Who does she end up with - Gerhard or Kai? Or is she merely left forever changed to write her own future, one she never imagined possible before?

Missionary Position is a captivating story about life, love, supernova hot sex, and an exciting and unintentional quest for self-discovery. I loved Selah. She's funny, independent, strong, and a genuinely good person. I felt like I was her best friend quietly tagging along on her life-changing adventure. Daisy Prescott did an absolutely fantastic job with this book. I'm a huge fan of hers. I first read Ready to Fall and while it's one of my all-time favorites (review here), Missionary Position was by no means a let-down. I'm often afraid when I discover a book that I love that the author got lucky and struck gold once and any book that follows won't live up. But lucky for me, and you, and everybody else, it's Daisy who is gold. She's remarkably talented and I'm in love with the beautiful tales that she weaves.

Don't miss out on this awe-inspiring, sweet, sexy, romantic story. You won't be sorry. Bravo, Ms. Prescott! You've wooed me all over again!

This is a spin-off novel but you do not have to read Geoducks are for Lovers or Ready to Fall prior to reading this book.

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