7 Quick Takes Friday – March for Life, Movie Reviews, Mother’s Day

7_quick_takes_sm1Please join me and other Catholic bloggers at Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes Friday, where we share seven quick posts!

1. March for Life Canada
LifeSiteNews reports there were over 23,000 on Parliament Hill yesterday for the annual March for Life! (For Canada’s lower population, this is outstanding!!) Unfortunately, I missed it again because of illness, but my second oldest son and his friend were present and had an opportunity to meet and chat with chastity speaker Jason Evert and take a cool photo with him!Jason Evert

2. Kidnapped Nigerian Girls
I’ve been praying for the young girls who have been kidnapped by a radical group claiming that Allah “told” them to sell the girls because the girls wanted an education. On Twitter and Facebook, I’ve been using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls to bring awareness to their plight. You can also go to this website and spiritually “adopt” one of the girls and specifically pray for her, if you wish. (My girl’s name is Tabitha Pogu.) Jesus, Mary and Joseph, keep Tabitha safe and bring her and all the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls to their families.

3. A Subtle Grace
Thank you to all who have already downloaded or bought a print copy of my new book, A Subtle Grace (O’Donovan Family)!A Subtle Grace front cover Nov2013

4. Mini Movie Review – God’s Not Dead
Overall, I loved this movie! Premise: College student Josh (Shane Harper) shows up for the first day of sociology class with a atheist, radical professor (Kevin Sorbo) who commands all the students to write down on a piece of paper “God’s Dead,” then sign it. Josh, who is a Christian, can’t do it. The professor, clearly angry that Josh won’t sign the paper, tells Josh that he will fail the course if he cannot prove to the class that God is not dead. The story and writing were outstanding, most of the actors were also outstanding (especially Sorbo and Dean Cain) and I enjoyed the Newsboys’ and Willie Robertson’s appearances. Highly recommend! (4.5 out of 5)

5. Mini Movie Review – Heaven is For Real
Last year, I read the book “Heaven is For Real” by Pastor Todd Burpo about the experiences of his then four year old son, who was critically ill and who claims to have visited heaven. It’s a compelling read. The movie was a bit slow moving for me, and had the “Fireproof” and “Courageous” feel to it. The acting was outstanding, especially by the young boy who played Colton and Greg Kinnear as Todd was also excellent. Overall, I enjoyed it very much and would highly recommend it to all. (4 out of 5 stars.)

6. Review Shelf
Something Other than God – Jennifer Fulwiler

7. Mother’s Day Cartoon

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