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KCFY Movie & Book Review


Where Hope Grows
Blu-Ray, DVD, On demand Release Date:   August 2015
Run Time:  98 minutes
U.S.Rating:   PG-13
Retail Price: $24.98 (Blu-Ray), $19.98 DVD
From the Publisher:

Receiving 5 out of 5 Doves from The Dove Foundation, Where Hope Grows is an uplifting tale of an ex-baseball player who finds salvation when he befriends a grocery-store clerk who has Down syndrome.

Theatrically released in 2015, and written and directed by Chris Dowling (Rock Slyde), the heartwarming film features touching performances from a stellar cast including Kristoffer Polaha (TV’s “
Ringer,” TV’s “Life Unexpected”), Billy Zabka (The Karate Kid), Brooke Burns (Shallow Hal, TV’s “Baywatch”), Kerr Smith (TV’s “The Fosters,” TV’s “Dawson’s Creek”), Michael Grant (TV’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”), Alan Powell (The Song) with Danica McKellar (TV’s “The Wonder Years”) and introducing David DeSanctis as “Produce.”


Patterns of Evidence:  The Exodus
Bly-Ray/DVD Release Date:  Aug. 4th, 21015
Run Time: 1:58 min.
UPC:  040232271687 (Bly-Ray);   040232271670 (DVD)
U.S.Rating: NR
Retail Price:  24.95 / 19.99
From the Publisher:
In “PATTERNS OF EVIDENCE: THE EXODUS” Filmmaker Timothy Mahoney chronicles an in-depth archaeological investigation in Egypt and Israel as his team attempts to corroborate the biblical text. The film explores one fundamental question: Is there any evidence that the Exodus story actually happened? Twelve years in the making, this provocative documentary reveals new or rarely seen evidence regarding the Israelites’ descent into slavery, their Exodus from Egypt and their ultimate conquest of the Promised Land. Although many scholars and archaeologists deny the validity of the Exodus story for lack of proof, “PATTERNS OF EVIDENCE: THE EXODUS” builds a case that sheds new light on the story.


Intersect: Where Your Story and God’s Story Converge
DVD Release Date:  July 27, 2015
Run Time:   A 5 week short film resource
UPC/ISBN: 9780825443978
U.S.Rating:   NR
Retail Price: $15.99
From the Publisher:
Starting spiritual conversations with those outside of the church is a worthy, yet often difficult and intimidating task. Intersect was designed to help overcome those barriers. It is an easy-to-use resource, perfect for sharing with co-workers, friends, neighbors, and family to enter into meaningful conversations.

Five individual believers recount their faith journey and tell authentic stories of the circumstances that have forced them to examine how God might fit into their lives. Each film is accompanied by thought-provoking questions designed to encourage participants to examine the world in which they live and the life they’re pursuing, always ending with a conversation on how Jesus intersects the current topic.

Allow this powerful new film resource to engage those you are in relationship with and then propel them forward in their next step with Jesus. - See more at: http://www.kregel.com/rob-peabody/intersect/#sthash.B4ss0IGR.dpuf


Catching Faith
DVD Release Date:  August 18, 2015
Run Time:  88 minutes
U.S.Rating:   NR
Retail Price: $13.49
From the Publisher:
John and Alexa Taylor appear to have the perfect life – they’re the envy of all the parents in town. Their son Beau is the high school football star and their daughter Ravyn is a straight-A student. But when Beau is caught drinking alcohol, his place on the team and his bright future are on the line. With the football season at stake and the judgmental community turning their backs on them, every member of the Taylor family is at a crossroads. Now, they must find the strength from one another, and the spiritual courage from within, to prove that faith and family is the only score that really matters.


When Calls The Heart:  Heart and Soul
DVD Release Date:  June 23, 2015
Run Time:  88 minutes
U.S.Rating:   NR
Retail Price: $8.99
From the Publisher:
From celebrated author Janette Oke (The Love Comes Softly series) comes a rigorous and romantic adventure as epic as the wide frontier. Erin Krakow (Army Wives), Daniel Lissing (Eye Candy) and Lori Laughlin (Full House, 90210) star in When Calls The Heart, "a beautiful story with roots in relationships, self-empowerment, and the enduring power of love", (Common Sense Media).

Further complicating their new romance, Jack and Elizabeth must part company so that Jack can return to Hope Valley and his duties as a Mountie. Elizabeth, however, remains in Hamilton, where she finds herself tending to her family and spending time with the handsome Charles Kensington. Meanwhile, back in Hope Valley, Rosemary has been offered a role in a play in San Francisco and makes preparations to leave with her two producers. When Jack learns that the "producers", have taken Rosemary in the opposite direction, for New York, he races after them to rescue her… a gamble that ends up being the talk of the town when they spend a night together


When Calls The Heart:  Heart of the Family
DVD Release Date:   August 4, 2015
Run Time:   88 minutes
U.S.Rating:   NR
Retail Price: $9.92
From the Publisher:
From celebrated author Janette Oke (The Love Comes Softly series) comes a rigorous and romantic adventure as epic as the wide frontier. Erin Krakow (Army Wives), Daniel Lissing (Eye Candy) and Lori Loughlin (Full House, 90210) star in When Calls The Heart, "a beautiful story with roots in relationships, self-empowerment, and the enduring power of love", (Common Sense Media).

Elizabeth returns to Hope Valley and immediately volunteers to look after a neighbor’s rural homestead… and his two children, an undertaking which proves to be a bigger chore than she’d imagined. But when Jack lends a hand, and they wind up chatting by the fire, all seems right in Hope Valley and the world. Meanwhile, in Hamilton, Bill Avery sets about busting a counterfeiting ring wide open, an endeavor which surprisingly leads him to Hope Valley, where he mysteriously declines Jack’s help. But Bill isn’t the only big-town visitor: Elizabeth is even more surprised to see her former suitor, Charles Kensington, standing right in the middle of her schoolhouse!




I Will!     Nine Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian
Author: Thom S. Rainer

Binding Type:  Hardcover
Publisher:    B&H Publishing Group
ISBN:  9781433687297
Retail Price:  $12.99
From the Publisher:
Could you be the answer to the problems you see?
Every day we are faced with the needs of those around us. Emotional. Physical. Spiritual. What are we to do about it? Are these problems for our pastors to address or is there a way for the church member to make an impact that will last?
Bestselling author Thom S. Rainer answers these questions by offering nine simple traits that you can incorporate into your life no matter your background, stage of life, or sense of capability.   
You can do it. Now it's time to just stand up and say you will!


Onward:  Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel
Author: Russell Moore

Binding Type:  Hardcover
Publisher:    B&H Publishing
ISBN:  9781433686177
Retail Price:  $24.99
From the Publisher:
As the culture changes all around us, it is no longer possible to pretend that we are a Moral Majority. That may be bad news for America, but it can be good news for the church. What's needed now, in shifting times, is neither a doubling-down on the status quo nor a pullback into isolation. Instead, we need a church that speaks to social and political issues with a bigger vision in mind: that of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As Christianity seems increasingly strange, and even subversive, to our culture, we have the opportunity to reclaim the freakishness of the gospel, which is what gives it its power in the first place.
We seek the kingdom of God, before everything else. We connect that kingdom agenda to the culture around us, both by speaking it to the world and by showing it in our churches. As we do so, we remember our mission to oppose demons, not to demonize opponents. As we advocate for human dignity, for religious liberty, for family stability, let's do so as those with a prophetic word that turns everything upside down.
The signs of the times tell us we are in for days our parents and grandparents never knew. But that's no call for panic or surrender or outrage. Jesus is alive. Let's act like it. Let's follow him, onward to the future.


Tattered and Mended:  The Are of Healing the Wounded Soul
Author: Cynthia Ruchti

Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Abingdon Press
ISBN:  9781426787690
Retail Price:  $15.99
From the Publisher:
For years, society and especially the church required that we hide our brokenness and pretend that all was well, even when it was terribly broken. Now, people have become comfortable with our tattered edges, our character weaknesses, our “old, familiar sins,” and forgotten that God doesn’t intend to leave us in a state of disrepair. God calls us to something other than the wild pendulum swing from hiding our scars to flaunting them. Rather than resigning ourselves to desperately clinging to shreds of recovery, or discarding the broken, threadbare, scarred relationships, we can engage in the process of healing through Christ. Jesus reclaims what we fear was damaged beyond repair. His soul-mend leaves hope where the wound once was. And, as we engage in the process of healing, we grow in appreciation of how God tends and transforms our wounds.


Death On Hold
A Prisoner’s Desperate Prayer and the Unlikely Family Who Became God’s Answer
Author: Burton and Anita Folsom

Binding Type:  Hardcover
Publisher:    Nelson Books
ISBN:  9781595556004
Retail Price:  $24.99
From the Publisher:
In January 1983 Burt Folsom read a story in Time about Mitch Rutledge, a man on death row with an IQ of 84 who said he was sorry for what he did. "Forget him," the last line of the story read. But Burt wrote Mitch a letter and discovered a man more interesting and intelligent than the article revealed. Burt and his wife, Anita, began a friendship with Mitch and saw him become a leader and role model for others in prison, teaching himself to read and write (starting with copying down the spelling of items he knew from TV commercials) and becoming a national spokesman on prison life. Death on Holdis the amazing story of their friendship, and of grace, reconciliation, and redemption for a man without hope who was given a future."


7 Secrets To An Awesome Marriage: 
Strengthen Your Most Intimate Relationship
Author: Kim Kimberling, PhD

Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Zondervan
ISBN:  9780310342274
Retail Price:  $15.99
From the Publisher:
All of us want an enduring marriage, a beautiful marriage we can believe in. That kind of marriage happens through intimacy. Intimacy requires hard work and a guide. Dr. Kim Kimberling is that guide and this book and its tools will show you how communication and intimacy in marriage can be yours. 

Kimberling offers insights like connecting every day in spite of what’s in the way, learning how to fight in the right ways, stopping the insanity of doing the same thing over and over even when it isn’t working, and finding that the best sex ever is well within the context of Christian marriages. 

Once these 7 secrets are a part of your marriage, you can stand together and fight anything that would ever try to tear your marriage apart. 

Whether you have just celebrated your first anniversary or your fiftieth, 7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage by Dr. Kim Kimberling is for you.  If you have a good marriage, this book can help you have a great marriage.  If you are struggling, Kim Kimberling will help you turn the corner and make your marriage into what you want it to be.


The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist…Or: The Dreadful Consequences of Bad Arguments
Author: Andy Bannister

Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Monarch Books
ISBN:  9780857216106
Retail Price:  $14.99
From the Publisher:
An entertaining and enlightening poke at atheism by a popular speaker.

Addressing some of the more popular atheist sound bites about the Christian faith, The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist clears the space for a deeper and more honest discussion about the big questions of life.

Our culture now assumes that atheism is the default position indeed, the only position for anyone who wishes to be seen as educated, contemporary, and urbane. In the media, atheism is usually portrayed as scientific and rational versus religion, which is seen as stuffy, outdated, and irrational.

Blending humor with serious thought, The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist will help readers to think a little deeper about the popular claims of atheism. Whether the reader is a Christian who desires to be able to start a conversation with secular friends or simply an agnostic dissatisfied with some of the arguments that pass for serious thought, Andy Bannister shows that when it comes to the most important questions of life, we need to move beyond simplistic sound bites.


Letters From My Father’s Murderer:  A Journey of Forgiveness
Author: Laurie A. Coombs
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Kregel Publications
ISBN:  9780825442292
Retail Price:  $11.99
From the Publisher:
"I believe God is not finished with either of us. Tomorrow is a good day." ---Anthony to Laurie

When her father was murdered, Laurie Coombs sought justice---and found it. His murderer now serves two life sentences with no possibility of parole. Yet, despite the swift punishment of the killer, Laurie found herself increasingly full of pain, bitterness, and anger she couldn't control. After coming to faith, she realized she was being called to seek something infinitely more difficult than justice: forgiveness.

This is an extraordinary true story of grace, mercy, and the redemptive power of God to change lives. The reader is swept along with Laurie as she undergoes the life-changing transformation; of becoming a Christian and begins to discover God redeeming losses and healing deep wounds time and time again in Scripture. When she starts to understand that her own healing would require her to love her enemy in a real, practical way, it seemed impossible.

Using her incredible correspondence with the man who killed her father, Laurie reveals a compelling journey of transformation, not only in her life, but in the lives of those whom many would call irredeemable.

Letters from My Father's Murderer is for any audience---Christian or secular---who:

  • Craves freedom from the inability to forgive those who've caused them harm
  • Wants to hear testimony of God's power in our obedience
  • Has experienced pain through other's sin against them
  • Needs to know healing is always possible

The real story here is not primarily about murder and its fallout, but rather about redemption and how far it can reach.