Movie Review of 40 NIGHTS

Movie Review Time!

By way of our rural mail carrier; who drives a big boat of a vehicle and not a one of those cute little mail trucks you may see in town, I received the movie 40 NIGHTS from fishflix.com! This film is biblical and deep – it’s about the 40 days and nights Jesus spent in the desert preparing himself for the trying days ahead of him and his crucifixion.

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40 NIGHTS really spoke to the humanity of Jesus; His inner struggle between fear and faith, until He reaches resolve in the desert – that His death is the only way. It was biblical but there are some liberties taken, without going overboard. The acting was really great and the cinematography was so interesting and done very well!

One of my favorite scenes was a very earthly one between mother and son. Jesus was recalling a moment he had with Mary. He was working when she asked him,

“Are you well?”
His response was a quick, “My health is fine.”
But how is your head and heart?” She asked more pointedly.

It was a real and believable moment that very well could have happened, just as it does every day in homes across the globe. A mother knows.

As mothers we love our children so deeply and sense when they are hurting or burdened with something heavy. Created in God’s image – He loves us infinitely more and is concerned for us in the same ways a mother (or father) is for their child. Above all He cares about the state of our hearts.

We get so busy with life (myself included!), with summer outings, vacations, meal planning, the approaching school year, and the lists go on! But The Lord wants to know, how is your head and heart? If we don’t care of the health of those two vital things then we will not be very effective as mothers, spouses, friends, and so on.

There is so much to glean from the scriptures during the time of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and the film 40 NIGHTS sheds light on many of those truths.

Overall I thought this was a great film and one I think my husband and family will enjoy watching as well! I wouldn’t necessarily suggest it for young children as there are a couple of emotionally intense scenes and a lot of dialogue that will go over their heads – but it could also be used as a good teaching opportunity.

I would like to thank fishflix.com for sending me this movie to watch and in return give an honest review of the film! My thoughts and opinion of the film are of course, my own. I look forward to jumping online to purchase more wholesome family films from fishflix.com in the near future – and you should too!

Blessings ~ Amber

Noble the Movie

 

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The movie Noble is about the life of Christina Noble, an Irish woman from the mid 1900’s, who has had a very difficult and trying childhood and life growing up in Dublin and then moving to England, but throughout it all she holds onto, even if just by a thread of hope, her faith in God.

In the midst of her suffering and crying out to God for understanding and beseeching Him with questions about if He has forgotten about her, she has a vision of children from Vietnam consumed by war and devastation that their little innocent hearts does not deserve to have to endure through. She dreams of children, who are desperately in need of love, protection, and help. She vows that one day, somehow, she WILL go to Vietnam and carry out her vision that God has placed within her heart. The movie goes through her journey in Vietnam in 1989, as she is trying to set up a home for the street children so that they can be safe, loved, nurtured, educated, and receive any medical care they need.  The movie also has many flashbacks about her life as she was growing up and all the intensity and sorrows she went through to make her into the woman she was destined to be.

Her spirit is one truly comprised of gold to go through all the pain she went through, and yet to still have a song on her lips, radiating joy in her heart and love for the “least of these”, the poor and abandoned children, in abundance. She is such an inspiration in how she pours and selflessly gives out of herself to these children in desperate need on the streets of Vietnam. She is as bold as a lion, and in the movie, she even rescues some young girls from being preyed upon by evil predator type men who have nothing but the vilest intentions with these young girls, which adds for quite the dramatic plot twist as she “storms the castle”, so to speak, for these young souls. She is a hero in the truest form of the word, in my humble opinion.

The movie was such an inspiration and very moving.  I found this movie to be quite surprisingly splendid and refreshing because sometimes, with more feel-good/faith films, they can be quite cheesy and low quality, but this movie was quite the opposite. I loved the more serious parts, and how they were expertly broken up by little scenes of humor and amusement that left me giggling and smiling.

The actress who portrayed Christina Noble, Deirdre O’Kane, was delightful! She had such a passionate and vibrant acting personality, and the Irish accent in her voice, both singing and speaking, was beautiful to watch and hear!

In this movie, I laughed, I cried, I was, to say it again, very much moved by this movie.

Watching Christina’s story drew something out from within me, it reignited a passion, so to speak. Children are the future, and we are called by God to love the children, widows, and orphans (James 1:27 and Psalm 82:3 in the Bible), and for someone to embrace that divine calling so selflessly and fully with a wide open heart and boldness of a lion…that is true faith and religion in my opinion. Serving with abandon and loving everyone you come across with and protecting them from themselves even. There is no greater calling, than to be NOBLE and BRAVE and to LOVE, no matter the personal cost (John 15:13)!

Have you seen this movie yet? What were your thoughts on it?

Beloveds, my ending question is one that convicts me to the core and puts my priorities in alignment, and that is: What is something both noble and brave you would accomplish with your life if you were guaranteed NOT to fail because God was on your side?????

To find and connect with other “noble” women, search the hashtag on your favorite social media “#sheisnoble”.

Now may I add this as a follow up to that question?

GREAT NEWS!!! He IS on your side, and if He has placed a dream within you…no matter how huge or minuscule, if it is from Him…NOTHING can get in your way. Fear has no place where love is (1 John 4:18), and God LOVES you and is FOR YOU! Go be bold and brave like Christina, and do great things for the Kingdom and for His glory alone! You are VICTORIOUS in Jesus!!!

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Now for some homeplay (homework but better):

Here is the trailer for the movie and a link to their phenomenal, beautifully done website! Go check them out and give them some lovings and go watch this movie!

Here is the official synopsis from their website:

“They broke everything but her spirit. They took everything but her dream. NOBLE, the award-winning feature film, is the incredible true story of a fearless Irish heroine driven by her daring vision to escape the slums of Ireland and risk everything on the streets of Vietnam.

Winner of six U.S. film festival awards, including the Panavision Spirit Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the powerful biopic drama written and directed by Stephen Bradley is heralded by critics as “raw and genuinely powerful,” “captivating” and “moving.” The Hollywood Reporter calls it “a joyful and rousing affirmation of the human spirit that will resound widely.”

With great affection, as always,

Rebekah M. Clark

Superbook – A Christian TV Series for Kids: Thoughts from a Real Mom & Her Kids

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Legalese Nonsense: I love quality entertainment for Amber during Tyler’s naps–it helps me be able to work from home! So when CBN and MomSelect offered to send me Superbook to check out of course I said yes! All afternoon snuggles, parent evaluations, and pictures are my own!

Update from 2/7/16

So after having this TV series as a part of our life for several years now I can even more wholeheartedly recommend it! After being given nearly all of season one to review (as shown here) we purchased season 2. At ages 5 & 8 now this is one of the kids favorite shows ever and I love how much of the Bible they’ve taken into heart because of it. Recently several people at church have told us how much both my children know about the Bible, and I know it’s all thanks to Super Book and our huge variety of amazing Children’s Bibles. Hurray for amazing, fun, not corny Christian entertainment! Stay tuned for a post coming very soon about other kid’s entertainment you don’t have to feel guilty about letting them watch!

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I’m sure you remember my recent post about Superbook and it’s July airings–were you able to catch any of the series?

I was so excited to get the entire 14 episodes for Amber to watch! The show is recommended for ages 6 and up–if you didn’t realize it the Bible can get a little “adult rated” at times–even in the classic children stories! I appreciate that Superbook recommends itself to an older audience and also that it even goes so far to give you a heads up before any shows that might have more intense scenes in them.

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The Jungle Book: Rumble in the Jungle

Last Saturday was one of those cold, drizzly, don’t-go-anywhere & snuggle-up-under-a-blanket kind of Saturdays. On days like those I love trying to find something a little fun and low key for the kiddos to enjoy. It just happened that I had the perfect recipe for a fun and low key afternoon!

While they were busy playing in their room I put together a plate of fruit trees–it was about time for an afternoon snack and I knew when I ran across this on Pinterest the other day that it would be a huge hit–and it was so easy and quick to put together!

Next I called the kids and told them that I had a surprise–we were going to the JUNGLE! But first they needed to go to their room and get all their friends who lived in the jungle to come along. This was a fun activity to get them discussing what animals did and didn’t live in the jungle. We ended up with lots of monkeys and a few giraffes (both of which are some of the kiddos favorites)

Then it was time for the big reveal. I pulled out the fruit trees and announced that the big surprise was a new movie! It was The Jungle Book The Movie–Rumble in the Jungle complete with a downloadable activity kit, slide show and exclusive, collectible Mowgli and Baloo figurines (which I should mention neither kid will now be parted from–Baloo has slept with Tyler the past several nights). Only at Wal*Mart it was released today, February 12th, but we got to see it first thanks to Childs Play Communications.
 

They were both ecstatic for a new movie and  sat in rapture through it (well, Amber sat–Tyler alternated between bouncing, sitting, and running around-but that’s just how he rolls) Me and my mom-in-law sat in on it too!

So what did we think?

Overall I give it 4 stars! It was cute and for a smaller production studio the quality of the graphics was very good–as you can see in the pictures. There were sometimes-like at the end when Mowgli was singing-that it was hard to hear him because it felt like the sound wasn’t balanced out. The acting at times is also a bit stretched-but the kids didn’t seem to notice at all.

Other things that I enjoyed about it were that although it was a full length feature it is broken up into several different little stories in the overall plot that made it easy for the kids to follow with and kept their attention. There were a lot of good principles taught throughout the movie-like going back to help a competitor instead of pushing on ahead just so you could win. In an age of lots of movies that are just kind of there it’s good to see some good old fashioned morals worked in! Because of all this I’d definitely recommend it for your next stay-at-home-and-snuggle kind of a day!

What is your favorite Drizzly Saturday Kind of Movie? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Nicole Elliott

Be Still by Lisa Chan

When was the last time you were still? Truly still? If you’re like me you might feel like there is never a still moment to your day–other than when you collapsed into bed for the night!

In Be Still Lisa digs into how jam full our days are and yet how this makes us so spiritually, emotionally, and physically drained. This is a great soothing, artistic, and much need short film that is so relevant for Christian women today! I found the story of Susan included to be an interesting angle–especially as many Christians I know might not agree with re-marriage even in the case where the first spouse leaves-that is the only small thing that I had against this movie though!

It really did speak to me–especially with how very, very busy and tired I’ve been lately. Lisa gently points out how the same women who talk about how busy and drained they are, are the same women who spend so much time frittering their day away playing Facebook games, watching reality tv, or reading magazines.

This is the first film in the True Beauty series–I’m very excited to see the rest! I’d recommend it for any Christian who just feel stretched and thin and needs the reminder to Be Still in God! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Family Movie Night ~ Smitty

I mentioned that every Friday night when Bob is home we have a movie date night. I’ve also talked recently about making screen time quality time for when it’s time for your kids to watch TV.

Now that Amber is getting a little older I’m looking forward to when we can start having family movie nights together. Even when it’s just me and Bob I’m a sucker for a good family friendly flick. When my parents were here we all watched Smitty together. It’s a heartwarming movie about a daughter and her son who have lost their way and a Grandpa, his friend, and a Dog named Dog who help them find their way back to each other and happiness.

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