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Janette Oke/Book Reviews

Janette Oke is one of my favourite authors at the moment,  and is a “bestselling Christain author of over 70 books, 32 of which have been translated into fourteen languages. Her books have sold over 22 million copies.

The most recent book I  have read by her is:    It is part of a 3 book series, and am looking forward to reading the others.

    Janette Oke has dreamed for years of retelling a story in a biblical time frame from a female protagonist’s perspective, and Davis Bunn is elated to be working with her again on this sweeping saga of the dramatic events surrounding the birth of Christianity…- via 


Another one of her series I’ve read recently is the “Return to Canadian West“. The TV series “When Calls the Heart” had been based off them.


“Where Courage Calls” :Her courage and her heart will be tested in ways she never expected… Beth Thatcher has spent her entire life in the safe, comfortable world of her family, her friends, and the social outings her father’s wealth provides. But Beth is about to leave it all behind……  – via

I would definitely recommend them both, for around ages 13 up.

I have also enjoyed reading numerous other books by her. (the links as to where you can purchase the books are embedded in the pictures)



March for the Babies – Melbourne Saturday 8th October 1pm

The annual March for Babies in Melbourne will be held on Saturday 8th October, 2016.

The march commences at 1pm in the Treasury Gardens (meet at the corner of Spring Street and Wellington Parade)

Show your Support: Wear Pink and Blue For further information go to March for the babies

Also, the evening before, Youth for Life Australia will be holding their annual Defend Life Dinner Click here for the dinner flyer


Beyond the Mask

The leading mercenary for the British East India Company, Will Reynolds has just been double-crossed and now is on the run in the American Colonies. Working to redeem his name and win back the affections of the woman with whom he’s never been fully truthful, Will now hides behind a new mask in hopes of thwarting his former employer. As his past life closes in on him, Will must somehow gain the trust and the help of his beloved Charlotte – as well as Ben Franklin – while he races against time to defuse a plot of historical proportions. -via Koorong

A revolutionary new family film that brings history to life in a faith-filled adventure celebrating grace, liberty, and the true freedom that can only be found in Christ.
– Koorong

Dove “Family-Approved” For Ages 12 and Over

Please read the content review via Dove review Beyond the Mask

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Mandie series

This was a really good series, which I would definitely recommend for girls around age 11 and up. You can sometimes find them at Christian book stores or here 

The Mandie Collection: Vol. 1

 “This five-in-one volume brings MANDIE fans–new and old alike–back to where it all began. Readers will discover anew the charms of the impulsive Mandie Shaw as she faces the ups and downs of first losing her father and then finding her long-lost family in “Mandie and the Secret Tunnel.” Many more mysteries follow for Mandie and her friends in “Mandie and the Cherokee Legend,” “Mandie and the Ghost Bandits,” “Mandie and the Forbidden Attic,” and “Mandie and the Trunk’s Secret.”                                              -via


And while not very close to the original stories, there are three Mandie movies, available here


which, I think are still enjoyable, though make sure you have read the books before watching.

Also if you have read the series, please feel free to leave a comment, I’d love to know what you thought of it .


War Room


“Prayer is a powerful weapon,” reads the tagline for the newest Kendrick Brothers film, War Room (which was a surprise at the American box office as the no.1 new movie and no.2 overall in its opening week). This is the fifth movie made by Alex and Stephen Kendrick, following Flywheel (2003), Facing the Giants (2006), Fireproof (2008), and Courageous (2011). In a behind the scenes video, The Heart of War Room, Alex Kendrick says that “most of us have something of a financial strategy, an education strategy for our children, maybe even a health strategy,” but , “often times when it comes to prayer,” adds his brother Stephen, “it’s a wish to the wind.” That’s what this movie is about, a prayer strategy. As one of the characters in the movie says, “to win any battle, you’ve got to have the right strategy, and the right resources.” The key to this film, says Stephen Kendrick, is Matthew Chapter 6, “when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father…”[Matt 6; 6]

While some parts of the film will perhaps be a bit Protestant, and “gospely” for some, (ie. “Hallelujah, Praise Him!” as only African American’s can) the acting is very good, as is the story and production quality. It is in fact surprisingly good for a movie based on prayer. “Filled with heart, wit & humor, WAR ROOM follows Tony and Elizabeth Jordan, a middle-class couple who seemingly have it all – great jobs, a beautiful daughter, their dream home. But appearances can be deceiving. In reality, the Jordan’s marriage has become a war zone and their daughter is collateral damage. With the help of Miss Clara, an older, wiser woman, Elizabeth discovers she can start fighting for her family instead of against them.” – via Kendrick If most of us were asked whether our prayer life was hot or cold, most of us would probably say, its not hot, but its not cold either; probably somewhere in the middle. This film challenges us to be more than just lukewarm, and learn to fight our battles in prayer first.  Fans of the Kendrick’s previous films will surely enjoy War Room, and if you haven’t seen any of their movies I recommend you do (perhaps in the order they were made, but at least Fireproof and Courageous).

War Room is now in cinemas, check it out;

The War of the Vendee movie by Navis pictures

Here is a great movie produced by a Catholic homeschoolong family in the US.

The story of the Vendee: In 1793, after enduring three and a half years of mounting persecution of the Church by the architects of the French Revolution, a small band of faithful peasants and nobles began a Catholic “counter-revolution”.

This is the largely unknown story of the valiant, six year struggle of the people of a small section of western France, to restore their Holy Religion and their King.  Steeped in the influence of St. Louis de Montfort, and wearing their rosaries and emblems of the Sacred Heart, their numbers soon swelled into the tens of thousands.  After enduring six years of war, and acts of state-sponsored genocide, the number of dead reached into the hundreds of thousands!  Ultimately, their sacrifices resulted in countless martyrdoms, and eventually won the restoration of religious freedom for all of France.

This film is a love-letter to the Vendean people, and was produced to honor the memory of these brave men and women who willingly sacrificed their lives, “For God and King!”.

The War of the Vendee features stunning performances by an exuberant cast of over 250 young people, and will inspire audiences of all ages with its timeless themes of courage, faith, and love.

A Note to Parents About Content:  Although this is a war story, the film is safe for practically all ages.  There is no blood, but the battle sequences are energetic, with swords, gunshots, cannon fire, and explosions.  The devil is depicted in a few scenes as a dark, hooded figure moving in and out of shadows, and there is some of what would be characterized as “mild menace” where a priest is chased by armed soldiers, and a peasant is confronted by the same – most of these elements are  represented in the film’s trailer above. There isn’t a single instance of profanity, nor a whiff of vulgarity or innuendo anywhere in the film and although it has not been officially rated, I would give it a “G” Rating, but perhaps because of the battle scenes, the MPAA might give it a “PG”.

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The Giver | Dove Movie Reviews


The story of The Giver centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined – a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all – a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before. The Giver is based on Lois Lowry’s beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold over 12 million copies worldwide.

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“The Giver” is an intriguing tale of a society that has chosen to ignore memories and emotions in order to suppress negative thoughts, jealousy, violence, romance and faith. The story begins “after the ruin” and we are exposed to a world without grief, color or independent thinking. Conformity is the rule and teenagers are assigned jobs based upon their skills. One young man named Jonas is chosen to be “The Receiver” of memories and is introduced to his new mentor “The Giver” who currently safeguards these experiences. When Jonas is exposed to a full range of emotions and violence of past humankind, it awakens in him a desire to break the chains of oppression by sharing these newfound feelings with everyone else.

The movie is a powerful testament to the gifts of individuality, emotion and faith. The story is told in a straightforward manner and will keep the audience’s attention throughout. Rarely do we see films these days that are sensitive to the desires of viewers who want to experience an uplifting film without senseless language or overly graphic violence. “The Giver” delivers a wholesome experience and we are pleased to award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12 and over.

via The Giver | Find Top Family Movies | Dove Family Friendly Movie Reviews.

Australia: Rated M Mature themes and violence

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Amazing Grace: The Story of William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce was born into the age of the Great British Empire, when the country’s influence around the globe was at its most powerful. It was, however, an age when the rumblings of social discontent were emerging and a time when reformers faced an uphill struggle to be heard.

A good friend and staunch colleague of England’s youngest ever Prime Minister, Pitt the Younger, Wilberforce was entrusted with the policy for the Abolition of Slavery. Torn between a life of spirituality and a career in politics, he was inspired to take his desire for the equality of all mankind into the House of Commons. Seeking the advice of John Newton, a former slave trader who turned to the Church in order to atone for his earlier life, Wilberforce became the rallying voice in Parliament for a fragmented group of like-minded people to fight for the cause and make the people of Britain, and ultimately the world, acknowledge the horror of  the Slave Trade.

Amazing Grace follows Wilberforce’s career through his 20′s and 30′s, when he and his fellow humanitarians made the issue of slavery a talking point, not only in political circles, but also throughout the country. They waged the first modern political campaign, using petitions, boycotts, mass meetings and even badges with slogans to take their message to the country at large. Wilberforce steered this cause through the corridors of power and ultimately opened the way for the abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire. His success came after decades of fighting when Parliament finally passed the first anti-slavery bill in 1807.

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Many Americans understand the issues and history of slavery in America, but few know that it was abolished in England long before it was here in the United States. “Amazing Grace” tells the story of William Wilberforce, the English reformer whose life work was dedicated to freeing slaves under British rule.

Michael Apted directs this enthralling movie that details the life of William Wilberforce and the challenges he faced in the House of Commons as he tirelessly pursued freedom for all mankind regardless of color. With breathtaking scenery and great attention to the detail of the times, this period piece will keep the audience’s attention squarely focused on the issues surrounding the abolitionist movement.

Wilberforce’s Christian faith is the unmistakable motivator in his quest for equality for all of God’s children. His mentor, John Newton, wrote the classic hymn, “Amazing Grace.” Veteran actor, Albert Finney, who played Newton with a driving passion, should be a serious candidate for Best Supporting Actor.

Unlike so many of today’s movies that are full of revisionist history, this film stays true to the facts and should be considered the Gold Standard for historically accurate portrayals in cinema.

“Amazing Grace” received 5 out of 5 Doves for its quality, and we highly recommend that this movie be viewed by everyone ages twelve and above.

via Amazing Grace: The Story of William Wilberforce | Find Top Family Movies | Dove Family Friendly Movie Reviews.

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Mother Teresa | Top Family Movies


The film tells the story of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. She was regarded as one of the most significant personalities of the 20th Century, although she never owned more than a white and blue sari. She influenced the decisions of the most powerful men on Earth, although she always stayed close to the poorest people of the world.

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This film based on the life of Mother Teresa is one of the best faith and family films I have watched in some time. The acting is top notch with Olivia Hussey playing Mother Teresa; she is captivating in the role. The film’ s pace is excellent, the music is compelling without being overpowering, and the story is tight.

Mother Teresa faces one obstacle after another in this life story and she overcomes each and every one through faith and prayer. The story begins in 1946 and she helps the poor on the streets of Calcutta. A young man lying in the street says, “I thirst.” He soon dies and she stays with him until he does. In the next scene Mother Teresa is looking at a crucifix with Christ on it and it includes the words “I thirst.” Her compassion is abundantly evident. Though initially ordered to stay at the convent, she prays and tells her leaders that Jesus wants her to go to Calcutta. This first miracle, in which she is allowed to go, is just the first of many to come. This film even includes humor. In one scene some visitors come to see what she is doing in Calcutta, and she points to the children, and says, “Look at these dangerous faces.” In another compelling scene, she asks for help from a vendor for the children. She asks, “Do you know how many children I have?” “None,” he replies, “You are a nun.” “Twenty,” she replies. “Children belong to everyone.” He promptly helps out!

There are many great nuances and mini-stories within the film, but I will quote Mother Teresa: “It is in forgiving that we are forgiven. And it is in dying that we are born into eternal life.” This woman indeed died out to her own life. Her story should not be forgotten.

via Mother Teresa | Find Top Family Movies | Dove Family Friendly Movie Reviews.

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St. Patrick: The Irish Legend (TV Movie 2000)

The Man, The Myth, The Legend

This is the first ever feature film depicting the life of the world-famous Irish hero. Armed with only courage and conviction, Patrick’s unwavering belief that good conquers evil would liberate Ireland and alter the course of history. Patrick Bergin, Malcolm McDowell, Alan Bates, and Susannah York star in this lush production filmed on location in Ireland.

Patrick is born in Britain, the privileged son of nobility. At the age of 16, he is kidnapped by Irish raiders and enslaved by a cruel druid chieftain. Six years later, following many vivid dreams and visions of destiny, Patrick escapes and returns home to England and a sheltered life with his loving parents Concessa and Calpornius.

Troubled by new visions of the Irish people pleading to be freed from enslavement and hardship, he returns to the turbulent country intent on liberating the nation. His mission is jeopardized by British Bishop Quentin, who believes the Irish are warlike heathens, but his unwavering courage in the face of adversity ultimately forces Ireland to abruptly turn in a direction that changed history forever.


via St. Patrick: The Irish Legend (TV Movie 2000) – IMDb.

Rated PG for violence.

Dove approved for ages 12 and over

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