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'Puzzle' is Well Made, but a Few Pieces are Missing

MOVIE REVIEW
Based on the film Rompecabezas, Puzzle is one of those little-known independent films that sneaks into theaters with little to no fanfare, although the fact that it is being promoted “from the producer of Little Miss Sunshine” should help it get noticed somewhat. Puzzle is a quiet, little film about a woman who discovers that jigsaw puzzles are the key to changing her life. While the subject matter doesn’t sound all that exciting, the film really isn’t about puzzles but instead about one finding their voice, or so it appears. It’s also a message film that has its own agenda expecting the audience to agree with the choices of the main character and applaud her “brave” behavior. Frankly, it just feels manipulative.

Directed by Marc Turtletaub, Puzzle’s most impactful scene comes within the first few minutes. We see Agnes (Kelly MacDonald) cleaning up the house and they decorating it for a birthday party. Then we see her serving appetizers while being ignored by the guests. …

The God-Approved Little Black Book

Review of Crossway's ESV Men's Devotional Bible.
You can judge this book by its cover (Crossway Books)
BOOK REVIEW
It seems kinda silly trying to do a book review on the Bible, That could take years. But please enjoy this short observation.

It’s amazing really how many of us turn to Google before turning to the Bible for sound advice and guidance. In our “there’s an app for that” world, sometimes a man just wants something simple, that doesn’t need to be plugged in and will never fail. The ESV Men’s Devotional Bible is a real, hardback book with thin pages and that make that crinkly sound when you turn them. It comes in basic black. It’s not frilly in the least. You can judge this book by its cover. It’s important, but not pretentious. It’s classic and yet contemporary.

The 2015 version of this Bible includes 365 new devotions, brand new book introductions and 14 brand new articles that were written specifically for men with topics based on singleness, marriage, fathering, leadership, pornography and on and on and on. The English Standard Version Bible is a literal translation with word-for-word accuracy.

“The goal of the ESV Men’s Devotional Bible is to strengthen and encourage men through the life-giving Word of God and sound devotional content aimed at nurturing godliness,” says the Crossway, the publisher of this Bible. Those might sound like lofty words, and the fact that over 100 Bible scholars helped in the creation of this translation may give some cause for concern. However, this version is very “readable.

I recently received my copy of this Bible and I love it. Right off the bat in the book of Genesis is a short article about God’s purpose in marriage that is not weighted down with man’s opinions on the husbands “role,” but instead focuses on God’s true intent. This is a book of encouragement, not condemnation.

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The deadline to enter is November, 30 2015.

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