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A God for Bad Days, Too

By Alexis Neal on March 5, 2013

Review of Finding God in the Dark: Faith, Disappointment, and the Struggle to Believe by Ted Kluck & Ronnie Martin By ALEXIS NEAL Have you ever gone through a difficult time? Had the rug yanked out from under you? Looked disillusionment…

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A Boy, a Beanstalk, and the Power of Storytelling

By Alexis Neal on March 1, 2013

Review of Jack the Giant Slayer, Directed by Bryan Singer By ALEXIS NEAL Once upon a time, giants roamed the English countryside, crushing and consuming anyone who stood in their way. After much violence and property damage, a solution was…

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The Cat’s in the Cradle and John McClane’s in Russia: A Good Day to Die Hard

By Alexis Neal on February 14, 2013

Review of A Good Day to Die Hard, Directed by John Moore By ALEXIS NEAL Where does our favorite modern-day cowboy go on vacation to get away from it all? Why, Mother Russia, of course, to track down his missing…

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Love Conquers All: Romance and Idolatry in ‘The Mummy’

By Alexis Neal on February 13, 2013

Review of The Mummy, Directed by Karl Freund By ALEXIS NEAL You really should know better than to read aloud anything you find in an ancient tomb in Cairo. But when the long-lost Scroll of Thoth is discovered, a certain…

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Big Trouble in Little China: Tina Turner Was Wrong–We DO Need Another Hero

By Alexis Neal on January 30, 2013

Review of Big Trouble in Little China, directed by John Carpenter By ALEXIS NEAL Jack Burton is nobody special. He’s just your average red-blooded American—a loudmouth truckdriver with a gambling habit and a knack for getting into trouble. When his…

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Finding Your Soul-Mate

By Alexis Neal on January 9, 2013

Review of The Sacred Search: What If It’s Not About Who You Marry, but Why?, by Gary Thomas By ALEXIS NEAL I’ve read a lot of marriage books. Not all of them, mind you, or even most of them. But…

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Gonna Fly Now; Or, the American (Non)Gospel

By Alexis Neal on December 31, 2012

Review of Rocky, Directed by John D. Avildsen By ALEXIS NEAL I feel a little silly describing the plot of Rocky (1976). Still, I know there may be a few young whippersnappers out there who never sat around on Saturday…

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Alexis’s Top Reads of 2012

By Alexis Neal on December 28, 2012

By ALEXIS NEAL This would be me jumping on Ye Olde Bandwagon (Bookwagon?), if you will. As Coyle and Kendrick have done before me, I include only books I read this year, not books that were necessarily published this year—and…

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Grace Accepted; Grace Rejected—A Review of Les Misérables

By Alexis Neal on December 20, 2012

Review of Les Misérables, Directed by Tom Hooper By ALEXIS NEAL After years of imprisonment and hard labor, one-time thief Jean Valjean is finally released from prison, only to discover that, for an ex-con life on the outside is harder…

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Faith, Reason, and the Man in the Big Red Suit

By Alexis Neal on December 18, 2012

Review of Miracle on 34th Street, Directed by George Seaton By ALEXIS NEAL Young Susan Walker is an intensely practical child. Her mother Doris has only ever told her the truth—her childhood has been uniformly free of such frivolous and…

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