400th Post: Palate Cleanser News and a Poll!
Hey, so this is the 400th post of Heathen Critique!
(Seriously, I have no idea why I didn’t care about 100 or 200 or 300. Anyway.)
So, thought I’d share my decision about the palate cleanser for after Silenced, since we almost three-quarters done.
It is yet another movie that I caught on local Christian television, and GORRAMITALL but I am psyched to do this one:
I’ll just say one thing that strikes me right away: that is a pretty cute “beast.”
This movie promises to be interesting on another level, too: it was a Mormon movie first.
Yup. See, it was originally called Beauty and the Beast: A Latter-Day Tale. Apparently, a few explicitly Mormon lines were cut and the movie was repackaged as Belle and the Beast: A Christian Romance. I haven’t seen the Mormon version yet, but I will, so I can better speak to the changes.
IT IS SO GOOD WATCH THIS SHOW
(It would be cool to be paid for plugs like this.)
And I will leave the final decision of what to do next in the hands of you, my lovely readers.
1. Shadowed, the third and final book of the Underground Zealot series. More adventures in Atheistopia with Paul and Jae Stepola/Apostle and Ranold B. Decenti/Benedict Arnold.
2. The Europa Conspiracy, the third out of the four books in the Babylon Rising series. Michael Murphy sets out to find the Handwriting on the Wall. Yes, really.
3. Something completely (okay, partially) different: It seems that out old pal Jerry Jenkins has found a new co-writer/pastor to work with—James MacDonald.
For those unfamiliar with him, you can see a ton of his sermons on YouTube. I won’t link you an hour-long talk, but here is a tiny sampling of him:
I listen to James MacDonald many mornings on my way to work, and what strikes me most is his tendency to play the incredibly extraverted, repeat-after-me game, which ends up sounding like this:
MacDonald: Jesus is perfect. Turn to your neighbor and say, “Jesus is perfect.”
Unmicced audience: Eee-uh ert.
MacDonald: Again! Because this is exciting! Jesus is perfect!
Unmicced audience: EEE-UH ERT!!!
It would drive me CRAZY if I had to do this every week.
It is so cool that I don’t go to church. ;)
This book is brand-spanking new, but I already have a used copy, and there is a BOOK TRAILER, guys!
Kinda sounds Michael Murphy-ish, though I see by skimming the first few pages that the hero is a professor at a theological seminary, not a small Southern university. Anyway, that bit of skimming aside, I think I would critique this book blind, just like the Christmas novels.
4. Another something partially different: a focus on movies instead of books for awhile. I’ve got a little stack of Christian movies here, and could just do a few in a row. Some examples:
One of the ones that Started It All for me:
So, whaddaya think??? It’s up to you guys!