From PJ Lifestyle: Finding Mr. Righteous: A Single Christian Guy’s Perspective

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I approached Lisa De Pasquale’s new book Finding Mr. Righteous with some trepidation. Ann Coulter referred to it as “a true Christian story disguised as racy chick lit.” The reader reviews on Amazon contained phrases like, “gets to the inner workings of the mind of an insecure young woman” and “as [if] was if she was writing about my loving and sexual past.” Our own David Swindle called it “a time bomb waiting to explode.” I thought, ohhhhhh boy. But when David personally recommended it to me, I figured it must be a good read.

Lisa didn’t disappoint.

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The Director of The Goonies Never Says Die!

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Here’s some news that will either make Gen Xers excited or appalled: apparently director Richard Donner is ready to make a sequel to the classic ’80s film The Goonies.

But hold on before you go lining up to be the first to buy tickets. Donner has announced a Goonies sequel a number of times in the last decade.

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From PJ Lifestyle: How Glenn Beck Wants To Shape The Culture

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Conservative media icon Glenn Beck recently spent time with National Review‘s Eliana Johnson, and their time together has led to a revealing profile of a man who is changing his focus little by little from tackling hard news to impacting culture.

Beck shared the inspiration for his move toward culture: none other than Walt Disney.

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From PJ Lifestyle: 4 Surprises From The Academy Awards

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As long as I can remember, I’ve been a sucker for the big awards shows: the Oscars, the Grammys, and the Emmys. Even when I haven’t seen the movies or shows or listened to the albums and songs receiving awards, I still find myself fascinated by the peculiar celebratory atmosphere of awards night. I can usually count on the Oscars to capture the glamor of old Hollywood. I have to admit: I don’t care about what people are wearing or often about who wins – I just enjoy the competition and the tradition that has carried on for 86 years.

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From PJ Lifestyle: Judeo-Christian Themes in the Smashing Pumpkins’ Oceania, Part 7: Repentance

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Welcome back to my series on Judeo-Christian themes in the Smashing Pumpkins’ 2012 release Oceania. If you’re just joining me, I hope you’ll seek out my other posts in the series.

Last week we looked at Track 6, “One Diamond, One Heart,” and the concept of God’s unfailing love. Now we’ll move on to Track 7 – “Pinwheels.” The song starts out in an unusual way – nearly half the song is an instrumental intro, driven by a synth and guitar riff. Nearly three minutes in, Corgan begins strumming an acoustic guitar and singing a love song.

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From PJ Lifestyle: 3 Great Southern Novels You Probably Haven’t Read…Yet…

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Southern writers have produced memorable novels over the years, many of which have turned into genuine classics. Novels like William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, and Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind have struck chords with readers all over the world, and readers and critics alike acknowledge them as great works of literature.

Yet for every classic Southern novel dozens fly under the radar. They don’t get the notice that the famous books get – in fact, they don’t receive the accolades they deserve. Here are three of those hidden novels. Enjoy!

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Judeo-Christian Themes in the Smashing Pumpkins’ Oceania, Part 5: Hope From Despair

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For centuries, writers have used the winter season as a metaphor for despair and gloom, and it’s no wonder – short cold days, long colder nights, treeless landscapes. So chances are a song with winter in its title isn’t going to bring much warmth and happiness.

“My Love Is Winter” fits the winter metaphor nicely, at least in places. A minor key melody, combined with cold, detached synthesizer riffs set a certain tone throughout. The lyrics detail a relationship that seems to have dried up like the leaves on the trees…

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From PJ Lifestyle: Judeo-Christian Themes in the Smashing Pumpkins’ Oceania, Part 4: The Unfaithful Lover

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Welcome back to our series on Judeo-Christian themes and values in the Smashing Pumpkins’ 2012 album Oceania. If you haven’t been following this series, here’s a quick recap, along with links to the prior posts. We’ve looked at the concept of the seeker of God in “Panopticon,” at the Sacred Name of God in “Quasar,” and at the idea of sharing wisdom in “The Celestials” (and of course I was on vacation last week).

This week, we’re checking out track 4, “Violet Rays.” Corgan sings from the point of view of a lover with a wandering eye and heart.

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From PJ Lifestyle: Yes, There Are Judeo-Christian Themes in the Smashing Pumpkins’ Oceania, Part 2: The Name

Here we are in Part Two of my series on the Judeo-Christian themes in the Smashing Pumpkins’ 2012 album Oceania. Last week, I looked at the second track, “Panopticon,” the concept of the seeker, and God’s rewards for those who seek Him. This week, I’m backtracking in terms of album order and looking at the opening cut, “Quasar.”

“Quasar” roars right out of the box with a driving beat and charging guitars. It’s a challenging piece of music, shifting tempos and time signatures but always rocking hard.

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From PJ Lifestyle: Book Review: It’s Kind Of A Cute Story by Rolly Crump & Jeff Heimbuch

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The employees of a company with a history as long and illustrious as Disney have plenty of stories to tell. I’ve read dozens of books on Disney history, including biographies of key figures in the company, and I thought I had heard everything. I discovered just how wrong I was when I began reading It’s Kind Of A Cute Story, the memoir of animator and Imagineer Rolly Crump (also available for Kindle for only $4.99).

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