There Be Dragons Review

There Be Dragons Review

A Review on a Christian-based Movie that is More than Meets the Eye

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There Be Dragons, a movie from 2011 that is based on true events from the Spanish Civil War, unfolds a story of a man who discovers that his father has historical ties to [St.] Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer. Escrivá, eligible for canonization, is who brings an additional layer to this movie: this historical figure is known as the founder of a particular Roman Catholic organization known as Opus Dei.
I recommend There Be Dragons first because it brings several various components of human nature to the table: combining both facets of the image of God and of sin. Love, distrust, friendship, war, virtues and turmoil all make up this movie that is sure to leave your mind filled with not just the basic tenets of faithfulness, but also the forgiveness and loving nature of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ.

The premise of There be Dragons is one that is sympathetic to Escrivá and those who were closest to him. As you might read elsewhere, it takes a completely different approach to describing his organization compared to that found in Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code starring Tom Hanks. I recommend this movie as instead of discovering conspiracy deep within the roots of those who represent faith, a keen eye will find the Holy Spirit glowing and abiding where all human folly and darkness would otherwise be prevalent. From my review of There Be Dragons I present the rating 4/5 crosses.

Love in Christ,
Peter Silas

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Diamonds are for Eden by Felicia Mires. Free on 6/29/13
What begins as a routine courier mission turns into a fight for her life as Natasha Kelly teems up with Israel’s Mossad to fight a deadly terrorist.

When Abram Perez asks Natasha Kelly to put her exceptional courier skills to work for the nation of Israel, he mentions that several men have disappeared or died already in the attempt to carry uncut diamonds from Africa to the Diamond Institute in Israel. Natasha thinks her wide-eyed dumb blond routine, along with several disguises, will be just what she needs to thwart the enemy’s plans. Apparently, these terrorists don’t take too kindly to dumb blonds. Her hotel room is ransacked, her belongings destroyed, and then they shoot at her.

If that’s not enough, she’s being tailed by the smoothest operator she’s ever met, Dirk Sloan, the movie heartthrob of women the world over. Only, this isn’t one of his suspense flicks, this is her life. And if she doesn’t figure out who’s fair or foul, she could be the next one dead.

Enter Israel’s Mossad. They’ve sent David Benjamin to keep an eye on her, but his attentions seem a little too intense. Now, her heart beats fast at the sight of two men, not to mention the hordes of terrorists out to kill her.

From the diamond mines of Africa to a desert oasis in Israel, Natasha’s life becomes a maze of opportunities for disaster. She never realized what a wimp she was. It’s time to put the enemy in his place, and there’s only one way she knows to walk on water…by the Father’s hand. What Natasha learns about putting her faith in God to work will change her life forever, and possibly that of everyone she meets.

This series follows Natasha as she grows in faith, forgiveness, and love to battle the ancient threat against the Holy Lands and God’s people, Israel. Each installment in the series solves an area of crisis and opens the door for others as the Mossad send Natasha on one mission after another, and her heart at last finds a home.

Diamonds are for Eden is the first book in Natasha Kelly’s spy series and is a romantic suspense novel of approximately 200 print pages.

Twisted Wolf by Perry Perrett. Free on 6/29/13
Modern-day David and Bathsheba

What if the most upright person, stumbles? Oh, and that person, is the President of the United States? And, in the process of attempting to conceal his mistake, he is accused of treason and murder?

Army Lieutenant Josh Davis suffers a devastating tragedy while home on military leave. Trusting God for strength, he triumphs, earning the Congressional Medal of Honor. But heroism comes with consequences.

Years later, a conservative group asks Josh to run for the Oval Office. To his surprise, to get there, he must campaign against his father-in-law, a former one-term President. Their political, and personal, embattlement ends with a surprising twist of fate.

A Thousand Times by Billy Wray. Free on 6/29/13
Addicts who have hit bottom know how terrifying the road back up appears.

Private detective Charlie Street got off the booze years ago, but he’s plateaued on an addiction that he finds both shameful and irresistible: sex.

When he’s beaten up and almost killed by a couple of thugs working for the other side of a messy divorce, Charlie takes up a cold murder case with a big reward as a way to retire in comfort. He starts working with Junior, a crazy-violent bar-brawler who turns out to be the son of a woman Charlie had a crush on when he was a teen-ager.

Can this woman help him recover the lost happiness from his past? Or is that just another addict’s escape fantasy?

For an addict, giving up the drug of choice may be just the beginning, and finding true freedom may be more terrifying than giving up the booze.

Praise for A Thousand Times:

Loved the book. When I had to leave it, I could hardly wait to get back to it. Miriam Cohely, Fayetteville, N.C.

Great book. I could relate to Charlie Street 100 percent. Lewis Reese, Fayetteville, N.C.

I read a lot, mostly romance novels, but I can’t remember enjoying a read recently more than A Thousand Times. Grey Covington, Halifax, Va.

I didn’t want to put A Thousand Times down. I read way into the night, then got up early the next morning and finished it. Myra Roberts, Eastover, N.C.

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When God Whispers Loudly by Chris M. Hibbard. Free on 6/29/13
From the Back Cover
A Life of Power [headline]

Have you ever met someone who stands out from the crowd?

They’re strong, confident, and full of peace. Even thought they face the same stresses and difficulties as others, they have a joy that others don’t have. They’ve found peace in a chaotic, violent, and stressed world. No matter what the opposition, they seem to pull through with power. What’s their secret?

D. L. Moody will show you how to find the power of the Holy Spirit. God wants you to

* Receive spiritual guidance
* Obtain freedom from discouragement
* Live in the perfect peace of Christ
* Have perpetual joy
* Win others to Christ

When you have the Holy Spirit to guide you, you can live a truly effective life that will touch and inspire those around you.
About the Author
DWIGHT L. MOODY (1837-1899) was a highly acclaimed late 19th century evangelist. He founded the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago in 1886 and the Bible Institute Colportage Association, now Moody Publishers, in 1894. From training women, to reaching out to lost children, to bridging the gap between denominations, D.L. Moody was unlike any other. He is author of a number of books including Christ in You, Heaven, Men God Challenged, and Spiritual Power. His life is also chronicled in A Passion for Souls: The Life of D.L. Moody by Lyle Dorsett. He and his wife, Emma, had two children.

Bigger than Impossible by Lydia Chorpening. Free on 6/29/13
Impossibility is not a period at the end of faith’s sentence. Faith, in the life of the believer, is meant to be tested. Without adversities faith will never become strong and overcoming.

God has not planned crises, pain and disaster to enter our lives as a dead-end to faith’s venture. Many situations vaunt themselves as “impossible”, but when they are stripped from their “I” and “M” and become dependent on God, they become “God-possible”.

In this book:
• Live life victoriously as you learn to rely on God.
• Learn how to overcome all life’s obstacles.
• Watch depression and anxiety disappear.
• Understand why God is allowing you to experience mountains.

Each chapter of Bigger Than Impossible highlights a specific area of Lydia Chorpening’s difficult past, and contrasts it with Scriptures which make God bigger than the seemingly impossible. By utilizing the complete assurance of these Biblical concepts you will develop your trust in the God who is bigger than impossible.

About Lydia Chorpening
I was born in Iowa and raised in a strict Amish home and as Joseph, have seen my purpose in life fulfilled in most unexpected ways. From my humble beginnings, as Joseph, I saw my dreams ultimately fulfilled in my ‘Egypt.’ My husband and I were missionaries to the Philippines for eight years, and as Joseph, we were no saints at the beginning of our journey; needing to allow God to mold us into His perfect will. We traveled to remote areas, crossed turbulent oceans and trudged dangerous territories, learning to trust God as we went.

This ebook is offered free of charge on your Kindle, Nook, and Ipad. Enjoy this free Christian Ebook, and share the good news with anyone willing to listen!

The 7 Most Powerful Prayers That Will Change Your Life Forever by Adam Houge. Free on 6/29/13
In so many ways God is always reaching for us. Through circumstances in life, through hardships and through joys. God is an intimate and loving Person, Who is always looking for a way to draw nearer to us.

But if we don’t reach back, we will never experience the depths of a fulfilling relationship with Him. Nothing in Heaven or on Earth can change our lives for the better, greater than a personal relationship with God.

In this book you will discover the 7 greatest prayers that will grow your relationship with the Lord. Being both a study and a prayer devotional “The 7 Most Powerful Prayers That Will Change Your Life Forever” will teach you the seven most important keys to a life changing, heartfelt relationship with God.

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Food for Thought – 365 Christian Quotes to start your day with by Nicholas Appleyard. $0.99 on 6/29/13
Food for Thought is a collection of inspiring quotes of great Christians like Mozart, Goethe, Martin Luther King Jr and many more.

These quotes will strengthen and motivate you as well as others around you. By reading Christian quotations on a daily basis you will keep your mind from wandering and you will strengthen your inner Christian values.

Read one quote in the morning as food for thought
Think about it during your day or use what you read in the morning as a conversation starter
This way you help spreading the Word in a pleasant way

Take advantage of the possibility to take this rich heritage of Christian wisdom with you in your pocket and tap in to it on the moment that you -or others around you- need it the most.

“God speaks in the silence of the hearth. Listening is the beginning of prayer.”
– Mother Theresa

Let yourself be inspired and get this book now.

Deliver Me From Negative Self Talk: A Guide To Speaking Faith-filled Words by Lynn R. Davis. $2.99 on 6/29/13
Deliver Me From Negative Self Talk: A Guide to Speaking Faith-filled Words is a quick read, but it packs a lot of punch and can literally change your life. Negative self talk destroys lives, but it doesn’t have to. Deliver Me gives examples of negative self talk and offers a guide to stopping negative self talk by replacing them with positive faith-filled words.

Note: Book 1 including “popular inspirational articles”is approximately 10,500 words in length.

Daily Devotions From Award-winning Christian Authors. $0.99 on 6/29/13
Here are just a few Christmas devotions scheduled in December: Verna Bowman – It’s a Wonderful Changed Christmas Penny Hunt – Christmas Held Loosley Dianne Guthmuller – How Much Money is Enough? Subscribe and receive devotions from Award-winning some of Christian Publishing’s best-known authors. A devotion may be someone’s only Bible for the day. Feed your spirit, stay inspired!

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The Mirror of the Soul by J. Lloyd Morgan. $3.99 on 6/29/13
In the Dordogne region of France after The Hundreds’ Year War, there are rumors of an object falling from the sky. Soon after, the abbot at the Abbé St. Pierre announces that he has been given a gift from God: a large diamond that glows when it is touched. The diamond divine, as it is come to be known, can cure the sick, wipe away people’s sins (past, present and future) and even grant eternal life—for a price.

The Mirror of the Soul is a story of corruption, greed and redemption based on the song of the same title by Chris de Burgh.

One Chance: A Thrilling Christian Fiction Mystery Romance by Daniel Patterson. $2.99 on 6/29/13
Newly Revised and Updated Second Edition of the #1 Amazon Bestselling Religious Fiction Mystery.

From bestselling author Daniel Patterson comes a powerful Christian fiction mystery romance about family, friendship, love, honor, and courage.

One Chance

When Officer Penelope Chance walked in the front door of the Franklin, Florida clinic, she headed straight for the exam rooms at the rear of the building. Doctor Jacob Gordon heard her footsteps echoing on the tiled floor and came out to see who was there. He bumped into her as he rounded the corner.

“I got the call a couple minutes ago. I came right over,” she said. “Is he going to be okay?”

“His injuries are beyond what I can deal with here in the clinic,” he replied, concern in his voice. “I’ve stabilized him. An ambulance is on it way to transfer him to Grace Memorial. He’s in Exam Room Two, on the left.”

Penelope steeled herself and slipped into police officer mode. “Can he talk?” She started to walk past him and Jacob grabbed her arm.

“He doesn’t need any more stress right now…”

“We need to know who did this, Jacob. I need to talk to him while I can. In case…in case I can’t talk to him later.”

Jacob sighed. “I’ll give you a few minutes. Penny, he’s beat up really bad. I barely recognized him.”

With the exception of a double homicide twenty-three years ago, nothing big happened in tiny Franklin, Florida. Most of Officer Penelope Chance’s cases were relatively minor incidents. In spite of her prayers, the truth was sometimes she wished a case like this would cross her desk. Something to get her blood pumping and give her brain a good workout.

So when she gets the call about an attempted murder, she can’t help but get excited… But when she learns who the victim is… And who’s suspected of the crime… her blood runs cold. What starts out as an attempted murder quickly turns into a murder mystery that’s going to leave Penelope questioning her faith in the people around her and in herself.

Will Penelope find the culprit and the truth behind everything that’s happening in her peaceful little town, or will the case go cold and land in the unsolved mysteries file? Is this a test from God for Penelope and everyone else involved or just one of many bumps in the road to come?

Find out in One Chance, the bestselling debut mystery novel from Christian fiction author Daniel Patterson.

Romans: Early Christians Book 1 by Kathleen Wiseman. $0.99 on 6/29/13
HISTORICAL CHRISTIAN ROMANCE CLEAN ROMANCE (and no violence or foul language) Book ONE of the Early Christian Series Julia is a young, wealthy, Roman woman living in Pompeii. Her life, dedicated to the pagan gods, is carefree. Her world is soon rocked, not only by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius which threatens everything she holds dear, but also by the arrival of the handsome Marcus, a convert to the new religion, a follower of Jesus. Can she escape not only the deadly eruption but also her mother’s plan to marry her to the deceitful fish sauce merchant, Brutus?

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Ye Are the Children of Your Father by James Lashley. $2.99 on 6/27/13
This book is the result of my personal studies into the word of God. All that you see included, has come about from my inquiries regarding various topics and subjects that have been impressed upon me to investigate. It is my hope that all who endeavors to read this book will find something, that is both applicable and edifying in some way. Know that there are portions of this book that may be construed as heavy-handed or unloving. I do not intend to be mean-spirited, nor to foster a presumption of superiority on my part as the author. All such instances that occur within these pages are done, so as to warn, exhort, correct, and inspire. The main title, Ye Are The Children of Your Father, is drawn from two separate verses of Scripture. Both of which are quotes by the Lord Jesus,
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do… (John 8:44, KJV)
and,
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in Heaven… (Matthew 5:45, KJV)
As can plainly be seen, there is a distinction between these two verses. The first is in reference to those who will follow after Satan. The second pertains to the followers of God.

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Asterion by Kenneth Morvant. $0.99 on 6/25/13
For Taylor Scott, scientist and Christian, genetic experimentation collides with faith, conspiracy, totalitarianism, liberty and the fight for survival in the near future. Playing God has its consequences.

Scott wants to create a better world for an austere, government-controlled society. He creates a creature to fulfill that desire. His intellectual property is surreptitiously pirated and modified for the government’s plan for complete domination. Conflicting with his Christian view, his journey with fellow scientist and Christian, Christine Summers is one of discovery and danger. Trying to right the wrong, they encounter the government and Asterion, their first creation who seeks their extermination and the forces of freedom that recruit them in the fight for liberty.

Asterion blends science fiction into a political techno-thriller set in a dystopian world that while still distant, is on the horizon of time.

One Chance: A Thrilling Christian Fiction Mystery Romance by Daniel Patterson. $2.99 on 6/25/13
Newly Revised and Updated Second Edition of the #1 Amazon Bestselling Religious Fiction Mystery.

From bestselling author Daniel Patterson comes a powerful Christian fiction mystery romance about family, friendship, love, honor, and courage.

One Chance

When Officer Penelope Chance walked in the front door of the Franklin, Florida clinic, she headed straight for the exam rooms at the rear of the building. Doctor Jacob Gordon heard her footsteps echoing on the tiled floor and came out to see who was there. He bumped into her as he rounded the corner.

“I got the call a couple minutes ago. I came right over,” she said. “Is he going to be okay?”

“His injuries are beyond what I can deal with here in the clinic,” he replied, concern in his voice. “I’ve stabilized him. An ambulance is on it way to transfer him to Grace Memorial. He’s in Exam Room Two, on the left.”

Penelope steeled herself and slipped into police officer mode. “Can he talk?” She started to walk past him and Jacob grabbed her arm.

“He doesn’t need any more stress right now…”

“We need to know who did this, Jacob. I need to talk to him while I can. In case…in case I can’t talk to him later.”

Jacob sighed. “I’ll give you a few minutes. Penny, he’s beat up really bad. I barely recognized him.”

With the exception of a double homicide twenty-three years ago, nothing big happened in tiny Franklin, Florida. Most of Officer Penelope Chance’s cases were relatively minor incidents. In spite of her prayers, the truth was sometimes she wished a case like this would cross her desk. Something to get her blood pumping and give her brain a good workout.

So when she gets the call about an attempted murder, she can’t help but get excited… But when she learns who the victim is… And who’s suspected of the crime… her blood runs cold. What starts out as an attempted murder quickly turns into a murder mystery that’s going to leave Penelope questioning her faith in the people around her and in herself.

Will Penelope find the culprit and the truth behind everything that’s happening in her peaceful little town, or will the case go cold and land in the unsolved mysteries file? Is this a test from God for Penelope and everyone else involved or just one of many bumps in the road to come?

Find out in One Chance, the bestselling debut mystery novel from Christian fiction author Daniel Patterson.

LeOmi’s Solitude by D. S. Curtis. $0.99 on 6/25/13
Welcome to The Seventh Mountain.

Growing up is hard, especially with a mother like LeOmi’s and a grandmother not much better. Try living it New Orleans and looking for a murderer, her mother’s killer. He’s a man that would just as soon off LeOmi as sneeze.

LeOmi is adept with edged weapons; a skill that puts her far ahead of her classmates.

Intrigue and betrayal stalk her in her first year at The Seventh Mountain. Some would be glad to see her dead. She meets her equals: a boy whose heart is good and a boy that only seeks power. She is distrustful of befriending either, yet one is her future.

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Distant Dreams by Judith Pella. Free on 6/25/13
The year is 1835 and Carolina Adams finds herself enchanted by an unlikely suitor…the railroad. Frustrated by society’s expectations upon her gender, she longs to study more masculine subjects and is thrilled when her father grants her a tutor.

James Baldwin arrives to serve as Carolina’s teacher, but of more importance, he is to court Carolina’s beautiful older sister, Virginia. Will expectations–and Virginia’s southern charm–elicit the hoped-for proposal? Or will James and Carolina dare to acknowledge the mutual interests and feelings growing between them?

Tea With Emma by Diane Moody. Free on 6/25/13
Tea with Emma – The Teacup Novellas Book One

Fresh from a Jane Austen tour in England, Maddie Cooper returns home to Texas, determined to bring a touch of “Austen to Austin.” She dreams of opening an authentic English tea room and, like Austen’s Emma, put into practice her self-proclaimed gift as a matchmaker. But an airport mishap with a cranky Englishman gets her off on the wrong foot (quite literally), especially when he moves into the university guest house across the street. Can Maddie find a love for her unapproachable new neighbor, or has she finally met her match?

After the Storm by Trinity Hart. Free on 6/25/13
Bonded by a harrowing cat rescue, Luke and Rachel are instant friends, but they can’t deny their attraction despite their business relationship. Rachel worries dating her boss is a bad idea, but soon the least of her worries. When two dead bodies are found in their apartment building, Luke is the main suspect. Has Rachel misjudged him?

Please note: After the Storm and Lightning Strikes (also available) are short stories written in round-robin style by numerous authors of Prism Book Group during a promotional event. Each contributor had the opportunity to add a section, and take the story where they chose. The authors had a good time pulling this together! Now that the event is over, they are offering it free of charge for readers who would enjoy the opportunity to read it. It is meant as fun, merely to showcase various writing styles, and is not intended as a novel.

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Spiritual Warfare: Fighting Demons by Scott Meade. $0.99 on 6/25/13
Spiritual warfare is a reality that many Christians have to endure on a daily basis. As we are now living during the last days before our Messiah returns, we are confronted by more attacks from our adversary. Demons are manipulating the minds of both nonbelievers and Christians and now it is time for us to learn how to fight back. Many Christians are finally coming to the realization that they are soldiers in Christ, but do not know how to battle the enemy who has infiltrated our very minds. The author explains spiritual warfare through modern day concepts and includes some of his own experiences. This book goes beyond the basic teachings of the whole armor of God and is necessary for battling the demons who manipulate the world around us.
God Will Use This for Good by Max Lucado. $1.99 on 6/25/13

When we feel that life is out of control, He is in control.

When tragedy strikes, people desperately search for answers. Believers and unbelievers alike find themselves turning to God. Best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado points to the only real answer to tragedy and crisis: Prayer. In For the Tough Times, Lucado helps us understand how to pray despite our doubt and fear.

The Inner Chamber And The Inner Life by Andrew Murray. $0.99 on 6/25/13
The Inner Chamber suggests thoughts of the utmost importance. The daily need of retirement and quiet; the true Spirit of prayer; the Devotional reading of God’s Word; the Fellowship with God for which these are meant and by which alone they bring a blessing.

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The J-Dog Journey: Where is Life? by Kent Hunter. Free on 6/25/13
This new book from Kent R. Hunter shares the story of one young man’s journey to find his calling, passion, and direction in life. This story will inspire you to discover God’s plan and path for your life. Wherever it might take you!
The Miracle Landing: and Other Supernatural Encounters by Larry Welch. Free on 6/25/13
Ready, Set, Take Off!

Make sure your tray table is secure and your seat is in its upright position as you get ready to encounter God’s supernatural power!

Written by a professional pilot and airline captain, The Miracle Landing launches you into a fascinating spiritual realm that many have yet to experience. You will read about amazing, miraculous, out-of-this-world, true-life incidents—that are absolutely God.

Filled with suspense, twists and turns, and fast-paced supernatural action, you will find it hard to stop reading because the book shares astonishing insights into the divine, leaving you inspired, encouraged, hopeful, and blessed.

The Miracle Landing reveals how you can discover and encounter God, and position yourself to receive the miraculous from the miracle-working God of the Universe.

You will be captivated by the modern-day, high-flying stories that bring the Scriptures to life within you—taking your spirit to heights beyond your most vivid imagination directly into God’s love.

Help From Above Applying 12 Biblical Principles to your Job Search by Yetunde Oke. Free on 6/25/13
My new book, Help From Above Applying 12 Biblical Principles to your Job Search, is a Christian book that offers faith based solutions to unemployment and underemployment.

A global economy presents unique challenges for today’s job seeker or career-changer. In Help From Above, you will see how the Holy Bible (the best-selling book of all time) is relevant to your employment situation.