August 2012


MUSIC&reviews31 Aug 2012 10:43 am

This week brought us some nice music to listen to. Let’s take a gander at what came out this week, 25 Words or Less style. Enjoy.

Andrew Peterson – Light for the Lost Boy
http://amzn.to/POc9Bo (CD) | http://amzn.to/QOEq9j (mp3)

A storyteller at heart, Peterson connects with a haunting melodies that loom overhead like the foggy mist in the album art. A Root Beer Float.

SEE ALSO: Mitch McVicker, Jason Gray
DON’T MISS: Carry the Fire, Day by Day
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announcements&features&front page&MUSIC&reviews&reviews&walkTRu24 Aug 2012 12:04 pm

If you’re not a “fan”— Wait, I mean, if you don’t “like” theTRu. on facebook or follow me on twitter (*hint, hint*), then you may not realize what’s going on with the front page here at theTRu. (Yes, Virginia – and other states – there IS a front page.)

Well, to make a long story short, I had the best intentions when I pulled the site down for a redesign a year and a half ago, but life got in the way. Recently, I’ve picked up the plow again and the work is underway. In the meantime, as a show of good faith and to tease your palate, I posted a sneak peek at the new design and content earlier this week. This preview includes a WalkTRu of the new TobyMac album (due out on the 28th), a review of the Rhett Walker Band debut album, and a brand new Left to Write editorial.

I mention this now, because by Monday, there will be more new content, including a brand new feature. And in the coming days, you can expect more from theTRu. I’m committed to finishing the design sooner rather than later, getting the full site running again, and pumping out new content tirelessly. I hope you’ll join me.

Question: What feature do you most want to see come back?

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf&pop culture21 Aug 2012 11:04 pm

Previously at theTRu. I’ve been spotlighting items from the worlds of Television, Music, Online (Digital), Movies, and Books, by assigning them a letter of the alphabet, like a strange variation of the game, Scattergories. These are not intended to be in-depth reviews or examinations, just a high-level spotlight. So far, we’ve covered TV, Online, and Music. You can find links to each of those posts in an A to Z Pop Culture Media List list.

I’m realizing as I work through these explanations that there are a lot of overlaps between the lists. The Lord of the Rings made the movies and the books lists and Andy Stanley lands here after also making the “online” list for his podcast. I guess that’s because I made these lists simultaneously and I’m pretty certain it will all work itself out over time. In the meantime, we are wrapping up the ENTIRE series with the final installment for Books, R through Z.

R is for J.R.R. Tolkein. To be completely honest, I’ve only read The Hobbit and perhaps two thirds of The Fellowship of the Rings. It’s probably a bad thing to admit, but I did enjoy them as I read – partly because I read them as Little Boy napped in my arms each night. (Yeah, it was quite a while ago.) Anyway, the Rings trilogy remains on my to-read list – I will get there someday – and I also read a biography of Tolkein that enhanced my appreciation for him and increased my desire to dive back into the stories.
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Bookshelf21 Aug 2012 10:57 pm

Two more book reviews in the midst of the Books A to Z list. Want to get these posted so I can keep moving forward. One book from a pastor focusing on the Shepherd’s Psalm and one book from a pop culture writer focusing on a bat. Enjoy.

God Is More Than Enough – Tony EvansI remember listening to Dr. Tony Evans on the Christian talk radio station here when I first started working outside of retail and inside of an office. There was a little boom box that didn’t get too many stations, but I would spend the majority of the day sorting files and listening to the parade of preachers lined up by a program manager somewhere closer to the heart of DC. Dr. Evans was on at 9:30, if I remember correctly, right after John MacArthur. As you can imagine, he stood out.

Dr. Evans is a very powerful speaker who can captivate his audience and I suspect, had he read this book to me, I’d have followed along a bit better. As it was – even at less than 100 pages – it felt really stretched out and repetitive. The book covers Psalm 23, which is passage of Scripture I’m sure every “church” kid remembers learning when growing up. Both of my two boys have already gone through Sunday School classes that had them learn the whole thing.
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Bookshelf&pop culture20 Aug 2012 10:40 pm

Previously at theTRu. I’ve been spotlighting items from the worlds of Television, Music, Online (Digital), Movies, and Books, by assigning them a letter of the alphabet, like a strange variation of the game, Scattergories. These are not intended to be in-depth reviews or examinations, just a high-level spotlight. So far, we’ve covered TV, Online, and Music. You can find links to each of those posts in an A to Z Pop Culture Media List list. (There’s also a schedule in there so you know when to expect the rest of the posts.) We’ll be wrapping up this week and today we continue our books list with I through Q.

I is for Illusion. It took Frank Peretti a while between releases to write this book. It took me a while to read it, but that’s more because I was distracted and kept getting sidetracked. I suppose part of me didn’t want to finish reading for fear that the ending wouldn’t really resolve appropriately (a la Monster), but when I finally did get around to it, I was pleasantly rewarded. A nice return to form.
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Bookshelf&pop culture19 Aug 2012 11:34 pm

Well, we’re down to the last series. I’ve been spotlighting items from the worlds of Television, Music, Online (Digital), Movies, and Books, by assigning them a letter of the alphabet, like a strange variation of the game, Scattergories. These are not intended to be in-depth reviews or examinations, just a high-level spotlight. So far, we’ve covered TV, Online, and Music. You can find links to each of those posts in an A to Z Pop Culture Media List list. (There’s also a schedule in there so you know when to expect the rest of the posts.) We’ll be wrapping up this week and today we begin our books list.

A is for Alice. I recently re-read the Lewis Carroll classic adventures in Wonderland and was thoroughly amused by the rich (and corny) puns. I have since decided that whenever I write, I want to have as much fun as I can imagine Carroll having while writing those tales.
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Movies&pop culture16 Aug 2012 11:08 pm

Previously at theTRu… I began this quest to identify my favorite pieces of pop culture from each of the five disciplines. Basically, I’ve been spotlighting items from the worlds of Television, Music, Online (Digital), Movies, and Books, by assigning them a letter of the alphabet, like a strange variation of the game, Scattergories. These are not intended to be in-depth reviews or examinations, just a high-level spotlight.

So far, we’ve covered TV, Online, and Music. You can find links to each of those posts in an A to Z Pop Culture Media List list. (There’s also a schedule in there so you know when to expect the rest of the posts.) We’ll be wrapping up next week, but today, we’ll finish up with Movies, from R to Z.

R is for “The Rock.” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the acting equivalent of bacon. Every movie is better if you add The Rock. He’s a versatile actor with enough charisma to carry him in every role. Plus, he revitalized the Fast and Furious franchise and it looks like he’ll save GI Joe, too. I don’t know what it is, but he picks his roles well.
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MUSIC&pop culture15 Aug 2012 09:20 pm

Previously at theTRu… I began this quest to identify my favorite pieces of pop culture from each of the five disciplines. Basically, I’ve been spotlighting items from the worlds of Television, Music, Online (Digital), Movies, and Books, by assigning them a letter of the alphabet, like a strange variation of the game, Scattergories. These are not intended to be in-depth reviews or examinations, just a high-level spotlight.

So far, we’ve covered TV, Online, and Music. You can find links to each of those posts in an A to Z Pop Culture Media List list. (There’s also a schedule in there so you know when to expect the rest of the posts.) We’ll be wrapping up next week, but today, we’ll continue with Movies, from I to Q.

I is for Indiana Jones. I was quite close to giving this spot to Inception because it was such a good movie, but, considering re-watch-ability and standing up through the years, it’s hard to defeat Harrison Ford’s classic Indiana Jones saga. The littles and I have enjoyed some of the Young Indiana Jones episodes and I suspect they’ll be enjoying the movies soon enough, which will make me like it that much more.
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Movies&pop culture14 Aug 2012 11:18 pm

So, last month, I began this quest to identify my favorite pieces of pop culture from each of the five disciplines (I just made that phrase up). Basically, I’ve been going from spotlighting items from the worlds of Television, Music, Online (Digital), Movies, and Books, by assigning them a letter of the alphabet, like a strange variation of the game, Scattergories. (It seemed like a good idea at the time.) Once these lists are complete, I can easily manipulate them later on by swapping out the old for new items that steal my attention.

So far, we’ve covered TV, Online, and Music. You can find links to each of those posts in an A to Z Pop Culture Media List list, because I grew weary of retyping the links at the beginning of each post. I also put a schedule in there so you know when to expect the rest of the posts. We’ll be wrapping up next week, but today, we begin the world of Movies, from A to H.

A is for Avengers. I didn’t grow up reading comic books or poring over the latest superhero exploits. In fact, I was only marginally aware that the comic book world extended much beyond the Justice League cartoons (Superman, Batman & Robin, Wonder Woman, etc.). But Avengers, the movie – and the movies leading up to it – is one of the best movies I’ve seen in years. The writing is phenomenal and the action is great despite some predictability.
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Bookshelf&Movies&MUSIC&pop culture&television&web14 Aug 2012 10:52 pm

In an effort to make it easier to find all of these lists and explanations, I’m compiling all the links here in one post, which will update with each new piece. If you’re late to the game, this is essentially, an alphabetical list of my favorite pieces of pop culture. I’ve assigned one item per letter, similar to Scattergories (if anyone plays that still). They’re further broken into the five elements of media.

Television…
Part 1: A to F (7/25/2012)
Part 2: G to P (7/29/2012)
Part 3: Q to Z (7/31/2012)

Online…
Part 1: A to H (8/2/2012)
Part 2: I to Q (8/5/2012)
Part 3: R to Z (8/7/2012)

Music…
Part 1: A to H (8/9/2012)
Part 2: I to Q (8/10/2012)
Part 3: R to Z (8/13/2012)

Movies…
Part 1: A to H (8/15/2012)
Part 2: I to Q (8/16/2012)
Part 3: R to Z (8/17/2012)

Books…
Part 1: A to H (8/20/2012)
Part 2: I to Q (8/21/2012)
Part 3: R to Z (8/22/2012)

peace… love… bdg…

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