Blue Like Jazz – the book and the movie

Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality is a book written by Donald Miller. It was published in 2003 and has sold over a million copies. In Donald Miller’s early years, he was vaguely familiar with a distant God. But when he came to know Jesus Christ, he pursued the Christian life with great zeal. Within a few years he had a successful ministry that ultimately left...
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If Your Life Was a Movie, What Would It Be Called?

I roll over and stretch in the cool sheets.  Chilled, I pull them closer to my neck. As I wake, I hear the shower running, smell coffee brewing, and realize it’s morning. During these half-asleep, half-awake times my mind wanders. Thoughts flit all over — today I think about movies. I think about how some scenes are so detailed; so nuanced they must come from real events in the...
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Reel Therapy – movies related to counseling

There’s just something about movies, books, and songs that get into our heads and hearts in a better way than talk therapy. Often I have my clients tell me about their favorite movies because it gives me insight into their worldview. Just the other day a client told me her favorite movie was Farenheit 451. As she described the story  (all the people living in a town where books were banned,...
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“Seven Pounds”

    I just went to see the movie, “Seven Pounds” starring Will Smith.  Lots of people were blogging and twittering about it, so I decided it would be a good one to see.   I went with my daughter and her friend.  I think we were all impressed with the quality of the film – from the cinematography to the pacing.  But I wasn’t thrilled with the message being offered to moviegoers....
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What’s With the Vampires?

  One of the most helpful things a psychology professor told me (at a Christian university) was to question my clients, in a similar fashion as God did to Adam after his fall in the Garden of Eden: “Adam, where are you?”  This, as opposed to the mistake of looking at my clients and saying, “There you are!”   In other words, let my clients tell me who they are and how they have arrived...
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Bella

  Got the blahs?   I do.   I woke up out of sorts.   Don’t know why.   I feel…..   …..the way you feel when summer is over.   ……the way you feel at the ocean when all the cottages are boarded up.   Nothing severe, just blah.   Oswald Chambers says, “We are earthlings, yet the Bible says are citizens of heaven.  This world may not be our home, but it is our...
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