LifeWay Christian Stores has come under fire for selling a book based on a boy who claimed he visited heaven and who is now saying that the story is false.
The book, titled The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, has been available since last year and tells the story of 6-year-old Alex Malarkey who suffered a horrific car accident in 2004. The crash paralyzed Alex and it was unlikely he'd survive after slipping into a coma. He awoke two months later and claimed that angels took him through the gates of heaven to meet Jesus.
Malarkey addressed the validity of the story in a letter titled "An Open Letter to LifeWay and Other Sellers, Buyers, and Marketers of Heaven Tourism, by the Boy Who Did Not Come Back From Heaven." more >>
Family Christian Stores is expanding their non-profit business into the entertainment industry this year, starting with the film "90 Minutes In Heaven."
Family Christian Entertainment, the new sister company of FCS, will produce two new films a year in order to generate more faith-based films while also increasing the quality of the entertainment. Rick Jackson, the entrepreneur behind FCS, said that the new entertainment company will specifically cater to Christian audiences and become a leading film studio similar to Walt Disney Pictures.
"We are not on a mission to teach Hollywood a lesson, I don't care about that," Jackson told The Christian Post. "What I am interested in doing is speaking to this audience in professional way and create a platform; we'd almost like to be the Disney of this space." more >>
Actress Cote de Pablo will star in the upcoming "Dovekeepers" miniseries produced by Roma Downey and husband Mark Burnett; it marks her first return to TV since leaving the hit CBS series "NCIS."
"I have been living, spending time with my family, which was very important to me," de Pablo said at a panel with the Television Critics Association. "How can I tell stories if I'm not infused by life?"
The actress who rose to fame playing the beloved character Ziva David, a Massad agent sent to work in the U.S. with the crew of NCIS. After eight seasons, she suddenly decided to leave the series and offered no explanation to fans wanting her to stay put. But de Pablo has not ruled out a possible return to the series, given that her character was not killed off, which she was "very telling." more >>
Candace Cameron Bure has been married to husband Valeri Bure for 19 years and recently spoke about her successful marriage and bringing up three children in the spotlight.
"My husband is not a dictator," Candace told Yahoo Parenting, addressing the controversial statement she made last year about being "submissive" in her marriage. "We work together but I don't want to dig my heels in and I have no aspirations to be the ruler of my family. We are two equal people but I love my husband and I want him to lead. I trust that my husband has our family's best interests at heart, so I wouldn't fight him on that. And when I feel strongly about something, he agrees with me. It goes both ways."
The couple has three children ages 12, 14, and 16. Candace has been incredibly busy working with the Hallmark Channel and will star on in the film series "Aurora Teagarden: A Bone to Pick," which will air this spring. The couple rotates who works so that one parent is always directly overseeing the children. Candace has spoken at length about her marriage and managing a career. more >>
National Geographic has offered a behind-the-scenes look at its upcoming dramatization of TV host Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's best-selling book, Killing Jesus: A History.
"'Killing Jesus' is about a man, a real man, and I was very interested in making a film that would appeal to believers and nonbelievers," says Director Christopher Menaul in the three-minute clip.
The video features comments from the main cast as well, including Haaz Sleiman ("The Visitor"), the Lebanese and Muslim-raised actor who takes on the title role of Jesus. more >>
Dr. Tony Evans, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship and president of The Urban Alternative, insists in a new book that blame for the social ills Americans are experiencing partly fall on the shoulders of Christians, who have compromised with the culture and helped marginalize God — therefore shutting out access to His transformational presence and power.
"America is in serious trouble," Evans writes in America: Turning a Nation to God. "From sea to shining sea we are witnessing the devolution of a nation."
Listing "family breakdowns to the immigration crisis to the abiding racial divide" as well as "the redefinition of marriage and the family, abortions on demand" as examples of the nation's "unraveling," Evans adds that "the American dream is quickly becoming the American nightmare" for those disillusioned with the country's direction. more >>