Just a few weeks after "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee announced that she is publishing her second novel, "Go Set a Watchman," controversy still hounds the circumstances behind the discovery of the manuscript and her decision to publish.
According to a report in The Guardian, her announcement came as a surprise to most people in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, where friends and neighbors know she had repeatedly said that she did not want to publish anything else after her first novel and said that "she may not be able to stop others from doing so."
The controversy stems around the circumstances of the manuscript's discovery and Lee's supposed approval for it to be published. It was supposedly discovered by Lee's lawyer, Tonja Carter, in a vault and attached to the original copy of "To Kill a Mockingbird," according to another report in Sky News. more >>
Angelina Jolie's hit film "Unbroken" will be available on DVD on March 24 in a release that will include a bonus disc with even more information about its star, Louie Zamperini.
Released on Christmas Day, "Unbroken" is based on the true story of Zamperini's life, which highlights the resiliency of the human spirit. The Jolie-directed epic earned $15.5 million at the box office. But next month, "Unbroken" fans can watch the film from the comfort of their own home with the special edition DVD. Furthermore, the DVD release includes the "Legacy of Faith" bonus disc from Pure Flix that contains over an hour of features such as an introduction from pastor Greg Laurie.
"Quite possibly the most remarkable testimony I've encountered. … Louie's outstanding life points us to an amazing God," Laurie said of "Unbroken." more >>
Harper Lee, author of one of the most popular novels in literary history, "To Kill a Mockingbird," recently announced that she will publish a sequel to her first novel entitled "Go Set a Watchman," set to be released in July 2015. The novel will only be her second one, after a 55-year hiatus.
According to a news report in The Guardian, the author called her work "a pretty decent effort," perhaps as a way of allaying fears about the quality of the book.
Lee wrote and finished "Watchman" ahead of her first novel in the 1950s but she had thought she had lost the manuscript, according to a statement she made to her publisher, HarperCollins. more >>
In response to the cinematic debut of the "50 Shades of Grey" movie, one Virginia pastor will look to respond via a sermon series meant to address various matters regarding sexual ethics, including pornography and gay marriage.
Rick McDaniel, pastor of Richmond Community Church, will be preaching a sermon series starting on Sunday meant to add a Christian moral perspective on controversial topics pertaining to sexual behavior. Known as the "5 Shades of Grey," the series will include issues like pornography, divorce, gay marriage, cohabitation, and adultery.
In an interview with The Christian Post, McDaniel explained that "God just sort of dropped an idea in my head" to do the series in response to the popularity of "50 Shades of Grey." more >>
Family Christian, the nation's largest Christian bookstore that specializes in selling Bibles, books, music and church supplies, has filed for bankruptcy.
The retailer is based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has over 266 stores across 36 states. The store has now filed for a bankruptcy protection plan to sell all of its assets.
"We strive to serve God in all that we do and trust His guidance in all our decisions, especially this very important one," said FCS president and CEO Chuck Bengochea in an announcement. "We have carefully and prayerfully considered every option. This action allows us to stay in business and continue to serve our customers, our associates, our vendors and charities around the world." more >>
It is ironic that the movie Fifty Shades of Grey is set to hit theaters this Valentine's Day—redefining a day that is specifically deemed as a celebration of love. Instead of lighthearted romance, Fifty Shades of Grey focuses on deviant sexual practices like bondage and control; it is a blatant attempt to normalize violent sexual behaviors. The film, based on a book by the same name, is a dangerous first step towards mainstreaming this sort of violence against women.
Based on early reviews of the movie, it is said that lead male character Christian Grey "wants total control over Anastasia [the lead female character] … the right to dictate her eating patterns and her contraception choices, plus the right to inflict pain on her as a means of arousing himself." As if that wasn't scary enough, the movie is packed with the use of BDSM (Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission, Sadism and Masochism), which is a practice that involves an individual who is gratified by either receiving or inflicting pain within consensual sex. Even "sexual therapists" who support BDSM are criticizing the book's portrayal of BDSM and say that the practice should neither involve exploitation nor emotional and physical abuse.
Supporters of Fifty Shades would argue that since Anastasia consents to the violence, we should not compare it to such serious issues like domestic violence and sex trafficking. But consent doesn't make abuse correct. Take, for example, those who consent to habitual practices or addictions. Just because a person agrees to a practice, it doesn't necessary deem it a healthy behavior. In fact, according to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, more >>