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...

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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...

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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...

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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 –...

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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...

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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...

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More on Forgiveness – “The Interpreter”

 A powerful forgiveness scene takes place in the movie, The Interpretor (staring Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman).  Fast forward your movie to Chapter 7 – 40:10...... The scene starts with federal agent Tobin Keller questioning Sylvia Broome as to why she is in pictures...

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Lars and the Real Girl

   My daughter thought this was a ridiculous movie, until we sat down and watched it together.   One of my clients recommended this movie.  Imagine learning to stay away from love because it hurts - for whatever reason, be it abuse, abandonment, divorce, or early...

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