I have been on quite the “rankings” rampage as of late. In the interest of the holiday season I thought I would continue in that vein.
Every year my father (and more often than not, my brother) see a movie during the holiday season. Click here to read more about the origin of our movie tradition. Here is the updated list:
- Skyfall (2012): Both my father and myself liked it and my brother loved it (my father’s choice)
- War Horse (2011): Both my father and myself loved it (my choice)
- Unstoppable (2010): All three of us liked it (my choice)
- Avatar (2009): Both my father and myself liked it (my father’s choice)
- James Bond and the Quantum of Solace (2008): Both my father and myself liked it (my choice)
- The Great Debaters (2007): My father and myself loved it and my brother liked it (my choice)
- Deck the Halls (2006): My father loved it and my brother and myself HATED it (my father’s choice)
- King Kong (2005): My father liked it, my brother loved it, and I hated it (my choice)
- Christmas w/ the Kranks (2004): My father loved it and I liked it (my father’s choice)
- Return of the King (2003): My father and stepmother liked it and I loved it (my choice)
- Santa Clause 2 (2002): My father loved it, my brother liked it, and I disliked it (my father’s choice)
- Ali (2001): My father loved it and my brother and myself liked it (my father’s choice)
No one should be allowed to (let alone want to) listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving. Click here to read more about my love-hate relationship with holiday music.
- 2012: Lady Antebellum (country – ugh) and Holidays Rule (so creative)
- 2011: She & Him (I love her voice)
- 2010: Glee (what was I thinking?)
- 2009: Andrew Boccelli (his voice is something else – and the duet with Muppets is classic)
- 2008: Harry Connick Jr. (I love my wife THIS much)
- 2007: Josh Groban
I am a sucker for Vince Flynn novels. My brother, Troy Farley, was the first to lead me to this airport fiction. I have never looked back and rarely been disappointed. The Last Man falls right in line as the thirteenth book starting the secret agent named Mitch Rapp.
The best part – (unlike the last two in the series) this one is not a prequel. I wonder how many books Flynn will write before his hero runs off into the sunset, retires from duty, or worse yet…
Yancey writes, “When I heard the story behind the Orange Revolution, the image of a small screen of truth in the corner of the big screen became for me an ideal picture of the church. You see, we in the church do not control the big screen. (When we do, we usually mess it up)…We live out our days in a twisted society that barrages us with the message that worth depends on appearance or income or access to power. Jesus calls us to see the world through God’s eyes, to realize that God may care as much about what is happening in Darfur or Haiti right now as on Wall Street…” (185-186).
In the chapter titled “Leading Yourself Well,” Zempel writes, “Pre-decisions are the most important decisions we ever make. They are the decisions we make ahead of time that provide guardrails and make game-time decisions easier and more resolute… Solid pre-decisions include things like deciding ahead of time that you don’t have a price. Deciding ahead of time that what God thinks of you is more important than what people think of you. Deciding that offending the Holy Spirit is far worse than offending people” (77-78).
Here are some questions to help us think through our character:
- How well do I treat people who can’t do anything for me?
- Am I the same person in the spotlight, around friends and alone?
- Do I quickly and voluntarily admit when I’ve made mistakes and take responsibility for them?
- Do I have an uncompromising moral compass for decisions, or do I allow circumstances to determine my choices?
- When I have something to say about people, do I talk to them or about them? (79).
More details on the book can be read here.