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May The 4th Be With You

It’s Star Wars Day! Every May 4th it’s time to celebrate on of the most beloved sagas of all time. So, no matter how you feel about the prequels or who shot first – enjoy these great links and being reminded of just how much fun this series has been for the last 35 years, from movies, to TV, to comics and books. Here’s to The Wars!

The Official Star Wars Site:

Celebrate your favorite saga on May the 4th, a day for everyone to feel the power of the Force. In honor of this holiday that fans have created, a galaxy of special events and can’t-miss deals awaits to help commemorate this year’s “Star Wars Day.” It’s fun for everyone!

Cinemagogue:

This is one of my favorite web series about the saga and it’s impact from a religious point of view. It is well worth reading each of the different articles. It just might make Star Wars mean something more to you. Ep I, Ep II, Ep III, Ep IV, Ep V.

Film Nerd 2.0:

Drew McWeeny, who has been very vocal in his dislike of the prequels writes six extremely compelling articles about re-watching the saga with his children for the first time. It is a beautiful reminder of the power of story and just how much of an impact George Lucas’ creation continues to have on each new generation. Do yourself a favor and read these and experience Star Wars through the eyes of a child one more time. Ep I, Ep II, Ep III, Ep IV, Ep V, Ep VI.

These are some sites that every Star Wars fan needs to know about!

Theforce.net – For everything Star Wars related, this is the place to go!

Forcecast.net – This is the best selection of Star Wars podcasts out there! Jason and Jimmy lead the way with The Weekly Forcecast, there is The Clone Wars Roundtable and Jedi Journals. Star Wars Podcasting does not get any better than this!

Fangirlblog.com – This is the best place on the web for Star Wars and Sci-fi in general from a female perspective!

Eucantina.net – I love this site! This is dedicated to the expanded universe of Star Wars; want to know about a book, comic, game or just about anything Star Wars related – this is the place to go.

Wookieepedia – Everything you ever wanted to know and even the things you never knew you always wanted to know about Star Wars are to be found here!

Click Darth Maul for the Clone Wars Teaser Trailer for Season 5!

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Why Jesus Wants You to Lose Hope:

“In Mark 10, a young rich man eagerly comes to Jesus. He is a winner who does not want to give up trying to win. The good thing about him is that he has a desire for something more, something beyond worldly winning. He asks, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Link

Film Nerd 2.0 looks at Star Wars on Blu-Ray:

“This day has been a long time coming.
We all have landmarks by which we measure our lives and our accomplishments, goals you’ve set for yourself that you’ve either accomplished or not, and I’m certainly someone who holds film experiences very dear. The moment I knew I’d spend the rest of my life somehow involved in movies took place in a dark movie theater when I was seven years old, and it was one of those lightning bolt occasions. I felt pinned to the back of my chair as I watched a tiny blockade runner fleeing from a seemingly endless Star Destroyer that just kept coming out and over, more real than anything I had ever seen, and I’ve never wavered in my determination to be involved in storytelling somewhere, somehow.” Each one of these entries is a priceless look at sharing the things that we grew up with, with our children. Very much worth reading the read. I, II, III, IV, V, VI

Bad Art Doesn’t Exist Apart from the Good:

”I’m not trying to draw badly. I’m just trying to draw without any consideration of craft,” says David Shrigley, whose “unsteady freehand” drawings were recently featured in The New York Times Magazine. I could hear Tom Wolfe whisper in my ear, “That’s the sound of a man who wants you to think he’s unconscious of his own brilliance.” Link

The Problem With Going Green:

“A favorite trick of people who consider themselves friends of the environment is reframing luxury consumption preferences as gifts to humanity. A new car, a solar-powered swimming-pool heater, a 200-mile-an-hour train that makes intercity travel more pleasant and less expensive, better-tasting tomatoes—these are the sacrifices we’re prepared to make for the future of the planet.” Link

Cormac McCarthy: Judges in the American Canon:

David Powlison, Russell Moore, and Eugene Peterson are just a few church leaders who have recognized how literature helps us understand relationships, stories, and language. Reading opens us to worlds, experiences, and perspectives that simply can’t be explored any other way. Link

Forgiving Don Draper: 

“A laudably contrarian view of Mad Men appeared in the recent issue of The New York Review of Books by Daniel Mendelsohn, “The Mad Men Account,” raising a number of important questions before making a remarkable and even rather touching conclusion, namely, that the real subtext of the show is an attempt by boomer children to come to terms with, and maybe even forgive, their parents.” Be sure to check out the article they linked from the The New York Review of Books. Link

Komen, Planned Parenthood and You: 

“The uproar over the Komen Foundation/Planned Parenthood debacle from a few weeks ago has led to a lot of dialogue about abortion, women’s health, and conscience. Few have provided better or more thoughtful analysis than Russell Moore or Ross Douthat.” Link

Marilynne Robinson, The Art of Fiction No. 198:

“When Marilynne Robinson published her first novel, Housekeeping, in 1980, she was unknown in the literary world. But an early review in The New York Times ensured that the book would be noticed. “It’s as if, in writing it, she broke through the ordinary human condition with all its dissatisfactions, and achieved a kind of transfiguration,” wrote Anatole Broyard, with an enthusiasm and awe that was shared by many critics and readers. The book became a classic, and Robinson was hailed as one of the defining American writers of our time. Yet it would be more than twenty years before she wrote another novel.” Just an amazing interview with one of America’s premiere authors. Link

Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books:

“I ended by liking Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books. I came to the conclusion, well before the final chapters, that this book has something helpful in it for all kinds of people.” I have not read this book yet, but I hope too. It does seem to promote all the things that I believe about Christians and literature. Link