Movie Monday – Ramona and Beezus – 6/4/12

Penny Zeller, Christian Author

This week’s Movie Monday family night movie suggestion is Ramona and Beezus…

Having grown up reading the Ramona books, I couldn’t wait to watch this movie. I wasn’t disappointed. This movie is great, clean family fare. There was nothing objectionable and I applaud the producers for creating a movie the entire family can watch. There were a few scenes, such as Ramona dangling over a canyon that might be scary to very young children (under 5).

There are wonderful discussion-starters throughout the movie. For instance, Ramona always feels the need to compare herself to her older sister, Beezus. Beezus, of course, sees Ramona as nothing more than a pesty little sister who is always causing trouble. How many children could identify themselves with either Ramona or Beezus?

Some of the other children in the movie don’t treat Ramona kindly and they laugh at her on more than one occasion. While this movie is not a Christian movie, it did give me the opportunity to remind my children that no matter how the world sees them, it’s who they are in Christ that matters. Ephesians 2:10,  John 1:12, and 1 Samuel 16:7 came to mind. Strong family bonds and joining together when times are tough was also a good discussion starter. Family members may not always see eye to eye, but when critical matters arise, unity is crucial.

Full of humor, a strong love expressed by family members for each other, some touching parts, and a bit of romance, make this a movie I would highly recommend!

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Four chances to win!!!

I don’t think I’ve ever posted three posts in one day, but today is going to be one of those days! First off, I want to tell you that I have been honored to be the guest on four (yes, four!) different blogs this week. Each blog is giving away a copy of McKenzie to one lucky commenter. Here are the links: (also includes the blogger’s review of McKenzie)

These are also really neat blogs, so I encourage you to check out what these blogs have to offer! And yes, feel free to enter on each blog for a better chance of winning!

For more giveaways, please see my Events and Giveaways page at

Be sure to join me each Thursday for special giveaways with some of my favorite author friends and be sure to stop by this blog on May 3 when I’ll have a very special giveaway in honor of my blog’s anniversary and my Facebook page’s new remodel! Until then, have a fantastic rest of your week! :)

Movie Monday – Homeless for the Holidays – 3/12/12

Penny Zeller, Christian Author

This week’s Movie Monday movie suggestion is Homeless for the Holidays

Jack Baker is a young and affluent businessman making his mark in the world of marketing for a large firm in his town. An arrogant man, Jack is not only selfish with his money (as is seen when he donates only a quarter to the Christmas fund), but he is also selfish with his time. His children yearn for him to spend time with them, and his wife, Sheryl, is tired of his cell phone ringing nonstop.

But Jack has bigger priorities that donating to every cause that comes his way. He has bigger priorities than spending time with his family. Jack is all about money and what money can buy. He finds great value in being able to provide the best Christmases for his family, which in his mind are the best and most expensive gifts and a large budget for decorating his house.

What happens one day when Jack is fired from his job? What then will become of his monetary dreams and his career ambitions?

This movie has many great discussion points. Jack must deal with pride and humility when he secures a job at Penguin’s Point, a fast food restaurant. The bills are piling up – where will Jack turn?

But negative points, such as deceit and greed, aren’t the only items up for discussion. There’s also loyalty, family-togetherness, sticking together in the most difficult times, and kindness also receive screen time. My favorite part is when Jack models for his son an example of true sacrifice and the mandate to love our neighbor as ourselves.

There are a few corny parts of this movie, but the resulting clear and heartwarming message make this movie one I would recommend for all ages.

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Movie Monday – Friendship’s Field – 9-5-11

Penny Zeller, Christian Author

This week’s family movie suggestion is Friendship’s Field (Feature Films for Families)…

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Friendship’s Field takes us back to the 1960s when tomboy Ira’s life changes forever and leaves her with a memory long into adulthood.

Prejudice toward migrant workers is rampant in Ira’s hometown, but her family is different. They see people for who they are, despite cultural differences, color of skin, and social status. During a particular summer in 1965, Ira befriends Oscar, the son of migrant workers. But what happens when some local teenagers take their anger and prejudice out on Oscar’s brother?

However, Friendship’s Field is not all serious. Not by a long shot. There is plenty of humor, including Ira’s decision to pester her three older sisters, whom she refers to as “the poofheads.”

There are plenty of great discussion starters in this movie including:

Everyone is made in the image of God and why it’s important to see people as God sees them,

Loving your neighbor, no matter who that might be, and

Being a leader, rather than a follower, and standing up for what is right.

There is nothing objectionable in this movie. However, there are a couple of scary parts involving a snake and an incident of mild violence, which may scare younger children.

This is one of my favorite movies of all time and I would highly recommend it!

I am passionate about finding movies suitable for families. For a complete listing of family movie suggestions and an archive of past reviews from a Christian worldview for Movie Monday, please go to my Mom-Approved Movies Page.

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