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Music Review: Water & Guns – Aaron Sprinkle

Posted by Cyle Young on January 10, 2014 in Authors, iBegat HOME, iBegat Music |

Aaron_Sprinkle_Water_Guns_Cover-dropAaron Sprinkle releases his fifth solo album after working with such bands as Anberlin, Emery, Project 86, Rose Blossom Punch, and others. With such a diverse taste in music Sprinkle so greatly captures the essence of modern music in Water & Guns. With notes of tranquility alongside hints of progressive Electronica, Water & Guns brings a mix of Silversun Pickups esque energy along with a taste of OneRepublic.

The opening track, Heartstrokes, deals with the issue of rejecting God and in the end realizing His greatness. River of Lead, hits note reminding me of secular bands Bastille, and BadBooks. This is by far the most alterative of Sprinkles records and stresses the indie quality that so many are striving for. With the perfect mix of subtle acoustics, and electronics Water & Guns is a win for anyone with alternative mellow tastes.

I give  Water & Guns B+

Water & Guns is comparable to these secular artist:

Alt-J

Silversun Pickups

OneRepublic

BadBooks

Bastille

Atlas Genius

WALK THE MOON

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Book of Days – Book Review

Posted by Cyle Young on May 13, 2013 in Danielle Dodge, iBegat Books, iBegat Movies |

Book of Days Cover[1]Cameron Vaux is losing his memory. It started out as a small annoyance—forgetting he’d written himself a note five minutes ago—but now it’s become a big problem—losing memories of his wife, killed two years ago. The creepy thing is, Cameron’s late father predicted this would happen. And when it started, his father told him to find the Book of Days.

Desperate, Cameron decides to fulfill his father’s wish and go look for the Book.  A lead takes him to a small town in Oregon where he realizes dark secrets are at work. One man knows more than he’s telling. Others are seeking the Book and will stop at nothing to get it. And they’re closer than Cameron ever imagined.

Book of Days was a great book. It was easy to read with well-rounded, likeable characters, surprising plot twists, and moments of humor that made me laugh. It did lag a bit in the middle but not too badly. It was definitely worth reading. The theme of letting go of past hurts and stepping into the life God has for you in the present was woven throughout the book.

A couple loose ends didn’t seem to be quite tied up for me but they were small, definitely not big enough to bug me to insanity and make me dislike the book.

Overall, I’d give Book of Days four out of five stars.  The only reason I’m not giving it five stars is because of the slow spot in the middle.  Other than that, I recommend it for good characters and an interesting plot that kept me turning pages.

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My name’s Danielle Dodge.  I’ve found it’s a hard job to summarize fourteen years of life into a small paragraph so I’ll just mention a few things.  I’m an avid writer and reader.  I love to write young adult fiction/fantasy novels and devotionals.  I’m a ballerina, a violinist, an amateur photographer and an amateur horseback rider.  I like BIG words, bright colors, cats, and of course, chocolate.  And if you didn’t guess already, I’m a born again Christian, follower of Jesus Christ.

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Music Review: Colton Dixon – A Messenger

Posted by Cyle Young on April 1, 2013 in Alexa Clark, iBegat HOME, iBegat Music |

Colton Dixon rise in the music industry over the past year, began with his American idol Season 10 audition. He showered the nation with his voice and left impressions on every listener throughout his journey. He continues to make more impressions with his label, Sparrow Records. Colton’s first album, “A Messenger” contains uplifting, encouraging, and positive Christian music. It includes his hit song, “You Are,” which has been running through everything from radio stations’ set lists, to teens’ earphones.

The lyrics to Colton’s songs deliver a positive message to people of all ages, and share the message of Christ in a wave of love. In the song, “You Are,” Colton encourages people to know God as a healer and the light in dark situations. He shares in “Never Gone,” that God is always there and never leaves you alone.

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Not only does Colton Dixon make musical impressions with his voice, but he makes a great role model for all. He follows Christ with all of his heart and boldly stands for him in our polluted world. He sings his passion for Christ powerfully. Colton lives to be a messenger and example through singing of God’s marvelousness. There is no doubt fans will continues to follow Colton Dixon throughout his musical journey. 

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Down to Earth Mystery: The Double Cousins and the Mystery of the Missing Watch

Posted by Eddie Jones on August 8, 2011 in iBegat Books |

My Rating: Bucks
Reviewed by: Esther LoPresto
Written by:  Miriam Jones Bradley

The “Double Cousins” are the children of a pair of siblings who both marry another pair of siblings. In this story, Carly and her sister Molly are the double cousins of Dorie, Max, and Chad.

All of the cousins enjoy visiting their grandparents’ ranch in Kansas during the summer. Grandpa Milton tells the kids a story about his grandfather’s brother who left Kansas in the 1800s for California. But he never returned. Grandpa challenges the kids to solve the mystery. Left with only a pocket watch, Carly and Max dive into the mystery. Questions arise even more when a homeless man, Slim, comes to work on the farm for the summer.

Packed with kid-friendly adventure and excitement, Miriam Bradley’s first mystery is fun for all ages. In the vein of the Boxcar Children series, the story contains no violence or any other kind of objectionable content, simply enjoyment and mystery. She also based the setting and some characters on her grandparents’ farm and her cousins. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series!

I had the pleasure of meeting and making a friend of Miriam at Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference. It is also a pleasure to review and help promote her book! (The author provided this book for review.)


ESTHER LOPRESTO

I am first and foremost a Scribe of the King. It is my desire to serve God through the written word. I have been creating stories since age three. I would tell them to entertain my family, but didn’t start writing them down until age eight or nine.

Since then, the need to write has been insatiable. At age nineteen, I had my first book, Where’s My Other Sock?, published by Tate Publishing. Then, I graduated from community college with a degree; not in anything writing related, but in accounting. Currently, I’m hunting for a bookkeeping job and working on several books or story ideas. In my stories, I challenge the reader’s imagination with adventures into the fantasy realm. Some stories lean towards mystery/suspense or general fiction, and I try to write for all ages. I find my inspiration from JRR Tolkien’s works and from the Randomness of everyday life.
SDG. (read more…)

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Book Review – “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

Posted by Eddie Jones on April 11, 2011 in iBegat Books |

Daring, romantic, and dangerously death defying. The Hunger Games is absolutely the most exciting on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of book!

The main character, 16 year-old Katniss Everdeen, begins her story with having the responsibility of taking care of her mother and sister. To care for her family, Katniss and her best friend Gale, hunt and trap in the woods, an act forbidden to the Districts. Katniss and her family live under the evil rule of the Capitol, the rulers of the twelve districts. The real action begins with the coming of the annual Hunger Games. The Hunger Games occur because of a rebellion in the past from District 13. Now, as punishment, the Districts must send one male and one female, between the ages of twelve and seventeen to be given as tributes to the Capitol. The Capitol then takes the helpless children and puts them in an arena where they are to fight to the death. All the Districts are forced to watch on live television as the contestants’ battle it out. So when the sister of Katniss is called for the Hunger Games, Katniss naturally volunteers in her place. Katniss and the male tribute, Peeta Mellark, are rushed through frenzied appearances in front of the Capitol and then are sent into the arena.

The rest of the book is a heart stopping adventure as Katniss forces her way through the Hunger Games, along with Peeta Mellark, who Katniss has mixed feelings for. Only one must come out of the arena. But will it be Katniss? Or will she have to sacrifice herself to save Peeta from an untimely death? Find out in this three part series, The Hunger Games!

Interested? Intrigued? Visit http://www.scholastic.com/thehungergames/ to learn more!


BLAKE MOON

Son to a farmer, 16 year old Blake lives in rural New Mexico with his parents, two sisters and a brother where they raise cattle, wheat and 4H livestock. He can drive a combine, pull a plow and milk a goat! Blake is a veracious reader: Done with homework? Read a book. Free class time? Read a book. Road trip? Read a book! When he’s not reading, Blake is a very active leader in his school and community where he is President of his 4H club, a member of FFA, BPA, FCA, Student Council, FCCLA (in which he competed at a national level) and, his favorite–journalism. (read more…)

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Interview with Tony Nolan, Author of “Hurt Healer”

Posted by Eddie Jones on April 8, 2011 in Haley Snyder, iBegat Books |

Swaying to the music, you look up to the stage. Your eyes stay there as the music stops and a man takes the microphone. Instead of singing, he speaks words encouragement and comfort; words of conviction and guilt, and love and acceptance. He speaks words of life that pick you up from your low ground, and make you see God with all his glory and love. That preacher that changed your life, his name is Tony Nolan.

Q: I saw you at Winter Jam 2011 and you told a little bit of your story. Do you remember anything from before you were adopted, or have you been told what happened?

A: I mention in my book that I was young then and don’t remember much but it is amazing how your emotions have a photo graphic memory. I remember too much.

Q: What was your life like once you were adopted?

A: I look back and thank God for the things my new parents provided for me food, shelter, clothing etc…But we were pretty starved for love. The good times outweighed the bad times but the bad times were really bad; with a lot of fear, rejection and tension.

Q: When did you find Christ?

A: He found me really. 2-24-89 someone shared the gospel with me and it blew my mind. I had always thought Christianity was a sort of God club that I would never be able to join because I was not good enough but when I really heard the Gospel it showed me that I was welcomed in not based o my goodness but the goodness of Jesus! I was swallowed up by the love of God!

Q:  How did your life change when you found Him?

A: He freed me from drugs and self sabotaging habits. He gave me purpose and direction and invited me to trade in living for my small story of ME for a vital role in the grand story of God!

Q: At Winter Jam 2011, you said that your adoptive father told you he wished he didn’t spend $200 dollars on you. Do you have any relationship with him now?

A: Do you have any relationship with him now? He passed away when I was 15 years old.

Q: As a kid, did you suffer any bullying because of what your birth mother was?

A: Yes, I was constantly beat up. I hid most of the time while I was growing up knowing that each day I went to school was just another day of pain and fear.

Q: How did you start traveling with Winter Jam?

A: I did an 87 city tour with Casting Crowns and God saved 46,000 people at it and Winter Jam heard about that and invited me to come and preach for them. It is an honor to serve my King in this way and He is the only reason it happens. I am a goober…but I sure serve a God who is mighty to save when we preach the Gospel.

Q: In your blog, there is an entry entitled “making a difference.” In it the is an e-mail from a guy who says hearing you speak is what led him and his friend to Christ, and then a couple years later his friend died in a car accident. He said “Even though Sarah is gone I know that if it wasn’t for God’s calling for your life she would be in a very different place right now.” How does it make you feel to know that God is using you in such a big way?

A: I am filled with wonder and awe at a god who is working in lives so that they can be prepared for eternity. He loves people and He wants them to know that. I have a great purpose in life keeping it focused on that very thing

Q: How do you keep in contact with all of the people who fill out the “I’ve Decided” section of your website?

A: I email them just like I am doing now. We have time in life for the things that are important to us.

Q: What is your job currently?

A: It’s not really a job it’s more of a calling…I just wake up each day and serve our Lord and he keeps showing me where I need to be.

Q: Does your family travel with you when you go places to speak?

A: Not all of the time but most of the time. it is very expensive to lease a Bus and I’m just a preacher…so that means I don’t have any major record company paying for it…but I do have a God who meets my needs…but every dollar I spend to have my family with me is worth it

Q: What was it like when you went to China to adopt Fei Fei?

A: It was an awesome adventure with God!

Q: Do you have any other kids?

A: Three others.

Q: If so, how old are they?

A: 14, 12 , and 8

Q: If they’re old enough to understand it, what do your kids think of your testimony?

A: they think God is awesome for saving their dad

Q: What was it like while writing Hurt Healer? Was it hard to write your story for everyone to see?

A: I bleed from my soul over that book. It was worth every drop of blood knowing that others will be inspired to move forward in the power of God’s love

Q: “Through the pages of his life story Tony Nolan challenges and encourages us to reach out fearlessly and let the hurting see God in us. Hurt Healer compassionately and practically gives you the goods to pull it off right now!”  -Toby Mac, recording artist and author of City on Our Knees

How did you go about telling your story, but making it more than just a testimony?

A: I don’t know really, it’s not like a “Story” that I tell, its memories and they happened and they are filled with pain, joys and purpose….so I just wrote about it and people all over the country are finding it very inspirational. To God be the glory!

Q: What is your goal for Hurt Healer?

A: That every single person on the face of the earth would taste and see that the Lord is good and those that trust in Him are blessed!

Now that you’ve heard the amazing story of this inspirational man, don’t just sit there. I challenge you to go out and do something. Don’t let this not change you; don’t try to make God not speak to you.

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HALEY FAYE SNYDER

I’m Haley Faye Snyder. I’m 13 years old and in eighth grade. I’ve lived in the same Christian home in Kentucky since I was born. I have one little brother and two loving parents. I go to Westport Baptist church and have my whole life. (read more…)

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Book Review – “The Witness” by Josh McDowell

Posted by Eddie Jones on January 28, 2011 in iBegat Books |

International Adventure: “The Witness” by Josh McDowell

(2 July 2010; 192 words)

Marwan Accad, a security agent, is the only witness to Rafeeq Ramsey’s murder. After some investigation, he becomes the prime suspect in the murder. Marwan goes on the run in a chase covering both sides of the Mediterranean. From Monte Carlo to Casablanca to Cairo, he relies on his brother Ramy and his friend Kadeen to keep him hidden from French Inspectors Goddard and Lemieux. Along the way, Marwan has to use false identities and he meets Dalia Nour who sends him into a whirlwind romance.

The descriptions in this book are excellent and the action is amazing! From page one, the reader is thrown into Marwan’s race to clear his name. Obviously, there’s a lot of violence involved, but it’s not graphic. There are also minor drug and alcohol references.

When it comes to Marwan and Dalia’s romance, again, nothing is graphic, but there is innuendo. The only thing I found odd about the book was some similar character names: Ramsey (the murder victim) and Ramy (Marwan’s brother); Colette (Goddard’s partner) and Claudette (Ramsey’s wife).

Overall, a great read if you love action and adventure!

(Tyndale House Publishers provided this book for review.)


ESTHER LOPRESTO

I am first and foremost a Scribe of the King. It is my desire to serve God through the written word. I have been creating stories since age three. I would tell them to entertain my family, but didn’t start writing them down until age eight or nine.

Since then, the need to write has been insatiable. At age nineteen, I had my first book, Where’s My Other Sock?, published by Tate Publishing. Then, I graduated from community college with a degree; not in anything writing related, but in accounting. Currently, I’m hunting for a bookkeeping job and working on several books or story ideas. In my stories, I challenge the reader’s imagination with adventures into the fantasy realm. Some stories lean towards mystery/suspense or general fiction, and I try to write for all ages. I find my inspiration from JRR Tolkien’s works and from the Randomness of everyday life.
SDG. (read more…)

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DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Christian Movie Review

Posted by Eddie Jones on December 1, 2010 in iBegat Movies |

DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Christian Movie Review.

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Casting Crowns with The Afters

Posted by Eddie Jones on November 9, 2010 in iBegat Music |

CASTING CROWNS

The Afters opened up the concert on September 23, 2010. Among first song was their hit “Light Up the Sky” which got a very good response. Personally, it is my favorite song of theirs. In between each song the main singer, Joshua Havens, spoke about the songs and experiences in his life. When they finished up and cleared the stage for the Casting Crowns, the group I was with and I were left wanting more.

When Casting Crowns took the stage the majority of the crowd was on their feet. It was a truly uplifting experience. They sang “East to West”, “Praise You in this Storm”, “Until the Whole World Hears”, “American Dream”, “What if His People Prayed”, and “Voice of Truth” just to name a few. The main singer, Mark Hall, also spoke between some songs. It was fun to sing along, dance, and praise the Lord the whole time.

I could feel the Holy Spirit among us as we were singing praise to our powerful, mighty God. It was an awesome concert and I was left with the utmost respect for both bands.

http://www.castingcrowns.com

HALEY FAYE SNYDER

I’m Haley Faye Snyder. I’ve lived in the same Christian home in Kentucky since I was born. I have one little brother and two loving parents. I go to Westport Baptist church and have my whole life. I accepted Christ into my heart when I was six and then re-committed my life to Him when I was 11 at Boones Creek Baptist Camp. (read more…)

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