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Friday, 08 April 2011 09:40 AM EDT

As the inspirational Bethany Hamilton biopic, Soul Surfer, arrives in theaters nationwide, read what mainstream critics have to say about the movie.

“Soul Surfer” “contains enough platitudes to stock a Hallmark shop.”

The Washington Post,1177152/critic-review.html?hpid=z11


“Soul Surfer” “makes very few waves.”

USA Today


From the production values to the “savvy delivery of its Christian message, 'Soul Surfer' (is) a champ.”

The Oklahoman


“Soul Surfer” “manages to avoid the preachiness found in many Christian films.”

The Gazette


An inspiring true-life story “gets a less-than-inspired film dramatization.”

The Hollywood Reporter


 While “formulaic in design, 'Soul Surfer' is an authentic and heartfelt movie.”

Entertainment Weekly,,20479680,00.html


“Soul Surfer” is “the best faith-based film ever made... uplifting, entertaining and wonderfully-acted.”

The Orlando Sentinel


“'Soul Surfer' can't help patting itself on the back at key moments, undermining its own impact. “

The Huffington Post


“Soul Surfer” is a kind-hearted coming-of-age drama with killer waves. “


Mandisa keeps it 'real' PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 05:29 PM EST

GRAMMY nominee and American Idol finalist Mandisa sees her third album’s release April 5, while celebrating—publicly—her personal success of shedding 100 pounds.

First single, “Stronger,” from What If We Were Real (Sparrow Records/EMI CMG Distribution) was inspired by the belief that surviving hardship makes a person more resilient—something Mandisa knows about from her struggle with weight loss.

"I can't think of a better time to have finally lost 100 pounds," Mandisa said. "How appropriate that on the day my single 'Stronger' is released, proclaiming that God is able to take us through the difficult times and bring us out stronger, He gives me a physical manifestation of that truth."

Stryper and Petra release new albums PDF Print E-mail
Written by Eric Tiansay   
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 09:05 AM EST
Proving that there is new life for old rockers, pioneering Christian rock groups Stryper and Petra have released new albums.
Annie Moses Band aims for musical excellence PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 21 October 2010 10:41 AM EDT

The extraordinary musicians of The Annie Moses Band visited the offices of Christian Retailing this month, performing four songs with their unique blend of fiddle, jazz and classical influences along with folk-inspired vocals.

Their theme song, 1988's "Make His Praise Glorious," first recorded by Sandi Patty, launched the songwriting career of Bill Wolaver (composer/arranger/pianist) and his wife, Robin (vocalist/lyricist/composer/ speaker). Their children joined them in what became a family band: Annie (lead vocals, violin), Alex (lead vocals, viola), Benjamin (cello), Camille (harp, keyboard, vocals), Gretchen (violin, mandolin, guitar, vocals) and Jeremiah (guitar). The older siblings trained at the Juilliard School, and all have studied with renowned instructors.

Video: Ricky Skaggs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Felicia Abraham   
Friday, 08 October 2010 03:58 PM EDT
Known for his mandolin playing and bluegrass success, Ricky Skaggs has combined his country music background with pop and gospel to create his newest Christian album, Mosaic (Skaggs Family Records) which released Aug. 24. Watch the video below to see how this once secular artist says Mosaic drew him closer to Christ.
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