I love reading reader’s comments on my blog. One reader, Jan, commented about a new movie being made after I mentioned Francine Rivers on my blog.
Going to Jan’s blog, I read:
You may be interested to learn how a partnership with Fox made it possible for this popular Francine Rivers’ novel to be made into a movie. Writer and Producer Brian Bird says it all started after “The Passion of the Christ” turned out to be a giant mega-hit. Apparently, Rupert Murdoch pulled aside executives at 20th Century Fox and asked why they had passed on Mel Gibson’s film. They responded that all the studios had passed, and that the Passion movie was “a fluke.” Murdoch purportedly responded that the audience was no fluke, saying “if you build it, they’ll come…and no one at Fox is building it.” He then ordered his staff to start putting more faith-based entertainment into the marketplace.
You can read the rest of the blog here.
Also . . .
Well friends it’s time for another blog tour for the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. This week we’re reviewing Something That Lasts published by Integrity, May 2006.
It is the first novel written by James David Jordan.To quote James, “I was tired of Hollywood and the popular press treating adultry like a harmless frolic, while Something That Lasts is a positive, hopeful book, it also paints a realistic picture of the devastating impact that adultery has on families and children.”
The main character of the novel is David Parst, a gifted preacher with a knack for marketing. His innovations propelled his little church to regional prominence. At the age of 42, he had been named one of the fifty most influential leaders in the area.
Everybody had something to say about this man, including Ted Balik, who rose during a Sunday evening service and pointed a finger. “The Bible says, ‘Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly…That’s why I’m here tonight to rebuke the biggest sinner of all: our own preacher!”
And with a temptation in a moment of weakness, that single bad choice, David Parst leaves a trail of ruined lives, a scandalized community, and his wife, Sarah, and son, Jack, destroyed.
Shattered and separated, the Parsts embark on a quest to regain their faith, their hope and their family.
Jordan uses a very interesting tool in this book. The background of baseball and its rules serve as a metaphor for the fundamental principles of faith. The family’s enjoyment of the game … and their pursuit of something that lasts … leads them to discover that faith is all they ultimately need.
So does that sound like a story worth reading? I, for one, have lived through that very thing happening in my church, with people I loved dearly. It ripped out my heart. Yet I also learned that God is found even there. It sounds like a novel worth reading, to me!