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Where Does The Money Go?

Posted on: October 16th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments

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Where Does the Money Go?
Scott Bittle & Jean Johnson
2011 Non-Fiction
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Ever wonder where all your money goes that you pay to the US Federal Government?   What are the big money suckers?  Are you eager to determine for yourself which political side of the spectrum is telling the truth about what will make our American economy “roll” again?  Do you know the difference between debt and deficit when policy makers speak?

The decisions that are being made on our behalf do affect us and the future of our children.  They affect our savings, our retirement, our mortgage, our health care, and whether or not our children can afford to go to college and if they will have a job available to them when they graduate.  Therefore, it is in our best interest to come to a basic understanding of the enormity of this issue so we can make an informed decision at the polls and when speaking with our political representatives.


Eradicate: Blotting Out God in America (Interview)

Posted on: October 11th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk 4 Comments

Eradicate: Blotting Out God in America
2012 Non-Fiction
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The historical and personal significance of Eradicate is profound.  With thorough research as its foundation, David Fiorazo does an excellent job depicting the exact timeline of the moral, social, spiritual, and political decay in America.  I couldn’t put this book down.  I was enlightened, convicted, and moved to actively defend the moral fabric of our society.  Here is my interview with the author David Fiorazo, as he shares his thoughts on the history of America and what we need to do to make a difference. This is a must read before anyone votes in the upcoming 2012 Presidential election.  If you are looking to get informed, this is the one book for you.

Monumental by Kirk Cameron

Posted on: October 4th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk 2 Comments


Kirk Cameron

2012 Documentary Film


As a husband and father, Kirk Cameron’s concern for the failings of our society socially, spiritually, economically, and politically drove him to ask the question, “What’s wrong with America and how can we fix it?”  He embarked on a quest to retrace our forefathers steps during the founding of America to discover what made the United States such an exceptional country.  What he discovered would astonish you: a monument erected in Plymouth, Massachusetts, displaying the governing principles of which our nation was founded, principles that are not being taught in public schools today, but once were.  In the end he comes to realize that restoring our country doesn’t start in the Oval Office, but in our own families and at our own dinner tables.  This decision to act is monumental and the change we seek must come from the bottom up.

I honestly wondered whether this production would be worth viewing and if it would leave Mr. Cameron in a susceptible position to be negatively scrutinized by some in the public arena.  But I have to say, this film lives up to its title.  It was a large undertaking to create a documentary of this kind and I am pleased to say that I found Cameron’s film riveting, educational, and entertaining.  The editing was phenomenal, the sound at par with the best, and the collaborators and experts intriguing.  If you haven’t seen this, you’ve missed out, watch it now.  You will be refreshed and moved to excitement as you walk alongside Kirk, discover some important historical facts, and what your real national treasure is.  Kirk created a monumental film that will find it’s own place in history.

Caleb’s Crossing

Posted on: September 27th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments

Caleb’s Crossing

Geraldine Brooks

2011 Historical Fiction

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Set in the latter 1600’s, Caleb’s Crossing took the highly intellectual women in my book club on an engaging adventure all our own.  Mrs. Brooks’ vivid account of the life of Bethia Mayfield, a Puritan young girl growing up in the newly settled Martha’s Vineyard, only unsettled our hearts and minds as we were forced to deal with what life for us would be like in her shoes.

Our rational and emotional facilities were brought to battle as we were theologically challenged along with Bethia, who was daughter of a strict Calvinist minister and missionary to the Native Wampanoag tribe.  Even though she was intellectually superior to many of the men in her life, Bethia was prohibited from the same education as her siblings, gleaning what she could from behind the curtains of oppression, but respect for God, her family, and the life she was handed.


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