September 2008 Posts

A Guide to Navigate Through Tough Financial Times

The nation’s current economic crisis is causing Americans to seek out ways to save and make the most of the money they have now.

Focus on the Family and Tyndale House are pleased to announce the “next best thing” – the October 2008 release of Ron Blue and Jeremy White’s Faith-Based Family Finances, a comprehensive resource for financial planning through all stages of life. Faith-Based Family Finances provides key financial principles for families and financial professionals that are grounded in timeless scriptural truths.

Whether readers consider themselves a financial whiz or a financial wreck, they’ll discover practical tools to make sound financial decisions year after year in key areas:
– How do I live within my income?
– How will we ever dig ourselves out of all this debt?
– Should we buy a home or continue to rent?
– What options do we have to save for our kids’ college expenses?
– How do I know if I’m making a wise investment decision?
– Will I have enough to live on when I get older?

Good Guy of the Week: Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner

Here’s a heartwarming story about Kurt Warner that was published last week in the New York Times by Karen Crouse. Before every away game, Warner and his wife Brenda allow one of their children to pick out a family in a restaurant. Then anonymously, Warner informs the wait staff that he’d like the dinner tab of that family of strangers added to his.

Warner says, “We want our kids to grow up knowing that because of football we are so blessed.” Although the article doesn’t mention it, Warner constantly speaks of his faith, which is no doubt, another part of the reason why he genuinely wants to share his blessings with others.

Why do People Like Palin Biography? For One, It's Short

Here is an article from the Anchorage Daily News about Sarah Palin’s biography, Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned the Political Establishment Upside Down. Read the entire article here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/52851.html

Brett & Deanna Favre Remain Constant

Brett & Deanna Favre have been through trials and triumphs in throughout their lives. Deanna is the author of Don’t Bet Against Me! which released from Tyndale last year. Read more about the Favre’s story here: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/2008/09/20/2008-09-20_through_triumph__tragedy_deanna_and_bret.html

Original Insights into the World of Harry Potter

Last week, a judge ruled in favor of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling in her copyright infringement lawsuit against Steve Vander Ark, a fan and website operator that was going to publish the “Harry Potter Lexicon” based off of the popular book series and his fan site. An article in the Detroit Free Press this week says that even after the judged ruled against him, Vander Ark is still determined to publish a book version of the popular Harry Potter Lexicon website.

As a writer myself, I can sympathize with Rowling. It takes a lot of time—years even–and effort to come up with your own original ideas (especially for a work of fiction) and it’s obvious that Vander Ark is trying to make some money by playing off the Harry Potter craze in this case.

In a statement, Rowling said, “The proposed book took an enormous amount of my work and added virtually no original commentary of its own…Many books have been published which offer original insights into the world of Harry Potter. The Lexicon is just not one of them.” (source: Chicago Tribune)

This month Tyndale published a book by the “Hogwarts Professor” John Granger called How Harry Cast His Spell: The Meaning Behind the Mania for J.K. Rowling’s Bestselling Books. Granger has written several books about Christian themes in Harry Potter and is one of the many books that offers “original insights into the world of Harry Potter.”

In an effort to explain why Harry Potter is so popular, Granger traces spiritual content and symbols throughout the entire series and uses his knowledge of classical literature, philosophy, and Christian tradition to explain why the books meet some of our deepest needs and longings. It’s ironic to think that so many Christians are against the Harry Potter series when Granger argues that it is the Christian themes within the books that draw people to them.