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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hillsong United coming to Grand Rapids


Don't Miss Hillsong UNITED coming to Grand Rapids 
August 15, 2011 at the Van Andel Arena. 
If you want more information: visit the Van Andel Arena website 
vanandel.arenacenter.org or call 1-866-614-4183 

What began as a bunch of teenagers playing music as a local church youth band, now Hillsong UNITED travels around the world playing to tens of thousands of different nations, cultures and challenges. As UNITED crisscross the globe they are confronted and ultimately overwhelmed by the stories of remarkable individuals facing injustice and the uncomfortable paradox of being united in worship yet divided in circumstance. If their entire focus is directed only to what happens on stage, then maybe they have missed the point altogether. Filmed over a period of 2 years, We're All In This Together follows the worship band, Hillsong UNITED, as they travel across 6 continents 42 nations and 93 cities in a cross-cultural journey of music, animation, interviews and live action documentary as they realize every story of hope, love, loss and sacrifice ultimately points to the one story. We're All In This Together includes the full 2 hour film documentary, 5 Hillsong UNITED music videos, plus a bonus CD of 10 Hillsong UNITED songs. 
        I have found this film heart moving and very relevant to what our world is going through today. While the film is geared toward teens and young adults, like their music, the message has a wider range of relevance and appeal. I have done some traveling to different parts of the world like Canada, Mexico, Ukraine, Romania, and Japan; but some of my travels have also been closer to home like from the large inter-cities to the small rural hamlets of our continent. There are many opportunities for the youth today to travel outside their comfortable bubbles and experience a different way and persecutive in living life. However, there are always those who don't or can't go for a number of reasons. This music and this DVD gives an opportunity to connect with people who are different and maybe far away geographically. Yet we can realize that there are similarities that connects us all like one large global family, and the sense that we are all in this together. 

The I Heart Revolution: "We're all in this together" AUS/NZ/SA Premiere from Hillsong United on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

July 26, 2011 - New Releases

Today's new releases include I'm All In by Robert Pierre, God is Able by Hillsong, The Best of Ricky Dillard and New Creation, and more check them all out below!

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Soul Surfer - Awesome Pre-buy

Soul Surfer releases on DVD and BlueRay combo pack the AUGUST 2, 2011!
Don't miss the Soul Surfer Movie Night @ Baker Book House AUGUST 5 at 7pm!


Not only is our store offering it at an amazing price of $20.97 (retail $30.99)
But our store is also offering a $15.00 Value Card to our store
Now for those of us who have a little trouble with math, this means that the movie Soul Surfer becomes only $5.97!
HOW GREAT IS THIS DEAL!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Some Exciting News To Look Forward To In August

We are little over a week left until August, and since there are so many exciting things happening, here is a preview to coming events...

August 2 - The HIT inspiring movie, SOUL SURFER, finally comes out on DVD
August 5 @ 7pm - Baker Book House is hosting a movie night and showing SOUL SURFER. This is going to                      
                              be an awesome FREE event with popcorn!
August 10 - Marks the beginning of UNITY MUSIC FESTIVAL and is also the FREE DAY
August 11-13 - UNITY MUSIC FESTIVAL in Muskegon, Mi also Baker Book House will be there!
August 15 - Hillsong United is playing at Van Andel Arena
August 16 - Grace Card releases on DVD
And much more, so check the What's Happening on the right side to see!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

10000 Reasons - Matt Redman - A Review

Matt Redman is passionate as he leads the listener in a worship experience. The album begins right away with energy. "We are Free" is a song that invites the listener not to remain still with foot tapping beats and awesome melodies. His talent of singing and song writing is displayed as he successfully joins the concept of contemporary and classic worship music. The song "Holy" is an excellent example of this with a classical piano piece dominate throughout the song, and then the contemporary drums, sweet bass guitar, and electric guitars for a full chorus sound. The title song "10000 Reasons" with the swell and ebb of musical melody is a simple song yet profound in its Biblical lyrics.

Redman and friends create songs can be both emotionally based, like a praise chorus and theologically or intellectually based like a hymn. Evidence that proves this is answered by the single question, in what type or denomination do we find people singing his songs? The answer is all, traditional and contemporary; Baptist and Pentecostal; small and large. In my opinion, God has given him an amazing talent to lead others in worship. Also I believe that this is one of his best albums that he has ever made. It has a quality to it that I can't find the words to describe, but maybe because it interacts with the listener so much that description becomes more relative then definitive. 
This album is for any fans of Hillsong, Chris Tomlin, and Jesus Culture.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

July 19, 2011 - New Releases

Today's new releases include Richard Smallwood's Promise, the reunited Burlap to Cashmere's Burlap to Cashmere, and more!
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Matthew West's "More" wakes up the crew of Atlantis

The STS-135 Flight Day 5 wakeup call was "More" by Matthew West played for Mission Specialist Rex Walheim. This is so amazing to have such a glorifying song to our Creator. Just think, this song played on Earth and outside of our atmosphere. So Cool!

July 12, 2011 - New Releases

Here are new releases from Fernando Ortega, Ambassador, new comer Dara Maclean, and more check out below!
*To note the Kierra Sheard release has been postponed for a later release date.
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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Taking Chance Review

Dear Readers,

I am not sure you will ever see a review like this on this site again. Of course I can't say for sure because one never knows, but right now there isn't another like it. At least on this blog.

Taking Chance is actually a DVD not a book. I know, shocking, I actually do other things besides read. :-D It isn't one I expected to like, but it is one I recommend all the time here at the store and one day I thought I should write a review of it.

Our brave young men and woman have for hundreds of years have been willing to sacrifice themselves for our freedom. In recent years this has become something that is constantly on the news. Whether because a local person was killed or because there are people out there that believe they can capitalize from someone else's sadness, the news has made sure we always know what is going on. I hate to admit it, maybe am even ashamed to admit it, but in some ways it makes me not appreciate it as much as I should. This movie changed that.

Chance is a young PFC (private first class) fighting in Iraq when he is killed in a fire fight. Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl, played by Kevin Bacon, hears about it and volunteers to escort Chance home. This is the story of that trip home. It is the story of how Chance's story affects Michael, but also how the different people he meets along the way show respect and gratitude towards a fallen hero.

This movie is a wonderful look at the heart of America and the people who live there. It is a moving story of one man's rediscovery of why he loves his country.

There are no big secrets in this movie so I am not worried about giving anything away by talking about this scene. There is a scene filmed at one of the airports on the way home. Chance's body is being off loaded from the plane. Michael is standing by getting ready to salute and the men and women working in that area of the airport realize what is going on and stop what they are doing to stand quietly by the airplane while the body is being moved. They don't say anything they just stand there very respectfully watching. It was an very very amazing scene. There are several others like it in the film, but I don't want to mention them all as I want you to be able get the full impact of the movie.

I will admit I didn't think that a movie could move me everytime I watch it, and I have seen this one here at the store several times now, and every time I almost come to tears at certain parts. In fact there is one scene I still refuse to watch because I would be sitting in the middle of the store crying and I don't really want to do that.

Yes I did time this review to release on 4th of July weekend. It would be the perfect time to watch this movie, of course anytime would be a great time to watch this movie. If you are not proud of your country once you get done watching it, then maybe you should watch it again.

Happy (watching)

Chris