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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Old Fashioned Novelization and Devotional Review and Prize Pack Giveaway!

If you remember just a few weeks ago, I had a review of the movie Old Fashioned.  Now, it's my privilege to bring you this review of the novelization and an accompanying devotional as well as a giveaway prize pack for ALL THREE!!!

The Novelization:

Turning his back on his reckless lifestyle, former frat boy Clay Walsh has settled down to turn an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town....and to purse lofty and outdated theories on love and romance.  But when Amber Hewson, a free-spirited woman with a gypsy soul, rents the apartment above his shop, Clay can't help being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life.  Amber also finds herself surprisingly drawn to Clay, but his ideas about relationships are unusual to say the least, and they bring to light her own deep wounds and fears about love.  They say opposites attract, but can Clay and Amber move beyond their differences and their pasts to attempt an "old fashioned" courtship?
OBM says:  303 pages; Softcover
I enjoyed the book even more than the movie.  It explains a little more what the characters are thinking and feeling, but also, it does away with the distracting flashback scenes and yet still manages to get across the idea that Clay is plagued by his past.  I feel far fewer reservations about allowing my teens to read the book than I do about watching the movie because the imagery from Clay's past isn't presented "in living color" in the book the way a movie has to do it.  I would whole-heartedly recommend the book, and was pleasantly surprised, since it was a novelization of a movie, and not the other way around.

The Devotional:

Contrary to popular opinion, being "old fashioned" doesn't mean you're dull or unromantic.  In fact, a true old fashioned relationship can be more exciting and romantic than anything you've ever experienced!  So what does it mean to do things the old fashioned way?  Sure, it means opening doors, holding out chairs, and taking things slow.  But a true old fashioned romance goes much, much deeper than that.  Inspired by the motion picture Old Fashioned, this book will show you how to reclaim the lost art of romance by introducing you to romantic love as God intended it.  Regardless of your past mistakes, where you've been, what you've done, or where you are now, you can find and create a love that will last a lifetime!  As you work your way through this forty-day journey of inspiring readings and questions for reflection, you'll discover all the unique and amazing benefits of doing things the old fashioned way.  And before you know it, you'll be well on your way to creating a love story for the ages.
OBM says:  222 pages; Softcover
This devotional strikes me as having more appeal and practical use to single people than married couples, and that makes sense since that is the status of the main characters of the movie the devotional is based upon.  But it certainly has great value to the demographic it is geared toward.  This devotional seeks to change your heart in 40 days toward how you view dating and romance and how to define them well in a God honoring way without going to extremes.  It's got great advice that really makes you think,  Each lesson is short, but has a devotional message followed by some type of application- a quiz, journal entry, "Consider This" questions, or "Put it into Practice" exercises.  Any single or unwed couple would be lucky to have this resource.

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Becky Dempsey said...

My kids are too young for romantic relationships at the moment. Not really sure how we'll handle it, but I think doing things in a group with friends is a good way to get to know each other.

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Kayla said...

I am accused of being old fashioned all the time. This makes me seem kind of hip and with it! LOL Would love to win!

Kayla said...

Oh, and we follow sort of a courtship that the kids are allowed/encouraged to be with the opposite sex, but only with family around, not alone time!

Carrie Cannon said...

I go back and forth on the dating issue...but haven't really landed on anything yet...My children aren't allowed to do the "dating" thing in high school because we want to keep them focused on studies and such...but afterwards, there are good arguments pro and con on all sides of the issue and I guess we are just praying and trusting the Lord to bring the right spouse for each of our children.

Sonya Caskey said...

We are more of a courtship type of relationship model. Dating allows for you to put your best foot forward each time you meet, and be on your best behavior! Life is full of bumps, bruises and sunshine moments. We need to know how each of our kids (and their future spouse) handles pressure and those "bumps and bruises."