Olaf the Glorious – Robert Leighton

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Olaf the Glorious

A Story of the Viking Age

Robert Leighton

Genre: Action & Adventure

Publish Date: April 21, 2020

Publisher: Open Road Media

Seller: OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC

The epic life saga of the tenth-century king of Norway from the British author of The Thirsty Sword and other historical adventures.   Norse history comes alive in this story of a Viking who became a king. Though he had a humble start in life—orphaned as a child and sold into slavery—Olaf became known for bringing the Roman Catholic religion to the early Norwegians.   Olaf’s heroic life—from his time in King Valdemar’s court to his Viking exploits and battles to his ascension to the throne of his native land—has been heralded in Icelandic sagas. These provided the inspiration for nineteenth-century author Robert Leighton’s historical novel of Middle Age valor and glory.

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Glorious Revival – Champion Forest Baptist Church

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Glorious Revival

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Champion Forest Baptist Church

Genre: Music

Publish Date: September 18, 2018

Publisher: Prism Music

Seller: Prism Music, Inc.

Part of the Prism Music Fall 2018 worship music series.

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Glorious Revival – Champion Forest Baptist Church

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Glorious Revival

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Champion Forest Baptist Church

Genre: Music

Publish Date: September 18, 2018

Publisher: Prism Music

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The silver-medal toss? Come on … it was glorious

If you thought the toss of a medal into the crowd was bad form or poor sportsmanship or something worse, you need to relax. A kid tossing aside a participation award? That’s actually a sign of progress.
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The Glorious Sound of Christmas – The Philadelphia Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey & Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia

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The Glorious Sound of Christmas

The Philadelphia Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey & Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia

Genre: Classical

Price: $ 11.99

Release Date: November 3, 2017

© ℗ 2017 The Philadelphia Orchestra Association

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All My Friends, We’re Glorious: Death of a Bachelor Tour Live – Panic! At the Disco

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All My Friends, We’re Glorious: Death of a Bachelor Tour Live

Panic! At the Disco

Genre: Alternative

Price: $ 13.99

Release Date: December 15, 2017

© ℗ 2017 Fueled By Ramen, LLC for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. A Warner Music Group Company.

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The Balmain x H&M Lookbook Is Finally Here, And It’s Glorious

If you’re anything like us, you’ve been waiting with bated breath for the Balmain x H&M lookbook, ever since the European retailer announced the collaboration back in May. For months we’ve been teased with campaign images and leaked product shots. But now, the time has finally come and we can ogle the goods. 

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Theater: Glorious “Spring,” Sugar “Daddy,” Stingy Stein

SPRING AWAKENING (2015) ***1/2 out of ****
DADDY LONG LEGS ** out of ****
REREAD ANOTHER ** out of ****

SPRING AWAKENING (2015) ***1/2 out of ****

When Deaf Theatre West came to Broadway in 2003 with its acclaimed revival of Big River, I was bummed not to get a chance to see it. Like many, I was intrigued. A deaf theater company. Doing a musical? What did that even mean, I and perhaps the clueless like me in the hearing community wondered. It sounded fascinating, to say the least. An interesting experiment. I was sorry to miss it.

Now having seen their revival of Spring Awakening on Broadway, I know exactly what I missed back in 2003: great theater. Like an all-male As You Like It or an all-female Julius Caesar, like an all-Asian Death Of A Salesman or any other such approach to the canon, these unified takes on casting or performing can offer insights both large and small, inspire staging and reveal meaning quite unexpected and refreshing. Done as a stunt, none of these approaches mean a thing. Done with purpose and artistry and a desire to find connections and inspire performances, they are revitalizing.

That’s the case here, with the doubling up of key characters underlining their isolation and inability to communicate, with signing becoming as intimate and moving as a whisper, with silence the most powerful moment in a musical filled with great numbers.

Spring Awakening left Broadway just six years ago. And its original cast — Jonathan Groff, John Gallagher Jr. and Lea Michele — left huge shoes to fill. But it’s a delight to see the story has lost none of its impact, the score and songs none of their dusky, moody impact.

Teenagers in the late 1800s of Germany feel unduly repressed. Like teenagers everywhere, they question everything and want to know everything…now! Melchior (a handsome Austin P. McKenzie) is a budding thinker who refuses to attend church and tries to console his sex-obsessed friend Moritz (a convincingly troubled Daniel N. Durant) with the facts of life. Wendla (a fresh-faced and appealing Sandra Mae Frank) simply wants to know where babies come from, something her mother (Camryn Manheim) is incapable of explaining. Hanschen (Andy Mientus, so good in the original cast of the new Les Miz) just wants to sleep with anything that moves. The school they attend –mirroring the times — insists all deaf students learn to speak instead of sign and punishes those who won’t or simply don’t gain fluency as failures. Hearing a teacher mock a student’s attempts to verbalize Latin is haunting. Their parents are dour and disapproving and demanding, when not downright abusive. It won’t end well.

Spring Awakening is a signal moment in musical theater. This is the show that made rock n roll truly belong on Broadway — not as a jukebox musical or as nostalgia or for specific shows drawn from rock albums but as a specific voice and style that earned a permanent place on the stage alongside country and folk and blues and Tin Pan Alley. It’s never left since. Spring Awakening returns just as the show’s creatives return: Steven Sater has School Of Rock later this year and Duncan Sheik has American Psycho in the spring. It should give them courage to see how vibrant and moving their breakthrough remains.

Director Michael Arden honors the original while putting his own touches on it in ways large and small, from the intertwined bodies of students that form a tree to the coup de théâtre at the end which makes use of the show’s gunmetal grey look throughout for a final breathtaking glimpse of a brighter future during the closer “”The Song Of Purple Summer.” He proves himself a director of the first order. The work of choreographer Spencer Liff and the rest of the technical team is similarly inspired.

The signing throughout is just lovely and poetic, often spreading from the person speaking to the cast as a whole, becoming as important visually as the movement or the set or the lighting.

The cast as a whole is sexy and talented, from the moment they come onstage in their underwear to dress in front of us before the beginning right to the finale where they strip back down again, emphasizing the innocent beauty of youth that has nothing to be ashamed of, whatever parents or society might say. (No wonder teenagers love this show.)

Artistically, the production is unified and strong from start to finish. Its weakness mainly comes in some vocals, normally a fatal flaw in a musical but not here. McKenzie is an appealing lead and a deeply sympathetic presence throughout. I worried he didn’t have the power to put across the climactic “Totally Fucked” but in fact McKenzie came through in stellar fashion. While Durant has the turmoil of Moritz down pat, Alex Boniello couldn’t match him as the Voice Of Moritz (and fell way short of Tony winner John Gallagher Jr. who blew the roof off with these same songs). Similarly, Kathryn Gallagher’s bluesy mama take on the Voice Of Martha failed to impress, though in this case it felt of a piece with the unsatisfying work of Treshelle Edmond. (To be fair, the role is brief and not terribly interesting, though somehow Lilli Cooper made something of it in the original.) The great Marlee Matlin simply has little to work with in several one-note adult roles.

Patrick Page and Manheim were able to make more of their various roles, thanks to the many opportunities they had to give voice to others as well. And how did this work, with one actor performing a character and another actor sometimes giving them voice in line reading or song? In general, one simply watched the performer who embodied the character, while the voice or the singing did its work. Sometimes lines appeared on screens or chalkboards, sometimes they were spoken and signed, sometimes just signed but always the visual impact was clear and the doubling or tripling of a line was clarifying and powerful, never confusing.

Both Mae Frank as Wendla and Katie Boeck worked in synergy to create an angelic, sweet but troubled Wendla, the girl who felt herself confusedly aroused by the idea of punishment. The devilishly sexy Mientus and the innocent (?) Joshua Castille had great fun in the seduction scene “The Word Of Your Body.” And the winning McKenzie (an excellent actor) made you believe Melchior would rise above this brutal start to demand a better world.

And all of this discussion of individual performances underplays the overall impact of a show that is truly conceived and performed as a unified whole, with the cast moving in concert and reinforcing dramatic scenes in powerful ways. Arden and the design team work together seamlessly, building the story element by element, overpowering the melodrama inherent in the original play with sophisticated verve, creating a second act that builds on the first right up to a finale that really is a triumph. It was like seeing Spring Awakening for the first time. Or should I say, like hearing it in a new way.

DADDY LONG LEGS ** out of ****

Few remember Jean Webster’s epistolary novel Daddy Long Legs. It features a spunky, winning orphan a la Anne Of Green Gables and so many other tales, but somehow hasn’t retained its hold on readers. A pity, since the book is a charmer. Still, it’s endured long enough to be made into a film at least four times (including Mary Pickford, Janet Gaynor, Leslie Caron and even Shirley Temple as our heroine) and presumably adapted for the stage just as often.

Those coming to this two-hander musical fresh will find it innocuously pleasant if somehow unsatisfying when all is said and done. Those who have read the book will be more confused, wondering how the essentially bright and witty tale became so quiet and rather mournful. That shouldn’t dim the pleasure of two solid performers doing their best, namely Megan McGinnis as the orphan Jerusha and Paul Alexander Nolan as her benefactor and eventual love Jervis.

In the show, Jerusha is”The Oldest Orphan In The John Grier Home,” as McGinnis charmingly sings in the opening number. She’s 18 and quite clever, industriously helping at the dour but competent orphanage where she must depend on charity for housing or brave the cold streets alone. What more can she hope for? Quite a bit, since Jerusha now has great expectations: one of the home’s patrons has decided to send her to college. Jerusha will go to school and have everything she needs paid for (including a king’s ransom of $ 35 a month allowance — in 1909, mind you — so she can “fit in”). In return, she will never know her patron’s name but must write to him as “John Smith” once a month with a report on her progress.

Soon Jerusha is off at school, making friends and delighting in the opportunity to learn (and buy pretty dresses; she’s not a saint, after all). She assumes her patron is quite old and grey-haired (if he’s not bald, that is) and has the idea he is very tall. So she dubs him “Daddy Long Legs” and writes him far more than once a month. In fact, her patron is the youngish and handsome Jervis Pendleton, the eccentric uncle of one of her schoolmates. Despite his better judgment, Jervis is charmed by her letters. Soon he is re-reading the books Jerusha is reading, visiting her with the pretext of checking on his niece and of course falling hopelessly in love. Jerusha quite likes this Jervis, though he is far from the only young man paying her attention. Yet her sad background worries her.

Could any man of standing approve of an orphan? And Jervis worries, will Jerusha forgive his deception? Can he get her to love him as Jervis before discovering Jervis is her patron and then perhaps, horribly, feeling obliged to marry him? Well, really, have you never read Anne Of Green Gables or Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm and the like? The pleasure is in getting to know the characters, after all, not the suspense of their presumably happy fates.

Daddy Long Legs has been turned into a movie at least four times, including the godawful musical version starring Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron. That’s a little surprising since it’s an epistolary novel and almost all the letters are written by Jerusha to her unknown patron. It is, essentially, a monologue. The charm comes in falling in love with this intelligent young woman and slowly imagining her patron is falling in love with her as well. The modest suspense comes in wondering if the handsome young Jervis and her benefactor are one and the same.

This show lacks that suspense of course: we know Jervis is her patron from the start. So here the suspense must come in getting to know him as well, along with his dilemma about when to reveal this double identity. Notably, the songs for Jerusha often pull from lines in the book and feel more specific and alive. The songs for Jervis must be created from whole cloth; time and again the music and lyrics of Paul Gordon fall short. Whether because of clunky lines or confused references to the Camelot tale of the Lady In the Lake or a never fleshed-out backstory of a broken heart, the songs and story of Jervis remain unsatisfying.

The problems reach their peak with his big number “Charity.” Suddenly Jervis is denouncing charity as corrosive, as building up a wall between the giver and the receiver, a wall that can never be scaled. Huh? This is bizarre on many levels. The story celebrates charity and in the case of Jervis, the noble act of charity has done exactly the opposite of what he claims: without expecting anything in return, Jervis has found his wall scaled and his heart opened by another. So what exactly is he complaining about? (The book by John Caird with its hints as to why Jervis is closed-off to feeling is surely at fault here too. We simply don’t know why this man is such an emotional recluse, despite a vague reference to him being dumped for a duke many years ago.)

The songs for Jerusha are better, especially when peppy. But the arrangements and chamber feel of the show emphasize the romantic and even mournful undertones of the work. Since we don’t know where Jervis has begun, it’s hard to follow him on his journey to love. When they finally meet, Jerusha’s anger and then abrupt declaration of love feels both obvious and undramatic. We know her well, but after two hours we still don’t know him. John Caird has provided a showcase for two actors, not a satisfying work.

And that takes care of the show they made. What remains are many confused questions about why they made this show out of this book. First and foremost, there is the overall tone. The novel is a delight to read. Webster’s heroine is funny and smart and self-aware. But you certainly wouldn’t know that watching this. Humor is modestly present but more often the tone is dramatic and serious rather than exciting and fun. Jerusha is a firecracker and that’s clear from the start of the novel. Instead of “John Smith” as requested, she calls her patron “Daddy Long Legs.” She plays with the form of a letter to reflect her many studies. (Something the show attempts poorly.) The focus is always on learning and how Jerusha discovers a world of possibilities. The real adventure is knowledge, education, trying and succeeding at becoming a writer and discovering oneself. It is not about falling in love and being rescued by a man.

In the novel, when she talks about seeing Hamlet performed for the first time, Jerusha drolly says this Shakespeare fellow really is good, despite her having assumed he was coasting on reputation all this time. It captures both her genuine excitement at seeing a great play for the first time, her self-aware lack of experience (she’s seen precious little if any live theater) but without downplaying her innate intelligence, never more exemplified than by her awareness of how much she has yet to learn. This understanding of her meaning is perfectly in sync with the cheeky, witty tone she sets at the start of the book. But in the show, the lines are split up between Jerusha and Jervis and played straight; we’re allowed some condescending pleasure at her naive appreciation of the Bard, a la Educating Rita.

It typifies the show’s confused attitude towards Jerusha. Yes, the novel will end with a conventional happy ending of marriage. But Jerusha is hardly conventional: she touts education for women, argues for getting the vote and expresses a rather shocking disregard for organized religion if not downright atheistic thoughts (in 1909!). So why when she displays her first new dress do we see a sparkly virginal white one that looks for all the world like a wedding gown, as if her only dream was to be a bride? Being a bride is quite the last thing on her mind. She wants to be a writer and a reformer and a citizen, thank you very much. The novel describes Jerusha first buying SIX new dresses — she describes them all and none of them are white. Yes, white is an appropriate color for a woman her age when stepping out, but seeing it sends entirely the wrong signal.

Similarly, the production design sets all the action in Jervis’s world since we’re nominally in the library where he reads her letters. Fine enough and it’s a warm inviting room for any booklover. When Jerusha heads to a farm towards the end of act one, the windows are opened wide and the light streams in to indicate clear country air. Good. But in the second act, those windows are left open throughout. I kept thinking, are we back in the country?

The one unquestionably dated element of the book is that Jerusha often calls her benefactor “Daddy.” It’s forgivable since she imagines he is in his eighties and never had a father of her own. But since we have modern ears and sense her benefactor and her true love will be one and the same quite soon, it’s creepy to readers of today. She also has many other nicknames for him so this dated wording is easily fixed for the show. And yet, bizarrely, they remain adamantly faithful to the book and have Jerusha call him Daddy quite often. (Yes, “Daddy” is easier to fit into songs but that’s no excuse.)

And finally, in a perverse reversal, they ignore the book — and indeed every other adaptation of the novel I’m aware of — and call our heroine “Jerusha” from start to finish. Now Jerusha is a horrible name and it was randomly chosen for her at the orphanage, just one sign of many that reform is needed. As soon as she gets the chance, Jerusha dubs herself “Judy.” Wouldn’t you, given a name like Jerusha? Even in 1909? She announces this name change in the third or fourth letter of the book. It echoes what every reader has been thinking and proves early on that Judy nee Jerusha is an independent, confident, spunky sort thoroughly deserving our admiration. And of course “Judy” works much better in lyrics. Instead we have Jervis singing about “Jerusha” and how much he loves “Jerusha” and adores “Jerusha” and we think, couldn’t you give her a nickname please? Jerusha may be the least romantic name around and since Jerusha herself changes it to Judy and every other adaptation has eagerly done the same, it remains unfathomable as to why this show doesn’t. “Daddy” is a little icky but “Jerusha” is downright unforgivable. Certainly Jerusha would never approve.

REREAD ANOTHER ** out of ****

Having recently seen the Gertrude Stein children’s book The World Is Round turned into a captivating evening of theater, I was intrigued by Target Margin tackling her rarely performed 1921 puzzler Reread Another A Play To Be Played Indoors or Out I Wish To Be A School. A stage filled with detritus from a party long over is the setting. The game cast composed of Clare Barron, Purva Bedi, Ugo Chuckwu (and honorary cast member and sound man Jesse Freedman) give their energetic all, led by director David Herskovits. It’s not enough.

If the title alone makes you wary, stay away. If you’re willing to give a talented cast your focused attention, you will be rewarded with some potent imagery, some poignant moments where leaves are falling and music is playing and emotion is conjured out of thin air.

But you soon realize the text is stuff and nonsense. Without some structure imposed on it by the director, without discovering some internal rhythm that makes it sing, it remains a disconnected series of bits. Snatches of dialogue, ideas proffered up then batted away, word play that soon becomes work — it’s all here, unfortunately, and nothing more. Still, one respects the attempt, the dedication to following wherever the author leads, especially when it’s clear that — as a dramatic work — the author has led you astray.


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Josephine And I ***
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Lonesome Traveler **
On The Twentieth Century ***
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The Heidi Chronicles *
The Tallest Tree In The Forest * 1/2
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Wolf Hall Parts I and II ** 1/2
Skylight ***
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Ludic Proxy ** 1/2
It Shoulda Been You **
Finding Neverland ** 1/2
Hamlet w Peter Sarsgaard at CSC no stars
The King And I ***
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Gigi * 1/2
An American In Paris ** 1/2
Doctor Zhivago no stars
Fun Home **
Living On Love * 1/2
Early Shaker Spirituals: A Record Album Interpretation ***
Airline Highway * 1/2
The Two Gentlemen Of Verona (Fiasco Theatre) ***
The Visit (w Chita Rivera) ** 1/2
The Sound And The Fury (ERS) **
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The Spoils * 1/2
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An Act Of God **
The National High School Musical Theatre Awards ***
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Beyonce And Ed Sheeran Finally Sang ‘Drunk In Love’ Together And It Was Glorious

Beyonce and Ed Sheeran did an acoustic version of “Drunk In Love” at Global Citizen Festival on Saturday night in New York City.

Nicki Minaj Opens the VMAs in Glorious Carnival Queen Style

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Though Trinidad carnival has been over for months now, the country’s primer raptress, Nicki Minaj, was still playing mas, taking to the MTV VMA stage in a festoon of feathers that was part Carnival Queen, part Josephine Baker banana skirt, and part Coming to America African dance.

Wearing fluffy boots to stalk and a sky-scraping Vegas-style headdress during her performance of “Trini Dem Girls,” Minaj’s vibrant blood red costume was a flurry of strategically placed feathers and sequins. Perhaps she was still seething over the incendiary comments Miley Cyrus made in a recent interview—which the ever-confrontational rapper publicly addressed moments after accepting her award for Best Rap Video. Whatever the case, being red with rage never looked better.


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Taylor Swift Sings ‘Smelly Cat’ With Lisa Kudrow And It’s Glorious

Taylor Swift has brought some unexpected guests on stage during the course of her “1989” tour, but bringing former “Friends” star Lisa Kudrow up to sing “Smelly Cat,” well, that’s just genius.

For her fifth show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Swift and Kudrow sang a simple, but beloved song of a smelly cat, and it was glorious:

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For her final LA show, Swift didn’t skimp on the special guests. In addition to Kudrow, the pop star also brought out her BFF Selena Gomez to sing “Good For You,” and Justin Timberlake to sing “Mirrors.”

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After Man’s Miserable Vacation Pics Went Viral, He Got A Glorious, Glorious Redo

In March, Kevin Blandford’s employer gave him a free luxury vacation to Puerto Rico. The catch? He couldn’t take his baby for liability reasons, and his wife didn’t want to leave their child.

Blandford took a friend on the trip instead, and documented his sad solitude in an Imgur series called “Not a single second of fun in Puerto Rico” . The gallery went viral with 2.5 million views.

Last week, the Puerto Rico Tourism Agency flew him and his family back to the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa to redo and re-photograph the trip. Blandford brought the same clothes as last time to match the images.

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“It was amazing,” Blandford tells The Huffington Post. “My wife had a lot of fun. It was really great.”

It was the couple’s first vacation with their baby, and Blandford recalls “she hated the water when we got off the catamaran into the deep ocean […] But, when we got her into the pool she was splashing and very happy. That was probably my favorite part.”

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Check out the gallery of their trip below.

Won another trip to Puerto Rico, but this time with my wife. Had many seconds of fun.

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Someone Built His Rabbit An Iron Throne Made Of Carrots, And It’s Glorious

Will Wallace the Mad King be a fair and just ruler? Or will he hop jarringly from one decree to the other? How will he ensure hay quotas are met?

These are the questions Wallace the rabbit’s owner should have asked before handing over the keys to the seven kingdoms.

Alas, the mad king now sits atop the Iron Carrot Throne, holding tight to power. We think “Game of Thrones” author George RR Martin would be proud.

King Geoffrey is dead.

All hail Wallace the Mad King!

A note for the new king, who should keep an eye on his waistline: per the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, carrots are high in sugar and should only be fed to rabbits in small amounts as an occasional treat.

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Hillsong Live: Glorious Ruins – Hillsong Worship

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Hillsong Live: Glorious Ruins

Hillsong Worship

Genre: Concert Films

Price: $ 12.99

Release Date: January 1, 2013

"Let the ruins come to life In the beauty of Your Name Rising up from the ashes God forever You reign" ? This chorus of the title track, Glorious Ruins, was an underlying theme through the life of Hillsong Church in the lead up to the Hillsong Live praise & worship album recording, Glorious Ruins. It's a vivid image, which captures the imagination and stirs the soul. Brian Houston, Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church explains, "Ruins can speak of crushing defeat or perhaps of something abandoned, but the good news today is that the ruins come to life. Through Jesus Christ what we look at is ruins that become glorious…" Whether it's in your time of personal devotion or in your church, we pray that the lyrics contained in this album stir your faith & love in Jesus Christ.

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‘Best Case Scenario’ Photo Series Captures The Imperfect But Glorious Mess That Is Parenting

Lifestyle photographer Danielle Guenther has spent over two years taking pictures of families and children in their own homes. After one particular session “spiraled out of control,” she started making a point to capture the candid moments of chaos that all parents experience, she told The Huffington Post.

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“Parenthood is messy, but wow, the unflattering side can still be so beautiful,” Guenther said. After publishing a few of these messier images of parenting to her website and Facebook page, the photographer started receiving requests from other moms and dads, who wanted their own “real” family pictures taken.

Thus, her “Best Case Scenario” photo series was born. “So many parents love supporting the realism behind parenting and finding a comedy in it all,” Guenther said. “Parents really do have the best sense of humor behind closed doors!” The photographer meets with families to learn their stories and see the situations that arise in their everyday lives, from siblings fighting to kitchen disasters.

For Guenther, these less-than-picture-perfect moments reflect her own experience as mom to a 5-year-old boy. “We’re all in the same boat,” she said. “Somedays it’s hard, somedays it’s easy.”

Ultimately, the photographer and mom hopes that her photos will remind other parents to “embrace the chaos,” she said. “Because some day you’ll look into to your son or daughters eyes and see them at 4-years-old…10….18…and want one small moment back.”

Below are a few photos from Guenther’s “Best Case Scenario” series.

H/T Popsugar Moms

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