Wednesday, September 4, 2013

250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families Book Review

Let's watch a movie! But wait, what should we watch? That one's too scary, that one's too violent, that one has tons of swearing, there are naked people in that one. Hmmm, Looney Tunes anyone?

Sound familiar? My husband and I are very selective of the movies our kids watch. We have four little ones who have incredible imaginations and we want to be very careful what we feed their brains. If our stance wasn't enough, our kids have voiced their own opinions about anything remotely scary so it makes the choosing a little bit easier AND a little bit harder.

The solution: 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families by Jonathan Decker.
 This book is an intensive guide to movies that your family can watch and Decker gives you all the details you need to know to make your decision with confidence. I love the insight he gives and the clear-cut grading system that involves several factors. We're excited to have a family movie night!

Here's more information about this great new resource:
“The theatre, the theatre, what’s happened to the theatre?” This is what many LDS parents are also asking. Finding films is not hard with the unlimited resources available for entertainment, including Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and Amazon instant video. But finding movies that are entertaining, well-made, andwholesome is a challenge.
Jonathan Decker, host of the KJZZ Movie Show and certified marriage and family therapist, offers this review guide—complete with easy-to-navigate indexes—on movies that range from Bing Cosby’s Going My Way (1944) to the more modern Avengers (2012). Each film receives a discussion of artistic value, a general content review, and suggestions for gospel parallels. This guide has something for everyone and is an essential tool when planning movie nights, dates, family home evenings, and other gatherings.
Meet the Author:
Jonathan Decker is a licensed marriage and family therapist moonlighting as a film critic, providing Hollywood movie reviews from a Latter-day Saint perspective at He also writes regularly for Meridian MagazineModern Mormon Men, and Mommy Bear Media, and has published articles in St. George Magazine, Desert Saints Magazine, and Southern Bride Magazine. Jonathan earned a master’s degree from Auburn University, where his thesis was picked up for international publication. He has a background in entertainment, winning a campus-wide talent show at Brigham Young University for his act, “One-Man Lord of the Rings,” and spending two years as a writer and performer with the popular BYU humor group Divine Comedy. Jonathan lives with his wife and children in St. George, Utah.

I received a review copy of this book. My opinions are always honest and my own.


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