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Books

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe

First published in 1719; Simon & Brown, 2012

Robinson Crusoe is a fictional autobiography of an adventurer seen first as the son rebelling against his father’s values and lifestyle, then as the repentant castaway, and finally as the man drawn to His Creator. Like so many of us, young Robinson rebels against parental counsel and ventures into the unknown as a deliberate thrill seeker—with disastrous results.

Shipwrecked on a cannibal-infested island, Robinson Crusoe’s is a journey of self-discovery and redemption, of turning from a life of self-destruction to one of purpose and service to others. As Robinson endures nightmarish trials, he discovers meaning in life, realizing what is truly important, and eventually remarking that his world is now one, “Where I wanted nothing but what I had, and had nothing but what I wanted.”

The trials lead to a depth of relationship with God that feeds a sense of gratitude and contentment that Robinson had never known was possible. Ultimately, Robinson Crusoe illustrates that the moment we are at out lowest, and it appears as if our dreams are dead, may be just the time we realize we can stand again and start fresh. —Laura Lisle

 

Movies

Hugo (2011)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writers:  John Logan (screenplay), Brian Selznick (book)
Stars:  Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley

Hugo is an example of bravery and resilience on many levels. The film, full of secret connections, mystery and adventure, is set in a 1930s Paris train station, where young orphan Hugo lives, keeping the clocks running and fixing broken items. Because it’s unlawful for Hugo to reside in the station, he must hide to avoid capture and remains only an observer of the lives around him.

Looking out over the city of Paris, Hugo concludes, “Machines never come with any extra parts….If the world is one big machine…I have to be here for some reason.” Hugo’s search for belonging to “the machine” speaks to the longing within each of us to be known and to fulfill our purpose. That search is a source of resilience—for Hugo as well as for everyone.

As apprentice to Papa Georges, the toy booth owner, Hugo begins to find his place and uniqueness, and as he does so, restores joy to the lives around him. “I am standing before you tonight because of one very brave young man who saw a broken machine, and against all odds, he fixed it,” Georges exclaims in gratitude. Though the film conveys happy endings happen only in movies, Hugo gives us hope that we too, can dream and overcome setbacks in pursuing our own life adventures.      —Laura Lisle

 

Music

It Might Be Hope by Sara Groves

You do your work the best that you can
You put one foot in front of the other
Life comes in waves and makes it’s demands
You hold on as well as your ableYou’ve been here for a long long timeHope has a way of turning it’s face to you
Just when you least expect it
You walk in a room
You look out a window
And something there leaves you breathless
You say to yourself
It’s been a while since I felt this
But it feels like it might be hopeIt’s hard to recall what blew out the flame
It’s been dark since you can remember
You talk it all through to find it a name
As days go on by without number

You’ve been here for a long long time

Hope has a way of turning it’s face to you
Just when you least expect it
You walk in a room
You look out a window
And something there leaves you breathless
You say to yourself
It’s been a while since I felt this
But it feels like it might be hop

 

Overcomer by Mandisa

Staring at a stop sign
Watching people drive by
T Mac on the radio
Got so much on your mind
Nothing’s really going right
Looking for a ray of hope

Whatever it is you may be going through
I know He’s not gonna let it get the best of you

You’re an overcomer
Stay in the fight ‘til the final round
You’re not going under
‘Cause God is holding you right now
You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it’s hopeless
That’s when He reminds You
That you’re an overcomer
You’re an overcomer

Everybody’s been down
Hit the bottom, hit the ground
Oh, you’re not alone
Just take a breath, don’t forget
Hang on to His promises
He wants You to know

The same Man, the Great I am
The one who overcame death
Is living inside of You
So just hold tight, fix your eyes
On the one who holds your life
There’s nothing He can’t do
He’s telling You

. . . Don’t quit, don’t give in . . . You’re an overcomer

 

Stronger by Mandisa

What if We Were Real CD, Sparrow, 2011, mandisaofficial.com

(Written by David Gracia, Christopher Stevens, Ben Glover)

“When I look back…and reflect on the difficult things I’ve gone through, I realize I’ve grown the most not from when things were great, but from when they were hard,” Mandisa, the season five American Idol finalist explains. ‘Stronger’ is encouragement for anybody who is going through a similar time. As long as you’re still here and still walking through, you’ll be stronger in the end.”

Hey, heard you were up all night

Thinking about how your world ain’t right

And you wonder if things will ever get better

And you’re asking why is it always raining on you

When all you want is just a little good news

Instead of standing there stuck out in the weather

 

Oh, don’t hang your head

It’s gonna end

God’s right there

Even if it’s hard to see Him

I promise you that He still cares

 

[Chorus:]

When the waves are taking you under

Hold on just a little bit longer

He knows that this is gonna make you stronger, stronger

The pain ain’t gonna last forever

And things can only get better

Believe me

This is gonna make you stronger

Gonna make you stronger, stronger, stronger

Believe me, this is gonna make you Stronger….

 

Brave by Nichole Nordeman  

Brave CD, Sparrow, 2005, nicholenordeman.com

(Nichole Nordeman, Jay Joyce)

The gate is wide

The road is paved in moderation

The crowd is kind and quick to pull you in

Welcome to the middle ground

You’re safe and sound and

Until now it’s where I’ve been

 

‘Cause it’s been fear that ties me down to everything

But it’s been love, Your love, that cuts the strings

 

So long status quo

I think I just let go

You make me want to be brave

The way it always was

Is no longer good enough

You make me want to be brave

Brave, brave….

 

No More Chains by Nichole Nordeman  

 Brave CD, Sparrow, 2005, nicholenordeman.com

 

How did I get locked up inside?

What’s this that renders me paralyzed?

I lost myself in small pieces

It happened over time

 

I traded love for a heavy chain

Another link every other day

I pulled it up and down a mountain

It made me want to say…

 

No more chains

No more chains

Big and small, watch them fall away

No more chains

Big and small, watch them fall away

 

I wonder now if the choice was mine

The door was open, I walked inside

Nobody had my arm twisted

Nobody made me stay

 

The face of freedom can show up small

A tiny crack in a prison wall

A song that rises up from silence

A voice that wants to say…

 

I should let you give me wings

I should let you set me free

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