Personal Development

Caring for Her Husband’s Love Child.  Would you volunteer to care for your spouse’s love child?  Debbie Fuller faced that decision.  Her choices – and how she made them – may inspire you and your family.  (Short op-ed)

Giving can improve your health; science says so.  Want happiness and fulfillment in life?  Then practice giving, advises an influential medical professor.  Insights from Dr. Stephen Post’s book, Why Good Things Happen to Good People.  (Short op-ed)  Spanish  French

 Giving Can be Good for You: Science Says So.  Want happiness and fulfillment in life?  Then practice giving, advises an influential medical professor.  Insights from Dr. Stephen Post’s book, Why Good Things Happen to Good People.  (Probe radio series transcript)

Does God’s Love Make You Want to Give?  Some current social scientific research suggests it might.  Intriguing survey results, and an inspiring story of Auntie Anne, the pretzel lady.  (Short op-ed)

When Life Careens: Love Child Locates Bio-Dad.  A former girlfriend phoned, saying, “You have a 27-year-old daughter…She’d like to know if it’s okay to contact you.”  Gary’s life was about to take a wild turn through painful introspection and sweet reconciliation.  In the process, he discovered that he needed his long-lost daughter as much as she needed him.  (Short op-ed by Rusty Wright and Meg Korpi)

Courageous Movie Portrays a Different Kind of Courage. Courageous is a fast-paced police drama with heart-pounding action and a spine-tingling surprise in the first three minutes. Good-natured banter and comic mishaps had us laughing, but the movie quickly reveals an introspective side that portends a human drama that challenges norms and will get you thinking.  (Short op-ed by Meg Korpi and Rusty Wright)

Mighty Macs Movie – Teamwork Works.  The basketball team at tiny Immaculata College – a “pint-sized papal institution” – became an example “for every team that thought they never had a chance” as they played for the national title.  Their story could get you cheering, too.  Rocky meets Sister Act meets Hoosiers.  (Short op-ed)

New Comedy Brings Hope for Frazzled Moms.  Hang in there, frazzled moms.  Hope is coming!  Moms’ Night Out, a new movie comedy about the challenges of parenting, recently wrapped shooting and is headed for release in 2014.  (Short op-ed)

Moms’ Night Out movie: Laughs, plus hope for frazzled moms.  Want laughs, plus a way to tell a mother she’s loved?  Take her to see Moms’ Night Out, opening Mother’s Day weekend.  On the set, actors and producers promised the comedy would be a hoot.  They’ve delivered, with loads of family fun.  I laughed out loud.  (Short op-ed)

New Football Movie: Character trumps winning.  Could a football coach who teaches that character trumps winning … win games consistently?  It’s happened – and quite dramatically – inspiring the film When the Game Stands Tall.  Jim Caviezel plays Coach Bob Ladouceur, who led an obscure, struggling California high school team to record-shattering national prominence by helping his players mature toward adulthood.  (Short op-ed)

Beyond the Mask movie: Swashbuckling fun, with a message.  It’s certainly got swash.  And buckling.  Plus romance, intrigue, thrills, spills and chills.  The protagonist in this Revolutionary War-era action adventure film even saves George Washington’s life … and then saves America.  (Short op-ed)

Cleveland Abduction: Courage, faith, riveting TV drama.  No one should have to suffer what Michelle Knight and her fellow captives did in Ariel Castro’s house of horrors.  With gripping realism and tender reflection, Lifetime’s movie tells this absorbing story from abduction to liberation and beyond.  (Short op-ed)

Captive movie: gripping Atlanta hostage drama.  Her story captured a nation’s heart.  Hostage Ashley Smith reads to courtroom killer Brian Nichols from Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life.  Two broken, wounded souls navigate a risky journey about purpose, survival, faith and redemption.  (Short op-ed)