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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Beyond The Face OF The Movies

Please join author D. C. Lassiter as she tours the blogosphere with Write Now Literary Book Tours and her new release Beyond The Face Of The Movies, from Sept 1-30, 2016.
Publication Date: July 7, 2016
Paperback & E-Book: 200 pages
Publisher: Pneuma Springs Publishing
ISBN-10: 1782284168
ISBN-13: 978-1782284161
Genre: Non-Fiction, Christian Living

About the Author
D.C. Lassiter resides in the Pennsylvania area and is a student of God's word. After being called from a life of modeling and singing, she is now heading to Lancaster Bible College to completer her Bachelor's degree in Theology & Biblical Studies with a minor in Communications. D.C. Lassiter is single and worships at Blue Route Vineyard Community Church. She also writes on her blog as well as various online Christian magazines and counsels women struggling with separation or divorce. You can also find her engaging with her listeners, on the radio, every Sunday as she hosts Dovetales from 2:30-3:30 pm eastern time. Through guests willing to share what the Holy Spirit has done in and for their lives, D.C. Lassiter has an opportunity to encourage many towards a personal relationship with the Godhead which is for everyone: all nationalities, all races, all ages and all backgrounds.

A Word From the Author

What Inspired Me to Write My Book?
I heard that going through a divorce was like a head on car crash, but the victim survives. That was me walking around eight years ago and though people could see some bruising from the outside, little did they know I was bleeding internally. Life was a blur and I was raw to the touch. Those I loved tried to comfort me, talk to me, and pray for me, but nothing seemed to make me feel better. I just wanted it to be back the way it was, but did I? Or did I just want the pain to stop. I often asked myself, “How did I get here?”  What an interesting question without an interesting answer to follow it up.

I grew up in a large family being the youngest of six children and what an active bunch we were. My father loved to play the game of chess and so he taught the rest of us how to play. You knew you were a champion when you could beat my father—I beat him twice. My brothers would mimic my father as he taught them various gymnastic moves in the back yard and while they were occupied my mother had music permeating throughout the home, which I found myself partaking in. My mother loved music, musicals, painting, singing, cooking, and calligraphy. What a renaissance mother we grew up with and so we often joined in on her passion of it all.

As a child in this large family we were also, firmly, introduce to Jesus. I remember every Sunday morning my parents would wake us up to have bible study. My mother made it fun and added sound effects as she talked about Elijah going up in the chariot of fire to be with the Lord, and how Elisha eagerly waited for his double portion. We had fun watching The Ten Commandments while Charlton Heston encountered God in the burning bush and then later parting the Red Sea for the Israelites to escape the hands of Pharaoh. In our home there wasn’t a decision made without praying about it. God was talked about so often he was simply another sibling to me. Soon my middle sister caught onto the manner of telling biblical stories and she too could make them come alive when my parents weren’t around. The way she would dazzle us with her imagination is a memory I will never forget. Like I said, we were all creatively inclined: Singing, dancing, acting, drawing, cooking, and playing instruments were just a few things we seemed to dive into to stay busy and stay out of trouble.

When I could break away I read quite a bit, and journaled. I read fiction and self-help books, but discovered later in life without a personal relationship with God one can’t really help themselves. As the years passed my love of the arts grew and I began to model and sing internationally. I loved it, but couldn’t quite fit in. I discovered while living in Taiwan that all of those bible studies really changed me internally, and even though I blended in on the outside to onlookers in the fashion world I couldn’t really relate to them –not really.

I returned to the states began to date and was married shortly after. We separated five years later. God was calling me to a closer relationship with Him and so remained in close proximity as the separation from my husband forced me to gravitate back to bible studies, watching movies and being creative. I wrote a Christian comedy play at the height of my depression. As the years passed and my divorce was finalized I continued to watch movies in my spare time while Holy Spirit began his deep inner work in me by renewing my mind and revealing mistakes I made along the way. Watching Hollywood movies and attending bible studies helped me tremendously, and I marveled at the scriptures Holy Spirit brought back to my mind in order to teach me, mold me, correct me, and educate me.

I saw my mistakes and triumphs in the movies. I recognized my poor choices simply by relating to the lead characters that I was mesmerized with. The music had an impact on me, the dialogue, the cinematography, the colors and it was in those moments that true revelation came upon me—juxtaposing Hollywood movies and beloved biblical characters while discovering fundamental biblical truths in my living room was a blessing in disguise.

Holy Spirit flooded my mind with what movies touched me the most and what biblical characters to pair with each. I became more excited, more productive, and less depressed while on my way to birthing Beyond the Face of the Movies.

About The Book
Have you ever wondered why after watching a movie you are left with a residue of emotions? Perhaps after the credits have rolled off of your screen, you've experienced a sense of peace, empowerment, exhilaration, fear or maybe a better understanding of how to deal with a personal issue you've struggled with.

Whether we are a believer in God or not, everyone will come to a place where the choices they've made will lead them to asking themselves, "How did I get here?" And as we run from co-worker's and then to friends and family pleading for an answer as to how it all went so wrong, we will still have to choose, in the end, which path we'll take. Don't be fooled, because once you decide it is you and only you who will ultimately have to live those choices out.

Beyond the Face of the Movies will show you at heart just how similar we all are and whether you see your life resembling a Hollywood movie or a real life biblical character you will discover, underneath all the glitz and the glam, that people are still the same when it comes to making mistakes.

Many times God challenges us to go deeper than the surface of the movie, in hope that we will discover principles that can be gleaned from beneath the excitement and buzz of the film.
By juxtaposing Hollywood movies and biblical characters, the author connects the dots for the reader so that they are guided through fundamental biblical truths in order to better understand and navigate through their own life challenges on a daily basis.

What does Bruce Almighty have in common with the biblical Samson? What is Prophet Jonah doing in the Wizard of Oz instead of going down to Nineveh? Find out in this fun and feisty easy-to-read book, and while you are at it - take the time to look beyond the surface of the movie and you will sense God speaking to you in encouraging, practical and at times convicting ways.

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