Thursday, January 31, 2013

Watch for the symbol

You have all seen it.  It is white dove inside a blue square.

What does it mean?

To me it means my kids can watch it and I don't have to fast forward certain scenes.  I love finding this symbol on movies or on reviews.  It helps me make a better choice as a parent.

Some exciting news for parents and families is that the Dove Foundation is now
placing their symbol on books.  Check out their website to see all the valuable tools there to help parents make good decisions and choices. For instance the In Theatres list is here.  Or maybe you are interested in the Home Video Rentals list here.  But mostly I hope you will check out the Book Reviews.

I was happy to see the new book section and to kick things off Dove started with the latest release from Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family.  This is Dr. Dobson's first novel after authoring over 80 books for the Christian non-fiction market. He has taken his wealth of knowledge and wisdom from counselling families, organizations and even advisor to the president towards a futuristic thriller taken straight from today's headlines.  His book, Fatherless, co-authored with Kurt Bruner debuted January 15, 2013.

"Fatherless is a relentlessly-paced, faith-based, dystopian thriller from Dr. James Dobson and Kurt Bruner set in the future but torn from today’s headlines. Well-drawn characters in multiple plot lines are slowly drawn into a national conspiracy with thousands of lives in the balance. It’s 2042, and a long-predicted tipping point has arrived:  For the first time the elderly outnumber the vigorous young, creating an untenable economic and moral situation. How will a debt-crippled nation pay for the health care needs of a growing number of seniors living longer? As laws change allowing the elderly to end their lives, they become viewed as financial liabilities, as do the disabled. Jaundiced eyes turn toward any couple with more than two children, making the problem worse. Caught in an intensifying battle between competing cultural agendas is reporter Julia Davidson—a journalist seeking to revive a flagging career; influential young Congressman Kevin Tolbert, a Christian facing his own dilemmas; and a supporting cast of engaging characters who find themselves deep in an ominous conspiracy. In the dystopian tradition of 1984Brave New World and The Hunger GamesFatherless projects the headlines of today into the desperate choices of tomorrow."
Dove Foundation has given Dobson and Bruner's book a family friendly rating for ages 12 and up.  You can read their entire review here, where they break down the specifics such as content including sex, drugs, language, violence and nudity.  If you would like some more information and factual background for the book please let me know in the comments and I will send you a link.

The book section at Dove Foundation is relatively new, but as of today's post date there are already 104 book reviews on the website.  Be sure to visit it and check back often.  Maybe even bookmark their site!

Happy reading.

In addition Dove is hosting an online poll for the Best Dove Seal Award Winning Movies of 2012.  Follow that link and let your voice/choice be heard.  the winner in each of seven categories (action, adventure, animated, comedy, documentary, drama and limited release) will be awarded the Crystal Dove Seal award. Major movie studios and independent filmmakers look for this seal and value it.  It proves to them that clean, family entertainment is important.  Voting ends February 28th.  Results will be available on March 1st.

Crystal Dove Seal AwardVote today!

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