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There was a major public outcry this week against Miley Cyrus’ sexually-charged dance routine at the MTV Video Music Awards, a backlash which highlights the encouraging sense of decency still held by many persons. There is still a vast demand for wholesome entertainment.; in my own small way, I have tried to respond to that need with my book 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families.

The book provides synopses, reviews, and gospel discussion guides for 250 clean, well-made, and uplifting films from the silent era to the present. With a foreword by acclaimed director T.C. Christensen (17 Miracles, Ephraim’s Rescue), chapters on LDS media standards, and convenient indexes cataloguing the films by Gospel topic and genre, it is my hope that the book will be a useful resource for family home evenings, date nights, get-togethers, and youth activities.

Cedar Fort Publishing is releasing the book on September 10th, but if you’d like to get your copy a few days early you can come meet me at two exclusive book signings in Salt Lake City this coming week. First, I’ll be at the Salt Lake Comic-Con on September 5-7. You can find me primarily at the Cedar Fort vendor booth, but occasionally I’ll be at the Deseret Book booth as well. The book will be available in both locations.

For those not interested in attending the convention (or in paying the entrance fee), I’ll also be at Eborn Books in downtown Salt Lake City (254 S. Main Street) on Friday September 6. Eborn specializes in new, used, rare, and out of print LDS books and is the world’s largest supplier of Mormon titles. I’ll be there recording with The Good Word Podcast from 5:30-6:00 pm and signing books from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Please come say hello! I’d love to meet you. The store is extremely impressive and worth checking out, especially for fans of Latter-day Saint literature. Take a look here!

I sincerely hope that 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families is a blessing to you and your loved ones, helping to invite the Spirit through uplifting cinema and worthwhile discussions. I hope to see you at either one of the signings!

For more on 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families, please visit the book’s official site: www.moviesformormons.com. For more information on the Comic-Con and Eborn Book signings, please click here and here.

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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR 250 GREAT MOVIES FOR LATTER-DAY FAMILIES

This book is a great resource to help LDS families find movies that are uplifting, enriching, and in line with gospel standards.”
     – Larry Richman, LDS Media Talk (READ FULL REVIEW)

“An essential resource for families. Sure to inspire meaningful conversations about meaningful movies”
     – Kieth Merrill, Academy Award-winning director of The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd,      Legacy, and Mr. Krueger’s Christmas

“A marvelous tool for finding clean entertainment.”
     – Rebecca Baron, Mommy Bear Media

“A handy reference for LDS families looking for cinematic guidance.”
     – Barbara Kundanis, The Library Journal

“Now you can hold a guide to entertaining, yet moral, films right in your greasy little hands. What a fun and worthwhile journey this will be”
     – T.C. Christensen, director of Ephraim’s Rescue and 17 Miracles

“Offers terrific insights about Church doctrine and media standards”
     – Grady Kerr, Mormon Media Reviews

“A handy reference for LDS families looking for cinematic guidance.”
     – Barbara Kundanis, The Library Journal

“A fantastic read, thoughtful and poignant. It will sit nicely next to my copy of Michael Medved’s Hollywood vs. America.”
     – Ryan Little, director of the Saints and Soldiers films, Forever Strong, and Outlaw Trail

“Perfect for families. A great guide to the movies with LDS values in mind.”
     – Christan Vuissa, director of Silent Night, The Letter Writer, One Good Man, Joseph Smith: Plates of Gold, Errand of Angels, and Baptists at our Barbecue

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