I try so hard to post positive reviews but this one demands the RAW TRUTH | #NOgreyNOway

FSOG IS NOT a Love story! It is a story of  manipulation and ABUSE!

This review is going to be quite a bit different from every other one on this blog but please bear with me… I promise I’ll be as succinct as possible!

There is a certain movie opening this weekend that is seeking to DESTROY Valentine’s Day and all that is precious to us about it!

#ABUSEisNOTlove!

#NOgreyNOway

There is a massive facebook/twitter campaign going on right now – against the heinous 50 Shades of… books AND movie! I am using the campaign’s hashtag in my title above – #NoGreyNoWay. You can click on one of the links below for more info…

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You should be aware that some of the posts on these sites contain graphic information – as many women and men are sharing their own personal experiences about past abuse.

 

#NoGreyNoWay
#NoGreyNoWay

 

Please stand with us as we spread the word to our friends, family and even strangers.

If you truly care – you will want to do everything possible to protect others from the damaging and devastating effects of this series!

And that begins with NOT seeing the movie this weekend! In fact, I am going so far as to steer clear of ANY movie theater showing the movie! Putting money in their pockets – even for another movie – is NOT going to make the point!

 

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NO, I have not – and I will not – read the book (or watch the movie)! And that may be confusing some of you who read my reviews because you’re wondering why I’m “reviewing” something I haven’t read or seen…

I know that there are times that Christian leaders feel the need to read or watch what they are begging their followers to oppose – so that they have all the information they need to present a well-argued case.

But in this case… and in my opinion, that is a very bad idea! Exposing your mind to ANYTHING of this nature is just inviting the devil to create a foothold in your very soul – which he will then use to create a stronghold which will push more sin into your life.

 

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Allowing this story into your head allows it into your heart, your mind, your soul!

You think you can handle it. You tell yourself that you need to be able to make an informed argument. You tell yourself that you need to have ammo to feed that argument. You tell yourself that you can’t properly argue against something you haven’t read or watched personally…

But this series is FAR TOO DANGEROUS to adhere to these rationales.

 

“THINK ON THESE THINGS”

 

I am here today to ask you to stand with me and millions of others
and put a stop to this movie right now! 

We need to send a strong message to the makers of the movie. They HAVE TO KNOW we are serious!

They HAVE TO KNOW that they will not tear down strong women… men… families… marriages!

They HAVE TO KNOW that we will not lay down and let them roll right over us!

 


We will stand up for our daughters, our sisters, our mothers, our friends! We will not allow someone to tell us that it is OK for a man to mistreat a woman – even if she agrees to it!

An abuser is very skilled at convincing you that you asked for it, wanted it, enjoy it.

IT IS A LIE!

No one has the right to treat you like a thing!

No one has the right to treat you like trash!

No one has the right to degrade you and drag you down!

 

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An abuser will tell you that you are not enjoying yourself because you aren’t submitting in the right way.

 

The greatest trick the devil ever played on women was to make them think submission equals abuse… and then to make them think that choosing to be abused is not abuse but is instead, empowerment – that it is fun, exciting, sexy…

 

Choosing it does not make it LOVE!

Choosing it does not make it RIGHT!

Choosing it does not make it ENJOYABLE!

 

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It doesn’t matter if it’s consensual or not. It doesn’t matter if it’s by choice or not. It doesn’t matter if it’s “fiction” or not!

From what I understand about the series, the whole consent situation is murky at best anyway – as miss Ana was under the influence of alcohol at the time she “gave consent” – Men have gone to prison for less!

Abuse and degradation are nothing to take lightly or as something that is OK as long as we’re talking about two adults or even as long as we are talking about fiction!

It is NEVER OK – not in a fictional story, not in a movie, and certainly not in reality!

 

Please say NO to 50 Shades… this Valentine’s Day!CLICK TO TWEET!

 

Stand with us – Make this Valentine’s Day a day of TRUE romance!CLICK TO TWEET!

 

Remember the true meaning of Valentine’s Day this year – Say no to 50 Shades of yuck!CLICK TO TWEET!

 

NO I have NOT and NO I will NOT read or watch Fifty Shades…!CLICK TO TWEET!

 

Tweet using the Hashtag #NoGreyNoWay to show your support! If there was a way to put it into my tweets above, I would have but I don’t know the HTML for that.

 

GOD BLESS YOU!

© Rachel L. Miller (JCMorrows) 2015

 

 

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25 Posts of Christmas Day 11: My Favorite Christmas Movie

FAIR WARNING!
Adults read this WITHOUT your young children reading over your shoulder.

We are down to two weeks. Only two more weeks until Christmas morning.

My absolute favorite Christmas movie is Miracle on 34th Street. I watch it every year. It just doesn’t feel like Christmas until I’ve watched that movie.

What’s yours?

Miracle on 34th street deals with a lot of touchy subjects and I’d like to talk a little bit about one of them today: Faith.

The idea of Faith is a tricky one. Belief in Santa Claus or The Easter Bunny or so many others, are often lumped in with belief in God and there is a line in the movie that caught my attention last night and I think that line is the real heart of the issue.

There is a scene in the movie where “Santa” talks with Mrs. Walker – one of the main characters – the mom who “doesn’t believe”.

I’m not just a whimsical figure who wears a charming suit and affects a jolly demeanor. You know, I… I… I’m a symbol.
I’m a symbol of the human ability to be able to suppress the selfish and hateful tendencies that rule the major part of our lives.
If you can’t believe, if you can’t accept anything on faith, then you’re doomed for a life dominated by doubt.
~ Santa Claus in “Miracle on 34th Street

My only real problem with the statement above is that a lot of people attribute this type of “faith” with faith in God and that sends a very wrong message.

Faith in God is very different from faith in myths or whimsical figures or anything else along those lines. And because of that – too often people either feel afraid to allow their children to ever believe in Santa Claus because telling them differently later might make them question their faith in God…

Or they encourage them to believe and make a big production of the whole thing and carry it all too far. And then they try to drag it out much longer than necessary to allow the children to keep that “faith” even after they’re ready to let it go.

I feel it’s only fair at this point to let you know that my children figured out all by themselves just who “Santa Claus” is in our family.

I was talking about this with a dear friend and we have come to the conclusion that there is a danger in the whole idea of Santa Claus
(THIS IS NOT POINTED AT ANYONE IN PARTICULAR – YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE).

Santa Claus is worse than a myth.

Santa Claus is an excuse! An excuse to do something for your kids that they really don’t deserve at a time of the year where everyone has gone a little gift-crazy. It’s a way to ease your conscience… even though it’s not really about your conscience – it’s really about easing your guilt because you haven’t been as good a parent as you should have been and you know it.

We see it all the time in movies or in TV Shows, even books.

Some dad(mom) works too much, he(she)’s never home, the kids are spoiled rotten and they misbehave. They torment the housekeeper or the nanny or the au pair until they quit. This usually goes on for a while.

The story always shows this in a light that makes the kids look like the victims. They can’t help being so spoiled and bratty. They just want their mom or dad to be home more often.

I’m not going to get the popular vote for what I’m about to say next but it has to be said.

NO one in this situation is the victim! Except maybe the housekeepers and nannies and au pairs who are tormented by the spoiled children.

Parents are the ones responsible for their children. If they have to hire a nanny, they still need to be enough of a parent to teach their children how to behave properly. It’s the nanny’s job to watch the children, not be their parent.

And the children are equally at fault. No amount of bad behavior is acceptable, no matter what sort of attention it gets from a parent. And maybe it can be overlooked when the children are under the age of 6 but once they’re old enough to know how to dress themselves, they need to start growing up and start figuring out how human beings behave.

Of course this goes to a much larger issue and it’s a major problem with our society but I’ve ranted enough for today so I’ll stop there.

What’s the bottom line you say?

Parents, be parents! If you don’t want to be a parent, don’t have children. It’s as simple as that.

We pass on our convictions to our children by the things we tolerate. ~ Amish Proverb

And on that note, I will say adieu.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!14 Days til Christmas

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25 Posts of Christmas Day 8: A Christmas Rant

grrrrrrrThis will be my first negative Christmas post this year and hopefully my last.

I spent hours, literally hours… yesterday fixing a post that took me hours to write/edit/organize to begin with… over a month ago.

If you’re a fan of my blog, you’ve probably seen it:  “The 25 Books of Christmas

Well, if you go read that post, it will tell you about why but if you want to know without having to go somewhere else, just keep reading.

I posted about Christmas books – 25 of them. And let me tell you, you never realize until you go look, that it’s difficult to actually find 25 Christmas books that you like. So I put in quite a few that I haven’t actually read. Most of them are on my to-read list but a few of them, I put in because I’d heard good things or (in the case of the ones that got the whole thing going) I loved the movie.

If you enjoy Christmas movies, you’ve probably seen “Mrs. Miracle” or “Call me Mrs. Miracle” at some point or other.

And if you’ve never read the books, let me caution you…

There is bad language in the first paragraph on the first page.
It’s bad enough the man calls his son such a thing but to actually spell out the word repeatedly is unnecessary and in very poor taste in my opinion.

First if all, it’s not really required to spell out the actual word. There are plenty of writers who allude to the word without actually putting it right there in black and white for all to see.

Second, to keep repeating it (it’s right there in the first chapter at least twice more) is just reprehensible.

Third – and this is the big one – It’s a story about an Angel! Am I the only one who thinks this is completely ridiculous? Really! In a story about an angel, we’re really going to put bad language… and spoken to a child in a completely inappropriate manner.

Needless to say, I felt a great desire to edit my post, removing the books by this author and adding in some others by trusted Christian Authors.

And that is what has truly annoyed me.

Everything, and I mean everything I did to edit this post met with disastrous results. Every picture I tried to insert, every excerpt I tried to paste and every synopsis I tried to move caused mass havoc.

Suffice to say I had a rough day and it took copious amounts of Hot Cocoa and a favorite movie to soothe my ragged nerves.

On the bright side, I feel better having stood up for my principles.

And I am reminded again of what Jesus did for us so long ago.

His ideas were not popular with everyone. His teachings made a lot of people angry and he ultimately died for his principles.

So with that in mind, I feel even better about it all.

Rant over. Go about your business.

17 Days til ChristmasAnd…

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

GOD BLESS YOU!

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