Emily Whitten

Emily is a book critic and writer for WORLD. She is a World Journalism Institute and University of Mississippi graduate, previously worked at Peachtree Publishers, and developed a mother's heart for good stories over a decade of homeschooling. Emily resides with her family in Nashville, Tenn. Follow her on Twitter @emilyawhitten.

Walt Disney Studios


by Emily Whitten
Posted 3/06/15, 01:00 am

Unlike recent Disney movies Maleficent and Into the Woods, director Kenneth Branagh’s live-action Cinderella (rated PG for mild thematic elements) is a visual feast with a moral center that will delight and edify children of all ages.

Yes, you know the story. The plot largely follows Disney’s animated classic from the 1950s, with Cinderella (Lily James) losing her parents to disease and weathering abuse by her stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and stepsisters.

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50 Shades of Grace: Inside a godly marriage

Valentine’s Day | Larissa and Ian Murphy share their inspiring story of life together after a devastating accident
by Emily Whitten
Posted 2/13/15, 08:20 am

Millions of Americans will head to their local movie theaters this Valentine’s Day to watch Fifty Shades of Grey, a story in which a young woman submits to physical torture at the hands of the man she loves.

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Five myths about Fifty Shades of Grey

Movie | Despite what some Christians will tell you, this is a black-and-white issue
by Emily Whitten
Posted 2/09/15, 03:32 pm

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey hits theaters on Friday. The film brings to life the first story in author E.L. James’ best-selling trilogy about a virgin college student who falls in love with (or prey to) a wealthy man obsessed with violent sex. Just as Christians grappled with how to react to the books, many of them are wondering how to talk with acquaintances about the movie and whether to go see it. 

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