Emily Whitten

Emily reviews books and movies for WORLD and is a contributor at RedeemedReader.com. She homeschools her two children and sees books through the eyes of a mother.


Rapper Trip Lee calls youth to rise above society's low expectations

by Emily Whitten
Posted 1/29/15, 02:38 pm

Trip Lee has made a career out of turning people’s expectations on their heads. The hip-hop artist loves to challenge stereotypes, both from inside and outside the church, about what a Christian should look like.

“The gospel is the power of God for salvation for all who believe, not just old, black grandmothers or not just old, white Republican guys,” Lee said. “I love being an example, that, hey, I’m young, I’m a rapper, and the gospel is the power of God for salvation even for me.”

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Notable Books

Books | Four recent audiobooks for the family
by Emily Whitten
Posted 1/23/15, 01:00 am

Eight Twenty Eight refers to the date of the Murphys’ wedding—a wedding that nearly didn’t happen after Ian suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2006. But it also refers to Romans 8:28, “all things work together for good.” In the first years after Ian’s injury, as he learns to walk and talk again, Larissa struggles to find that promise amid their trials. Read by Erin Spencer, Larissa’s voice here is tender, poetic, and filled with truth and grace as she seeks—and repeatedly finds—the goodness of God amid sinful, broken bodies. Ages 16 and up.

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Into the Woods

by Emily Whitten
Posted 12/19/14, 01:00 am

Once upon a time, a childless baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) wished for a baby. Enter stage right, with a bang and a puff of smoke, a gnarled old witch (Meryl Streep) who will break the curse on their house and grant their desire—if they bring her four things from the nearby woods.

What things, you ask? Lean in close, and I’ll tell: a cloak as red as blood (Red Riding Hood), a cow as white as milk (Jack and the Beanstalk), a lock of yellow hair (Rapunzel), and a shoe made of gold (Cinderella).

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