Audra Krell

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Breakfast Club on Jazz

We attended closing night of the Phoenix Film Festival and saw Blue Like Jazz. The film opens nationwide on April 13.

Let me first say that I loved the book. God used it to change my life. Donald Miller gets abandonment. It was one of the first times I felt understood in my struggle with parental abandonment. Miller helped me to see that even though I didn’t feel worthy of people sticking around, I have a Father who has never left me.

In my ongoing heartbreak with subsequent familial abandonment, I return time and again to the truths I finally understood through Miller’s writing. God’s love lasts much longer than the stabs of current rejection. His love is the only thing that is eternal.

Now on to the movie. It’s not advertised for, nor is it appropriate for children or young teens. We took our 13 and 16 year old sons. I was embarrassed, and as mom to three teen boys, it takes some doing to make me blush. I also was uncomfortable with the mocking of Christianity. I get that for free every day out in the world, through all social media and especially on TV. My son lives it everyday at the University he attends, the other boys at their middle and high schools.

Some reviewers say the movie is a great conversation starter for Christian families and helps them transition their young adults to the next stage of life. I wonder where they think we live? Do they really believe all Christians live out in the country where the most violent act we witness is a calf being born? Where our biggest problem is what dress to wear to church on Sunday? No, Christians face the exact things the world does, on the same moment- by -moment basis. When I attend a film, I want to be taken away from the world, not forced to relive my college days in all their lewd glory.

Reviewers said the movie was going to have a hard time and comments like the one below tend to polarize viewers:

A challenging book to turn into a film due to its stream of consciousness narration, director Steve Taylor and crew have for the most part succeeded in turning out a generally entertaining film, but one that will probably be too centered on Christianity for those averse to religion and too “edgy” for those of the Christian faith who like their films Kirk Cameronesque. -Linc Leifeste, Smells Like Screen Spirit 

I agree, it was too difficult to turn Blue Like Jazz into a film. As a person of faith, an avid movie goer and someone who respects Kirk Cameron, I don’t prefer my films to be Kirk Cameronesque. I further don’t consider mocking Christianity for 95% of the film to be edgy in any way. It’s an effort to reach the masses with an attempt to entertain. Mocking anything is usually good for a sure laugh.

The central message of Blue Like Jazz the movie, is that every flawed creature is worthy of respect, which we know is the gospel truth. The film had the chance to go deep with that and ended up a glorified, modern day version of the Breakfast Club with a jazz soundtrack. Basically an “accept all sin now, just be certain to ask forgiveness later.”

I highly recommend the book, it’s a completely different experience.

Blue Like Jazz the Book


Doing their own stunts?

I cannot stop watching this video of the Evian Roller Babies. Hilarious!

What I find even more funny though, is that some people (you know who you are) think the babies really performed these tricks.

Now, I gave birth to the most talented children on earth. Our oldest taught himself to rollerblade at the age of 4. He could do really cool stuff, none of which was was seen in this video. Well, maybe a few of the dance moves. (Sorry bud….)

And to my knowledge, he always wore a helmet. We all know Evian would have never been able to take on the liability of the babies performing without helmets. 

Come on people!

My first tag

I got tagged for my first meme at the wonderful blog Life is Like Champagne.  Here’s the Four Things Tag:

Four jobs I’ve had:

Wendy at Wendy’s Hamburger Chain
Nanny to a Nobel Prize Winner’s Children

Kindergarten – 2nd grade teacher

Freelance Writer

Four movies I can watch over and over:

Kicking and Screaming

Failure to Launch

Dirty Dancing (Regular and 10th Anniversary Edition)

Four places I’ve lived:

Manitou Springs,CO

Denver, CO

Vail, CO

Scottsdale, AZ

Four TV shows I love:

The Office


CSI Miami

CSI New York

Four places I’ve vacationed:

Maui, Hawaii

Vancouver, Canada

Coronado, CA

NYC, New York

Four of my favorite dishes:

Sweet Cream Ice Cream with Cookie dough

Chicken Fried Steak

Filet Mignon Steak Salad

Hash Brown Skillets

Four sites I visit daily:

Randy Elrod’s Ethos Blog

So you Wannabe Published

High Calling Blogs

Rock the Desert

Four places I would rather be right now:

On a beach
Hiking in Colorado (Sans bears)
In Mexico eating from a homemade taco stand
Watching O in Las Vegas

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