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[Interview] Author Chris Fabry: “I Think Overcomer Is An Extension of War Room… Prayer Is A Powerful Weapon “

BTSCelebs: Who is Chris Fabry?

Chris Fabry: I’m a husband, dad, writer, broadcaster, and believer, not necessarily in that order. Overcomer is my eighty-first published book. I host a daily program called Chris Fabry Live on Moody Radio. My wife and I have been married since 1982 and have nine children.

Why did you decide to write the novel Overcomer?

The Kendrick brothers were kind enough to approach me with their script and idea for the film and ask me to make the story into a novel. I did the same for the book War Room, and I love the process of them crafting a great story and allowing me to create a full-fledged novel for readers.

Do you feel the story mirrors elements in your real life?

Absolutely. As I look at the books that have bubbled to the surface of my life, I think most of them have had some kind of identity theme throughout them. In my writing advice I say, “Writing is joining yourself in your own journey.” The process of telling a good story takes elements of your own life and fits them into a creative endeavor that reveals much about your own heart. And God is very kind to transform/conform us with patience and mercy.

Tell us about some times in your life when you needed to be reminded of your true identity in Christ.

It happens every day. I committed to taking a trip several months ago and didn’t realize my son’s graduation was on the day of the event. I apologized to him when I finally realized this and we talked it through. When I was on the trip, my default was to beat myself up and condemn myself for the mistake, but this concept of being “in Christ” takes away that condemnation. It was a loss for both of us, but I learned a lot in the process. This happens when I compare my book sales to someone who sells more than me. It happens on my radio show constantly—am I “somebody” because I’m on the radio, or is it enough to be a child of God?

Which Overcomer character do you relate with the most?

I’m somewhere between Barbara and John. I know the truth of Ephesians 1 and 2, but it’s a struggle to appropriate that into real life. It’s not a cognitive thing, not just a mental assent to the truth, but a full embrace of it as a lifestyle that I struggle with.

What do you want the fans of War Room to take away from Overcomer?

I think Overcomer is an extension of War Room. It’s a logical next step. Prayer is a powerful weapon. And it’s even more powerful in the heart and hands of someone who fully embraces their identity in Christ and lives from that well rather than another.

Learn more about Chris Fabry by visiting his official website, ChrisFabry.com

A Special Thanks to Chris Fabry and Tyndale House Publishers for the interview and photo. 

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Movie Review: “The Least of These: The Graham Staines Story”

The true story about an Australian missionary and his young sons’ untimely murders in 1999 was retold through “The Least of These”. In the 2019 film, Bollywood actor Sharman Joshi stars as a poor journalist who is desperate to earn money for his young family. While his wife is hospitalized, the journalist is given the assignment to take down Christian missionaries in an article. He meets Graham Staines (Stephen Baldwin) during his research, and he’s determined to catch him in the midst of illegal acts. Instead of deception in Staines life, he finds honesty, love and a heart to serve sick people. The journalist also witnesses the greatest example of forgiveness.

Prior to watching “The Least of These”, I had never heard of Graham Staines. I was in awe of his family’s selfless service to leprosy patients in India. This film is a tear-jerker, but it places a spotlight on the reality of missionary work. The concept of forgiveness is one of the hardest things to do, however, Mrs. Staines (portrayed by actress Shari Rigby in the film) took the high road by forgiving those who killed her family. I highly recommend everyone watch the “The Least of These: The Graham Staines Story” to see the ideal model of Christianity. If only we could all be as self-sacrificing as the Staines family, and follow God’s calling no matter where it leads. Remarkable!

Following it’s nationwide theatrical release, “The Least of These: The Graham Staines Story” was released on DVD and VOD  on May 14th.

A Special Thanks to Collide Media Group for the screener.

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Review: “War Room” Creators, Kendrick Bros, Collaborate with Author Chris Fabry for “Overcomer”

“Overcomer” is a perfect blend of “War Room” and “I Can Only Imagine”.

Author Chris Fabry continues to breathe life into Alex and Stephen Kendrick’s film vision with the emotional novel “Overcomer”. The story follows the lives of a frustrated basketball coach, John Harrison, and an unmotivated young runner, Hannah Scott. Due to unfortunate circumstances, John loses his basketball team and must coach the school’s team for cross country running. The only problem is the team is one person (Hannah Scott), and she has asthma. As the story progresses, John and Hannah’s problems at home and on the field seem insurmountable… until they discover their true identity. The two individuals’ lives are changed forever when God uses a stranger named Thomas Hill to speak to their hearts. Thomas Hill may be nearing the end of his life, but he’s more alive than John and Hannah. Priceless encounters they have with him are crucial to the story.

The three hundred and ninety-four pages of “Overcomer” are filled with heart, faith and wonderful prayers. Like “War Room”, the characters are very open about their conversations with God and fill readers with so much encouragement along the way. It is quite the tearjerker, but it’s filled with triumph as well. “Overcomer” the novel is easy to read and very family friendly. If you are anxious for spoilers before the film hits movie theaters in August, check out this book on July 23rd.

*BTSCelebs sends a special thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for the photo and review copy.*

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Former Disney Child Star to Perform in Play By a “This Is Us” Writer

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Fantasy Casting: Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”

I have been excited about the upcoming live action version of “Aladdin” ever since they announced it. Of course, I’m counting down the months until “Mulan” hits theaters next year. While I patiently wait for both films to premiere, fantasy casting is the best diversion. After releasing my cast choices for “Mulan” and “Pocahontas”, it’s time to have fun with another one of my favorites… “The Little Mermaid”.

Ariel  (actress Storm Reid)

The 15 year-old rising star is young enough to take on the role of teenage Ariel, and unique to completely transform the character for a modern audience.

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Prince Eric (singer Shawn Mendes)

Personally, I believe Eric is such a special character that no one was good enough to play him. However, I saw that young Canadian singer Shawn Mendes is a hot trending topic when it comes to filling the cartoon prince’s shoes. If they give Eric new solo songs in a live action version, Shawn should give it a try. It would be nice to see his acting skills as well.

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Cheek scar vibe

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Ursula  (actress Lana Condor)

Lana was amazing as the good girl in “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before”. It’s time she had fun playing a villain (in addition to her role in “Deadly Class). Unlike the animated version, I want Ursula to be glamorous all the time. Lana could portray Ursula’s human alter ego Vanessa throughout the film. She could compete against Ariel for a longer period of time.

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Short one day, long the next 🎭

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Sebastian (actor Sean Giambrone)

After his appearances in “Ralph Breaks The Internet” and the live action version of “Kim Possible”, I’m convinced Sean’s signature voice will recreate the lovable crustacean character. The Ron Stoppable role seemed to be tailor-made for him… why not make an all new Sebastian!

King Triton  (actor Michael B. Jordan)

Since my choice for Ariel is so youthful, I think her father should be much younger as well. “Black Panther” fans would probably love to see their heartless villain transform into a doting dad.

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Disney’s live action version of “The Little Mermaid” has been announced, but dettails about casting, filming and a specific release date will be announced at a later date.

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Megan Lee Returns To The Music Industry

On Friday, the former Make It Pop star made her grand musical comeback in the form of the catchy single “Me, Myself and I”. She celebrated the release with a live stream on Twitch and uploading an official lyric video on Youtube. “Me, Myself and I” illustrates completely relaxing at home by yourself. In the short clip, Megan Lee seems to be enjoying her slumber party for one as she promotes peace of mind.

Check out the upbeat lyric video below:

Her EP “I AM” is scheduled to drop on May 24th, 2019.

Screencap and video credits: Megan Lee, Blackhole Recordings/Ride Recordings and Kreative Swing.

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