Waynedale Opinion Articles

Our local writers give you insight of their original opinions on the latest Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana news and entertainment topics. Movie, restaurant, show and event reviews are in this section.

HIDDEN IN GOD:
Living as God's Beloved
by James Bryan Smith
Intervarsity Press, 978-0-8308-3575-1, HB
220 pages, $17
When James Bryan Smith began to memorize Colossians 3:1-7, his whole outlook on life changed, and with it, he gained a deeper gratitude and confidence in Jesus. He now writes this book so that readers will find encouragement, refreshment, and enthusiasm in the central truths that come from this passage. Meant to be read as a devotion, or used in a discussion group, this book has...

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Valentine's Day is almost here. And while it's certainly fun to give and receive chocolates and roses, why not go a little deeper this year? Specifically, if you are married, consider using this commemoration of love as a starting point for taking care of your spouse in the future — even if you're not part of it.

Actually, both you and your spouse could designate Valentine's Day as the beginning of your joint efforts to provide financial security for the surviving spouse when one of you is...

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Seeing The Loft this week is a testament to just what I will put up with for James Marsden. The film is set up as a seedy film noir adventure, but proves to be too despicable and overly plotted for its own good, providing no characters to care about, much less root for, and more twists than necessary.

The Loft focuses on the investigation of five friends after a woman is found murdered, handcuffed to the bed in the fancy loft they share. Sharing the loft was a plan contrived by Vincent (Karl...

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MESSAGES FROM ESTILLYEN:
A Novel of Redemption and Human Worth
by William E. Jefferson
Port Estillyen Productions, 978-0-9856621-6-5, PB, 422 pages

This fantasy-romance novel follows newlyweds Goodwin and Hollie Macbreeze as they search for comfort and peace. On the final leg of their journey, prompted by a sketch Goodwin made as a young boy and the guidance of his grandfather, they are headed for the mysterious Isle of Estillyen—home to the Old Order of Message Makers. They spend a month on the...

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While American Sniper generated giant ticket sales and controversy last weekend, I opted instead to see an adaptation about a beloved bear from "darkest Peru" who tries so hard to get things right, but stumbles into trouble anyway. Paddington might not tackle weighty matters like war, but I still think that it adeptly conveys important lessons about manners and acceptance, with a large measure of humor and excitement mixed in.

Paddington stays lovingly true to the character developed by...

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We've just begun the new year, but the next academic year is still months away. Nonetheless, if you have a child who will be attending college in the fall, it's not too soon to start thinking about what might be a vital component of paying for his or her higher education: financial aid.

Specifically, to help ensure that your child doesn't miss out on federal and state student grants, work-study and loans for the 2015-2016 school year, you'll want to complete the Free Application for Federal...

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