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Friday, April 22, 2011

Faith In The Land Of Make Believe

From the Publisher:
Faith in the Land of Make-Believe is the brutally honest memoir of an award-winning filmmaker who dropped his faith in what he could become in Hollywood and learned to become totally dependent on God. From his challenge to Jesus after a near-death experience, to God’s promise that he would take violent, juvenile offenders out to sea and make a film documenting the voyage … Faith in the Land of Make-Believe will inspire you to stand solely and completely upon the Word of God.

Cafe Lily's Review:
Jack Hayford, founding pastor of The Church On The Way (where Lee Stanley accepted Christ), writes the foreword to this book.  He explains why he endorses a book that is a bit crude and uses questionable language by saying that this story couldn’t be told without taking the readers into its setting.  Because the subject matter is tough, the style of this book is tough as well and for some who choose to be more conservative in their reading choices, the language and descriptions in this book may be slightly offensive.   
However ... if you can get past those issues, this is an incredible story of one man’s conversion to Christ and how God called him to use his talents to minister to those who others had given up on.  This book reminded me in many ways of David Wilkerson’s “The Cross and the Switchblade”, being that this book focuses on juvenile delinquents, gangs, etc.  

Lee Stanley was willing to go and minister to teens in a setting that would make others cringe.  I admire what Lee and his wife Linda, did for the boys when they came up with their “Hard-Core Cruise.”  Lee stepped out of his comfort zone and took juvenile offenders out to sea which led to the making of his documentary, The Desperate Passage.
Lee confronts his juvenile prison crew at sea in his Emmy award winning special, 'Desperate Passage.'
You can read sample chapter here.

This book was provided free for review by Zondervan


Lee Stanley
Lee Stanley is a multi-award-winning filmmaker known for his documentary series The Desperate Passage. In 2006, he produced the #1 box office hit Gridiron Gang starring Dwayne Johnson. He is the president of his own production company, Stanhaven Productions, and the founder of Wings Foundation, a non-profit organization that served Los Angeles County’s probated youth. He and his wife, Linda, have four grown children and live aboard their expedition yacht, STANHAVEN III, and are currently cruising the Pacific west coast.

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