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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

“Space Cowboys” Meet “Chariots of Fire” in New Movie, New Book by Howard Klausner and David Randolph

Howard Klausner who co-wrote the screenplay of the Clint Eastwood film “Space Cowboys” goes from space to grace with the script of “The Grace Card” as told in the book “More Candles in the Dark” with David James Randolph.

Klausner offers the first person confession of a “once Hip Hollywood screenwriter” who is persuaded to write the script for a movie for God proposed by Memphis optometrist David Evans. It is hard choice and Klausner pulls no punches in the fight to make “The Grace Card” a film which honors God, is real and raises the bar on Christian filmmaking. Klausner tells of his struggle and its outcome in his chapter entitled “When The Lion Roars.” The film stars Louis Gossett Jr. and is scheduled for national release from Provident Films on February 25, 2011.

David James Randolph offers this story as an example of a person and community who in a dark time find ways to be candles in the dark, illuminating, healing and leading the way. Other examples are given in first person testimonies, news reports, stories, and poems along with lessons learned and guidelines for action.

This book contains first person accounts and stories including those of a boy paralyzed by a stray bullet while practicing the piano who recovers to forgive and play again, of a scholar at the peak of his career who is stricken by disease and finds light in the darkness, and of women who advance through aging to keep the music playing.

This book holds great promise that as more individuals and communities find the light and unite they will become flames for the future leading from heartbreak to healing,
from fear to faith, from darkness toward light.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Black History Brings Bright Hope As Obama, Lewis and Randolph Recall Selma


John Lewis and David Randolph met face to face and shared memories and hopes on International Forgiveness Day in California in 2009. (See photo)

Light is now being thrown into dark corners of American life by lessons learned
from Black history according to a new book from David James Randolph entitled “More Candles In the Dark: Going From Heartbreak to Healing.” Randolph sees bright hope in a time of social and economic crisis because of lessons learned from the Civil Rights Movement in this new book available from Amazon.com.
He describes his experience in Selma, Alabama where he marched in response to the call of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. after Bloody Sunday when leader John Lewis was brutally beaten and the march turned back. That march is considered a highpoint of the modern Civil Rights Movement but it almost failed. Randolph takes us behind the headlines to events of “Turnaround Tuesday” March 9, 1965, which reveal the spiritual force, courage and creativity of Dr. King and John Lewis and others. Randolph writes, “As we face new challenges it is good to know that history is transformed not only in the shining events when the victors enter the city but in those shadowy moments when people commit themselves to the Cause whatever the outcome” (Pages 76-77).
Barack Obama visited Selma to speak in historic Brown’s Chapel in March of 2007 early in his candidacy for the presidency and declared that in coming to Selma he was coming home. He said, “I’m here because somebody marched. I stand on the shoulders of giants.” After his address he joined in the reenactment of the march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge. This was a defining moment for Barack Obama and for American politics elevating Obama toward the presidency as David Remnick describes in his book “The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama” (Knopf, 2010). John Lewis summed it up on January 19, 2009:”Barack Obama is what comes at the end of that bridge in Selma.”
David James Randolph tells this story as an example of a person and community who in a dark time find ways to be candles in the dark, illuminating, healing and leading the way. Other examples are given in first person testimonies, news reports, stories, and poems along with lessons learned and guidelines for action.