Fleming Rutledge is a preacher and teacher known throughout the US, Canada, and parts of the UK. She is the author of ten books, all from Eerdmans Publishing. Her major work, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ, is the product of a lifetime and is being described as a new classic on the subject.
Her special favorites among her books are And God Spoke to Abraham, which is a rarity, being exclusively Old Testament sermons, and Battle for Middle-earth, which is unusual among Tolkien books because it is constructed around the plot itself rather than various themes, and concentrates on the hidden theological message that Tolkien explicitly acknowledges in his personal letters.
Mrs. Palfrey at The Claremont
A recent movie called Mrs. Palfrey at The Claremont has come and gone with little notice, but I seek to resurrect it. Here's what it offers:
---A bittersweet portrait of the problems and challenges of aging, the most memorable and touching that I have ever seen on film.
---An unforgettably subtle, luminous performance by Dame Joan Plowright in the title role—a masterpiece of the art of acting and a fitting summary of a life's work.
---An assemblage of marvellous elderly English character actors.
---A ravishing evocation of a long and truly loving marriage.
And an additional comment:
Orlando Bloom, move over. Young English actor Rupert Friend just eclipsed you.
You won’t find the movie in your local multiplex but if all else fails, look for the DVD when it comes out.