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A flurry of headlines have come out surrounding each celebrities decision on attending or performing at President-Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, so it can be hard to keep track of who’s actually going to be there. Some celebrities had to back out due to scheduling issues, which was the reason for Garth Brooks and the rock band KISS, and other’s due to their personal political views, the reason for Céline Dion’s and Elton John’s decline. However there are still going to be great acts and it will be an incredibly historic day in history.

We have the complete list of celebrities that will be making an appearance.

Jackie Evancho

America’s Got Talent finalist Jackie Evancho was the first performer to sign on to perform at the inauguration. At only 16-years-old, Jackie will be taking on the singing the national anthem. She stated that she signed on because “I just kind of thought that this is for my country.”

Lee Greenwood

Announced just this week, Lee Greenwood will be signing “God Bless the USA” which is his most well-known song at the inauguration celebrations.

Caitlyn Jenner

Despite tensions between the LGBTQ community and Trump, Caitlyn Jenner will be in attendance. “Caitlyn has been a Republican all her life and she sees this as an opportunity to represent and defend the LGBTQ community within the party,” a source close to Jenner told People. Previously, Jenner said Republicans needed help understanding LGBTQ issues and she would be willing to help.

Chonda Pierce

Dubbed the “Queen of Clean,” the comedian will be headlining one of the inaugural balls. “I was very honored… I didn’t even have to think about it. I was like, ‘Yes,’” Pierce to Fox News.

3 Doors Down

The popular rock group 3 Doors Down confirmed via Instagram that they would be performing at the pre-inauguration concert. Since, they have not released any further comments on their choice.

Drew Carey

While Drew Carey won’t be at the main inauguration event, “The Price is Right” host will host the 2017 Veterans Inaugural Ball. The ball will feature performances from Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts, Janine Stange and The American Bombshells.

Toby Kieth

Toby Kieth will take the stage during the pre-inauguration concert. When Keith signed on and made his decision public, he released a statement saying “I don’t apologize for performing for our country or military.”

The Piano Guys

These YouTube stars will also be at the pre-inauguration concert. They received backlash from their fans, however said they remained hopeful and will be praying for America that day.

Stephen Baldwin

Stephen Baldwin’s brother, Alec Baldwin, has been making headlines portraying Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” however Stephen has been a strong supporter of Trump since the beginning. He is looking forward to attend the inauguration festivities.

Antonio Sabáto Jr.

Antonio Sabáto Jr. a former model and actor, making appearacnes in “General Hospital” and “Melrose Place,” confirmed that he would be a guest of Trump via Twitter.

The Frontmen of Country

The Frontmen of Country is a trio that features Tim Rushlow, Larry Stewart, and Richie McDonald. They haven’t given further details on their performance.

Jon Voight

Jon Voight is scheduled to introduce Rudy Giuliani and do “a few things here and there” at the inauguration celebrations, he says. A longtime supporter of Trump, in March the actor said Trump was the “answer to our problems” and said “Republicans need to unite behind this man.” Voight went on to say, “I pray all Americans who have seen and felt the meltdown of America with the Obama years, to please fight for Donald Trump.”

CelebritiesFoundGod3Chris Pratt continues to be one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood. We have seen his celebrity status soar in the years since we were introduced to him on the small screen on the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation.”

Pratt has since become a bankable leading man due to his breakout success in Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World. While many fans know that Pratt is a Christian, many don’t know that he came from humble beginnings or the remarkable story of how he was led to Christ. Pratt recently opened up to Vanity Fair about the moment he turned to Jesus and was saved.

It all began when a man named Henry came up to him and said, “Jesus told me to talk to you.’

During this period in his life, Pratt was in his early 20’s, working at a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in Hawaii  and living out of his van. At the time, he was homeless and in survival mode.

“I was sitting outside a grocery store. We’d convinced someone to go in and buy us beer,” Pratt said. “This is Maui, and a guy came up and recognized something in me that needed to be saved.”

He asked Pratt what he was doing that night. He replied, “My friend’s inside buying me alcohol.”

He then asked Pratt if he had plans on drinking, doing drugs and fornicating and Pratt admitted that he hoped so. Though this man was a complete stranger and asking him some pretty personal questions, the man didn’t make Pratt nervous. In fact, he felt a sense of calm around him.

Curious about the man’s intentions, Pratt said, “Why are you asking?”

The man replied, “Jesus told me to talk to you.”

At that very moment, Pratt knew he needed to go with this man. Henry took him to church. Pratt’s friends were completely caught off guard when he declared that he was going to change his life.

Not long after the encountering, Pratt was cast in Cursed Part 3, the movie that got his foot in the door of acting, which eventually led to Hollywood success. The rest is history.

Since then, his faith has really shaped his life. He and his wife, actress Anna Faris, relied on their trust in the Lord when their son was in the intensive care unit for the first month of his life after being born nine weeks premature.

“We were scared for a long time. We prayed a lot,” Pratt said. “It restored my faith in God, not that it needed to be restored, but it really redefined it…”

Even though doctors said their son, Jack, would live with disabilities due to premature birth, God healed him in the NICU.

Pratt is also very vocal about his Christian faith on his social media accounts. He frequently quotes Bible verses and shares bits of his testimony. Last year, he posted a picture on Instagram of him and his friends building a giant steel cross and mounting it on a hill. He recently shared this powerful verse on social media:

“Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness blinded them.” -1 John 2:10-11.

It’s incredible to see that fame and the spotlight have not uprooted Pratt from his faith. In fact, it only seems to be growing stronger. In an industry scare in devout Christians, Pratt is refreshing.

 

The way a culture chooses to entertain itself speaks volumes. Our art is a mirror held up before us, and the reflections we choose to highlight show much about current mood of the nation. The 74th annual Golden Globes, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, was no different.

The annual ceremony in which the Golden Globe Awards are presented is one of the staples of the film industry’s award season, awarding the best of television and film, as chosen by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

This year’s Globes ceremony, held on January 8th, began, tellingly, with Fallon taking a stab at Donald Trump’s controversial presidential victory, proclaiming, “Welcome to the Golden Globes—one of the few places left where America still honors the popular vote.”

Damien Chazelle’s romantic musical comedy-drama, “La La Land,” stole the show, winning Best Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy, and providing the theme for the Golden Globes intro sequence and continuing to be referenced throughout the show.

The musical, with its starry nights, sense of innocence, and old-movie feel transport viewers into an enchantingly romantic musical world, despite that melancholy ending.

In the context of the Fallon’s opening joke about Trump, the ubiquitous praise for “La La Land” reflects a hunger for joy and hope. 2016 was a difficult year for many Americans as the contentious nature of the presidential election drained the nation of happiness and frivolity.

But then along came a film that transported viewers into the feel of another age, giving them a glimpse of bittersweet happiness, lifting their emotions upward on the wings of music. And after such a tumultuous year, marked by divisiveness, call-outs, and ever-present social media rage, this is exactly what we needed.

Further, the emergence of a superhero film—a first— into the Globes in the form of 2 “Deadpool” nominations for Best Motion Picture reinforces this theme. Audiences want to escape into a world where evil is clearly defined and easily fought, as was the case in the Western films of old.

It was actress Meryl Streep, though, who simultaneously captured the anxiety of the old year and the desire for hope and joy for the new, in a moving speech as she accepted the annual Cecil B. DeMille Award. She challenged callous, divisive behavior and highlighted the value of the arts as an exercise in empathy, saying that “An actor’s only job is to enter the lives of people who are different than us, and let you feel what that feels like.”

She ended with a call to action, asking her fellow actors and actresses to remember the privileges and responsibilities that come along with their profession—audiences across the world are, for better or worse, inspired and bedazzled by them.

Her speech was a cry for unity, for empathy, and for the return of joy through peace—a desire felt by all on both sides of the political spectrum. It’s likely that the rest of the awards season, culminating in the Academy Awards on February 26th, will continue to reflect the nation’s desire to escape from what is currently a harsh reality.

Book-CoverBeth Moore is a popular Christian teacher, author and an all-around great a gal from Texas. She is warm, inviting and talking with her is akin to having coffee with a good friend. It is no wonder she’s beloved best-selling author and mentor for women. The wordsmith does the same in her first fictional book, the Undoing of St. Silvanus where she beautifully orchestrates her humor and enticing characters who all will hit a nerve. The story is based on Jillian Slater and her family. When Slater learned that her estranged father died, she reluctantly returns to New Orleans to rejoin her shattered family.

This is a huge change from Moore’s other books that teach people how spiritually grow. When you are a writer at heart since a child, you need to be open to growing in different areas.

“My mom was a big reader and my father ran movies theaters, so the whole concept of [storytelling] whether it was on the page or whether it was on the screen, it was huge to me.”
Giving the amount of time needed to write a fictional piece was something that never was on the radar. Most of Moore’s time is devoted to her ministry and to her Bible teachings. She brushed it off as something that she could peruse eventually. When God wants to move he usually doesn’t ask questions and He started nudging Moore to write the Undoing of Saint Silvanus. It all became thematic as no matter she couldn’t shake the idea. Then it happened, she started writing on the side and the chapters started evolving. For Moore, it was an invitation to investigate the undiscovered in fictional work. She decided it was time to sow into the unknown.

What came out of it was pretty enchanting. If she didn’t trust God to branch out we wouldn’t be introduced to characters like the cold-hearted grandmother Olivia and sweet Adella. They are all complicated people and their relationships are linked to generational curses that families pass down through the generations.

“We take on the patterns of our parents and our grandparents. It’s the anger, short tempers, leaning towards addiction and it is believed that it partially could be genetic. I can’t give the evidence for all that,” she explained. “I do know that we can see throughout time, that patterns do take place in families–and they need breaking. Jesus does that through the power of the cross.”

Jillian Slater will help readers navigate through corrupt patterns that destroy people. She also helps readers find a peace that they are not alone.

“This family has been off course. The broken relationships within it have been so messed up and so destroyed for so long that they don’t even try. It is coming into the knowledge that Christ is there in the heat of brokenness with us and in that extremely flawed home environment. He can set us free.”

The Undoing of Saint Silvanus is not only a book to entertain but to enlighten. Women will be drawn to the colorful characters and lessons that will speak to them.

This doesn’t need to end with this blog. You can join Beth’s Big Book Club live from the Big Easy for free on Jan. 20 at 7 pm ET, 6 pm CT with the delayed start for the Mountain and Pacific time zones.