While Divergent hasn't been the focus of conversation in Christian circles the way that the Harry Potter series was several years ago, perhaps it should be, especially since its author, Veronica Roth, is a professed Christian.
While combing through interview after interview I began to realize that the stories of greatly successful Hollywood careers typically began with an inordinate amount of frustration, a formidable amount of hard work and commitment, [no surprise] but most important, a great deal of rejection.
The appeal of Divergent to the middle school crowd is obvious, given the pressure that many teens feel to conform to a rigid set of standards set by their peers, parents and schools. But I also see Roth's dystopia as a commentary on the adult world we live in.
When you realize that you're only imagining the depth and breadth of what stops you, you're free to move forward, generating solutions and possibilities at a rate and speed that those still stuck in their imaginary limitations might be tempted to label as "divergent."
Student-entrepreneurs who graduate with an agile mindset can become pillars of the global economy, launching fresh ideas and revitalizing and reinvigorating the global marketplace in ways that benefit us all.
The Giver is off the point in 2014. Yes, our current governments aren't good for us. But the answer is not less government and fewer rules. We need strong, independent governments that can be an effective counterweight to the increasing power of corporations.
Not only are movies filmed in Illinois entertaining, they also boost the economy. To satisfy your movie cravings, we found the 100 highest-grossing movies filmed in the Chicago area, according to IMDb.
Everything changes for Meadow once she meets Zephyr James -- a programmed assassin with a shattered memory who is trying to put together the pieces of his life. Is there meeting a coincidence? Or is there more to them crossing paths?