What comes to my mind when I think of a Disney Princess are 2D waists, impossibly sweet voices and lightly coloured, buff Prince Charming by her side.
I have a love/hate relationship with Disney. They've come a long way from the red-faced "Indians" in Peter Pan; the monkeys in The Jungle Book speaking jive and singing songs like "I want to be a real man, walk like a man, talk like a real man" and jive speaking crows in Dumbo.
They even have a Middle East Disney Princess, Jasmine. Did anyone notice that Jafar, the bad guy in Aladdin was substantially darker than everyone else, and the Sultan looked like a stubby British Professor?
Disney is fighting back the accusations of racist characters with the recently released The Princess and the Frog. The movie is set in New Orleans with an full black character list, voiced (mostly) by black people. Which is great, isn't it?
Mandisa's 2007 debut album True Beauty had me singing in the car at the top of my lungs giving all praise to God for His love and grace.
Her second album, Freedom, has given me more reason to send up the praise, this time for the power He has to deliver us out of any situation.
Are you ready to give up pride, fear and control and embrace a lifestyle of radical gratitude? Ann Voskamp shows that it can be done, having made the decision to slow down and be with God in the moment, and learning more about herself and God along the way.
In One Thousand Gifts Ann invites you into her life as she shares moments of grace, loss, pain and beauty as she takes on the dare to record one thousand of God's everyday blessings.