Archive for September 6th, 2011

September 6, 2011

PRO BEAUTIFUL LYRICS (FEATURING PK)

Something like my maker

I say you the best

I know you can’t see it all by yourself

But you are beautiful, beautiful, beautiful

‘Cause God ain’t made you like anybody else

Don’t let nobody tell you that you anything less

‘Cause you are beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, yeah

 

She check out her reflection in the mirror

But some reason,

She don’t see that beauty is in the picture

Thinking her image flawed

‘Cause he ain’t made her like these models

Or her figure’s a mistake, He only making Coke bottles

Naw, C-C-Coke bottles are plastic

Mannequins are plastic but you are fantastic

She don’t believe it so it’s driving her insane

This diet don’t seem to work,she eating to ease the pain

The world tell her that somehow she doesn’t matter besides,

The perfect girls live happily ever after.

No idea she been crafted by the master,

Uniquely in His image baby. That is no disaster!

 

Something like my maker

I say you the best

I know you can’t see it all by yourself

But you are beautiful, beautiful, beautiful

‘Cause God ain’t made you like anybody else

Don’t let nobody tell you that you anything less

‘Cause you are beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, yeah

 

She begging for a hero

But villains is all she see though

Thinks she’s less than other people, she is a size zero

Her ribs touching, not cuz of a lack of food

But after every meal, she heads to the bathroom

Stick her finger down her throat, thinking that will give her hope

If her weight will never grow, maybe they will love her more

On a journey to acceptance, ’cause she ain’t been there before

She ain’t perfect, and commercials do they best to let her know

But if she only knew who she was in God’s view

Made his children with a purpose, girl and that includes you

Let this statement give you comfort boo, ’cause that includes truth

God is in love with you, you ain’t gotta look far for proof.

 

Something like my maker

I say you the best

I know you can’t see it all by yourself

But you are beautiful, beautiful, beautiful

‘Cause God ain’t made you like anybody else

Don’t let nobody tell you that you anything less

‘Cause you are beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, yeah

 

I wrote this for you, this is your song

You his baby doll, I know I ain’t wrong

Beauty’s from the creator, and it ain’t measured in weight

You are great just how you are, I don’t care what that TV say

Your DNA is complete, His artistry is in your genes

That don’t make Him less creative ’cause you don’t fit in them jeans

You ain’t got a clue the way He see you, this planet is his canvas,

And you his Mona Lisa…

 

Something like my maker

I say you the best

I know you can’t see it all by yourself

But you are beautiful, beautiful, beautiful

‘Cause God ain’t made you like anybody else

Don’t let nobody tell you that you anything less

‘Cause you are beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, yeah

 

September 6, 2011

PRO NO LIMITS LYRICS

[Hook- Rio]

We know (We know)

That you’re on our side

We go (Yea, yea)

Ain’t no limit to where we go (No, No)

If we let you have control (Yea)

Ain’t no limit (limit) (Naw, Naw)

No, no, no, no (Repeat multiple times)

 

[Verse 1 – PRo]

I’m looking down on the sky

soaring on out of the atmosphere

Let me educate you boy

if you don’t know what’s happening here.

I’ve been riding in my lane ever since

I let Him steer.

Leaving all my troubles

I don’t plan on going back this year. (Nu uh)

That’s the only option

no matter what you tell me.

Keep Freddie out my dreams

no nightmare on Elm Street.

Couldn’t beat this kryptonite

I used to be a loser

Hooked on Lex Luther

Now I’m super-duper.

(?) in community and looked at (?)

Now we marvel at His glory

you can call us X-Men.

I’ve been called to duty

Christ made me a soldier.

Even if I don’t win it

He holds the controller.

 

[Hook – Rio]

We know (We know)

That you’re on our side

We go (Yea, yea)

Ain’t no limit to where we go (No, No)

If we let you have control (Yea)

Ain’t no limit (limit) (Naw, Naw)

No, no, no, no (Repeat multiple times)

 

[Verse 2 – PRo]

Now I ain’t mystical,

but I ain’t the same since they done (?)

You can tell me you all you want

but sin no longer master me

I let the gospel super shock em

hopefully you feel me

(?) you got the hook up

Holla if you hear me.

But I ain’t on that Block-O

(?) no longer (?)

Fighting everyday though

Just like Cain and Abel

Cause Christ was true to me

when your boy was dead wrong.

So I go hard for the body

get my Mr. Serve on.

Man I used to date the world

Thought we was in love fasho

Now she callin me her ex

I don’t fool with her no more.

Truth up in my heart.

I can live without it.

That’s just what I’m on.

Call me (?)

 

[Hook – Rio]

We know

That you’re on our side

We go

Ain’t no limit to where we go

If we let you have control

Ain’t no limit

No limit

No, no, no, no

 

[Bridge – Rio]

There’s no limit for me now.

Feels like I’m flying

and it don’t feel like I’m lowing down.

Cause I beleive You hold me up

You’ve got it all planned out.

You’re the controller

And once you’ve found me

No one can ever take me

 

[Verse 3 – PRo]

I ain’t gotta worry bout a thang.

You still got the rains.

Hit the target everytime

we know nothing’s out your range.

And even though them haters wanna block us like Mutombo

we keep fighting

claws scratchin’

Garauntee we ain’t gon run though.

And you can keep your box.

I put my faith in the ruler

See chains are for slaves.

Boy my name ain’t Kunta (No)

No more working on this plantation

My emancipation is true.

Keep on livin free

keep this Gospel in my roots

and yea they talkin

Blah, blah, blah

they yappin ain’t a factor

cause our faith is in Christ

He got our back like chiropractors.

All that hatin gotta moonwalk

and they movin but it’s backwards.

Cause God protects His children

He won’t lead us to disaster.

 

[Hook – Rio]

We know (We know)

That you’re on our side

We go (Yea, yea)

Ain’t no limit to where we go (No, No)

If we let you have control (Yea)

Ain’t no limit (limit) (Naw, Naw)

No, no, no, no (Repeat multiple times)

 

September 6, 2011

PRO GOING IN LYRICS (FEATURING LECRAE)

I’m going in (16x)

I’m goin’

Now that I’m up from the dead

Ain’t no way I’m turning back

I don’t like my grave no more

You you can have it back

I’m going in (8x)

I’m goin’

 

Hopping out my casket trading in my-my tuxedo

For this Unashamed Tee rep-rep-repping for my King though

I was dead and broken ’til maker He make me alive

Two bolts in my neck you-you can call me Frankenstein

I been set ablaze on the fire with the Flame

Well I’m not from the Louis but I got Clear-Sight

You see the way that we be living unashamed and it make em wanna ride

That’s why we fight

Why would I ever change my endeavor

Turn away from the faith I say never

Trials in my face is making me better

You can hate all you want but I bet I

Keep my nose to the grindstone long as the spirit live in me

The fruit I bear is proof He’s there through the fire purging me

They look and stare but I ain’t scared ain’t no way they merking me

And if they do His Word is true boy His blood has purchased me

 

I’m going in (16x)

I’m goin’

Now that I’m up from the dead

Ain’t no way I’m turning back

I don’t like my grave no more

You you can have it back

I’m going in (8x)

I’m goin’

 

I wish they would hold me back Don’t they see me grindin’?

They go’n have to turn my lights out I’m too content on shinin’

Ya my shoes may be clean but my fingers extra dirty

Got my hands to the plow if this music thing ain’t working

I don’t care about a plaque or a trophy bearing my name

I hock a loogie on the fame just tell em I’m Unashamed

Nothing odd about my future ‘cept the 3 within the Trinity

Only reason I’m doing this hey you ain’t gotta remember me

Mock me on the message boards drop me ’til I hit the floor

I’m just getting up and they won’t stop me ’til I’m with the Lord

Hey from my hood North Korea to Baghdad

If I get martyred tell my kids to follow their dad

 

I’m going in (16x)

I’m goin’

Now that I’m up from the dead

Ain’t no way I’m turning back

I don’t like my grave no more

You you can have it back

I’m going in

I’m going in (8x)

I’m goin’

 

Hello

I’m goin’ in this ain’t a game until the end I’m unashamed

Hey I been bought with a price this ain’t no longer my life

This thing is Deeper Than Rap that’s why I call it Blacklight

I’m goin’ in you already know passenger seat gon’ ride with the flow

But I take a back seat since He’s in the lead

Man I play the Background He’s in the starring role

Man that’s for real baby we Go Hard for the Lord up in His glory

With no Pause ’til the end call it curtain call

Man no game since it forfeit sin business call it corporate

Man I’m out this world cause He keep me going in circles Orbit

But He save’s and it’s clear that’s the reason I am here

So until my casket drop make Him known without no fear

 

I’m going in (16x)

I’m goin’

Now that I’m up from the dead

Ain’t no way I’m turning back

I don’t like my grave no more

You you can have it back

I’m going in (8x)

I’m goin’

 

 

September 6, 2011

PRO MERKED PT. 2 LYRICS

Ay. He think he Big Mitch, Larry Hoover.

Flippin’ work got him hit with the Ruger.

Chasin dough, tryna make a pizza pimp.

Now his brain’s blown – tomato sauce on a deep dish.

We invincible til we get made invisible.

This here is not difficult, everybody is killable.

You in these streets everyday while the world turn.

That’ll put you in the ground like an earthworm

See in this concrete jungle Satan is the zookeeper.

Put us on display and turn our pain to entertainment bruh.

Rappers manufacture stories, they aint never lived at all.

Then our children listen, emulate it, just so they can ball?

Nah I aint sayin a goon aint got the 9 on him.

Whip work, surge to the fiend so he can shine on em.

Buy that clean Chevy Biscayne just to flaunt it

’till he get hit with a Mac with no Apple on it

 

You say you in the kitchen steady whippin’ ’bout to make a killin’

Streets stack money to the ceiling, boy that’ll

Get your head bust, Merked, Get your head bust, Merked

Get your head bust, Merked, Get your head bust, Merked

You going hard for that paper, stuntin on them haters

Guarantee it’ll happen now or later, boy you gon’

Get your head bust, Merked, Get your head bust, Merked

Get your head bust, Merked, Get your head bust, Merked

 

Now you can catch him on the block, even when it’s hot

Got enough rocks to make, gravel parking lots

He on top, bet he ain’t gon’ stop

Don’t play with his guap, you know that’ll get you shot

His attitude like, forget you pay me

No iPhone, sling birds like they angry

Watch him get it, whip whip whip it

Plenty flour in the kitchen, but he ain’t cookin’ chicken

’till them folks kick in the door, tell him run me all that dough

And all that work, and all that perk is coming with me boy fo sho

What he holdin’ he cocking and start poppin’

’till that chopper turn his watermelon into fruit salad

Now what did he gain from all that hustlin’

Gave his whole life to the streets and got nothing

Pride will turn a fool into a G

That’s why you think like it won’t happen to me

 

You say you in the kitchen steady whippin’ ’bout to make a killin’

Streets stack money to the ceiling, boy that’ll

Get your head bust, Merked, Get your head bust, Merked

Get your head bust, Merked, Get your head bust, Merked

You going hard for that paper, statin on them haters

Guarantee it’ll happen now or later, boy you gon’

Get your head bust, Merked, Get your head bust, Merked

Get your head bust, Merked, Get your head bust, Merked

 

September 6, 2011

PRO STRONGER LYRICS

I go harder

Cause I done been knocked down again

But what don’t kill me that make me stronger

Stronger that make me stronger stronger

I gotta live

And ain’t no way I’m going back to my sin

I know you live in me and that make me stronger

Stronger that make me stronger stronger

 

You say the righteous never get forsaken

Well help me understand while I feel like a orphan lately

That’s such a selfish statement look how my heart impatient

You send these trials to make me

But never let em break me

Media hate us set that on top of our hate list

My homies get glad for bangers

Detractors just wanna debate us

Hey You sustain us won’t let us get devoured by evil

They want us lost and swimming with the sharks-Finding Nemo

And even if I die today or this world don’t ever change

I give glory to your name cause we on

And I ain’t talkin bout the shows they put me in

But through His blood He bought me back

So if I fall in faith I go

 

I go harder

Cause I done been knocked down again

But what don’t kill me that make me stronger

Stronger that make me stronger stronger

I gotta live

And ain’t no way I’m going back to my sin

I know you live in me and that make me stronger

Stronger that make me stronger stronger

 

Sometimes I just wanna end it all it’s like this after the fall

They beat me until I crawl still I’m hearing you’re call

I’m begging for assistance while in this life I’m resistance

See I have no resistance minus my Father’s persistance

So even if life wanna throw me a curve

We’re building everything top of His Word

That’s how we fight forget what you heard

Say what you want or what I do or what I don’t

For every sin we knows the cost and He paid that on top that cross

We know this life is full of pain but for Him I’m unashamed

Cause He gon’ call my name and I’m gone

That’s why I live my life in light of that

Ain’t no way I’m turning back

Call me out, a matter of fact

 

I go harder

Cause I done been knocked down again

But what don’t kill me that make me stronger

Stronger that make me stronger stronger

I gotta live

And ain’t no way I’m going back to my sin

I know you live in me and that make me stronger

Stronger that make me stronger stronger

 

Throw them hands up wave em in the air

If you know you’re stronger c’mon everybody say Ya

Yeah yeaah

Now throw them hands up wave em in the air

If you know you’re stronger c’mon everybody say Ya

Yeah yeaah

 

I go harder

Cause I done been knocked down again

But what don’t kill me that make me stronger

Stronger that make me stronger stronger

I gotta live

And ain’t no way I’m going back to my sin

I know you live in me and that make me stronger

Stronger that make me stronger stronger

 

September 6, 2011

PRO MISSION TO MARS LYRICS

Yeah I’m on a mission, Yeah I’m on a mission, Yeah I’m on a mission, Yeah I’m on a mission

P-p-p-playing my position, playing my position, playing my position, playing my position

I-I-I-I am blasting off to Mars and you know I ain’t stopping

I am blasting off to Mars and you know I ain’t stopping, I am blasting off to Mars and you know I ain’t stopping

 

Ok I’m blasting off to Mars, (Houston we have a problem)

Soaring like a rocket, but I’m not Kevin Martin

I’m so unashamed for this cross I got my heart in

He set me ablaze I’m on fire, arson

Ain’t no turning back boy, I have just departed

It’d be Looney Tunes to quit, Marvin Martian

Yeah I’m on a mission, I ain’t worried ’bout no hator

I’m blowing up this gospel with my space modulator

 

Wait a minute it’s the grace of the king coming forward, no opposition

In a marathon running for the cross

I can see the finish line and there ain’t no quitting

Everybody wanna rep for the Lord

What you asking for, boy yes I’m with it

Our hearts are ready for the takeoff, do we have ignition?

 

Yeah I’m on a mission, Yeah I’m on a mission, Yeah I’m on a mission, Yeah I’m on a mission

P-p-p-playing my position, playing my position, playing my position, playing my position

I-I-I-I am blasting off to Mars and you know I ain’t stopping

I am blasting off to Mars and you know I ain’t stopping, I am blasting off to Mars and you know I ain’t stopping

 

Ok I’m blasting off to Mars, yes sir I’m ’bout to leave Earth

And if I fall Christ catch me like a wide receiver

Bye-bye to my problems, they are old like a beeper

I hope you hear me loud and clear let me adjust my tweakers

The stars have war ’till they get crushed by Darth Vader

But I walk on that sky and be at peace with my maker

I don’t need your fame, addicted to the Lord’s name

I’m a fiend while my heart beat, Eddie King

 

I don’t ever wanna be the one the Lord said lived his life in vain

If that sounds crazy, then guess I am clinically insane

I’m not of this world, boy you should get that up in your brain

I-I am taking off, but I-I-I ain’t on a plane

 

Yeah I’m on a mission, Yeah I’m on a mission, Yeah I’m on a mission, Yeah I’m on a mission

P-p-p-playing my position, playing my position, playing my position, playing my position

I-I-I-I am blasting off to Mars and you know I ain’t stopping

I am blasting off to Mars and you know I ain’t stopping, I am blasting off to Mars and you know I ain’t stopping

 

September 6, 2011

PRO DRINK FROM HIS CUP (FEATURING SUZY ROCK)

Knockin’ knockin’ at my door

Yes I know what they are here for

They kick it in, run inside

Kidnap my wife this is goodbye

I see hate inside your eyes

My God and I you do despise

If this prayer’s my last time

Hope through this He saves your life

I will never hide I will never run

I will sacrafice my life in the name of the Son

Beat me to the ground i see the Glory of the Lord

This the moment we all been waiting for

Let ’em stab me, burn me

You are worthy

Drown me, starve me

Bruise me, harm me

The pain that i bear cannot compare

To your arms once i get there

 

People don’t hear You so I’ll be your voice

Suffering daily but still we rejoice

Time for your glory, I’m just telling your story

We’ll carry the cross you suffer before me

People dont know you so I’ll be the one

To introduce them to Your glorious Son

And until that day when we see Your face

This race we will run inspired by Love

We’ll drink from His cup

 

Dead in sin – the state of men

Dirt and filth – they lay within

Sacrifice – they need to live

So I’ll go down and walk with them

They’ll reject me – disrespect me

Laugh and mock me – as they test me

Send the guards to come arrest me

I know that they won’t accept me

Thorns on my head nails in my hands

But for the Father and His glory I will take this cross

Cup full of wrath pour it on my head

I will take every single drop to atone for the lost

Let em whip me, curse me

You are worthy

Beat me taunt me

Move me-hardly

The pain I bear cannot compare

For the glory of the Father – for You I share

 

People don’t hear You so I’ll be your voice

Suffering daily but still we rejoice

Time for your glory im just telling your story

We’ll carry the cross you suffer before me

People dont know you so i’ll be the one

To introduce them to your glorious son

And until that day when we see your face

This race we’ll run inspired by Love

We’ll drink from His cup

September 6, 2011

PRO GET BUCK LYRICS (FEATURING CHAD JONES, BROTHATONE AND CANON)

(The Kraken)

Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey

Hey where you goin’! where you goin’!

We give our life for the king and you know it!

Everybody get buck with me, get buck with me, get buck with me, get buck with me

Now give me elbow room, give me elbow room, Now give me elbow room, give me elbow room

Everybody get buck with me, get buck with me, get buck with me, get buck with me

 

[PRo]

My wife, my family ain’t seen me like this

I told my mama I ain’t never goin’ quit

He done made me alive I ain’t worried ’bout my health

If I ever turn around it’s like i’m killin’ myself

Where my soldiers at?

(RIGHT HERE RIGHT HERE GIVE OUR LIFE FOR THE CROSS WE AIN’T GOT NO FEAR!)

Yeah I know it, We marching strong

Boy we got our armor on (It’s on)

And we goin’ set it off

Till we finally see our final throne

 

[Chad Jones]

Here’s the Truth in 3D clear, No glasses though

Your visions jacked-up, kaleidoscopes

We goin’ home, what’s the big hurry

The truths is sweet black and white McFlurry

See sin is like a water cycle, ‘vaporate and come right back

Rainin’ down on everybody, flood the earth just check the map

Make us wanna get the cash, stack the checks true collectors

Now we’re showin’ his glory new projectors

 

Hey where you goin’! where you goin’!

We give our life for the king and you know it!

Everybody get buck with me, get buck with me, get buck with me, get buck with me

Now give me elbow room, give me elbow room, Now give me elbow room, give me elbow room

Everybody get buck with me, get buck with me, get buck with me, get buck with me

 

[Brothatone]

Uh, everything I have I lose it

Trusting in Christ I got something to gain

And nothing to lose I give up my life for the cross and it’s never the same (nah)

I’m lettin’ Him rule, ’cause livin’ my life on my own can bring nothin’ but pain

And livin’ for Strenth, nothing can change

I’ll pour out my life and now nothing remains

Yeah, i’m just a vessel for the master’s truth

Givin’ my life for the faith, I wanna imitate everything the master do

Get buck when we say through the masters grace

Walking in love with the Masters crew

Can’t wait till I see my masters face

Tell the whole world I’m passing through

 

[Canon]

We coming with the fellas who be living unashamed of the gospel

Anybody wanna rather get it with Father

Perfect model, for the Father we will take gun shots

(brakabrakabrakabraka)

Can’t nobody tell me that He really never died

In the grave never living, and ascended up high

Ha, you get high high, man I’m in and like “In and no lie”

When I’m coming get up out my lane

PRo’s hard in the paint, Chad Jones, Brothatone pumping up like veins

To strong coming and they running and beginning in believing in the Father we running

Ha, can’t nobody stop us but our King

Can’t nobody knock us, knock us

We’re hotter then weather, now put it together, we coming harder then a

“I’m done”

 

Hey where you goin’! where you goin’!

We give our life for the king and you know it!

Everybody get buck with me, get buck with me, get buck with me, get buck with me

Now give me elbow room, give me elbow room, Now give me elbow room, give me elbow room

Everybody get buck with me, get buck with me, get buck with me, get buck with me

 

September 6, 2011

PRO NO ONE GREATER LYRICS (FEATURING JSON AND TRIP LEE)

There is no one greater, Elohim the only creator

You sent your son to earth, He is our only Savior

You are our only maker all of the claimers are fakers

They try to take your glory; can’t get any lamer!

Break out in precious jewels, wearing it look something mean

But they cheap imitations; they gon’ turn yo neck green!

Wear my faith on my sleeve even if they make me bleed

Let ’em take my life, I give you all of me

Omnipotent, Omnipresent, you rule over earth and heaven

Time is on the plot as you, you see past, future and present

I don’t deserve to know you, yet you give me your blessing

You made me new and gave me life, I’m forever indebted!

 

Who can be compared to you? No, I see no one greater

Who can be compared to you? No, I see no one greater

Who can be compared to you? No, I see no one greater

I-I-I see no one greater, that’s why I live for the savior

Flow is not good enough, I give you all of me

They-they can take everything, I give you all of me

Itching to serve more, I give you all of me

I give you all of me

I give you all of me

 

JSon:

Yeshua, tran-translation Jesus Christ and He’s ruler

Who you got that compares to him

Only stands as …..

…………………………………………………

Lacking passion

Passion has us in his fabulous grip

…………

and let him go,

He made the grave breath,

literally coughed him up,

he looked like, “what?”

there go you …..

All things were made for him,

Through him,

By him,

Just read Paul and you’ll see

I denied him

Tried to fight him

His light kept drawing me

So here, take all of me

And I won’t hold back no part of me

See there was nothing but dark on me

Til the Son (sun) made himself dawn on me

Now see He should blow your mind today

Li-listen to every line I say

His watch is broke

Our skies are low

Cuz he stands outside of time and space, Who’s greater?!

 

Who can be compared to You? No, I see no one greater

Who can be compared to You? No, I see no one greater

Who can be compared to You? No, I see no one greater

I-I-I see no one greater, that’s why I live for the savior

Flow is not good enough, I give you all of me

They-they can take everything, I give you all of me

Itching to serve more, I give you all of me

I give you all of me

I give you all of me

 

Trip Lee:

Hey what they think this is, think they messing with a rookie?

Now He’s the Holy Spirit, you should see from where he took me

Was running from the Lord, He chased me down and then he booked me

The Father sent him out to get me, He never forsook me

The holy hound dog, the holy bounty hunter

The lord sent him for ya? Then he’s bound to hunt ya

You will be found dawg, then you’ll be crown called

That mean the king’s calling, knees to the ground dawg

Then you’ll be running to him,

Can’t put him on the back burner,

Old me,

He put him in a casket,

…………..

…………

It’s clear from the head that the back bled,

Raised from the dead I’m back

Seem like everything’s covered like flat screens

Ever since I got bowed down to the Great King

 

Who can be compared to you? No, I see no one greater

Who can be compared to you? No, I see no one greater

Who can be compared to you? No, I see no one greater

I-I-I see no one greater, that’s why I live for the savior

Flow is not good enough, I give you all of me

They-they can take everything, I give you all of me

Itching to serve more, I give you all of me

I give you all of me

I give you all of me

 

September 6, 2011

Christian Author To Release New Book THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO TWILIGHT: Women, Sex & God

 

It’s no secret that the Twilight book and film series have become a phenomenon among teenage girls, and in her new book, The Gospel According to Twilight: Women, Sex, and God, author Elaine A. Heath takes a closer look at the vampire story’s theology and the impact it could have on young women and girls.

Heath, the associate professor of evangelism at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, told Awaken Generation Blog that the first reason why girls love Twilight is because it’s exciting.

“I think it really captures a lot of the spiritual and social questions and anxieties of a generation that describe themselves as spiritual but not religious,” she observed.

Twilight, which began as a series of novels by Stephenie Meyer and has since been made into several blockbuster films, is centered around a teenage girl, Bella, who falls in love with a vampire, Edward. Mix in a few werewolves, some danger, and a lot of romance and you have a cultural phenomenon.

The Twilight franchise raked in nearly $70 million in U.S. ticket sales on opening weekend for both the first and third films in the saga, according to The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) website. In 2009, the second installment, “New Moon,” brought in a staggering amount of nearly $143 million.

Despite its popularity, Heath has concerns about what young people might be learning from the stories.

“The most alarming aspect of the books,” she said, “is the systematic gender violence and gender stereotyping that’s negative … especially about women and girls.”

She believes the main female characters in the series are all victims of violence, but because it is mixed with romance and justification attempts, the violence toward women becomes “normalized” to the audience.

“Edward has many characteristics of men who batter,” she noted, “and his behavior and his control (stalking, demanding to know where she is), all these different things that he does to intimidate and control her, those are things that abusive men and boys do to girls.”

On the bright side, there are a number of positive theological themes to be explored in the series as well.

The strongest Christian theme, Heath suggested, is that of reconciliation. In the end, Bella’s character is able to bring peace between the warring species of humans, vampires, and werewolves. The theme of salvation is also present throughout the series.

The Cullen family (Edward’s parents and siblings), she added, are also a model of what a strong faith community is like – they encourage each other to do what’s right, sacrifice for the common good, and use their gifts to protect one another.

There are also Mormon themes present in the novels, Heath pointed out, because Meyer belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

So there are good and bad lessons to be learned from the series, but the story can be used to open up a dialogue with younger generations.

“I think it could be very helpful in unearthing unhealthy relationship and gender issues that are in our culture,” she said. “Likewise, it could help us to have some great spiritual conversations and critiques of social problems in our culture.”

The key to discussing cultural issues, Heath noted, is to do so with respect.

From her experience, Twilight fanatics will “shut down” if you speak badly about their favorite character; so in order for parents or youth leaders to create a dialogue over cultural issues they need to approach them thoughtfully and lovingly.

Many more theological and social issues are covered in Heath’s book, in which she included a series of questions to help encourage dialogue over the important issues she discusses.

The newest film in the Twilight series, “Breaking Dawn, Part One,” opens in theaters on Nov. 18.