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July 21, 2011  | 2 min read

Tom Shadyac in Not Your Typical Hollywood Director

We need more individuals like Tom that live life to help others, instead of just helping themselves.

Michael Anthony


Wow, what a story. I cannot believe Tom Shadyac is an adjunct prof at Pepperdine. I would have KILLED to be in one of his classes. I was a telecom major at Seaver back in the early ’90s and am so jealous at the incredible talent and resources that department has now! Well done, Pepperdine, for securing such an amazing mentor like Tom.


What courage for Tom to have made such a big decision. I wonder why most of us need to experience tragedy before we reevalu- ate what is important? Imagine if more of us took that leap of faith; so many of the world’s problems would be solved. Here’s to Tom’s inspiration and our new wisdom.


This is a remarkable documentary. I recently offered bonus points to my students if they present me with a ticket stub. I teach a course called Health and Society. Tom’s definition of “mental illness” reflects a deep understanding of where we have gone wrong. As a sociologist, I can really appreciate his film and the power it has to change the direction of the lives of those who see it.
Lee Brocius


Miracle in the Desert

I have been following Katherine almost from the beginning and praying daily for her recovery. What an amazingly awesome God we serve. And who knows how many people will be touched and changed by your testimonies. God bless you.
Wanda Vermeer


Kat and Jay are two of the most grateful couples I’ve ever met. They honor Jesus in all the areas that they serve. I worked with Kat and Jay almost daily at Casa Colina in Pomona, where Kat learned how to eat and swallow again. Now that she has gone to eating food again she is stunningly gorgeous. She has trusted Jesus with her life, she has tremendous support from her and Jay’s folks. It’s amazing.
John Harrell


A Thinly Veiled Problem

We feel that if we set a good example and talk about positive body image, we are doing our job, but we must also talk about the perverted images of beauty perpetrated by the media. Our silence condones these false messages.

I remember when I was extremely young I always hated my body. The hatred continued through elementary school and developed into an eating disorder in sixth grade. I have been hospitalized multiple times and have yet to make progress. Every time I see commercials for weight loss or hear them on the radio I wonder what is going through young girls’ and guys’ heads. If it is what I am thinking about, it isn’t such a positive response. Thanks for this article; we need to stop poisoning the people in our society!
Karly Alexandra