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World View Book Review

World View Book Review

World View: Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life by Marvin Olasky book review World View by Marvin Olasky Spiritual Growth New Growth Press How could our world be different if Christians were recognized for not only speaking the truth, but also demonstrating mercy? What would our lives be like if we reacted to … Continue reading

A Family Shaped by Grace Book Review

A Family Shaped by Grace Book Review

A Family Shaped by Grace by Gary Morland book review.Last fall I had the opportunity to travel to North Carolina and attend a conference called Hope Writers. Gary Morland was one of the speakers who helped to put on this conference. I can tell you he puts his all into helping others…which can be seen … Continue reading

Unseen Book Review

Unseen Book Review

Unseen by Sara Hagerty book review. When I found out Sara Hagerty was writing a new book I couldn’t wait to read it, therefore I was very excited when I got chosen to be on her book launch team. Sara pours her heart out in her books…she is truly a gifted writer. Her new book … Continue reading

Have You Ever Looked Pain In The Eye?

Have You Ever Looked Pain In The Eye?

Have you ever looked pain in the eye? Without a doubt you have–this brokenness that hides, but becomes visible in one’s eyes. Yes, it’s hidden behind bright smiles, infectious laughter, and words of  I’m Great!, Things have been a little hectic, but I’m fine, and I’m going to be okay once things slow down–but things … Continue reading

In-justice

In-justice

Injustice rains down like a plague. The innocent…feel the sting! “Jesus Christ never trusted human nature, yet he was never cynical, never in despair about any man, because he trusted absolutely in what the grace of God could do in human nature.”– Oswald Charles …the children…the weak…the defenceless members of society. “The great Kind, immortal, … Continue reading

Season of Ugly

Season of Ugly

Sometimes we find ourselves in the middle of ugly. No one walks this earth without getting mud on their feet…sometimes! Mud is dirty, messy, and can weigh one down. The deeper the mire the harder it is to take another step. Sometimes…we fold and give up. Other times…we grab hold of anger and feast! In … Continue reading

Oh, Miss!

Oh, Miss!

The temperature is thirty-two degrees, ice chips are falling from the sky, and she’s holding a sign that reads “Homeless…Desperate.” Her bags are sitting in the snow along with a McDonald’s cup. When I was growing up I often heard people say, “You don’t know how another person feels unless you’ve walked in their shoes.” … Continue reading

The Woman Behind the Pen…Continued.

The Woman Behind the Pen…Continued.

I received some, truly, heartfelt comments from yesterday’s post (Whose Behind the Pen…and Why I Blog), and I want you to know what a blessing it is to hear from my readers. When we take down the masks…be real…and stop pretending that we have this thing called “life” figured out, then and only then, can … Continue reading

Whose Behind the Pen…and Why I Blog

Whose Behind the Pen…and Why I Blog

Whose behind the pen…and why I blog. Many writers will tell you they’ve been writing from a very young age…that writing is in their blood. Not so for me. I never dreamed of writing nor did I ever plan to be a writer. Writing for me came from a love of history that turned into … Continue reading

Can You Imagine?

Can You Imagine?

Can you imagine being fourteen-years old and your parents have arrange for you to be married? That’s exactly what happened to Shiuli a fourteen-year-old Nepalese woman who grew up in a quiet mountain village located in Nepal. At fourteen, she married Tarun whom her parents had chosen for her to marry. Tarun decided they would … Continue reading

And Thus the Measuring Begins!

And Thus the Measuring Begins!

Within minutes of being born newborns are given an Apgar score. A quick assessment to evaluate their health…and thus the measuring begins!(Now, before I go any further, let me clarify; I’m not in anyway opposed to the Apgar test rather I’m just trying to make a point!) Scores, measurements, and competition (climbing ladders) it starts … Continue reading

God’s Shining Light

God’s Shining Light

My oldest son and I sit, flipping through magazines, in the eye doctor’s office waiting for our appointment. “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” plays on the radio.  An older gentleman–once vibrant now on decline–waits.  Confusion cloud’s his mind–making him angry.  He is going from the light to darkness–dementia.  It could be any of us…someday … Continue reading

Stories Behind the Faces

Stories Behind the Faces

When I was five or six years of age I would sometimes accompany my parents to auctions. The weather never seemed to be hospitable…it was either raining or spitting snow and was always cold! Mom would pack us a thermos of hot chocolate to warm our bones during the auction. She also brought alone blankets … Continue reading