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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

Secrets Book Review

Secrets Book Review

Secrets: A True Story of Addiction, Infidelity, and Second Chances by Jonathan Daugherty book review. Secrets by Jonathan Daugherty   Marriage/Addiction New Growth Press Everyone has a secret or two—areas of their life they would rather not share with the general public. But Jonathan Daugherty had a life-altering, relationship-ending secret that he wanted to keep … Continue reading

Hunting Hope Book Review

Hunting Hope Book Review

Hunting Hope by Nika Maples book review.   Hunting Hope by Nika Maples   Spiritual Growth Worthy Publishing Dig through the darkness to find the light. Author Nika Maples offers a dash of hope in Hunting Hope to those who think all is lost. When you can’t see any hope in a season of difficulty, … Continue reading

What Children Need From Their Parents

What Children Need From Their Parents

How quickly our world is changing! We receive a constant influx of data…daily. So much so that it is impossible to keep abreast of all that is taking place around the globe. One would believe that with so much information at our fingertips parenting would be a breeze. Not so! Who among us could possibly … 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

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

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

Depression is a Parasite…a Thief.

Depression is a Parasite…a Thief.

Parasites show up uninvited. Often we don’t even know they have arrived, that is, until they have stolen our energy or made us ill. When my brother and I were children we often spend time in our grandparent’s woods. After a day of trekking through the forest my mother would take a comb and look … Continue reading

Dance of Life

Dance of Life

We do the dance of life, but do we hear the music? When I was in school, seventh and eighth graders could sign-up for eight weeks of dance lessons followed by a cotillion (formal dance). We learned the foxtrot and a couple other dances that I no longer remember the names nor the steps to. I … Continue reading

Never Forget to Thank God!

Never Forget to Thank God!

Last night flakes of white poured from heaven as if God opened a bag of feathers and let them spiral to earth. Piles of white beauty blanket the ground. All is pristine, flawless, made new…no spot or wrinkle. Just as Christ covered our sin’s with His blood and made us new! A gift from heaven … Continue reading