What Makes a True Friend? Visit the Land of Twilight and See

ArynChildren's Bookshelf, Christian Fiction, Family, Young Adult (Age 12+)5 Comments

Middle school is a tough age. (And probably every age group after that, too…) When you’re going through all of that, you really need a friend. But what makes a true friend? How would you describe a true friend in 10 words or less? And then, the hardest question. Do you show any of the qualities of a true friend yourself? Journey to Twilight with 6th Graders Lorna and Sam to find out more!

#1 New Wizard of Oz Allegory: No Space Like Home

ArynChristian Fiction, Family, Young Adult (Age 12+)4 Comments

Swirling Starfield

I’ve encountered more than one Wizard of Oz allegory in my life, and more than one of them has been very Sci-fi in nature. I especially enjoyed the movie on the Sci-fi network a few years (decades) back. I have to say, though, that today’s book, No Space Like Home is by far the best. This book takes on a Wizard of Oz Allegory with both futuristic/spacetravel fun, and the Good Shepherd into the bargain. It’s like a perfect collection of my favorite elements! Were you a fan of the Wizard of Oz movie growing up? I’m sure the splash … Read More

100+ Best Middle-Grade Books of All Time

ArynFamily, Children's Bookshelf, Christian Fiction, Young Adult (Age 12+)16 Comments

Today let’s talk about how to determine the best middle-grade books of all time. (and yes, I plan on tackling a quality high school reading list soon, too) The Best middle-grade books of all time are timeless – the story isn’t so bogged down in some issue that would not apply 20 years later. Ageless: Tthe best books for middle school students are truly enjoyable (and understandable by) 1st graders and grownups alike. The best middle-grade books of all time are personable – it is easy to connect with the characters, both the kids and the adults. Moral lessons discovered, … Read More

Could There Be Good Dragons in the Bible?

ArynFamily, Christian Fiction, Faith, Young Adult (Age 12+)24 Comments

Dragons can teach us Faith

Do you like Dragons? I do. The good ones, anyway. If you give them half a chance, they can show you some of the best characteristics, the ones that inspire you to live as Jesus wants you to. And the bad dragons, well, they show you what the consequences are for bad choices, and what you REALLY don’t want to look like. But, are there any Good dragons in the Bible? I know the dragons in the Bible, in Revelation at least, are NOT good. So Let’s take a quick look through a few ‘dragons in the Bible’ verses and see what … Read More