Culture Shock: How One Girl Challenges Assumptions

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I’ve seen Culture Shock examples a few times, but until I read Past Forward, I had no idea how many cultural assumptions there are in my own life! Nothing quite as dramatic as Willow’s but: If you want me to know something, you will tell me. (drives a few people in my family crazy, because they ask me questions and all I can say is “I don’t know, I didn’t ask” ) It’s hard to Enjoy downtime  because my brain is thinking of all the things I “should” be doing. I’m still trying to connect the Christian churches in the … Read More

4 Practical Ruth and Naomi Relationship Principles to Live By

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4 Ruth and Naomi Relationship Principles

Retelling of Bible stories in another time period can be a powerful tool. Translating the Ruth and Naomi relationship dynamics into other settings managed to bring home the lessons all over again.   Join me today as we talk about 4 tried and true Ruth and Naomi relationship principles. One of the greatest things about books based on Bible stories is that you aren’t tampering with the original, so anyone who’s nervous about Biblical fiction can safely enjoy it.   Today’s translation from Ruth and Naomi in the Bible to Victorian England was fascinating. Readers familiar with and enjoying Christian Historical fiction … Read More

Naaman’s Servant: The Beautiful Faith of a Child

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Naaman’s servant girl has a difficult story to tell. There’s hardship and tragedy in the opening scenes. But whether she was 9 or 16, Naaman’s servant girl is an inspiring role model! Her confidence in God even in the midst of her life-altering situation is exactly what we need to be teaching ourselves and our kids. Naaman and the servant girl together make for a powerful story of faith. Naaman’s Servant Girl Simple enough for kids, this work of biblical fiction for kids tells the story of Naaman’s servant girl. Moriah’s Wings doesn’t focus on Naaman’s story, as much as … Read More

An Emotional Baggage Check: Laugh, Love, and Look in the Mirror

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Emotional baggage check: Baggage is everywhere, and yet we’re often surprised by the effects of it.   It gets packed by us, and by others. We carry it around and as miserable as it makes us, it’s reassuring because it is familiar.   Then sometimes our baggage gets a little bit too full and heavy, so it explodes on those around us.   Making sure that we go see the Baggage Handler* with all types of emotional baggage is the best way to deal with our baggage.     ? Please note that this post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  If … Read More

3 Biblical Allusions In Christian Fiction To Keep Watch For

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In my opinion, Biblical Allusions are one of the best things about reading Christian fiction. I find Gospel parallels in literature are a great educational tool.   You can find out more about why authors use Biblical allusions in literature and those best Gospel Parallels below the book review, but first:   From Celebrate Lit, here’s the latest in Christian Allegory / Fantasy and Gospel Parallels! Bible Allusions and Biblical Parallels in The Arrow Bringer A new Allegory inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia, but an absolutely different and unique allusion to the Bible. Definitely a bit more mature material … Read More

Fear God Not Man: Encouragement, with a Challenge

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Fear God not Man, Bible verses about fear

When you fear God not man, you have so much more freedom! The pressure is so much lighter! To fear no one but God is an interesting dynamic, I think. Sometimes I manage to do this, and other times the fear of man (opinions, appearances, insults or even a general “hard time”) holds me back from doing what I know God wants of me. Sometimes, I would rather disappoint God, whom I can’t see, than those around me whose reactions are immediately apparent. But this passage really puts things in perspective! (Matthew 10:26-33 NASB) 26 “Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed … Read More

Keeping Your Promise When It’s Hard

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How important is keeping your promise? On a scale of one to ten, where would you place the importance of keeping your word? I would venture to say that It’s not meaningless (1) but is it a consistent 10? Jesus said: “let your yes be yes, and your no, no.” (Matthew 5:37) Basically, mean what you say, and follow through. A lot of things are easier said than done, or we wouldn’t be urged to “count the cost in advance.” Can we talk about what keeping a promise means for a bit, then I will share a great book I’ve just … Read More

Premeditated Serendipity: Can There Possibly Be Such A Thing?

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Premeditated Serendipity is today’s treat: an unforgettable read that handles forgiveness and second chances. And Wayne’s explanation of Daisies is awesome! About the Book Title: Premeditated Serendipity Author: Chautona Genre: Christian romance Release date: November 16, 2017 …make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you. ~ I Thessalonians 4:11 That’s all Reid wanted to do–just serve the Lord for a year before concerning himself with anything else. Yeah, the idea came from an odd “prophesy” one of the watchmen of Fairbury’s new Prayer Room spoke over him. … Read More

Shelter of the Most High: Psalm 91 Brought to Life

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It’s a privilege for us to dwell in the shelter of the Most High. A gift, he has given us. As Beth Moore is so fond of saying, there ain’t no ‘high’ like the Most High! He is the Maker, Creator, Master, and Friend. Almighty Father Protector and Guide. For us to be allowed shelter with Him, well, wow! I’ve spent a good bit of time on Psalm 90-91 lately (a prayer of Moses), with this post in mind. Psalm 90 talks about the Most High God, and His power and eternal nature. A plea to see God’s work, be … Read More

Wayne Thomas Batson with an Epic Sword in the Stars

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When I saw that Wayne Thomas Batson Author of this week’s Celebrate Lit Book Review was from the same part of Maryland as I was, It made me smile! Please allow me to introduce you to today’s Epic: Sword in the Stars, the beginning of the Dark Sea Annals. About the Book Book Title: Sword in the Stars Author: Wayne Thomas Batson Genre: Epic Fantasy Release date: August 16, 2017 The difference in their uncanny eyes could not be easily discerned. In the rays of the setting sun, both Aravel’s and Morlan’s eyes appeared gold. In the pale moonlight…yellow. Seemingly … Read More