• Books,  Celebrate Lit

    Old Testament stories … yeah, I’ve heard them all before

    When you grow up going to church, Sunday school, youth group, bible studies, you get very familiar with all the stories of the Bible. They become routine and you take them for granted. Overall, a lot of times, some of us think of the Old Testament as tedious, old and unrelatable. But sometimes, you find a teacher who will help make it all real for you. In this book, Ruth: Redeeming the Darkness, we are shown that Ruth is full of drama: tragedy, love, family tensions, LIFE!!  Just because it’s terse and lacking in thousands of words, doesn’t mean there isn’t a story. About the Book Book: Ruth, Redeeming the…

  • Books,  Celebrate Lit

    Real life and fictional life …

    One of the criticisms I hear from people who don’t like fiction is that it’s not reality (to which my snarky inner voice says “well, duh!!”). And some people think it’s not right to submerge yourself into a world lacking in reality. And this may be true for people who don’t know how to distinguish reality and fiction. For some reason, even at an early age, I knew that there was a huge difference between what was seen on TV or read in books, and the reality of things in this world. A quick example is, people say that kids who see Moe poking Curly’s eyes will think that they…

  • Pottery

    Why do I call my kiln “the Dragon”?

      I know, it makes it sound scary and dangerous. Honestly, they are scary and dangerous, IF not handled right (just like a dragon 🙂  ) Many times when I am doing something for myself, around the house, not for a specific job or someone else, I get distracted or I don’t put my whole focus on what I’m doing. You know how that is. You mindlessly go through the motions, thinking about everything, but what you’re doing. When you’re folding laundry or loading a dishwasher, that’s not so bad, but when you are handling something that contains heat up over 2,000 degrees … you don’t want to be “going…

  • Books,  Celebrate Lit

    The Battle is Real

    We walk through our days, unaware of what is happening in the unseen realm. I’m not talking about ghosts … I don’t believe in ghosts. I do believe in demons. And it is my humble opinion that they from time to time manifest themselves as ghosts, to give people the impression that when they die, they too can wander around earth, instead of having to face their judgment before our mighty and fearful Creator. But this isn’t about ghosts – I was just tossing that in, as a point to ponder for some of you. The Bible teaches us that there is a lot going on, that we don’t see.…

  • Books,  Celebrate Lit

    TMI – Not that kind

    Usually, when we are on social media, someone will say something that is more information than we need to know, that would be best kept to themselves. Oftentimes, someone (usually me) will respond TMI. If you are not up on the current internet lingo, TMI means “Too Much Information”. In reading excellent stories, we sometimes come across a different kind of TMI, absolutely NOT related to the above (ultra-personal things), but I don’t want to start on a negative for such a very good book. Let me start with this, Chosen People was not a book that required me to read the first few chapters, hoping it would grip me.…

  • Books,  Celebrate Lit

    I’m terrible with names … fictional names … even worse

    I am good at some things, but of all my weaknesses, remembering names is one of my greatest. I have to see a person over and over, talk to them, get to know them and then maybe I’ll have the chance of remembering their name. Even then, sometimes, my brain completely blanks out when it comes to using their name. It’s just embarrassing. Fortunately, when you read a book, it’s OK if you forget someone’s name, until there are many of them right at the beginning of the story. Then you need to have a printed list of the cast of characters. Thankfully, Wayne Thomas Batson provides that right away,…

  • Books,  Celebrate Lit

    Re-visiting Old Friends (in a book????) … only a book lover will understand this

    I have read books that have been great and I’ve enjoyed them, but I was able to stop reading and be done with the book, the story and the characters. But others somehow work their way into my mind and I almost feel I have found some friends. An Hour Unspent is like going back to visit old friends. About the Book Once London’s top thief, Barclay Pearce has turned his back on his life of crime and now uses his skills for a nation at war. But not until he rescues a clockmaker’s daughter from a mugging does he begin to wonder what his future might hold. Evelina Manning…

  • Books,  Christmas

    Christmas novellas … Yeah .. I KNOW

    …. it’s too early to start seeing Christmas stuff  …..   but I want to help my author friends. And you don’t have to read them now, but I encourage you to grab them while they are on sale and then you have some nice cozy and intriguing stories to read during the Christmas season. Also, if you grab them during November, you’ll get two additional treats.  And now I present – Comfort & Joy: The Christmas Lights Collection 2018. Featuring 4 novellas, each with its own special twist – for each I will give a quick, non-spoiler summary and brief review. 1 – Frost Heaves – (definition: “upward swelling in…

  • Books,  Celebrate Lit

    Giving Up Everything You Know ….

    … I know that sounds like the start of a blog about someone going on a long journey with just a backpack and a few dollars in their pocket. Well, when someone makes a decision to make a huge change in their life (or the change is thrust upon them), there is always some element of giving up and feeling loss. Sometimes, it’s a spiritual change, where you give up things that interfere with your relationship with God, or a physical change, where you give up things that cause your body to be sick, fat and tired. In Cassie’s case (the star of Vintage Wren), she gives up things that…

  • Books,  Celebrate Lit

    Quests and journeys ….

    life is full of them. That’s why I believe many people use quests and travel in their story telling. The most outstanding in my mind at this moment are Pilgrim’s Progress, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia. And now we have video games, where there are main quests and side quests, leveling up and moving on to level up again. Whether a person is writing from the Christian world view or just borrowing from it, this is the life we live as Christians. God gives us challenges. We, by His good grace “level up” and are faced with bigger challenges. Darkness and evil exist in this…