Encouragement

Resolved: He Will Hold Me Fast

Oh, how I love New Years Eve. I always have, and as I’ve gotten older, I have begun to understand why. I like fresh starts, I like getting organized, I like new beginnings, and new days with “no mistakes in them…yet.” (Cool people will picture their favorite Canadian red-head right about now.) What better time for all of those than the beginning of a brand new year?

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Encouragement

Longfellow Revisited: A Gospel Poem for Christmas

Douglas Bond, author of several historical fiction novels, recently hosted a contest where one had to write a stanza that matched the syntax and style of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, and captured the essence of how the Gospel proves that “wrong shall fail and right prevail.”

The following is a poem that was born during this contest, when I began to ponder the depths of the Gospel, and how Christmas is far more than the birth of Jesus, it is the coming of lasting hope, the promise of peace, and the gift of redemption. Many thanks to Bond and Longfellow, for their work, and for turning my eyes back to the Savior this Christmas.

The final stanza is from Longfellow’s original work. Merry Christmas, dear friends.

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Interviews & Guest Posts

Interview with Robin Jones Gunn {Christmas, Stories for Girls, and Mother-Daughter Connections}

Hello, dear Robin! Thank you so much for joining me for an interview! It is such an honor! I first heard about your books through Hallmark Channel, when Erin Krakow from When Calls the Heart (one of my favorite shows) was in the movie Finding Father Christmas. We watched the movie, and then I checked out the book from the library and fell in love with it! Tell me, what was it like getting your book turned into a movie? Did you like how the characters were portrayed?

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Encouragement

Perfection… In Every Act: Reflections from Another Year of Life

“You may not understand why He leads you now in this way and now in that, but you may, nay, you must believe that perfection is stamped on His every act.”

Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss

I remember one year ago, waking up on my eighteenth birthday. I crept downstairs in the dark early hours, made a cup of coffee, wrapped myself in my Charlie Brown blanket, and sat on the couch where I could sit and stare at the Christmas tree. I took my glasses off, because my favorite way to look at Christmas lights is when my vision is unaided, and my near sightedness takes control, blurring the colors into a magnificent display of light and wonder. Then I just sat. And stared. And dreamed.

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Interviews & Guest Posts

{Shop Spotlight & Interview} Haleigh DeRocher – Sweet Sequels

For the final installment of our Small Shop Spotlight Series, I am so excited to welcome Haleigh DeRocher from Sweet Sequels to the blog today! My birthday and Christmas wish list this year was 90% items from her shop. I mean, a 221B Baker Street t-shirt? Yes, please. Narnia book sleeves? Obviously. Middle Earth blanket? Is that even a question? So without further ado, allow me to introduce the brains behind this business: Haleigh. Stay at home mom, entrepreneur extraordinaire, and serious book lover. Enjoy the interview, and scroll down to the bottom for a link to Sweet Sequels!

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Interviews & Guest Posts

{Shop Spotlight & Interview} Lucy McCracken – Lucy in the Sky Creations

It is my pleasure to welcome Lucy McCracken from Lucy in the Sky Creations for our third Saturday in the Small Shop Spotlight Series!! Her watercolors are whimsical and classic. Beautiful work tha is sure to brighten any space, bag, or even book…

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Interviews & Guest Posts

{Shop Spotlight & Interview} Lindsey Hunter – Dear Heart Letter Co.

Happy Saturday, friends! It’s our second week in the Small Shop Spotlight Series, and it is an honor to welcome Lindsey Hunter from Dear Heart Letter Co. to the blog today! *insert loud applause here*

I found Lindsey’s shop through another shop that will be featured the end of this month, Sweet Sequels, when she was part of a giveaway. I saw her “Courage, dear heart” tin mug, and as a huge Narnia fan I fell in love with it! Lindsey was so kind to agree to an interview, and was actually the first shop I had lined up! So without further ado, it is my pleasure to share her interview! Also, for a link to her shop, scroll to the bottom of this post.

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Interviews & Guest Posts

Interview with Mark Hamby {Part 1: Suffering and Endurance in Stories}

Mark Hamby is the president of Lamplighter Publishing, a division of Lamplighter Ministries. He has graciously joined me for a two part interview that I pray is encouraging and enjoyable! Link to the Lamplighter website is found at the bottom of this post. 

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Fiction Reviews, The Top Shelf: Children's Books, The Top Shelf: YA or Adult

{Book Review} On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

Lad, it’s one thing to be poor in pocket – nothing wrong with that. But poor in heart – that’s no good.”

-On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson

About the book…

This is the first book in The Wingfeather Saga. A tale I would place on my shelf beside C. S. Lewis or J. R. R. Tolkien, masterful storytelling that has become a rarity. The Igiby family has lived as normal a life as they could these last few years in the Glipwood Township under the invasion of the evil Fangs of Dang. But as their freedom slowly slips away, questions begin to rise, and more than their right to walk the streets without being bothered is at stake.

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