Here's something true. This is a Bible study blog. And Christians should read the Bible. But what else should we read? The truth is that entertainment is an important part of our lives. It's part of how we rest and play (things that God does too!). Sure, entertainment done wrong can hijack our lives and our sleep, or can gradually woo us away from our values. But entertainment done right can actually make us more productive and effective in all the things we do (even, or especially, the ... Read More about 3 Reasons Act of Valor is Entertainment Done Right
Dear Little Sister, (You know who you are. And I'll have to send you the link to this post, because I know you won't see it otherwise!). Last week I read a book that was hard to read. Not, like, technically difficult, but challenging. It didn't make me cry then, but it might now. It was a book about cancer, and the chaos that comes after it. A book about hope that comes from Jesus and not from career, family, finances, friends, or health. But it was especially a book about sisters. The ... Read More about 3 Things I Want to Say to My Little Sister
According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), "approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. (46.6 million) experiences mental illness in a given year." That's a staggering statistic (and one I've been a part of), especially for something we don't talk about all that much. And there are more like it. Mental illness affects you or someone you know - sometimes diagnosed, sometimes left untreated, sometimes mild and sometimes severe. Mental illness is, in a sense, normal, so it makes sense ... Read More about Have you met a protagonist with a mental illness?
Can I just say that Chautona Havig has a special gift? It seems like every book she writes has the funniest premise you could think of. Thirty Days Hath... is no exception. Adric's friends have decided that it's time for him to get married. Actually, he wants to get married at some point, too. But he just doesn't have time to date and find the right girl. So they set up this scheme that seems like a cross between the bachelor and...I don't know. It's not like a sketchy scheme either. Twelve ... Read More about Think you don’t have time to date?
No little girl thinks "I want to be a prostitute when I grow up." We'd rather save the world. So how is it that between reading Love's Rescue and watching a high school production of Les Miserables in the last two weeks, I "met" so many French prostitutes? Both stories exposed the awful circumstances that bring women into that "profession." And once they are there, they're stuck. In survival mode. In those days, even if you got "out," no one would hire you legitimately, no one would marry ... Read More about This girl was NOT Voted “Most Likely to Save the World.”