The Great Pinterest Contest Experiment

This month a group of author friends discovered Pinterest. If you don't know, it's a way to share pictures, basically, a digital scrapbook. I have steampunk stuff, cool scenery, Mesopotamian ancient stuff, and books by my husband and I and our author friends. Sometimes people also post links to products you might be interested in …

Graduate Macroeconomics of Trucking 501

We have posted around 125 blogs and the only thing I have mentioned about trucking is the places we go and occasionally something unusual like a breakdown or weather. One issue that comes up several times a week and is really the basis for how America works is the finances of the trucking industry. Both …

An Unbelievable Intersection of Lives

This is the third contemporary romance I have read recently, and the second by a Christian writer. Normally I don't read this genre because the stories tend to focus on the self-centered "sufferings" of a heroine who doesn't have any real sufferings. I have been blessed, however, to find two out of three gems in …

“This Is Not a Small Thing!”

McKenzie Worthington is a desperate woman. She lives in a world of such wealth and privilege she has never even had to spoon food onto her own plate. She is willing to give it all up. Temporarily, at least. Someone must rescue her sister from a truly terrifying marriage in the wilds of frontier Montana, …

The Law by Claude Frédéric Bastiat

(originally published in French in 1850) Over 99% of everything ever written is not worth reading. Of those higher quality works which contribute to spiritual growth, more than 99% of those are only worth reading once. A tiny number are worthy of a second or third look. The Law, a tiny book of less than …

What Makes Art Christian?

The Jewish culture of Jesus in the early first century was built on the Law of Moses first, the rest of the Old Testament second and finally Jewish history during the Persian, Greek and Roman periods. Rabbis emphasized memorizing the Torah first and it was a very effective system. The first culture Christians witnessed to …

Irreparably Damaged?

The most important election so far was Virginia. Mitt Romney ran with only Ron Paul opposing him on the ballot. Yet Ron Paul, overall in a distant 4th place, polled 40%. The normal, reasonable, rational reaction is what the exit polls showed. 40% of the registered Republican voters will not vote for Mitt Romney under …

A Terrifying Alternative to Science

Malcolm Drake has so much to bear as a sixteen year old high school student. His mother left for another man, taking all their savings. His father has worked long hours playing financial catch-up and been too weary to see his son grow up. Bullies force him to find a hiding place deep in the …

Worlds to Save With Five Minute Armies

At first I was kind of put off by the idea of a college student pulled into an alternate world and larger than life adventure. What new thing could Steve Biddison bring to a genre that I think started with Alice in Wonderland? But there's at least potential here for a great allegory. Biddison's got …

This “Blog in a Book” Waters Christian Seedlings!

    Review of Growth Lessons by Naty Matos   Naty Matos says she has been through some tough times, but she doesn't dwell on them in this work. She keeps a sweet, cheerful attitude, a lot like the gardener, while gently and persistently digging around our roots, aerating our soil, fertilizing our ground, and …

Unlike Stephen Crane’s Red Badge of Courage, They Met At Shiloh Gives Us Hope

Review of They Met at Shiloh by Phillip M. Bryant I think I was required to read The Red Badge of Courage in High School. Normally a compliant student, I failed to complete that assignment. I don't really like war stories, particularly graphically realistic and gruesome ones. I did, however, finish reading They Met at …

Why do Mitt Romney Supporters Have to Compromise to Support Their Candidate?

American politics is all about picking the best candidate among the available choices. I hated Gerald Ford; thought he was awful. But, in 1976, the first year I could vote in a national election, I voted for Gerald Ford against Jimmy Carter because Jimmy Carter was so much worse. In 1980 I was pleased and …

Anxiety Part 2: Distress Guest Post by Karen Baney

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) Last week we looked at casting our earnest and tense desires (a form of anxiety) on Jesus. Today, let’s look at it from another angle. Dictionary.com gives this as another definition for anxiety: distress or uneasiness of mind caused by …

The Books and Novels to Read.com Compendium of Short Stories

Presenting a collection of short stories featuring two by Mary C. Findley. Look for "Most Fortunate of Men" and "My Lord's Table," in this eclectic collection. Companion stories, these two tales begin with a young woman waiting ten years for her betrothed to return from war. But will he return? Will Jael have to go …

Political Termites

Termites: tiny creatures invisibly destroying massive buildings from the inside. Did you every meet anyone who got involved in politics for what they could get out of it? Most low-level politicians either work for free or almost free. They do the job because they honestly believe they are helping people.At what point do they succumb …