What Will You Do to Save Your Sister? A Review of Alana & Alyssa’s Secret by Joana James

This is the second book I have read by Joana James. While it's less perfect technically than Nightmare at Emerald High, it's still a very moving, powerful story about the power of God and the prayers of the faithful. Could anybody have more to overcome than Alana and Alyssa? You won't know unless you read …

Through the Windshield 4: Exploding Potato Chips

On a blog devoted to life and death issues, this really does not fit in, but here it is anyway. When you buy snack chips, there is air in the bag. This helps prevent the chips from being crushed. It also means that snack chips must be packaged for the altitude where they will be …

Impossibilities and Possibilities: a Review of The Beautiful American by Marilyn Holdsworth

"La Belle Americaine" is a phrase often repeated in this story. It appears in the diary which Abby Long finds hidden in a beautiful antique desk she buys at auction. But it isn't used to describe the person I believe is the truly "Beautiful American" in this story. Jasmine is a slave who providentially comes …

Cancer Lite is still Cancer Guest Post by Lora-Beth Barnett

Lora-Beth Barnett has been my (Mary's) friend longer than I have known my husband. We are honored that she chose to share her story with us and our blog readers. A few months ago I went to the doctor to get some prescriptions renewed.  I happened to mention that even though I was well past …

Can Fantasy/SciFi Be Christian? by Michael J. Findley

I intended to make this a review of Shawn Lamb's book All0n, Book 1. Instead it morphed as I wrote it into a personal view of what makes good Christian fantasy/SciFi. Though I have written fiction, I usually write nonfiction. I read fiction, such as The Hobbit, The Lord of The Rings, War and Peace, …

Causing and Calming Storms: A Review of Summer Storms by Rebekah Lyn

I was given a copy of the book by the author's publicist. If you dismiss Christian fiction as sappy or shallow or "chick lit," you'll miss really fine books like this one. It isn't really a romance. It's certainly not women's fiction. Several male characters get a lot of ink, men flawed, fine, and being …

Mysteries, Characters and Distractions: A review of Allon by Shawn Lamb

Allon is the first in a fantasy/allegory series by Shawn Lamb. The biggest mystery is who you can and cannot trust. Lamb presents characters, some only briefly, but startles us with their motives and revelations of good or bad character, and the consequences of their actions. Beware of jumping to conclusions. Some things are predictable …