12 Days of Christmas — I’m on tomorrow!

Please join this annual event on facebook at any time, but, especially, stop by tomorrow morning from 7-11 AM Eastern time, because that's MY time! You will find lots of authors you may or may not know, all presenting a clean and uplifting wordview in all kinds of books! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1184333868259877/ is the place, in the …

Eight Christmas Romances for Your Reading Pleasure — Post by Mary C. Findley

Thanksgiving is just a sweet memory. Black Friday has slid past also. But before you panic about shopping unfinished and garlands not hung, settle down with this anthology of eight romances and so much more. Meet real couples with real lives, not just smarmy smooches, and especially not steamy bed-hopping. Enjoy some sweet, clean, and …

Faerie Queene, Installment 5

Una takes Red Cross to the House of Holiness. The low door is Humility, Reverence is the hallway, and Celia is over the house. Fidelia (Faith) dressed in white, carries the New Testament scriptures and a cup of wine with a snake in it, symbolizing regeneration (the snake sheds its skin and becomes “newborn”) and …

The War on Christmas

Christmas originated in the Roman Empire when Christians gathered together to worship Jesus during the feast of Saturnalia. Since most Christians were poor or slaves, when the pagan majority celebrated Saturnalia, Christians were given the freedom, for that one day, to do whatever they wanted. They had “the day off.” So when their masters, neighbors …

Faerie Queene, Installment 4

Una and Sans Foy travel in the woods until forest people, hearing Una's cries, come to her aid and chase Sans Foy away. They worship Una but she tries to teach them of the true God. In their ignorance they worship her donkey. Another knight arrives (a knight born in the forest), Satyrane (his name …

Faerie Queene Installment 3

Una travels alone in a forest, becomes weary, lies down to sleep. A lion approaches and at first roars but then becomes her guard. She spends the night in the hut of Corceca, an old blind woman, (representing the blindness of false faith) Abessa, her deaf daughter, (representing the error of the Romanist church) and …

The Faerie Queene for Christmas — Installment 2

They leave the forest and meet up with the old holy man. Una urges the Red Cross knight to rest and the old man agrees. They are assigned sleeping places, and the old man shows his true form, Archimago, and summons sprites. Red Cross has troubling dreams. A sprite impersonates Una and begs Red Cross …

Snippet from A Dodge, a Twist, and a Tobacconist, and A Dickens of a Reminder

  As we finished our lunch, instead of Rose, the thin, sallow girl I had learned was called Dulcinea, the Campbells’ adopted daughter, entered, bearing a cunningly carved elephant cup of fragrant wood brimming with frothy milk. “Thank you, Dulcy,” Kera said warmly. I started, noticing that the child’s left hand was only a withered …

My Christmas Gift to You — An Illustrated Summary of Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene Part 1 — First Installment

Edmund Spenser planned a series of twelve great poetic books. He created a new form of poetic stanza with a complicated rhyme and rhythm scheme, which became known as the Spenserian stanza, just for this work. Each book was dedicated to a different aspect of Christian character or virtue. This is the first,  the Faerie …

Guest Post by Deborah Heal — The Power of a Story

Writing Real Good by Deborah Heal Christian fiction writers sometimes think their stories are less important than the sermons, essays, and treatises of the "serious" non-fiction writer. But imaginative writing has tremendous power to teach deep truths. For example, many, many people have come to know God through C. S. Lewis' Narnia stories. Storytelling is even an effective tool for …

Dressing up for the Holidays: Free Images to Help You Make Ebook Covers

There isn't any one magic charm that forces readers to buy your book, but certainly a great cover will at least tempt them to linger and consider. If you've already put your ebook out into cyberspace with a less-than perfect cover, it's not too late to make it better. I just ran across a site …

Books for All Kinds of Readers (Devices and People) Part One: Non-Fiction

Recently I joined my first forum claiming to be especially for Christians. I won't name it, but I will say in my brief experience poking around over the last few days I am amazed at the wide variety of people who post on a Christian forum, and what they post. There are Pro-Choice Christians on …

The Camel’s Complaint: A Christmas Puppet Play

Our Christmas gift to all: A puppet play I wrote some years ago. Merry Christmas! The Camel's Complaint Characters: Caliph the Camel Hannah the Horse Daniel the Donkey Lucius the Lion Ollie the Ox Sarah the Sheep Scene One| Setting: Desert oasis. Palm trees, green plants such as aloe, yucca, water hole off to side. …

Random Thoughts on the Subject of Christmas

I read an article about a YMCA that replaced its Santa with Frosty the Snowman. This was a decision by the local management, not some upper-level YMCA ruling. They said it was because they wanted to make their annual seasonal celebration more inclusive for everyone. I heard earlier from a friend that a YMCA in …

What Is “Seasonally Adjusted?”

http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/freebies/33-high-resolution-spring-desktop-wallpapers/(This is the source of the image above. They have some fantastic things!)Most of us hear the phrase "seasonally adjusted" with a vague idea that we know what those words mean. Since they have different meanings in different contexts, it can be very confusing. While a complete definition of "seasonally adjusted" can be an entire …