What If It’s True?

After reading Educated, I found myself really wrestling with some issues. Not only had the book wrecked me to see a child so mistreated, but it also upset me to see her worldview so warped against God. After reading her book, I craved something happy, but not just anything good…I needed something true about Jesus….

Education in Ignorance

Today I had the opportunity to finish a book that wrecked me. The book was Tara Westover‘s memoir, Educated. I won’t tell you how the story ends, but I will tell you that it is about a girl who grows up in a stifling environment with parents who never believed in giving her a high-school education….

Where Does Creativity Go?

There is a picture of a pier on a wall where I work. It stretches out over a placid blue sea where grey clouds hover just above the surface in odd shaped boats and hearts. It is dusk and the lights are on. In the distance, yellow lights illuminate life on distant islands. My little…

A Righteous Legacy

When I was growing up, my summers consisted of road trips across the country from North Carolina to Colorado. Through the Carolinas you could see rolling hills covered in evergreens and blue-purple mountains frosted in a thin layer of fog. The road west spiraled around steel arches in St. Louis and over paddleboats in the…

True North

Guest Post By Shelton D. Whitman I still remember what it was like playing baseball when I was a kid. I’d walk out onto the diamond, step into the batter’s box, tap my number four Louisville slugger bat on the home plate, and look out toward the pitcher and the fields behind him. At that…

Hurtful Words and How We Handle Them

When I was a growing up, I moved a lot. I had one sibling. I saw cousins on special occasions. I made friends, but they were hard to keep when I moved. The one constant friend in my world was my sister, but I did not treat her as a friend at the time. I…

How Memories Help Overcome Loss

A Guest Post By Shelton D. Whitman Desperation began with a strong urge to cry uncontrollably. It moved to a choking feeling, and I was suddenly overwhelmed. Emptiness echoed inside; I was lost in a tunnel crying out, “anybody here?” and hearing nothing back. Sometimes the sound of silence is the loudest sound of all….

Creating a Children’s Book Series

This post is written by Fiona Ingram as part of the blog tour for her latest book, The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper. For more about Fiona or to join her blog tour, check out the information here. Developing a children’s series is both rewarding and taxing for the author, and possibly gratefully welcomed by parents whose children…

Using Computers to Improve Reading Skills

The following post is by Fiona Ingram and part of a blog tour promoting her new book, The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper. To join the blog tour, see the list of dates posted here. What makes children want to read, and how do parents encourage them to read, especially in a world where there is a dizzying…