Meet Louise of Isolated

My mind is swimming with ideas for posts that dabble in character development. It isn’t everyone’s cup of tea to read about this stuff, but some of you might be curious to learn more about the characters that make up my books.

I was preparing to dive headlong into a Myers-Briggs analysis of Louise Stella (all in good time) when I thought that perhaps I should back up. Let me start by introducing her on a superficial level. Just imagine the three of us – you, her and I – found ourselves together at a Christmas event. I, being the middle link, would have the responsibility of introducing the two of you. This is what I would say about Louise, the protagonist of my novella Isolated.

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Christians, Beware of Misplaced Faith

As I type these words, I’ve recently finished reading another chapter of By Their Blood by James C. and Marti Hefley. This tome contains hundreds of accounts of martyrs throughout the twentieth century.

(I intend to write more about this book when I review it properly, Lord willing before the end of April.)

I began the 600+ page journey with a false assumption. I was caught by surprise to learn that the authors told the stories of Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox martyrs in the same way as they wrote about Evangelical Believers of the Gospel.

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Review + Author Interview: Savoring Single

One of the quirks that have come with my blogging experience is being approached and invited to participate in other authors’ blog tours. Today, I’m participating in Shelly Black’s tour for her book Savoring Single. Discontentment in singleness is not something that I wrestle with, but I get that for those who are there, the battle is real.

This book is Shelly’s case for finding satisfaction in Christ in the midst of the single season. It was written by a single, for singles. May the Lord be pleased to use it to make hearts fall in love with Him all over again.

Today, I’ll share my review of Savoring Single as well as an interview with Shelly. It’s time to break out the larger headings!

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Review: This Present Darkness

This Present Darkness (Darkness, #1)

This Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
Ephesians 6:12

Ashton is just a typical small town. But when a skeptical reporter and a prayerful, hardworking pastor begin to investigate mysterious events, they suddenly find themselves caught up in a hideous New Age plot to enslave the townspeople, and eventually the entire human race. The physical world meets the spiritual realm as the battle rages between forces of good and evil.

My Review

3/5 stars for This Present Darkness, by Frank E. Peretti. That doesn’t sound too positive, but according to the Goodreads star system, 3 stars means I “liked it,” and I did! I have access to the sequel and would be interested in reading it.

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This Present Darkness and Judging all Things

I’m finally putting this down on the keyboard! To my regular readers: I’m sorry for leaving you hanging with no word of warning. I’ve been in Japan for the last two weeks – 97% involved in my volunteer work/life, 2.5% involved in keeping in touch with home, and 0.5% involved in this blog. To be fair, I’ll take this opportunity to let you know that I will probably not post again until Saturday next week. Please bear with me; I’ll be home in Cambodia soon and my schedule should return to normal.

I like when a book has something about it that I can pinpoint and say, “this sets it apart from all others I’ve read.” The unique qualities of a story are what make it memorable. As I write this, I’m reading This Present Darkness, and the one thing that sets it apart from other books I’ve read is obvious:

Angels and demons.

I don’t just mean mentions of the spiritual beings here and there. Rather, author Frank Peretti has included entire scenes that center on the discussions and activities of those beings. We see them as they work to intercede for their human charges and manipulate their surroundings to alter the course of events.

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Review: Jesus Loves You

Hello, reader and friend. I’m straying from my usual today with a review of a picture book. I was debating whether to keep the review on Goodreads only or to include it here on my blog. I decided to include it since there are some interesting points to be discussed about the prosperity gospel. Yes, that foreshadows a negative review.

(Also, I realize that I completely skipped posting last Saturday. Maybe you didn’t notice and that’s all fine. But in case you did: sorry!)

Jesus Loves You!Jesus Loves You! by Christine Topjian

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

The Blurb

God’s only son, Jesus, wants you to know that He loves you. He loves you more than you can ever imagine.

He watches over you to make sure you are okay and knew you even before He created you. That’s how special you are to Him.

Won’t you spend some time with Jesus today?

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Book #2

Hi there, dear readers!

As I read a recent email, it occurred to me that I’ve really given you no word regarding my writing endeavors since I published Isolated. For all you know, I may not have written another word or edited another sentence since!

Here I am to update you – as many of you who are interested.

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This Book about Courtship Raised my Estimation of Singleness

I had decided that – after reviewing Boy Meets Girl – I wanted to explore one aspect of it a bit deeper in a separate blog post. It’s now been over two weeks since I finished reading it, but I feel like it’s been so much longer. Admittedly, I feel quite removed from the contemplations it prompted. Life moves on and new contemplations take the place of old ones. The lesson: write these thoughts out right away, next time!

In any case, this is a good chance to go back and revisit the things I was thinking about at the time.

NOTE: for readers who are particularly sensitive to sexual matters… I attempt to talk about these things in a graceful way, but please be forewarned that this post mentions sex.

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