Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt (Win a Kindle Fire HDX & more!)

Welcome to the Autumn 2014 Scavenger Hunt! You have arrived at Stop #8.   The hunt begins at noon (Mountain Time Zone) on October 17, 2014. You may have arrived here before the start which could mean all of the sites aren’t ready quite yet. Once the official start has begun, you should go to Stop #1  and then work your way through the sites, gathering clues and entering bonus giveaways, until you reach the final stop which will also {Read More}

In the World, Not of It: The Christian Bubble

In the World, Not of It: The Christian Bubble   When we moved to Little Rock in 2010, I knew it would be easy to slip into the Bible Belt bubble. My husband’s job was with a Christian organization (FamilyLife), so surrounding ourselves with like-minded friends would be easy. Big, beautiful churches are within a few miles of our home, and I knew we could make great friends at church, too. But is that all life is about—to be surrounding {Read More}

Sometimes I’ve Felt Like My Heart Has Been Mangled With a Wire Brush.

Sometimes I’ve Felt Like My Heart Has Been Mangled With a Wire Brush. While most writers might want our books to sell more, many writers are surprised by the challenges that come with that kind of success. I’m not talking about fame, notoriety, and greater demands. (Although those are challenges, too.) I’m talking about God’s sanctification process. It seems to me the greater influence one has, the more God’s really going to dig in and help you dig out the {Read More}

Christian Fiction Shares Good News Even When You’re Not Looking For It.

When did you first start reading Christian fiction? What kept you reading? Here is my story… I was a very rebellious kid in highschool. A Christian friend of my mom’s loaned her some novels by Jeanette Oke. I was a big reader. I usually read stuff like Stephen King, but I loved those Jeanette Oke books. I read them over and over. When I was 17 and pregnant out of wedlock, I gave my heart to the Lord. A few years {Read More}

Father’s Day Give Art, Give Appreciation

I’m very excited about John’s Father’s Day gift. Usually he gets a nice lunch, and maybe some type of tool. I still might get him a tool (hello, Home Depot!), but I also wanted to give him a gift that would hang around for a while–literally–and show him my appreciation. One of my favorite artists is Ruth Simons from I literally stock Ruth’s Facebook page because: 1. She’s always creating something beautiful, and she gives us glimpses into the {Read More}

Non-fiction Books for Parents: 7 Tips for Getting the Most out of Them

Non-fiction books have changed my life as a Christian, a wife, and a homeschooling mom. I can look back at my life at times when I’ve made big decisions and big changes, and the cool thing is that I often can connect a self-help book to those transformations. I’ve learned about being a praying wife, a godly servant, a better teacher, and a bold witness to the gospel . . . through the pages of books. Need some non-fiction book {Read More}

Does God Really Speak to Us Today? | Guest Post by Marion Stroud

Thursday on Living Inspired, I’ll be chatting with fellow author Marion Stroud! Stay tuned to my blog and the Living Inspired page for a giveaway, and if you missed an episode of Living Inspired, check out the official show page! ______________________________ I love entertaining friends. What we eat or drink isn’t as important as the conversation. And prayer, at its best, is like sharing a meal with a loved and trusted friend. An evening where I did all the talking {Read More}

Catchy Phrases | Guest Post by Susan Milligan and Shea Wood

In our society we love catchy phrases. Slogans really stick with us. Do you know the product that goes with these slogans? “Softens hands while you do dishes.” “I’m lovin’ it!” “Good to the last drop.” Answers: (Palmolive, McDonald’s, Maxwell House) These are all great marketing slogans and we remember them well! Then there are slogans or phrases passed down from our families: “Nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.” “Cuter than a bug {Read More}

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