Showing posts from April, 2007

Beth Moore does it again ...

The last several days have been fairly intense in terms of processing through a new and very illuminating crit on Gift, and when I picked up my Bible study book last night, these words spoke right to the situation .... Dear One, if you and I really start believing God, we will undoubtedly see His mighty acts as never before. I can testify that I have seen more explicit divine action in the past five years than in the sum total of many previous years. At times God has been so palpable that He nearly scared me to death. Perhaps you can relate as I share that I’ve spent most of my life pursuing God, and if I believe anything at all, I believe that He exists and is who He says He is. But every now and then for just a moment He does something that removes all doubt, and I find myself in near physical pain, wanting to cry out, “Woe is me!” I almost can’t handle the exposure. My point? As we begin really believing God and He rewards us with various revelations of Himself or His activity, Go

What I've been doing ...

... besides a blog tour and homeschooling and .... One of my many occupations is unofficial seamstress for my kids' ballet school. Last year I made 12 "Company Class" costumes, a simple dress consisting of a sleeveless bodice in black lycra with a skirt cut from one seamless rectangle of knit interlock in either aqua or lavender. This year, I sewed 12-13 more. (Someone else did the embroidered Celtic knotwork on the front.) Not too difficult, but tedious. Here are two shots from a Relay for Life fundraising event that the Company Class danced for last night ... the scrawny boy in the first picture is my third oldest, and the tall boy in the next is my oldest .... And my second oldest daughter is in there somewhere. After finishing the company class costumes, it was time to start the recital costume for my oldest son. His teacher envisioned a "Little Women" look, so I went searching for a Victorian-era men's dress shirt and vest. I wound up with a

Day 3: Karen Hancock's Return of the Guardian King, a review

And now for my review of Return of the Guardian-King ... Abramm Kalladorne has lost everything—wife and sons, crown and country, friends and supporters. This story opens with him trying to make his way across the mountains before winter closes in, in order to reach the city where his family and closest retainers had been sent . . . but it appears that Eidon has other plans for him. In the meantime, with more evidence than not that Abramm is dead, his wife Madeleine struggles to hold out against a handsome, charming suitor and pressure from those around her to remarry. But, of course, the plans of neither turn out the way they expect, and the path of trial once more becomes the way to learn a deeper appreciation for divine grace and love. Now comes the part where I’m supposed to tell what I think about the book. I've already recognized that where this series (and author) are concerned, I’ve pretty much lost all objectivity (see my Christian Fandom review of The Shadow Within

Day 2: Karen Hancock's Return of the Guardian King, continued

Thank you all for the comments on yesterday's post! I'm so excited to see how this tour has taken off. Karen has a nice run-down of the highlights at her blog , so be sure to check that out! Yesterday's part of the interview touched upon the writing process and the spiritual growth behind Karen's latest book, Return of the Guardian-King . The conclusion will discuss certain elements in the book and give us a peek into what she has planned next. Q: In the Christian Fandom interview you wrote, “I gave up long ago trying to create one-for-one allegorical elements straight across the board, and now concentrate primarily on telling the story.” We discussed this at some length during that interview, but how would you comment on this now, given that so many elements in RotGK seemed one-for-one? A: I think the key words in my previous statement were “straight across the board”. I usually do assign some representative elements to my worlds to serve as framework and found

Christian Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog Tour: Karen Hancock & The Return of the Guardian King

Welcome to the twelfth--can it be true?--Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour! We've been doing this a whole year now, come next month. What a joy and honor to be leading this month’s tour—as we highlight Christian SFF writer Karen Hancock and her fifth book, the final of a series, Return of the Guardian-King . I first discovered Karen’s work—her first book, Arena —in Family Christian Stores four years ago … and without knowing anything about her or the book, I felt compelled to buy it. At that point, I rarely bought new books, even Christian fiction, even Christian SFF, and I actually walked away and came back before deciding to get it. Soon after, The Light of Eidon , book 1 of the Guardian-King series, was released. By the time I finished that volume, Karen had won her place as my favorite Christian sci-fi/fantasy author. I love the modern age of the Internet, which makes authors so much more accessible than in years past, with email, e-newsletters, personal

The Role of a Woman as a Wife and Keeper of the Home, Part 2

Continued from yesterday ... “virtuous”—as in the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31. We have this idea that this means merely purity. Not that purity is a bad thing … But this word comes from the Hebrew chayil —Strong’s #2428: “probably a force, whether of men, means or other resources; an army, wealth, virtue, valor, strength :--able, activity, (+) army, band of men (soldiers), company, (great) forces, goods, host, might, power, riches, strength, strong, substance, train, (+) valiant (-ly), valour, virtuous (-ly), war, worthy (-ily). That’s quite a bit more than just purity! Virtuous, then, carries the connotation of strength … and how many of us would not like to be regarded as a woman of strength? ~~~~~~~~~ “keeper at home”—nearly every Bible translation I checked translates this as a worker at home, and I’ve often heard it used to prove that a woman should be a stay-at-home mother when possible. But again—there’s a bit more going on here in the original language. The word i

And now for something a little different ... The Role of a Woman as Wife and Keeper at Home, Part 1

Several months ago, my mother was asked to speak at a local women's retreat. In the course of discussing what she planned to talk about, I mentioned a few very cool tidbits I'd picked up over the years about the root meanings of several terms bandied about in church circles to describe a woman's role in marriage and at home. She asked if I could write up my findings, and so I did. Today, my good and dear friend Lee (aka Loriendil in online circles) asked me today if I had it posted online somewhere, so she could link to it. I told her not yet, but that I could correct such an oversight. So, without further ado, here in two parts is that article I wrote, with Lee's help in the final research. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “helpmeet” —a common term in Christian circles, coined to describe the role of a wife to her husband. Where it comes from: the KJV, Genesis 2:18: And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. Moderns h

Writing From the Edge: Passion of the Christ

Writing From the Edge: Passion of the Christ My older children and I stayed up last night to watch The Passion for the first time ... so, what a surprise to check Karen's blog this morning and find this post. Excellent comments--especially in regards to how a believer should respond to being "bought with a price." (It isn't quite what one might think.) On the film itself, I wasn't sure what to expect, after reading everything from glowing accolades to critical shreddings. Yes, there was much of Mel Gibson's Catholicism and quite a bit of emphasis on Mary (which actually didn't bother me), and little embellishments that probably weren't necessary ... but it was very effective as a forcibly visual reminder of the Messiah's sufferings on our behalf. As I was watching, I found myself wondering, How could He bear it? How could God the Father bear watching His Son be mocked, spit upon, beaten, reviled, and finally executed in the most excruciating