Thursday, December 07, 2006

December BOOK GIVEAWAY!!!!

This month I'm giving away 90 Minutes in Heaven, by Don Piper with Cecil Murphy.

On the way home from a conference, Don Piper's car was crushed in an accident. Medical personnel pronounced him dead instantly. Ninety minutes later, he returns. Now he shares his life-changing story with you.

All you need to do to enter the contest is to leave a comment here on my blog in the month of December. I'll draw a name at the end of the month and send you 90 Minutes in Heaven.(Be sure to leave your email address or I won't be able to contact you!)

Have fun!

Heaven in Words

Often times as a writer I find myself at a loss for words to describe a scene or to explain the feelings of a character. There has been several times I simply have to sit back and say, "Okay, God. Help!"

The thought of what heaven is like makes me realize just how inadequate the English language is. The Bible describes it with gates of pearl and streets of gold. No sorrow, no pain, and an eternity of praising God.
I can't imagine anything better than being in the presence of God and being able to worship Him for all time. The beauty of heaven, the pure happiness that must radiate from every corner, and the fact that nothing else will matter but being there with Him. That seems hard to imagine, doesn't it? What words do we possibly have that could describe it?
I don't think we'll ever know until we're there, do you?

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Halloween - Danger or Harmless Fun?

I can't help but be thankful that October 31st is over with for another year. Not because I run through Wal-Mart frantically looking for halloween costumes or because I'm racing through the aisles loading my cart with bags of candy for the doorbell ringers.

I'm thankful because the gory decorations are now replaced with Christmas wreaths and nativities so I can shop with my children without them seeing a skeleton dripping with plastic blood.

I'm thankful that the commercials on T.V. no longer glorify a holiday that celebrates the dead and the rituals to communicate with them.

But mostly it's because I cringe at well-meaning folks who trick-or-treat for 'fun'. Who allow children to dress up as witches, skeletons, and even princesses without realizing that this is a day to celebrate Satan - the lord of death.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Potty Humor and Monsters?

I was surfing around this morning and came across this disturbing quote by a nationally recognized newspaper.

"Book clubs for boys try to close the literacy gap by introducing middle school boys to books with 'fewer plucky female protagonists and more potty humor and monsters.'"

Potty humor? Monsters?

Now I agree that there's an abundance of girl-geared books out there and not nearly enough for boys. It's commonly known that girls will read boy books, but it's rare to find boys who read girl books. But does that justify a flood of monsters with potty humor to encourage our young men to read? No wonder Harry Potter is so popular. Hmm. Potty . . . Potter . . . is there a link here?

We shove Game Boy, TV, video games, and who knows what else in front of them and then we are horrified to realize they don't like to read-or can't read and books no longer hold their interest.

Our solution? Let's give the future leaders of our country, our future fathers and congressmen, books about monsters with potty humor.

Yes America, we have arrived.

If we are going to encourage our boys to read, let's give them something of value: Proverbs 15:14, 'The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.'

Am I alone in thinking this? What are your thoughts?


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