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Encountering Jesus in A Christmas Carol

Chances are, you’ve seen at least one of the movie adaptations of Charles Dickens’ iconic novel, A Christmas Carol. You may have even read it when you were in middle school. And if you’ve done neither of those, you at least know that to be a “Scrooge” is to be someone who resists the Christmas …

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Stories that remind us of hope

Fiction to Remind You of Hope

Maybe you’re in a season where you need to be reminded of hope. You know truth, but your soul needs to be wrapped in the warm-blanket-hug, hot-cup-of-coffee-placed-in-your-hands, mountain-air-view kind of hope. Last night, I lay in bed reading middle-grade fantasy as thunder rumbled and rain pelted the window. This morning, I stepped outside to no …

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How a Peter Pan Story Reminds Readers of Jesus

The cover caught my eye. Big Ben. Green, yellow, and blue hues. Silhouettes of flying people. Anything with a wisp of Peter Pan piques my inner child’s interest. So naturally, Kara Swanson’s Dust caught my attention. A Quick Summary 19-year-old Claire Kent grew up in a foster home with her twin brother, Conner. Only now, …

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Treasure Island, Forerunner to YA Fiction

If it’s been years since you’ve read Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, you should consider giving it another look. Originally published in 1881 in a magazine, the book has landed the classics list for years. Having read it in junior high, it had been long enough that I had very little memory of the novel. …

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4 Tips on How to Read and Watch “Secular” Stories

“I think sometimes I encounter the Lord more in secular movies than in Christian ones,” I said to a friend at a party. He is a musical actor, a brilliant musician, etc. He responded immediately: “That’s because they’re human.” Whether or not a filmmaker or author is hidden in Christ, they likely have become acquainted …

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Guest Speaking on the “How They Did It” Podcast

“We often don’t want to write something unless it’s good, but it can’t be good until it’s written. So just have fun and WRITE.” Ohoy podcast lovers! I had the privilege of being on my friend Hannah Josey’s “How They Did It” podcast, a series exploring how professionals entered their field. It’s perfect for high …

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Oscar-Winning Chariots of Fire and God’s Pleasure

Chariots of Fire. It had been several years since I’d seen it, and boy, was it good. Released in 1981 (the same year it won Best Picture), the film might feel a little slow to modern audiences, but it is worth its two hours. Moody European landscape, quick-witted dialogue, and an iconic soundtrack are just …

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Bilbo’s New Name and What God Names Us

Bilbo. The simple, play-it-safe, no-adventures-for-me-thank-you-very-much hobbit. When J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic story opens, there are few obvious heroic qualities about our protagonist. Then Gandalf, the Wizard, steps onto the scene. In a way, he saves Bilbo from himself. Despite Bilbo’s insistence otherwise, Gandalf pronounces Bilbo a burglar. The burglar, in fact, who will become the 14th …

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