I knew that C.S. Lewis and I had more in common than our Christianity when he said, "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." Welcome to a celebration of faith, tea, and the written word. I'm always engaged in a book, and whether it's one I'm reading or one of the inspirational historical romances I write, there's always a cup of tea close by. Join me in a cup as we chat about faith, our favorite books and the exciting places our reading and writing adventures take us.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Erin Healy's Never Let You Go

Never Let You Go is a suspense-filled inspirational novel with a powerful message about forgiveness. Seven years ago, Lexi Solomon’s sister was murdered; her father suffered a mental breakdown; and her drug-abusing husband abandoned her and their daughter Molly. Now her sister’s murderer is up for parole, her husband has returned wanting restoration, and a mysterious figure from the past shadows Lexi, demanding compensation for a debt she can’t ever repay. What Lexi can’t see is the role of spiritual warfare in the trials she faces.

Written by award-winning editor and author Erin Healy, Never Let You Go reveals Healy’s experience crafting novels of suspense. The “bad guys” are creepy, the scary scenes are frightening, and I truly felt for Lexi as she struggled to keep her life together. While I wished Lexi would open the Bible for herself instead of letting others interpret Scripture for her, I appreciated the difficulty of her journey toward forgiveness.

Reading this novel reminded me of the very real battle going on and around me at all times, and forced me to look at areas in my life where I withhold forgiveness. Any fan of Christian suspense such as Ted Dekker (with whom Healy has co-authored two books) would appreciate Never Let You Go.

I received a copy of this book for purposes of review by Thomas Nelson Publishing.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Luther's Zingers

Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach the Elder, pain...Image via Wikipedia

Today I've got a post on Inkwell Inspirations featuring some Reformation-era factoids (curious which Reformation figure supposedly hid his wife in a box? Click here!), but the pressing question on my mind is this: Does this portrait of Martin Luther remind you of Bachelor Bob? the star of a past season of "The Bachelor" who ended up ditching the woman he picked so he could marry a soap-opera actress?

Sorry, I just can't help myself. Deep breath. Moving on.

While researching the post, I found a bunch of Martin Luther's quotes which I had to share. Some of them are funny little zingers; many are poignant. Some sound a bit like Benjamin Franklin, to be honest, but I hope one of them makes you laugh or blesses you today.

Nothing is forgotten slower than an insult and nothing faster than a good deed.

I believe it is better to lose all of your possessions than to lose one good friend.

One should praise women, whether it be true or false. (Susanne's note: Agreed.)

Whoever sticks his nose in every corner will get it stuck.

The Devil is easy to invite as a guest, but hard to get rid of.

Who does not honor a penny shall not become master of any florins.

Looking over the fence ensures a good neighborhood.

He is a wise man who can learn from the misfortunes of others.

If you cooked it up, you have to eat it.

Parents shouldn't give up doing what is best for their children even when their children are ungrateful.

Medicine causes illness, Mathematics melancholy, and Theology sinful people.

Many hands make easy work.

Whoever enters into marriage, enters a cloister full of struggles.

There is nothing more powerful in the world than superstition.

High oaths advertise profound lies.

No sin is alone, but rather one always pulls the others after it.

One should work as if one will live eternally and have the spirit of one who will die within the hour.

One should mourn over the dead, but in due moderation.

The whole life that we live is only a vain dream.

Whatever the heart is full of overflows from the mouth.

Devil, if you want to eat me, start from behind.

No one ever died from work. But from being footloose and lazy, people lose life and limb. For man is born to work as birds are to fly.

For more, including some truly earthy zingers, click here:

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Pride and Prejudice, the Board Game!

A million thanks to my friend Mike J. who gave me the scoop on The Pride and Prejudice Board Game. It's already on my Christmas list (and can be found here, at ashegrovepress.com). The big question is, will I find someone to play it with me?

photo from www.ashgrovepress.com.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Another Goodly Dose of Jane Austen

As a fan of Jane Austen, I’ve been called a “Janeite” before, but now I have a vocabulary word to describe my tendency to gobble up anything that has to do with her. “Janeia,” a term invented by Peter Leithart for his new biography Jane Austen, describes the mania Austen’s works still inspire in the heart of the modern reader.

Call it a fit of Janeia, then, which prompted me to get my hands on Leithart’s book on Austen, one of the biographies featured in Thomas Nelson’s new Christian Encounters line. A quick-paced, enjoyable book, it views the events of Austen's life through the filter of her Christianity, examining her upbringing, early writings, publication history, and premature death at age forty-two, all in light of her religious beliefs.

Austen's Christian worldview is revealed through her reactions to the struggles, disappointments, and joys she encountered in life. She is portrayed as a real woman, as witty, flawed, and opinionated as any of her heroines.

I found the book to be well-researched, relying on sources familiar to the Austen fan. A short 150 pages, it makes for a quick read. I recommend Jane Austen not only to “Janeites” but also to any who find encouragement from reading about the lives of saints who’ve gone before.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purposes of review.