Book Reviews, Memoir, Non-fiction, Personal

It Happened in Moscow (review)

It Happened in Moscow: A Memoir of Discovery by Maureen Klassen My rating: 4 of 5 stars It Happened In Moscow begins with a surprise phone call to Herb and Maureen Klassen’s Moscow apartment in 1993. That call opened a Pandora’s box of secrets. Herb’s parents (C.F. and Mary Klassen) had immigrated from Russia to… Continue reading It Happened in Moscow (review)

Ekphrastic, Objects, Religious

Tambourine

HE IS RISEN HE IS RISEN INDEED! Tambourine (Inspired by “THE DANCE” a painting by Donna Smallenberg) Strike me with your hand beat me on your hip join harp and lyre band rejoice with voice and lip Jingle glad hello Celebrate goodbye Let the worship flow Praises vault the sky Hear approaching song of tambourine… Continue reading Tambourine

Book Reviews, Non-fiction

YesterCanada (review)

YesterCanada: Historical Tales of Mystery and Adventure by Elma Schemenauer My rating: 4 of 5 stars In YesterCanada Elma Schemenauer tells thirty historical tales of Canada. Using her considerable story telling skill she puts us right into the various Canadian settings these stories inhabit, from the grassy fragrance of the Saskatchewan prairie, to the bone… Continue reading YesterCanada (review)

Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Fiction, Historical fiction

The Antioch Testament (review)

The Antioch Testament by Donald Joiner My rating: 3 of 5 stars When a wounded Syrian Christian refugee entrusts Chaplain Charles Monroe with a heavy and ancient-looking manuscript, Monroe is sure he's in possession of something precious. Sending it to his brother Ken in the States for its preservation proves wise. Monks in a U.S.… Continue reading The Antioch Testament (review)

Bible study, Book Reviews, Non-fiction

NIV First-Century Study Bible (review)

NIV First-Century Study Bible: Explore Scripture in Its Jewish and Early Christian Context by Kent Dobson My rating: 4 of 5 stars As someone who writes a bit of biblical fiction, the overview description of the NIV First-Century Study Bible drew me in: “Experience the Bible through Eastern eyes by exploring the cultural, religious and… Continue reading NIV First-Century Study Bible (review)

Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Fiction, Historical fiction

Daisies Are Forever (review)

Daisies Are Forever by Liz Tolsma My rating: 4 of 5 stars The approaching Russian army forces people to flee from Heiligenbeil East Prussia in February 1945. Hurriedly packing belongings in a cart and hitching it to her bicycle, Gisela Cramer takes her three- and five-year-old nieces and joins Herr Holtzman and his elderly and… Continue reading Daisies Are Forever (review)

Book Reviews, Children's, Christian fiction

Life Behind the Wall (review)

Life Behind the Wall: Candy Bombers, Beetle Bunker, and Smuggler's Treasure by Robert Elmer My rating: 5 of 5 stars Life Behind the Wall is a collection of three novella-length stories for the YA crowd. Each is set in part of Berlin in a different time period between 1948 and 1989. Book One, Candy Bomber,… Continue reading Life Behind the Wall (review)

Writing Prompts, Writing resources

Freelance Writer’s Almanac – February 2014

Welcome to the Freelance Writer’s Almanac for February 2014! The flowers of February are VIOLET and PRIMROSE. The birthstone of people born in February is AMETHYST. It means SINCERITY. 1 Canada’s RCMP came into existence on this day in 1920 (The Christian Almanac - TCA p. 77). George Bush & Boris Yeltsin officially declared the… Continue reading Freelance Writer’s Almanac – February 2014

Writing Life, Writing Prompts, Writing resources

Freelance Writer’s Almanac – January 2014

Happy New Year! Welcome to the first post in the Freelance Writer's Almanac series. Today we start a new year. It's interesting to look back and see what happened 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago with a view to remembering, reflecting on, and perhaps writing about these things. Of course if you choose to… Continue reading Freelance Writer’s Almanac – January 2014

Uncategorized, Writing Life, Writing Prompts, Writing resources

Freelance Writer’s Almanac – coming soon!

Anyone who has written freelance knows that wonderful writing isn't the only thing our piece needs to get accepted. It also needs to be timely. Write and submit an article about C. S. Lewis in 2014 and chances are editors will reject it, whereas they may well have accepted it in 2013. Why? Because 2013… Continue reading Freelance Writer’s Almanac – coming soon!