Book Reviews

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich – review

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. ShirerMy rating: 5 of 5 starsIf you’re a history buff, you need to read this book! Written by William L. Shirer, an American journalist active in Europe and Germany during WWII (his dates: February 23, 1904 – December 20, 1993), this is a history… Continue reading The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich – review

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

Book Reviews, Non-fiction

God In My Everything (review)

God in My Everything: How an Ancient Rhythm Helps Busy People Enjoy God by Ken Shigematsu My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s always a good sign when an author’s book comes from the requests of readers or hearers to learn more. That’s part of the tale of Ken Shigetmatsu’s book God In My Everything.… Continue reading God In My Everything (review)

Book Reviews, Non-fiction

Why We’re Not Emergent (review)

Why We're Not Emergent by Kevin DeYoung My rating: 5 of 5 stars A few weeks ago I agreed to read a soon-to-be-released book about children’s ministry with a view to reviewing it for a print magazine I write for from time to time. Silly me, I didn’t check out the authors or do any… Continue reading Why We’re Not Emergent (review)

Writing Prompts

August prompt: rain

Here in the Lower Mainland of B.C. we haven't had a drop of rain for all of July. This is a record for the first calendar month ever without any rain recorded at the Vancouver weather station! By now lawns that aren't watered are looking brown and thirsty. Forest fires are a very real threat… Continue reading August prompt: rain

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July prompt: flowers

It's July and the season of flowers where I live. One look through my photo collection will show you how much I like them (maybe it's because I'm named after a flower!). Not many flowers are mentioned in the Bible, though, but there are a few.. For example: The shape of almond blossoms was to… Continue reading July prompt: flowers

Book Reviews, Non-fiction

Joni & Ken (review)

Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story by Ken Tada My rating: 5 of 5 stars Joni & Ken is the story of the relationship of Joni Eareckson Tada, the famous author, quadriplegic, and champion of the disabled, and her husband of 30 years, Ken Tada. Based on primary documents (articles, messages, blogs, interview, emails,… Continue reading Joni & Ken (review)

Book Reviews, Non-fiction

Reimagine Your Retirement (review)

Reimagine Your Retirement: How to Live Life to Its Fullest and Leave a Lasting Legacy by Joyce y Li My rating: 5 of 5 stars How do you view your retirement? As a time of relaxation and indulgence? As a dreaded time of uselessness and idleness? Or as an opportunity to rediscover your passions and… Continue reading Reimagine Your Retirement (review)

Book Reviews, Non-fiction

The Good Fight by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrot (review)

The Good Fight: How Conflict Can Lead to Greater Intimacy in Marriage by Les Parrott III My rating: 4 of 5 stars “Fighting is as intrinsic to marriage as sex. The goal for both is to do them well. That’s why we’ve dedicated this book to helping you fight a good fight” write Drs. Les… Continue reading The Good Fight by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrot (review)

Book Reviews, Non-fiction

Signs, Wonders and a Baptist Preacher by Chad Norris (review)

Signs, Wonders and a Baptist Preacher: How Jesus Flipped My World Upside Down by Chad Norris My rating: 3 of 5 stars The night Chad Norris and his friends held their first healing service, this Baptist pastor, who had become dissatisfied with his ministry and how little it resembled the ministry of Jesus, was as… Continue reading Signs, Wonders and a Baptist Preacher by Chad Norris (review)