The Man in Wittenberg

Four hundred and ninety-nine years ago today, a man walked up to All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany. He held a piece of paper with one hand and pounded a nail into the paper and door with the other. He stood back and looked at the paper as the wind gently blew behind it causing the document to flap restlessly. “God, I know You will do what You will with this,” he prayed, “and whatever happens, help me to know that You were part of it.”

That simple paper started one of the biggest controversies of its time. A controversy that has ramifications today, almost 500 years after the fact. How important were the 95 theses Martin Luther presented that fateful day? Continue reading

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It’s really happening!

What’s really happening? I’m glad you asked. Earlier this spring, I got in contact with someone who had expressed interest in reading books for audio. I asked him for an audition and LOVED what he did with my story. So, I hired him to record it. I don’t know the exact release date since it’s been slightly slow in recording, but I do have a cover thanks to Perry Elisabeth Design!

I absolutely love it and can’t wait to share the audio sample with you soon.

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It’s a Birthday Bash!

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3D A Mighty FortressI am super excited to introduce what I hope to be a super fun, exciting, and big blog tour birthday bash. On November 19, 2013, I published my very first novel. If all goes well, that book will be made available on audiobook on November 19, 2016. Even if that doesn’t happen, we’re still going to celebrate the 3rd birthday of my debut novel.

For this blog tour, there are multiple options, including a make-up-your-own-idea-for-a-post option and a few (limited) guest posts. You can sign up by clicking on this link or by filling out the form below. And please feel free to share this link with any blogger you know who might be interested. The more bloggers, the merrier the party.

As an added bonus, there will be 3 prizes and all bloggers are welcome to enter the giveaway.

Not an endorsement, but…

Before I begin, I must note that this is not an endorsement, nor am I making any excuses or defending anyone in this post. This post is meant to simply point out a few facts I have not heard from anyone about this particular issue.

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Surprise, surprise. A presidential candidate is getting attacked. For something that he said 11 years ago? Wait, what?

First of all, did they really have to go back to something he said 11 years ago in order to attack him? But that isn’t the main reason I have a problem with the way EVERYBODY, both left and right, attacking Donald Trump for what he said about women.

usa-1327105_1280My problem with the attacks is two-fold:

  1. He said it in private, not knowing it would be recorded
  2. Most importantly in my mind is that a lot of the people attacking him talk the same way he did, they just didn’t get caught saying it on tape.

It’s called “locker room talk” for a reason, right? So Donald Trump is being attacked by hypocrites who have either said or heard someone they know say the exact same things. Yes, there is the possibility that he has sexually harassed or assaulted women. He’s never been charged for it, though, at least not that I have heard.

Two lessons

I found two lessons in this whole hypocrisy and lambasting. There are probably more, but these are the two that are most relevant:

One-Watch what you say. You never know who might be listening or how it could be used against you.

Two-Take heed of Matthew 7:5: “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (NASB)

What are you doing to keep your mouth out of trouble? One piece advice I’ll probably always remember is this quote from Thomas Jefferson: “If angry, count ten. If very angry, an hundred.” I think this can apply to almost anytime you open your mouth, not just when you are angry.

Are there any logs in your eye you need to take out before you can even think about the speck in your brother’s eye?

I’m preaching to myself here, too, so don’t get too up at arms with me. I know none of what I’m saying is probably very popular, but I’m not concerned about doing what is popular, just what I believe is right and Biblical. This election is supercharged with debate, controversy, and confusion. We should all be in prayer for wisdom, patience, and perhaps you should turn your TV off and study your Bible and pray for our leaders, both the current and future ones.

God bless and I pray we will all listen to James 1:5-8:

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

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Reversal Zone: a review

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J. Grace Pennington has published four science fiction novels. They each have a unique bent to them, but this one is very different. Each book is a standalone, but as with any series, you get more of the story if you read them all in order. In Reversal Zone, the main character, Andi Lloyd, becomes the only one who can save the ship and crew. Can she do it in time?

About the Book

Nothing is as it should be.
After weeks of boredom, Andi is excited when the Surveyor is called upon to rescue a freighter that mysteriously vanished in uncharted space.  Excitement quickly turns to unease when the ship encounters an unknown phenomenon—a cloud that appears not to exist.  But with the freighter’s crew in danger, the Surveyor has no choice but to venture into unknown territory.
As soon as they enter the cloud, its unstable effects wreak havoc on the ship.  They’re flying blind.  Every piece of equipment is malfunctioning.  And every member of the crew is unable to think straight or act like themselves—except Andi.
Now she’s expected to guide them through the predicament with no previous command experience and no one to turn to for support.  And with each passing hour, it becomes clear that if they don’t escape the cloud soon—they won’t escape it at all.

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A falling update, er, Fall update, and new goals

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Can you believe it’s Fall already? I know I can’t. And now it’s October. And at the end of the month, I have to start saying I’m a different age. One that nobody will believe yet. I keep being told it’s a good thing to look younger than you really are. It just gets rather annoying to have people stare at you in disbelief and question you truthfulness. At 25+ is there really any reason to lie?

Anyway, I’m supposed to be updating you on my goals from September. To refresh your memory, here they are:

  • Get Savior, Like a Shepherd ready and sent to beta-readers Done on September 13
  • Start He Hideth My Soul rough draft (handwritten) Started on September 16 and currently have 17,000+ words written
  • Get Faith is the Victory ready for publication Done and Published!!
  • Edit All The Way (if time) Did not have time 😦
  • Get everything together for book fairs (Sept. 18 & 24) and conference (Sept. 24) Barely, but I did it. The conference was great!
  • Don’t go crazy (or is it too late for that?) I decided it was too late for that, but I managed to stay almost stress-free.
  • Plan Truth through the Ages Facebook Party with Amanda Done! And the giveaways are still open for a couple of days!

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