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Have you hand a yearning to make your faith—and life—simpler? One that is not mass-produced or commercialized?

John J. Thompson explores these themes in his 2014 book, Jesus, Bread, and Chocolate: Crafting a Handmade Faith in a Mass-Market World. The book is part memoir, part cultural reflection, and part prescriptive. Continue Reading…

A Cold, Windy Christmas

Ryan Eidson  —  December 9, 2014
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Places are set for Christmas dinner

On Christmas Day in 2010 Lori (my wife) and I gathered with other expats in the city where we lived in China. We took her famous oatmeal rolls and two other dishes with us and ate with the group at 12:45. It was nice to have a break from our work as managers of a farm company and enjoy time together celebrating a cherished holiday.

Sometime in the early afternoon, our driver (his English name is Philip) received a call from our farm workers outside the city that very high winds had broken part of the barn roof. The previous night was very windy in the city. We didn’t know that the wind caused damage to any buildings until this phone call. We thought that just a few pieces of tin were gone; however, the workers called back and said the entire north addition to the barn was gone!

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This is the original cover for 11 by Leonard Sweet from 2008. David C Cook (the publisher) updated the cover for a reissue of the book in 2012.

I just finished reading the book 11 by Leonard Sweet. (The full title is 11 indispensable relationships you can’t be without.)

Have You Ever Evaluated Your Friendships?

This is a timely book for me because the past several months I’ve considered how my relationships fit into my life. Continue Reading…

When other writers ask me where to go to generate authentic reviews for their books, I point them to Story Cartel. Story Cartel is the website where I got early reviews for my book A Couple with Common Cents when I first released it in October 2013.

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What most writers don’t know is that Story Cartel also offers a digital course for writers to get past platform confusion and grow their connections with readers and fellow writers.

The Story Cartel Course

I enrolled in the Story Cartel Course in March 2013. It was a great experience of learning (and practice).

The lessons correspond with what founder Joe Bunting calls the Six Rules of Story Cartel. These six rules, with my summaries, are: Continue Reading…

Does God have a place that He regards as special above all others?

Is it Jerusalem? The city where Solomon built the temple?

Is it the tabernacle, the tent that moved with the Israelites before the temple was built?

Is it a “church building”?

No. God’s favorite place on earth is not one particular place on the map.

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Two millennia ago, God walked on the earth in the flesh. Jesus Christ was rejected everywhere He went. Every place He walked, no one wanted Him. Except one tiny village…Bethany. Continue Reading…

Many types of literature exist in the English language. Reading can be a great leisure or academic activity, employing the mind and imagination to view sequences of events, connect with characters, or analyze data.

Reading Between the Lines by Gene VeithReading Between the Lines by Gene Veith is a great book that introduces you to the forms, modes, and traditions of literature, primarily focusing on literature originally written in English. Veith analyzes how literature has developed over the years. He helps guide you to a more keen mind when selecting what to read.

The written word has historically had a powerful influence on society, and today is no different. Continue Reading…