Sunday, December 27, 2015

Faithful Reviews: Dynamo by Eleanor Gustafson


Faithful Reviews


Dynamo

by

Eleanor Gustafson






His path to redemption isn't easy...

Who is He, really?

What does He ask of Us?



The Book, Dynamo:

Jeth Cavanaugh is searching for a new life along one of Pennsylvania's mountain ridges when he stumbles upon a stable of show jumpers owned by Rob and Katie Chilton. Throw in a volatile gaited stallion named Dynamo, and Jeth will do anything to work there. He earns his living by training and showing Rob's jumpers, but Dynamo is his primary passion.

Everything changes when God enters his life--in the unconventional form of a hard slap by an old girlfriend--and ignites a new, greater passion within him. But along with fervor comes fear at the undeniable evidence of God's hand on his life. Inexplicable events, both good and bad, makes him moan plaintively, "Why does God do this to me? I get the feeling I'm being set up for something."

He is, indeed. Jeth's life is anything but predictable, much like the God he serves. The real Dynamo and his ultimate trainer emerge out of an excruciating mix of disaster and brokenness, which are never beyond the reach of redemption.

The Author, Ellie Gustafson:

Ellie Gustafson began thinking up stories at a young age but did not begin writing and publishing until 1978. A graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois, she has been actively involved in church life as a minister's wife, teacher, musician, writer, and encourager.

Additional experiences include gardening, house construction, tree farming, mouse control, and parenting--all of which have helped bring color and humor to her fiction. One of her major writing goals has been to make scriptural principles understandable and relevant for today's readers through the undeniable power of story.

The Stones: A Novel of the Life of King David grew out of her fascination with the biblical story of David.

Dynamo builds off her lifelong love of horses.


Renee's Review of Dynamo, a Novel:

Ellie Gustafson pens a powerful story of life and redemption in her novel, Dynamo. The amazing tale captures the attention as well as the heart. Realistic characters and unexpected twists keep the reader turning the pages as the story rips along.

A well-written book with a focus on the spiritual and emotional journey of Jeth Cavanaugh, Dynamo explores the struggle of a man's re-introduction into society following prison. It also paints the picture of the cutthroat world of horse-jumping as well as the lives of the owner, trainer, and rider...and the dangers that lurk therein.

For the characterization, focus, and amazing story, I give five stars. I believe information about Dynamo, the stallion could have been expanded on a bit earlier in the plot. I kept waiting for it, especially since the book was named after the horse, but that's not enough for me to dock my review.

***** Five stars, Ms. Gustafson...well, done.


All reviews by Renee Blare are conducted as a reader (not a writer/author) and are posted on this blog and various online reader and purchase sites such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads at no charge. Author(s) provide a free copy of work for unbiased review.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

It's a Coffee Corner Christmas with Sharon McGregor (with Giveaway)


The Coffee Corner Welcomes

Sharon McGregor

for Christmas!








Is that sleigh bells I hear? I'm so excited I can barely stand it! I love this time of year. As far as I'm concerned, there's never been a better reason to celebrate the Son of God's birthday than right now. And Christmas is around the corner. Speaking of corners...guess who's on the Coffee Corner? That's right! Sharon McGregor.

So, pull up a chair and stay awhile. We have a lot to talk about including her latest book...you, know, the one you may just WANT TO PICK UP FOR CHRISTMAS!

Let's get started with the interview...

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RB: Hello, Sharon, welcome to the Coffee Corner. What can you tell us about your new book?

SM: Hi, Renee. I'm excited to be here. Thank you for having me.



All's Fair In Love And Arson is a Christmas novella. Bella has returned home to help her mother Izzie who broke her leg when she fell down a hill in the Nuisance Grounds. In addition to minding Izzie's store, Bella is coaxed into taking over her role in the Christmas production of Hercule Poirot's Christmas, which Izzie's best friend has decided to transform into a musical. Bella had hoped her homecoming might bring back a little Christmas spirit to her life, but things become difficult when she runs into Jake, her old high school sweetheart. Someone is setting fires in St. Christopher, a family feud is in full swing, and everyone is on edge. In the midst of all this, Bella is searching for the real meaning of Christmas.

RB: Wow, sounds like a lot is going on! What an incredible story. I can't wait to read it! What about you, folks? I love Christmas stories...almost as much as I love Christmas. Bella, Izzy, Jake...how did you come up with these names, Sharon? After all, I struggle with picking names for my own characters...anybody else have this problem out there?

SM: In All's Fair In Love And Arson, I began with the name Jake because it's always been one of my favourite men's names. I think this goes back to my younger days when I had an unrequited crush on a "Jake." It wasn't until after I'd settled on Bella and Izzie as the two diminutives of Isabel that I realized the pairing of Jake and Bella were reminiscent of characters from the Twilight series. By then I was attached to my characters so I decided to run with it.

RB: I've been there before. I have a novella with a similar name to another book I've written, but I can't bring myself to change it. I can't see him as anybody else but JB! Sometimes this writing thing is so difficult. (sigh) Like outlining...I HATE outlining. In fact, I don't do it. But now, I love the editing process, although it is rather time consuming. What's the easiest part of writing for you?

SM: What an interesting question, Renee. I'd have to say it's always the first draft. Once you get the story line in your head, it's so easy for me to just let the characters lead me along as I tell their story. The difficult part is the editing and rewriting that follows.

RB: Some people prefer to certain "point of views" when they read a book such as first or third person. In turn, certain writers may prefer one over the other. Do you have one you like?

SM: I'm always most comfortable both reading and writing third person stories. There are some classics of course that simply had to be told in the first person, like Huckleberry Finn and To Kill A Mockingbird, but it takes a deft hand to do it, and I don't know if I could. Maybe someday I'll give it a try. I also prefer past tense to present. Again, it takes a special talent to write in present tense, and I don't think it's one of mine. I love humour. I always try to bring an element of fun to my stories. I think bringing out the funny side of a character makes them more easy to identify with.

RB: I think your book is sounding better and better! Let's talk more about it. What's your favorite part of the novel and why?

SM: I love the rehearsals and performance of the Christmas production. I've always loved Agatha Christie and it was so much fun writing about the bizarre twists Sarah gave to the story. I could just imagine outdoorsy, masculine Jake playing the role of the prissy, obsessively neat, symmetry-loving, Belgian detective.  Like Bella, I giggled every time I pictured it. Actually, I spent a lot of time giggling as I wrote this one.

RB: I love Agatha Christie too. And if you laughed when you wrote the book, I bet I'll laugh when I read it. How did you pick a setting for your story?

SM: I like to use small prairie towns for my stories. Timber was the prairie town where my three Dreams series romances took place. This story has a different setting but it's still  small-town prairie. I chose the name of St. Christopher for Bella's hometown as it seemed apt for a Christmas tale. I grew up in a small town and love the way people all seem to be part of a larger family.

RB: I love small towns. I live in one! I've lived in larger towns but I like small towns the best. I know this is a little personal, Sharon, but if you weren't a writer, what do you think you'd be?

SM: I've always wanted to be an archaeologist. I'd love to be out there on a dig in the sun and the sand with an ice pick and a toothbrush to uncover old pottery shards or projectile points, trying to put together a lifestyle picture of our ancestors. I think writers and archaeologists are birds of a feather-we both like to dig around in other people's lives-professional snoopers, if you will.

RB: Good one! My mom's dug around in an archaeological dig site and found a cool dinosaur bone. It's in a museum now. I don't know if I'd like to scrape around in the dirt looking for bones, but I'd wouldn't mind finding a bit of treasure. It may pay for a new computer or desk. My desk is a chair and TV tray...for the moment. What does your writing spot look like?


SM: I have a desk in the corner of my living room. It's right beside a window so I can look out at my little piece of the ocean.  It's usually more cluttered than it should be and sometimes covered with a calico cat. Zoey likes to take control of my keyboard and we have a running battle over it. She does some strange things with my resolutions and settings. I'm afraid someday she's going to order a carload of catnip or Fancy Feast when I leave her alone at my desk. I make sure she has no access to my credit card numbers.

RB: Hide the mouse! I have a tiger kitty that does the same thing. LOL Thanks for stopping by the Coffee Corner, Sharon. I've had a grand time! Oh, and have a Merry Christmas.


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CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY




ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTION TO
ENTER THE GIVEAWAY FOR SHARON MCGREGOR'S
FIONA'S KNIGHT OF DREAMS (ebook)

"What is the name of Sharon McGregor's cat?"
(Hint: You can find the answer in the interview above.)

Winner will be chosen by random draw on December 27,2015 from comments below.
Five comments required to validate giveaway.

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About All's Fair in Love and Arson:

Bella is back at her childhood home. When her mother took a fall in the Nuisance Grounds (garbage dump) and broke her leg, Bella came back to help her and run her shop, Izzie's. Soon Bella discovers she's also been handed Izzie's role in the town's Christmas theatre production, a musical version of a well-known mystery that threatens to become more bizarre each day. A serial arsonist is frightening the townspeople, a family feud threatens young romance, and intrigue and rumors are the order of the day. On top of everything, Bella's high school sweetheart Jake, who dumped her for a cheerleader, is now Chief of Police. Poor Bella! Christmas in St. Christopher's is not what it used to be.

Barnes and Noble - http://goo.gl/fKrxKB


About Sharon McGregor:

Sharon McGregor is a prairie girl who has been working her way west to escape the cold. She now lives on beautiful Vancouver Island. She hasn't escaped her roots, though, as her romances are set in small town North America. When not writing or reading, she operates a shave ice concession with her daughter and follows her grandchildren's athletic endeavours. She has a constant battle with her cat Zoey for control of her computer keyboard. Sharon loves to write romance, mystery and humor, if possible all three at the same time.

Facebook Author Page - https://goo.gl/DA5ktR
Web page and blog - www.sharonmcgregor.com/blog
Twitter - @sharonmcgr

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Christmas in Winter Wonderland and Special Giveaway

Christmas in Winter Wonderland



 It’s December in Wyoming, and it’s a wonder to behold.


Fluffy flakes drift down to become a blanket of white. Once-barren trees don their mantle and the air sparkles in the rays of a new day. Winter's arrived in Wyoming.

The bitter north wind howls as the storm barrels across the plains. It enters the valley and drives ice and snow without mercy. Deer, antelope, horses, cattle, mules…and people hunker down until a new day dawns.

Skis slash a fresh-groomed trail of white as a figure in red skims down the steep mountainside beneath a sky of crystal blue. The crisp sound of a snowboard follows accompanied by laughter when an impromptu wipe-out sends powdered snow high into the cold air.

Winter's arrived to Wyoming, and it’s a wonder to behold.


The morning sun flashes its brief hello before settling once again beneath the gray veil of the clouds. As the hunter creeps through the still, white forest, the fresh-fallen snow crunches beneath his boots. The young buck jerks to attention behind the wild raspberry bush. They stare at each other in frozen astonishment.

The dim light works its way through the crystals hanging in suspended wonder, and a forest road’s bathed in white. Tall aspens stand watch over the path into their land and they guard it well. Once clothed in beauty, they stand bare and exposed, but forever strong, their markings stark to the eye.

The seasons change. Harsh weather impacts the bear, elk, moose, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, deer, antelope, wolf, mountain lion, coyote, beaver, prairie dog, squirrel, chipmunk, ferret, fish, snake, mole, man…the list goes on.


Winter’s arrived to Wyoming. It’s a wonder to behold.


It’s befitting we celebrate Christ’s birthday this month. After all, during this time, winter transforms a dry, cracked land into a majestic winter wonderland.




Trees twinkle through frosty windows as cars slice through the slush. Carolers stroll down the sidewalk, lifting praise songs to the Lord. And people huddle on their doorsteps while they listen beneath the starlit night.

Christmas in Winter Wonderland,
A wonder to behold.


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!!!Special Christmas Giveaway!!!


To celebrate the birth of our Savior, I'm giving away

(1) Fly Ornament Combo

(includes 4 hand-tied fly ornaments)

AND

(1) signed copy of To Soar on Eagle's Wings

OR

Beast of Stratton

 (winner's choice!)

(enter via Rafflecopter below!)




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Have a very Merry Christmas!

In Christ,

Renee Blare


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     Current Event: Renee's CRAZY Culinary Christmas Contest - Entry Deadline - Dec 25th

Saturday, December 5, 2015

3 Songs that Capture the Heart of Christmas

3 Songs

 that

Capture the Heart of Christmas



Luke 2:10-11
“Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”


I love everything about Christmas. I love the decorations, the gifts, the parties…but above all, I love the music. Not because I like to dance or sing, but because it reminds me what this holiday is all about.

It’s not Santa Claus, or reindeer, although I’d love to think there’s a jolly, old man in a red suit out there bringing gifts to every child in the world. And it’s not about how many gifts I manage to stuff under the tree for those I love. Or even what’s waiting for me to open on Christmas morning or how much candy may be in my stocking on the mantle (if I have a fireplace to hang one on!)

No, it’s the music I hear at church, the grocery store, or around the local department store. The same music I treasure and blesses me during this holiday season. It reminds me that although this time’s now commercialized and more of a season of chaos than blessing, it is and always will be about the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

It’s about one amazing gift which can never be matched in any shape or form…a tiny baby in a manger in a town called Bethlehem.

Right now, I’d like to share with you three of my favorite Christmas songs and why they mean so much to me. May you be as blessed by them as I am.



1. O' Holy Night:

The first is an old Christmas Carol you may recognize, O' Holy Night. You may be able to sing along with this one. This rendition’s actually performed a cappella by Home Free. I love this carol. The words bring home to me how truly amazing this day is and why I need to keep it holy.






2. Little Drummer Boy:

The second is a wonderful song of humility and praise, Little Drummer Boy by Celtic Woman. It shows that no matter the circumstances in which we find ourselves, the Lord acknowledges our offering, even if small. He knows our hearts. It’s a grateful reminder in an age of trying to get to the unreachable top of the ladder.





3. Mary, Did You Know:

My third song is a special song. Mary, Did You Know by Pentatonix is captivating, but don’t just listen to the music, listen to the words. It’s written to Mary but meant for us all. The words are powerful and pierce to the soul. They remind us who Jesus is and why He came to this earth. It wasn’t to be just a man but a deliverer. He was more than a baby, He was and is the Almighty.






Like me, I hope you have something that penetrates your soul and mind this Christmas season to remind you what it’s all about. May God bless you and keep you.


In Christ always, and Merry Christmas,


Renee Blare



Special Acknowledgments:



Sunday, November 29, 2015

Renee's CRAZY Culinary Christmas CONTEST Begins December 1st!

The BEST Christmas Contest in the World

Starts

in

TWO DAYS!!!




Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Philippians 4:4 (NKJV)

Christmas is a wondrous time. It's our time to praise the Father above for His amazing gift to this world, His one and only Son, Jesus.

We lift joyous songs to the heavens in the form of carols and even reflect His enormous offering in the exchange of gifts to those we love.

Six years ago, the Lord called me to put the pen to the page and something amazing happened in my life. I fell in love with Christian Fiction. This year, I'm offering it to you.

Along this journey as a writer, I'm surrounded by wonderful authors. From my blogs to ACFW and Prism Book Group, I'm blessed to know many talented people with a drive to show God's message in their work.

Because the Lord has blessed me, I've been given a chance to bless you! Many of these writers have donated a copy of their books for the GRAND prize of this contest. In addition, some are talented craftsmen and their art is the SECOND prize! Wow! God is good.



Grand Prize: 19 Christian Digital Book Collection

Blink...come on now, blink...you aren't seeing things. That is indeed the GRAND Prize for this Crazy Contest! One winner will be selected from the entries by public vote (see details below.)

Don't miss YOUR chance to win this awesome book collection by authors such as Lena Nelson Dooley, Laura V. Hilton, Mary Ball, Amber Schamel, Susan Baganz, Carlene Havel, Julie Cosgrove and more.

This incredible, crazy contest begins on December 1st at midnight and is so simple, you'll be checking the rules for loopholes!

Post the picture of your Culinary Delight (100% edible except for the display ware) to the Facebook Event Page with your name. The entry must have been prepared this year, 2015 or it's not eligible (see rules below for details) for the contest.

Remember, entries open on December 1, 2015 and close on December 25, 2015. Get ready, here we go...


Renee's Crazy Culinary Christmas Contest Rules and Guidelines 2015

Renee’s Crazy Culinary Christmas Contest - Begins December 1st!


Enter your Christmas creation today! You may win one of three awesome prizes…
It can be as simple as this hand-crafted bottle out of smarties (a product of my son’s boredom) or a glorious gingerbread village, it’s up to you! All entries are acceptable as long as they follow the guidelines…of course.

And what might those be? Well, here they are!

Rules:

No purchase necessary to enter. Entries will be accepted beginning on December 1, 2015 at 12:00am until midnight on December 25, 2015 (MDT).

Entries shall be submitted by picture submission on the Facebook Contest page at the following url: https://www.facebook.com/events/978466482226337/ with entrant name.

This contest will be conducted in three phases due to the two-week restriction on Facebook events. Phase One: December 1-14, Phase Two: December 14-25 Phase Three: December 31st. The winners will be announced on December 31st directly on Renee’s Facebook Reader Group, Author Page, blog, website and throughout her social media.

All entries must be created this year, 2015 and 100% edible. No artificial structures, except for display dishes, are allowed. These include toothpicks, popsicle sticks, straws, etc…even if they are not visible. Exceptions may include pans, cookie sheets, or other such items used to display the entry.
Contestants may be asked to provide verification of ingredients and year of assembly. If necessary, this process may be accomplished via photo with date stamp.

All winners shall be chosen by popular vote during the following voting period: December 26, 2015, 12:00am through December 30,  2015, 12:00pm. The winners will be announced on December 31, 2015.

The Prizes:

1. Grand Prize:
The entry with the most votes at the end of the voting period shall receive an amazing collection of Christian Fiction. This digital collection includes books by Julie Cosgrove, Susan Baganz, Peggy Trotter, Renee Blare and many more wonderful Christian authors.
Value: approximately $45.00

2. Second Prize:
The entry which accrues the second most votes at the end of the voting period shall receive an assortment of donated artwork by selected artists. This may include paintings, prints, crafts, and/or photography.
Value: approximately $30.00

3. Third Prize:
The entry with the third most votes at the end of the voting period shall receive one (1) Fly Ornament and one (1) Soul Catcher crafted by Renee’s Scribbles and Scratches as sold on Renee’s Etsy Store. Value: $15.00

The contest shall be conducted on Renee Blare’s Facebook Reader Group via an “event” option with a separate url. All contestant entries (pictures) will be combined at the end of the entry period with the voting process beginning via poll on December 26, 2015 at 12:00am. Voting is limited to one vote per day per person. The poll will be available to the voting public at various sites including Social Media, Renee’s blog, and her website.

Contact:
Renee Blare, Christian Author of Romance and Suspense, Owner of Renee’s Scribbles and Scratches
These rules are available on Renee’s Facebook Reader Group, Author Page, and website.
Renee’s Facebook Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/474728079355449/
Renee’s Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/ReneeBlareAuthor



Thursday, November 26, 2015

A Thanksgiving Note


A Thanksgiving Note

to My Readers




Today is Thanksgiving Day. It's an important holiday in America but not just for the historical significance to this great land. It's a day to ponder the gifts and challenges which have been given, acknowledge people placed along the path (for better or worse), and say "thank you" for all.

I can honestly say that running this blog this last year, I've experienced the gamut of emotions. Inspirational Moments lives up to its name. I'm grateful for every person who has left a bit of their heart and soul for you, my readers.

As I meander my way toward 2016, I read the Word of God each morning and see the chaos in the world. But no matter what, the burning desire to spread the Good News remains. It's why I continue to write and post, interview and review.

I do it for you, the readers. And this day, I'd like to say thank you.

May God bless you and keep you in the palm of His hand.

Happy Thanksgiving.

In Christ,

Renee

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Renee's Review of Freed to Forgive (by Julie Cosgrove)

Renee’s Review

of

Freed to Forgive

(by Julie Cosgrove)





The Book, Freed to Forgive:



Shackled by her past, can she be freed to forgive? Abused in her Mexican village, Marisol’s anger is her ticket to freedom in America or so she thinks. But her temper lands her in worse and worse situations. Trafficked and pregnant, she gives up her baby so it can have a better life. Now, ten years later her past returns to haunt her, just when she has caught the eye of Jesse, the one man who wants to know her…and not just her body. Marisol has struggled hard to disguise her past, but will the unforgiving spirit she harbors prevent her from embracing her future? Though delicately worded with veiled descriptions, this faith-based novel does depict some disturbing, yet unfortunately all too common, sex trafficking scenes necessary for the plot.



The Review, Freed to Forgive:


Freed to Forgive is the conclusion of Julie Cosgrove’s trilogy which she began with Hush in the Storm.  These novels as well as Legitimate Lies explore and expose the dark subject of sex trafficking. Freed to Forgive backtracks a bit and recaps the life of a young Mexican girl by the name of Marisol. As Ms. Cosgrove leads us through Marisol’s life, step by step, we get a glimpse of reality.

Although the retelling of Marisol’s story in Freed to Forgive isn’t pretty, it’s necessary. For her to move forward, she must go back. Not to wallow, but to forgive. And in the process, she reveals a side of life many refuse to acknowledge. Her triumph is a true blessing to behold. God’s restoration of Marisol’s an illustration of His movement not only in her spirit but in her emotional, and physical life as well.

I believe every single person should read this trilogy, especially if they’re a Christian. But here is where I caution the reader. This book isn’t for the faint of heart. It contains serious content and topic matter. Sex trafficking, child rape, physical and child abuse, and molestation are hard issues to discuss in an elegant manner.
Although I’m relatively certain this novel should not easily offend, I offer a warning to any victim or person with prior experience at the hand of a molester: the content may cause unwelcome memories and emotions to surface.

Freed to Forgive earns a five star. Well done, Ms. Cosgrove.


The Author, Julie Cosgrove:


Freelance writer, author and speaker Julie B Cosgrove leads retreats, workshops, and Bible studies. She writes regularly for several Christian websites and publications and has been published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul, Faith Filled Family Magazine, Upper Room's Devozine and Alive Now, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, The Journey and Good News Daily.

Besides freelance writing and editing for clients, Julie has personally published three Bible studies, two inspirational works, a devotional and several novels - Focused (2012), Hush in the Storm (2014) and Legitimate Lies (2015), Freed to Forgive (2015) with Greener Grasses, Navy Blues and a three book cozy mysteries series, The Bunco Biddies coming in 2016-2017.

She is a member of North Texas Christian Writers, Texas Association of Authors, Advanced Writers and Speakers, American Christian Fiction Writers, Toastmasters International, Daughters of the Holy Cross and several web-based author groups Julie has one grown son and lives in Fort Worth, TX with two cats.

Visit her website at www.juliebcosgrove.com

Saturday, November 14, 2015

And the Greatest of These...

Is Love...

(1 Corinthians 13:13)



Friday, November 13, 2015

Terror rained on Paris, France much like it did across this very nation on September 11. So similar...a well-coordinated and lethal series of attacks aimed at densely populated areas resulting in high loss of life.

A shocked country froze as the world watched in horror. We sat...glued to our televisions...and waited for the latest news reports, praying for the best, expecting the worst. After all, as Americans, we'd been down this road...several times before.

But then...hasn't France just a few months ago? And Israel? What about Italy, Cameroon, Iraq, Egypt, Somalia, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Turkey, the West Bank, the Philippines, oh, and the United States? The list of countries with attacks on their homeland goes on...and that's just since October!

Terrorism, whether Islamic or homegrown, is a cancer. It's not isolated to one region of the globe. It's spreading through the whole planet and it has no respect for life...of any form. The perpetrators kill and are killed, usually by their own hand, in the process of "honoring" their cause. And what may that be? War, land, power, religion...

The reasons vary from group to group. Why did Japanese pilots dive into destroyers during WWII? A sensible reason for one may be ludicrous to another. Either way, times have changed. Today's world isn't as it once was. We need to realize global terror is a reality. It's now being used, not only against military installations and in the realm of wartime strategy, but against innocent civilians...while we eat lunch.

As Christians, what can we do about it?

If we aren't in the trenches armed with a machine gun, how can we fight back? Especially when our world is ripped away with a single bullet? We may not expect the attack that may come our way, but we prepare ourselves with the Word of God. 

In 1 Corinthians, I believe the Lord shows us how to face days of terror, hopelessness, and loss. We can pick up the pieces of a shattered life. How? Walk one step at a time with hope and faith in the Almighty as our strength. Above all, by keeping His amazing love cradled close to our hearts, and moving into each brand new day with the Lord.

Believe, hold on to your hope, love...and remember, the greatest of these is LOVE

1 Corinthians 13:4-13


4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 
10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 
12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Stay strong, Paris. You're not alone.




Do you have a comment? Go ahead and share...I'd love to hear your input or opinion on the recent global events and how it is affecting you. (Please, no election talk!)

I'm giving away an e-copy of one of my books (winner's choice) to one commenter.




THIS GIVEAWAY IS OVER



In Christ,

Renee Blare

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_terrorist_incidents,_2015
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