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Review: Captivated: Finding Freedom in a Media Captive Culture

If you had to defeat an enemy nation, one of the most effective ways would be to make friends with enough of their citizens that they would welcome you with open arms. Of course, few nations in history have ever allowed this to happen; it seems too unreal to even consider. But guess what? It […]

A Chameleon, to the Glory of God

Sometimes looking at nature can make me think of all sorts of deep things. Other times I have only one response, “Wow! My God made that!” Recently we spent some time watching this chameleon. It looked us over with its ever-rotating cone-shaped eye. The other eye, on its other side, was looking at something else. […]

Review: Once We Were Strangers by Shawn Smucker

Shawn Smucker, a middle-aged father of six who drove for Uber and Lyft when writing was slow, wanted to help the Syrian refugees. Writing a book about their situation was a way he was uniquely equipped to help them, so Lancaster’s Church World Service arranged for him to meet a Syrian refugee named Mohammed. When […]

Review: Broken Pieces and the God Who Mends Them by Simonetta Carr

Simonetta Carr, beloved author of the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series, was confused and apprehensive when her eighteen year old son Jonathan asked her, out of the blue,  “Mom, is this a game?”  She answered him nervously.  A bit later he still seemed perplexed and told her, “I don’t understand this extension.” Thus began […]

The Christian Greats Challenge

My friend Carol is hosting an online reading club this year: “Christian Greats Challenge: Past and Present.”  Carol is an Australian homeschooling mom who writes the most delightful and thoughtful book reviews. She planned this challenge’s categories partly to counter what C. S. Lewis calls ‘chronological snobbery’, defined as ‘the uncritical acceptance of the intellectual […]

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