The 13th Tribe by Robert Liparulo, a review

Jagger Baird felt like he was losing his mind in the aftermath of a horrific car accident that took the lives of dear friends. Now he’s taken his family to a gig as a security guard for an archaeology dig at Mt. Sinai in Arabia, and things are looking up for him. He’s enjoying his beloved wife and son now, for one thing.

Free Kindle ebook: Discovery in the Desert

Our featured free ebook is Discovery in the Desert: It Will Shake the Nations by Tom Thiele. Amazon readers have given it 4.7 out of 5 stars on 35 reviews, many of whom report loving the book. Note that I haven’t read this book, don’t recognize the publisher, and can’t personally recommend it, but I am intrigued. And the price is right!

A persistent mentor makes all the difference

We have four children who are young adults, and I am glad to report that all of them are Christians. But I don’t take credit for it.

Archive, a devotional

Those messy piles are the remnants of my childhood home. I’m compiling the material into an archive, and each time I dig in I learn something new.

Hunger Games books 2 and 3: discussion for Christians

I’ve had a chance now to read Catching Fire and Mockingjay, books 2 and 3 in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy.
There are questions you could ask your children, to help them consider the works from a Christian point of view.

Hosea Chapter 11: a window into the mind of God

I was thumbing through my Bible at devotional time and my eye fell on Hosea Chapter 11. Reading it, I was brought to tears by this shimmering glimpse into the mind of God.

Compassion is caught

Do you ever catch yourself saying something, then clamp your mouth shut with the realization you’ve become your mother? Or maybe you’ve glanced behind you to see your child rolling their eyes…just like you…

What is Christian fiction?

One of my blog readers emailed me and asked me to define Christian fiction. “Is it a story that doesn’t go directly against any Biblical teaching? Does the story have to teach some Christian lesson? Is it simply a story without all of the gratuitous sex and violence of the natural world?”

Jerram Barrs on the importance of story

Jerram Barrs, a professor at Covenant Theological Seminary, thinks we need to be reading stories. But not just any stories.

“The greatest stories not only entertain and enlighten us, but also teach us something about who we are–and how we fit into God’s True Story of a redeemed creation.” That’s from an article just published in the seminary’s magazine, Covenant, fall/winter 2011, p. 10. He goes on to quote Tolkien’s “On Fairy Stories,” and urges us to read not only the gospel story but “many other stories as well that echo its joy and hope.”

A medical whodunit for our free Kindle ebook

Christian author Dr. Richard Mabry has a medical whodunit on the free list for Kindle this week. Remember, you can read Kindle books on your computer! There’s no reason not to take advantage of this!

Medical Error has this plot summary: