Mirror Check

I recently read that, prior to the 1920s, most women had mirrors that were tarnished.  The view they received in those mirrors, then, was fuzzy, imperfect. Like a super-filter on Instagram. All the time. As mirrors improved, women were shocked at what they saw: blemishes, wrinkles, dark spots, under-eye bags, crow’s feet, red blotches – no more filter. Beauty products suddenly became a booming business. As I read this, I thought about these verses… “Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not...

Hopes, Dreams, and Barbies

My daughters were not allowed to play with Barbie’s until they were 4 and 6 years old. I know, I know. But this is what parents do. Especially with the first child. We are deathly afraid of scarring them for life – and we see “scar potential” in everything. So until the fateful “Barbie ban” was lifted, our daughters – especially Emma (the oldest) – coveted the curvy toy. They played with them in secret when they went to friends’ houses. Emma, on a trip to my grandmother’s, spent an entire day in Barbie heaven when a fellow grandma gave her a huge box-o-Barbie’s to play with. They would beg and plead for Barbie’s. When we were at Target or Wal-Mart, they would stare at the Barbie displays,...

REVOLUTIONARY Winner…

Thanks to all of you who entered the giveaway! I truly wish I could give each of you an advanced copy of REVOLUTIONARY. Sadly, I just have one. And that one goes to… Lili!! I was so impressed with your tenacity. You really want to read this book. That makes me so happy! And to answer your question – yes, it is hard to keep all those secrets. I’m happy to be able to send the book off and know one more person knows how this series ends There will be more giveaways closer to the release date (July 15), including a blog tour. I’ll post details about that when it gets closer. Until then, I’ll keep posting about life, Jesus, and writing – so stick around. I love hearing from you all, and I am SO grateful for...

REVOLUTIONARY Giveaway!

I am giving away my last ARC of Revolutionary. There’s just one catch to enter: You have to have read Anomaly and Luminary. No offense to those who like to wait until all three books are out to read a trilogy, those who don’t have time, or those who just love to enter giveaways, but this giveaway is for those of you who have read the first two books and are dying to know what happens next. Comment below – you can just leave your name or, if you want, leave a prediction for how you think it should end. Feel free to comment more than once. The deadline to enter is midnight Wednesday. I’ll announce the winner Thursday...

Do I Hate Science?

Am I anti-science? Do I think the Christian faith and science cannot coexist? Do I think all scientists are evil? I’m getting these questions from readers of the Anomaly trilogy because the antagonist is a scientist (though, if you’ve read Luminary, you know there are good-guy scientists as well). The short answer to those questions is “no.” I have a great deal of respect for science and scientists. I do, however, have a problem with naturalism. And I respectfully, but wholeheartedly, disagree with people whose worldview is based on naturalism, whose science is based on naturalism. Merriam-Webster defines naturalism as “a theory denying that an event or object has a supernatural significance; specifically : the doctrine that scientific laws are...

This Too Shall Pass

Emotions can cause all kinds of problems. Especially when those emotions are negative. Negative feelings are often deceptive combinations of fatigue, insecurities, and misunderstandings. But we still have them, still battle them. I don’t think we are ever free from the wars that rage in our minds and hearts. Though we all have different battles, the Enemy’s tactics are the same – bring up old hurts, old angers, past events that we thought we’ve moved beyond but discover bits and pieces of them linger. “Forgive and forget” is possible only for God. Humanity suffers from an abhorrent ability to recall all things negative and, too often, to forget the good. I know this. Even as a fairly even-tempered person, I have my moments of losing control. Moments...