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Hillary McFarland’s “Quivering Daughters”

Hillary McFarland gave me a sneak preview of her upcoming non-fiction book, Quivering Daughters, and I loved it.  The book is a must-read for anyone who homeschools, rubs shoulders with homeschoolers, or is curious about hyperpatriarchy or “Quiverfull” families like the Duggars of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting.” I’m pro-homeschooling; we homeschooled our own kids.  By the grace of God,…

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Debut novel from Gina Holmes

Crossing Oceans is here! I’m looking forward to reading this one: Nothing deepens a stream like a good rain . . . or makes it harder to cross. Jenny Lucas swore she’d never go home again.  But life has a way of upending even the best-laid plans.  Now, years after she left, she and her five-year-old daughter must return to…

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Falling in love with Foxfire

The Foxfire books are anthologies of articles that were published in The Foxfire Magazine. They’re all about understanding and preserving the heritage of the settlers of the Southern Appalachians. I browsed through a few of the books years ago but just rediscovered them when I was doing research for one of my novels.  The sections on family and faith are…

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Wade Burleson on Quiverfull

Wade Burleson has written an excellent post about Quiverfull theology at “Grace and Truth to You.”  He’s an evangelical Christian himself, and he approaches the movement respectfully but with a clear eye for aberrant teachings. If you’ve never heard of Quiverfull, it’s the belief that the size of one’s family, or “quiver,” should be determined by God, not by human…

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On a roller coaster with Jesus

What’s the world’s biggest, tallest, fastest, jerkiest roller coaster?  That’d be the one that’s been taking my emotions on a ride for the last week or so.  I hope I can make a semi-coherent post out of this. Last weekend, I drove to Nashville for a publishing workshop from The Master Seminars. What a privilege that was:  Brainstorming with my…

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Sláinte, St. Pat!

In honor of St. Patrick and all things Irish, may I recommend just two of my favorites? Thomas Cahill’s How the Irish Saved Civilization is well worth reading even if you’re not Irish and you think you don’t like history. And Waking Ned Devine is an underrated gem of a movie that never fails to make me smile.  Fabulous music,…

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My first sale!

I have a nice little stockpile of completed manuscripts.  Sometimes I don’t think of them by their working titles, but by labels such as: The Plotless Wonder The Big Mess The NaNoWriMo Thing The Big Mess, Revised The Funny One The One That Just Might Work And now . . . The One That WaterBrook Bought. Yes, my agent has…

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Morris West and other Catholic novelists

Thanks to a brief Facebook conversation a couple of weeks ago with Phil of Brandywine Books, I’ve picked up a copy of The Shoes of the Fisherman by Australian author Morris West.  I first read it so many years ago that I don’t remember much about it except that it’s about the process of choosing a new Pope, and that…

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The Internet Monk’s first book

I’m a big fan of the online writings of Michael Spencer, also known as the Internet Monk. Over several years of reading his posts at both the Boarshead Tavern and at Internet Monk, I’ve come to hold him in very high regard. The Boarshead Tavern, a.k.a. the BHT, is a group blog written by a motley crew of Christians from…

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Salinger passes away

J.D. Salinger died today.  I loved Catcher in the Rye when I was a teenager but I’ve never read it a second time. I’ve heard some people say that when they returned to it as adult readers, it had lost most of its appeal.  Maybe it’s only miserable and selfish teenagers who can enjoy reading about another miserable and selfish…

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