What is Historical Fiction?

Since I write (and read) a great deal of historical fiction, I’ve had several questions on exactly what historical fiction is and how I use this genre. Here are my answers.  Read more ›

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Choctaw Writers and an Ancient Tradition

How do you preserve history, culture, and values for generations when there is no written language? Through story. Storytelling is an old tradition for Choctaws as it is with many cultures throughout the world. Our ancestors knew the lives they lived and the lessons they learned were important enough to pass on. They did this by telling stories regularly to their children and grandchildren, who in turn matured and passed those stories, as well as their own, to the next generation.

But a time came when these stories began to be forgotten. In boarding school, children were forbidden to tell them in their native language. They became the elders, and concealed the stories of their lives. It became a shameful thing to be Choctaw, and stories of life’s lessons were deemed foolish things for the civilized.  Read more ›

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Book Review: Behold the Man by Bodie and Brock Thoene

Governor Pontius Pilate, his wife, and a celebrated Roman centurion are entangled in a journey none of them dreamed of making. But they are set on a journey to encounter a Man who will change them forever. This novel explores the events leading to the final days of Jesus Christ from the perspective of people who are sorting through their own shattered lives.

Read this book and experience the power of meeting Jesus for the first time…

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Book Review: 52 Little Life Lessons from A Christmas Carol by Bob Welch

An old story with countless renditions gets a fresh visit in this charming and insightful book.

52 Little Life Lessons From A Christmas Carol by Bob Welch starts with a list of characters and an author’s note to reacquaint the reader with the story. The life lessons—easy to digest, bite sized chapters—not only cover the original manuscript by Charles Dickens, it delves into the various film versions. This book also steps out of the storyworld to take a look at the personal life of Dickens. Why did he write the characters he did? Were they based on real people and situations? What was Dickens trying to accomplish in his day and age with A Christmas Carol? What does this mean for today’s world?

These are just a few of the ways the author brings out the little life lessons in a classic story. I especially enjoyed the exploration of Dickens’ faith.

This book is a well researched, meaningful, and fun look at the life lessons found in A Christmas Carol.

I recommend it for anytime of the year.


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Book Review: Abolishing Abortion by Rev. Frank Pavone

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” Elie Weisel, Holocaust survivor

“If I do not address this evil, what will happen to the unborn? If I do not get involved, what will happen to those who are vulnerable, to those who are marginalized, to those who are oppressed, to those who have no one to speak for them?” Rev. Frank Pavone Read more ›

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