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What Matters Most

April 19, 2014

Tags: Easter, Jesus Christ, LeAnne Hardy


Spring has been slow to come to my part of the country. We received another twelve inches of snow during Holy Week. We’ve been away from home, and I returned to find that the propane tank for the gas fire that heats my office had run out in my absence. (It wasn’t (more…)

Betting on a Certainty

March 24, 2014

Tags: Betting on a Certainty, Ann Fraser Brown, Birch Island Books, self-publishing, book review, editing



Studying pharmacy was supposed to be Ann Brown’s ticket to lots of money and living the good life—not to a remote mission hospital on the continent she swore never to even visit. But God had other plans. From a dysfunctional home in Australia to a youthful lark in London to life in (more…)

Faces of Real People

March 11, 2014

Tags: Muslims, Christians, A Muslim and a Christian in Dialogue, David W. Shenk, Badru D. Kateregga, religious dialogue, James 3:5

This morning I reviewed the book A Muslim and a Christian in Dialogue by Badru D. Kateregga and David W. Shenk on Amazon. (Click the link and scroll down to read the review.) The authors are friends, academic colleagues and team-teachers of a comparative religions course at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. I posted my thoughts on Amazon. My review was approved and went live. I started to post (more…)

Babysitting--a Grandparent's Joy

January 22, 2014

Tags: grandparenting, Disney Marathon, Disney World, running, LeAnne Hardy





If anyone knows how to set up an anonymous blog on which I can comment anonymously, I would like to be able to post WHILE traveling and not wait until I get home, lest some thief be waiting for me to say, "I'm in Florida!" to rob my house. So let me know if <!--more-->you you do. So far my efforts have all shown up as LeAnne Hardy. :-)



We were in Florida last week for the purpose (more…)

The Gospel According to George

December 21, 2013

Tags: George Fredrick Handel, Messiah, Christmas music, sing-along Messiah, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, LeAnne Hardy

I’m considering writing a new book: The Gospel According to George. This would be a short book aimed at music lovers from non-Christian or post-Christian cultures who enjoy Handel’s oratorio The Messiah, but have no idea what it is about.

“Comfort ye. Comfort ye my people,” Handel begins, quoting Isaiah chapter 40. But (more…)

Passing of a Great Statesman

December 15, 2013

Tags: Nelson Mandela, Mozambique, South Africa, LeAnne Hardy




Table Mountain, near Cape Town
where Mandela was imprisoned
for 27 years.
Back in the 1980s when my family lived in Mozambique, then a “front-line state” against apartheid South Africa, I thought the South African government was crazy not to release their long-time political prisoner, a fellow named Nelson Mandela.

“Let the ANC tear itself apart with infighting,” I thought.

I didn’t know Nelson Mandela. His eventual release (more…)

My Family of Thirty-Four Million

November 30, 2013

Tags: HIV/AIDS, HIV&AIDS, World AIDS Day, prayer, Keeping Secrets, LeAnne Hardy





December 1 is World AIDS Day, a time to remember the 34 million people in the world today living with HIV. Half a million have died in the US alone. More than two thirds of those living with HIV are in sub-Saharan Africa where I have lived for many years. For every one person with the virus in the blood steam, weakening the immune system, countless others are affected—parents, children, (more…)

Scraping the Barrel for Thanksgiving

November 28, 2013

Tags: Thanksging, Ephesians 1:3-10, discouragement, LeAnne Hardy

Several years ago I started the practice of writing down something I’m thankful for every day. It has to be something specific to the past twenty-four hours. I don’t allow myself to repeat the generic friends, family and food. Which friend and why? What about my family? Or what food brought me (more…)

Drum roll! Here it Comes!

November 23, 2013

Tags: Keeping Secrets, LeAnne Hardy, HIV book, South Africa book

It's here! The beautiful cover designed by Katy Popa with a painting by Kathy Haasdyk, illustrator of Our Gran. Keeping Secrets will be released December 1, World AIDS Day. You can see the trailer now on YouTube.

Keeping Secrets is not a book for pre-teens. Because of content involved with HIV, parents will want to read it themselves before giving it to readers under thirteen or fourteen. But then I always try (more…)

Playing Photos

November 15, 2013

Tags: photos, Honddu Vale, Glastonbury Tor, book trailer, imovie, LeAnne Hardy


When we moved to England in 1997, my dear friend Liz gave me lots of cuttings to start houseplants that brightened our new home. A bit of this and a snip of that. She loved the excuse to “play plants,” as she called it. Well, I love to “play photos,” and a new book is the perfect excuse.

My slide show of (more…)

Selected Works

Young Adult Fiction
Keeping the secret could cost Sindi everything, but the truth might cost her more.
Ben will be dead meat if the guys find out what he's doing at the ice rink in the early mornings.
It’s never fun to be different, and Brazilian–born Cristina Larson feels very different.
Despite the war, Keri’s parents wouldn’t let anything really bad happen to her... would they?
Glastonbury Grail Series
Book 1. A tale of the Holy Grail and the tumultuous England of King Henry VIII
Book 2. Colin returns to Wales with the ancient olivewood cup. But why does it show none of the supernatural power it displayed in Glastonbury?
Picture Book
Who will take care of Lindiwe when her sick mother passes?
God is like many things in a small African boy’s world—the wind, a rock, even his mother.

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