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My Not-so-ordinary World

Speculating on the Real World

August 20, 2014

Tags: Valerie Cromer, Majai's Fury, speculative fiction, book review, author interview

We’re trying something new today. I have often told you about books I have been reading. This one really had me thinking about my own cultural perspective, and since it was written by a colleague in American Christian Fiction Writers and fellow blogger on International Christian Fiction Writers, I have invited her to answer a few questions, as an “author interview” like we do on a lot of the book sites. There is even a chance to win a free Kindle copy at the end of this post. Let me know if you would like to see more of this sort of thing.

Valerie Comer’s new speculative novel, Majai's Fury, is “a fantasy tale of forbidden romance amid clashing religions and cultures.” As the Amazon blurb says: (more…)

Don't Get Distracted

July 18, 2014

Tags: Charles Wesley, early Methodism, hymns, funeral, Jesus! the Name

Jesus! the name high over all,
in hell, or earth, or sky;
Angels and men before it fall,
and devils fear and fly.

Jesus! the name to sinners dear,
the name to sinners given;
It scatters all their guilty fear,
it turns their hell to heaven.

Jesus! the prisoner’s fetters breaks
and bruises (more…)

Tigger Goes to a Funeral

July 9, 2014

Tags: Keith Hunt, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Cedar Campus, Winnie the Pooh, Psalm 112, funeral, LeAnne Hardy



You don’t usually see stuffed animals at a funeral, at least not funerals for men in their nineties. But Keith Hunt was unique. He was famous for reading Winnie the Pooh to college students using voices. You know what I mean: Pooh’s slow voice lamenting that he hasn’t any brain, only (more…)

The Fault in our Stars or Ourselves?

June 16, 2014

Tags: Fault in our Stars, John Green, book review, movie, teens with cancer, existentialism in movies

I read John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars a couple years ago. (Another author I got to know through Calvin College’s Festival of Faith and Writing. Even if you have never attended, the booklist on their site is a great place to pick up recommendations.) I haven’t yet gotten (more…)

Second Thoughts on a Newbery Honor Book

June 9, 2014

Tags: My Brother Sam is Dead, James Lincoln Collier, Christopher Collier, book review, American Revolution, just war, pacifism, Newbery honor book

I picked up My Brother Sam is Dead because it is a Newbery Honor book and available from my library as an audio book. Tim and Sam’s father is Tory in this tale of the American Revolution. He just wants to be allowed to live his life and continue his business (more…)

So What Is It You Do?

May 5, 2014

Tags: writing, blog relay, Stephanie Landsem, Shirley Corder, LeAnne Hardy




Me in my office over the garage.
Note the tea mug, cozy slippers
and gas fireplace.
Confession: I cleared the
piles of paper
off the desk before we took this.

Stephanie Landsem invited me to participate in this “Writing Process Blog Tour.” Stephanie is a friend and critique partner and author of The Well and The Thief, which I have reviewed previously on this blog. I think I am as excited as she is about her coming book, The Tomb.

For this relay blog tour, I am to answer four questions. You can see Stephanie's answers on her (more…)

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…)

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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