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Holding Jesus' Hand

October 31, 2014

Tags: funeral, Joseph Bruce Gibbs, death of child, It is Well with My Soul, Horatio Spafford



A hard funeral this week—one of the hardest I ever attended. A Spiderman cap graced the tiny coffin. It doesn’t take a very big box to hold a three-year-old. His dad’s auto shop was closed for the day. I heard that the employees of the only floral shop in town were (more…)

Yahweh, Show Your Power!

October 22, 2014

Tags: Valerie Comer, Majai's Fury, ISIS, Ebola, political antagonism

In Valerie Comer’s fantasy novel Majai's Fury (reviewed here), Shanh, the Jonah-inspired character sent from his legalistically god-fearing culture to invite a sinful city to believe, calls on his god to protect him. “Azhvah, show your power!” and he does, often in miraculous ways. But then, as with the God of the Bible, there are times when he seems not to. He leaves his followers to suffer while he brings Shahn out of his strict legalism into true relationship.

There are so many times (more…)

Don't Become a Floating Convention Center

September 5, 2014

Tags: Faith Missionary Church, Indianapolis, Indiana, Queen Mary, fiftieth anniversary, church anniversary, missions, LeAnne Hardy


We recently celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of my home church, Faith Missionary Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. I was a charter member at age thirteen, and FMC has been our largest supporting church over the years so there were lots of old friends to see. Saturday night was a picnic. Most fun for me were (more…)

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…)

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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