After receiving some comments and questions about Twlight, Lori Twichell put together an article sharing her thoughts and experiences. (See Part One here.) Vampires have no choice: The Twilight books started a trend that I find utterly disturbing. You see, the vampires in this series had no choice about whether they should live or die. […]
Recently, in one of our articles about 50 Shades of Grey, I mentioned in passing that I’m no longer a fan of Twilight. This one sentence got an interesting response with several emails and comments asking me if I’d go into why I made that decision. Before I start, let me say that this was […]
I’ve already discussed the growing trends you can see in Young Adult Fiction these days, but what do these trends really mean? What’s the big picture if a couple of teenagers are reading books about vampires or werewolves or, in the case of Fifty Shades, explicit sex? Well here are a few things that we should consider […]
A few weeks ago I nearly hyperventilated when I walked into the grocery store with my 13 year old daughter and found a pyramid of books dominating the central area of the store. Usually this space is reserved for current dvds or toys for summer fun. That sort of thing. This display of books must […]
In the 70’s and 80’s there was a public service campaign that asked the question “Do you know where your children are?” Remember that? It saturated the every day vernacular to the point that it became a parody of itself before finally dying out. But now that I’m a parent, I’m thinking that question is […]
So unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon right? Huge breakout bestseller that everyone’s reading and/or talking about? Jill and I have both received emails, messages and lots of questions about our thoughts on Fifty Shades in the past few weeks. We thought maybe it was […]
A holiday blog in three parts from author and speaker Liz Curtis Higgs Part Three Finally it became unhandy to have our Christmas tree in the center of the busiest room in the house, so we moved it out of the kitchen and into the hallway. Then the family room. Then the downstairs bedroom. Only […]
A holiday blog in three parts from author and speaker Liz Curtis Higgs Part Two “When was this Christmas tree delivered?” my husband, Bill, asked with a here-we-go-again sigh. “A week ago,” I confessed, picking up an ornament that had survived the cat-astrophe. “Think you can carry it?” No man in his macho mind would […]
A holiday blog in three parts from author and speaker Liz Curtis Higgs Part One In our family every Christmas has its own special memory: the Christmas I made smoked turkey without meaning to; the year I handed out gifts in brown paper bags with drawn-on Sharpie bows; the Christmas Day we spent on the […]
(If Not, Maybe You Should!) by Kathi Macias My first novel had scarcely been out for a year when I was asked to teach a class non fiction writing at a Christian writers’ conference in 1989. It wasn’t that my novel was selling so well, but my women’s devotional that released at almost the same […]
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