Does The Women of the Bible Speak with Relevance for Children’s and YA Writers? A Book Review and Thoughts for Writers by Debbie DeCinatis

Wanting to support a Christian journalist who openly owns her faith, I pre-ordered a copy of Shannon Bream’s new book, The Women of the Bible Speak: The Wisdom of 16 Women and Their Lessons for Today (HarperCollins, 2021), but I confess my expectations were not high on first look at the table of contents. Most women covered…

Lessons in Prayer for Christian Writers – Part 3

Scripture references: Psalm 3:3-4, Psalm 56:9-11, Psalm 57:7-9 In my previous post on a Christian writer's perspective about prayer, I mentioned the importance of waiting on God with expectant faith. Today, I'll elaborate on what the circumstances were when David wrote his prayer in Psalm 5. We know it was a morning prayer for God…

A Season of Thanksgiving: Giving Thanks in Troubled Times

"Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord." Ps. 34:11 NKJV As a group of writers dedicated to sharing our faith with the next generation, do we effectively communicate thanksgiving and hope in difficult events as well as holidays? Why give thanks? The very first mentions of “thanksgiving”…

Writing from the Overflow of the Heart

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"The good man brings good things out of the good treasure of his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil treasure of his heart. For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks."--Luke 6:45 (BSB) Our words and actions reflect what fills our hearts. As Christian creatives, we…

5 Tips for Using Literal and Metaphorical Language, Part V (conclusion): Always Remember Context by Deborah DeCiantis

TIP #5 Use context to recognize, understand, and interpret literal and metaphorical language. Historical, social, cultural, and biblical contexts are essential for understanding literal and metaphorical elements in speech and writing. Accurate understanding should come before interpretation! A cropped photo automatically demands interpretation, zeroing in on details the user wants to emphasize while excluding others. In…

Closed Circuit: Managing Our Social Media Habits

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closed circuit (noun, Electricity). "a circuit without interruption, providing a continuous path through which a current can flow." (dictionary.com) When it comes to modern technology, a closed circuit is an incredibly useful thing. Closed circuits allow electricity to flow through the appliances we use every day, giving us light, heat/air conditioning, the wonders of washing…