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BLOGWORDS – Friday 27 January 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – BRIGID OF IRELAND and PAGES OF IRELAND by CINDY THOMSON

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – BRIGID OF IRELAND and PAGES OF IRELAND by CINDY THOMSON

 

 

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THE BLURBS:    

Brigid of Ireland: In 5th-century pagan-dominated Ireland, Brigid is born a slave to her own father and is separated from her mother. Desperately seeking love and acceptance, Brigid becomes a believer in Christ. Knowing how the Irish people cling to superstitions and fears, can Brigid overcome them? Will her hatred for her father and a scheming evil sorcerer destroy her faith? Set in the era of St. Patrick, this fantasy-filled novel will captivate readers as Brigid must choose between God’s will and the desire to save her family.

 

Pages of Ireland: Aine, a young woman unwillingly pledged to marry, believes the book is a talisman with the power to change her circumstances. When she steals it from her betrothed’s clan, desperate to use it to help her mother’s impoverished people, events tumble out of control. She seeks help from Brigid, the woman who rescued her long ago, but doing so puts an entire monastery at risk as the king deploys his army to get the book back.

The formerly banished druid Ardan hopes the book can be traded for revenge, but a mysterious force curses him with a reoccurring mark in the shape of Brigid’s famous reed cross. Is it the power of a vengeful god or the command of the book that is causing his anguish?

While many seek to possess the book, it appears to choose who will hear its words. No one in Ireland will know the power of the words written on its pages if the book does not survive the battle.

 

 

THE FIRST LINES:   

Brigid of Ireland: “Does it bother ye? Being a slave, I mean?”

 

Pages of Ireland: Aine (pronounced AWN-ya) had the book under her cloak in less time than it took the scribe to light the candles in the scriptorium.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

Pages of Ireland is a continuation from Brigid of Ireland, and as I said in my review [of Brigid] “Ms. Thomson has brought to life a person and an era dear to this reviewer’s heart—lover of all things Irish—and this tale has settled deep in my soul.” This is my favorite genre, and is a job well done that does not disappoint.

 

 

GENRE:

Historical Fiction

 

STARS:

     Well written, well researched, authentic retelling from myths and history and folklore.

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Brigid of Ireland, Pages of Ireland, Cindy Thomson, Daughters of Ireland

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 15 March 2017 – CRICKETS – AUTHOR DOWN, yes still…

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Thought after so many CRICKET posts I’d offer a bit of why. I posted the following on FB this morning:

“I have to give a HUGE shout out and THANKS to all who have been praying for me since i’ve been sick. I feel 1000 times better today since my set back last week – steroids are NO JOKE!!!

ya’ll, i don’t get sick, i just don’t. I get mild little symptoms and 2 or 3 days later, that’s it. this time though…

nine weeks ago today (tues 1-10) I had a scratchy throat. no biggie, happens once in a while. usually gone when i wake up. this time though…

it was not gone the next day, and i developed a fever with chills. fever was gone the third day but was then a full blown head cold which then settled into a deep chest cold which then morphed into extreme bronchitis. went to the doctor (3 weeks at this point) and was given 2 inhalers – i could actually breathe again!! but still not 100%

five more weeks and it still hurt to breathe deep (forget about singing) so back to the dr. i went.
thsi was last thursday – and rather than oral steroids she gave me an injection. oh.dear.God.in.heaven. NEVER AGAIN!!! jacked my BP sky high and i almost went to the ER. called for prayer instead and i was able to get to sleep – until a thunderstorm woke me up. then i managed to knock my head on a shelf. it;s still tender in the spot.
the past four days have been miserable, i have been sluggish and woozy.

But today i feel pretty great!! breathing okay, head not hurting, but mostly i’m not groggy-foggy. might even attempt a short walk today!!!

the reason for this silly homily is to thank everyone who has prayed and shown care and concern for me. the prayers of a righteous man availeth much – and i got much blessed”

Already with the RA my energy levels are compromised, add to that not breathing so good and i was a mess. Then the steroid whammy last week and konked my noggin.

Today (Tuesday 14 March) I feel so much better the difference is like night and day. However… there is much work that did not get done i.e. blog posts written or formatted.  So, here’s to feeling better every day and no more CRICKETS posts for a while!!

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 14 March 28 February 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW –PAGES OF IRELAND by CINDY THOMSON

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – PAGES OF IRELAND by CINDY THOMSON

           

 

She was one of Brigid’s miracles, healed of leprosy and delivered from her pagan father. Aine grew under the care of her uncle, a monk who taught her to read—a rare thing in the sixth century, especially for a girl.

 

But Aine held to pagan beliefs, letting them infiltrate the seed of the Gospel planted within her. When she is betrothed to a man who has taken the Christian faith, she is caught in a tangle of faith and feelings. “In sixth-century Ireland, books are rare treasures.” And when she steals a book from the clan she is to marry into, she takes not only pages of tales or lineage, but words of power—words scribed from Holy Scripture.

 

Intent on taking the book—and its powers—to her mother’s people, peculiar events follow in her wake. Seeking Brigid’s help brings danger to the very place of refuge. Evil forces are afoot—but so is the power of the Gospel.

 

I gained a deeper understanding of life in a pagan world, where spiritual powers were acknowledged as the norm, and mere humans were subject to the whims—or tempers—of the gods and their druids. I learned the high esteem druids carried in their era, and the power they wielded over the people—some in honest obeisance to the gods, some for selfish purpose and gain.

I felt the tug of faith as Aine yearned for what she saw in Brigid. I felt her heart stir when her betrothed, Daithi was near—and frustration at her for resisting him. I loved her for the passion of her mission, and her dedication to rescue her mother. And I rejoiced with her when she overcame her fears and embraced both love and faith.

 

 

Ms. Thomson has brought a deeper insight in the stories of Brigid of Ireland. With vivid threads of fantasy and myth, she brings the lore of Celtic history to life. Her research is evident, with details both graphic and telling. I was once again immersed in the story world, living and walking with the characters on each page.

 

 

 

I purchased this book on Amazon. I offer my review of my own volition, The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

 

I’m a full-time writer dedicated to telling the legacy left to us by those went before.

I write historical fiction, genealogy-related articles, history articles, and short stories. I’m also a baseball fan. My favorite team is the Cincinnati Reds, but I have a soft spot for the Cubs who hadn’t won a World Series since my cousin pitched for them in 1908…until 2016!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – 13 March 2017 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – EMILIE HENDRYX

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – EMILIE HENDRYX

 


A Different Kind of True Love by Emilie Hendryx

 

The depth of love we can express is untapped and truly amazing. We see a hint of it here and there. Maybe someone buys your coffee at Starbucks in the drive through or a teen helps an elderly person across the street but these things are rare.

 

 

Why are we blinded by our selfishness?

 

I was looking through one of the many posts of ‘things that will touch your heart’ (or some similar title) and unfortunately these pictures are small in number compared to the 7+ billion people who live on the earth.

 

Are you one of these people? Maybe you aren’t caught on camera, maybe your act of love doesn’t go viral, but do you go out of your way for a kindness? Do you love from the very deepest part of your being? The beauty of being in Christ is that you can do these things. You can love like He does because He’s in you. There’s no excuse for you not to consider someone else greater than you – aside from our own selfishness that we all battle.

 

My heart is full with the capacity we have to love. With a true love.

 

 

But are we loving? Are we looking for ways to express that love to others? How often do we find ourselves overrun with things that need to get done, a shopping list, a chore, an errand…These things distract us from our true purpose here on earth. To love others as God has loved us and to show them that He loves them too.

 

 

Why not partner together and love – I mean really love others. Give of ourselves, our time, our finances. Share our story. Sacrifice our desires once in a while. Give up getting that next thing in place of providing something for someone in need. Step past our judgments to see the heart realizing we aren’t perfect.

 

It’ll be awkward at first. It may even scare you to act outside of your comfort zone, but isn’t that what the Lord calls us to? He doesn’t tell us to stay safely locked inside our comfortable lives but rather to love our enemies, carry the burdens of others, and shine our light for all to see.

 

 

Let’s show the world what True Love really looks like.

 

 

Emilie is a freelance writer, photographer, and graphic designer living in Dayton, Ohio. She’s a member of ACFW and writes romantic suspense and YA Sci-Fi. She’s got a soft spot in her heart for animals and a love for the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. In her spare time, you can find her designing fun bookish items for her Etsy and Society6 shops all while drinking too much coffee.

 

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 11 March 2017– FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – WHY THIS TITLE (repost

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – WHY THIS TITLE

reposted from 7 August 2016 – because sometimes life hits hard and there’s just no new post

 

Because sometimes you can’t make it to church. Or, what the world commonly thinks of as church.

 

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But what is church, really?

 

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And sometimes that fellowship is one on One, deep calling unto Deep. Everyone has their special place of personal communion. For me, that “place” it outdoors. Preferably under a canopy of trees. Preferably in the mountains, with a creek singing nearby.

 

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But that doesn’t always happen and sometimes church is right here on the couch. Or better yet, outside… you guessed it, on the front porch. Just me and Father God.

 

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Even better if it’s raining. And yes, thunder and lightning’ing.

 

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No great theological discourse. No lamenting prayers—or maybe there are. Not hours of reading the Bible. No singing and dancing and praising Him, even. Just abiding.

 

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Sitting, quietly, still, in His presence. For truly, we walk in His presence 24/7. We just don’t pause to acknowledge—and we usually don’t yield to His call, nay His whisper to be still.

 

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Learning to be still. Learning to hear His voice. To recognize and acknowledge His presence. And learning how to walk and talk with Him in every moment of every day as good friends should and do.

 

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Because He is a friend. And friends do stuff. And sometimes they just sits. Quietly. Being friends.

 

So yes, come sit on the front porch with me, spend some time with me, with Father God. Come, let us fellowship together, right on the front porch.

 

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And tell me what are your favourite moments with Father God? Where do you find Him? What is your secret place, your place of communion?

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 10 March – AUTHOR DOWN

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