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BLOGWORDS – 2 March 2017 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – RALENE BURKE

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – RALENE BURKE

 

It Takes Someone Special to be a Dad

 

The women’s Bible study at my church this summer is Missional Motherhood by Gloria Furman. It’s about women/mothers embracing their mission field, even if it’s in their own home. I think so much of that can apply to family men as well.

 

God gave men wives and told them to love her as Christ loved the church. Then He entrusted children to these couples to raise and cherish. Men are charged with providing for the family, which is all too often seen to only mean going to work so the family can pay the bills and have food to eat.

 

But it is so much more!

 

We’ve all heard the common adage, “Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.” (Anne Geddes) And how true that quote can be! A father is a biological parent, whether he is involved in the child’s life or not. A father may even provide for the family.

 

A dad, though, chooses to be involved, to dig in and raise a child. A dad is all about relationship.

One thing the Bible study has already pointed out is that the nurturing aspect and influence of motherhood doesn’t just apply to our children. Rather, it often spills over into other relationships in various forms. Mentoring other women and kids, teaching, offering hospitality, etc. The same thing can be said about men.

 

Dads are great teachers, wise listeners, and the more laid-back bonders. The characteristics that make dads unique can be applied in relationships outside the family. Children without a good father-figure—or dad-figure—in their lives crave that kind of acceptance and acknowledgement. Young people without guidance can flounder when it comes to charging into adulthood or family life blind.

 

We’ve all heard stories about men that find themselves making the difference in the lives of children or younger men by taking them under their wing. These people aren’t blood, but the relationships become almost as important.

 

My father is a wonderful man and an amazing dad. Even though he was a soldier in the Army while I was growing up (which meant he was gone a lot), he always made a point to be involved when he was home. He attended as many sports events and 4-H talks as he could. He was present at awards ceremonies and church functions. Some of my favorite memories, though, are Sunday afternoons on the couch, watching Star Wars and other sci-fi/fantasy movies with him.

 

I know how lucky I am. I know many people did not grow up with fathers like that. But how many had other male role models in their lives? How many found that kind of relationship with someone outside their immediate family? I know even that number is not enough.

 

This Father’s Day, let’s remember not only the wonderful dads out there, but also the amazing men who stepped up to be that kind of dad-figure in the life of a child or young adult. And let’s thank God that all these men chose to embrace their roles, blood or not. And pray for those children and young adults out there who are still in need of that kind of relationship!

 

Happy Father’s Day!

 

 

Whether she’s wielding a fantasy writer’s pen, a freelance editor’s sword, or a social media wand, Ralene Burke always has her head in some dreamer’s world. And her goal is to help everyone SHINE BEYOND! She has worked for a variety of groups, including Realm Makers, The Christian PEN, Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, and as an editor for several freelance clients. Her first novel, Bellanok, is available on Amazon!

When her head’s not in the publishing world, she is wife to a veteran and homeschooling mama to their three kids. Her Pinterest board would have you believe she is a master chef, excellent seamstress, and all around crafty diva. If she only had the time . . .

You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, or at her website.


 

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 29 January 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – BELLANOK by RALENE BURKE

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – BELLANOK by RALENE BURKE

 

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A young pastor who doesn’t know his strength or calling. A mythical queen who needs him to save her land.

 

Brian Reynolds had a plan. But God had a different plan. Brian had a heart for the Gospel but he wanted to pastor an easy little church in a comfortable country town. Not in a crime ridden, inner city neighborhood. What did he have in common with thugs like that?

 

Fauna’s world was dying and it was time for the vision to become reality. But she must leave her realm, Bellanok, to bring the man to her world.

 

That man is Brian Reynolds.

 

Confronted with Truth he denies, Brian resists Fauna and her guardian’s proposition. Until demons materialize and Brian comes face to face with evil in flesh form. Suddenly he is fleeing with Fauna and Roman—straight to Bellanok.

 

The land is nothing he’s ever seen and everything he’s heard of—in fantasy tales. But even he can see the destruction of death and sin upon Fauna’s world. What he doesn’t see is how he is their savior.

 

Will Brian rise to the occasion? Can he embrace this role thrust upon him? Will he see Creator’s purpose in all that is foreign to him? Can he save Bellanok?

 

 

Ms. Burke’s debut novel brings to life a bevy of favorite fantasy creatures, living in an innocent protected realm. As these creature encounter sin and death, the Gospel message becomes reality, even to fairies and centaurs and dragons. Ms. Burke weaves Truth into fantasy, and victory into darkness. The world she creates is vivid and real, the characters alive with passions and fears. She portrays evil with discernment and understanding of its power—that of deception and fear.

In a classic tale of good vs evil, Ms. Burke brings truth to the battle, and characters that readers will love.

 

 

 

This book was given to me as a gift from a friend. I offer my review of my own volition, The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

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Whether she’s wielding a fantasy writer’s pen, a freelance editor’s sword, or a social media wand, Ralene Burke always has her head in some dreamer’s world. And her goal is to make it SHINE BEYOND! She has worked for a variety of groups/companies, including Realm Makers, The Christian PEN, Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, and as an editor for a number of freelance clients.

Her first novel, Bellanok, is available on Amazon!

When her head’s not in the publishing world, she is wife to a veteran and homeschooling mama to their three kids. Her Pinterest board would have you believe she is a master chef, excellent seamstress, and all around crafty diva. If she only had the time . . .

 

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 27 January 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – BELLANOK by RALENE BURKE

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FIRST LINE FRIDAY – BELLANOK by RALENE BURKE

 

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 THE BLURB:    

A haven for myths and legends . . . until evil discovers a way in. With evil darkening the mountains to the north, the fairy queen, Fauna, must journey from the island realm of Bellanok to the modern world to find the man the Creator appointed to save their kingdom. A man she has been dreaming of her whole life. Brian is a down-on-his-luck pastor on the verge of giving up on God. He’s tired and frustrated–a failure. No sooner does he make a decision that jeopardizes his career than an unusual blonde woman shows up and tries to convince him he is some kind of savior. Fauna must open Brian’s eyes to a different reality, and Brian needs to embrace the haven’s secrets. If neither of them succeeds, Bellanok will succumb to evil and the world will lose all trace of innocence.

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

Fauna coaxed a flower to bloom and leaned in to inspect it.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

Just got started with this book, and not a genre I’ve read much, but I love the natural way Ms. Burke mingles the supernatural with the natural. I think too often we, as Christians, miss the supernatural move or voice of God because we’re so wrapped in the natural world we live in.

 

 

GENRE:

Spec Fiction

 

STARS:

slide5     Just started reading, so far so good

 

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 11 January 2017 – WREADING WEDNESDAY – BELLANOK

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WREADING WEDNESDAY – BELLANOK

 

 

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With evil darkening the mountains to the north, the fairy queen, Fauna, must journey from the island realm of Bellanok to the modern world to find the man the Creator appointed to save their kingdom. A man she has been dreaming of her whole life.

Brian is a down-on-his-luck pastor on the verge of giving up on God. He’s tired and frustrated–a failure. No sooner does he make a decision that jeopardizes his career than an unusual blonde woman shows up and tries to convince him he is some kind of savior.

Fauna must open Brian’s eyes to a different reality, and Brian needs to embrace the haven’s secrets. If neither of them succeeds, Bellanok will succumb to evil and the world will lose all trace of innocence.

 

 

 

 

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Whether she’s wielding a fantasy writer’s pen, a freelance editor’s sword, or a social media wand, Ralene Burke always has her head in some dreamer’s world. And her goal is to make it SHINE BEYOND! She has worked for a variety of groups/companies, including Realm Makers, The Christian PEN, Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, and as an editor for a number of freelance clients.

Her first novel, Bellanok, is available on Amazon!

When her head’s not in the publishing world, she is wife to a veteran and homeschooling mama to their three kids. Her Pinterest board would have you believe she is a master chef, excellent seamstress, and all around crafty diva. If she only had the time.

 

 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Ralene-Burke/e/B016PHY8BI/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

 

 

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