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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 4 April 2018 – SPECIAL EDITION – ROBIN’S NEST on HIATUS

SPECIAL EDITION – ROBIN’S NEST on HIATUS

“My world came to an end the day I jumped off the top of Versailles.”

 

“I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

 

Ya’ll, I.just.can’t. I’m so far behind and things are slipping through my fingers. Except for Front Porch Fellowship on Sundays, Robin’s Nest will be silent for the month of April. I mean, #TheWhisperingWindsofSpring releases in May and ya’ll want a book when it does, right…..

 

 

“the battle for identity, one story at a time”

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, Robin’s Nest on Hiatus, The Whispering Winds of Spring

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 8 April 2018 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – ALL THE THINGS (repost)

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – ALL THE THINGS

 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Phillipians 4:13

 

I used to think this meant I had to do ALL | THE | THINGS.

 

It does not. It means I can do the things He asks me to do.

 

Which is a lot of words to say, I’ve learned to say, “No.”

 

Which is why the blog is on hiatus for the month of April.

 

So it’s really Father telling me to write first and then blog second. ‘cause, you know, there’s only so much of robin to go around…  * plus I’m just.so.sleepy today…

 

Which, really, goes back to last week’s Front Porch Fellowship, To Become Like Him, and relationship,

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2018/04/01/blogwords-sunday-1-april-2018-front-porch-fellowship-easter-sunday-to-become-like-him/

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, All the Things, Phillipians 4:13

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 4 April 2018 – SPECIAL EDITION – ROBIN’S NEST on HIATUS

SPECIAL EDITION – ROBIN’S NEST on HIATUS

“My world came to an end the day I jumped off the top of Versailles.”

 

“I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

 

Ya’ll, I.just.can’t. I’m so far behind and things are slipping through my fingers. Except for Front Porch Fellowship on Sundays, Robin’s Nest will be silent for the month of April. I mean, #TheWhisperingWindsofSpring releases in May and ya’ll want a book when it does, right…..

 

 

“the battle for identity, one story at a time”

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, Robin’s Nest on Hiatus, The Whispering Winds of Spring

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 3 April 2018 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – UNFORGOTTEN by KRISTEN HEITZMANN

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – UNFORGOTTEN by KRISTEN HEITZMANN

THE BLURB:

Lance Michelli had traveled to his grandmother Antonia’s old villa in Sonoma to find the truth behind the secrets of her past. There he met Rese Barrett, the woman who now owns the villa and hides secrets of her own. Now Lance has returned to his grandmother with both Rese and the answers he has found. But Antonia refuses to hear what he has to say. Has she really misunderstood the events of that dark night so long ago? Antonia sends Lance on another quest. But this time he discovers that the past has influenced the present far more than anyone realizes. Lance is caught between the two women he loves as he uncovers unforgotten truths that could change them all forever.

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of contemporary romantic suspense, psychological suspense, and historical novels, including Colorado Book Award finalist The Still of Night, Christy Award finalists Indivisible and The Tender Vine, and Christy Award winners Secrets and The Breath of Dawn that won both a Christy Award and Inspirational Readers Choice Award and was a finalist for a people’s choice award in the Netherlands. She is a fiction track and workshop teacher at writers conferences. An artist and musician, she’ll also be found hiking the Colorado Rocky Mountain trails near her home where she lives with her husband, pets, extended family, and wildlife.

 

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW:

Mere words cannot convey the power and the impact of this story. Layer after layer of truth and humanity. Loyalty and betrayal, conflict and fear. Secrets and sacrifice. Love and victory.

 

I identified in a way, with Rese, denying herself love and attachment. And I really identified with Lance, feeling it was his burden to fix… everything… for everyone…

And yet, I grew angry and impatient with both of them for doing exactly that! I cried with them and laughed with them and, well, swooned for them.

Ms. Heitzmann may have just outdone herself with this story. Such powerful impact, so many threads woven together—it seems so impossible for to tie them all together. But Ms. Heitzmann not only does so, but does it so beautifully. Not only is there meaning and purpose in the seeming fragmented bits, but, as in life, they all overlap to create the whole.

 

A rich and deep and textured story that keeps me turning pages.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS:

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

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

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Unforgotten, Kristen Heitzmann, Michelli Family Series, Secrets, Echoes

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 1 April 2018 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – EASTER SUNDAY – TO BECOME LIKE HIM

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – EASTER SUNDAY – TO BECOME LIKE HIM

As Christians, we seem to compartmentalize this this thing we call faith. In December we revel in Christ’s birth, God becoming man. At Easter, we mourn His sacrifice, and rejoice He resurrection. And somewhere in between, we await His triumphant return.

 

My mind, though, as it is wont to do, picks it all apart like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle right out of the box. And as my mind is also wont to do—rather, as Holy Spirit takes my musings—I go back to the beginning. Genesis.

 

Which begs the question, “why?”

 

Why did Father God bother with creation at all? What was His purpose and motive? His intention?

 

One word.

 

 

Which begs the question, was God lonely? I don’t believe so, no, not at all. this just in… I believe that because He is love, and has so much love to give, He simply made more creatures to love, to pour His love into.

 

And, as nothing takes Him by surprise, He also knew His creation would let Him down, turn away from Him… betray Him. Even before creation, He knew all this would happen—but He did it anyway. Created us. And He had a plan to fix it.

 

 

Because He knew going in what would happen. Already one of His angels had turned away. And Father God knew that Lucifer would try to rob His creation from fellowship with Him. It looked quite successful, too, for a few millennia. But God is outside of time, and in the grand scope of things, it really wasn’t but a blink of His eye.

 

I almost pity Satan at that moment, thinking he had finally done it. Finally won, thinking he had defeated Christ. Thinking he had put our Savior to death—he didn’t of course. Christ offered Himself as the sacrifice to unite us with Father, once and for all time. Poor Satan was just the minion in Father’s hand to manifest it… to manifest His Glory.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUzR4HKbi9w

 

 

See, I picture the Holy Trinity sitting up in heaven, on their bean bag chairs made of clouds, watching us down here, coaching us, laughing with us—or at us—weeping with us. Holy Spirit speaks to us, in us, through us.

 

It’s relationship, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

 

 

God is. Timeless… “who was, and is, and is to come…” He is outside of time, He is eternal.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWK4wbBCCPA

 

It’s all for us. Everything Father does, or thinks, or says, His very breath even—Holy Spirit—His heartbeat is for us. For fellowship.

 

 

And because He is, we are.

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Easter Sunday, He is Risen, To Become Like Him, Fellowship, The Easter Story, Relationship, He Is, We Are

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 30 March 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – LITTLE WOMEN by LOUISA MAY ALCOTT

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – LITTLE WOMEN by LOUISA MAY ALCOTT

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

 

 

THE BLURB:    

Louisa May Alcott’s most famous novel, “Little Women,” is the story of four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March. Loosely based upon the author’s own experiences with her three sisters, the novel is a classic coming of age story which follows the development of the young women into adulthood. Set against the backdrop of the American civil war, the story begins to unfold during Christmastime. With their father away at war, the family must endure great poverty induced hardship, often times going hungry. Central to the theme of the novel is the issue of overcoming one’s character flaws. For Meg it is vanity; Jo, temper; Beth, shyness; and Amy, selfishness. Through the various activities of the four sisters told throughout the novel lessons are learned of the consequences of these particular flaws. “Little Women” was an instant success and popular favorite ever since its original publication in 1868, spawning many sequels which Alcott’s readers clamored for.

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumble Jo, lying on the rug.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Confession: I don’t remember ever reading this! GASP Shocking, I know! (That’s not to say I didn’t, I just don’t remember… ) But a) it’s a classic, and b) I have seen the movie—GASP Not the same, I know…
It has endured and still stands as a classic, a story readers come back to again and again. That speaks for itself! And for me, the dynamic of family wins the story in my (ahem) book!

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS:

Gotta give it five feathers!

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

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BLOGWORDS – Thursday 29 March 2018 – GUEST POST – GINGER SOLOMON

BLOGWORDS – GUEST POST – GINGER SOLOMON

 

FAITH FICTION

 

“Maybe you have to know the darkness to truly appreciate the light.” —Madeline L’Engle

 

Saw that quote the other day—and it says so much, and rather defines my writing—my life. I think most of us, as authors, draw from personal experience; I know I do. And the biggest part of my writing, truly my life, is my faith. But I don’t write Christian Fiction. I cannot market as such, because of “those” words. They’re rare, few and far between, maybe 5 in 100K manuscript. But they’re there.

 

But so is my faith.

 

Borrowed the words of my sweet friend, Carrie Schmidt, when she reviewed The Silent Song of Winter recently:

 

“In her novels, Mason wrestles with some of the darkest parts of human nature. But she also wraps each story in the loving arms of Grace… A realization that the words of Scripture are God’s heart written just for her. A new awareness that she is a child of the King who is dearly loved. As this transformation takes place in Pearl’s heart, it touches every area of her life – with some very moving results.”

 

http://readingismysuperpower.org/2018/03/09/book-review-and-a-giveaway-the-silent-song-of-winter-by-robin-e-mason/

 

I remember a phrase a pastor friend used to use, “Friendship Evangelism.” And it resonated with me to my core. I feel slack sometimes, that I don’t “do” more to spread the Gospel. But Holy Spirit reminds me, so gently as He is wont to do, I am spreading His Word. With my daily living, even and perhaps most especially, when I fail. Because that’s when I pick myself up—rather, He picks me up—and like Twila Paris says in her song, I look up for a smile. And Father’s arms are always always open to me. His heart is always always FOR me.

 

My writing manifesto says much the same as Ms. L’Engle,

 

“Stories for Christians to see or remember the ugly effects of the lies of the enemy, and for unbelievers to see the beauty of the Truth and transforming power of the Word of God.”

 

It’s how I live my life. It’s what I pray shows in my writing. It’s how I believe all Christians are called to do.

 

Jesus didn’t hide from sin or from sinners. He went to them, He reached out, met them at their point of need and desperation. Loved them in their ugliness. So, too, should we.

 

Is my writing Christian Fiction? Perhaps. Perhaps not. But it is Faith Fiction.

 

When all the noise has gone silent, all that is left is her song.

 

The southern town of Saisons lies at the crossroads between North and South, progressive and genteel antebellum life. Between East and West, between history and heritage, and new frontiers. Downton Abbey meets Gone With the Wind.

 

It’s 1912, in a world where slavery is dying and women’s rights are rising, and four young women who once shared a bond—and experienced a tragedy—question their own truths.

 

Pearl had lived under the impossible taskmaster of perfection. Nothing she does or ever did pleased her mother. And nothing she ever did could disappoint her father.

 

Caught up in the mystery of her friend’s curious—and secretive—return, Pearl wrestles with her own decisions, and flees lest her own secrets are exposed.

 

GIVEAWAY

I am offering an e-copy of The Silent Song of Spring.

 

http://www.gingersolomon.com/posts/faith-fiction-with-robin-mason-plus-giveaway/

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Guest Post, Ginger Solomon, Faith Fiction, Why I Write What I Write, Friendship Evangelism

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