The death of God has been announced since the beginning of time (see Ps. 14:1), but God doesn’t seem to stay dead–not even with Darwinism and nihilism and existentialism and all the heavy guns of academia trained on Him. Pascal said that there is a longing in each human heart (often stated as the “God-shaped vacuum” that hints of a [...]
As we wrap up our half-birthday celebration, I thought it might be nice to give some attention to our readers. You’ve already met a few public figures like Simonetta Carr and Douglas Bond. (I actually got to know Douglas through a comment on our site!) A few other writers have kept a lower profile but [...]
Or for you parents, will your kids be going to see the final Harry Potter movie released to theaters this week? If so, for what ages do you think this movie is appropriate? Given the focus of Janie’s interview yesterday on Chris Fabry Live!–Teens and Dark Fiction–it seems to be a question many parents are [...]
Welcome old friends and new! Most of you probably know by now that Janie was interviewed on Chris Fabry Live! on July 13th. For those of you who aren’t familiar with him, Chris Fabry has been involved in a number of successful radio shows over the years, including A Love Worth Finding. His daily show [...]
What does it take to make a blog? Besides a computer, internet connection, and credit card, of course? Some might say passion, intelligence, computer saavy. But for me at least, I think the key ingredient is this: I’ve got nothing better to do. In Janie’s case, she could be working on essays and novels that [...]
Happy Half-Birthday, guys! Redeemed Reader has been online for roughly six months this week. It seems ages ago since that cold, February morning when Janie and I opened up the door, inviting all from the highways and hedges to come in. So much has happened since that time. And I hope tomorrow to look at [...]
Around the World in 100 Days, by Gary Blackwood. Dutton, 2010, 358 pages. Age/interest level: 10-up. Age 17 is a bit young to be thrown into the holding cell of Marylebone police station, but Harry Fogg is precocious in some ways. It wasn’t his fault, or not entirely–even though he should have known that driving [...]
In my previous post, I tried to show that Sally Lloyd Jones uses two broad ways of finding Christ in the Old Testament: 1) historical and 2) symbolic. For instance, when we approach the story of Abraham and Isaac, we must first admit that these are real people in space and time. (For a wonderful [...]
We end our extended history week with what some consider to be the purest form of history: biography. The old argument of whether great events, great thoughts, or great people make history will always be with us, but there’s no doubt in our subject’s mind what the most important history-making factor is: “People, definitely.” Without [...]
Boy Humor, and How I Came to Terms With It One of my earliest realizations of the strange, otherness of boy humor is embodied in this image: me, an eleven or twelve year-old smartypants, standing and staring googled-eyed at my dad. He was kicked back on our couch and laughing so hard that I thought [...]
Short answer: no, but it’s showing signs of dementia. Historical fiction has one of the longest roots of any literary form. You might say that Homer was a historial novelist (if he didn’t insist on being a poet) because the events he described in the Iliad had some basis in fact—even if the incidents of [...]
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