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On Pilgrimage: Germany, Austria, & Hungary

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings Every time I travel far from home, it awakens a strange dichotomy in my nature: a love of adventure, of exploration, of seeing new sights and having new experiences, but at the same time an awareness of how much I love…

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What I read: September 2018

Please note: I have intentionally decided not to include Amazon links (unless something is available exclusively on Amazon). Instead, if you are interested in reading any of the books I mention, I encourage you to check out your local library or independent bookstore. These places (and the communities around them) need your support, and they are generally quite willing to order any book if they don’t currently have it in stock. However, if Amazon is still the more practical choice…

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What a Piece of Work is Man

I’ve been watching Shakespeare in some form or another for as long as I can remember. One of the joys of being home schooled is that I wasn’t forced to study Shakespeare until I was in college and was already in love with the stories for themselves. Instead, I was introduced to these stories by my mother, with various movie and theater productions, accompanied by the enthusiasm of my older sister. I can still remember the first time that we…

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Applying the Five Love Languages to Prayer

How often in Christianity are we told that we need to have a personal relationship with God? Being asked if you have a “close and personal relationship with God” is practically a cliche turn of phrase these days, so that we may not even really consider what it means to have a “relationship with God.” How often do we think of our relationship with God in the same way that we think about our earthly relationships, such as with our…

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What I read: August 2018

Please note: I have intentionally decided not to include Amazon links (unless something is available exclusively on Amazon). Instead, if you are interested in reading any of the books I mention, I encourage you to check out your local library or independent bookstore. These places (and the communities around them) need your support, and they are generally quite willing to order any book if they don’t currently have it in stock. However, if Amazon is still the more practical choice…

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Doctor Who: An Introductory Guide

It’s a nerve-wracking time right now in the Whovian Universe. This fall will premiere not only a new incarnation of the character of the Doctor (and the first time that the Doctor will be played by a woman) but the series will also have a new show-runner, which could potentially change the entire feel of the characters and how the stories are told. Personally, I’m attempting cautious optimism about the future of this show that I love so much, but…

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Chesterton, Elfland, and the Modern Imagination

I recently attended my very first Chesterton Conference, an event which is put on every year by the American Chesterton Society. If you have never heard of the writer G.K. Chesterton, it might strike you as odd that there could be an entire conference dedicated to his work, never mind an entire national organization. (Chesterton is actually celebrated world-wide, as there is also an Australian Chesterton Society, as well) Well, let me tell you, Chesterton is probably the greatest writer…

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My Harry Potter Confession

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a giant nerd. They probably know that I am obsessed with The Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, and the Marvel superhero movies. That I buy books faster than I can actually read them (even though, on average, I get through about five books a month). They can probably guess that I have been an avid reader since I was a child. Stories, and especially epic stories, are my jam and I…

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What I read: July 2018

Please note: I have intentionally decided not to include Amazon links (unless something is available exclusively on Amazon). Instead, if you are interested in reading any of the books I mention, I encourage you to check out your local library or independent bookstore. These places (and the communities around them) need your support, and they are generally quite willing to order any book if they don’t currently have it in stock. However, if Amazon is still the more practical choice…

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What I read: June 2018

Please note: I have intentionally decided not to include Amazon links (unless something is available exclusively on Amazon). Instead, if you are interested in reading any of the books I mention, I encourage you to check out your local library or independent bookstore. These places (and the communities around them) need your support, and they are generally quite willing to order any book if they don’t currently have it in stock. However, if Amazon is still the more practical choice…

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