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Media and Mistletoe: Books, Bible Plans, Music, and Movies for Christmas

As the snow or rain falls softly on the dewy ground and Christmas draws nearer, there's nothing like a little bit of audible and readable art to bolster the advent message. Just as monumental as Christmas is the absence of Christ's incarnation before the manger—or for that matter, the absence of any direct sign from God in those 400 years between the Old Testament and the New.

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My Favorite Hawthorne Short Stories

Hello, everyone— Hawthorne* is one of my all-time favorite American authors. Cultivated in the midst of unbelievable growth in our nation's literature (this era known as the Romantic period), inspired by the Christian heritage of his Puritan ancestors, Nathaniel Hawthorne rose to fame as the author of The Scarlet Letter and as the greatest spokesman against transcendentalism… Continue reading My Favorite Hawthorne Short Stories

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Writing Music Collection: The Best of Patrick Doyle

If you were to visit while I was blogging and ask what I was listening to, ninety percent of the time, I'd slip off my headphones and say, "Patrick Doyle." Whether inspired by Christie or Austen, Shakespeare or Shelley, Doyle's music never fails to match the gem-like quality of classic literature. Fellow blogger Emily Hayse… Continue reading Writing Music Collection: The Best of Patrick Doyle

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Three Favorite Masterpieces of Christian Nonfiction

If I am not reading classic fiction, chances are I am reading Christian nonfiction. I gobble up apologetics, theology, and any other genre that offers worthwhile insight into the greatest Book. But the best Christian nonfiction, let me add, does not lie in the self-help section of your local Barnes & Noble. If you want… Continue reading Three Favorite Masterpieces of Christian Nonfiction

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Celebration: A Christmas Collection

Hello, everyone— To me, Christmas brings memories of childlike excitement; warm, golden pancakes stacked on my breakfast plate; family merrily chatting around the glittering tree. Yet throughout each celebration of Christ's incarnation, nothing has weaved its way so entirely well as music. Michael W. Smith's "Christmastime" album and Amy Grant's "Tennessee Christmas" literally embodies the… Continue reading Celebration: A Christmas Collection