"My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness."–2 Cor. 12:9
Author: Nitoy Gonzales
Marianito “Nitoy” Gonzales is just an ordinary guy serving an extraordinary God. He blogs at Delighting Grace. He also write, reviews and translate for Driven By The Gospel and Treasuring Christ PH. He is happily married to Cristy-Ann and enjoys their daughter, Agatha Christie. His family worships and fellowships at Faithway Community Baptist Church in Sta. Rita Karsada, Batangas City. He collects Batman comics and makes a point to wear a Batman shirt everytime he goes out.
We all know that the Bible is one book made up of two parts, the Old and New Testaments. However, it seems that we view the Bible in terms of those two parts. That both are different in many ways. Sometimes we think that we see two different Gods in those divisions. We sometimes think the God in the OT is an angry one and in NT we see Him as a God of love.
But the truth is, the Bible has one redemptive narrative that keeps both OT and NT intact. These stories point not just to a big picture but a big person. That person is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We are not left alone even our kids on how this truth can be understood. The Bible gives us details on this. In this latest book from Bible teacher, Nancy Guthrie, the Bible uses a bridge for the Old Testament stories to Christ. The Bible calls it a shadow.
The second serving of the very delectable Christian YA fiction, Dark Star is out. So bite into The First Skyrider and savor the fantastic journey of Cairn to greatness.
This is the second part of my interview with H. R. Hess. You can read the first part here that covers reading fiction and her first book, Dark Star. On this last installment, we talk about writing and The First Skyrider.
Hello Hannah! Please tell us how you got into writing fiction?
Hi, and thanks so much for interviewing me.
I have been making up stories for as long as I can remember, and reading them too. I think as young as eight I decided I wanted to be a writer. I kept writing in my spare time all through university, and when I was raising my three children. Once my youngest started school I decided to take a serious shot at being published. I tried a couple of publishers first, before deciding to release my first novel independently. Very shortly after, I got picked up by Reformation Lightning, a new imprint for Christian YA fiction.
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This is a very special post because I interviewed not just one but three hosts of a new podcast on church history! And they are kids! Say hi to Emma, Trinity and Linus, the hosts of ” Kids Talk Church History” and get to know how they end up as hosts, learn some behind the scenes stuff on the making of an episode, church history and their interesting connection with the author, Simonetta Carr.
Hello guys! Kindly tell something about yourselves and who introduced you into church history.
TRINITY:Hello everyone! My name is Trinity, I am 15 and I’m one of the hosts of a new podcast called “Kids Talk Church History“! I got introduced to church history, by my old Sunday school teacher, Mrs. Simonetta Carr. Along with teaching us things from the Bible, she had us read some of her book manuscripts. They were really interesting, and I always wanted to learn more about the people who she wrote about.
Let this blog dump some Christmas spirit to you as that holiday approaches. Here are some quotes from the book I finished titled, The Weirdest Nativity authored by Andrew Sach and Jonathan Gemmel, published 10 Publishing. Get your copy by clicking this link.
“For those who change sides to follow Christ, the future is glorious. The devil is eventually destroyed. The world is made new. Tears are gone. We will live in a perfect world forever.”
It’s a stormy weekend here but I would like to share some quotes from a book I finished, I Have A Psychiatric Diagnosis, Edward T. Welch, published by New Growth Press. You can get your copy by clicking this link.
“If we are to become wise, we listen—to God and to others.“
Psalms 139 talks about the omniscience of God on a personal level. David, inspired by the Holy Spirit, writes how God knows his every step, word and the truth that He is inescapable. Then he goes further by saying that before he was born, God created him in the womb of his mother.
Knowing this truth there are ways to express such awe and admiration for this God of the Bible that leads us to fall down and worship him. For author Sally Lloyd-Jones and artist Jago, expressing such wonder is done by knowing He is our Father.
The Good Book Company recently dropped some Christmas treats for kids. It’s one jolly bunch of books about the birth of Jesus Christ. So today, I’ll be reviewing them here, including sample pages of each book. Click on the title to get yourself a copy.
The Christmas Surprise (Stephanie Williams) – What I like about this book is that it didn’t quickly dive into the birth of Jesus. Rather it starts with a brief look on the “promise” made by God in the Garden of Eden and Israel. It revolves around people being surprised by Christ coming. The ending would be a good springboard to explain the gospel message to kids. The art is nice, it goes along with the story and appeals for the young reader. But the scene with the angel telling Mary about having a baby is a bit exaggerated. Still a good read for you and your kids.
The redemption story never gets old. It’s the essential story that is not just for the unbelievers but for us who are the elect. It’s the story that we see also in secular movies and books (good vs. evil). This story, God’s story is not just a feel good narrative. It has the power of transformation. David Murray’s new book, The StoryChanger shows us this power that changes lives.