(Author Interview) Hannah R. Hess, author of “The First Skyrider”

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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(Interview) The Kids of “Kids Talk Church History” Podcast

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

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8 Favorite Quotes From The Book “The Weirdest Nativity” (Andrew Sach and Jonathan Gemmell)

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.”

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Children’s Book Review: Christmas Releases of The Good Book Company This October

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.

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8 Favorite Quotes From The Book “The Dark Star” (H. R. Hess)

Hello! Here are my favorite quotes from a Christian fantasy book I read, The Dark Star by H. R. Hess. But first I would like you to watch out for the interview of the author on this blog coming this October. For now, you can grab a copy of The Dark Star and pre-order The First Skyrider, published by Reformation Lightning.

“One of the vows of new riders is that they will forgive injury, rather than seeking vengeance. And if they have a serious claim to wrong, they will bring it to a senior rider, or to me. I want you to demonstrate that you are willing to keep this vow.”

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8 Favorite Quotes From The Book “Contending for the Faith: The Story of the Westminster Assembly” (Joel Beeke and William Boekestein)

Happy Friday! Here are some great quotes I would like to share from a book I finished,Contending for the Faith: The Story of the Westminster Assembly, by Joel Beeke and William Boekestein, published by Reformation Heritage Books. You can get your copy by clicking this link.

“A church uses a confession to declare what it believes and teaches. The Bible is the source for all Christian faith, but it is not enough for us to say, “We believe the Bible.Many people claim to believe the Bible while denying what it teaches or disobeying its commands. The Westminster Confession sums up the teaching of God’s Word..”

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Catechizing My Daughter

Last year I shared a post on Driven By The Gospel on Scripture songs album that your kids might want to listen to. It’s a short list but these are albums we play from Spotify in our car. But what I didn’t share in that post is that there is an album that stands out and what my daughter (and of course our family) really loved. We play that every time we go out together especially going to church on Sunday. My daughter likes it a lot and sings along with it. In fact, she memorized some of it already and the message that these songs carries that are important in her spiritual growth. She might find this fun and entertaining but I pray that these songs will open for more biblical truths that she should know and stand for when she gets older. She easily picks up the song and catechizing her with the actual catechism for children speeds up the process of memorization.

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Children’s Book Review: “The Magnificent Time Machine” (Sinclair B. Ferguson)

A time travelling plot is a staple in children’s books. Like what I reviewed last January, there is always room for this kind of story. Stories like these embrace the unknown that give such thrill to our little ones.

In the case of Christian children’s books, time travelling is not the end of itself. The story must lead to the gospel. Speaking the gospel in the story shouldn’t be just an afterthought. It must be the center. We must always show the essentiality of the gospel or else we might lessen its importance to our children. I’m happy that this new book by Bible teacher, Sinclair Ferguson brings the gospel to the center. How? By going back to the beginning.

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