Finding the Strength to Persevere [GUEST POST]

Lark

Some people, like birds, can be small but mighty. (Photo by David Mitchell, Flickr)

In the past seven years living and working abroad with a faith based organization, I have been struck over and over by the beauty and resilience of the human spirit. So many people in the world are suffering from grinding poverty, institutional oppression, and personal pain and loss. The history of Central Europe, where I’ve been living in Budapest for the past 5 years, is a long series of wars, subjugations, even genocide. Read more of this post

Gray Hair and a Warm Heart are Keys to a Happy Life

Happy parishioners

The longer we live, the more chances we have to touch other’s lives if we can only learn to age properly. (Photo by Joonas Tikkanen, Flickr)

Several weeks ago, I was hanging out with my friend Chris. He’s young and gregarious, and we make each other laugh. At 24, he sees the world through a different lens than I do now that I’m in my 40s, but that is what time will do for a person.  Read more of this post

Danielle Steel’s ‘Blue’ Is Uplifting and Inspiring [REVIEW]

Woman and boy walking in snow

When a human rights activist and a homeless boy meet by chance, their lives are changed forever in Danielle Steel’s BLUE. (Photo by Arcangel/Stephen Mulcahey)

In Danielle Steel’s latest bestselling novel, Blue, former journalist Ginny Carter works in the trenches of some of the most dangerous hot spots on the planet, helping others as a human rights activist. She pays no heed to the danger she faces every moment of the day, much to the chagrin of her sister.

Yet having suffered from so much personal loss herself, Ginny feels she has nothing left to lose, at least until the fateful night a 13-year-old homeless boy named Blue enters her life. As the two become friends, old wounds open and suddenly Ginny finds herself on a new crusade, one that could bring the entire world down on both of them and ultimately change both their lives forever.  Read more of this post

Linda Goodnight’s ‘The Memory House’ Empowers Readers to Change [REVIEW]

Ashland Belle Helene

A couple must overcome their past to find romance in Linda Goodnight’s ‘The Memory House.’
(Photo by Michael McCarthy, Flickr)

Linda Goodnight’s The Memory House is a sweet, tender tale about finding love in places one may never suspect. Read more of this post

The Art Of Letting Go

Letting go

Letting go of the past can be one of life’s biggest challenges. (Quote by life coach Jordan Bach)

Sometimes we get stuck in life when we lose something or someone we once had. A friend, a spouse, a job, a house, a child. The list is endless. If we didn’t choose to get rid of whatever or whoever it was, if circumstances robbed us of that prized possession or loved one without our permission, we can stagnate in life if we’re not careful. So what can we do to get out of that well of self pity and doubt when all seems lost? Read more of this post