July 4th: Because of the Brave

Home of the Free

Hi guys. I know I haven’t posted in a long time…blogger fail, I know. But, I wanted to post today because, well, it’s important. 241 years ago today, we declared our freedom from Britain. Our thirteen colonies came together to throw back our oppressors, to fight for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…

I believe with every ounce of my being that the United States of America is a nation blessed by God. I believe that the USA is here for a reason, many reasons in fact. But the only reason we are here at all is because of the greatness and wisdom of our Lord and Savior and the bravery and courage of those who have fought for us. 

So, today I say thank you to every person who has fought for this country. The soldiers, marines, politicians, lawyers, police officers, firefighters, federal agents, accountants, janitors, and soccer moms. Thank you to all the fathers’, sons’, mothers’, daughters’…every single American who has every given something up to protect, raise up, or empower our nation.

Thank you to every single person who has been brave enough to stand up and shout the truth and when necessary fight for it. To all those who sacrificed their lives, whether that be dying on a battlefield, pursuing criminals, or giving everything to the children who are our future. 

This is the land of the free because of the brave. So who are the brave? I am the brave, you are the brave, we are the brave. So don’t ever stop fighting for freedom, righteousness, love and hope. Never stop fighting for goodness! Never stop remembering those who made it that way, and always be brave! 

Happy 4th of July

 

 

 

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Book Review: The Princess Adelina

4918709From eighth-century Germany comes the stirring tale of Princess Adelina, a virtuous young woman determined to fulfill God’s call on her life. The daughter of an Iona missionary to the German people, Adelina’s world is turned upside-down when a young pagan ruler, Hedan of Thurginia, falls in love with her and takes her as his bride. As a wedding gift, Hedan promises Adelina that he will allow Christians within Thuringia to worship and evangelize freely, spreading the Gospel among his people. But Hedan’s mother, Geila, hates both Adelina and Christianity, stopping at nothing to subvert her daughter-in-law and stamp out the fledgling German church. Based on a true story, this Esther-like tale recounts the deeds of courageous Adelina as she endures persecution, slander, exile, and the impending destruction of her people. Through it all, will Adelina remain faithful to her Heavenly King? Or will she fall away and leave the Culdee church to its fate? Find out in The Princess Adelina.


 

Overall Impression

This book has, since the first time I read it, been one of my favorites. The culture is amazing, the characters wonderful and the story itself? The story is a powerful tale of faith, love, and courage. And the most amazing part about it is that it really happened. This story truly shows the power of God’s hand and the beauty of his plan. I would recommend this to everyone. 

 

Characters

Adelina is truly a heroine. She is one of my favorite characters of all time. In this sweet maiden you find a heart true to the Lord. She is kind, godly, and faithful to her husband even when it’s not easy. This is one of my favorite things about her. Hedan, for a time, is TERRIBLE. But even when another man who is kind and loving comes into Adelina’s life she remains true to her husband. 

Hedan. For quite awhile this man is very angering. He only “loves” Adelina for her beauty, and is quick to believe false testimony against her.He is an evil man. That’s just the truth. But wait it out, eventually, he becomes a wonderful man. He is a great character. 

Gelia, ugh! The woman is shiver-worthy! She is the perfect antagonist! So much evil in one woman. I hate her through and through. 

Five stars for the background characters! I adore Regiswald, Pillung and the others! 

 

Plot

This story is very much like the story of Esther. A Christian girl marries a heathen to protect her people. Not only does she saves them, but ultimately, she saves many more people. 

Be prepared for somewhat difficult writing, it is filled with “thee” and “thou” and many complicated names. This, however, doesn’t detract from the story. Rather it adds to the character and culture of the book. 

I love the rise and fall of this book. It begins a bit slowly, but it quickly gains momentum. It’s one I can’t stop reading. I love the climax and the ending. This book is gold

 

Warnings:

Language/Profanity: None

Violence/Gore/Frightening Scenes: There is some violence in this book and (if I remember right) some mild gore. Nothing horrible, most readers should be fine. There are some frightening scenes, at one point a woman is going to be sacrificed to Woden. She, however, is saved and unharmed. A woman is beaten, this is non-descriptive. A man is somewhat crushed by a tree. There is a battle. A character is threatened with going through fire trials. (Overall, readers 9-10 on up should be fine with this.) 

Sex/Nudity: A woman has her chest bared when she is about to be sacrificed. Nothing descriptive. 

November 30th: A Message For NaNo’ers

And so it ends…for the past month thousands of writers have been feverishly working. They have typed their fingers to the bone, missed meals, and even now many are still writing their hearts out. Such is NaNoWriMo. 

Here is a message for all you NaNo’ers, every word you have written is victory! Every step of progress in your novel, short story, or novella is amazing! As are you! Take this moment…savor it, feel it, remember it. Today you are a champion, a writing warrior, you are victorious

Next time you are discouraged in your writing, remember today. Remember that you did it. You wrote thousands of words in 30 days! Guys! That is amazing! 

So remember…YOU are a writer. You are capable of great things, and not just in the month of November. Take this day with you as a memento of victory, a reminder of your determination. You got this! Write you hearts out!