Love and Marriage

“Let the young woman to whom I shall say, ‘Please let down your jar that I may drink,’ and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels’ …let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac.” (Gen 24:14) Love and Marriage By Stephen W. Hiemstra After Iranian New Years […]

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Grahl Connects Authors to Fans to Books

Tim Grahl. 2013. Your First 1,000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book.  Lynchburg: Out:Think Group.[1] Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra The word on the street is that less than 5 percent of self-published authors sell 1,000 books. Most sell none at all which means that the first book sold, even to your mother, […]

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Prayer for Transcendence

Heavenly Father, We praise you for your glory, that you are holy, set apart, and stand outside of time. All glory is yours for we are sinful, quick to compromise, and mortally bound to times and places beyond our control. Do not leave us content to look into the mirror, to grasp at visceral pleasures, or […]

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Life in Tension Giveaway on GoodReads.com

Book giveaway on GoodReads.com between now and October 10, 2016. Enter now (click here) to win one of five free copies of Life in Tension: Reflections on the Beatitudes. Giveaway link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31696658-life-in-tension Learn more about Life in Tension at:  StephenWHiemstra.net.  

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Stress and Stress Modeling

“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (Ps 8:3-4) Stress and Stress Modeling By Stephen W. Hiemstra At some point in […]

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Baehr and Boone Examine Media’s Role in Culture

Ted Baehr and Pat Boone.  2007. The Culture-Wise Family: Upholding Christine Values in a Mass Media World. Ventura: Regal. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra For anyone who grew up in the period before 1970, the slide of American culture into secularism has been shockingly rapid. What happened to television shows like I love Lucy and Leave […]

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Prayer for Today and Every Day

God of all mercy, Loving Son, Healing Spirit: We praise you for creating the heaven and earth; all that is, was or will ever be; things seen and unseen. We look upon your creation and marvel at its beauty, seeing not you but merely the work of your hands, and, having seen it, we want to […]

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Farmer Mac

“Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer! O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame?” (Ps 4:1-2) Farmer Mac By Stephen W. Hiemstra Once I began to focus on the work […]

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The Heath's Stick to Communication

Chip and Dan Heath.[1] 2008. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. New York: Random House, Inc. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra When you write and speak so distinctly that—your words enter the dictionary; children grow up repeating your phrases; songwriters plagiarize your work; competing products leave the market; and everyone knows […]

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God of All Wonders, Forgiving Lord

Almighty Father, Blessed Son, Holy Spirit: All praise and honor are yours, Lord, God of our youth and times since then. For you forgive our sins, overlook our transgressions, and set aside our iniquity for the sake of your son, Jesus Christ, who lived a sinless life, died on the cross for our sin, rose from […]

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