Word of the Week – Alphabet and ABC

Word of the Week – Alphabet and ABC

Here on the blog, we examine a lot of word histories and etymologies. But have you ever paused to wonder about the letters that make them up? One reader asked me to look into the history of the alphabet itself...which is quite a thing! Of course, I figured the place to start was actually with the...

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You called me, Master?

You called me, Master?

I've always loved the story of Samuel. In fact, as a writer, I've claimed the verse about none of his words falling to the ground as what I should be striving to live up to. There are so many lessons we can glean from this wise prophet who heard directly from God. But the last time I was reading...

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Word of the Week – Radical

Word of the Week – Radical

Radical. Generally, when we hear this word today, it's being used to describe political or other views and positions. It means, in that sense, "extreme." And because it's used like that so often, we tend to think of it that way still when we hear phrases like "radical surgery" or "a radical...

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Shadowed Loyalty Release Day!

Shadowed Loyalty Release Day!

Welcome to the launch celebration for Shadowed Loyalty!   I'm so excited to be welcoming Shadowed Loyalty into the world and so excited to be welcoming YOU into the world of Sabina and Lorenzo! This book has been many years in the making. I first wrote it when my son, Rowyn, was a baby. As...

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Return to Default

Return to Default

I don't know about you, but I love it when I see people in Scripture behaving like...well, like people. Like I would do. I love seeing how they were humans just like me. They mess up, they say the wrong thing--sometimes the stupid thing--and sometimes...sometimes they even just revert to default...

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Word of the Week – Fire

Word of the Week – Fire

Fire. This one ranks as a word used often and well known. So why, you wonder, would I look into the etymology and history? Largely because there are so many interesting ways to use it, both as a noun, and a verb, that have cropped up over the years! I thought today we'd just take a look at a list...

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Shining Light and Casting Shadows

Shining Light and Casting Shadows

Many signs and wonders were done among the people by the hands of the apostles. They all used to assemble in Solomon’s Portico. 13 No one else dared to join them, but the people esteemed them highly. 14 More believers, men and women, were constantly being added to their ranks. 15 People brought...

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Word of the Week – Rhododendron

Word of the Week – Rhododendron

During our Greek time a little while ago, my daughter and I translated a passage in Matthew that involved the word "tree." Or, as it would sound in Greek, dendron. Of course, as we're reading these words out loud, one of our primary interests--being word nerds as we are--is which words are clearly...

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The Cup of Christ

The Cup of Christ

Today is Holy Thursday, Maundy Thursday. The day when Christ celebrated the Passover with His disciples--the Last Supper. Tonight He instituted what may be the most sacred of the sacraments--Holy Communion, the Eucharist. He took bread, took wine, and declared them His body and blood, the things...

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Word of the Week – Tongue-in-Cheek

Word of the Week – Tongue-in-Cheek

Have you ever wondered about the meaning of tongue-in-cheek ... and perhaps where this bizarre phrase came from? Well, it dates from 1856 in that hyphenated version, taken from the less-succinct phrase "to speak with one's tongue in one's cheek," which comes from 1758, meaning "to speak...

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Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award winning author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.