Word of the Week – Demon

Word of the Week – Demon

We’re continuing our October look into spooky words today…with demon. I don’t know about you, but for me, this word conjures up a WHOLE different level of fear. Ghosts and spooks are words assigned to human spirits, but demon…that’s a whole different supernatural level, and one that invokes evil.

Right?

Um…well…if we’re looking at the history of the word, it actually isn’t so cut and dry!

The English word demon, which dates from 1200 as “an evil spirit, a malignant supernatural being, a devil” is taken directly from the Latin and Greek daemon, which means ANY spirit, good or bad, and sometimes used to describe human souls as well. So how did the English come to associate it solely with the evil side?

It’s because the Greek daemon is the word used in the Bible for “unclean spirits,” and Jewish authors also used it in Greek versions of the Old Testament books for “false gods.” Though Greek speakers never would have ONLY used it in this sense…we weren’t Greek speakers, LOL. So demon came to be applied solely to the evil side of the supernatural.

Occasionally writers or academics will want to use the word in the original Greek or Latin sense, especially when translating, so will interject that extra ‘a’ into the word and make it daemon to differentiate.

Introducing the Bookish Things Shop!

Introducing the Bookish Things Shop!

Okay, guys, I am sooooo excited to tell you about this today! For the past month-ish, I’ve been working on expanding my shop, and finally, the results are ready to show you!!

It started when we were on vacation. For us, “vacation” is really just the best brainstorming of the year. 😉 As we were walking on the beach and chatting, one of the topics was how to make even more cool stuff available in my store. I had tons of ideas…but of course, the problem is that I only have so much time. So I can’t just make everything I think of (never mind that I don’t have the skills, LOL). So I decided to look some things up. And next thing I know, I’m hours into browsing products by other individuals and artisans and I have found SO MANY that are a perfect fit!

And that’s what I’m about to show you! I’ve put together a ton of cool stuff. Some of it ties directly to one book of mine or another…some of it appeals to a general bookish audience. A few are especially for writers. I have some Christmas merch too, including new designs I just unveiled this week! A few highlights:

    • Journals and notebooks
    • Pens
    • Book lockets and pendant necklaces
    • Nature-themed jewelry and goodies
    • Christmas ornament
    • Book socks
    • Book light
    • Book earrings

AND…I also just added a wishlist button to the site! So if YOU are the book lover in your life and want to drop a few hints to your loved ones for the next holiday, I’ve totally got you covered. When logged in, you can create as many lists as you like, make them public or private, email them to people, you name it! (If you don’t log in, it will remember you for 30 days as long as you’re on the same device.)

So are you ready to see some of the cool new stuff?? I’ve divided them into a couple different categories–the images below are just a few of them! Check out the full shop HERE.

(All the old stuff is still there too, don’t worry! I’ve just built out new pages and taken new product images in some cases.)

Would you like to see a tie-in item that I don’t currently have? Just send me a note through the contact form with your suggestion, and I’ll see what I can do. =)

Word of the Week – Spooky

Word of the Week – Spooky

It’s October! So I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the words you’re going to be encountering in this season. Whether you celebrate Halloween or just the harvest (or nothing at all), I think you’ll agree that the etymologies this month are interesting!

Today we’re taking a look at spooky . . . which means really, we’re taking a look at spook, since that’s what it’s a form of. Spook dates from 1801 and is taken from the Germanic. The fun thing is that pretty much all Germanic languages have a work very similar to spook, but the meanings include not only the primary “ghost,” but also, “scarecrow” and “joke.”

In 1942 it began to be applied to spies–presumably because of their abilities to appear and vanish again.

What We’ve Been Reading – May 2021

What We’ve Been Reading – May 2021

I don’t know about you, but where did this month go?! The end of the school year is upon us, summer is just around the corner (or has arrived for some of you), and my TBR is growing by the minute! My next read is On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor by Jaime Jo Wright. I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you! If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can do so HERE.

Roseanna’s Reads

With the Kids

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord

This little book, telling the story of a young girl who moves from China to New York, is utterly charming. It captures the beauty of the ancient society from which she came, but also the hope and community of immigrants…and what it’s like for a kid to be tossed head-first into a new school whose language she doesn’t even speak. I loved rereading this one!

For Fun

The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate
This is by no means a new release, but it was featured prominently in the awesome little bookstore in Ocracoke, since it’s set on nearby Hatteras Island, and I couldn’t resist. Glad I didn’t! This is a beautiful story of second chances and finding family and community in the most unexpected of places. I love that the main character, Tandi, was a total, realistic mess…with an ugly past and plenty of screw-ups. She had no huge, enormous, split-second epiphany–instead, her life was quietly changed by the legacy a faithful woman of God left behind. If you haven’t read this one yet, GO GET IT NOW!

For Fun

Stay with Me by Becky Wade

Somehow I’ve managed to go all this time without having read anything by Becky Wade! GASP! I don’t know how I managed that, but I’m glad I finally remedied the situation. This first book in her Misty River Romance series was beautifully done and did a great job handling not only the main theme of addiction recovery, but also teased out a theme that’s even bigger–the American church’s tendency to never reveal our faults until we’re either discovered or victorious over the struggle. Which means we never actually have the chance to support each other. Wonderful romance, and I can’t wait to read more from Becky!

On Audio

To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden
Okay, I’ll confess: I didn’t finish this one, but it’s not because I wasn’t absolutely enjoying the story–I very much was! I’d borrowed it from the library, though, and my loan ran out…and I decided I’d rather read it in paper or even ebook, because (ahem…sorry!) the narrator was driving me nuts. 😉 I listened to enough to know I definitely want to finish the story though. Such an interesting premise and setting! We don’t have much set during (or around) the Spanish-American war, so it’s been fascinating to learn more about that time.

Rachel’s Reads

I’ve managed to fit in quite a few reads this month! Yay! I’m highlighting only a couple of my favorites. My Spring TBR theme has been Young Adult/Fantasy/Magical Realism…But I managed to sneak in one of my ALL-TIME favorite Historical Romances!

For Fun

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
*This is a general market, adult, magical realism book. There is some language and hard topics addressed* That being said, I absolutely loved this book! Strong female roles. Mystery. Murder. Revenge. This was a quick read and very engaging. Timeslip between modern day and eighteenth-century London, you will find yourself swept away to another world in this story.

My Kiddo's Favorite

The Missing Ace by Cosentino and Jack Heath

It was a happy day when I realized that my son (8) LOVED reading. He’s been going through books like crazy. So thankful that our library is open again and we can browse the shelves. His current favorite book is The Missing Ace book 1 of the Cosentino series. We found ours through Usborne, but they are available on Amazon as well. 🙂 Cosentino is real escape artist/illusionist that performed on Australia’s Got Talent. We’ve enjoyed watching a few of his videos as well.

On Audio

The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof
If you haven’t read this book….Go.read.it.now! Carrie (Reading is my SuperPower) told me this, and I kept putting it off until I finally caved to her badgering…Y’ALL….This is my most reread fiction book….EVER. I love the audio version as well. I was in the mood for it this month and so I’ve been listening to it on the way to my workout classes.

With the Kids

The Lewis and Clark Expedition by Richard L. Neuberger

I’ve always loved learning about the Lewis and Clark Expedition! Maybe because I was born and raised close to where their path went and have seen some of the amazing places they saw. I’m a sucker for historical locations. I love to soak up the history and the emotions of the place. So reading this book with the kids was a really fun way to explore their path once again.

What We’ve Been Reading – April 2021

What We’ve Been Reading – April 2021

April showers bring May flowers…And a whole lot of good books! What are you reading this Spring? Don’t forget that The Nature of a Lady releases on Tuesday!

Roseanna’s Reads

With the Kids

The Winged Watchman by Hilda Van Stockum

This middle grade set in Holland during the closing days of World War II is one of my favorites from the school year! I love the view of the war from a young boy’s eyes, the adventure, the danger, and all I learned about Holland through this great novel.

On Audio

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Okay, I totally borrowed this one from my library solely because it was available, I’d heard people talking about it forever, and thought, “Sure, why not?” And I found it totally charming. I loved the brightness and innocence of the main character–and the audio narrator was FANTASTIC. I hear the other books in the series aren’t so bright-and-innocent so I’ll probably stop here, but I’m glad I listened!

For the Edit

The Rock by Cara Grandle
WhiteFire’s May release made it into my work schedule in April too! The Rock takes readers from Missouri to Oregon, though the Trail portion is skipped over…which is great, because we all REALLY just want to see heroine Rebecca actually meet hero Clark. 😉 This is a totally charming historical romance, reminiscent of the “sweet spot” Christian historicals I grew up on. So glad there are more in the series!

For Book Club

Echoes Among the Stones by Jaime Jo Wright
I’ve been wanting to read this one so finally plugged it into my book club’s lineup. 😉 And I’m glad I did! As usual, Jaime proves herself a master of the timeslip novel. In this one it’s a family mystery the heroine is trying to solve, and gracious, there were some twists I didn’t see coming!

For Fun

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
I’ve been slowly working my way through the Harry Potter series and finally broke down and bought the paperbacks after listening to several and then getting one from the library on Kindle. And good grief, this thing’s so big it hurts my wrist if I try to hold it one-handed! LOL. But I’m definitely loving the series more and more as I go along!

Rachel’s Reads

As the school year starts to wind down, I’m finding more time to read again, and I’m so excited! I have been all over the board this month from Magical Realism to Contemporary Romance to some Classics!

For Fun

A Mosaic of Wings by Kimberly Duffy
Escape to India in this lovely adventure! Although I’m not a huge fan of insects and other crawlers…I did find this story very interesting and engaging. I loved learning about India and entomology (specifically the butterflies). A new-to-me author who I can’t wait to read more from and you couldn’t ask for a more beautiful setting.

Buddy Read

Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano
While I’m not currently in an active Book Club, my bestie and I decided to read this one together. We both got it from The Bookish Box last year and finally got around to reading it. This is a General Market Young Adult (some language and kissing) book that combines elemental magic with a little sci-fi. Very intriguing and I read it in 3 days….that doesn’t usually happen to me anymore.

On Audio

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
I absolutely LOVE Jane Austen’s books. And it has been quite a while since I’ve read any of them, that I decided to listen to a couple this year as I drive back and forth from workout classes. I love Elinor Dashwood. She is definitely one of my favorites of Austen.

With the Kids

Om-Kas-Toe by Kenneth Thomasma
We read this book as part of school and I really enjoyed the (fictional) glimpse into the Blackeet experience with horses (Elkdogs) being introduced to their people.

Good Friday – Dayenu

Good Friday – Dayenu

Today is the Thursday before Resurrection Day. The day before Good Friday. A day I’ll be spending in part making unleavened bread and apple clay . . . we’re not having an official seder this year, but eating these familiar, symbolic foods will help me get my head out of “prepare for book launch!” mode and into “focus solely on Christ” mode. As I pondered what to post for these holiest of days, I decided that I’d actually share a portion of a post from 5 years ago. Originally, this was part of a Bible study I did on my blog during Lent. Which means the passage below was buried at the end of a very long post with a lot of scripture. I recently recorded it for my podcast, and I think it bears repeating here in general. I don’t know what you do or don’t do to observe Good Friday…but it’s always been an important day for me, in my own faith journey. Good Friday was the day I wrote the short story that inspired A Stray Drop of Blood. Good Friday was the day when it really hit me what my Jesus did for me. Good Friday stirs the depths of my heart each time I pause to really dwell in it. And so, here it is. My reflections on the day…and why “it is sufficient.”

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I never understood, as a child, why this day was called Good Friday, when it seemed pretty darn bad to me. My Jesus was killed on this day. He was mocked, he was beaten, he was reviled. He was hung upon a cross. My Lord, my King suffered on this day like on no other. Why, if I love Him, would I call such a day Good?

There’s a very thorough look into the origins of it in this blog post. (German actually calls it “Sorrowful Friday,” just FYI.) But the one all linguistics experts agree on is that good used to mean holy. And we can certainly agree it’s a holy day without the more modern connotation of “happy” getting put on it.

Let’s dwell today on this sorrowful, holy day that we commemorate on this Friday before the Resurrection. Part of the Seder meal we observe the night before Good Friday has a traditional Jewish responsive reading called “Dayenu”–it would have been sufficient. In it, they go through the events of the Exodus, proclaiming after each one that if God had, for instance, led them out of Egypt but not parted the Red Sea, “It would have been sufficient.” Dayenu. It would have shown His glory still. The Messianic portion of the seder goes on to add Jesus into it in a way that I find so striking.

“If He had come but not died –
dayenu.

If He had died but not risen –
dayenu.”

He came. He came to earth for no reason other than his love for us. He came to live among us, to teach us how to approach the Father. He came, and when he walked this earth, it was sufficient. Those who believed him to be the Savior before his death, before his resurrection, tasted of the faith that leads to Heaven. If any of them died while he still walked the Earth, I’m confident that faith in him saved them.

But coming wasn’t all Jesus did. He didn’t only show us how to live, how to approach the throne. He died for us too. He died for our sins, like the passover lamb. That was enough to cleanse us. Just as the sin offering always did, but more. Once, for all. Forever. Had he only died, it would have washed us clean.

But He rose again to prove that death would not have the final victory even over our mortal bodies. He rose again because he wasn’t just a sin offering, he was the Passover Lamb. The lamb whose blood saves us from death.

Oh, my Jesus. Every year it strikes me anew. The things you suffered. The things you did. For me. And this year, like every year, I lack the words to thank you. So I walk that path with you in my mind. And I no doubt fail to picture it fully. But my eyes burn with tears for you. My heart aches. And my soul weeps out its thanks. Because your sacrifice on this day all those years ago saved me.

Dayenu.