Discussing The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch with Young Readers!

This week, I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Mrs. Abramson’s 6th grade students!

As some of you may know, my novel The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch is part of their Language Arts curriculum. As a bonus, I’m invited to visit the class and discuss the many elements of the story and writing process. This is my third visit in as many years and every visit is just fantastic!

The students have a long list of questions prepared, and they’re always so extremely thought out and insightful. What a gift for an author to not only meet readers who enjoyed her novel, but to discuss the story and characters in depth!

I always enjoy my visits and pray that the students get as much out of them as I do!
Thank you again, Mrs. Abramson!

Check out the slideshow below for candid shots during our discussions!

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Review: “Freeing Tanner Rose”- “Great Book with Wonderful Messages for Teens”

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Freeing Tanner Rose is the story of young actress Tanner Rose. Her fame is overwhelming, she’s been making dangerous decisions, and her life is spiraling out of control. She is sent to live in the country with her mother’s friend Miss Ruth and son Gabriel to get away from the Hollywood lifestyle. The stark contrast between Tanner’s world and Gabriel’s life was stunning and Tanner’s growth and struggles were believable. The story highlights the destruction that fame can cause at a young age as well as the dangers of drugs and alcohol – which is an important message for all teens. There were a few aspects of the story that were unexpected. I thought I knew where the story was headed but was pleasantly surprised to find out I was wrong. I especially loved the ending of this book. Throughout the story I kept wondering how it would conclude. I usually love a happy ending, all tied up in a pretty little bow, but wasn’t sure how that could be accomplished here and thought the author did a wonderful job. Great book with wonderful messages for teens.

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Catholicmom.com: Sharing Christ’s Way in a Sexualized Culture, One Novel at a Time

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Sex sells! And we live in a culture that has embraced that truth with relish. It promotes it in every possible way: the media, fashion, movies, books, magazines, television shows, and commercials. Sex isn’t a private thing anymore, it’s far from the act that God created specifically for a husband and wife. Now it’s for anyone wishing to partake.

Of course, celebrities such as Miley Cyrus and Beyonce don’t help the cause. Performing simulated sexual acts on stage is what the former supports with indifference and the latter describes as feminism. These are performances akin to those that used to be kept secret behind the doors of a strip club. If only they would keep them in these more appropriate venues, instead of in a public forum with thousands of our children watching in awe and taking notes. No. Sex sells. And such behavior is no longer taboo.

But do you know what is taboo? Purity. Modesty. Chastity. These are just a few virtues shunned these days. They are criticized and ridiculed, as if it’s shameful to be dignified. Read more.

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Bebo Norman’s “Come and Worship,” Featuring “Nativity Story” –Merry Christmas!

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. (Luke 2:10-12)

Merry Christmas to you all!

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