Great Christian Fiction: The Blades of Acktar by Tricia Mingerink

This is the second post in my series "Great Christian Fiction," dealing with awesome and usually indie Christian books that might go under your radar. For the first one, click here.

A Christian fantasy series that takes place in a fantasy version of the Wild West, includes assassins, and has no magic? Sign me up!!!!!!!

The Blades of Acktar series by Tricia Mingerink is a daring adventure that denies no aspect of the Christian faith and defies convention. It destroys the world built by mainstream Christian fiction and delivers the fans of exciting, wholesome novels from boredom. Okay, that was forced, but you gotta admit--still pretty cool.

(All photos in this post by moi)
Some things to love: 
There's assassins! And they're kind of brutal too! I never knew how much I like assassin stories until I started reading these books. The "protagonist" is actually kind of a villain, and I have to admit I love him soooooo much (more on him later in this post....hee h…

Don't Take Time for Granted

We're from the West (most of us anyway)

Which means we're rich in money but not rich in time. 
We sit in front of screens and fritter away 
The thing that makes us all equal
No matter how much is in your bank account
Everyone gets 24 hours a day
Dollar signs make us the 1%
But in reality we're among the 100%
24 hours a day and you could die at any time
How you spending that currency? 
Are we all just millennials, 
throwing away our lives, 
Partying and claiming we live like there's no tomorrow
When we really know that we're living like we have a thousand years?
God gives his people a chance every day
To make a difference, make a change, 
Make the world a better place. 
And we might be poor (heaven knows I am, 
Even with my smartphone and computer and expensive keyboards)
but in time everyone's equal. 
Time is a gift. Time is a currency. 
Time can't be wasted. 
So how will you use your time? 
Put down the phone, turn off the computer, stop doing things that …

ATTACK OF THE TROLLS: Tips and Tricks for Internet Debates

Hey everyone! Today's post is going to be about effective ways to debate on social media. It'll be fun, and hopefully it'll be helpful. Let's jump in! 
I don't know how much time y'all spend on social media (surely some more than others,) but for me, personally, it's disheartening to see how many people seem to have accounts simply for the purpose of getting into fights and tearing other people down. I'm only on two social media platforms, other than blogging (Facebook and Goodreads) and every time I get on them, I'm overwhelmed at how many times people who don't even know my name or anything like that want to get into a fight with me. The anonymity afforded by the internet is dangerous and leads to people saying things they shouldn't and often regret. I know I've done that, and I don't even engage most of the time.

Now look back at that paragraph and imagine if I'd worded it more like this: 
"I hate what social media does …

MOMENTUM: My weekend at the March for Life

As most of you probably know, I am firmly pro-life. I believe that abortion may well be the single greatest evil in our country and I have dedicated my life to stopping it. So over the course of 2017, my small pro-life group and I fundraised our tails off to try to make it to the March for Life and Students for Life National Conference in Washington, D.C., this January.

And we made it! We still owe my wonderful mom some money for gas and tolls, but we did it! We were able to afford hotels and conference admission, mostly through going door to door and asking people to donate bottles to help our cause. Miraculously, not once did we encounter anyone who was downright nasty. They were all respectful, kind, and even if they refused to help us, polite about it.

But you're not here to hear about fundraising. Today's post is going to be about my trip to the March for Life with my mom, three of my club members, and a whole carload of water bottles.

(Note: #SelfPromo: If you have a Fac…

Band Highlights: Skillet

Yikes. When I did my last Band Highlights post, waayyy back in August or something, I promised it would be a monthly thing. One of my New Year's resolutions is for that to be a thing now :/

But finally, several months late, I have a second Band Highlights for you all! Today's focus artist is a slightly more popular Christian artist (okay, significantly more popular), SKILLET!
Skillet is a rock band, although they're starting to lean a little more in the pop direction with their latest album (which makes me sad--their best songs are the heavy rocking ones.) I only really like their more recent albums (Comatose, Awake, Rise, and Unleashed), so I'll only be talking about the songs from those albums. The earlier albums are still worth a listen, though. Keep in mind that this list is only a matter of my personal opinion, and is not the definitive ranking (although, obviously, this is me talking, so it's pretty definitive.)

Let's get started!

#10: Never Surrender  A …

The Literary Dinner Party Tag

Hey, everybody! How are you all doing?

Ivie and Lila tagged me for the Literary Dinner Party Tag. Thank you so much, guys!! *sends lemon bars* That's going to be today's posts, and I hope you enjoy it!

So here we go!!!!!!!

The Literary Dinner Tag

(I'll tag Catherine, Christine, and Evangeline Yackel for this one)

In this tag I'm hosting a fabulous dinner party with some of my favorite characters! (For the sake of simplicity I'll limit the potential guest list to people from my ersonal bookshelf.)
1. Invite a character who can/likes to cook. I'll go with Kira from Gathering Blue. She's sweet and quiet, and I feel like she'd be an interesting addition to this party. 
2. Invite a character who has money and can host this party. This is a super hard question!!!!!!!
How about Percy from the Scarlet Pimpernel? That works. We'll go with that. XD

3. Invite a character that might cause a scene. Easy--Prince Lionheart! (I would be sure to have a peacock around …

Three-in-One Movie Review: The Lego Movies!!! (Surely you're not surprised)

I doubt you're surprised.

I'll never deny that I'm a major fan of animated films. I'm crazy about them and have never stopped being crazy about them. Old classic Disneys that I can sing along to, newer Pixars that make me cry, Universal and DreamWorks movies that make me facepalm and laugh hysterically.

But the Warner Bros Lego Movies are my favorite of all animated movies. They have heart, emotion, smart humor, and compelling plots that make them timeless and excellent. Today's post is a wonderful rave review by me of The Lego Movie, the Lego Batman Movie, and the Lego Ninjago Movie. (Also: If you haven't seen any of these, you should.)

Have some random gifs while I'm at it.

THE LEGO MOVIE Best of the three, perhaps? That's a matter of opinion... but there's no denying that this movie has so much heart, humor, and originality that there's really no way to watch it too many times. via GIPHY
This is the story of Emmet, an ordinary, gener…

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