A Dot, a Period, a Full Stop

a whimsy by Jackie Houchin   Whatever you call it, it means ‘the end’. We use them to tell readers they’ve come to the end of a sentence. They can perhaps take a breath now before going on if they’ve been reading aloud. Or glance at their watch, or the TV commercial that’s ending, or…

Book Review: Yours, till Heaven

by Ray Rhodes Jr. a mini audiobook review by Jackie Houchin My heart is brimming with joy (and sadness) with thoughts from this truly romantic story – the love and marriage between Charles H. and Susie Spurgeon. From when they first met and his desire to assure that she was saved before he proposed marriage,…

A Fool’s Life

a Biblical essay by Jackie Houchin A fool, a court jester, a joke-teller, a comedian. We enjoy stand up comics. They make us laugh, and a joyful heart is good, like a medicine, says the Bible (Proverbs 17:22). From Charlie Chaplin to Robin Williams, we flock to their films for a belly laugh. It feels…

Book Review: Fake Death

by Victoria Tait a book review by Jackie Houchin Fake Death is the first book in Victoria Tait’s delightful Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery series (after the prequel novella, Hour Is Come*). It’s set in the English countryside among quaint cottages, farms, and pubs. If you are thinking “Miss Marple” you are not far off. Dotty Sayers,…

Book Review: Hour Is Come

by Victoria Tait. a book review by Jackie Houchin Hour is Come is the prequel novella to a delightful new cozy mystery series by Victoria Tait. You can only get a copy of this book by joining her newsletter (link below).  But it is well worth it, as it sets up the entire series. Dotty Sayers…

Book Review: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

by Grace Lin A mini book review by Jackie Houchin Wow. This audio-book (4 hours, 58 minutes) would be a wonderful read for a series of long winter nights when a family with a lot of children gathers around the fire to be enchanted by stories. Grace Li’s book contains a slew of fantastical tales…

Book Review: Purpose in Prayer

by E. M. Bounds A Mini Book Review by Jackie Houchin, (Audiobook, 4 hours 7 minutes) PURPOSE IN PRAYER was very encouraging and empowering! I loved hearing examples of how common, everyday people prayed and made a difference in individual lives, the ministry of pastors, and in the start of revivals. Jesus said, “If ye…

Book Review: The Baker Street Letters

by Michael Robertson A mini book review by Jackie Houchin The Baker Street Letters, by Michael Robertson. What a fun, imaginative audiobook I’ve just finished! (6 hours, 19 minutes, Audible.com) A century later, and Sherlock Holmes still “seems” alive to quite a few people, who write to him about their unsolvable problems. Because the Heath…

March WordPrompt – Bridge

An essay by Jackie Houchin WordPress has recently introduced the Monthly WordPrompt feature. For March, the #WordPrompt is BRIDGE. Bloggers are to use that prompt as a “jumping off point” (pun?) to publish a new post. Here’s mine. Perhaps you’ve heard of the 1970’s song – Bridge Over Troubled Waters – composed by Paul Simon and…

Book Review: A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and A Great War

by Joseph Loconte A Mini Book Review by Jackie Houchin This is a non-fiction book, showing how the horrors of war – while personally devastating to the famous authors C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien – were nevertheless experiences that prompted them to write their popular fantasy and allegoric books. In the first chapters,…