1 Corinthians 14:34-35-"Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church."
MERCHANT OF TEA, COFFEE, CHOCOLATE, MARSHMALLOW "S'MORES", TREATS, AND OTHER SELF INDULGENT FATTENING NICETIES
republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:
|What I Am In To Lately |
George MacDonald was a Scottish author born in 1824. If you've not heard of him, maybe you've heard of the famous novelists whom he influenced...J.R.R. Tolkien, G.K. Chesterton, and C.S. Lewis.
One day in a train station, C.S. Lewis picked up a book by MacDonald and began to read. "A few hours later," said Lewis, "I knew I had crossed a great frontier." It was the fantastical story-telling of MacDonald that awakened Lewis's imagination to the prospect of faith.
G. K. Chesterton cited one of my favorite MacDonald books, The Princess and the Goblin, as a book that "made a difference to my whole existence." After reading it a third time and using it as my summer "Chick Chat" (a classic literature book club for women), I can say the same - it made a difference in my life!
The Princess and the Goblin is a classic fairy tale where the world is filled with good and evil. It is whimsical and wise--a Christian allegory illustrating the believer who sometimes doubts, yet still has faith to follow even when the path is counter-intuitive. He's such a masterful writer that an eight-year-old girl can be filled with wonder as she reads, and an eighty-year-old woman can be overwhelmed with the beauty and intrigue of the journey of faith we travel! Few things are as satisfying as a great book!
What's even better is being surrounded by family and celebrating my grandfather's one-hundredth birthday! Yes - you read that right - my grandfather turned ONE HUNDRED on July 17, 2007! His name is Lawson Jolly, Sr., but we all call him "Papa." He is hardly gray, barely needs glasses, just started to use a cane to walk (he doesn't like it since "canes are for old people") and drove a car until his 99th birthday! What a legacy of life, faith, and love that he has given to each of us!
The other highlight of July was the International Christian Retailers Show (ICRS). This year the ICRS was held at the Georgia World Congress Center. This was our sixth visit to this jammed-packed convention. I love it because it is all about books:
- People who write books
- People who publish books,
- People who sell books,
- People who advertise and market books,
- People who read books.
You get the idea - books, books, and books!
Some of the highlights included:
- Enjoying a leisurely coffee with Lisa Whelchel (one of my favorite women in the world) - where we discussedthe value of friendship, balance, and vulnerability.
- Sharing a late night coffee with Bill Jensen (a bright literary agent and the man who first believed in me as a rookie author) - remembering the early days of working together.
- Visiting with Stormie Omartian and her husband Michael Omartian, the legendary music producer, whom I have followed since my teenage years.
- Wearing jeans to the convention this year rather than dressing up like usual...freedom!
The ICRS is like a family reunion! I appreciate all those who give their lives and their talents to give us good books.
"For books are not absolutely dead things, but...do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them... [He] who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were, in the eye." - John Milton
So give these things a taste test:
1. The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
2. Celebrate something! Birthdays, family, summer, friendship, great books...you pick - just PARTY!
3. Homemade marshmallows smashed delicately within a gourmet s'more at Restaurant Eugene.
4. See a Photo Album of my fun at ICRS
WITH STORMIE OMARTIAN & KAY ARTHUR FROM ABOVE PHOTO ALBUM:
QUOTE: "In a recent brochure from the AACC, promoting their Certificate Program in Biblical Counseling, Kay Arthur is quoted as saying: "AACC provides a powerful platform for it's membership to gain Biblical knowledge and counseling skills. People helpers everywhere can care for the soul in real-life practical ways -- beautifully blending the physical, emotional, clinical, and spiritual." Thus, no one should have any doubts as to where Kay Arthur places her loyalty -- she is committed to the integration of psychology with the Bible."
WITH TIM LAHAYE (FOUR TEMPERAMENTS THEORIST)
EXCERPT: His writings have been cited as a major literary influence by many notable authors including W. H. Auden, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Walter de la Mare, E. Nesbit and Madeleine L'Engle. C. S. Lewis wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his "master". In addition to his fairy tales, MacDonald wrote several works on Christian apologetics including several that defended his view of Christian Universalism.
(SEE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Universalism; QUOTE: "a school of Christian theology which includes the belief in the doctrine of universal reconciliation, the view that all human beings will ultimately be restored to a right relationship with God in Heaven and the New Jerusalem"; "doctrines of everlasting damnation to hell and annihilationism are rejected) and theosis (all souls will ultimately be reconciled and conformed to the image of the glorified resurrected Christ)."
MacDonald also served as a mentor to Lewis Carroll (the pen-name of Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson); it was MacDonald's advice, and the enthusiastic reception of Alice by MacDonald's many sons and daughters, that convinced Carroll to submit Alice for publication. Carroll, one of the finest Victorian photographers, also created photographic portraits of several of the MacDonald children.
MacDonald rejected the doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement as developed by John Calvin, which argues that Christ has taken the place of sinners and is punished by the wrath of God in their place, believing that in turn it raised serious questions about the character and nature of God. Instead, he taught that Christ had come to save people from their sins, and not from a Divine penalty for their sins.
SEE ALSO: http://georgemacdonald.info/carroll.html
WITH WALTER HOOPER, LITERARY EXECUTOR OF C.S. LEWIS
"The No-Name Behind the Big-Name"
Admits she has an:
"Obsessive C.S. Lewis Disorder"
SEE: http://www.jenniferrothschild.com/the-no-name-behind-the-big-name/; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:
"FATHER" ROBERT BARRON ON C.S. LEWIS:
ADDITIONAL COMMENTARY ABOUT C.S. LEWIS:
PLEASE SEE OUR PREVIOUS POSTS ABOUT LEWIS:
INTERVIEW WITH KIRK CAMERON:
SEE: http://www.jenniferrothschild.com/my-interview-with-kirk-cameron-part-1/; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:
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