Planned Parenthood Haggles Human Body Parts

This is the second video, and words still cannot express the horror.

Planned Parenthood is vile.

Who sells human body parts to pay for a Lamborghini?  Should we be surprised at the allegation that Planned Parenthood is selling human body parts?  Planned Parenthood’s

profit margins depend on women availing themselves of its child-killing services.  Its business, quite literally, is death…

An industry that feeds on suffering and death will inevitably attract some sociopaths.  Nice, normal people don’t typically choose to make a living by crushing babies and haggling over their organs…

But you don’t need an accountant to confirm the most significant discovery.  These people are monsters.  Planned Parenthood is a refuge for the sort of people who chat about the “crunchiest” way to kill a baby while they enjoy their lunch.  Worse, this isn’t just some nasty, private fetish.  Your tax dollars are paying them to do this!  Everyone cool with that?

— “Are Pro-Lifers Gloating About The Planned Parenthood Sting?
The Federalist.

For further reading, click here to search The Federalist for their latest articles on Planned Parenthood.

The Courage Award

True courage faces reality.  True courage does not deny reality.

He did not have the courage to be a man.  He did not have the courage to be what he was.  He did not have the courage to face reality.  He did not have the courage to be himself; so he hid under a facade, a new name, a new face, a new gender.  Ashamed of who he was, afraid of who he was, he hid.

“I am a woman,” he said.

“We admire and award your courage,” they said.  “You denied reality, and sacrificed your own body on the altar of idolatry.  That took courage.”

And so one lie betrothed another.  The ultimate act of cowardice, running from oneself, denying one’s own body, is called “courageous.”  Only a culture possessed of hellish madness could engage so brazen a lie.  A lie against nature, a lie against the very self.

You couldn’t face or accept your own body, so you hid, you ran away; and they called you “courageous.”

Madness.

Planned Parenthood Selling Human Body Parts Video

Words cannot express the horror.

Planned Parenthood is vile.  Monsters.  Mengeles.

Taxpayer funding of P.P. must stop.

For further reading, click here to search The Federalist for their latest articles on Planned Parenthood.

Physical Books

Ashlee Willis has published a delightful article about her love for physical books called, “Paper and Ink: 3 Reasons I’m not an eBook Girl.”  She followed that post with another featuring phenomenal pictures of old books from Ireland.  One can almost feel the texture and breathe the old book scent right through her pictures.

She loves physical books because they are real.  They appeal not just to our intellect, but also to our senses.  We are real.  We are physical bodies, and our physicality has purpose.

We are not just spiritual creatures.  God came in the flesh.  (1 Timothy 3:16).  God gave us sacraments.  (Luke 22:19).  God redeemed our bodies.  (Romans 8:23).  God did this because he loves who we really are.  We are not ghosts in machines, but rather we are bodies and spirits united as one.

Further, because we are made in the image and likeness of a maker, we can make.  We can create stories and characters through physical words and books.  The physical expression of ideas is what makes them communicable and real.

Just as there is pleasure in the physical sensation of reading a book, I imagine an author must also feel pleased to hold their first book.  Writing a novel often takes years of effort.  So there must be some satisfaction in interacting with that first physical copy.

Here is a Facebook post with a picture of the very first physical copy of my brother’s book, The Death You Deserve:

May God bless the Christian authors.

Are book covers important?

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Writing is the most important part of any book.  However, book covers are also important in their own way.

Realm Makers has announced the finalists for the Parable Award in book cover design for Christian speculative fiction.  Speculative fiction refers to stories containing elements that are fantastic, futuristic, or supernatural.  The winner will be announced at the Realm Makers Conference in St. Louis in August 2015.  I’m planning to be there, and look forward to seeing which cover is chosen to win.

Is book cover design important enough for its own award?  Are art and design important?  Yes.

First, any art that communicates truth is innately valuable.  Therefore, any cover that is truthful about the content of the book, has succeeded.

Second, a poorly designed book cover says “unprofessional.”  Potential readers might reasonably conclude that if the cover is unprofessional, then so is the writing.  At a minimum, a book cover should not turn away potential readers.  The professionalism of the cover is a marketing tool.

The cover should invite the reader to ask, “Am I interested in the subject matter of this book?”  From there, the reader can make their own decisions.

I am not familiar with the nominated books; however, my favorite covers are for The Fatal Tree and Dream Treaders.  The cover for The Fatal Tree makes me want to check it out because its subject matter also seems interesting.

Soli Deo gloria.

The sun still rises and sets.

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The sun still rises and sets.

Some things preexist the government.  The sun, the earth, humanity; these are things that neither came from the government nor do they need the permission of the government to exist.  Human families are where we came from; all of us came from an unbroken succession of one man and one woman back to the very beginning.

The sun does not ask the government’s permission to shine.  The earth is not fruitful because the state approved.  And the physical union of one man and one woman was not ordained by the U.S. Constitution.

Our right to exist, our right to life, our very lives all preexist the government.  Our lives all came from one woman and one man.  We do not ask the government for permission to live because our lives were given by God through our mothers and fathers.  Once upon a time, we knew such things, and said:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men …

— U.S. Declaration of Independence.

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court attempted to usurp the authority of reality by declaring a dead rock to be a “family tree.”  But reality does not and will never comport itself to the words of man.  Our words should comport with reality, not the other way around.  We play God when we attempt to shape reality through our words.

God laughs.  No child will ever be born from two-men or two-women.  No one has ever been born from two-men or two-women.  None of these so-called “marriages” will ever be consummated.  None of these so-called “marriages” will ever produce a single child.  None of these so-called “marriages” will ever experience the one-flesh-union of real marriage.

True marriage is the life-long one-flesh union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.  It is based on and flows from our human design.  Men and women are designed to be together, their bodies compliment each other.

All Justice Kennedy and the U.S. Supreme Court have succeeded in doing is playing redefinition word games.  A rose is a rose by whatever name one calls it, and so is true marriage.

The government did not create the sun.  The government did not create life.  The government did not create liberty.  And the government did not create marriage.

The sun rises.  The sun sets.  The true Lord is still in control.

Looking and Finding

There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something.  You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.

 — J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit.

We are all looking for something.

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

— Jesus of Nazareth, Matthew 7:7-8, ESV.

We can look, but there is only one way to find.

I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.

— Jesus of Nazareth, John 14:6, ESV.

But do not follow a fake Jesus.  The real Jesus claimed to be God and man, and for it he was condemned, and gave his life on a cross.  Ponder who this almighty God really is.

Find.

A Marvelous Kingdom

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After a lot of rain, the sky cleared, the sun called, and still sprinkled with sparkling drops of water, the daisies answered.

These wildflowers just show up every year.  Whose wardrobe is as beautiful and wondrous as the lowly field of wildflowers?  And yet, it is a marvelous kingdom.  The King’s subjects are bees and jumping things.

Consider how the wildflowers grow:  They don’t labor or spin thread.  Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these!  If that’s how God clothes the grass, which is in the field today and is thrown into the furnace tomorrow, how much more will He do for you—you of little faith?  Don’t keep striving for what you should eat and what you should drink, and don’t be anxious.  For the Gentile world eagerly seeks all these things, and your Father knows that you need them.

But seek His kingdom, and these things will be provided for you.  Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights to give you the kingdom.  Sell your possessions and give to the poor.  Make money-bags for yourselves that won’t grow old, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Be ready for service and have your lamps lit.

— Jesus of Nazareth
Luke 12:27-35, HCSB.

They sway together in a cool breeze under a warm sun.  And through them their maker imparts wisdom.

Book Cover Design

The Death You DeserveAshlee Willis has published an interesting interview with authoress and book designer Anne Elisabeth Stengl regarding book cover design.  Anne Elisabeth designed the cover for Ashlee’s novella, A Wish Made of Glass.

Stengl said the most important part of cover design is the readability of the text.  The text should be designed right along with the image so that the image does not overwhelm the text.

Stengl is an accomplished author and book cover designer, however, she does not design her own book covers.  “I feel much too close to my own stories to dare design covers for them,” she said.

I would struggle to get out of my own head and think in terms of dynamic imagery rather than specific scenes or character looks, etc.  These days, I am often very much involved with the talented artists who create my cover images … but ultimately I try to let the creative invention and imagination be theirs.  I’m usually much happier with the covers I end up with as a result.

On the other hand, my brother designed and produced the cover for his own book, The Death You Deserve; and it turned out very well.  Almost from the first sentence, it is easy to tell which character is depicted on the cover.  However, designing one’s own cover might not work so well for authors whose novels have multiple character perspectives and many beautiful scenes.

What do you think?  Should authors try to avoid designing their own covers?  Are there any good science fiction and fantasy book cover designers that you can suggest?

2015 Clive Staples Award Semi-finalists

clive-staples-sealThe semi-finalists for the 2015 Clive Staples Award have been announced:

  • Blood for Blood, by Ben Wolf
  • A Draw of Kings, by Patrick W. Carr
  • Golden Daughter, by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
  • Haunted, by Charity Tinnin
  • Merlin’s Nightmare, by Robert Treskillard
  • Reapers, by Bryan Davis
  • Resistance, by Jaye L. Knight
  • Saving Yesterday, by Jessica Keller (Evander)
  • The Seahorse Legacy, by Serena Chase
  • The Seventh Door, by Bryan Davis
  • A Time to Die, by Nadine Brandes
  • The Warden and the Wolf King, by Andrew Peterson

The second round of voting is still open to the readers.  Qualified voters must have read at least two of the semi-finalist books, and must vote for at least two.  Voters may vote for three books, if they have read at least three of the nominees.  This makes it so that the followers of only one author cannot dominate the nomination and voting.  Voters must enjoy the genre, not just a particular author.

The semi-final voting period is short, and closes on June 8, 2015.  Click here to read all the rules, and then vote.