A Biblical Worldview vs. A Secular Worldview

If you type in ‘worldview definition’ on your Google Search Engine, you’ll probably see this:

Actual screenshot of Google Search Engine result

If your worldview is your particular philosophy of life or conception of the world, then the worldview is the most singularly important thing that you can ground in this life. As Christians, our worldviews should include what I’ve heard called the 7 C’s of History: Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion, Christ, Cross, and Consummation (Answers in Genesis has an article about that here).

As Christians, we need to believe that the Bible is the ultimate authority for everything, which is something that the modern church underplays. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that modern Christianity seems to preach that the only important message to take from the Bible is the Gospel, whereas we know that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Tim. 3:16).

Every word in your Bible was spoken by God, written through divine inspiration, and is entirely relevant to you. Starting with Genesis.

Culturing the right worldview starts with reading the very first chapters in your Bible. In fact, the very first verse of the Bible is the first step towards shaping a Biblical worldview. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Gen. 1:1). This is truly the first step in the journey of your worldview. Truly believe that God created the heaven and the earth. It wasn’t a huge coincidence of atoms bursting into what secular scientists call the ‘Big Bang’. It was God’s miraculous power, speaking out commands and shaping everything we know to be true or real.

That’s just the beginning of the biblical accounting for life, and everything that we know. Think of your worldview as a pair of glasses. If you use a pair of cheap sunglasses, everything you see looks dark, and a little blurry. A world popping with color, life, and excitement, suddenly becomes dark and indistinguishable. Sometimes, the sunglasses are even reflective, and you find yourself staring back at your reflection instead of seeing something beautiful just beyond.

Let’s say someone is wearing this pair of glasses, and they look at the roaring waves of the ocean,. If you ask them, they will tell you that the ocean is a dark grey with a bluish hue. They cannot see the vibrant, dancing colors of the waves, and they cannot enjoy the miracle of nature, the movement of wonder. Instead, they see only dull colors. Imagine this same person, refusing to take off those glasses. They insist that their view is right, and that we are wrong.

If only they would remove their glasses! If only they would gaze at the miracle of life and excitement and color, that sing out praises to the Lord, from the roaring of the waves to the songs of birds, proclaiming the goodness and glory of God! But they cannot see it, because their worldview is wrong.

As Christians, we, too, have a worldview, but it’s not a dark pair of sunglasses. Instead, we take our nearsighted selves, and we place a pair of good crystal clear glasses, that make it so we can see farther. We can understand more. We can see beyond this world, to the eternity that swims before us, moving in the vibrant colors that make it invisible to those with dark lenses on.

Never belittle the importance of a Biblical worldview. Nowadays, Christian don’t want to contradict each other. We live in a time where we are encouraged to believe what we hear, whether it lines up in the Biblical accounting or not. Don’t just follow false teachings blindly! God specifically warns us against this, saying “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1). Always search the Bible for Biblical confirmation of something before you believe it.

Satan desperately wants to make you not believe the Bible. Things that we may think to be are important, and Satan knows that. If he can make you believe that we evolved from apes, that the world is billions of years old, that mindfulness is helpful, or that it’s not wrong to be apart of something evil, then he is winning, and he will not be satisfied with just one victory. He will keep fighting until he has won every victory to be won in you.

We cannot defend ourselves from his evil, however. We have to find our identities in God, and let Him strengthen us, as He says “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Is. 41:10). Let Him supply your strength, so that we can keep our beliefs, and share our faith with others.

A Biblical worldview is vital to seeing everything that God wants to show you. You must see the world through clear glasses, staring at the details and marveling at the mysteries He will unravel. Constantly work on your worldview, trying to shape it into what God wants it to be. This is truly vital to a good relationship with God. You cannot hear the truth if you’re too busy listening to lies.

How do you form this worldview? By reading your Bible. By listening to what God wants you to hear. Ultimately, the answers to every question in life can be found in your Bible, if you only have the eyes to see it, and your page is not darkened by a pair of glasses blocking out what He is trying to show you.

Another great way that you can shape your worldview is through apologetics. Apologetics are reasoned arguments in justification of something. In this instance, that would be Christianity. You have to be careful when choosing apologetics resources, however. Once again, beware of false teachings and false teachers. Look for the resources that line up with the Bible. I personally enjoy Answers in Genesis, so I would recommend looking at their site. They offer a lot of scientific advice, and they look to the Bible for answers, not to people.

Today, just consider what your worldview is. Are you able to distinguish between what’s right and wrong because you have a grounded faith that is the original base for your life, or do you listen to the words of false teachers? I encourage you to think and pray about that, and never stop working to shape your worldview into what God wants it to be.

God bless you,

Answers.tv: My Personal Review

Hey, everyone!

As you know, our family homeschools, and we are constantly looking out for fun, educational, God-glorifying resources to use. Today, I have an exciting new one to share with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

I love Answers in Genesis. I read a lot of their articles, watch some of their videos, and we even own some books by Ken Ham. They are (in my opinion) a very strong, biblically-based apologetics foundation, and I agree with pretty much everything they say. I’m always very excited to hear what they have to say about scientific issues. I value their opinion.

That’s why I was so excited when I realized that they now have an Answers.tv! It’s a streaming service that you can sign up for, and watch all of these Christian informational videos. You get a 7-day free trial, and then it’s only $4.99 a month. Just for a little bit of comparison, Netflix is $9.99 a month, Disney+ is $7.99, Prime Video is $8.99, and Hulu is $6.99.

I was definitely eager to try this out, especially since I thought it would be great for a new method of homeschooling we’re trying out (more about that later…). Anyway, I thought that this would be a great way to share some videos that I’ve been enjoying, so let me get into those for you..

Hike and Seek with Peter Schriemer

This educational series is filled with exciting creatures and how they apply to us, always linking it back to God’s word, the ultimate authority. My younger siblings definitely enjoy these, and I’m very happy to have found this. Peter Schriemer is excellent at highlighting nature and relating it to what the Bible teaches.

Unlocking Science featuring Roger Patterson

I’m using these videos as part of my chemistry study, and they’re actually pretty interesting. Mr. Patterson is a very entertaining scientist, and I really enjoy watching his experiments, and trying to do some of them on my own. I also understand that he has a series called Unlocking Science HANDS ON!, which sounds exciting. I can’t wait to get to those.

Animal Encounters: Calendar

We’ve only watched a couple of these videos, but my little siblings definitely enjoyed watching the animals, and learning about them. Also, you can actually buy the calendar that goes along with it, and every month learn about the animal that corresponds to the picture on the calendar. I’m not sure if you’re interested in that, but I thought it sounded kind of fun.

Journey Through the Creation Museum

We really enjoyed watching this video, and we learned a lot about the Creation Museum from this virtual tour. Seeing everything that they’ve designed here to glorify the Lord is overwhelmingly amazing, and definitely made me want to visit the Creation Museum one day.

Journey Through the Ark Encounter

This is much like the Creation Museum tour, and it is a life-size replica of Noah’s ark. I think that this is an amazing video to watch, especially for those who can’t go and see this amazing structure on their own. We liked this video so much that we watched it several times.

The Wild Brothers

I don’t think these episodes are exactly cut out for us, because there are too many snakes and spiders for my taste, but it was interesting to learn more about their lives as the children of missionaries living in an unreached area, and for older children, especially teens, I think it would be very interesting.

Homeschool Quick Tips

These are the videos for homeschoolers! They talk about how to use the Answers in Genesis resources to teach your children, and I found them very interesting. I especially liked the video on how to use Answers.tv for homeschooling, because that’s where I found some of the videos mentioned in this post.

Patricia Engler’s 360 in 180 Adventure Around the World

This is an amazing series that I am watching on my own. We discuss a lot of different religions, so I don’t really want my younger siblings to learn too much about that. But, I really find these eye-opening, because she’s talking about her travels around the world, interviewing Christian students to see what trials they face in secular universities. For teenagers who want to learn more about the world of diverse religions and how we can help convert them to Christianity, I would definitely recommend this.

Dinosaurs and Dragon Legends

This is a short video (30 minutes), and it’s just talking about how dragon legends could be very real dinosaurs. This is sort of a pet subject of mine, so I definitely wanted to watch this, and I’m pleased to say that I enjoyed this. Answers.tv never fails to deliver.

Well, that’s all I have to share about right now. Definitely look at Answers.tv, because I think that apologetics are huge in the life of a Christian, especially since it literally equips you to defend your faith and helps you clear up issues that could hinder others in their walks with God. The fact is that everything we see is either based on man’s word or God’s word, and Answers in Genesis definitely tries to promote a Godly worldview, as established in the first chapters of Genesis.

I will try to update you on other things I’m watching with Answers in Genesis, and I’m also trying to get on a more regular schedule with my blogging. Until I post again, let me just say that I hope everything’s going well for you, and I’m praying that you may all continue on your personal walks with God.

God bless you,

A Rambling Post Of Everyday Things

Hi, everyone!

I hope that you had a great weekend, and I am excited for this great week. Today I started learning chemistry, and I’m very excited about it. I’m also beginning to work on some craft projects, and I want to start sewing more. On top of that, I’m working on memorizing more verses this summer, which is a pretty big goal. As you can see, I’m pretty busy right now, but I wanted to make sure to get this post out, because I think that it’s very important, and I wanted to prioritize it.

I love the beginning of summer. As things get warmer, everything just becomes so pleasant. I can’t wait for the hot summer afternoons! I hope that you’re all as excited about summer as I am, because I CANNOT WAIT!!! Anyway, as the school year winds down, I’m going to get to release more articles about summer recommendations, which will be very exciting. I love sharing recommendations (like you didn’t already know that).

Ooh, speaking of recommendations, I’d love to share a book I recently read. I borrowed it from the library, and it’s called The Stone Wall by Beverly Lewis. This was a very interesting Amish novel. I rated it 3.5/5 stars. It was very clean, and although I thought some of the plot was kind of slow, I still really enjoyed it, and I would recommend it to any fans of Amish books. I think that Beverly Lewis is my favorite Amish author, although I don’t have much to compare to.

I also want to share about my writing, because I’m working on a new action-adventure project, but I don’t really have much to share on it until I’ve figured the details out better. Either way, I’m definitely enjoying getting a chance to do some serious writing, especially since I just finished a short story about a month ago. Anyway, yes, I’m excited to keep writing.

And a note to my fellow tea-drinkers: it’s time to start making iced tea. If you’re like me, then you want tea all the time. I know, I know, it’s silly, but I really love iced tea, so I just sort of want it every day. When taking my morning walk, I really enjoy drinking tea, so I try to make sure I have some on hand. In fact, I’m going to go and brew a cup so I can stick it in the fridge right now, and drink it tomorrow morning. Be right back.

Never fear, I’m back. I know that this post was sort of me just rambling, but I wanted to share some everyday thoughts with you, and let you know what I’m doing right now. I’d love to hear what’s going on with you right now. I hope you have a blessed day, and a blessed week, for that matter! God bless you,

Sunshine Blogger Tag

So, somehow I missed a recent nomination for a blogger tag. I’m sorry, Alicia! Anyway, although this is a little late, I am going to post this tag. You can read Alicia’s answers here. First let’s look at the rules…

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their post (Thanks so much and sorry it took so long, Alicia!)
  • Answer the questions (I couldn’t answer a couple of them, so I just took them out!)
  • Nominate eleven bloggers and ask them eleven questions

Alicia’s Questions:

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Well, to be honest, I’d rather just stay with my family. If we were all moving somewhere, it’d be fun to live by the beach, or just do some travelling, as long as we stayed together.

If you could spend a day with one author, who would it be? I really don’t know. I mean, there are a lot of authors I’d like to meet… if we’re going with a classical author I’d like to meet L.M. Montgomery, Charles Dickens, or C.S. Lewis but I’d also like to meet some more modern authors like Janette Oke, or Sally Clarkson.

Dream pet? My wonderful rabbit, Rosalind.

You can go to any college or university all expenses paid, where are you going? I’d like to go to Liberty University Online, ideally.

What three books would you take to an abandoned island? The Bible, obviously. However, I’m going to say that one is a freebie, because everyone should have a Bible, right? Right. Okay, so now I get three more, and even though I already cheated, I’m going to cheat again by including the awesome 7-in-1 Narnia collection, because you need a little Narnia. And then, since the collection thing is really helpful, I’ll also pick my awesome Charles Dickens collection with A Tale of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, and Great Expectations. I haven’t read all of them, but I would definitely need some classics. For my last one, I think I would pick a more contemporary novel, like Love Me Tender by Janice Hanna Thompson, The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall, or maybe even a big collection of Tintin comics by Herge. (I did fit 92 books into the question that asked for three, sorry.)

Would you rather be a morning person or a night person? Both! I’m not joking. I love being up early in the morning, but I also love being up at night… you see my problem. Ideally, I would get up early… but that just doesn’t seem to happen.

Would you rather meet Peter Pan or Aladdin? Very interesting question. I haven’t read Arabian Nights, so I’m not sure how much I like him. I have read Peter Pan, though. So, I’m just going to sort of judge off the Disney characters, and the answer is… probably Aladdin. From the impression I have of Peter Pan, he’s really not very nice all the time, whereas I like what I know about Aladdin. Then again, Peter Pan would be very entertaining… plus you could get to go to Neverland.

Do you need sleep to function? Um, yes, who doesn’t?

The Nominees:

Pearl from The Homeschooled Girl

Jen from Lovingly Created

Miriam from Inside Miriam’s Mind

Megan from Not So Perfect

Hannah from His Priceless Daughters

Vanessa from Vanessa Hall

Rachel from Joyful Creations

Kiara from A Life For Him

Emma from Bookish Daughters of the King

Stephanie Agnes-Crockett from Stephanie’s Ninth Suitcase

Rosie from Fiddling on the Farm

My Questions For You:

What’s your favorite summer activity?

If you could grow any plant, which one would you choose?

Where would your dream vacation take you?

What’s your favorite summer movie?

If you could meet any fictional character, which one would you choose?

Which season is your favorite?

Who is your favorite Christian author?

Which book of the Bible is your favorite?

If you could make any meal, which one would you pick?

What song is your favorite?

If you could pick your own name, which one would you choose?

And Now…

If I didn’t tag you, but you want to do this awesome tag, consider yourself tagged! Or, if you’d rather not do the whole tag, just comment your answer to any question, because I love talking to you! I hope you have a great weekend, and God bless you!

Life Update + Lots of Books

Hi, everybody!

Sorry it’s been FOREVER. I hope that you have all been doing well, and I’m sorry it’s been so long since I got a post out, so this is just going to be a little life update.

Firstly, I planned my brother’s birthday party! It was an Around the World in Eighty Days themed party, and I had a special section for each location. I had a ton of fun planning it, and it was very exciting to set it all up. I’m happy to say that he enjoyed it.

Okay, next up, I’ve been doing a ton of reading! Earlier in the year, I got a free month of Kindle Unlimited, so I read 19 books there. Then, I’ve done a few library trips, so I’ve read 12 books there. I read through all seven of the Narnia books, and I’ve started reading through the six Anne books. Also, I read through the five Vanderbeeker books, and I’ve used lots of Hoopla and Libby borrows. All in all, I’ve read 85 books this year! (Note: If you’d like to see my Goodreads account, it’s here: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/77025009-erin)

Let’s get on to writing, now! I’ve been working on several unfinished projects, and I actually finished a middle grade book I was writing (more about that in another post). Now, I’m working on a short story (I can talk about that in another post, too).

Ooh, now I can talk about my cooking! I’ve been doing some cooking recently, and I’m working on freezing cookies so that we can defrost them this summer, when it’s too hot to use the oven. I’ve been experimenting with different muffins, and I hope to soon try making caramel sauce and some sort of popsicle.

Then, of course, there’s school. I’m still working on my French, and although I’m not terrific at it, I really enjoy doing it. I finished economics (yay! I don’t ever want to do economics again), and I’m going to start chemistry soon.

Ooh! I bought a lot of books, and I’ll put in a picture of them, because they’re really fun to look at. I haven’t read all of them, so I’m not recommending them. I just wanted to grab these books, and I hope they turn out well.

Well, I think that’s just about it. I haven’t been getting much work in with my guitar, but I hope to do more of that later. That’s it, though, so I hope you have a lovely day, and I will try and post again soon.

God bless you,

Almost A Year! (And My Blog’s New Look)

Hi, friends!

As you may have noticed, I’m changing up my blog a little! I’ve had this blog for almost one year (yay!), and it’s been amazing to get to know all of the bloggers who I am now happy to call my friends. I officially have 44 followers, I have published 113 posts, 321 likes, 238 comments, and 418 visitors! Wow!

Any-who, I’m redoing the look of my blog, and I’m using Canva to do it. I’m also going to be changing the things I write about, trying to write about more relevant things, and the things that you guys like, so please be sure and comment when you like a post.

I’ve also started a new community page, and if you click there, you will see pictures and links for all of my blogging friends! Thanks, guys! I really appreciate you and your blogs!

Well, I hope you like my new logo, and my new sign-off, so goodbye for now. God bless you!

The Liebster Award!

Wow! Guys, this is so exciting! I was just nominated for the Liebster Award!!! I was nominated by my good friend, Alicia, over at Alicia Marentette. Thanks, Alicia! I really appreciate it!

Rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 11 other bloggers
  5. Ask your nominees 11 questions
  6. Notify your nominees once you have uploaded your post

The Answers

What is your favorite and/or least favorite part of your blog?

Well, my favorite part of my blog has just been talking to and meeting other bloggers who are trying to live their life for Christ. My least favorite part…. hmm… probably when I make an error and look really silly, hehe!

What would be a book you’d recommend to anyone for any age?

Okay, well, obviously, the Bible, but if I was picking a fiction book, I would go with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. Yes, it is written for children, but you can’t ever really grow out of it, hehe. It’s too great.

What do you dream your future job will look like?

I’d love to be a stay-at-home mom, but I also hope to one day be a published author, and maybe play music on the side. So, yeah, my dream is a mix of all that, I guess.

Do you play sports? What’s your favorite sport to play?

No. I’m not a sports girl (but I’m going to try to be more active). My favorite sport to play is basketball, but I’m still no good at it, and I don’t play it often. I love to watch baseball, though (well, the Dodgers. I don’t like any other teams).

What is something you are passionate about (just anything)?

Oh, wow. I’m passionate about soooooooooooooooooooo many things. This question is practically impossible. Let me try to think of one thing that I”m passionate about…. okay, let’s go with music. I love my music (playing it, listening to it, talking about it), and I am so passionate about it. It feels me with such deep emotion that sometimes I actually become extremely upset because I want so badly to share the emotional stimulation I get from the music with others, and can’t (probably because I’m too passionate about it, hehe!). I’m also very passionate about certain movies and most books.

Who’s your favorite author?

Ooooh, this is tough. I’m a budding Austenite, a fairly enthusiastic of Dickens, a huge Narnia fan (although I haven’t read anything else by C.S. Lewis), and I love to read both Janette Oke’s stories and the Sally Clarkson books I’ve read. So, really, all book. I love all the books, and all the authors.

What’s your top hobby/project right now?

Oooh, good question. Well, I’m starting up school again, so I’m going to be pretty busy with that, but I’m also trying to play my guitar a ton, and spend more with my little angel/rabbit Rosalind.

How do you celebrate Christmas?

We’ve recently begun viewing Christmas not as a day, but as a season. We enjoy the little moments that come our way, and we embrace the warmth and glow of the wonderful season by watching movies, playing music, reading books, doing activities and crafts, and generally just enjoying the season. We spend lots the entire season together, just our family, and it’s wonderful. I love the way we celebrate Christmas, because it’s centered around our faith and Jesus.

What kind of movie watcher are you?

So, usually, I watch a movie, and I become at least somewhat engrossed in the plot, but the movies I truly love I owe to the characters. As you may know from reading my blog, the characters are the most important part of any book or movie to me, so the characters are what I pay attention to when watching a movie.

Why are you a blogger/writer/whatever-you-classify-yourself-as?

I blog because I’m just a Christian teen. As I’ve said many times, I’m determined to live out my life for Jesus. I want to help others to do the same, and I believe the Lord has opened this door to me, and I’m going to step through it, to try and guide other people to him. Blogging is fun, but I love the thought that I may be doing something to help someone else even more than writing.

What kind of music do you listen to the most?

I could listen to Michael W. Smith all day (and sometimes do, hehe), and I also love music from the ’50s, music with great guitar solos featuring great guitarists, movie scores from movies I like, music by my favorite artists (there are a lot of them), romantic music, emotionally stirring music, genres that I particularly like (there’s a whole list of them!), and a lot more. I’m a music girl. What can I say?

Random Facts About Me

  1. John is my favorite book of the Bible, and I love to read John 1 over and over again
  2. I love to play my guitar, although I’m not really great at it, but getting better!
  3. I get my love of crafts from my mom and my love of movies from my dad
  4. I have written eight (or so) books, though I haven’t bothered to get any of them published… yet
  5. I love listening to Sally Clarkson podcasts and reading her books
  6. Tea. I love tea, and honey toast. Especially if it’s accompanied by watching one of my favorite movies, Christopher Robin (2018)!
  7. I love to bake things and cook things
  8. My favorite TV show is I Dream of Jeannie, followed by I Love Lucy, and then Batman from the 60s (yeah, we aren’t really modern TV fans, hehe)
  9. Although I’m better at strumming, I love practicing bits of fingerstyle on my guitar
  10. I’ve always been homeschooled (and I love it)
  11. I don’t like exercising, but I sometimes like going outside, especially at sunset. It’s just so wonderful to see God’s nature!

My Nominees!

Please don’t feel any pressure to partake in this award. It’s just for fun!

  1. Miriam @ Inside Miriam’s Mind
  2. Rachel @ Joyful Creations
  3. Noelle @ A Rose For The Lord
  4. Megan @ Not So Perfect
  5. Jen @ Lovingly Created
  6. Grace @ Kingdom Minded
  7. Lilly @ A Daughter Serving The King
  8. Hannah @ His Priceless Daughters
  9. Jessica @ The Heavenly Hearth
  10. Trina @ Guiding My House
  11. (And anyone else that I forgot, hehe!)

My Questions

  1. What’s your favorite book of the Bible (and why)?
  2. Who is your favorite character in a book or movie?
  3. What do you like to do with your free time?
  4. Why do you blog?
  5. Do you like to read/write books?
  6. What is your favorite song (and singer)?
  7. Do you like sunset or sunrise more?
  8. If you could have any job in the world, what would it be (stay at home mom is a job!)?
  9. What’s your favorite movie?
  10. What’s your favorite book?
  11. What is a way that God has blessed you?

Well, that’s all! Thanks to Alicia for nominating me! I really appreciate it! I hope you have a great day! God bless you!

New Year’s Book Tag

Happy New Year’s, everyone!

I was tagged for the New Year’s Book Tag by my very good friend, Emma, at Bookish Daughters of the King. She’s a very sweet blogger, and a very nice person. I love to talk with her about books, and I’m honored to do this book tag. Thanks so much, Emma!

How many books are you planning to read in 2022?

Well, just like Emma, I don’t like to set too strict a goal for how many books I’m going to read, but I think I’ll go for over 50! The problem is, I have trouble remembering to keep track of the books I read, but I’m definitely going to be trying this year!

Name 5 books that you didn’t get to this year but want to make a priority in 2022:

Well, I want to keep reading Melanie Dickerson’s Hagenheim series (I’ve read two of them already, and enjoyed them both). I’m also so excited to read Porch Swing Girl by Taylor Bennett (I’m hoping to read it this summer, maybe). I’m looking into reading From the Start by Melissa Tagg, and I’m also looking to read something by Francine Rivers, or even something by Karen Kingsbury. I’ve got a lot of books I want to read!

What genre do you want to read more of?

Well, I’d like to try and read some more Christian fiction, but I’m also trying to read more non-fiction pieces, and I hope to read a lot more classics, too!

Name 3 non book related goals for 2022:

I want to work more on my Bible reading routine, keeping up on my bullet journal, and improving my cooking skills. I have lots of goals, but those are three of them!

What’s a book that you’ve had forever that you still need to read?

Um… I’m not actually sure. Usually, if I get a book, I read it pretty quickly. I have a collection of Charles Dickens books, and I’m thinking about reading one of those soon, but I’m still considering some other options. I have a few books that I’m going to be able to get on Hoopla (my digital library), and I want to get to some of those, but usually I read a book pretty quickly if I actually buy it, hehe.

What’s one book you started in 2021 and plan to finish in 2022?

My mom and I began reading The Fiddler by Beverly Lewis a few days ago, and we’re going to finish that this year, so I guess that counts, hehe!

One word that you’re hoping 2022 will be:

Well, the word I’m hoping my blog will define this year is peaceful. I want to make my little corner of the Internet a safe and peaceful Christian environment for people who are trying to live their lives for Jesus.

Tag a friend!

I want to tag Alicia Marentette from Alicia Marentette!

Well, Happy New Year to all of you, and I hope you have a great time! God bless you, and thanks again, Emma!

The Bookworm’s Tag

I was recently tagged by Alicia Marentette to do The Bookworm’s Tag, and I’m really excited to get going on this one! Thanks, Alicia!

Here are the rules!

  • Thank and link to the blogger who nominated you. (Thanks, Alicia!)
  • Include the tag graphic in your post/Link to the original tag
  • Answer the ten questions the blogger asked
  • Nominate between five and ten bloggers
  • Ask your nominees ten book-related questions!
  • Don’t feel bound to these rules
  • (Most importantly) Have fun!

Do you prefer to read out loud, read in your mind, or listen to books?

So, personally, I prefer to read in my mind, because I’m able to go faster, and I really like being able to determine my own pace, but really, I can enjoy all different sorts of ways to read. There really is no right answer, in my opinion. As long as it’s reading, hehe!

What is the most boring book you have ever read (or tried!) to read?

This one’s tough… I can’t really think of one. I mean, there have been some boring ones, but not one in particular comes to mind. Hmm…

Are you a person who will cry in a good book, or are you non-emotional when it comes to reading?

Um… I definitely cry. And laugh. It’s an emotion, I feel it when I read. I really enjoy being able to read these books and really feel like I’m involved, so I tend to be very emotional during any good book (the bad ones I have trouble crying at).

Have you ever tried to write a book? Is so, did you succeed!? If not, would you like to one day?

Okay, so I’ve successfully written ten full-length novels, accompanied by a whole bunch of short stories, and miiiiiiilions of unfinished books. Okay, maybe not millions, but you get the idea. One day, I’m going to try and get some of mine published! 😄

What is the ultimate worst book series ever, in your opinion? And what is the best, in your opinion?

Wow. I don’t know what the worst book series ever is. To be honest, I don’t really keep reading a series if I really dislike it, so that’s a tough one. The best is probably The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, but I also love The Green Ember by S.D. Smith. I kind of really like Christian fantasy, because it’s just a fun genre.

Do you typically like the movies better than the books? Why or why not?

Um, when they make a movie of a book, it’s typically not as good as the book. Unless it’s a short story that they made into a movie, like It’s A Wonderful Life, because the movie is a lot better than the book. There are, evidently, exceptions to this. In my opinion, The Three Musketeers 1993 film adaptation is much better than the book, for instance.

What is your favorite drink to have while reading or writing?

I’m really a tea girl, but I also love chocolate milk, and strawberry milk is my FAVORITE, so really, I vary around. If I’m reading or writing a Christmas book, you kinda need to drink some cocoa, but really, it changes due to the circumstances.

Who is your favorite author from each genre (Christian, fantasy, etc)?

Alright! My favorite Christian author is Janette Oke. My favorite fantasy author is C.S. Lewis (big surprise, right?), If we’re going with mystery, I’ll just say Carolyn Keene for all those good Nancy Drew books. For classics, I really like Jane Austen. If we’re looking at children’s fiction, I may have to go with Jeanne Birdsall for her wonderful Penderwicks series that has entertained me for so many endless hours.

If you could choose one author from present or past to meet, who would it be?

I’d love to talk to C.S. Lewis, because I just think that would be AMAZING!!! I mean, he’s the greatest Christian fantasy writer ever, and I’d love to ask him just a couple of questions. *Wistful sigh*. It would be fantastic.

When is your favorite time to read, where, and how?

I like to read late at night, early in the morning, or really any other time throughout the day. I need to be at home to really enjoy a book (I’m a true home-body), and I want to hold the book in my hands (not digitally). I’m just that type of girl.

Thanks to Alicia Marentette for tagging me! I really enjoyed doing this post, and your questions were so good that I’m not even going to write new questions, so anybody who’s doing this, use Alicia’s! They’re awesome, and I had a ton of fun writing the answers.

For tagging others to do this post, I’d like to choose…

Emma @ Bookish Daughters of the King, Trina @ Guiding My House, Megan @ Not So Perfect, Vanessa Hall @ Vanessa Hall Author, and Hannah F. @ His Priceless Daughters.

No pressure! You don’t have to do this, but if you do, I hope you enjoy it.

God bless you!