Forgiveness Changes Lives

Kit in Africa

Kit in Africa

Another article by Kit has been published by Cru Staff Women around the world. Just click in this link Forgiveness Changes Loves.

Note: This stays on our website and is safe.

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Missionary and the Witch – ½ minute read

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Genuine Transylvanian mythology isn’t the silly genre created for western entertainment. The folklore of the Carpathian Mountains can be more sinister and threatening, especially in a story that treats ancient beliefs and fears as reflecting demonic activity.

Missionary and the Witch is mythology reborn in the historically accurate apocalyptic setting of 1993 Romania. Years of war and generations of totalitarian communism had left the country frozen in time. Into this environment comes the naivete of American missionaries.

Early reviews indicate that this is our best writing. We treat demons as deceivers and inciters of evil. We’ve had the story checked to ensure no Scriptures are contradicted.  Religious readers of all ages will enjoy this gritty good-versus-evil tale. However, the tone of the novel is not American church-culture. Non-religious readers will enjoy a supernatural tale of retold mythology made plausible by biblical references.

We will provide a free digital copy to readers who will return comments and suggestions.

Kit and Drew

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A Wonderful Hobby – ½ minute read

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Not only do we get to write but we also sell our novels at Christmas fairs. Readers from previous fairs come up to thank us. Some pester us for sequels.

Each wholesome novel we sell carries a positive message. Our Challenge Series features a couple forced into early retirement. Dave and Katie find a mystery to solve and criminals to thwart in each adventurous destination they visit. Their fish-out-of-water situations allows readers to see the interesting locales through a newcomer’s eyes. Readers tell us, “I felt like I had visited a fascinating place myself.” In our culture of fictional super heroes, our theme of ordinary people required by circumstances to become more than ordinary has found an audience.

Our prayer for you is to find a rewarding and productive hobby. Our advice; Be bold and try something completely uncharacteristic of yourself. If an engineer can write novels, there is no limit to what God can do.

Kit and Drew

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Drew Finds a Forgotten 13th Century Castle – ½ minute read

IMG_1032 (2)Opps! We haven’t posted a blog since August. We’ve been rather busy for FamilyLife by making a trip to Romania, leading a marriage seminar in WA, and updating seven training manuals. We also finished our 7th novel and successfully dealt with serious health threats.

We’ve had fun too. In Romania, I took an afternoon walk in a nearby village. There I found a small unrestored castle built in the 1,200s. One of our Romanian partners made a call and the castle’s caretaker showed up with a big iron key and let us in! This will be one of my favorite travel memories.

My suggestion is to work hard and trust God to provide some perks.

In Our Lord,

Drew

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Fifty years ago – 1 minute read

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I graduated from Auburn University fifty years ago this week. I’ve spent the last four years reminiscing about my experiences there. Auburn was the nest in which adult Drew hatched. I made decisions there about who I would be for a lifetime.

I’ve tried to place myself in the mind of young Drew. He had no idea how rich and wonderful his life would be. My retrospect has made me profoundly grateful for my life.

My time-trip has been immensely enjoyable. I’m saddened it is over. But wait! This week, fifty years ago, began a series of amazing new adventures. Next we’re off to California to report to the job four years of hard work earned. I can re-enjoy being a young man from a small town in Alabama in a completely different world. All leads up to meeting my life-partner Kit.

I pray that you can look back and relish your good and bad experiences. Their memory can make life almost unbearably rich.

Drew

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Why is Drew wearing only underwear?  ½ minute read

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Kit and I took a vacation—as if we needed one living where we do—in Alaska. I had already caught a nice salmon in the Kenai River when we hiked into U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s new Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area.  There we found perfectly pristine and remote Hidden Creek. Big trout continually broke the water surface out of range of my cast. So, I took off my hiking boots and jeans then barefooted into the cold clear stream. There I hooked a salmon-sized rainbow until it jumped a yard out of the water and threw the hook.  What a thrill!

You don’t have to land every fish to love the experience.

Drew 

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Catching Creative Compassion

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Kit has written an article published by Cru’s Global Staff Women all over the world. The following link to her ideas remains on our More Than Ordinary Lives website.

Catching Creative Compassion

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Tacoma Narrows Bridge – 1 minute read

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The hallway in my engineering school had a TV set continually playing a loop of a falling bridge. In 1940, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge failed due to dynamic instability in a relatively mild forty mile-an-hour wind.

I watched the tape hundreds of times waiting for my engineering classes. The unspoken message to aspiring engineers could not be mistaken, “Listen to what we teach you. Don’t make a catastrophic mistake.” This may have been the most important lesson I learned in college.

Tacoma Narrows Bridge–rebuilt more thoughtfully in 1950–is about thirty miles from where we now live. Kit and I frequently drive over it, now two bridges to accommodate four lanes. Recently we hiked over.

I love the bridge as a reminder of my college days and for the lesson it taught me. Catastrophe can follow neglect of scientific or spiritual principles. Learn solid principles and carefully apply them.

Drew

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Weeds? – 1 minute read

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Pictured are wild foxgloves growing in our yard. The tallest is over seven feet and growing. We have hundreds ringing our house all natural. Before moving to Washington, we had bought foxgloves from nurseries and struggled to keep them alive.

Many people in Washington consider the foxgloves growing everywhere to be weeds. And admittedly, they get into everything. But the difference in how we see them can illustrate two competing principles: “Value what you have.” and “To much of a good thing.”

Our chilly Washington weather may be “To much of a good thing.” Today temperatures here are expected to reach 70 degrees for only the third time this year. That may sound wonderful to those now suffering oppressive heat. But chilly temperatures also have a downside. Planted seeds just won’t germinate. Starting in May, I planted green beans six times using four packets of seeds for five struggling plants. I had to plant supposedly cool-loving potatoes three times before getting them to grow.

My goal is to “Value what you have,” despite my melancholy personality. The foxgloves are beautiful and for free! Chilly weather is good for sleeping!

Drew

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Childless on Fathers Day

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Bible Advocate Magazine is publishing an article by me on their Now What feature.  You can access the article at a safe site, https://nowwhat.cog7.org/.

Kit and I share Bible Advocate’s belief that Scripture has meaningful answers for life’s struggles. Providing biblical solutions builds credibility in Scripture and gives us opportunities to share the gospel in the context of compassion and love.            Drew

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