We’re getting close to the Fourth of July, when we celebrate the freedoms we enjoy in this country. The U.S. constitution grants us many of these liberties, but we have to earn others – such as our financial freedom. What steps can you take to achieve the financial independence you need to reach
Wonder Woman was one of the most anticipated movies of the summer, and it lived up to the expectations, both at the box office and in terms of quality. The movie delivered nostalgia without being too corny and presented a fairly nuanced portrait of a heroic woman and her mission to save people from
A grandmother’s legacy to her grandson
“Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.” Genesis 37:3
Many quilt patterns have Bible inspired names such as Rose of Sharon, Crown of Thorns, Jacob’s Ladder, Job’s
When I reviewed The Circle, I suggested that the book must be better than the movie. I read the book and can confirm that the film was a weak adaptation. I might have to read Everything, Everything, because if The Circle was a bad adaptation, this movie was a bad draft of an adaptation.
The Return: Northkill Amish (Book Two)
By J. M. Hochstetler and Bob Hostetler
Sheaf House Publishers
PB, 230 pages
Beginning where the first book left off, this historical novel follows the lives of Jakob Hochstetler and his two sons, Joseph and Christian. Having been captured by local Indian tribes
It’s summer again – time for many of us to take a break and possibly hit the open road. But even if you go on vacation, you won’t want your investments to do the same – in summertime or any other season. How can you help make sure your portfolio continues to work hard for you all year long?
If you’re a certain age, or getting close to it, you might hear something like this: “Now that you’re older, you need to invest more conservatively.” But what exactly does this mean?
For starters, it’s useful to understand that your investment preferences and needs will indeed change over
This Memorial Day all of us should be encouraged to remember and appreciate the people who died while serving in our country’s armed forces. Though I never saw action, I am both proud and privileged to have served in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Memorial Day is both a solemn occasion, often involving
Here Goes Nothing: An Introvert’s Reckless Attempt to Love Her Neighbor
By Kendra Broekhuis
HB, 273 pages
Kendra Broekhuis is an introvert, so when she feels challenged to show love to her neighbors after she and her husband move to a Chicago neighborhood, she’s apprehensive. A busy
The pairing of a beloved comedic actress of an earlier generation and one of comedy’s biggest names today in a mother-daughter adventure comedy released Mother’s Day weekend without any of the saccharine frills that usually accompany that holiday seems like it should be a hit. Right? Instead
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. If you can exercise regularly, you’ll help yourself feel better, control your weight and even reduce the chances of developing certain diseases. But why not extend the concept of “fitness” to other areas of your life – such as your investment
Since the election, tech and media companies have asked hard questions about their roles in our democracy. The Circle picks up these same questions, as well as those about privacy, sharing, and the value of all those likes, hearts, and emojis.
The Circle takes place at a fictional tech company of the
More: How To Move From Activity for God to Intimacy With God
by Greg L. Hawkins
PB, 206 pages
More is a dangerous book. It is a book that asks of its reader to shed any shallowness in his or her relationship with God and to dive deeper. Hawkins presents steps toward a consuming intimacy
A few years ago the Park and Recreation Department leaders and Mayor Tom Henry announced the restoration of the Gen. Anthony Wayne statue and the plan to relocate it across the street on the Court House Green. The press reported: “The move of the statue is an effort to give more visibility to the
Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes!
By Denis O. Lamoureux
PB, 184 pages
Denis O. Lamoureux shares his experience of living in an “either/or” dichotomy of creation and evolution as a Christian and –at one time—an atheist. Soon after becoming an atheist, he came back to his
Over time, you will run into various suggestions for investing successfully. Yet upon closer inspection, many of these ideas turn out to be “myths” – which could cause you trouble if you treat them as solid advice. Here are five of these myths, along with some reasons for ignoring them:
In The Void, a police officer, Daniel Carter (Aaron Poole) drops an injured man off at a barely functioning hospital, to be cared for by nurse-his wife, Allison (Kathleen Munroe)-and her trainee, Kim (Ellen Wong). Meanwhile, a teenage girl, Maggie (Grace Munro) waits to be seen by Dr. Richard Powell
In the last month, I’ve reviewed a couple of monster movies. King Kong: Skull Island considered the impact of man on the environment. Life featured a scary Martian life form. In The Zookeeper’s Wife, however, all of the monsters are human.
In The Zookeeper’s Wife, Jan (Johan Heldenbergh) and
by Timothy Lewis
Adam Colby is a divorced estate-sale businessman. After watching twelve years of marriage go down the drain, he’s not sure he believes in love or God anymore. But through reading postcards found at one of his estate sales, Adam
High debt levels … lack of savings … the inability to budget – these problems all have several causes, but one of them is almost certainly financial illiteracy. Too many of us just never developed the money management skills necessary to cope with our complicated – and expensive – world
Don’t worry too much if you haven’t heard, but April is National Stress Awareness Month. Of course, stress can present emotional and physical challenges to all of us, but if you belong to the “sandwich generation” – that is, you may be caring for aging parents while still supporting your
Scary, ironic, and exciting, Life takes staples of its genre and twists them with little ironies that make an old story feel new. Unlike last year’s Arrival, it champions cooperation but features an alien you would not want to come face-to-face with.
Life opens with the crew of the International
Her Deadly Inheritance
by Beth Ann Ziarnik
Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, 2016
PB, 255 pages
This novel is a mystery full of twists and turns in the midst of a family feud. Windtop, an historic home passed down for generations, is desperately sought after by Jill’s tenacious Aunt Lenore
NO GOD BUT ONE
by Nabeel Qureshi Zondervan
PB, 320 pages
In No God but One, Nabeel Qureshi takes the reader on a journey through the histories of Islam and Christianity with impressive clarity and focus. His words are refined in his experience of converting to Christianity from Islam while studying
When you retire, some of your expenses may go down – but health care is not likely to be one of them. In fact, your health care costs during retirement may well increase, so you may want to plan for these costs well before you leave the work force.
How much can you expect to spend on health care