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My Serenity, Courage & Wisdom

“God, grant me the SERENITY to accept the things that I cannot change, COURAGE to change the things that I can, and the WISDOM to know the difference.”—Reinhold Niebuhr The year is coming to an end. There have been successes, losses and failures—there isn’t any one individual who hasn’t experienced all three of these at one time. At this point in the year, there are basically two categories of people. There are those who are disappointed with the way things turned out, and there are those who are elated with the progress they’ve made. No matter which group you belong to, I invite you to do these three things before the year runs out: Be Thankful. Take stock of everything that has happened—the good, bad, and ugly—and acknowledge each for what they are, and the role you played. Forgive yourself where you went wrong and made mistakes. This will allow you the peace to be thankful for the successes that happened along the way, whether little or trivial. It will also lean you towards focusing …

Entertainment Scoop! Interview with Doc Benson

I came to learn of Doc Benson, first, through movie director and producer, Sharon Wilharm, and then later, when I heard of his acclaimed film, Seven Deadly Words. Doc, as well as other professionals, later became a guest on TBAP’s 2016 Easter Fiesta, which was fantastic! Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing him. Learn more about Doc Benson in our chat below! Miranda ~ Hello Doc! Honored to have you visit TBAP today. Could tell us a bit about yourself? Doc: Glad to be here!  Let’s see… I started off in Railroad Management and made the switch to media and ministry in the early 1990’s. I penned articles for international magazines such as Trains, Countryside, ASG, The Officer, and various newspapers across America, and won the award for TOP COLUMNIST by the West Virginia Press Association. When it comes to video media, I worked as a CBS television affiliate producer, writing the news each day and appearing on air in various segments, including the coverage of the events of 9/11. Later, I served as …

Waiting Effectively

“Yes.” “No.” “Wait.” Which of these answers would be the hardest for you to hear? If you’re like me, you would say the third. The why of a “yes” or “no” isn’t as tough to deal with as the “how long?!” of a wait. But so often that’s exactly where I find myself: waiting. And it’s easy to get discouraged if I keep staring into the dense fog obscuring what’s ahead. I like how Corrie Ten Boom expressed the futility of it. She said: “Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear….Never fear to trust an unknown future to a known God.” We are exhorted in Scripture to live by faith (2 Cor. 5:7) in light of a living hope (1 Peter 1:3). This is not an empty suggestion, but a vital expression of a life surrendered to Christ. In a culture drowning in the “easier and faster is better” philosophy, it can be a constant struggle to maintain joy and peace in the waiting seasons. Yet, I am convinced that being patient is …

Book Review ~ Beyond the Skyline by Brody Lane Gregg

About the Book Alex Lane is a hardened criminal. A misfit. A freak. When he is released from a juvenile detention center at the age of eighteen, he doesn’t know what he will do with his life. Alex does not want to return to a life of crime, but he is not sure how to change. A criminal is all he has ever been. And thus he begins his journey. Alex finds himself living with his brother and his family, a family he does not know. He also finds friends who eagerly accept him into their group of misfits. On the outside, everything seems to be going his way, but inside, Alex struggles to leave his criminal life behind. He struggles with change and with the realization that in a life absent of crime, he must give up control. He must learn that there is more to living a normal life than just choosing not to be a criminal again. Much more. Category Christian/Fiction/Young Adult Genre Contemporary Romance/Suspense/Tragedy Rating 4.5 Stars Review This is a …

The Bookstore Experience

With the dawn of the kindle and other electronic reading devices, buying a book is just a click away. Why get up and drive to a book store when technology has made life and a busy schedule so much easier to deal with? But then, one trades away the joy and fulfillment that comes with the bookstore experience. I realized this recently when I walked into my favorite bookstore not so long ago. The feel of each book, the soothing music playing in the background, and the fun of watching other book enthusiasts like me peruse the shelves as they searched for books by their favorite authors … there’s an organic feel to this experience that you don’t get when shopping for a book from a retailer website. This is why I’ve decided that every once in a while I’ll take a fun trip and have myself a dandy bookstore experience! In my last excursion, I decided to go for books that aren’t so new in the market, and by authors I haven’t tried before. …

I Am Ruth

There are the days when the quote, “when one door closes, another one opens,” seems incomplete and inadequate. Why? It neglects to mention the waiting period between the closing of the old door and the opening of the new one. This waiting period is what some of us would like to call, the dark hallway. Let me explain. Between the two doors is an [imaginary] hallway—the place where we are when the old door of comfort, bliss, steadiness, normalcy or regularity has been shut, and the new one which should usher one into a place of certainty of the future, hasn’t been opened yet. It is a place of darkness, confusion, and sometimes even, depression and despair. In this place, it feels like your feet is not on solid ground. This hallway is the point where many doubts about past decisions arise, questions about the unsure present surface, and discouragement wages war against what was once a seemingly bright future. For any Christian going through this experience, it’s a defining moment in your life. If you’re …