From History and Oppression to Body Image Issues: Author Melissa Kuch on the Themes in Her Novel

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Being a huge history buff helped author Melissa Kuch ground her debut young adult fantasy novel in reality.  “The Hypothesis of Giants: Book One – The Assumption” (which I reviewed here a few months ago) doesn’t just include the angst, adventure and romance teen novels are known for; it also provides a look at the [Read More...]

Embracing the Darkness to Find the Light: Audrey Assad on Faith, Doubt, and “Breaking Bad”

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“For God judged it better to bring good out of evil than not to permit any evil to exist.” While searching for inspiration for her first indie album, Audrey Assad came across that quote by St. Augustine. Those words struck a chord inside her, maybe because she had spent the previous few years trying to [Read More...]

A Musical Journey Through Grief: From Despair and Anger at God to Hope and Healing

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“I asked you for the light. You gave me a long dark night.” Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Sarah Hart penned those lyrics to God during the anger phase of a “downward spiral through grief” that began with the death of her beloved grandfather. Though Sarah was and remains Catholic, that alone didn’t lessen the pain she [Read More...]

“I Give It All to God,” Says Heroine Who Stopped Georgia School Shoooter

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When suicidal gunman Michael Jordan Hill entered Decatur, Georgia’s, Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, everyone feared it would be another Sandy Hook. The gunman never made it past the front office, though, where he held school bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff (whose last name seems especially appropriate now) hostage. While 800 pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students [Read More...]


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