Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Recent Publications: "Paperback Christmas" and "The Health of the Heart"

Hi folks - 
I wanted to let you know about a few recent publications of mine!

The first is an essay, "Paperback Christmas," which appears in the latest Chicken Soup for the Soul book, The Wonder of Christmas. My essay is about books and family, two of my very favorite things, and so I hope you'll pick up a copy and take a look!

The second is a short story, "The Health of the Heart," which appears in this month's issue of Spark. I had a lot of fun with this one. It's a flash fiction romance piece about a doctor and a hospital volunteer--and one rather lovely therapy dog. 

(And me being me, there is also some nerdiness in there--I was in the middle of reading The Body Keeps Score when I wrote it, and so the plot revolves around some interesting medical and psychological theories about trauma and healing.)

Anyway, Spark is a great magazine chock-a-block with short, intense, uplifting fiction, so pick up a copy and let me know what you think!

Peace of Christ to you,
Jessica Snell

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Sunday Reading Links!

Happy Sunday to you! Here are some good links for your weekend reading pleasure:

-"Think of the End to Motivate the Action"--short and simple, but oh-so-good-and-true.

-"A New Kind of Theological Master's Degree"--My reaction to this in a nutshell? OhNoYouGuysIMightHaveToGoBackToSchool. (Um, seriously. I'm a little disturbed at how much I want to do this.)

-"Counterpoint Reading"--a cool reading strategy.

-"A Cold Take on the Kavanaugh Debacle"--I really, really liked this.

-"At the Name of Jesus Everyone Will Be Embarrassed"--and I really, really loved this. Anne's advice about just deciding to regularly open your mouth with a blessing, till it becomes habit and you're just regularly talking to everyone you meet about Jesus, is...quite possibly life-changing. Thanks, Anne.

-"When Fear Tempts You to Quit"--I can't even pretend to this level of faith, but I am challenged and even encouraged by it.

-"Learning to Pray Again"--okay, so this is very Roman Catholic, and I'd quibble with her theology of the Eucharist somewhat, but...this is so worth reading, guys. I think she's very right about bringing your actual self to the Lord in prayer, and not the self you think He wants to see. Great reminder.

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That's it for this week! I hope you had a good weekend!

Peace of Christ to you,

Jessica Snell