The world is a place of wonders and dangers. When you travel you take your children on their first steps toward discovering these wonders and, of course, you need to take steps to protect them from the dangers. “In America there are two classes of travel—first class and with children.” Robert Benchley According to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign accidental injury is the leading cause of death among children 14 and younger in the U.S. and 90% of those can be prevented. Motor vehicle crashes lead the list, followed by drowning, pedestrian accidents and fire. At home & abroad ConsideringRead more “Traveling with children: #1 Preparation”
What Voices Influence Your Choices?
Do you hear voices? I do. If we’re honest, we’ll admit we all hear voices—those conflicting inner voices inside our heads. They whisper or SHOUT. And, even have names. Sometimes they sound like your mom or dad repeating messages of Encouragement or Ridicule. Or maybe scripture you had to memorize speaks Wisdom. Conscience usually takes on a still small voice. Culture booms so loud in our minds making its messages impossible to ignore.
On this site we’ll learn more about the voices from people who know how to defeat or welcome them. You’ll have an opportunity to share your struggles and solutions. It’s our choice, who will we listen to? Join me. You never know whom you might meet.
Book 1 of the Choice Series
Faced with your greatest choices, how do you know which one is right?
It is 1952 Britain. The war is over, but not the personal battles for beautiful Lily Whitely; brilliant Phila Claiborne; blueblood Hugh Claiborne; brave Ollie Ogilvie; and beguiling Dan McCauley.
But they have an enemy more insidious than they could ever have imagined, one bent on destroying their dreams – and their souls.
They find themselves tangled in a web of personal crises and deception, in London and Oxford, where they encounter angels, dark whispers, and choices that will change their lives forever.
Infused with the influences (and appearances) of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, Nan Rinella has crafted a powerful tale about the decisions we make (and where those decisions take us) that will delight readers far beyond their expectations.
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A Hobbit in Narnia
What? If you’re a J. R. R. Tolkien & C. S. Lewis fan, you get the gist. Once upon a time (2004), this petite down-to-earth journalist ventured into “The Fantastic Worlds of C. S. Lewis & J. R. R. Tolkien” (a C.S. Lewis Foundation, CSLF, event)— my own personal Narnia (a world inhabited with academic scholars—elves, so to speak). I went forth in fear and trembling after reading the academic tomes of some of the speakers. Once there, I found a home-away-from-home. In 2009 the CSLF president invited me to direct its Texas retreats.
Make your choice, adventurous Stranger,
Strike the bell and bide the danger,
Or wonder, till it drives you mad,
What would have followed if you had?
History often resembles myth, because they are both ultimately of the same stuff.
“Guid gear comes in sma’ bulk.” Ay, Nana, good things do come in small packages. She’s a bonny lass.
You ask, what is our aim? . . . It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.
Who let me brother in me brain?
“They do prepare tea properly at the embassy, but outside they just throw a bag in a cup and pour on hot, but not necessarily boiling water.”
“Roughing it are you, son, in the colonies?”
“Tough duty, sir.”
“So, should I desire tae court ye, milady, I would hae to ride up to your castle on me white stallion an’ fight another knight frae ye?” “Indeed, Sir Knight.” O. C. hooted. “Weel, milady, I fear I left me stallion an’ armor back in me castle.” He said it so matter-of-factly, she almost believed he meant it.
It will take more than affronts from a little person with a big opinion of herself to influence those with whom I choose to consort.
Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.
Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
When people tire of the forty-eight-minute television novel, they will yearn for a substantial book within whose covers they can live imaginatively for weeks. The eighteenth-century, discursive-type novel will enjoy a vigorous rebirth, because readers demand it.
Phila hated the way the war lingered on the edge of all of life’s pieces.
Oh, precious little Kit and her book about the wardrobe. If only I could enter a magic place where the last few months hadn’t happened and be happy again. But make-believe doesn’t happen, there are no magic wardrobes, and one can’t undo the past.
“To be exact, Eve wanted to be equal to God. We only want to be equal with men.” She gazed at him, challenging.
To construct plausible and moving ‘other worlds’you must draw on the only real ‘other world’ we know, that of the Spirit.
The Making of The Choice
C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien
Songs about Voices & Choices
The Turquoise Traveler
Coming Soon in 2020
Hopes on the Horizon
Book 2 of The Choice Series
It’s the New Year 1953. The Second World War has been over for eight years. But the war for the souls of Hugh Claiborne, Ollie Ogilvie, and Dan McCauley rages on. Dreams in the Distance revealed that this enemy has a range of weapons so insidious and deadly—and, oh so very subtle—aimed at infiltrating their minds intent on defeating their hopes. In Hopes on the Horizon the battle continues for these veterans and the young ingénues, Lily Whitely and Phila Claiborne.
-From Hopes on the Horizon prologue
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