Dateline Oxford 1952— St Valentine’s Day Dublin Press reporter interviews Dreams in the Distance O. C. Ogilvie Reporter – Sergeant Ogilvie, may I have a word? C. –…
What voices influence your choices?
Do you hear voices? 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. Culture booms so loud in our minds making its messages impossible to ignore. Conscience usually speaks with a still small voice.
Some voices pound you down—Regret, Defeat, Shame, Self-Pity, Scorn, and Guilt. Others puff you up—Pride, Ego, Self. Or those like Courage, Compassion, Grace, Sacrifice, and Forgiveness can build character.
Sometimes we’ll hear the sounds of Joy, Peace, Hope, and Love in special songs.
Click here to catch these uplifting lyrics of: Matthew West’s Hello, My Name Is and Grace Wins, Lauren Daigle’s You Say, Zach Williams’s Fear is a Liar, and Francesca Battistelli’s The Breakup Song.
At other times, voices scream horrendous thoughts that you’d never confess to another soul. Their messages can spawn deplorable feelings about yourself. Fear, Rebellion, Hatred, Bitterness occasionally launch full-frontal assaults. Or perhaps you’re deluged with thoughts of Defeat, Despair, and Disgrace that send you deep into depression. Or your mind floods with the foul stench of Failure. “You’re a loser. You’ll never amount to anything.”
The father of lies wants to deceive you, and you need to dispatch misguided voices ASAP. Silence their clamor, so you can hear the sweet sentiments from the Spirit. Wouldn’t you prefer to cultivate and embrace Patience, Kindness, Gentleness, and Self-Control? With the Holy Spirit’s help, you can do it!
Consider Dreams in the Distance an introduction to The Voices that pummel and inspire. View the thoughts of the characters from a new perspective, as they discover who they are and whom they serve—the father of lies or our Father in heaven.
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“Nan Rinella’s THE CHOICE Series, including Hopes on the Horizon, are novels of love and war, faith and doubt, intellect and insight. Fans of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis will be charmed by the interweaving of familiar Oxfordshire settings and by the appearance of these literary giants as secondary characters and influences. Throughout, Rinella displays her passion for history and literature, for the research that brings it together, and for a beautifully told story.”
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“Hopes on the Horizon is a fitting follow up to Dreams in the Distance, expanding on the characters Rinella introduced in the first book of the Choice Series. Her young adult characters–three veterans, and two young women–struggle, hope, and dream, trying to find their way through the challenging world after the Second World War. If you are a fan of historical fiction, romance, or the writings of C. S Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, you’ll find something to love in this book.”
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A Hobbit in Narnia
If you’re a J. R. R. Tolkien & C. S. Lewis fan, you get the gist. A Hobbit is a small down-to-earth being who loves his creature comforts. Once upon a time in The Hobbit, a wizard knocked on Bilbo Baggins' door inviting him on an adventure, way out of his comfort zone, often in the company of exceptional men and elves— elegant other-worldly intellectual beings. Then Bilbo returned to write his book.
Once upon a time (2004 to be exact), Nan, a petite down-to-earth journalist, ventured out into “The Fantastic Worlds of C. S. Lewis & J. R. R. Tolkien” (a C. S. Lewis Foundation, CSLF, event). After reading the academic tomes of some of the speakers, she went forth in fear and trembling.
The Making of THE CHOICE
C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Other Inspirational Voices
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