The Kingdom of IF

THE KINGDOM OF IF

If only we remembered from whence we came

And delighted in the goodness from above.

If only we grew our strength

From the victory of enduring love.

If only we realized that everything we have is a gift.

And that gifts can be taken away.

If only we toiled for that which lasts

And not so much for the day.

If only we lived lives of hope and not of dreadful dread-

We would know lives of joyful fruit

And not live as if we were already dead.

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Novels by A. K. Frailey

Science Fiction

Last of Her Kind  http://amzn.to/2y1HJvg

Historical Fiction

ARAM http://amzn.to/2lTHVXR

Ishtar’s Redemption http://amzn.to/2kHKLtN

Neb the Great http://amzn.to/2kS1Ylm

Georgios I—Hidden Heritage http://amzn.to/2lscPWg

Georgios II—A Chosen People http://amzn.to/2lTK0mu

Melchior—Vengeance Is Mine http://amzn.to/2taeW2r

Children’s Book

The Adventures of Tally-Ho http://amzn.to/2sLfcI5

Inspirational Non-Fiction

The Road Goes Ever On—A Christian Journey Through The Lord of the Rings http://amzn.to/2lWBd00

Lest We Forget

I came across this poem in my daughter’s reading book today. It is a powerful reminder of lessons learned…and forgotten.  Written by Rudyard Kipling for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897, it still speaks to us today…lest we forget.

Recessional Poem

God of our fathers, known of old,
  Lord of our far-flung battle line,
Beneath whose awful hand we hold
  Dominion over palm and pine—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

The tumult and the shouting dies;
  The Captains and the Kings depart:
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
  A humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

Far-called our navies melt away;
  On dune and headland sinks the fire:
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
  Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

If drunk with sight of power, we loose
  Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,
Such boastings as the Gentiles use,
  Or lesser breeds without the Law—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

For heathen heart that puts her trust
  In reeking tube and iron shard,
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
  And guarding calls not Thee to guard,
For frantic boast and foolish word-
Thy Mercy on Thy People, Lord!

Novels by A. K. Frailey

Science Fiction

Last of Her Kind  http://amzn.to/2y1HJvg

Historical Fiction

ARAM http://amzn.to/2lTHVXR

Ishtar’s Redemption http://amzn.to/2kHKLtN

Neb the Great http://amzn.to/2kS1Ylm

Georgios I—Hidden Heritage http://amzn.to/2lscPWg

Georgios II—A Chosen People http://amzn.to/2lTK0mu

Melchior—Vengeance Is Mine http://amzn.to/2taeW2r

Children’s Book

The Adventures of Tally-Ho http://amzn.to/2sLfcI5

Inspirational Non-Fiction

The Road Goes Ever On—A Christian Journey Through The Lord of the Ringshttp://amzn.to/2lWBd00

Book Reviews: Passport & Don’t You Forget About Me

Great books for Great minds.  A Stunningly Honest Look at Relationships

PassportPassport  by Christopher Blunt a great book that delves deep into intimate relationships between people – not just romantic relationships but the relationship between brothers & sisters, parents and children, friendships, and acquaintances. This is one of the most honest reflections of romantic love I have ever read. Mr. Blunt does an excellent job of sharing relationship struggles from a man’s point of view. Morality and sexuality, passion and love, all brought together under the guidance of the greatest relationship humanity has ever known – our relationship with the God who made us. Well done!

 Imaginative with Crisp Details

Don't You Forget About MeDon’t You Forget About Me by Erin McCole-Cupp is very engaging and keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens next. I am a world away from what the main character experienced, but I found Mary Catherine and Staz’s relationship to be charming – more like what sisters ought to be and often aren’t. The characters are very honest. The details are clear and the plot line is quite plausible – though I sure hope no one ever finds themselves in such a terrifying situation. The issues and concerns regarding contraception and what happens to the human body specifically, and to our society in general when we use contraceptives as a way of life, are very real and handled carefully within an imaginative plot line. Great job!

Happy Reading…

 

Are We Free?

DSCF1956Today my daughter said something that rather took me by surprise.  She is the kind of kid who studies everything with zeal, checks her sources and tries to get a balanced view on everything.  No shallow educational experiences for her.  As a matter of fact, she has become such an ardent historian that I often find myself referring to her for new sources of information.  Her specialty is American history from Colonial Times to the Civil War.  As we were ending our school day, though in fact it never really ends, just changes, she surprised me with the comment: “We were a much freer people when this country began than we are today.”  Hmmm. Just what a concerned mother wants to hear.  But I think her perception isn’t far wrong.  .

In years past, Americans had to fight for everything.  We had to fight to own land, for our freedom to express our faith, to speak and write what we thought, freedom from bigotry at all levels, freedom to educate our kids as we thought best, and freedom to rise higher than the limits imposed on us by others.

But today the loss of freedom I am referring to – which my daughter may not have even considered – is the freedom of will. Everyone is so busy – everyone seems pushed to the limit.  Time for deep thought – Nope.  Time for art – Nope.  Time to prioritize our lives and our loves – Nope.  Amazing that the people in ages past created remarkable works of art, profound and lasting documents which changed the world, considered their lives and the direction humanity was taking in long ponderous conversations, but today we are lucky if we have time for a sitcom….certainly no time for creative innovation beyond the technological kind.  And it isn’t just about a loss of “time”, it’s about our energy level, our capacity for deep meaningful – anything.  Is this what “freedom” is all about?  Freedom from our best, most creative selves?

Like I said, I was surprised by my daughter’s comment. I know she was talking about the legal and fiscal system in our country and the knots we have tied ourselves in, still, I think the proposition has a profound base.  It is a very good question. Though I do not have the answer, I think it is a question worth asking: Are we free?