Welcome! I'm so glad you're here!
Well, this certainly has been a year or so for the history books. I hope you and yours are well as we all emerge and resume something that resembles normal life. I look forward to connecting with you here, on my Faith Breezes blog, on Facebook or on Instagram. And I love to hear from readers, so if I can be of assistance in any way, please use this site's contact form and get in touch.
Over on Faith Breezes, where I blog regularly, I've been thinking about the aftermath of 9/11...strong female survivors in my family, for example my paternal grandmother Carrie Chesser Kennedy. . . .my grandson Nathaniel's birthday...the nature, and gift, of God's grace. . . .the constancy of change. . . .and my word for this year.
On Instagram, I'm sharing a series of quotations from Christian writers I love. And I post news and nattering on my Facebook page regularly.
A new "Reflections" edition of Encounters will appear this fall! The stories remain the same, but a special back-of-book section adds questions that allow you to connect themes and events in the stories with your own life and with the Scripture that inspired them. In the meantime, look below for the first, full-color edition, which is available now.
If we had been alive in the same time that Jesus was, would we have noticed him near us? Would we have stopped to engage with him or been too busy with our tasks and to-do lists to notice his presence? Would we have decided to follow him on the spot, needed years to absorb the redemption his ministry offers, or even resisted his message?
The fictional stories in my latest book, Encounters: A Savior Walks the World, arose from my fascination with these questions.
In some of the tales, men or women meet Jesus face to face. In others, they discover that something extraordinary has happened in their town or region but cannot yet grasp its meaning. Sometimes their encounter with Jesus is brief, sometimes enduring; sometimes it is joyous, sometimes puzzling or even angering. However it happens, their lives are forever transformed.
Inspired by the Gospels, enriched by colorful illustrations and accompanied by the texts of their scriptural sources, the stories of Encounters invite readers to reflect more deeply on the ways that Jesus changes hearts and minds, both during his time on Earth and today.
My daughter Becky—officially known as Dr. Rebecca Loar—is a singer and voice teacher currently teaching at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. You can learn more about Becky and her singing on www.rebeccaloar.com.
I love to collaborate with Becky when offering programs. One of our favorites, which shares Bible truths through the stanzas of old hymns, can be found on this site's speaking page.