In this edition:
- Inside-Out Stories
- A Favorite Bible
- My News
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Welcome to my March 2015 Newsletter

Can you believe it's already March! I hope your winter hasn't been too severe and that outside, signs of spring are beginning. 
 

INSIDE-OUT STORIES

"Sometimes the best way to see a thing is to look at its opposite" - A. W. Tozer

One interesting way to explore Christian themes is to look at them from the side of the opposition, that is, from a devilish point of view. Here are three books that do that:

The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis (1942)
This satire by one of the 20th centuries foremost writers is letters between senior Demon Screwtape and his nephew Wormwood. In them Screwtape scolds and berates Wormwood for his bumbling and gives him lots of advice on how to get an English gentleman (they call him their "Patient") to yield to temptation.

This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti (1986)
The fictional town of Ashton is the setting for this battle between good and evil. On the good side is a preacher, a reporter, and the angelic warriors who support them. The evil side consists of demons who battle with the angels and the Christian townsfolk over a New Age plot to take over the community.

The Ishbane Conspiracy by Randy, Angela and Karina Alcorn (2001, re-released 2011)
This story follows a group of teens for a year. Between the segments of their everyday lives are letters between demon characters Ishbane and his understudy Foulgrin. In these letters they discuss how to destroy these kids through trickery, lies, temptation--really, any way they can. The book addresses issues of occult involvement, substance abuse, casual teen sex and pregnancy, eating disorders, depression, bullying and more.

Though these are works of imagination, they give us a sense of what might be happening all around us, just behind the veil of our perception. 

 

A FAVORITE BIBLE

I got my first Thompson Chain Reference Bible in the mid 1980s--a red leather-covered volume with the NIV text in the tiniest of fonts. Over the years, as that font has become illegible (aging eyes I guess) I missed my TCB. And so a few years ago I replaced it with one that has larger letters.

What makes the Thompson Chain Bible special is all the "chains." To make these chains the editor has identified themes in the text. The themes (or chains) are listed in the margin along with the next verse in that theme. 

For example, in the margin beside Genesis 1:1 is the word "Creator." Beside Creator is 2:3 (Genesis 2:3--the next verse in the Creator chain). Beside the word Creator is also the number 884. This means that Creator is chain #884 and one can see the entire list of verses in the chain by flipping to the back of the Bible where all the chains appear in number order. They are also listed by name in an alphabetical index. 

The study helps of this Bible are not confined to these chains, however. There are Bible book introductions and outlines, charts and graphics with things like a Harmony of the Gospels, maps of Paul's missionary journeys, detailed studies of prominent Bible characters like Abraham, Moses, Samuel, Paul, and of course Jesus. My current Thompson Chain Bible - NKJV version in hardback (2008) also has a small concordance and thirteen full-color maps

If, in your Bible study, you enjoy comparing scripture with scripture, I would highly recommend the Thompson Chain Reference Bible in whatever Bible version you prefer (it's available in KJV, NIV, NKJV, and NAS versions). 

MY NEWS

Yahoo!

- My article "Staying Green" appeared in the winter 2014-15 issue of Sage magazine.
- Two poems were accepted for an upcoming Hot Apple Cider anthology.
- Two poems were accepted for The Tomato Anthology. If you love tomatoes, this might just be a publication you'd find it in your heart to support (funding is through a Kickstarter campaign during March). 

 

Borrowed Gardens in the spotlight

Yours truly will be the featured reader at the Fraser Valley Poets Society Blue Moon Reading April 13th (6:30-8:30 p.m. - Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford, B.C.). I'll be reading selections from Borrowed Gardens, the anthology that four of us Vancouver area poets published in December 2014. If you're in the area, you're warmly invited to attend! 
 

Online course-writing

I spent much of January and some of February writing an online Bible study course for the women of my church which I am now helping to facilitate. We are currently in week five of the six-week course "Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Anxiety." I'm sure I learned more than any of the students will while working on this assignment. (I have many answers re fear, worry, and anxiety--now to put them into practice!)
 

Children's devotions

In January I began again recycling my children's devotions - Bible Drive-Thru. These daily devotions for kids (Grades 3-6) are written at about a Grade 4 level. Over one year they cover the whole Bible in at least one devotion from every Bible book. Kids can use them on their own or with adult help. I have heard from parents and teachers who use them in home school or private school settings. Please pass on the URL to anyone who may be interested. You can subscribe to these at the blog and get them as a daily email.


Daily adult devotions

I continue to write and publish Other Food Daily Devos, daily devotions for adults, based on scripture readings from the Canadian Bible Society daily Bible reading guide. Check them out if you haven't. You can also subscribe to these and get them delivered daily as an email. 


Daily photo

Just for fun, I've gone public with my photography hobby and have recently begun publishing a new photo most days. Check them out at my photo blog Promptings2

That's all for now. Till next time, God bless you all!

~ Violet

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Books available for purchase:

Destiny's Hands - Biblical fiction (2012) Borrowed Gardens - Poetry anthology (2014)
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Family Reunion - Poetry (2007)
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Calendar - Poetry (2004, e-book version 2014)
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Violet Nesdoly is a Canadian author who loves to bring God's word to life—both by applying its words to life in the 21st century, and writing about it in ways that enliven the imagination.

Thousands have visited her daily devotional blog Other Food Daily Devos.

Some things readers have said about her debut novel Destiny's Hands:  "You feel like you're tasting the dust and walking through the desert with the Israelites," "The story came alive in a new way for me," and "It is filled with nuggets of wisdom and faith … your book helped me to see better how to use my own gift."
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