About andreart2013

After thirty plus years of military service, I now reside in rural Hanover County, VA. I write historical and speculative fiction and paint and teach watercolor painting.

“God Made Me Stronger”

“God made me stronger, so the pain is not always unbearable, but the weight hasn’t gotten any lighter.” Levi Lusko

“Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30

The load may not lighten, but he will carry more of it–as much as you’ll allow him to carry it and you.


the_grinch2c_final_posterMovie Review: The Grinch, directed by Yarrow Cheney

(Four Stars)

A much better, more child-appropriate adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s book than the 2000 atrocity stolen by Jim Carrey.

Faithful to the book, but creative enough to freshen the story. It’s heart is the right size.

Grandchild tested.

Book Review: Dragon and Slave by Timothy Zahn (Three Stars)


Book Review: Dragon and Slave (Dragonback #3) by Timothy Zahn

(Three Stars)

“They were slaves, and she was a slave, and the only place to hide from that reality was inside herself.”

I liked it; it’s a good read but the series is becoming formulaic. (See previous reviews here and here for the good news.)

“He wasn’t going off the deep end of the pool like some junior K’da warrior. All he was doing was paying back a debt. He probably would have felt better if he’d believed that.”

Meaning and Darkness

“If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.” C. S. Lewis

“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12

We not only see the son, but by his light we see everything else as it really is.

Book Review: Dragon and Soldier by Timothy Zahn (Three Stars)


Book Review: Dragon and Soldier (Dragonback #2) by Timothy Zahn

(Three Stars)

“You’re innocent until they absolutely prove otherwise. And for ten minutes after that, too.”

Good story, consistent with the high tone set in the series opener, Dragon and Thief. Jack makes bone-headed decisions typical of a fourteen year old. Zahn, having saved the reader the apparently-mandatory Hogwarts school experience in the first tale, lays it on us now.

“You know, Darycos, for being such a clever poet-warrior, you’re kind of slow on the uptake sometimes.”

(Sorry I don’t have more quotes: read the ebook version on a trip. Highlighted quotable sentences, but my cell phone has done the u-boat routine since.)

Book Review: Dragon and Thief by Timothy Zahn (Four Stars)


Book Review: Dragon and Thief (Dragonback #1) by Timothy Zahn

(Four Stars)

“Jack muttered a word that had once cost him a week of desserts.”

Entertaining science fiction for young readers that harks back to the early days of SF, before we got all cynical and crude. Not that our fourteen-year-old protagonist isn’t a cynic, but that’s part of the fun. Thinking smarter you know everything at that age is such a burden, and a delight to those around you.

“It is interesting, is it not, that people so often turn out to be different than we expect.” “Don’t fool yourself, kiddo.”

Lots of typos which appeared to be OCR scanning errors. Someone at Open Road flunked proofreading. Still, we appreciate their making these books available.

(Ship named Essenay? Pig Latin (Es-See-Nay) for Nessie, perhaps, as in Loch Ness’ Nessie?)

Not of this World

“Jesus told Pilate, my kingdom is not of this world; you can kill me but you can’t touch me.” Gary Garner

Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” (John18:36)

This world and everything associated with it will pass away. Where is your kingdom? Where is your treasure? Heaven is not somewhere you go after you die. Heaven starts now. Jesus invites you to join him.

Wilson to Blame for Delayed Armitice

21465842Woodrow Wilson delayed the armistice because he was in secret negotiations with the Germans, leading them to think they were getting a better deal and unconditional surrender, based on his famous 14-points. In fact, The Treaty of Versailles was so bad it virtually guaranteed World War Two.

The full story of this debacle may be found in Charles L. Mee, Jr’s book, which I reviewed here.

The Vision of the Lord

“This is what the Holy Spirit brings to us, the vision of the Lord, power to see divine things as God sees them. Not only does He give knowledge of the truth, but He gives the realization of it. Not only does He reveal to us the promises, but He enables us to appropriate them…. The Spirit also thinks in us by giving us divine instincts, intuitions and enablements.” A. W. Tozer

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Our powers of sight–both visual and intellectual–are so dim as to be blindness. Especially if we think we see. Real vision comes from the Holy Spirit, and with it comes understanding and power.

“Seek first the kingdom of heaven.”

Seeing in the Spirit

“Being born again is not a process, but seeing more is. I don’t learn in order to see; I see to learn. It has to come straight from heaven. I was once blind, but now I see.” Gary Garner

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)

What is visible will pass away, but what lasts forever is. We must see with our spirits. Then we really come alive.