History

I Found 18 Reasons
We have some friends who are staunch third-party advocates. "Democrat or Republican, there's not a bit of difference between them," they say. We disagree, and strenuously, but ignore that for now. If you're disappointed in the choices available in the presidential race--and we probably all feel that at one time or another--there's more in play…
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!
As we were leaving our hotel in Richmond one morning after the HEAV convention on our way to visit the disappearing chef (You'll hear all about it later!), we happened to run into our friends Larry & Sue Pruett of Ancient Paths Christian Bookstore who were packing their van. Sue mentioned that they were going…
The Power of Biography
George Rogers Clark fording the Wabash- If we ignore the lessons of history, we’ve been warned, we’ll be doomed to repeat them. I would say in addition, if we ignore the lessons of biographies, we’re likely not to repeat them. And given the right lives to study, missing their example would be a tragedy indeed.…
Virtuous Spy Thrillers? Really!
I love mysteries and spy thrillers because I have insomnia. Seriously. I have to read something exciting enough to keep me from thinking about life long enough to fall asleep. That's challenging for a Christian because the exciting genres are usually full of sleaze. Let's face it, murders don't often happen in nice families! And,…
A New Look at War
"Can I talk to you privately?" It wasn't an unusual request, so I stepped aside with her. "I need to ask you about my son. I think he may be...I'm afraid he might be...showing some tendencies toward being...Oh, I think something's wrong with him! Maybe he's a psychopath or something!" My eyebrows went up. "What…
Hero Tales: Really Authentic
We all love the director’s commentary and the extra “How We Made It” sequences on DVDs. We’re not quite there yet for our own Great Waters Press productions, but we thought you might be interested in what is going into our Hero Tales audiobook CDs. The third volume in this series brings the collection up to the…
King Alfred’s English
King Alfred's English: A History of the Language We Speak and Why We Should Be Glad We Do is a fun and enlightening view of English history in the format of four major language "invasions" and how they changed the shape and form of English. Surprising facts about people and wars, quirky details about spelling…
The Manly Virtues: A Powerful Mercy
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="485" caption="The Alamo, 1854"][/caption] When the outnumbered defenders of the Alamo refused the Mexicans’ demand to surrender, General Santa Anna ordered his buglers to play “El Deguello” – a call meaning “no quarter”, a signal that no prisoners would be taken, and anyone surviving the assault would be put to the sword.…
Bringing an Old Celebration to New Life
Are you as surprised as we were to find out that Reformation Day has been celebrated as a holiday in the church since at least 1567? We were delighted to find out that rather than sanitizing a holiday that celebrated death, our enemy, we could enjoy a holiday to remember true heroism — a man who…
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers”
Today is St. Crispin's Day, my son informs me, the 596th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt.   [caption id="attachment_3842" align="aligncenter" width="486" caption="King Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, John Gilbert (1817-1897)"][/caption]  King Henry V of England was hopelessly outnumbered by the approaching French Army, but (more…)