June 2017 Th!nk Magazine – Telling Your Story/Testimony

Happy Summer!!! (Ahem, June.) We hope you’ve had an awesome month, and that this next one is better since school is out!!!!! *happy sigh* What’s your story? No, I’m serious, I do actually want to know :). Sometimes our stories feel boring, unimportant, or hard to tell. Sometimes we feel self-conscience or reluctant. But the thing is our stories -our testimonies- are very important! They hold so much power!

….but we’ll get more into that in a minute, just scroll down! You’ll also find a special interview with author C.B. Cook, and *whispers conspiratorially* her newest cover reveal!!!!! *confetti* So without further ado I present to you this month’s magazine!

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May 2017 Th!nk Magazine – Identity & Purpose

Happy May! Yay! School’s almost over! 🙂 We hope here at Th!nk that you had a wonderful- no, fabulous month! This month we are diving into the topics of purpose and identity! Definitely something everyone can relate to, right?

In addition to lots on that, enjoy a wonderful interview with Tricia Mingerink, a review of her latest book , and a tasty recipe for some healthy muffins!

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Book Look – Deliver by Tricia Mingerink

Can something broken ever heal?

Martyn is broken. After torturing his best friend, he doesn’t belong anywhere in Acktar. No matter how far he runs, he can’t lose his guilt.

Leith is broken. While healing from the torture he received at Nalgar Castle, he struggles to find his new role. But can a Blade ever run from his past?

The country is broken. Bitterness divides town against town, neighbor against neighbor. What will it take to deliver Acktar from itself?

They face their hardest battle yet.
Peace.

The book Deliver by Tricia Mingerink, is the fourth and final book in the series the Blades of Acktar (which we reviewed here). It comes out today, April 25th! Yay! (Can you tell I’m excited?). I’ve read it, and it did not disappoint. No one ever writes a book to tell about what happens after the war, after the good guys win, so it was very interesting to see what happened to all the characters we love. I recently re-read the series, laughing and crying my way through it. I think I’d forgotten how much I’d enjoyed it the first time around!

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Detailed Dialogue – Tricia Mingerink

Tricia Mingerink is the author of the awesome Christian fantasy series the Blades of Acktar! She is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country. With that, I’ll leave you to enjoy this interview!

Th!nk teen Christian magazineWhat inspired you to write the Blades of Acktar?
DSC09457-2It was a combination of experiences I had at a secular university and researching my own family history during WWII in the Netherlands. That, and I just one day woke up with this image of a dark room with black-clad men sitting around a table. I knew one of them was Third Blade Leith Torren and he didn’t want to be there. The rest of the story came from there.

Th!nk teen Christian magazineDo you have a favorite character in your books?

DSC09457-2I love all of them, and it is really hard to choose. I think Leith is my favorite by a tiny bit, probably because the whole series started with him.

Th!nk teen Christian magazineWhat is the most important piece of advice you would give your fifteen-year-old self about faith?

DSC09457-2It might not look like it now, but God does work all things for good. It might take years, even decades, for that good to be revealed, but it will come. As a fifteen-year-old, I was struggling through some difficult things. In the end, those things strengthened my faith, changing it from a child’s faith to young adult’s faith, and now those difficult things are what I look back on as a reminder that God can and does provide His grace when I need it.

Th!nk teen Christian magazineAside from writing, what are some of your other passions?

DSC09457-2Reading, camping, hiking, and currently renovating my 100-year-old farmhouse.

Th!nk teen Christian magazineWhat is your favorite Bible verse, and why?

DSC09457-2As you could probably tell from my previous answer about faith, it is Romans 8:28.

Th!nk teen Christian magazineThanks, Tricia!

 

Did you enjoy that interview? Then I’d suggest hopping over an enjoying her newest book, released April 25th! You can also find Tricia on Facebook, Pinterest, Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram, and her blog.

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April 2017 Issue – Doing Hard Things

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March 2017 Magazine – Holiness and Being Christ’s Bride

Spring is almost here! Welcome to March! 🙂 This month we have a lot of fun put together for you, from crafts, recipes, an interview, a new author, and more! Needless to say, over here at Th!nk, we are very excited to share this month’s magazine with you. The theme is two-fold: holiness, and also what it means to be Christ’s bride. Both of which are very important in every area of our lives. We have this very special gift: as God’s church we are also His bride. We are pure, holy, cleansed, and sparklingly beautiful! Even if we were completely filthy before.

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February 2017 Magazine – Truth

Happy February! 🙂 How are you this month? Good, I hope. This month we have a fun few things for you. A new recipe, book review, and an interview- with Jamie Grace!

…I mean, really, it was hilarious to watch several of us *cough, cough- two specific people – cough, cough*.

Anyways… this month the theme is truth. What is the truth? How can we be sure what the truth is? Can we even be absolutely sure what the truth is? Why is it SO important? Join us as we visit these questions, and others!20161128_102608

 

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January 2017 Magazine – Theme: ‘New’

New year. New creations. New believers. Being renewed. We hope that you enjoy this month’s magazine, and are both challenged and encouraged!

Have a great month!

-Th!nk Authors

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December 2016 Magazine – Christmas!

Happy December! We hope you enjoy this month’s magazine, on Christmas! We have some Ask Ainsley questions, a wonderful interview with Bethany from GirlDefined, and many other things waiting for you! We hope you are encouraged, inspired, and challenged by this month’s magazine!

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Real Life Stories – Courage

Fearful or Found?

By a 18-year-old girl

Losing yourself is a terrifying thing.

Especially when you think your parents were right behind you. Especially when you are in a large empty aisle by yourself. And especially when you are all of ten years old.

It had been a fairly peaceful shopping trip, following behind my parents through the massive furniture warehouse of Ikea, running around a corner or two a bit faster than they did, or dawdling behind to look at something neat, but still staying within safe proximity. Until I waited too long. I was inspecting something (what it was I have now completely forgotten) knowing the rest of the family was turning to the next aisle. I finished, and dashed around the corner to join them, but — nothing. The aisle was empty. A quick glance assured me the one I was just in was empty as well. As was the next one forward. And the next. And the next.

Eventually I reached the check-out area, still fighting the fear rising inside me. What a sight! A frantic red-head dashing about, my blue eyes darting from face to face, trying to find one that was familiar. Close to tears, I returned back to the aisle where all my troubles had started. But, what to my wondering eyes should appear, than the cart and my family all walking quite near! Apparently, instead of continuing forward in the store, they had went back — opposite of the direction of my rushed search — to pick up something they had forgotten. And so we were reunited, my terror coming to a close after a whole eternity of two minutes.

When I was on my own, fear made each new place a dark maze. But when I was with my parents, courage made each new corner an adventure. I was with them, so I was safe.

And it’s much the same in our walk with God. After all, consider one of the most well-known courage verses in the Bible, Joshua 1:9 (KJV). Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest. Joshua had immense responsibility placed upon his shoulders. Leading a people wandering around the wilderness into battle? His job. Strategizing against some of the greatest kings in the land? On his list. Having to take down impenetrable fortresses? Check. Governing a people who over and over again proved themselves to be stubborn and pig-headed? Double check. Joshua had plenty of cause to stress out, shut down, and let fear overwhelm him. But Moses commands him not to.

Why? Because the LORD the God is with thee withersoever thou goest. Joshua could have courage because God went with him. In fact, often when the Bible tell us to be courageous, it does so because the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee. ( 1 Cor 28:20, see also Deut 31:6; 31:23) And because He is with us, He will strengthen us, He will help us, and He will uphold us with the right hand of His righteousness. (Isaiah 41:10)

So when we dwell in God, trusting always in Him, we have no need to fear what this next corner might bring. We may boldly say, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” (Heb 13:6) Regardless of how many empty aisles you go down, regardless of how many unfamiliar faces surround you, and regardless of how alone you may feel, He is there. He will never leave you, never forsake you, and never forget where you are.

So He doesn’t want us to become trapped, debilitated by fear. He’s called us to good works, to proclaim His Word, and to glorify His name. He has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (1 Tim 1:7 KJV) He has made you free indeed, including freed from the power of fear.

God has called us found. God has called us to courage.

To Stand Up

By a 13-year-old girl

I know, for me, a couple of things that come to my head when I think of courage is knights saving the princess from the evil dragon, or even firefighters going into the burning house to save a girl maybe police officers risking their own lives to save millions. But I know that I don’t have enough “courage” to be anyone of those things. But courage isn’t all about the hero stuff that you might read about books or hear on the news….it is more than that. It is standing up for what you know is right even though it might be tough or maybe it just doesn’t feel right. One time when I was at my youth group I was hanging out with some of my friends and I glanced out of the window and noticed that another girl that I was acquainted with was sitting by herself outside and she didn’t really look like she was happy. At that point one of my friends in the group looked out the window to and we made eye contact and he commented something about her. Nothing mean but enough to make me think about what my friends might think if I went out there to talk to her. I stood there for a few seconds trying to decide if I should go out there and not care about what they thought of me. For me it took a lot of courage to push aside the fact that I might be judged for acting out of kindness. I decided that I would take the chance and I went out and talked to her…after I went out and talked I felt really glad that I did…and one thing is none of my friends said anything (good or bad) about the fact that I went out to talk to her. . So if you ever are struggling to stand up for someone, be someone’s friend, or just standing up for God, God gave us courage to do all those things. And He also gave us the power and ability to use the courage He gives us.

Rock Climbing

By a 15-year-old girl

A couple summers ago I went to a Christian camp that I have been to many times. At the beginning of the week, our leader told us that later in the week we would be doing the camp’s giant rock climbing wall. I immediately had nerves because the last time I did the wall I couldn’t make it up and it was very difficult for me. In that moment I prayed to God that he would help me make it up that wall. When the end of the week came, we headed to the tower (where the rock wall was) and I immediately had memories from the past. I was one of the last people to volunteer to go up. Before I knew it I was up at the top of the tower and felt relieved. I couldn’t believe I made it up the wall. One of the most memorable parts was when one of the leaders told me that I was one of the fastest people to get up to the top in our group. This made me smile and I knew that it was only through God that I was able to accomplish such a thing. The same thing also happened with a trust fall exercise we did. We were five feet in the air and we had to trust fall and hope our group below caught us. I was scared about doing this, but once I got onto the ledge I took a deep breath and fell. I had a rush of adrenaline and could feel God’s power and providence.

 

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Dissect it! – Fears of the Mind

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)

From the moment we are born we are taught to fear. Fear heights, fear strangers, fear failure… the list goes on. Is this wrong? Surely it is good for us to be cautious and aware about height, strangers, etc.? In the movie Chasing Mavericks the mentor character has a quote. It goes something along the lines of this: ‘Fear is healthy, panic is not’. You see, in the movie, the main character had just come upon a shark when swimming… and he panicked. (Which in my opinion is understandable). Now, I don’t agree… exactly with the mentor’s statement, but maybe that is because there are two main definitions of fear. There is the crippling, destructive fear… and then there is maybe a form of ‘fear’ that is a good thing, a God-given healthy ‘fear’ of things. In that case, I think maybe it should be called something else. The difference is that this kind of ‘fear’ is not controlling. We were not meant to live in fear, but in freedom. In God’s care, love, and light. Sin came into the world and gave birth to fear. Anyway, back to the real theme of this article: battling that crippling fear, that wrong fear, that one that keep us from God’s best, and particularly the fears of the mind.

I’m going to split this verse’s dissection into three parts: power, love, and self-discipline. However, let’s do it out of order, why not?

Self-Discipline

Okay, so self-discipline is the word that the NIV version of the Bible uses, and I really like that! However, a few other versions instead use the word ‘sound mind’. I think that each are equally important in defeating the fears of the mind. For fear, I think, is often very much stuff our mind comes up with without it actually being a reality. Satan takes things that are true and twists them and magnifies them until they appear to be these huge monsters that we can never escape and that overshadow everything. But that is wrong! God is the only One who truly covers everything, ses everything, knows everything, and controls everything. He is the only One we should fear. The truth is that in God and in His power, we can choose to overcome the fear, whatever it is. We can choose to defeat the fear. God has given us a sound mind and self-discipline! We have the authority and power to defeat the fear. Whatever it is.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

Power

In God, and only in Him, we have the power over fear. Fear looks miniscule in view of God’s almighty power and authority! His power doesn’t depend on us either, even when we are utterly weak and stuck in the grip of fear. If we turn to God, He will free us from those chains and from the fear. In Him.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him in our dealing with you. 2 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV)

Love

In God we are free and forgiven. We don’t have to fear evil, we don’t have to fear punishment, we don’t have to fear death because we are His and will go to Heaven! (1 Cor 15:5) If God is in us and for us, there should be no room for fear in our minds and hearts!  And God, who is in us, is love. (1 John 4:8).

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18 (NIV)

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8 (NIV

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Book Look – Blades of Acktar

The Blades of Acktar series…. Well, I read them in less than a week. This series, by Tricia Mingerink is one of my recent favorites. Lieth is the Third Blade. Found by a lord as a boy, he was quickly turned into an assassin. A weapon. A Blade. And a very good one, at that. The lord wrests the crown, and the kingdom, from the true royalty, an assassination in which Lieth has a hand. Now, years later, Lieth finds himself mortally wounded, wandering in a blizzard. But there’s a light ahead. Two girls, home alone, drag him from their doorstep, and tend his wound. He doesn’t understand! Why would they do such a thing for him, a Blade? He now knows enough about their secret faith to have them hanged! He truly doesn’t know: will he turn them in when he heals and returns to the castle? What will become of him? Of them? He can’t just forget them…

annnddd I had better not say anything else, or I’ll ruin it, but I highly suggest this series! Be warned however, that you should start it on a weekend….otherwise you might be lacking in sleep during the school/work week! 😉 Enjoy!

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