February 2019 Th!nk Magazine – Singleness

Happy February!

As everyone is celebrating love and everything is covered in pink and red, we wanted to take this month to talk all things singleness.

We have a short story, poem, book review, and a bunch more waiting for you. Not to mention an interview with the debut author Sarah Grace Grzy, which you don’t want to miss.

Enjoy!

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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.

Leah E. Good, author of Counted Worthy Interview

Detailed Dialogue – Leah E. Good Interview

Leah E. Good is a daughter of God, lover of stories, homeschool graduate, and passionate orphan care advocate. She lives with her parents, brother, and Shetland Sheepdog in beautiful New England. But she also likes to write. Leah is the author of the book Counted Worthy, and hopefully many more to come. Please enjoy our interview with her!

 

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12744500_1682059575344092_3576977750834524872_nMy brain generates story ideas a lot faster than I can write them. One day I was playing around finding Bible verses that would make good story titles. When I looked at Acts 5:41, a story idea started forming alongside the title. Since I was working on a different book project at the time, I decided to just write a short story. That short story ended up being chapter one of Counted Worthy.

 

thinklogo2If there was one thing you wanted people to get out of your book, what would it be?

 

12744500_1682059575344092_3576977750834524872_nThat’s a tough one! There are several big themes in Counted Worthy. When I started writing it, I wanted to engage people emotionally and make the trials of the persecuted church real to readers. I wanted them to not just be aware of persecution but to care about the individuals being persecuted.

 

thinklogo2Do you plan to write more books?

 

12744500_1682059575344092_3576977750834524872_nYes! I had hoped to have another finished by now but adulthood struck, and I’ve been giving priority to working and figuring out my trajectory for the future. The current plan is to write a sequel to Counted Worthy. Writing a sequel is proving difficult for me, though, so I may try to get back into the swing of writing by working on a stand alone novel.

 

thinklogo2If there was one thing you thought was important for tween and teen girls to know about following God, what would it be?

 

12744500_1682059575344092_3576977750834524872_nHmm. I’m barely out of the teen years myself, so I feel like I’m still figuring this out for my own life. As I’ve observed my peers, I have to say that the girls who are closest to God seem to be the ones who have a very personal relationship with him. Going through the motions of Christianity doesn’t equal effectively following God. We have to take time to be with Him, to learn what He cares about and make it what we care about, to allow Him to shape us and guide us and mold our dreams for the present and future. I’ve always been intrigued and inspired by Proverbs 25:2 which says, “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing; but the honor of kings is to search out a matter.” Take time to sit at Jesus’ feet and search for the mysteries God has concealed!

 

thinklogo2Who is your favorite character in Counted Worthy and why?

 

12744500_1682059575344092_3576977750834524872_nI almost always fall for a secondary character rather than the protagonist–both in books I read and books I write. In Counted Worthy, my long time favorite is Bryce. A lot of Bryce’s personality is based off my brother and how I imagine he’d react in a situation like the one in my story. Since my brother and I are very close, Bryce is an obvious favorite for me.

 

thinklogo2Aside from writing, what are some things you like to do or that you are passionate about?

 

12744500_1682059575344092_3576977750834524872_nOrphan care is probably my biggest passion. About a year and a half ago, one of my friends introduced me to a friend of a friend who was living in India serving as a foster mom for twelve orphans there. That young lady recently returned to the United States, but I still stay in touch with the other young lady she was working with. Having that personal connection has been such a blessing to give me a way to participate in a ministry I care about. Besides that, I love teaching in homeschool settings when the opportunity arises. My favorite pastimes include going to museums, swimming, and trying new things.

 

thinklogo2What is your favorite scripture and why?

 

12744500_1682059575344092_3576977750834524872_nJohn 14:27 has been my go-to verse for years. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” Remembering this verse helps me to refocus if I’m stressed or scared.

 

thinklogo2Throughout the book writing process, what is one way that you saw God’s hand in it all?

 

12744500_1682059575344092_3576977750834524872_nGod’s fingerprints are all over the entire process of writing and publishing Counted Worthy. The actual publishing stage was probably where His hand was most obvious. As I prepared to bring the book to print, I sent out several endorsement requests to prominent figures in the Christian community. When Brett Harris responded saying that he wasn’t sure he’d have time to read the manuscript or not, but he’d try to, I was elated. It was a total God thing that Brett ended up reading it quickly, liking it, and helping me through the process of gaining funding through Kickstarter and spreading the word to readers who really connected with the story and were blessed by it. It was (and continues to be) an amazing experience.

Thank you, Leah!

Want to learn more about Leah, or read her book?

Buy Counted Worthy: http://amzn.to/2a5i6i4counted_worthy_mockup_medium

Blog: leahegood.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeahEGood/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/leahegood

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/leahegood

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Detailed Dialogue -Isabelle Ingalls

Detailed Dialogue – Isabelle Ingalls

Isabelle Ingalls is  the author of the blog: https://seeingeverythingelse.wordpress.com/. She lives in Texas, loves to read, have air-soft wars, and play piano. But she also likes to write. And she likes to write for God’s glory. I hope you enjoy the interview we had the privilege of procuring for you!

 

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What is the goal/ purpose of your blog?

 

As al3 (2)l actions in life should be, to glorify God. I want the Christian worldview not to be something regulated to Sundays and church camp, but rather somethings we use always when we look at the world. I based my blog’s name off the C. S. Lewis quote: “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen; not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” We can use God’s Word as our glasses, through which we can see the world clearly. So I want to see everything else, to examine it all in the light of His truth.
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What prompted you to start your blog?

 

3 (2)It was actually a bit of a long, convoluted path. I really enjoy teaching. I feel like I’ve been blessed to be so poured into, to be surrounded by and to experience so much truth and learning; and I’ve always wanted to pour that into others’ lives, to take all the things I’ve learned, and give it to others so they can go even further than I can. I have been blessed that writing comes fairly easily to me (much easier than the disjointed randomness that my speech usually is!) so I thought that would be the most effective way to do so. Of course, I have a bit (ok, a lot) of a procrastinator in me, and so I considered starting a blog about a year ago and, well, never got around to it. But, both God and my parents kept bringing back up this topic, and I finally said, “Ok God, I’m not sure what I’m doing, or if I will even have much to write about, but I’ll try!” Fortunately, He is very talented at making beautiful things out of un-talented people!
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What is one thing that you want to accomplish with your life?

 

3 (2)Well, my dream for a long time has been me, a godly husband, and many children all fitting into one cozy house. I pray that God allows me and enables me to be a wise and loving wife and mother, who leads her children in righteousness, and who encourages and builds up her husband to great things. But in all of life, including the single portion, I want to edify and hearten others, to comfort them as they’re going through the struggles of life, and cheer them on as they climb the highest summit. When I look back on my life, I hope to see one full of boldly proclaiming the Gospel and loving others.
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If there was one  thing you thought was important for tween/teen girls to know, what would it be?

 

3 (2)I think it would be to direct your focus in the right direction. So much in these years is directed towards appearance, towards accomplishments, towards associates. Even the good advice! But that is putting the focus on yourself, on the things you have, or the things you’ve done, or the things you wear. And when you’re busy looking in the mirror, you’re not looking at Jesus. Don’t get me wrong, godly modesty is important, godly choices are important, and godly friends are important. But God is most important. If we keep our focus on Him rather that ourselves, then I believe that He will bring forth all the good fruits in our lives.
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How have you benefited from your blog?

 

3 (2)Writing this blog has forced me to live life more purposefully, to always look at the meaning and worldview of my actions and amusements. When I write, I must think more clearly and more deeply, or else my thoughts make no sense! This has helped me to see God’s truth and God’s word in all of life, and to be ever aware of and thankful for Jesus’ love and sacrifice. I pray that through this blog, He continues to draw me ever closer to Himself!

Thank you, Isabelle!

 

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