<![CDATA[ANITA SEAVEY - A Prairie Girl\'s Pen]]>Tue, 27 Oct 2020 11:41:52 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[My Father's World]]>Sat, 12 Sep 2020 21:07:35 GMThttp://anitaseavey.com/a-prairie-girls-pen/my-fathers-world
Golden sunsets, brilliantly colored leaves, late-night campfires, cozy flannel blankets, apple picking, pumpkin spice... it's time to welcome in my favorite season!

If you have followed my blog for any amount of time, then you know how much I love autumn - perhaps because this is my favorite season for writing. I always feel especially inspired when that first gust of FALL sweeps over the prairie leaving gold and crimson leaves in its wake. The colors, the scents, the tastes... there is nothing about this season that I don't enjoy. 

While riding my horse out in the pasture a few days ago, I took a moment to look out over the country surrounding my home and let myself stare in wonder at the sinking sun. Maybe there is something different about observing creation when you are a creative person yourself. Rather than simply marveling at a job well done, I look at God's masterpiece and wonder how He managed to pull it off. The wanna-be painter in me schemes the best way to imitate a grove of maple trees in acrylics. My writer's heart smells campfire smoke and hears laughter and wonders how to capture that feeling on a piece of paper. 
Now, surrounded by living colors and a palpable sense of change on the wind, I want to gasp out loud at the pure beauty of it. It leaves me feeling so incapable, so inadequate, so awestruck. Only one thought ever crosses my mind in a moment like that - 

This is all the proof I need for a Creator. 

My Father's world leaves me so in awe of His glory. I can't even count the number of times I have stood out in the middle of a pasture surrounded by wildflowers, or stared up at the endless expanse of stars in the nighttime sky, and been left with an incredible assurance of my Savior's power and an overwhelming realization of His goodness. Then I remember - the same hand that crafted this breathtaking world crafted me as well. 

His gift leaves me eager to give something back. The love I have to offer Him seems so very feeble in return, and yet He accepts it and not only does he accept it, He wants it. I am His most precious, intricate, and beloved creation. 

Try thinking about that for a long moment. Now walk away discouraged or afraid... I dare you. Because I can't
  "And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?"  (Mathew 6:28-30)
<![CDATA[Notes Of A Summer Melody]]>Mon, 31 Aug 2020 12:00:00 GMThttp://anitaseavey.com/a-prairie-girls-pen/notes-of-a-summer-melody
Let me be poetic for a moment and say that summer reminds me of a melody: dozens of lines, stanzas stacked one on top of the other, notes sprinkled across the page in a dozen different patterns, and the occasional crescendo here or there. Many of the notes might be the same, just played in a different order. One or two lines could be repeated, but a musician rarely plays a song exactly the same twice (at least I don't). 

This summer has been an interesting composition. A mix of hopeful and minor keys, it certainly didn't live up to my expectations. Thanks to the little surprise twist my Composer threw in - turning the world on its head - I have been forced to look outside myself and realize something:

It's not about what life holds for you, it's what you bring to it. 

It is so easy to get wrapped up in this world - a single, feeble line in the grand scheme of a symphony - and forget that this is not my home. I am not here simply to suck every ounce of pleasure out of life, to revel in my accomplishments, or even to shoot for the stars and chase my dreams. If that were so, I am afraid that life would disappoint me. Instead, my ultimate purpose as a child of God is to serve others and glorify my Creator.

​All else - the beauty of a sunrise, the excitement of hearing my favorite song on the radio, sipping pumpkin spice lattes, relaxing on the back of a horse as it grazes and watching the clouds float by, the joy of reaching for the stars and dreaming big - all these little joys flow from that truth. I am His and He is mine.

Now... to remind myself often, because it is all too easy to write down the truth, and then walk away and forget.

​"We have all eternity to celebrate the victories but only a few hours before sunset to win them."
- Amy Carmichael 

<![CDATA[My Summer Has Been One To Remember - Has Yours?]]>Mon, 17 Aug 2020 15:04:40 GMThttp://anitaseavey.com/a-prairie-girls-pen/my-summer-has-been-one-to-remember-has-yours
Hello Friend!

Here I am, emerging from the midst of a crazy busy, challengingly different, albeit inspiringly beautiful summer. It's been a while since my last blog post or writing update - but while my blog has sat quiet, the rest of my life has been anything but. 

The first few months of summer were crowded with planting thousands of baby trees for my summer job. My sister and I spent hours working under the sun, getting coated in dirt, and learning to navigate the tangle of gravel roads in our rural county. 

Once planting season ended, the usual plethora of farm work has kept me busy: hauling small square bales off the ditch, butchering chickens, training and riding our horses, pasture upkeep, and marveling at my mother's incredible garden. Of course there are also long hours of reading, sunny days at the lake, playing with kittens, or going out for ice cream with my siblings. 

And, of course, watching a pandemic shut down the world has been... interesting. 
This summer has also given me a lot of opportunity to evaluate what I want to do with the passion for writing God placed in my heart. There are a lot of times when I wonder if I have really nailed down my niche, or if I actually know my target audience. This summer has brought up a lot of questions and I'll be honest, I didn't find many answers. 

One thing I am starting to see, however, is that answers are not always necessary and almost never immediate. 

So I'm learning to be willing to wait, and grow, trust Jesus, and do my best. 

As for writing, most of my time has been spent laboring over my fifth and most promising historical novel - the story of a girl searching for worth in a circus, and a boy who refuses to let go of the past, even as he watches the German Reich unleash WW2. 

Outlines. Structure. Edits. Rewrites. Tears. Red Pen. Glorious breakthroughs. Copious amounts of tea. 

The whole works. 

I am loving it and am so excited to begun working on my final draft. After all, it can't get into the hands of readers unless it is finished, and what is a book without readers? Besides that, I have a message to share, a passion to cultivate, and a dream to chase. Life is too short to write just one book. Think of all the stories we would miss.

Sunshine, lake days, long books, or endless days of haying... how has your summer been? Now that I am back to blogging, I want to know what kind of posts that you enjoy - lifestyle, inspirational, practical etc.? It's been a while - let's chat!
<![CDATA[Are You Ready For a Love Riot?]]>Mon, 27 Apr 2020 14:39:12 GMThttp://anitaseavey.com/a-prairie-girls-pen/are-you-ready-for-a-love-riot
Elisabeth Elliot once wrote, "The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian makes me a different kind of woman."
I think the same truth can be applied in this way: The fact that you are a teenager does not make you a different kind of Christian, but the fact that you are a Christian makes you a different kind of teenager. 

I live in a strong Christian home and have grown up under solid Biblical teaching all my life. But I will be honest, there are times when I read articles or books on living for Christ and they fall flat because I have heard it all before.

It is especially easy for teenagers raised in a Christian home to grow apathetic about their faith. The gospel becomes commonplace - I don't like admitting it, but it's true - and we grow comfortable. We get stuck in our habits. We go through the motions. 

Whatever happened to a fire for Christ so bright and passionate that people couldn't help but notice its glow?

"When Jesus ascended into heaven and commissioned all believers to go out and make disciples, the number of Christ followers was small. Acts 1:15 says that 'the number of names was about a hundred and twenty.'

One hundred and twenty. 

That's it. 

I don't know if there were more people who followed Christ and would go out and preach the gospel, but the Bible follows the story of this one hundred and twenty. And that's all that was needed to begin building the church. It makes me wonder, if there were only one hundred and twenty Christians left in the world today, would the gospel spread and flourish as it did then? Or would it die out?"

- Sara Barratt

There comes a point in every teenager's life where we  must decide whether to coast on our parent's faith and eventually burn out, or take up our cross and follow Jesus. 

Sara's passion and love for Jesus practically glows on every page of her book. I walked away from each chapter eager to dig deeper into God's Word and inspired to quit giving "lip service" to my faith and start living it instead. It left me hungry for a closer relationship with Jesus. Love Riot reminded me that the gospel isn't just words on a page or knowing John 3:16 by heart. It is something living, alive, and absolutely incredible.  

Yet despite the incredible joy and passion that jumps off the pages, Love Riot is no comfortable read. It is a battle cry against apathy and complacency - an impassioned plea for the next generation of Christians to be one that follows Christ without reserve. Being a Christian means sacrificing, giving of ourselves, and living counterculturally. Following Christ means counting the costs.

Have you counted the costs? I know I probably haven't, but I am tired of complacency. 

I'm ready for a Love Riot.

"God has not given up on our generation. On the contrary, I believe He has more in store for us than we can imagine. I believe the power which rose Jesus Christ from the dead can raise up the spiritually dying remains of this generation and spark a passion in our souls for His name. In a culture announcing that teenagers are leaving the church, I know God can flip the paradigm and bring us back. Can you imagine a society filled with teens on fire for Jesus Christ? Can you imagine churches packed with teens devoted to God? Can you imagined communities overflowing with teens committed to following Christ and working to bring His kingdom to glory in the years to come?

I can."

​-Sara Barratt
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<![CDATA["Nova" by Chuck Black Review & GIVEAWAY]]>Mon, 13 Apr 2020 16:50:17 GMThttp://anitaseavey.com/a-prairie-girls-pen/nova-by-chuck-black-review-giveaway
When I was little, my dad read books aloud to my sister and me before bedtime. One of the first series I can remember him reading was The Kingdom Series by Chuck Black. We borrowed the set from a friend while it was still in the self-published format and I loved it all. I was engrossed in every sword fight, intrigued by the Prince, and quickly made Tess, the valiant lady heroine of the first two books, my role model.

Since then, I have bought and devoured every one of Mr. Black's books as they were released, from his medieval Knight's of Arrethtrae, to his Wars of the Realm trilogy. Nova, Episode One of the Starlore Legacy, was no exception. I read the entire book in one afternoon.

- The Synopsis -
"Daeson Lockridge was born of Royal blood, and all of his plans are falling into place now that his performance flying the legendary Starcraft at the academy places him as the second-ranking cadet in his class. Only his cousin, Prince Linden Lockridge, ranks higher. But a chance encounter with a lowly Starcraft mechanic shatters his perfect plan. The mysterious Raviel intersects his life and everything he thought he knew about himself, his family, his planet, and his galaxy seems a lie. Exposed as a fraud and with no one to trust he must flee the mighty Jyptonian fleet and search for the truth... a truth that will change his life and the future of the galaxy forever, for the Immortals are watching."

- The Plot-
Science Fiction has never been one of my go-to genres, and certainly not when it includes futuristic worlds set in a totally different galaxy. So I was surprised when I found myself actually enjoying Nova from the very first chapter. The Biblical allegory was easy to pinpoint, yet despite the fact that I already know the basic storyline, I loved the fresh and unique style! The narrative and constant thread of mystery kept me on the edge of my seat. Yet, it isn't just an adventure meant to keep you begging for more - it's a story meant to challenge you, to inspire you, and to bring a new perspective to the Gospel story. 

- The Characters - 
From the moment of his entrance in Chapter One, I liked Daeson. True to Mr. Black's style in crafting his main characters, Daeson is a young man with uncanny skills and strong determination, though still humble and irresistibly kind with a good dose of internal conflict. Thus far, his character arc has been gripping as I watch him go from confident and sure of his path, to broken and questioning what is really true. Isn't that itself such an essential part of the Gospel - being broken to the point where we know we aren't enough?

When Raviel stepped onto the scene, I knew I had found another very satisfying character to engage my imagination. I love how even though she is highly skilled as a mechanic and zealous for her cause, the narrative doesn't forget to portray a stroke of her feminine side. Yes, there is such a thing as young women who are strong, confident, and yet graceful and embrace their femininity. Thus far, she has played more the role of strength and conviction in Daeson's journey, but something tells me that she could pull off "damsel in distress" with a grace and style that leaves you admiring her womanhood.

As for my favorite character... without spoiling it for those who have yet to read Nova, all I will say is that my favorite character thus far is Rivet. Endearing, loyal, mysterious.... you'll have to read to find out just what I mean.

- Overall -
Nova left me impressed. Allegory flows parallel to imagination, the setting is other-worldly without being absurd, and both prologue and epilogue deepened the plot in a way that such chapters rarely do these days. The end left me with more questions than answers, but what do you expect from the first in a twelve book series?

My favorite part of Mr. Black's books, however, has always been the fact that anyone can read them. The story is engaging enough for young kids, and the themes are deep enough to inspire adults.

I especially love how perfectly geared it is toward boys. I have spoken with several authors in the last year whose books were turned down by publishing agents because there isn't a market for pre-teen/teenage boys. In my house, that couldn't be farther from the truth! I have two teen brothers who literally devour books, and Nova is one that I can hand over to them knowing that they will be engrossed in the adventure and inspired by Ell Yon. No magic. No profanity. No negative influences. For those of you who haven't already guessed, there is a good dose of romance in Nova, as in most of Mr. Black's books. I personally enjoy it as it remains pure and respectful and contributes to the plot rather than distracting from it. 

Episode One of the StarLore Legacy has me duly impressed and anxious for more. Are you convinced yet? If so, then you have an opportunity to read Nova yourself.... 

Enter my giveaway to win a SIGNED Hardcover copy of Nova!

Make sure to enter and keep your eyes open for an email next week when I announce the winner!

I can't wait to hear what you think of Nova, the sci-fi genre, or simply of books in general. Drop me a comment below and be sure to enter for your chance to win Nova!

​Until then, blessings!