<![CDATA[Anita Seavey - A Prairie Girl\'s Pen]]>Sat, 11 Jul 2020 23:50:16 -0700Weebly<![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!
<![CDATA[Is it Alright to be Afraid?]]>Fri, 03 Apr 2020 13:00:00 GMThttp://anitaseavey.com/a-prairie-girls-pen/is-it-all-right-to-be-afraidPicture

While plotting out my blog plan for April, I originally scheduled a post for today on being creative and keeping busy at home. Instead, on a whim, I sat down and typed up something a little different that I want to share with you. 

I want to ask you a question that has been haunting me since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

A few days ago, I listened as a popular vlogger tearfully assured her viewers that it is okay to be afraid. We are living in scary times, she reminded. You don't have to pretend everything is all right, because it's not. People are being hurt. Bad things are taking place. Go ahead and be upset. 

I understand the desire to be sensitive toward those who are actually hurting from COVID-19 - but I can't bring myself to believe that she is right. 

The topic of FEAR is such a deep and complex one that I hesitate to even dip my toes in and say a word about it. But I want to challenge my Christian readers with this -

Is it okay to be afraid?

FEAR itself is not a sin. It is an emotion, plain and simple. But there comes a point when we are given the choice to make it into more than that. Emotions are the kind of thing that will "rule or be ruled". We make the choice whether they define us or not.

Fear becomes dangerous when we justify it.

It's all right to be afraid. Yes, God has it under control, but you can still be upset. In times like these, that's only natural.

 But can that kind of FEAR or anxiety and our FAITH in Christ really go hand-in-hand?
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

​How can we justify fear when He has already overcome the world?
​If you think about it, letting ourselves fall prey to FEAR is essentially telling Jesus "yes, I believe that You are the almighty Son of God who has saved me from my sin, BUT, I don't trust You enough to take care of this, so I'll go on worrying about tomorrow."

As Christians, we are a new creation. Obviously life as a Christian is not guaranteed to be easy, but we  are guaranteed that God will never leave us, and we are promised eternal life.  

That kind of hope should look different from the rest of the world. 

​"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love." (1 John 4:18)

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7)

"For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father." (Romans 8:15)

We are given a reason to rejoice and "be of good cheer". In fact, we are commanded to (Philippians 4:4-7). The joy of the Lord is our strength and our witness to the world.

Yes, fear is a natural, God-given emotion, but not one that we should be giving ourselves permission to dwell on. Justifying the right to be upset doesn't help us relate to those who are hurting or project an image of sensitivity -

it projects an image of someone who doesn't really believe what they say they do.

Reading through 1 John, I am constantly overwhelmed by the common theme of joy that runs through every chapter. Living joyfully is an indelible mark of any passionate Christian. It does not mean that we turn a blind eye to the anxieties and very real fears of others. In fact, it does the exact opposite.

By obeying Christ's command, "fear not", and countering our emotions with the TRUTH of His Word, we are set free to offer TRUE compassion and TRUE love to the world around us.
We are no longer trapped in our own bubble of self-preservation and anxiety. Instead, we become shining lights of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. 

So is it all right to be afraid? 

Fear is inevitable. Maybe the real question is, when you are afraid, will you trust in Him?

"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:38-39)
<![CDATA[DUST by Kara Swanson - Cover Reveal!]]>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 08:00:00 GMThttp://anitaseavey.com/a-prairie-girls-pen/dust-by-kara-swanson-cover-reveal
The girl who fears her own destiny is on a collision course with the boy who never wanted to grow up. The truth about Neverland will unravel everything Claire thought she knew about Peter Pan—and herself.

About the Reveal...

I am so thrilled to be joining in the cover reveal for DUST by Kara Swanson, releasing from Enclave publishing this July! DUST is a Peter Pan retelling/sequel, and book on of the Heirs of Neverland​ duology.

Anyone who knows me will probably be quick to agree that I am a historical fiction kinda' girl. I love all things historical, and very rarely stumble across any works of fantasy that I actually enjoy (not counting the Chronicles of Narnia here... obviously). 

My first experience enjoying a fantasy novel actually came a little over a year ago, when I was given a copy of The Girl Who Could See by none other than Kara Swanson. But in all honesty, I think that half my love for the story was really respect for the author - Kara has such a genuine heart for others and is so incredibly authentic, and her love for others and for Truth is evident when she writes.

About the Story...

The truth about Neverland is far more dangerous than a fairy tale.

Claire Kenton believes the world is too dark for magic to be real—since her twin brother was stolen away as a child. Now Claire's desperate search points to London... and a boy who shouldn't exist.

Peter Pan is having a beastly time getting back to Neverland. Grounded in London and hunted by his own Lost Boys, Peter searches for the last hope of restoring his crumbling island: a lass with magic in her veins.

The girl who fears her own destiny is on a collision course with the boy who never wanted to grow up. The truth behind this fairy tale is about to unravel everything Claire thought she knew about Peter Pan—and herself.

Now, for a cover to match this story with just the perfect blend of whimsical and epic!

​Are you ready?

Isn't it beautiful!? I was absolutly floored by how stunning this cover is and it matches the personality of Kara's story  perfectly.

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PLUS, be certain to check out PRE-ORDER FOR DUST.

Not only do you get a chance to purchase this gorgeous limited hardcover edition, but you also get pre-order goodies right from Kara, including artwork, a short story, and more!

What do you think of the cover of DUST? Do you enjoy Fantasy, or (like me) does it take a rare gem to pique your interest? I can't wait to hear from you!
<![CDATA[My 2019 Favorites and 2020 Aspirations]]>Fri, 17 Jan 2020 13:00:00 GMThttp://anitaseavey.com/a-prairie-girls-pen/my-2019-favorites-and-2020-aspirations
Can you believe that not only has a new year begun, but a new decade as well? 2020 is one of those years that has always sounded like someday in the distant future - I mean, shouldn't we all have flying cars by now?
​Besides that, I am hoping and praying that 2020 is going to be an incredible year filled with new experiences, wins, adventures, and growing in God's Word.
Last year was incredible on so many levels. I attended my very first Writers Conference, which inspired me in my journey as an author like nothing else ever has and left me walking on air for weeks! Three of my devotionals were accepted by the quarterly devotional Unlocked, and I was once again published on The Rebelution

Besides writing, I spent many hours trail-riding on our horses with my sisters, began teaching two sweet new music students, experienced camping with my family three times in our new tent (it rained two of those times, but we stayed dry!), and went on a road trip down to Colorado with a group of friends (first road trip without my family + my first time hiking to the top of a mountain). 

In short, my year was literally brimming with new experiences and unforgettable memories. 

There were a lot of challenges as well. I  spent a lot of time feeling stressed, confused, inadequate, and afraid. But I managed to come out on the other side convinced that God is working, even if I can't see Him. 

After all, I really am "too blessed to be stressed." ;-)

Now for 2020. 

I have a lot of goals for this year, but have not officially written them down. A lot of them are simply personal goals that I hope to implement, or healthier habits that I want to form. 

A few are:
  • Memorize more scripture
  • Read through the Bible in a year (and study it more intensly)
  • Write consistently - even if that means waking up extra early
  • Submit my work regularly to small publishers
  • Expand my musical abilities
  • Blog consistently
  • Polish up our horses' training
  • Garden.... yes, I might try and force myself to enjoy gardening... again
Something that I have noticed is that I tend to get irritable or depressed when I am focusing too much on myself.  My Mom has always told my siblings and I that JOY is Jesus first, Others second, and Yourself last. I'm starting to realize just how true that is. I can't love those around me if I am too focused on myself. Now, to implement it. 

What are some of your goals for the new year? Do you have any favorite memories or "wins" from 2019? As always, I would love to hear about it!