WINGSPREAD E-zine for October, 2015

Spreading your wings in a confusing world
James Hurd               October, 2015


  • E-zine subscription information
  • How to purchase Wingspread: Of Faith and Flying
  • Newest blog article: All Hallows Eve
  • Writer’s Corner
  • Book and Film reviews
  • Favorite quotes


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New blog article:   All Hallows Eve (Hallowe’en story) 

I know that Hallowe’en should be a sacred time in preparing for All Saints Day, November 1, so my apologies for this horror story.


The three-story, 100-year-old house is obscured by a tall oak with its leafless, witch-finger branches that slash across the full moon and pierce the night sky. The wind is rising and rain threatens. On this cold autumn night, smoke pours from the chimney, but no light escapes the shuttered windows. The passing years have flaked off big patches of paint from the porch rails….    Read more here:

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Writer’s Corner
Writer’s Term of the Week:  “Resonating the Lead”

Ending where you began. Circling back to where you opened your story. Resonating the lead will give your reader a sense of satisfaction, closure, a feeling that you’ve fulfilled your promise.

Books and Film reviews
The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected (Nik Ripken [a pseudonym], with Gregg Lewis. B&H Publishing. Nashville, TN. 2013. 322 pages). Ripken (a pseudonym) set out to carefully listen to and record the stories of persecuted, oppressed Christians in Somalia, several Arab countries, Russia, Eastern Europe, China, and Southeast Asia. Ripkin’s question: Where is God amidst all this suffering, and how can I trust a God who would let bad things happebn? The stories captivate. But the parallel story is the challenge to the American church, and Ripkin’s journey about doubting God when he sank into doubt and despair, followed by his “resurrection” after he saw the courage and persistence of persecuted Christians around the world.


Favorite quotes

♫   He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.    Winston Churchill

♫   Every nation makes decisions based on self-interest and defends them on the basis of morality.    William Sloane Coffin

♫   It is one thing to say with the prophet Amos, “Let justice roll down like mighty waters,” and quite another to work out the irrigation system.    William Sloane Coffin

♫   It is a mistake to look to the Bible to close a discussion; the Bible seeks to open one.    William Sloane Coffin

♫   He’s a modest little person, with much to be modest about.    Winston Churchill

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