As Big As I Want Him To Be

What do you do when life throws at you some adversity?

Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

– Joshua 1:9

 

By Jessica M. Jones – A Kingdom Pen subscriber, photographer, and freelance writer

 

Today started out as a good day, I got up, went and dropped my son off at school, got some coffee which was greatly needed after having a late night out. Went to work, started out being motivated and got quite a bit accomplished before lunch and then I went to lunch.

I sat and visited with one of my co-workers and we talked for a bit and tried to share some things with each other that was intended for only our ears to hear. My co-worker then told me some news that, in a way, knocked the breath out of me. I should have seen the event of the news coming and it shouldn’t have surprised me, but it did. At first I was disappointed and tried to blow off the idea. I guess I was trying to not really think that it was going to happen. As my co-worker and I finished our lunch, we both went our separate ways back to work.

An hour or so later, it hit me. I then realized what this piece of news really meant for me and I became very depressed. I began to question a few things in my life, I became negative and really could not find the positive in anything. I began to cry, I felt alone all of a sudden and just really lost.

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New Website!

Hello Everyone!

This is Rachel Ramm, the web and graphic designer for KP. If there’s anything you don’t like about the way our website looks, if you hate the First Novel mag pages, or are disgusted by the cover layout, you know who to blame.

Anyway, I am in the process of transferring all of our wonderful content over to this new site, so for a little while you will notice some things missing (as I’m writing this, the images have not yet been uploaded), as well as some smashing new things added (no, I don’t think I’ll tell you about those… I’d rather keep you in suspense!)

As always, KP is a team effort all driven by the support of our superlative community (that means you!) so THANK YOU! And thanks in advance for your patience as we’re working on the new site.

If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below, or send us an email at kingdompenmag {at} gmail {dot} com.

Cheers!

Rachel

We Want YOU!

By Reagan Ramm

Kingdom Pen has come a long way. I first heard about it a little over a year ago when it was just starting out and only had 30 subscribers. A friend of mine mentioned to me that Eli King had started an eMagazine for encouraging young authors to write for Christ. I was like, “He did what? That’s incredible!” I never would have thought of starting such a thing, or that creating a legitimate magazine was even possible. Probably because my subconscious would have told me it wouldn’t work, or I couldn’t do it, or it wouldn’t do any good. If Eli had these same doubts, they didn’t hold him back. He was confident God was telling him to start an eMagazine for teens, and that’s what he did.

I jumped on board three issues into it. When Eli began to tell me about the publication and his vision, I was instantly inspired and wanted to join him. My sister, Rachel Ramm, and her award winning artistic talents also joined the project, and then together with our committed writers, we set out to see what God would do.

It’s hard to believe that was already a year ago. So much has changed and God has blessed Kingdom Pen so much. Our subscriber base has increased by over 1,000%, and the list of people who have contributed and helped to make Kingdom Pen improve has also grown substantially. There are so many people we could thank. Some of you, we don’t even know. Some of you have been with us from the beginning—even before I joined—and some of you are just joining us. All of your support has been invaluable. All the positive feedback you have given us has been very encouraging, and has us excited about the future.

Of course, we wouldn’t have made it anywhere had it not been God’s will, and we thank Him first and foremost. Also, any positive impact Kingdom Pen has been able have on our readers is also the result of God, and we feel—with God’s continued aid—that there is still a lot more good that Kingdom Pen can do.

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Being Weird

Uh oh! Following Christ has made me…different.

Originally published in July/August issue: Vol.2.Issue.4
by Hannah Mills

 

Peer pressure is a dangerous thing, even within the church and even within the writing community.

Last month I was blessed to be one of one hundred seventy-six students attending the One Year Adventure Novel Summer Workshop, and one of the speakers, Mark Wilson, touched on the subject of peer pressure and “coolness”.

He said that trying to be cool, to fit in, can often very easily destroy our hunger and love for learning and our thirst for the “useless”, but useful, knowledge.

It can destroy other things too, I realized. Like standing out in our walk with Christ, and with writing stories.

Writers are so often labeled as weird, we’re misunderstood, we’re giv­en odd looks and sometimes outright laughed at, and at other times people might dance around us at arm’s length, as if afraid we’ll make them feel inferior.

As Christian writers, well, that might garner even more looks and strange reactions.

But you know what? That’s okay. We’re not supposed to fit into the mold pop culture has cast.

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KP Book Review: Ender’s Game

Far and away, Science Fiction is my favorite genre to write. However, when it comes to reading Sci-fi, there’s a lot of…weird stuff out there. Not only that, but much of it is cliche or soaked to the bone in Humanism.  Because of this, my experience reading Sci-fi has been a mixed bag. That being said, Ender’s Game was definitely one of the gems.

I stumbled upon Ender’s Game after reading a book on writing Science Fiction by the same author, Orson Scott Card. Through reading his “how to” book, I discovered that Card himself had written an award winning Science Fiction novel, or rather, a series of novels: the Ender’s Game Series. I decided I wanted to read this Ender’s Game book. That way, I could see if Mr. Card really knows what he’s talking about. Does Orson Scott Card really know how to write a Science Fiction novel?  He does.

Ender’s Game is easily one of my favorite books, which makes it my pleasure to share with you this excellent review by Kingdom Pen subscriber, Corey Poff. For more reviews and insights, check out Corey’s blog: The Ink Slinger

Associate Editor

Reagan Ramm

Ender’s Game: A Book Review

by Corey Poff

In the futuristic world of Ender’s Game, an alien race has attacked Earth twice and almost destroyed mankind. To prepare for the next encounter, an international Battle School has been established, where the world’s most talented children are drilled in the arts of war. Their early training takes the form of “games”: simulated battles in null-gravity.

Enter Andrew “Ender” Wiggin: a genius among geniuses. His training begins at age six, and when he joins Battle School, his tactical prowess becomes obvious. With humanity’s survival in the balance, everything hinges on Ender’s ability to surmount every challenge he’s given. The authorities are determined to make him or break him. Ender will grow up fast.

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