Mixed feelings for A Second Chance, a quick read with a nice message

Alexis A. Goring’s A Second Chance was kind of a mixed bag for me. A light — it’s only 154 pages long — and mostly lighthearted Christian contemporary romance, it fails to tick several of my boxes when it comes to reading enjoyment. The novella follows Traci Hightower, a recently jilted bride […]

Hope for Today: A commencement address for graduates, for all of life

This month, millions of students will graduate from high school and college. The majority of these graduates will be teenagers and 20-somethings. They will have achieved a worthy and important milestone for themselves. If I had a chance to speak at their graduations, here are some life lessons I would […]

Annual Habitat for Humanity fundraiser taking on Cinco de Mayo feel

Habitat for Humanity in Arkansas City will hold its annual fundraiser next week — with a bit of a Latin twist. This year’s event will be May 5 at the V.J. Wilkins Family Center for the Arts at the Burford Theatre, located at 118 S. Summit St. There still will […]

Camden has intriguing take on difficult times with ‘To the Farthest Shores’

Fans of Elizabeth Camden won’t be disappointed with her newest release, To the Farthest Shores (Bethany House, $15.99, 336 pages, ISBN 9780764218804). Camden tackles some really difficult subjects in this novel — from trust to forgiveness, she handles each topic with aplomb. Jenny Bennett has been through a lot, but […]

National Day of Prayer event planned for May 4 at Wilson Park rotunda

A National Day of Prayer service will be held next week under the Wilson Park rotunda. The Arkansas City Ministerial Alliance invites the community to attend the prayer service, which will begin at noon May 4. After the service, lunch will be available. This year will mark the 66th annual […]

The NKJV Woman’s Study Bible review and Grow in the Word Giveaway

Creating habits of studying God’s Word can be challenging. Between the rat race we call work and trying to catch up on household chores, sitting down to truly study seems overwhelming. Study Bibles can enhance a Christian’s exploration of the Word greatly. Thomas Nelson’s recently released New King James Version […]

Arkansas City Ministerial Alliance has organized week of Easter services

The Arkansas City Ministerial Alliance has organized a week of Easter services. Each day next week, from Monday through Friday, there will be a service at a different church in Ark City. Free lunches will be provided because the services are scheduled to take place from noon to 1 p.m. […]

Aviator Church coming to Cowley County as part of evangelical outreach

Aviator Church is coming to Cowley County this year. The church will hold two informational meetings at Steamy Joe, located at 216 W. Central Ave. These meetings will be at 7 p.m. April 13 and 8 p.m. April 27. “We are still looking at all of our options as far […]

Sundin’s “When Tides Turn” a fun, fast-paced historical fiction novel

Sarah Sundin’s When Tides Turn is a fun, fast-paced historical fiction novel. The main character, Tess, wants to be seen as more than a pretty face as she joins the newly created Navy WAVES. She has her eyes set on no-nonsense Lt. Dan Avery, whose sole focus is his work — though […]

“Unchained” studies Biblical freedom in depth

Noel Jesse Heikkinen’s recently released Unchained: If Jesus Has Set Us Free, Why Don’t We Feel Free? takes a look at what freedom through Christ really means. He breaks some very interesting ground regarding the chains we place on ourselves when it comes to forgiving ourselves for past mistakes and believing […]