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How to Pray for Military Service Members

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Apr 06, 2015 in | 0 Comments

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1 Disgraced Civil War General + 1 Ardent Atheist = Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Apr 04, 2015 in Civil War History, Journal | 1 Comment
Chariot race, Ben Hur

 

  During our first year of marriage, my husband Rob and I rented the classic film Ben Hur with Charlton Heston to watch the night before Easter. The chariot race came up awfully fast. "I feel like we're supposed to care about who wins," I told Rob. "Shouldn't we get to know the characters a bit?" The movie was over in less than an hour. "Huh. I thought this was supposed to be a long movie." We shrugged and shook our heads. Only after taking the disc out and examining it more...

What's So Good About Good Friday?

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Apr 03, 2015 in | 0 Comments

For years, I felt uncomfortable calling the day Christ was crucified "Good" Friday. It didn't feel right to me, and I bet at least some of you can relate. Why call the day God died a good day? The following video explains it so beautifully. I have watched it every Easter season since I saw it in my church's Good Friday service a few years ago. It never fails to encourage me, and I hope it will encourage you today, too.

Why We Call it Good...

Spy of Richmond-Themed Give-away!

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Apr 02, 2015 in | 51 Comments

One hundred fifty years ago today, (April 2, 1865) the Confederate government evacuated Richmond, but not before ordering buildings and structures of military importance burned to prevent the Yankees benefiting from them. Unfortunately, the Richmond City Council's order to also destroy all the city's liquor by dumping it in the gutters only served to spread the fire. By the time the Federal troops contained the blazes after arriving on April 3, twenty city blocks had been destroyed. Very few in the Confederacy held out any hope that the South could survive the loss of its capital. Six days...

How to Be Inspired

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Mar 31, 2015 in Writing | 0 Comments

Recently a writer friend emailed me with this: “I noticed on your Facebook post this morning that you said you had ideas ‘again.’ Does that mean that for a while you didn’t?” She was feeling such pressure to be inspired and write another book, and it just wasn’t coming together for her. Do you ever feel this way? Yes? Welcome to the club of Almost All Writers Almost Everywhere!

Inspiration is a slippery thing. Sometimes I have way too much of it to be practical, and other times, I am bone dry. Here’s what I...

5 Pioneering Women Doctors and Nurses of the Civil War

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Mar 29, 2015 in Behind the Books, Civil War History | 5 Comments

The truth is, all women who were doctors and nurses during the Civil War were pioneers in their field. Prior to 1861, nurses--and all but two doctors in the United States--were men. But when social reformer Dorothea Dix pointed out to President Lincoln that he had a scant 28 surgeons in the army's medical department to care for the 75,000 volunteers he'd just called for, he reluctantly conceded that women be allowed to serve as nurses. I want to introduce you to five remarkable women who blazed the trail for women in medicine.

 

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Sword of Forgiveness Give-away & Author Chat with Debbie Lynne Costello

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Mar 18, 2015 in | 55 Comments

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Irish-Americans and the Civil War

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Mar 17, 2015 in Civil War History | 2 Comments
"Erin's Pride" by artist Dale Gallon

 

I didn't expect to become so fascinated with the plight of Irish Americans when I began writing my first Civil War novel, Wedded to War. But as I researched 19th-century New York City, where my heroine Charlotte Waverly lived, I was totally drawn in to the story of how "the other half" lived. My heart broke as I read about immigrants trying to make ends meet in...

Recipe: Gingerbread, inspired by Spy of Richmond!

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Mar 09, 2015 in | 2 Comments

Have you ever read a book that made you hungry enough to head to the kitchen? That's what happened to Pegg Thomas last week when she was about half way through Spy of Richmond. Apparently the references to ginger cakes (gingerbread) that the Kent household cook prepared for the Union prisoners were just descriptive enough to convince Pegg it was high time she had some herself. Thankfully for the rest of us, she's sharing her family recipe with all of us! Thank you Pegg! ...

#AmReading During Reading Month! (Plus a Give-away!)

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Mar 06, 2015 in | 8 Comments

Did you know March is officially National Reading Month? I didn't until I read this. Furthermore, yesterday apparently was World Book Day. Clearly I missed that one, just like I missed my son's doctor appointment on the same day. (Do not be alarmed. It was only a check-up.) I've really been on a roll. The day before that, as I was driving a minivan full of children, I missed the exit for the birthday party and made half the guests late.  #MissedIt was definitely trending in my life this...

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