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The following is a paper I wrote in my MFA program concerning The Dark Night of the Soul. It explores the benefits of pain of suffering on our spiritual lives, and further examines how suffering and conflict catalyze character development in fiction.  The Dark Night of the Soul: How Turmoil Produces Character Development “Pain provides an opportunity for heroism; the…

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Photo courtesy of www.bookicious.com Hello gang! I’m a woman shackled to consistency, so let me begin by (once again) apologizing for my absence. School, work, and family illness have kept me occupied, but I have a resolution to blog more in 2017. No, I promise. In other quick news: **If you haven’t yet, make sure to pick up a copy…

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I’m excited to share a wonderful opportunity with my readers! Back in 2011, I took a whirlwind tour of England, Wales, and Ireland as part of my doctoral research on C.S. Lewis as Transformational Leader. In addition to a tour of The Kilns in Oxford, I traveled to Belfast, Northern Ireland, the place of Lewis’s birth. While there, I took…

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Hello everyone! Many, many apologies for not posting for some time. It hardly seems feasible that it has been nearly a year since I’ve posted. This post will be short (I know, sorry!) but I wanted to update you on all of the things going on in my life and work. Also, I plan to resume posting on a continual…

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Hello all! First, let me apologize for my long silence on this blog. I strongly desire to make writing a habit, but during the past few months I have been moving. My books and reference materials were packed in boxes (along with research notes) so I haven’t had the access or time to write (or think about what I wanted…

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  Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of Joy Davidman’s birth. Joy was the inimitable wife of C.S. Lewis. It was a privilege to speak on Joy for the Inklings Fellowship Retreat held at Montreat College in Montreat, North Carolina. The Fellowship is organized by two prodigious scholars: Dr. Harry (Hal) Poe of Union University and Dr. Don King of Montreat…

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Black Gold Crystal Hurd* There was a loud wail and an agonizing push. The mother lay sweating and screaming, her divided legs steadied against the bedframe. The contractions were coming quicker now. Catherine stood stoic and focused, calling for more rags warmed by the fireplace. From the dark womb came a flailing limb. Breach birth, Catherine thought. Just like those…

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Hello all! I have been hard at work on several projects this year, hence the relative online silence (except for my contributions at All Nine Muses and Legendarium). I am planning a new Lewis series very soon on the blog, so stay tuned! In the meantime, check out a recent roundtable on the Hobbit that I did with William O’Flaherty,…

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Merry Christmas from Crystalhurd.com! Image courtesy of madisonweeklynews.com In all of the hustle and bustle of this holiday, let us remember that Christ came to offer us hope. In the midst of chaos, of uncertainty and national/international strife. God is here. Emmanuel – God with us. Many blessings for this holiday from the Hurd family to yours!  

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  Hello friends! I was very excited to do an interview with Aaron Earls @wardrobedoor over at the fantastic site Wardrobe Door. I am also in the company of some incredible Lewis scholars and mere Christians. Check out my interview, other interviews, and GREAT blogs at WARDROBE DOOR.