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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!  

By: crystal

  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.  

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  Recently, I was asked by Brenton Dickieson of A Pilgrim in Narnia to participate in The Battle of the Five Blogs. It is not technically a battle per se, merely an exchange of ideas, a dialogue, about Tolkien and the recent release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. There are some other fantastic folks in this…

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On Amazon! Hello all! I know I have been quiet recently, but I have been hard at work on some projects for the last few months. This has limited my ability to write blogs on a regular basis. One of the projects that I have been working on is a women’s devotional. Several months back, I was approached about doing…

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  Book Review – Fierce Convictions by Karen Swallow Prior “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” – Jane Austen, Persuasion Hannah More was one of those creatures. A woman of humble beginnings, Hannah made her…

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Exclusive Interview with Holly Ordway on her new book Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms Back in 2012, I joined All Nine Muses (www.allninemuses.wordpress.com) and was delighted to write alongside some of the brightest, most creative minds I know. Holly Ordway was one of those writers. Last year, while presenting at a conference at HBU, I got to…

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The Heart of Light: A Review Crystal Hurd You don’t have to take my word for it. Good book reviews should probably be dispassionate, objective, critical. But when a book not only grabs your intellect but keeps you up into the wee hours to see how it’s going to end, you have to lay your cards on the table and…

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Photo courtesy of www.globeuniversity.edu I was recently approached by Head Muse and dear friend Kelly Belmonte about doing a “Blog Hop” which provides insight into my writing process. Her Blog Hop is located at the wonderful site All Nine Muses.  Kelly invited several others, including fellow Muse Holly Ordway, to contribute. Her excellent post is located at Hieropraxis. By the…

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Just last week, on a drizzly Sunday morning, I stepped foot on Omaha Beach. Sand crunched beneath my sneakers as I surveyed the deceptively tranquil shoreline. As gulls circled politely overhead and low tide massaged the beach’s edge, I took inventory of the sad, tragic events that occurred seventy years prior. It was a sobering vision juxtaposed against our contemporary…