Michelle Knight survived one of the worst ordeals at the hands of Ariel Castro, but the Christian woman says that she has forgiven her captor and rapist and will go on living her life.
Knight, who now goes by the name Lilly, was held captive by Castro for 11 years with two other girls. They managed to escape in 2013 and have largely avoided all contact with the press, but Knight has decided to stay in the limelight and tell her story, perhaps as an example of survival for others.
"I was able to forgive him," Knight said at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School in Chadron, Ohio on Sunday. more >>
A well-known atheist has written a children's book in response to the wildly popular, Heaven Is for Real, focusing on the idea that there is no afterlife and that this life is all there is.
"Depending on how you choose to read it, 'Me & Dog' is either: 1. A sweet little book about a boy who goes on a walk with his dog, and accidentally steps on the dog's tail, and the dog apologizes because it has an adorable, fundamental misunderstanding about the nature of existence; or 2. An insidious, deviant little parable brainwashing vulnerable innocents into doubting the existence of God," author Gene Weingarten wrote for the Washington Post.
Weingarten, with the assistance of Eric Shansby, wrote Me & Dog to counter the immense popularity of Heaven Is for Real, which tells the story of a pastor's son who believes he died, went to Heaven, and lived to tell the tale. The Christian book, originally written for adults, was such a best-seller that it was adapted for all ages and even turned into a movie. It reached No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list in 2010 and stayed there for 10 weeks. more >>
Award winning journalist and author Sophia A. Nelson recently spoke about the importance of sisterhood, particularly as it relates to women and workplace sabotage.
Nelson, 47, has extensive experience working in corporate America, previously as a senior attorney with Holland & Knight and currently as a corporate leadership trainer for Fortune 500 companies.
On Tuesday she released her second book The Woman Code: 20 Powerful Keys To Unlock Your Life, which was endorsed by media mogul Arianna Huffington. In it she shares common sense advice about sisterhood and how women can achieve more and live more fulfilling lives by sticking together. more >>
Jana Duggar is one of the lesser-known Duggar daughters, which has prompted speculation that she does not enjoy the limelight and is breaking away from Duggar family tradition.
The 24-year old has a twin brother, John-David, and neither one is dating, which is unusual for members of the family. Younger sisters Jill, 23, and Jessa, 21, are either engaged or married and expecting a first child. But it seems that Jana is much more interested in being single and not tied down just yet; some have theorized that Jana is rebelling against the family traditions.
"There's a lot of talk about her spreading her wings and flying solo, leaving her parents and the 18 kids behind. [However], the most likely explanation of Jana's single status is that she and Jim Bob just haven't found 'the one' yet," Hollywood Gossip wrote. more >>
Former Flyleaf front woman Lacey Sturm opened up this week about her journey to finding God, including her days as a suicidal drug user desperate for faith and purpose.
The singer is preparing for the release of her book The Reason: How I Discovered A Life Worth Living on Tuesday, Oct. 7. Sturm was compelled to write her story after sharing it with fans who attested that it changed their lives and even quelled their own suicidal thoughts. Discussing the powerful message of God's love in The Reason, Sturm recalled her first understanding of salvation while speaking to The Christian Post.
"I heard the message 'I'm worth loving and created by a good God, my life is important no matter what anybody says' during my encounter with God as an atheist," the singer explained. "That was the first sign; the Holy Spirit gave me that message. Maybe I had heard it before, but I didn't receive it until that message." more >>
Once a notorious gangster, drug dealer and pimp, John Turnipseed knows what it's like to feel trapped in sin. Now a licensed minister, Turnipseed wants those struggling to make a change and to know God hears their prayers.
"I always try to tell people to look for the evidence of God because it's always there and sometimes we just ignore it. We look past it [because] it doesn't look inviting to us," he said.
In his soon-to-be-released autobiography Bloodline, Turnipseed tells how his troubled childhood led him into a life of crime and how surrendering his life to Christ led him to become a helping hand for others living hard lives. more >>