Author Archives: Jonna Hawker Turek

About Jonna Hawker Turek

I write Christian fiction under my maiden name, J.B. Hawker.

Reaching out

The comic strip Pearls Before Swine, by Stephen Pastis, once featured Rat saying to his friend the goat, “I have not gone to church in a long time.”  The goat responds, “Oh, yeah? Why is that?” and Rat replies, “I’m … Continue reading

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God’s gift of humor

I was recently introduced to the Christian satirical website The Babylon Bee. This site skewers our human foibles in categories of News, Christian Living, Celebs, Politics, Church, Lifestyle, Sports, and Entertainment.  After being pointed to the site by my son, … Continue reading

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Words to Live By

In 2018, this weekly blog will enter its tenth year. The past decade has seen changes, upheavals, turmoil, and tragedies, as well as celebrations and blessings too numerous to count, both personally and worldwide. However, there has been one constant. … Continue reading

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Is Christmas Disappearing?

I live in a household of word-lovers. Conversations are thick with puns and creative word play, so it wasn’t too surprising when I announced to my son the other day that I was planning to dematerialize Christmas this year, his predictably melodramatic response was, … Continue reading

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Advent: a Time of Coming and Becoming

In most Christian churches, the four weeks leading up to Christmas are observed as the season of Advent, a time of preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth. Believers use these weeks to review the events leading up to Christ’s … Continue reading

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The Struggle to Save Christmas

    It’s that time of year, again, when many of us gird our loins to do battle with the dark forces of carefully secular “Happy Holiday” greetings and decorated “holiday” trees. We are preparing for the struggle to hold … Continue reading

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Christmas in Focus

Playing Santa for friends and family every year can become quite a chore. Daily life has to go on, as well, and we can begin to feel frazzled and pulled in many directions. Although I, like many women, take pride … Continue reading

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Good for Nothing

[Originally Posted on November 20, 2011] The cartoons I watched as a little girl sometimes illustrated the struggle with temptation by using a tiny angel or devil sitting on the character’s shoulder urging him on to goodness or mischief. As … Continue reading

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Give thanks? Really?

Even though we are being rushed from Halloween straight to Christmas every year, we still cannot overlook the fact that next Thursday is Thanksgiving. We have the supermarket ads to remind us, if nothing else.  But this holiday is not … Continue reading

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Honoring those who serve and have served

Veterans Day, November 11, is the day we in the United States honor the men and women who serve, or have served,  in the military in the defense of our country. Whether in peacetime or war, these individuals take a … Continue reading

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