JD MANDERS blogs

J.D. Manders Faith, Family, and Faithful Service

  • The Healing of a Land
    by jdmanders on November 29, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    With all of the bad news today, many people may look on our nation as having lost sight of its destiny, lost God’s favor, become cursed, and begun a rapid decline to a second-rate power. While we may become discouraged by our current situation, it is then that we should remember the Matter of Britain…

  • Escape from War
    by jdmanders on November 22, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    One of the most interesting facts I’ve learned while reading the Letters of J.R.R Tolkien is that he began writing his stories while he was deployed during World War I. It was one of several similarities I found between us, for I also wrote fiction and poetry during all three of my deployments. Most deployed…

  • Allegory or Myth
    by jdmanders on November 9, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Many people who read look for symbolism. This is a natural way of interpreting literature – to look for how books relate to real life. In many cases, the author encourages this use of symbolism. In other cases, readers view all symbols as allegory – e.g., Aslan, Harry Potter, Meg, and Frodo are all Christ-like…

  • Good, Evil, or In-Between
    by jdmanders on October 25, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    For most people, life is about a struggle between good and evil. Whether you define good as adhering to a specific religion, moral code, or political cause, everyone tends to see the world in black and white. Those who agree with you are good; those who disagree are bad. Our literature tends to reflect this…

  • Soldiers Also Experience Separation Anxiety
    by jdmanders on October 11, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    As a proponent of family readiness, I’ve spent a lot of time discussing the challenges that family members and especially children have with deployments and separation anxiety. Separation anxiety is when someone becomes anxious over being separated from family members. It is something that families of service members, first responders, and many others often face.…