by Lisa Prysock
Originally published by Lisa M. Prysock on November 3rd, 2014 at www.LisaPrysock.com, Inspirationals Blog Post
Philippians 4: 8 (paraphrased)
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report; if there be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on these things.
It’s really been on my heart to share that one of the reasons I started writing was because it is so hard to find clean literature to read that is wholesome in nature and really honors God. There is so much out there that can erode our hearts and minds. I try to make it a priority to evaluate carefully what I spend time with when choosing a book to read or choosing a television program to view, or where any entertainment is concerned.
I believe it is important to choose with the greatest of care what we put into our minds. What we put in seems to come out later. We think about what we read in books and what we watch on television when we are sleeping and as we go through life. I think this is true about most of our encounters in life. I usually ask myself when considering a book to read, if I read this book, or if I watch this television program, will it honor the Lord? Will it educate me about something I should know about? Is it wholesome? Is it uplifting? Does it bring me closer to the Lord? I’m reminded of that verse that the pure in heart shall see God.
Everything I have read in my life has shaped me in some way. Everything we do, see, hear, or read has some kind of impression on our hearts and minds, whether good or bad. The Bible says to guard our hearts and to renew our minds in Him through the reading of the Word. With this in mind, being selective is a good thing.
I plan to be choosy about what I read. If you read this blog, chances are you are choosy about what you read also. That’s an admirable quality to nourish and pass on to our children. I want to read literature that gives me hope, joy, and peace; literature that brings me closer to God in some way. Literature that is uplifting, interesting, educational, heartwarming, and passionate about Biblical principles in some way is what is on my reading list.
Many people have often laughed at me for choosing books and programming that are extremely old-fashioned in nature– or books and movies that have Christian themes. I find it hard to keep my relationship with God intact if I have to repent for watching or reading something I should not have. There is a very real battle out there for our hearts and minds. The scriptures say that in the last days, it will be like the days of Noah when everyone did what was right in his own eyes. The truth is, I would rather others find me amusing than to be displeasing to our Lord.
About the Author:
Lisa M. Prysock is the author of “To Find a Duchess,” a Regency Inspirational Romance and two more Historical Christian Romance books with Kentucky settings in the Victorian Era, “Hannah’s Garden: a Turn of the Century Love Story,” and “Abigail’s Melody,” Volume 1 and 2 in a series titled “The Victorian Christian Heritage Series.”
“I don’t know how it happens but most of my books end up in beautiful England at some point and two start out in gorgeous, rolling Kentucky…”
Kentucky inspires her writing and is home. She is happily married to her husband of seventeen years and homeschools two of their five children. She has a son in college and two stepdaughters, grown. Lisa grew up in the Ohio Valley and also spent her early childhood years in Minnesota on a farm. “Yes, there were chickens, a cow named Daisy and even horses one summer, a huge vegetable garden, fishing and snowmobiles!”
Lisa remembers writing her very first book in kindergarten in Wisconsin, with help from the teacher and a stapler. “It was a book about ‘Curious George.’ I couldn’t spell yet but the teacher wrote words beneath my illustrations for what I wanted to say on each page.” She has been writing ever since. She won a prize for a short story in 8th grade and remembers buying a manual typewriter with her first ever babysitting earnings.
Lisa is a huge fan of the “Little House on the Prairie” series, the “Anne of Green Gables” collection, the Jane Austen collection, C.S. Lewis books, “Heidi,” “Christy,” “Jane Eyre,” and “Little Women.” She loves writing family oriented, classic style literature: a little less conversation and a lot more detail and background. She also loves sharing her faith in Christ with her readers. She believes people just need to know how wonderful He is and attributes her dream of writing coming true entirely to Him.
She gives a portion of the proceeds of her books each month to missionaries and evangelists to further the gospel. She is currently writing her eighth book, and she recently completed “The Lydia Collection.” For more information about Lisa and to find out when her next book will launch, she can be found at: www.LisaPrysock.com