- the bible's content
- the Pilgrims
- Rev. John Robinson, one of my ancestors and the pastor to the Pilgrims
- Roger Williams
- the history of religion
- religious practices in different countries
- religious holidays
I love writing with religious content because the writing experiences, including the research, help me to become more educated about my own faith and many other faith-related topics. For example, I've been reading about, thinking about, and writing about these and many other topics:
Easter is one of my favorite holidays because of the resurrection of Jesus. This resurrection lets me know that we also will not just die, but we'll have eternal life through our belief in Jesus. I love knowing that Jesus also was not just some kind of an invisible spirit: he did such things as eating food, being visible to disciples, etc. I believe that we also will have some kind of form when we arrive in Heaven.
The cover of Holidays Amaze obviously has Easter eggs as a part of its design. Holidays Amaze has a great Easter poem on pages 21 through 28: "Sticking Together on Easter." This poem has a story about an Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday. The children in this narrative talk about Jesus and his life, as well as finding some really nice surprises in their Easter eggs.
Here is the ending of the poem, which is on pages 27 and 28 of Holidays Amaze:
"A circle of children and teachers did form
around the Jesus statue with prayers so warm
that they melted moisture within the stickers,
creating dampness falling down from the stickers
to the ground and forming a tiny pond
where Christian friends with each other could bond
to join with Jesus stickers from Easter eggs
to walk on circular ponds with stable legs."
I love to go to church nearly every Sunday for these reasons:
Every Christmas, I especially love to think about my Lord and Savior: Jesus Christ. Because of His sacrifice, many Christians have been given eternal lives. People might ask me how I know this to be true. My answer is that, for many reasons, I know there's a very loving and helpful Christian God. To be with God for eternity means to be in heaven, which will be wherever God is located.
"A Forevergreen Christmas" is the poem on page 89 of Karen Petit's book of poetry: Holidays Amaze, published in 2018 by WestBow Press. A larger version of this poem is included in the blog for Holidays Amaze (http://www.holidaysamaze.com/holiday-blog).
I often tell people that I don't just believe in God, I know there's a God. I've often asked myself how do I really know there's a God? Here are some of the many reasons why I know this to be true:
Holidays Amaze has four prayer poems, including "A Prayer Poem on the National Day of Prayer," "A Prayer Poem on Memorial Day," "Many Good Thanks: A Prayer Poem," and "A Prayer Poem at a Wedding." "Many Good Thanks: A Prayer Poem" was initially published on my "Many Good Thanks" blog page for Mayflower Dreams; this poem is still online with other Thanksgiving items at: http://www.mayflowerdreams.com/blog.
Holidays Amaze also has prayers and references to praying in some of its other poems. For example, "A Maze Poem: A Maze of Choices for New Year's Day" has these lines in one of the maze's boxes on page 8:
"God always answers
all of our prayers,
so praying can help
with our lives' repairs."
In reality, God always has answered my prayers. He answers them in the way that He thinks is appropriate, which is sometimes in the way that I request and at other times in a slightly different way. Whatever happens, though, I am always thankful to have my prayers heard and answered.
Especially on this Thanksgiving Day,
I'll enjoy the chance to read and to pray.
The blog entries on my five different book websites are often connected to each other, so I'll be posting this blog entry on all five of my book websites to illustrate one example of the many connections that I often see between my books and their content.
Many miracles have happened in my life, as well as in the lives of many other people. When my children were young, I had very little money. Thankfully, I was getting help from many of my friends and relatives, as well as from the welfare and food-stamp systems. One day, I had no money, no food stamps, and not enough food. I prayed. When I walked outside, a twenty-dollar bill flew through the air and landed at my feet. I looked all around, but there were no people nor cars close enough to have lost the money. I was able to immediately pick up the money and take my kids grocery shopping.
Other blogs on my book websites include content about sharing faith. My "Many Good Thanks" blog (www.mayflowerdreams.com/blog), for example, has a prayer poem and other content about being thankful to God. There are also some Thanksgiving bible verses, and a Thanksgiving poem is connected to the Pilgrims.
The photo in the blog entry on this page is a photo that I took of the Mayflower II, in Plymouth, MA. This photo also appears on page 310 and in the cover design of Unhidden Pilgrims.
The second edition of Banking on Dreams was published by WestBow Press in October 2017. For this new edition, I added four photos, included connections to the American dream, changed a few items, and added more Christian content. The added Christian elements included multiple bible verses. For example, page 76 of Banking on Dreams, second edition, has this verse: "For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself'" (Gal. 5:14 NRSV). After this verse is quoted by Lisa, who is the novel's protagonist, discussion happens about people doing volunteer work in order to love and to help others.
Dr. Karen Petit is the author of Banking on Dreams, Mayflower Dreams, Roger Williams in an Elevator, Unhidden Pilgrims, and Holidays Amaze. She is thankful to God for the many miracles in her life.