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I am a pastor living in Canada and my interests include literature, languages, history, folk singing and creative writing. I also practised law for a number of years in Northern Ireland and in Canada. At present, I have completed a manuscript of a fantasy novel entitled "The Voice of Aedistamen", awaiting publication.

I thought my heart was in my mouth until…

Have you ever tried bob-sledding? Perhaps careering down an ice tunnel at speeds of a bone-shaking 90 mph is not your idea of fun. But if you can identify with someone else in some fast paced action, and you like thrillers, try reading Joseph Max Lewis’ “Baghdad Burning”. (to read the rest of this blog/review click on the following link)
http://myhelpinghandspress.blogspot.ca/2016/03/tony-hilling-reviews-joseph-max-lewis.html#links

 

Fear!

A friend, Sarah Ball, has started a new blog entitled, “Fearless Fridays”. She kindly invited me to be one of her guest bloggers. Highlight the link below & click “go to” to read my submission.

 

 

Leaving

 

 

‘Leaving’ is a frequent theme in many folk songs that I am familiar with: many years ago there was the “Leaving of Liverpool” a song that was made popular by the Australian group, The Seekers. I also used to sing an Irish folk song called “The Leaving of London”. I noticed recently that there is even a catchy popular song called, “Leaving California” (who would ever want to leave the Golden State?). I write all this because leaving has been very much on the menu for our family in 2015. During that year, I retired from the church where I pastored for ten years in Red Deer, Alberta, and moved to a community ninety miles south. It was a difficult decision to leave behind friends, work and home; Red Deer had been comfortable for us as a family. Yet it was clear that God was behind all this.

Interestingly, leaving is also a common biblical theme. In Genesis 12:1, a key scripture, the Lord tells Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.” In Deuteronomy 1:6, the Lord says to Moses, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites.” And in Acts 13:2 and 3, the Holy Spirit sends off Paul and Barnabus on their first missionary journey. Then there is that touching word from Simeon as he gazes at the Christ child in Luke 2:29, “Sovereign Lord, now You dismiss your servant in peace according to your word, for my eyes have seen Your salvation…” If we take a backwards look at our lives, we will see that some of our most challenging moments were when (having heard God’s call), we packed our bags and sallied out into the unknown, trusting that He would be with us.

Leaving is a notable sub-theme of The Voice of Aedistamen. Owa’en has already left behind a life of privilege in the aristocracy of Davarensrod. Of course, all this is forced upon him, and he finds himself in the depths of slavery in the Northern Silver Mines. However in volume 5, the healer Bansadok, through cunning and resourcefulness opens up to Owa’en a new possibility. Though crushed in mind and in spirit, Owa’en accepts the challenge to leave behind what he was, a slave, and to pursue his destiny: the deliverer of his people called by the Ghaedesh-Mor. He will face many further challenges. But they will always be resolved by trusting in the Ghaedesh-Mor rather than living by his wits.

Tony Hilling is a retired pastor, lawyer and writer. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland and now makes his home in Western Canada. “The Voice of Aedistamen” is his first novel. You can reach him at:

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The Ballad of the Birds

In the late Fall of 1991, I was reading an article in the Catholic Digest which told the story of a man who did not believe that God could take on human flesh. (To read more, just click on the link and go to the HHP blog)  http://myhelpinghandspress.blogspot.ca/2015/08/the-story-behind-song-birds-ballad-tony.html#links