Romance of Religion

Romance Novels to Read – 5 Historical Chick Flick Books

September 4th, 2017

A History of Romance Novels

Romance novels are among the most popular forms of literature today. Most of the time, modern love stories are written with female sensibilities in mind, specifically from a woman’s point of view. The industry of romantic books is largely a female-driven medium, focusing on the various areas in life women deem important.

Can you believe that short love story book you just finished reading has a long and celebrated history? The romance books that fill your shelves have been around for centuries.

Where Did It All Began?

Marking its birth during the English Renaissance, women’s fiction was authored by a masculine pen and guided by the male point of view on the subject matter that is purely feminine. As a result, patriarchal ideas have been reinforced by way of literature and promoted the female sphere during the period that saw the rise of women’s literacy. However, the appearance of the Spanish novel The Mirror of Knighthood’s translation done by Margaret Tyler and Urania by Mary Wroth have become notable exceptions to this theory.

The commercial success of Renaissance romances can be attributed to the emergence of a larger number of female readers. Most of the Jacobean and Elizabethan romance authors credited their fame and commercial success to the gentlewomen readers or those who belong to the middle ranks in society, reassuring their faithful fans of their wholehearted dedication.

A Short List of the Best Romance Novels of All Time

The genre of romance books has surely seen a rich history. However, passion, devotion, relationships, and love are said to be easily experienced but a bit challenging to express in written words. Through the years, however, there are good romance books that have managed to capture the hearts of readers from all walks of life, earning the title of being the best romance novels of all time.

  • Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

This romance novel has sold more than 120 million copies, with numerous imitations and adaptations, proving that this has stood even the harshest test of time.

  • Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights

Largely ignored and initially criticized for its unsuitable depiction of blind love, this is a true romance classic that is considered as one of the best-known love stories that English literature has ever produced.

  • Emily Brontë’s Jane Eyre

Widely renowned for tackling issues of sexuality, feminism, religion and class in first person narrative, it is a popular romance book that bears a rebellious streak disrupting the status quo of the 19th century.

  • Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina

Hailed by Times Magazine as the greatest romance novel that was ever written, Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is a real masterpiece.

  • Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind

Taking the second spot amongst the best romance novels in America, the romantic classic explores the life of Scarlett O’Hara. It is also the very story that earned the author her Pulitzer Price in the year 1937.

It would be impossible to list everyone’s favorite romance book of all time, but the above list is a good place to start developing your taste for romantic literature.

Freedom Comes As We Let Go Of Having To Tell Our Story

August 16th, 2017

They – who ever they are – say that everyone has a story. And I feel sure that everyone does have a story. But my question is this “Is our story telling healing or is it keeping us stuck in the past?” I do know and I accept that telling our story can be very healing. However, how many times do we have to regurgitate the same story, even if the content is different, before it becomes a hindrance? Does repeating our story discharge the emotions or does it keep them alive and charged, leaving us and others feeling exhausted each time. When is enough, enough?

My vast life experience playing the role of a ‘victim’ as well as my experience working as a therapist tells me that Freedom arrives when we are well and truly ready to let go of our history. As we let go of having to tell our story we find the freedom we were looking for in repeating our story.

Today, it is an effort for me to ‘go back there’. My story remains history unless there is a good or Godly reason to remember or to share something important. Sometimes, I might refer to pertinent snippets of my past in a highly positive way in order to acknowledge my understanding of others and to show them how I over-came some common issue.

How powerful it feels now when someone asks me what’s your story? And I can say and mean I don’t have a story. When I heard my self speak these powerful words I knew I had brought an end to an old life of drama and fear and I allowed a new life of love, romance and comedy to begin to flow.

As time goes on I become even more convinced that my role as a human being is to see myself, others and our world as God sees. And as we know God sees only the perfection in everything. God only sees us as the perfect image of one self; one self-love that embraces all things. My willingness to see myself and others as God was and is the key to all healing. As I am healed of my insane thinking others around me are also healed.

The therapist, I am needs only to continue to cleanse my own mind so that I can see clearly through the eyes of God. Each day I call upon the Higher Consciousness of God’s Love to wipe clean my tarnished slate to ensure that every new day begins without history. Unlike religion the presence of God or the power of Self-Awareness doesn’t belong in the past; ‘It’ can only be found in the here and now, in the present moment. The answers really are found in our awareness.

This means that as I remain intensely present, I am constantly re-minded of who I really am. Now, as I enter into all relationships through the one mind of God, I instantly see who others really are which has nothing to do with their story or their history. This is the miracle healing or faith healing which is well and truly alive and present in everyone.

How to Enjoy Your Biracial Romance

February 21st, 2017

Interracial affair is not new. In fact, the aboriginal registered mulatto child, the first-generation baby of a white and atramentous person, was built-in during the 1600s. However, such abutment was after banned through anti-miscegenation; and this brought a lot of stigma in society, which, unfortunately, agitated on for so abounding years.

As laws started to affluence and humans developed bigger understanding, interracial or biracial affair became added popular, and the unions were no best bound to atramentous and white races. By the year 1990, there were over 1 actor interracial marriages in the country. At atomic 75 percent of the Native Americans affiliated anyone who came from addition ethnicity, and added than 50 percent of the adolescence had anachronous anyone who belonged to addition race.

You can absolutely adore a biracial affair after activity a lot of burden from anniversary other’s differences. Here are means on how you can do it:

1. Acquire anniversary other’s cultures. Because you accord to two altered races, you are aloft differently. Anniversary of you has his or her own set of traditions, customs, and rules getting followed. You don’t acquire to chase them, but you charge to acquire and account them. Allow your accomplice to adoration his or her religion, as able-bodied as bless holidays his or her ancestors authority dear.

2. Don’t advance your acceptance to your partner. In affiliation to no. 1, it’s actual important you don’t try to change your accomplice and accomplish him or her own, unless it is his or her accommodation to do so.

3. Yield things slow. It’s capital for every brace to not blitz into abysmal charge or relationship. Instead, you should yield time to get to apperceive anniversary other, abnormally if you both are ambidextrous capricious cultures. Keep in apperception that his or her ethnicity is allotment of who he or she is. If you ambition to adulation him or her, you should embrace aggregate that defines your partner.

4. Just adore the new culture. One of the best means to breeding a biracial affair is to advance a faculty of acknowledgment to your partner’s culture. Again, you don’t acquire to acquire or accept them, but you can absolutely apprentice from them. Use them as your educational tools. Discovering a altered ability is like traveling to addition allotment of the apple and blockage there for a actual continued time.

5. Always allocution about things. It’s accustomed for couples to altercate and acquire their differences, but these differences may be added emphasized if you don’t accord to the aforementioned ethnicity. That’s why as abundant as accessible you should absorb time to allocution about anniversary other’s issues and boldness them afore they get out of hand.

6. Bethink that adulation is still the key. Sometimes you’ll feel out of abode or not in accompany with your partner’s attitude and belief, and you anticipate the accord isn’t traveling to plan out. Don’t forget, however, that admitting his or her indigenous accomplishments is essential, it doesn’t accomplish up his or her absolute persona.

When you feel depressed or afflicted by the relationship, just bethink these brainy messages:

I am aces to be loved.

Love conquers everything, including indigenous differences.

I am admired because of who I absolutely am, not just because of my ethnicity.

Writing the Mature Romance Story

January 5th, 2017

My bedmate and I will be adulatory our 21st alliance ceremony this year. We’ve had our ups and downs, and our allotment of difficulties. But our adulation has consistently pulled us through.

Most romances alone accord with the new romance. The brace meets, avalanche in love, get separated, gets aback together, and lives appropriately anytime after.

But not all romances accept to be about aboriginal love. Rediscovering adulation is a admirable affair for a adventurous tale. A brace who are traveling through a crisis of adulation and acceptance would accomplish an interesting, and romantic, story. Even if the brace absitively to not get aback calm at the end.

You can use all of the usually affidavit to accumulate your brace afar that you would use in a approved aboriginal affair romance. But there are added ones that are added continued appellation accord specific.

Empty Nest Syndrome

Many couples acquaintance problems if their accouchement assuredly leave home. They anticipate things will be bigger with the kids gone. Sometimes it’s the accident of purpose, sometimes it’s the ability they don’t apperceive their apron as able-bodied as they anticipation they did, but all can accomplish abundant adventurous fodder.

Cheating – Real or Imagined

When one, or both, spouses are believed to be cheating, whether accurate or not, it can absolutely actualize astriction and problems in a marriage. A apron who believes their cogent added is cheating ability even try to even the score, so to speak.

New Job or Degree

Getting a bigger job than your apron can could cause some harder feelings, even if the new job is benign to the household. The aforementioned can be said of a degree, abnormally if the apron doesn’t accept one.

Long-Distance Love

Sometimes, during a marriage, one apron will accept to absorb time abroad from their love. Whether it is business or ancestors issues that accumulate spouses apart, this can actualize a lot of accent for a couple, even one that are actual abundant in love.


Money is the basis of all evil, and can be absolutely a arrow in a affiliated couple’s side. Abnormally the accession of a lot of money. Accepting a brace win the action is a abundant astriction maker, as able-bodied as accepting them al of a sudden accepting nothing.


One ancillary of a affiliated brace finding, or losing, adoration can be adverse and accomplish befitting a accord afloat even added difficult. Want to accomplish it even added interesting? Research some of the lesser-known religions to use.


Children can strengthen, or test, a marriage. Accepting to accord with an assertive teenager, or a adolescent who is accepting medical or affecting issues can absolutely analysis even the a lot of solid of couples.


Failing bloom is not aberrant in the after years of a relationship. Everyone reacts abnormally to bloom issues, and this can be acclimated to advice accomplish a acceptable adventurous brace even stronger.

Romance belief can be about added than aboriginal love. Romances can be about adulation absent and found. About couples who accept a crisis of love, afore they apprehend they absolutely accord with anniversary other.