Author Archives: ajavilanovels

About ajavilanovels

I am the author of four Christian novels: Rain from Heaven, Amaranth, Nearer the Dawn and Cherish.

Apples and Bullying

Recently I saw a Facebook post that described one teacher’s attempt to end bullying in her class. She got two apples and, while the students were not present, dropped the second one on the floor several times. After her class … Continue reading

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Lopsided Relationships

There’s an old saying that you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you get your Prince Charming. That was certainly the case for me. One young man, with whom I had a summer romance, had to have everything … Continue reading

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Concerts and Celebrities

When you’ve lived all your life in southern California like I have, you’re bound to eventually run into a celebrity. Or vice versa. For example, several years ago, my girlfriend and I decided to splurge on a couple of more … Continue reading

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On Spending

Occasionally I watch the television show Pawn Stars, shown on the History Channel. It can provide a fascinating look at historical objects, some of which are museum quality. In a recent episode, the owner of the pawn shop (located in … Continue reading

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It Doesn’t Mean What It Means

I’m amazed sometimes at folks who claim scripture is the only authority yet somehow don’t accept it as their authority. Take, for example, an internet discussion I had recently with a woman who had attended my Catholic elementary school. Apparently … Continue reading

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Beauty Treatment

When I was teaching school, a student showed up one day wearing a T-shirt with three cartoon rabbits on it.  As I recall, the first rabbit was eating a carrot. The caption under it read “Eat Well.” The second rabbit … Continue reading

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Cherish Free on Kindle

In honor of Mercy Sunday, my Christian novel about forgiveness, Cherish, will be free on Kindle through Thursday, April 27.     Enjoy!    

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Cherish

My latest Christian novel, Cherish, is now on Amazon. For a limited time, it will be available on Kindle for just 99¢. As usual, all net profits go to charity. Kindle Version: https://www.amazon.com/Cherish-J-Avila-ebook/dp/B071DCW1PM Paperback Version: https://www.amazon.com/Cherish-J-Avila/dp/1544081952/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1492453437&sr=1-1&keywords=avila+cherish Here’s the story: About to give … Continue reading

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“Let There Be Light!”

A very lengthy—3 ½ hours–Easter vigil Mass once brought home to me the entire human condition just from two people sitting close by me. During the numerous Baptisms taking place, I got the feeling I was being watched by someone … Continue reading

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On the Wall

When I was two years old, my mother enrolled my older sister in a tap dancing class. Since I was considered too young, I sat on the sidelines with Mom to watch their performances. Yet, not wanting to be left … Continue reading

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