Author Archives: ajavilanovels

About ajavilanovels

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

Liar, Liar

Remember President Bill Clinton’s sex scandal? I know a woman who told me she thought it was okay for him to lie about it because “All guys lie about sex.” I told her I had to disagree. The Commandment “Thou … Continue reading

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Pro—

According to the MacMillan dictionary, the prefix pro— means “supporting something or approving of it.” Nowadays a lot of people are pro-this or pro-that, whether you’re talking about politics or some other social issue. And of course you will meet … Continue reading

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Defining Heaven

When I was in the first grade, I asked my teacher—a nun—what heaven is like. She told me heaven is like the Mass. That was absolutely the right answer. That was absolutely the wrong answer. 

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Tepidity

There’s a show on television called Air Disasters, and some time ago they ran a segment on the September 25, 1978 PSA crash in San Diego. I remember that day very well. Like everybody else, I saw the news coverage … Continue reading

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Filling Up

There’s a drug store in my neighborhood where my husband and I buy ice cream. It’s the best ice cream in town, and the place has a great variety of flavors. About every week or so, we’d go inside, grab … Continue reading

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Wishing Doesn’t Make It So

Back when we Catholics had to abstain from meat on all Fridays, I heard about a girl who thought it was perfectly acceptable to eat cheeseburgers on those days. Her reasoning went like this: we’re not allowed to eat ham … Continue reading

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How to Mess Up Your Kids

Here are nine little nuggets that I made sure not to tell my own kids:   “You’ll learn to like it.” This is what you tell your kid when forcing him to eat something he hates. Trust me, he will … Continue reading

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Whose Opinion Matters?

I spent a miserable year in the eighth grade (see reflections911.wordpress.com/2016/05/27/as-we-forgive-those-who-trespass-against-us) At the end of it, my parents asked me which high school I preferred to attend: our local Catholic school or the public school. They really talked up the … Continue reading

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Free on Kindle

In celebration of Mercy Sunday, my Christian novel about God’s mercy, Rain from Heaven, will be free on Amazon Kindle April 6-10. https://www.amazon.com/Rain-Heaven-J-Avila-ebo…/…/B00DPO6A3E About the story: What would you sacrifice to save the eternal soul of your enemy? Dellan Whitcom … Continue reading

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Sins and Pink Elephants

There’s something universal about kids: how they try to manipulate their parents. Take, for example, an incident with my younger daughter when she was about three. My husband had taken her with him to the swap meet one Sunday. She … Continue reading

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