Janie B. Cheaney

Janie is a senior writer for WORLD Magazine based in Missouri. She writes novels for young adults, is the author of the Wordsmith creative writing series, and reviews books at RedeemedReader.com. Follow Janie on Twitter @jbcheaney.

Real time

| Dealing with Middle Eastern fantasies, and our own
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 4/19/03, 12:00 am

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God's in charge

| An open letter to a leader who appreciates that
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 3/01/03, 12:00 am

DEAR PRESIDENT BUSH,

A couple of weeks ago, in one of our Friday phone conversations, my mother and I ventured onto the subject of world affairs. "I've been getting these e-mails," she told me, "from people I've never heard of, about how we should all pray that Saddam will just leave Iraq before there's a war, or that the Iraqi army will throw down their weapons before a shot is even fired. I don't want a war either, but ... I just don't feel comfortable telling God what He should do."

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Gospel in surround-sound

| Glory to God through music that glows with eternity
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 12/14/02, 12:00 am

MY FIRST MESSIAH PERFORMANCE WAS A UNIVERSITY production augmented by community members. I was one of the latter--a college dropout who didn't know much about music but knew what I liked. The director (I'll call him Mr. Gunther) was passionate and volatile, the type who usually spells trouble for music departments; he had already alienated half the faculty mid-term. But Mr. Gunther loved this music, and over weeks of rehearsal had exhorted and molded the choir into a mean Messiah machine--or at least we thought so.

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