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.

Ready for the worst?

Voices | Spiritual prepping for a disaster looks a lot like normal Christian life
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 5/18/17, 12:28 am

Quick self-quiz: (1) If the power grid in your area went down completely as a result of nuclear warfare, your first concern would be for (a) your neighbors, (b) your food supply, (c) survival. (2) Once it’s clear that power is not coming back on for months, your chief goal is (a) helping your neighbors, (b) preserving your family, (c) survival.

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Standing with the bulls

Voices | What the Fearless Girl statue really symbolizes is denial of reality
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 5/05/17, 03:32 pm

On March 7, a bronze statue popped up on Manhattan’s Bowling Green at the intersection of Broadway and Whitehall. The timing, one day before International Women’s Day, is no accident: “Fearless Girl” faces the “Charging Bull” of Wall Street with feet spread, hands on hips, and puny chest thrust out like an 8-year-old insisting she will not, absolutely not, clear the table because it’s her brother’s turn.

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Power and purpose

Voices | What is America’s calling in the world?
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 4/19/17, 05:23 pm

In early April, American expatriate Claire Berlinski stood in line at the Bureau Des Étrangers in Paris with other expats and immigrants hoping to renew their visas. All were staring at their cell phones, at breaking news of a U.S. missile launch against the Syrian airfield that had served as a base for the latest gas attack by Bashar al-Assad. Quietly, the émigrés of various backgrounds began to ask each other, Qu’en pensez-vous? “What do you think?” Berlinski had to confess she didn’t know what to think: Such moral clarity was the last thing she expected from President Trump.

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