Rose Seiler Scott


April 25, 2016
by Rose Scott

Book Review: In Search of Sticks



Hope and her family in Africa are born to a life of suffering. James A. Terrance, with a talent for mimicking accents from Australia to Ireland, lives a life of comparative luxury and simple routine in North America. In reading a newspaper article he begins to wonder about the ease of his life and why people in other parts of the world suffer.

As the story unwinds, the situation in Africa escalates. Violence, disease and starvation loom around every corner. When James decides to do something, a journey of discovery and frustration ensues. Can he make a difference and mobilize others to do so?

This book is both beautiful and heartbreaking with an omniscient writing style unique in today’s narratives. Kaneen pans from all viewpoints; across the world, his characters, their environments and inside the human soul.  With a keen sense of the complexity of the world and the situations we find ourselves in, he paints a philosophically touching picture.

A literary piece, truly moving and well worth reading.

April 15, 2016
by Rose Scott

Wittenberg Part 2: A Dark Secret


After we visited tower church and took our pictures in front of Martin Luther’s statue (albeit under scaffolding) we carried on further into the town to look at the parish church of St. Mary, where Martin Luther preached much of the time.IMG_2508

Wandering around the building outside to look at the architecture and items of interest, here is something I did not expect to see.


At the back, carved below the roof and chimney, as if an afterthought to the official architecture and design of the church exterior, is a small relief sculpture depicting pigs and Jews; clearly an anti-Semitic insult.

My heart is sickened as I look on this strange fresco dated from 1305. Who would have thought to put such a thing on a church whose founder, Jesus Christ, was Jewish?

Apparently this “Judensau,” found in other locales in Europe and dating from the Middle ages, is one of the surviving examples of a form of degenerate folk art depicting Jews and pigs.

As a 21st century Christian, I wonder what was going through people’s heads back in those days. It’s impossible to say, so I can only speculate. Besides being evidence of the darkness of human hearts, were these prejudices a backlash for the persecution of early Christians? Was this insulting relief and others like it an ill thought out re-iteration of Biblical judgement on those who reject Jesus as Messiah? Or was it simply an “us” and “them” mentality brought about by ignorance of people who were largely illiterate and whose access to Scripture was limited by the fact that the printing press wasn’t yet invented?

I don’t know, but curious as I am to understand, if I were to dive into the “why” of historic anti-Semitism, I would be opening centuries of  disgusting worms and that would go way beyond the scope of this blog post.

I can only say that over history, there are things the church as an institution, and individuals who claim to be part of the church, have got wrong.

Hatred was never what Jesus intended.

But there is good news in this case: Eventually there was acknowledgement of the wrongs of the past. The fresco has been left intact, probably for historical purposes, but imbedded in the cobblestones below is a new plaque, a response from the congregation, installed in 1988. Between four tiles, a molten substance like gold, presses up – the cross of Christ, a sign of guilt and atonement.


The inscription around the plaque reads: “The true name of God, the maligned Chem Ha Mphoras, which Jews long before Christianity regarded as almost unutterable holy, this name died with six million Jews, under the sign of the Cross.”

The apology took a long time, but light has been cast on Wittenberg’s dark secret. Unlike their forbears, this congregation got it right.

March 16, 2016
by Rose Scott

Wittenberg: A Tower of Hope


I’m launching the new cover for Threaten to Undo Us with a blog series highlighting a trip to Europe in 2009. Join me on my adventures as we travel through Poland and the former East Germany!

Ein Feste Burg

Ein Feste Burg

Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott,
Ein gute Wehr und Waffen;
Er hilft uns frei aus aller Not,
Die uns jetzt hat betroffen…

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing…

Und wenn die Welt voll Teufel wär
Und wollten uns verschlingen,
So fürchten wir uns nicht so sehr,
Es soll uns doch gelingen.

And though this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us.

Rising above the town of Wittenberg, a wide Gothic tower with a round dome and an ornate spire points to heaven. Below its windows the inscription reads: Ein Feste Burg ist Unser Gott, Ein Gute Wehr und Waffen. These words begin Martin Luther’s famous Reformation hymn, sung for centuries in German and English in churches throughout the western world.

Seeing the tower when I previously had no idea of its existence was a thrill because long before I visited the former German Democratic Republic, the first line of Luther’s hymn had become the working title for my book. Since the family in the story was Lutheran it seemed appropriate, and once decided the theme of a fortress began to weave itself into the book, as symbolic of hope and protection for the family.


Castle Church tower

I didn’t take a picture of the door that Luther nailed his 95 theses or protests on, because the original door no longer exists–it was destroyed in a fire and I think when we were there the memorial door was under renovation. (More information on the historic site can be found here: )


Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the All Saints church ( also known as Castle church) and is buried here.

Luther’s story begins before that though, with a profound change that happened in his heart. As a monk at an Augustinian order, Luther studied theology and Scripture extensively. He wrestled in particular with the book of Romans and its contrast with the Roman Catholic church practice of offering partial forgiveness of sins in exchange for money. According to the apostle Paul, faith alone was sufficient for salvation. Luther’s understanding of righteousness by faith was incredibly freeing and has been for millions since.

The certainty of salvation as a fortress of God’s making is expressed in the second verse of the hymn:

Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing, were not the right man on our side, the man of God’s own choosing.

God is a fortress of hope when life seems hopeless and a certainty to cling to in uncertain times.

But I discovered Wittenberg has a dark secret…

Stay tuned for Part 2

January 21, 2016
by Rose Scott

Book Review: In Moonlight’s Shadow by David E. Burnell


Forrester is a brash young pilot, a Canadian, in the Royal Airforce during World War Two. After an error in judgment 31cI++FIt7L._AA160_he is assigned to a short leave, when he meets the Lady Armitage and her attractive but aloof niece Susan Rosebury.

Returning to duty, “one quick mission” to the Continent -a foray into enemy territory to attack the Germans, results in a series of events that will change everything for Forrester. Stranded in occupied France, with only his wits to help him survive he tries to elude the enemy, but encounters an SS officer about to rape a young woman. Forrester saves her from his clutches, but his actions place both his and Jacqueline’s lives in danger.

Back in England, he finds his role in the RAF has changed. He is sworn to secrecy about what he is doing and finds himself torn between the two young women.

An inciting incident causes Forrester to take matters into his own hands, and he inflicts well deserved damage to the Gestapo headquarters. Only problem is he did not have his CO’s approval for this particular junket and the consequences of Forrester’s actions are far- reaching. Caught in a web of intrigue and danger, he is unable to explain to his new girlfriend what he has been up to. Misunderstandings further complicate the relationship, leaving Lady Armitage, his girlfriend and family to wonder what kind of man Forrester is.

This is one of few books that has something for any who likes World War Two fiction. A love story, action and intrigue is woven believably throughout. Aside from characters occasionally shifting point of view, the historic depiction rings true and authentic with detail and description that rarely overwhelms. An enjoyable read.

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January 2, 2016
by Rose Scott

Mein Kampf: A struggle and dangerous ideas

Public Domain

Public Domain

Ideas can be dangerous. Books of ideas, even more so. Adolf Hitler’s infamous tome Mein Kampf, first published in 1925-26 has just entered the public domain and if there was ever a dangerous book of ideas, that is it.

Fearing that it could incite anti-semitism, especially in Germany, some people want the book to be severely restricted. Others see it as historically significant. As a compromise, the state of Bavaria, which had held the copyright, is releasing an annotated version for study and to shed light on this dark era of history.

For the purposes of providing historical context in my book, I wanted to use a quote from Mein Kampf. Speaking of struggle,  I spent a fair bit of time trying to figure out who actually held the rights to Mannheim’s English translation, but when I finally tracked down the correct publisher my query to use a short quote was bounced back and forth like a ping pong ball. When I finally reached the right department I had to answer pointed questions as to why I wanted to use the quote. Eventually I received permission, but it was only for the US publisher and I would have to make a separate query to the Canadian publisher, which would cost me time and money. With regret I chose to eliminate the quote.

Mein Kampf has been described as disturbing, tedious, confusing, redundant, turgid, repetitious, wandering, illogical and hysterical. After reading a number of quotes from the book I must say I concur. Trying to figure out which of many directions to go with this blog post, was also a tedious struggle!

One idea that occurred to me is that Fascism and communism, when boiled down are really the same thing. While Hitler considered himself vehemently against Marxism and what he considered its Jewish origin, his book reveals that his ideas, when boiled down, aren’t that much different.

Propaganda functioned as a machine in both the communist and fascist states.

Hitler’s thoughts on propaganda and its recipients:

I at once took charge of the propaganda, believing this branch to be far the most important for the time being…The first necessity was to spread our ideas among as many people as possible (chapter 5).  Its chief function is to convince the masses, whose slowness of understanding needs to be given time in order that they may absorb information; and only constant repetition will finally succeed in imprinting an idea on the memory of the crowd (chapter 6).

Like Marx and Lenin, Hitler didn’t think much of the bourgeois or middle class and credited them with a lack of intelligence, especially if they didn’t agree with his ideals of racial superiority.

While the bourgeois blockhead stares with amazed admiration at the notice that tells him how marvellous are the achievements of our modern educational technique, the more cunning Jew sees in this fact a new proof to be utilized for the theory with which he wants to infect the public, namely that all men are equal. It does not dawn on the murky bourgeois mind that the fact which is published for him is a sin against reason itself (chapter 2).

Of course, in the class struggles of Marxism, the wealthy bourgeois were considered the enemies of the state, but Hitler’s brand of fascism pitted races, rather than classes, against one another.

Both regimes thought it important to manage religious belief.

Marx and Lenin managed religion by eliminating God and religion from all public life, equating religion with the despised bourgeois class.  They made the state the new God.

Hitler’s method was perhaps more insidious, twisting Biblical ideas to his own ends, attempting to Nazify the churches, undermine their programs and made the state itself a kind of church, complete with ostentatious ceremonies celebrating Nazism.

While both Neo-Nazis and atheists have tried to brand Hitler as a Christian, his ideas do not mesh with orthodox Christian beliefs.

Original sin, as revealed in the Bible and traditional theology is disobedience. Hitler’s ideas on this doctrine appear to be his own:

… they were simply told that they ought to put an end to this truly original sin of racial corruption which is steadily being passed on from one generation to another (chapter 2).

He also had issues with missionary work:

…they try to convert the Hottentots and the Zulus and the Kaffirs and to bestow on them the blessings of the Church, while our European people… are left to become the victims of moral depravity, the pious missionary goes out to Central Africa and establishes missionary stations for negroes…It would better accord with noble human aspirations if our two Christian denominations would cease to bother the negroes with their preaching, which the negroes neither desire nor understand (Chapter 2).

Marx and Stalin are well known for advocating terror to impose communism and Hitler also advocated the use of force to impose his ideas:

Only in the steady and constant application of force lies the very first prerequisite for success (Chapter 5).

Though considered opposite poles of the political spectrum, the outcomes of both Nazi ideology and Marxist ideology has been the same; heartlessly depraved leaders, economic ruin and most significantly the inhumane treatment and murder of millions of innocent people.

Evil is evil no matter what side of the political spectrum it falls on. In Mein Kampf, the ideas espoused are not only repugnant but just plain morally wrong.

It would be a struggle on many levels for me to read the entire book, so I don’t think I’ll bother.

I’ll stick with a different controversial book that has been restricted or banned in dozens of countries. Of course, the central character of that book is Jewish.

Perhaps Hitler should have given it a more careful read…

Quotes from Mein Kampf are from the Murphy translation- Creative Commons


November 10, 2015
by Rose Scott




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Earlier this year, my first novel, THREATEN TO UNDO US was published. It is a war story, and though I tried to write it as hopeful as possible, you can imagine it was heavy and difficult to write.

While I was waiting for the publication process (these things don’t happen overnight), I submitted a few lighter short pieces of writing to the editors of the popular Hot Apple Cider Series. Out of the three pieces I submitted, they chose two for the third book HOT APPLE CIDER WITH CINNAMON. Yay!

You’ll love this book! Not just the part I wrote, which I hope you will enjoy, but all the stories! Some are heart-warming, some funny, others might make you cry. We all have those times in life when we feel discouraged, ill or exhausted and need a little cheer. Or perhaps we are just too busy to get through a novel. This book is perfect for those times. Or maybe after you’ve read THREATEN TO UNDO US.

The book is a compilation of 61 Christian authors from across Canada.

If you are in the Greater Vancouver area and would like to purchase your copy from me,  here are the upcoming events:

I will have copies on hand of all the Hot Apple Cider books, including a gift pack of all three.

North Langley Community Church Women’s Breakaway November 18th 9:15 (pre-register with Breakaway)

Christmas Event with Carola “Bethea” Meerkerk November 27th 7: 00 PM (please contact myself or Carola to RSVP)

Book Launch Christmas Open House and Christmas shopping at my House: November 28th  6:30-10:00 RVSP via contact form or Rose Seiler Scott FB author page

 Langely Evangelical Free Breakaway December 2 8:45 (pre-register with Breakaway)

Fort Langley “Christmas in the Village” Market December 19th – details TBA

For further information or to purchase online see link below:

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August 25, 2015
by Rose Scott

Book Review: Encounters on the Front Line




This honest and poignant memoir is Elaine Harvey’s testament to the beguiling and tragic Cambodia.

Her first experience in a refugee camp with the beleaguered Khmer people is in 1980, as a nurse for the Red Cross after the Khmer Rouge uprisings in the time of the infamous Pol Pot. In the border camps she treats unspeakable injuries and illness, working under conditions that can only be imagined.

In spite of the best medical efforts of their team, the aid workers watch, heartbroken, as people die– a beautiful young woman, an old man, victims of a cruel regime. Saddened, shell shocked and exhausted, Harvey perseveres through love and loss, watching mothers without children, children who are starving and deteriorating working conditions. Her group is evacuated from their clinic that they had been working in as it was burnt down by warring factions.

But there are bright spots: working relationships with her colleagues, cherished friendships and even love are forged in this crucible. “A girl, about four years old, her bare feet crusted with red mud, spills the milk down her tattered pink dress, attracting flies. I lift her on my lap and we rock back and forth. She doesn’t smile but her little heart beats against my breast. She is nameless, maybe motherless; all I know is I want to take her to Canada, give her a home, food, safety, and most of all, love…she is swept into the arms of the French doctor, over and up into the truck, on her way, her heart still beating next to mine.” (p. 64)

Like this little girl whose heart beats next to her, Cambodia’s heart beats next to Elaine Harvey’s, even when she has returned home.  25 years later, Cambodia calls her back. Harvey hears about Partners in Compassion, which runs an orphanage. She goes to help as a nurse, but her efforts are challenged. These things are complicated and so is Cambodia. In a way, this is the soul of the book.

Harvey wants to reach out, now with nursing, next with healing touch  “…to reach out, not just with touch but with words, is the bridge I want to cross.” But long term change and healing is not always possible as she  navigates her way around the broken yet vibrant country.

In the author’s third visit she focuses more on travel and writing as she encounters people on the front lines and attempts to define her own front line. The writing is emotionally compelling. Cambodia is painted vividly and Harvey’s reactions, both joy and bewilderment are visceral. “…a land where sorrow falls like monsoon rain.” p. 163. .

For this reader I would have liked to hear more of Harvey’s reasons for going to Cambodia, the catalysts that drove her and her relationship with her own country.  Aside from these questions, reading Encounters on the Front Line was to experience a little of the heartbeat of Cambodia next to mine. An intriguing read!

Available at:

Promontory Press:   Chapters Indigo:                                                                                                                                                                                                             


June 3, 2015
by Rose Scott

Truth and Reconciliation




Port Alberni Residential School

Today the “Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” met to release and discuss their report on what has been revealed to be our national shame.

I confess that for most of my life I didn’t know many first nations people or much about residential schools. I lived with my family and attended a school that I could (thankfully) come home from every day.

Over the years, in my travels, I have passed through communities where paint was peeling off the houses and the grass was unkempt. Old washing machines adorned front yards.  “A reserve,” we’d say, shaking our heads and following up with words like “lazy” and “entitled.”

I passed judgement on people I didn’t even know.

Jesus knew the inclination of our callous hearts when He said, “Do not judge or you too will be judged.”

Today that judgment has fallen on our country, as one by one our first peoples have quietly shared their stories of pain, of families ripped apart, systemic abuse and a culture in tatters.

The truth has been told. Sadness and despair has voices and faces we cannot ignore. I am sorry for your pain. I realize it is time for attitudes to change, beginning with mine.

May the path to reconciliation and healing begin.



Liberators or Captors

May 30, 2015 by Rose Scott | 4 Comments



Attribution: By János Balázs from Berlin, Deutschland (memorial concentration camp sachsenhausen) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Attribution: By János Balázs from Berlin, Deutschland (memorial concentration camp Sachsenhausen) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

the train pulled up to another prison camp surrounded with barbed wire. A wrought iron sign at the gate stated “Arbeit Macht Frei.”

Liesel was dismayed. This again? She thought of Michal. His family had not been made free by work; she had not been made free by work. Freedom was only at the whim of the authorities and the only thing that would make her free was patience. Maybe.      (p. 343 Threaten to Undo Us)
During the late 1930’s and throughout the Second World War, millions of people, mostly Jews, lost their lives at the concentration camps of Auschwitz, Sachsenhausen, Potulice and other infamous locales. What is not so well known, is that after the war, a number of these camps were re-opened by the Office of State Security under the administration of  Polish communists. Ethnic Germans in Soviet-controlled Poland and other Eastern European countries were detained and mistreated in these camps, along with anyone remotely suspected of subversive activities against the new regime.

More  info: John Sacks,  An Eye for An Eye.

Alfred deZayas,  A Terrible Revenge.