Ann Voskamp and Plagiarism – Part V

I want to begin by stating, for the record, that I take no pleasure in writing these posts. This process leaves me discouraged and weary, but biblical integrity demands that this information be made known. Plagiarism is a serious charge.  Exodus 20:15.

On April 4, 2018 author Cynthia Occelli shared this tweet with an image of the cover page of her 2013 ebook entitled Inspired Living/The Inspiration Reboot.  It features a whimsical, black and white drawing of what appears to be the “tree of life”.  The image includes the logo from Ann Voskamp’s website inserted for comparison. It appears to be the same “tree of life” image in reverse.

Mrs. Occelli has confirmed that the image was used in her ebook, with permission, from the company Trading Phrases. See below for images of the ebook cover and copyright page.

The original art is a “giant wall decal” product. The product page can be found here. and is seen below.

Mrs. Voskamp’s “tree of life” image (seen below) is nearly identical, with a few minor alterations, such as the roots being removed.

Did Mrs. Voskamp also obtain permission to use the image from Trading Phrases?


See also, Ann Voskamp and PlagiarismAnn Voskamp and Plagiarism – IIAnn Voskamp and Plagiarism – III,  Ann Voskamp and Plagiarism – IV

This Week’s Essential Reading

All of the following posts are worthy of your time. 

Planned Parenthood Does Not Need A Disney Princess by Anne Kennedy

“It’s telling, though, that they seem to be feeling the pinch, that they would want there to be some sparkle in such a dismal and drab landscape, something to attract the eye.”

Read more…

Comfort for the Tried Believer by Persis

Study the atonement, study the redemption, study the cross and you will be readily comforted!

Read more…

Ann Voskamp and Plagiarism – Part III

Sadly, another instance of plagiarism by Ann Voskamp has come to my attention.

In October, 2016, Zondervan published The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life by Ann Voskamp. The book reached the New York Times Bestseller list and spawned a myriad of spin-off products including a small group Bible study with video lessons led by Mrs. Voskamp.

On October 18, 2016, a video lesson entitled The Broken Way, Small Group Bible Study by Ann Voskamp – Session One, was published on the official Zondervan YouTube channel. Beginning at approximately the 2:10 minute mark, Mrs. Voskamp states,

“My daddy told me this once. For a seed to come fully into it’s own it must become wholly undone. The shell must break open, he’d said. Its insides must come out. And, everything, everything must change.  If you don’t understand what growth looks like you might mistake it for complete destruction.”

Compare Mrs. Voskamp’s statement to this quote from author Cynthia Occelli, dated 2014:

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.”

Ms. Occelli, author of Resurrecting Venus: Embrace Your Feminine Power, can be contacted via her website here.

See also, Ann Voskamp and Plagiarism and Ann Voskamp and Plagiarism – Part II.



Much of our culture operates subjectively and are devoid of logic and reason because our government-run education system abandoned the classical education method long ago.

The three stages of a classical education…grammar, logic and rhetoric…have been reduced to the grammar stage alone. This stage is a period when children are naturally inquisitive and are given facts and information. Essentially input, input, input. With the elimination of the logic and rhetoric stages they’re taught what to think but not how to think.

This has brought about our postmodern culture which is driven by subjectivism and pure emotion. In essence, our public schools are creating generations of students who simply cannot think.

It Wasn’t Their Fault

This afternoon my husband and I were very nearly in what would have been a serious head-on collision.

We were on the frontage road, heading to Costco, traveling under the speed limit of 45, when a driver approaching from the opposite direction turned left in front of us. I was behind the wheel.  I slammed on the brakes full-force, so much so that our rear-end fishtailed, our tires screaming.  The pavement was dry, without ice or snow.  The other driver raised his hands, pressing his two middle fingers against the glass and screamed, “It’s your fault!”

He turned left in front of me, but it was my fault. My fault. He was not responsible for his own actions.

I saw the same thing during the press conference following the West Virginia vs. Kansas college basketball game. West Virginia lost a 12-point lead in the last minutes of the game, following the ejection of their coach Bob Huggins.

“Asked what he told his team after the game, West Virginia’s sixth loss in as many visits to Allen Fieldhouse, Huggins said, “It wasn’t their fault.”  This college coach told these young men that they were not responsible. Instead he blamed the referees.

These are just two examples of what I’m seeing more and more. We are raising a global generation to believe that they are never responsible for their own actions. Couple this with a nearly universal sense of entitlement, and I believe we’re on the cusp of collapse.

SCARIER! The Hyperbole of the Left

When I was a kid our local news covered local politics, crime, weather, sports from professional to high school and any number of human interest stories. The most common crime stories involved burglary or break-ins.

But, in the last few years those terms have been changed. What was once called a break-in is now called a home invasion. I never hear the terms burglary, robbery or break-in anymore and I wonder why the media has changed the language.

As with several other pet issues of the Left, it seems that everything must be hyperbolized in order to make our world seem more frightening. For example, there are certain categories of rifles which are black, have a large magazine-well and handguard. These have been named assault rifles, even though they function no differently than their counterparts which have a wooden stock.

But, fear-inducing terms often aid in leading an uninformed, uneducated public into the feverish drive to doooooo something, which essentially means more regulation and less liberty.

We already have laws against robbery, burglary and break-ins, so let’s create a new category…HOME INVASION! Scary.

We already have laws against assault, kidnapping, rape and murder, so let’s create a new category…HATE CRIMES! Scary.

We already have laws regulating gun purchases, so let’s make more and more categories, feeding on fear, to overturn the Second Amendment bit by bit.

As Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

Cooking Tip!

For juicy, fork-tender chicken breasts the key is to not overcook them. Here’s my foolproof method:
• Heat a heavy skillet over medium heat. Preheat oven to 350º.
• Using a meat mallet, pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness, approximately 1/2-3/4″ then season them on both sides. I prefer Kosher salt, black pepper and granulated garlic.
• Add a tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon of olive oil to the hot pan. Using both oil and butter will keep the butter from scorching.
• Place breasts into the pan and brown on both sides for 4 minutes.
• Remove from pan and place in ovenproof casserole dish. Put into the 350º oven for 20 minutes. Voilà! Perfect and tender every time.

Ann Voskamp and Plagiarism – Part II

Andy Savage

On 15 January, 2018 Ann Voskamp wrote a post on her blog entitled, “The Church’s Weinstein Moment: Nailing Some Theses for Assault to the Door of the Church”, which addressed the allegations of sexual abuse against High Point Memphis Pastor Andy Savage. Click here to download a PDF of the original, cached post.

In the post, Ms. Voskamp plagiarized material written by Wade Mullen, Director of M.Div. program and professor at Capital Seminary & Graduate School, without citation.

Ms. Voskamp subsequently corrected the post, which has now also been removed.

On 20 January, 2018 she issued a retraction. See below or click here.