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Perseverance of a singer

"Perseverance of a singer" Continued...

Issue: "Is Christianity in the U.S. doomed?," June 20, 2009

"I used to get so nervous about what I was going to do when I got back, or an audition season would come and I would worry about all the details. For someone who was such a planner, such an uptight, get-it-all-together person, this career has forced me to calm down and rely on God-a lot." But balanced against the frustration and financial insecurity is the joy of performing: "I love to be on stage. It's absolutely wonderful. I absolutely, absolutely love to perform. You're getting paid to play. My friend Peter says, 'Auditioning is your job. The contract is your vacation.'"

Since high school, the last line of Rachel's bio, printed in theater programs, has been "to God be the Glory." She says, "I would like to say that's the only reason I do it, but no, it's selfish. I love it. I can glorify God and be someone in this industry who says very openly, 'This is my faith and the reason I do what I do.'"

Getting ready to go

By Susan Olasky

It's summertime and for some people that means travel. A while ago The New York Times' "Frugal Traveler" described his method of preparing for trips, including favorite guides and websites for researching and planning. He also includes tips on using Facebook as part of travel planning. Some of his research requires books. He recommends reading novels set in the place he's going to visit. But most of it happens online. To read his helpful article, which appeared in the May 6 New York Times, go to frugaltraveler.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/06/research-the-travelers -best-friend/?emc=eta1. Two helpful travel websites that allow you to put together and print your own customized travel guides are offbeatguides.com and traveldk.com.

Following Tintin

By Susan Olasky

One of Europe's favorite cartoon figures combines a love for travel and adventure. Tintin fans everywhere are waiting for the movie, directed by Steven Spielberg and scheduled for release in the United States in 2011. Until then fans can keep up with the movie at the Tintin movie site tintinmovie.org. They can shop for Tintin stuff at shoptintin.com.

Susan Olasky
Susan Olasky

Susan pens book reviews and other articles for WORLD as a senior writer and has authored eight historical novels for children. Susan and her husband Marvin live in Asheville, N.C. Follow Susan on Twitter @susanolasky.

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