Friday, May 31, 2013
I hope you are still working on writing some of your memories to leave as a legacy for your family. If you have, and would like to tell me about them, I'd love to tell people about you on Fridays-- maybe include a segment about what you are writing as you prepare to record your life story. Leave a comment and I'll get back to you.
The winner of Janice Thompson's book, Picture Perfect, will be announced on Monday morning on this blog, after the winner has received a personal e-mail Sunday afternoon.
A new interview with Karen Witemeyer will be posted on Monday, and readers can sign up to win a copy of her newest book, Stealing the Preacher. I've read this one, too, and I recomment it highly.
Have a great weekend. Hope you take time to attend worship at the church of your choice on Sunday.
Commenters on the Friday blogs can sign up to receive a copy of my book A Heritage of Faith. One winner will be chosen each month. Leave a comment along with your email address and a selection will be made on the last day of each month.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
But my greatest surprise has been finding Dale Cramer, an author of Amish fiction. I've devoured three of his books and am waiting for the next one in his series as soon as it's available at my library.
I downloaded Paradise Valley on my Kindle, the first in the series The Daughters of Caleb Bender, and when I finally got around to reading it, I was blown away. Cramer took experiences from his family history in the 1920s and wove them into an unforgettable saga. Next, I went to the library and checked out Levi's Will. As was my custom, I read the author's musings in the back and in the prologue. I like to know about the book before I start it. I learned that the main character was the author's grandfather and this was a true story which took place during the time of World War II. The lead character left his Amish home and became an "Englischer", living in the world, working a job, and fighting in a World War in spite of his Pacifist roots.
Then I read the second book in The Daughters of Caleb Bender series, The Captive Heart. I devoured that book in two days. My, what adventures this family and several others had while establishing an Amish settlement in Mexico. They suffered an outbreak of diphtheria and were stalked by Mexican bandits, yet they would not defend themselves with weapons.
The third book Though Mountains Fall, is on my list next, as soon as it becomes available at the library. I can hardly wait to get it in my hands and I know nothing will get done around my house when I bring that book home, until it is finished. Amazon's page about Dale Cramer states that he writes like T. Davis Bunn and Gilbert Morris. I have read many of Gilbert Morris's books, and I can agree with that. Cramer wove wonderful stories of romance and adventure throughout each of the books I read.
Monday, May 27, 2013
|David and Margaret|
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Friday, May 24, 2013
First, I hope you have read the Monday interview by Janice Thompson and have signed up to be in the drawing for one of her books. If not, please go to the sidebar and find the post for Monday, May 20 and get that done right away. Less than ten people have signed up for the drawing so far. I hope that gets corrected by the end of next week. Janice is offering a signd copy of her new book Picture Perfect to the winner. I went to our public library and checked out a copy of Fools Rush In and have been enjoying Janice's humoristic prose this week. Janice has not commented, but she did tell me that they were expecting a new baby any day in her family, so I imagine she's pretty busy down in Texas, where she lives.
I made a mistake in scheduling this week, so our son David has an extra post on Tuesday (should have been for next Monday). Hope you enjoy his thoughts on Holy Water and Fake Money, and his analogy to our lives as Christians......What is Really Real in our Lives?
I'm sure we have all been praying for the people in Moore, Oklahoma, this week as we followed the news. Also, I'm very concerned about the other news--The IRS scandal, the Benghazi scandel, and other newsworthy articles that we are following.
Everybody have a blessed weekend and a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Hope there are lots of American flags and picnics going on all around in our wonderful country. Every day I thank God that I live in America and pray that He will allow our nation to continue to always be free. I hope you do, too.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Guest blogger today is our son, David Nobles, from Midland, Texas.
Thanks, David, for another great essay to make us think about what is real in our lives. (from mom)
|David and his dad, Marvin Nobles|
Monday, May 20, 2013
I hope many readers today will check it out, order it for a very small sum, and read it on their Kindles, Nooks, or even on their computers. Now, back to another of your books that I read--Hurricane.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
Written by guest blogger, David O'Dell Nobles, whom I am proud to call my son.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Having been a mother and a pastor's wife for all these years, I tried to think of my happiest Mothers' Day memory. We lived far away from our parents in Texas, pastoring Missouri churches when our children were small, so we didn't get to see our mothers on their special day. We took our visiting with our mothers when we could get it, which might have been once a year, or maybe a little oftener. Because we married before we finished school, we had to work hard to get our degrees, do our jobs, and raise our kids. There wasn't much money for extras in those days, but my husband usually bought me a card or something special to show his love. And there were times when I received flowers for Mothers' Day which I appreciated very much.
I remember an incident when our children were small, in the days when they could walk around and play outside without worry about abduction or people who would harm them. We lived in Sedalia, Missouri, and our two oldest walked about three blocks to the Safeway grocery store on Mothers' Day afternoon with all the coins they could find in the house. They bought me a cup and saucer which they proudly brought to me with their love. They were both under 10 years of age. I can imagine them counting their pennies, walking through the store while they looked for something they could afford with the small amount of money they had, and choosing a gift for me. I treasure that memory.
Now, in addition to my own four children, I am blessed to be the grandmother of eight grandchildren and 5 step-grandchildren, plus I'm great-grandmother to a sweet baby girl, and a great-grandson is due in August. I don't get to hold these babies often since they live in Texas and we are still in Missouri, but I love them long-distance. I love getting pictures of Maclaine and I know I'll get pictures of little Austin after he gets here.
|Maclaine Monroe DeGroot --almost 6 months|
|Austin O'Dell Nobles-- due in August|
I hope your Mothers' day is happy-- and that you get to see your children and grandchildren. Have a wonderful day filled with memories.
When you write down your memories, be sure to include a story about Mothers' Day--something that meant a lot to you, whether it is about your mother or about you as a mother. Personal memories mean so much to those who come after you, and your children and grandchildren will treasure your stories about things that blessed your life.
If you'd like to share a memory or a comment about Mothers' Day here, I'd love to hear about it.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
I'm a fan of Kindle books and was glad to find this one. It's by Dale Cramer an author who was new to me. I looked up his books on Amazon and discovered that he has been writing for several years. Here's a review of the book. I hope to read book 2 and 3 in this series as soon as I can get them ordered or find them at my local library.
Readers, you still have time to win not one, but TWO books. Comment on the interview with Julie Lessman to win LOVE AT ANY COST. Winner announced May 19.
Comment on the interview with Bette Lee Crosby to win WHAT MATTERS MOST. Winner announced May 12.
Be sure to leave your email address when you comment so I will know where to find you if you are the winner! Use the side bar to find the interview, or scroll down to find it. Good luck! These are some great books by fantastic authors.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Now, Readers, it's your turn again! Leave a comment or just say, "I want a book!" and you will be entered in this week's give-away. Julie has offered "winner's choice" of any of her books to the one whose name is drawn. Contest goes for two weeks this time and winner will be notified by email and will be announced on next Monday, May 20, 2013 (so be sure to leave your email address). Names without email addresses will not be entered in the drawing. Only US addresses, please. You can enter by commenting directly on the blog, by facebook, or by sending me an email. mjnobles at charter dot net.
If you have not yet read one of Julie's books, I hope you will. I read the first of Daughters of Boston and had to read all three of them-- now I'm working on the Winds of Change Series, and have ordered Love At Any Cost. You'll discover a new Favorite Author.
You can still go to the sidebar and click on Meet Author Bette Lee Crosby) to enter the contest to win her book What Matters Most. Winner for that contest will be announced May 13.