Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
Be watching in September for writers Ann Gabhart and Meg Moseley, authors of wonderful Christian fiction books. Interviews coming up on the first and third Mondays with giveaways from the authors.
Blessings on you all. I hope you've had a wonderful summer and will have a great fall season. How 'bout those Cardinals? I've become a baseball fanatic this summer, watching the St. Louis team as often as possible.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Thanks, David. And you're important to your mom and dad, too.
Friday, August 16, 2013
After we get back home during the last week of August, I'll resume my blog with author interviews, my sons' essays, and more book reviews.
I am having difficulty getting any emails to go out from my computer while we are away from home, so please bear with me. I can receive emails, but can't get anything to go out from my computer.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Monday, August 12, 2013
New Post today by David Nobles
Does God want you to have your heart's desire? I think he does. I think he wants you to be happy.
Friday, August 9, 2013
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
I love to share books! Some of my favorite moments of being an assistant Children’s librarian is reader’s advisory. Reader’s advisory is the opportunity to share and suggest books to readers. I love it! Since I live in the Children’s Room, I read and recommend a wide range of authors and series from picture books to chapter book. Of course, I end up of reading stacks of Children’s Literature throughout the year!
When I get a moment to read for myself, I love to pick up and read inspirational fiction. I grew up reading Janette Oke and Grace Livingston Hill. I started with the books available at home, and then branched out to library books. After familiarizing myself with Christian authors available at the library, I stretched further and purchased my own copies of beloved stories as well as books not available at the library. Through the years, my personal library grew, but the first books I read always bring back fun memories.
My first Grace Livingston Hill book was Out of the Storm. It was an old book with no dust jacket or illustration printed on the cover. It was solid blue with black letters spelling out the title. Out of the Storm opened up the world of the 1920’s. Hill’s gentle storytelling style drew me in and captivated me. I gathered as many titles I could find after devouring this first title. Recently, Barbour Publishing began reprinting Hill’s books! I just finished April Gold from Barbour. I’m looking forward to rereading Hill’s classic stories as well as discovering new ones I haven’t enjoyed yet. I would recommend picking up one of her books. Hill wrote modern fiction, but with decades between her books and today, they’re historical treasures. It’s an opportunity to catch a glimpse of life in the early 1900’s.
Janette Oke’s Women of the West series was another beginning series for me. The books were standalones, but linked together under a common theme of women surviving the west in the 1800’s. I love the Westward expansion and the 1800’s is my favorite time period. I imagine these books probably played a role in the stories that I enjoy today. A newer standalone series that reminds me of Women of the West is the Land of Shining Water series by Tracie Peterson. Again, it’s the 1800’s, but each story features a different young lady located in Minnesota.
Moving on from Hill and Oke, I’ve devoured books by Michael Phillips, Judith Pella, June Masters Bacher, Lori Wick, Lauraine Snelling, Lori Copeland, Catherine Palmer, Cathy Marie Hake, Mary Connealy, Deanne Gist, Julie Lessman, Robin Lee Hatcher, and so many more! It would be too difficult to select one author as my favorite. As soon as I think of one series or title, I remember another and the list gets longer and longer.
It’s amazing to see so many Christian authors today. When I began reading inspirational books, the selection was small and I read many stories over and over again. Now, it’s hard to keep up with all the wonderful books available! I thank the Lord for all these talented people who work to entertain, encourage, and share their faith through literature. It’s a blessing to be able to read books that offer more than just an entertain story. They offer stories of hope and faith.
Miss Pippi's real name is Cassie and she works in a library in the Midwest. If you enjoyed her article today, please leave a comment.
Monday, August 5, 2013
Today we will meet Cindy Woodsmall, author of best-selling and award-winning Amish fiction. She's won Fiction Book of the Year, Reviewer's Choice Awards, Inspirational Reader's Choice Contest, as well as one of Crossings' Best Books of the Year. She's been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice Awards.
I can’t say for certain what the future holds, but in a couple of years, I’m hoping to begin a new series that will take me and my readers into something very special.
Thank you, Cindy, for sharing with our readers today. Here are pictures of the covers of some of Cindy's newest books. I hope you have read some and will read some more.