Saturday, December 29, 2007


My daughter graduated last June and one of the School Trustees gave a wonderful speech about ‘enough.’ I thought I’d transpose it for writers –

As 2008 is about to launch I wish you all enough –

Enough intellectual stimulation to keep your mind sharp
Enough inspiration to keep your soul full
Enough courage to take you through the hard places in your work
Enough determination to keep you sending your work to editors and publishers
Enough grace to deal with those editors and publishers as Jesus would
Enough help from friends and mentors to keep you writing
Enough empathy to keep you offering what you know to ‘newbies’
Enough time to get all your writing projects finished
Enough time to sit and dream, to play and laugh
Enough pieces published to keep you encouraged
Enough pieces rejected to keep you learning
Enough praise to bless your heart
Enough criticism to keep you humble
Enough earnestness to keep you serious about your work
Enough sense of humour to keep you from taking yourself too seriously
Enough peace to show you God is in control
Enough disquiet to keep you from taking each day for granted
Enough wisdom to show you God is speaking through you
Enough foolishness to show you you’re only human

And above all, enough of Jesus to keep you longing for more

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Distant Heart by Tracey Bateman

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Distant Heart (Avon Inspire January 2, 2008) by Tracey Bateman

Tracey Bateman is the award-winning author of more than twenty-five books, including Defiant Heart, the First in the Westeard Hearts series. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and recently served on the board as President. She loves in Lebanon, Missouri, with her husband and their four children.

In the second book in the Westward Hearts trilogy, will the promise of a new life out west heal the scars of Toni's past?This series tells the stories of three strong women as they struggle to survive on the rough wagon train and lose their hearts to unlikely heroes along the way/ Thin Little House on the Prairie meets Francine river's Redeeming Love and you begin to get a sense of the riveting historical series that Tracey Bateman has created.In this second installment, we follow Toni Rodden, a former prostitute who sought to escape her past and build a new life, and a new reputation, when she joined the wagon train. Despite much resentment and distrust from the other women, Toni has finally earned a place on the wagon train and found a surrogate family in Fannie Caldwell and her two siblings. For the first time in her life, Toni actually feels free.But while Toni once harbored dreams that her new life might include a husband and family, she soon realizes the stigma that comes with her past is difficult to see beyond and that she'll never be truly loved or seen as worthy. As the trip out west begins to teach her to survive on her own, she resolves to make her own living as a seamstress when the train finally reaches Oregon.But despite Toni's conviction that no man will be able to see beyond her marred past, Sam Two-feathers, the wagon scout and acting preacher for the train seems to know of a love that forgives sins and values much more than outward appearances. Will Sam have the confidence to declare his love? Will Toni be able to trust in a God that can forgive even the darkest past? Faith, love, and courage will be put to the test in Distant Heart.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

What Lies Within by Karen Ball

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing What Lies Within Multnomah Fiction (November 20, 2007) by Karen Ball


Karen Ball , bestselling novelist, is also the editor behind several of today's bestselling Christian novels. Her love for words was passed down through her father and grandfather - both pastors who shared God's truth through sermons and storytelling. Blending humor, poignancy, and honesty, Karen's writing style is a powerful force for revealing God's truth. She lives in Oregon with her husband, Don, and their "kids," Bodhan, a mischief-making Siberian husky, and Dakota, an Aussie-terrier mix who should have been named "Destructo."ABOUT THE BOOK: Nothing’s going to stop Kyla…

until the ground crumbles beneath her feet.

Kyla Justice has arrived. Her company, Justice Construction, is one of the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful companies in the Pacific Northwest. And yet, something is missing. Not until she’s called on to build a center for inner-city kids does she realize what it is: her sense of purpose. Now nothing can stop her, not the low budget, not supply problems, not gang opposition, not her boyfriend’s suggestion that she sell her business and marry him–and most especially not that disagreeable Rafael Murphy.

Rafe Murphy understands battle. Wounded in action, this Force Recon Marine carries the scars–and the nightmares–to prove it. Though he can’t fight overseas any longer, he’s found his place as a warrior in the civilian world. So he soldiers on, trusting that one of these days, God will reveal to him why Rafe survived the ambush in Iraq. That day has arrived.

Kyla and Rafe both discover that determination alone won’t carry them through danger and challenges. When gang violence threatens their very foundations, there’s only one way to survive: rely on each other, be real–and surrender to God. In other words, risk everything…

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Article on Pullman

This is another excellent article on Phillip Pullman

Friday, December 07, 2007