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30 Days of Summer Reads: The Grace of Catastrophe

Thus launches a thirty-day book recommendation spree for those of you who ramp up your reading in the summer months. Enjoy these books! The Grace of Catastrophe by Jan Winebrenner, Moody Publishers I opened Jan Winebrenner’s The Grace of Catastrophe while flying over Europe, far above my own catastrophes. Her words of authenticity and raw […]

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The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns

The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns

The Hole in our Gospel by Richard Stearns. I love the availability and accessibility of this book, love how it helps me see Jesus, His world, and the plight of most of the people populating it. Richard Stearns, the president of World Vision, pens an almost memoiresque book, sharing his journey from upper echelon corporate […]

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My Little Amish Book

A while back, my agent asked if I had any Amish suspense. I did not. But, being the feisty girl I am, I decided to create one. Here was my “pitch” I sent her. She, then, sent it on to my editor under the guise of seriousness. (ALERT: This is parody, tongue in cheek. Please […]

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Want to join a significant network of published authors?

Christian Authors Network (CAN) is now accepting applications for membership through July 31st. CAN is an organization of Christian authors in a supportive association (and speaking from personal experience, CAN members provide both moral support and prayer support). We operate as a cooperative, Christ-centered venture, working together to get the word out about CAN authors’ […]

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I want to be an adventurous Christian

I want to be an adventurous Christian

I read Hope Rising on the plane and during quiet moments at Write to Publish last week. And in many ways, it changed my perspective on my own life. Crawling into Kim Meeder’s heart felt like jumping into an adventurer. The story? Kim and her husband bought some over-used over-mined land in Oregon with a […]

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Every people-loving Christian should read this book!

Every people-loving Christian should read this book!

Wow. Maybe it’s because I think I left my heart in Africa, in the northern regions of Ghana. Maybe that’s why I loved this book. Or maybe it’s because I am deeply saddened by the state of children and women in some of the poorest nations on earth. Or because sometimes I don’t feel like […]

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A really cool letter from a reader!

Hi Mary, I have a divinely orchestrated story to tell you. I printed out your blog a few weeks back about finding your sweet spot for writing. I have never before printed out someone’s blog. But the primary questions (what is your greatest joy? and what is the world’s greatest need?) are great focus questions […]

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Tell the Truth

Please pray for me tonight as I speak about the importance of truth to the Write to Publish crowd. It’s a subject I’m passionate about, so pray that passion comes through. Pray my heart would be malleable, that I’d have a listening ear to the Spirit of God. Pray lives will be transformed, not just […]

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Tonight’s message

Please pray for me tonight as I bring my first message to the Write to Publish crowd. I’ll be talking about our journeys as writers. Pray the Lord would invigorate my words. Pray I’d be interruptible. Pray many would be touched by the Holy Spirit. Thank you so much!

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Beautiful Book: The Passion of Mary-Margaret by Lisa Samson

Beautiful Book: The Passion of Mary-Margaret by Lisa Samson

I adored this book. Why? It reminded me of Marilynn Robinson’s Gilead. The voicing of Mary-Margaret and each character was completely distinct and beautiful. Though not necessarily a suspenseful book, I couldn’t wait to turn the page. The language was stunning. Sometimes I would read a sentence, then put the book down, wondering how Lisa […]

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