Archives for December 2013

Favorite Books from 2013

  These are my favorite books from 2013. I usually have a hard time with narrowing them down this because 1) I have so many writer friends, and 2) I have a hard time picking. But at this one moment is time, as I sit down to write this, these are the books that come to mind first. 🙂 Not-to-be-missed Non-fiction   1. Speaking of Jesus by Carl Medearis   This is my favorite non-fiction book of 2013. I got {Read More}

Podcast: Living Inspired: Stasi Eldredge | Katherine Reay

Living Inspired ~ Thursday 3CT (1/2/13) To listen to the interview: go here and click on the player in the upper right corner of the screen.  This week on Living Inspired, please welcome the author of  Becoming Myself: Embracing God’s Dream of You (David C. Cook, 2013), Stasi Eldredge  and author of Dear Mr. Knightley (Thomas Nelson, 2013) Katherine Reay. If you’re reading this after 1/2/13 you’ll be able to find this show . . . and all my shows in the {Read More}

Write Hard Things (Advice from Your Favorite Authors) | Plus a Giveaway

Write Hard Things I remember the first time that I really allowed my deepest secrets—my deepest pains—to make it into the pages of a novel. I had written a lot of “romance-y” stories and none of them got close to getting published, but then there was a book that broke my heart. It was the story of a women imprisoned by her enemies and another woman who dared to help her. It was a World War II story that included {Read More}

God’s Lavish Gifts of Love

I’ve gone a little overboard with toy shopping this year . . . but with good reason. First of all, I wasn’t supposed to do much toy shopping to begin with. You see, we’re taking all of our kids—from our married son and his family, to our little preschoolers—to Disneyworld in January. That was supposed to be our present to everyone, and my thought was we’d spend money there and then just have one or two simple gifts under the {Read More}

10 Ways to Get your Child’s Attention without Yelling | Guest Post by Jenny Herman

10 Ways to Get your Child’s Attention without Yelling Parenting teaches you a lot about yourself, doesn’t it? You’ve probably been tempted to scream at your kids more times than you’d care to admit. You’re not alone. Have you ever heard the “wah wah wah wah” of Charlie Brown’s teacher come out of your mouth? Have you ever wanted to jump on the table and yell to the rafters? Have you ever heard yourself say, “Why won’t you listen to {Read More}

Merry Christmas (Plus Winners from 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Announced)

  “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 NIV Merry Christmas, my wonderful readers! I hope you have a bright Christmas day, filled with family, friends, and the joy of our savior, Jesus, who came to us as a little baby to give us the ultimate gift of love. Find {Read More}

A Not Quite Amish Experience | 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Day 12

A Not Quite Amish Experience I didn’t mean to have a Not Quite Amish Christmas last year. Yes, I did choose to simplify. (This year we only purchased a few gifts for each person and instead focused our attention on spending time with one another.) What I didn’t expect is five days without electricity, Christmas included. Unlike the Amish, I am not prepared to live this type of lifestyle. I’m dependent on electricity for cooking, for lights, and for heat {Read More}

Christmas Mourning | 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Day 11

Christmas Mourning As I sat in our living room last Christmas morning, there was a pile of presents under the tree. A smile filled my face, just thinking about the joy and laughter that would fill the house in a few hours when we gathered around to hear the Christmas story, worship Jesus, and open presents. That morning as I thought about the celebration of our Lord’s birth, my mind was already busy unwrapping. No, I wasn’t thinking ahead to {Read More}

Podcast: Living Inspired: Jenny Lee Sulpizio | Cara Putman

Living Inspired ~ Thursday 3CT (12/26/13) To listen to the interview: go here and click on the player in the upper right corner of the screen.  This week on Living Inspired, please welcome the author of Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe: On a Mission to Save Sanity, One Mom at a Time (Leafwood Publishers, 2013), Jenny Lee Sulpizio and author of  Shadowed by Grace: a Story of Monuments Men, Cara Putman. If you’re reading this after 12/26/13 you’ll be able to find {Read More}

What Gift is Jesus Giving Your Friends and Family? | 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Day 10

Today the plan is to wrap and write. No, it’s not some new writing technique. I literally have to start wrapping Christmas presents . . . and write at least 2,000 words in my work-in-progress. I have to admit that wrapping is not my favorite thing. I LOVE the buying. I LOVE thinking of someone and coming up with the perfect gift. If I had my way, I’d rush from the store and immediately give the gift to the person {Read More}

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