Tamera Alexander exceeds her usual blend of history and fiction in From a Distances. This story stretches across the country, pulling the decades together into a place where we can see and feel God building faith in the characters and our own heart.
Not only does this author use true history, not today’s made up history, she also shows the different sides of conflict in a God-like view. Who knew you could learn about the War Between the States with a story set in the Rocky Mountains in 1875 through the eyes of a female photojournalist and a backwoods man.
Alexanders’ discription of the battle of Franklin, Tennessee will break your heart and you will never forget it. In the Rocky Mountains, this Author paints the emotion of Franklin-1864
Excellent! I need more stars to rate this book.
Notice the last part–the part about rich.
John 10:10 “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
Rich and Satisfying! Wow! God’s purpose is to give US a rich and satisfying life. How can that be? We are self centered and ignore the great need around us and the God of the universe want to give us a rich and “Satisfying” life.
I love when Jesus uses stories to explain spiritual knowledge. When things happen, when the wolf breaks through the fence and has your throat in his teeth, tell yourself God’s purpose, again and again.
This is the way the Message explains His purpose.”
“Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”
John 10:6-10 MSG
I recommend everyone write their Chicken Soup for the Soul stories. If you are a teacher, I especially encourage you to read and write Chicken Soup stories. If you are a student, or a mom of a student, a writer, a business person, a preacher or Sunday School teacher. Especially if you are a grandmother. Your stories need to be told. Even if you don’t sell your stories, if you don’t record them in some way they will be lost forever. Plus Chicken Soup stories are STAR tests. Personal narratives are often used for testing the student’s writing skills. They are a chapter in a novel. This month there are three books to submit to:
The Empowered Woman
Today’s woman. Empowered, self-confident and feisty but at the same time, nurturing, loving and caring. Women are showing the world every day that they are capable and confident. Whether you are single or married, working or retired, widowed or divorced, working or stay-at-home, you are in charge of your life. Your story will help women of all ages feel stronger, more capable, and more confident… more empowered.
Deadline: January 10, 2018
The Miracle of Love ***This title was formerly posted as “Love Stories”***
Tell us how you found love, especially if you have a story that will make our readers say “wow..” New love, old love—please warm our hearts with your stories and poems. Please note this book is for adults, not for teenagers. We’re happy to hear about your high school sweetheart if you ended up together, but we are not looking for stories from current teens about teen relationships. Deadline: January 15, 2018
Christmas and Holiday Stories
The holidays have just ended, so write your stories while they’re still fresh in your minds. We want to hear about your holiday memories and rituals, from Thanksgiving through New Years. Share the funny things too: the ugly sweater, the gingerbread house that kept falling down, and the fruitcake disaster. Keep your stories “Santa safe” so we don’t spoil the magic for our young readers. Deadline: January 30, 2018
January winds howl and icy temperatures hold me, hostage. However, thanks to Nepris, I can soar on the web to ANTONIA CRATER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in NEWBERG, OREGON and share great ways to teach students to edit their writing and create stories that will make their grandma bake her best cookies and grandpa to swell with pride. How fun is this. Your class can join in the fun or order Teach Writing Without a Pencil today.
Caroline Fyffe writes excellent plots with well-developed characters. When Luke McCutcheon lands in jail as the prime suspect of a horrific murder, and Francis, his loyal ranch hand strives to save him, Francis has to cope with local school teacher Ashley Adair’s strong will. I really enjoyed the romance between these two. For those who love the Western Romance with real characters in a sweet romance that promises passion. Fyffe’s books are perfect.
Because I don’t have time to eyes-on-books-read, I lean on audiobooks to keep me sane, I especially like the male voice as narrator. However, I prefer it when the narrator stays in voice for the characters’ point of view. Male narrators like Corey Snow do female voices much better than female narrators do male voices.
“Fyffe Writes Real Characters”
I enjoyed Caroline Fyffe’s Kathryn and Tobit. With a plot of memory lost, and love found, Fyffe creates another mail order bride in a series that lets you continue to love the characters you’ve loved and added two more. Fyffe’s pg13 book has a clear satisfying ending and does’ t try to trick you into the next book, but invites you in a unique way as Kathryn share a few words. My only problem with this book is the narrator. Lara Asmundson has a nice reading voice but low skills as a narrator. Her male voices are weak to non-existing. However, I like this series.
One of my favorite education discoveries this year is Nepris – great place for a free author visit.
A note from the Nepris team.
I just wanted to thank you again for leading an Industry Chat last month. You connected with 3 classrooms located in Texas, Louisiana, and Ohio, and I heard it went really well! Thanks for your willingness to share your writing expertise with more students, and for being open to the Chat being part of National Novel Writing Month!
– Melinda & the Nepris Team”
Today, I sat with a Gold Star mom at her son’s gravesite. With wreaths from Wreaths Across America in hand, I followed her down the path she could probably find in the dark. I didn’t want her to go alone and thought I would bless her by sitting at her side and saying a prayer. As you probably have guessed, I was the one blessed. With an amazing strength and smile, she told me many of his childhood stories.
I can’t imagine a heart more open and loving than this mom–well maybe the heart of her son. In their last conversations, he told her how much he loved his country.
This young man was defending me. And how many more around the world this Christmas? Young men and women defending this country. Putting their life on the line.
Kids taught to love all life, protect every creature. Kids who never saw even a chicken killed and cooked for dinner. Kids protected and then thrown into a world where video-game-horror is real. Kids killing to protect the soldiers beside them, knowing one hesitation means death to their buddy.
What an honor for me to sit on his bright-yellow bench. I will never pass the corner of the cemetery in Acton without thinking of this son, this mom. The thing is there are 445 sons of American freedom and 445 moms represented in this cemetery. Each story similar in someway. Young people sent to defend and serve me, my freedom the constitution of my country.
This is Kristyn Harris an amazing Texas Western Music Singer on her day off from performing. This is how she relaxes. You should hear her yodel.
When I’m not playing music, you might find me standing up at a full gallop on horseback posting Ol’ Glory.#trickriding
I love this book. Plot, writing, and romance. It’s one of my all-time favorites. Rated PG13. Now, if someone will just make it into a movie.