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When Your World is Shaken…

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Book Reviews | 165 comments

I’ve been thinking about earthquakes a lot lately. It’s a hot topic in Oklahoma where we’ve had an outbreak of them. Sometimes we have several a day, which is unusual, but for the most part they don’t do any damage. Still, it’s unsettling to know that we could be working up to the big one.  So instead of sitting around imaging how bad that could be, I thought I’d read a book on it – specifically Karen Barnett’s Out of the Ruins. Thank goodness we’re not in San Francisco and this isn’t 1906, because not only did the residents have to deal with the collapsed buildings, they also were faced with massive fires thanks to the broken gas lines across the city. Out of the Ruins is a wonderfully researched story that involves turn-of-the-century medical research, a bustling coastal...

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For Such a Time – Book Review

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Book Reviews, Sixty Acres and a Bride | 27 comments

I love stories – stories of bravery, sacrifice, devotion. And that’s why I love history. Stories, stories, stories. And yet sometimes from a distance those stories loose their sharpness. They become padded in layers of time, traditions and repetition until we only perceive a general form. That’s why I wrote Sixty Acres and a Bride. In thinking about the story of Ruth, I wanted to imagine how she felt going to Boaz in the dark and putting her reputation at stake. I set the story in Texas and placed Ruth and Boaz in the more recent past, which made their decisions seem more weighty. Putting the couple into an era that we’re familiar with made it easier to relate to their story. So you can imagine my excitement when I heard that Kate Breslin had done something similar with...

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Decrease Your Memory

Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in Book Reviews, Christian Life, Devotions | 4 comments

   Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey, Alaska, again. She has a past, and a reputation – and Yancey’s a town that doesn’t forget. If you haven’t read Dani Pettrey’s book Submerged you should. It’s a page-turning, heart-racing read. And as thrilling and fast-paced as it is, it takes the time to fully explore the main characters’ inner conflicts and faith journey. When you read Submerged you are instantly sympathetic to Bailey. She made many mistakes as a partying teenager, but after she moved away from Yancey she turned her life around…or rather God turned her around…and as a respectable professor, Dr. Bailey Craig wants nothing to do with her past. Unfortunately a close family member’s death makes a trip to Yancey necessary and Bailey must face a reputation that she’d rather forget. Reading this book reminded me of...

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On the Virtual Road This Week

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in Book Reviews, Publication Story, Sixty Acres and a Bride, Writing | 1 comment

I’m guest blogging this week so I’ll keep this list updated as new interviews are posted. 2/14/12 – Historical Stories Close to Home – What’s the editorial process like? How many people does it take to fix my grammar? 2/13/12 – Valentine’s Meet and Greet – How did I meet my husband? I’m embarrassed to admit it. 2/10/12 – The Literary Mama – A guest post for Preslaysa Williams’ Fiction Friday. A Rosa is a Rosa is a Rosa – considerations to be made as you name your characters. 2/9/12 – FamilyFiction – This is an interview that my publisher passed on to me. I didn’t know where it would show up, or when. Thank you Family Fiction for sharing! 2/9/12 – Books by Sherri – Sherri Wilson Johnson is offering a FREE copy of Sixty Acres as well as...

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A Crafty Lady

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in Book Reviews | 4 comments

On my bucket list between “Register a patent” and “Visit Athens” is “Sew a quilt.” (Or is it “Quilt a quilt”? I should know, but who proofreads their bucket list?) I collected my material, found a design I liked and even cut out pieces. I had enough for a few squares when I realized – I’m cutting fabric into tiny pieces, only to sew it back together again. If I needed a blanket wouldn’t it be more practical to sew together the biggest pieces of material I can find? Or even better, go to Target and buy one? Such thoughts reveal my absolute lack of craftiness. I don’t get it. So, with a heavy heart I marked quilting off my bucket list and decided to read a book instead. Falling to Pieces by Vannetta Chapman is about Callie Harper, pharmaceutical rep from Houston,...

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10 Fictional Characters I’d Invite to Dinner

Posted by on Sep 2, 2011 in Book Reviews | 2 comments

On this go-around let’s limit ourselves to Christian novels. Next time we’ll broaden the scope. And if we can pretend they’re real, then we can pretend that I can cook, right? 10. Elsa Anders – The Captain’s Bride by Lisa T. Bergren Calm, brave and put to the test, Elsa is the backbone of The Northern Lights series. Her good-for-nothing sister, Tora, isn’t invited – not until the third book. I’d serve fresh shark steaks marinated in lemon juice. 9. Captain Matthew Bryant – The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen He tries so hard to impress people who aren’t worth impressing. I’m going to tell him,  “You’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and doggone it, people like you.” Tea and scones. 8. Vashti Edwards – The Blacksmith’s Bravery by Susan Page Davis #1 – She totes a gun. #2 – She’s determined to...

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