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Some of my stories are published in:
A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers and Daughters (Adams Media, 2009)
Chicken Soup: What I Learned from the Dog (2009)
Love is a Flame (Bethany House, 2010)
Extraordinary answers to Prayer (Guideposts, 2010)
Love is a Verb (Bethany House, 2011)
Big Dreams from Small Spaces (Group Publishing, 2012)

Monday, January 3, 2011

What I'm Reading this Season

this isn't my usual type of blog post, but I just gotta tell you about the exciting books I plan to read this season.
For Christmas, I get lots of bookstore gift cards, (and some books are sent by my ever-so-literary brother, Jay) so I go to town (literally) and stock up on good reads.

Books on writing I started last fall and am working through:
The Fire in Fiction, by Donald Maas
Writing the Breakout Novel, by Donald Maas
Editors on Editing, edited by Gerald Gross
Deep and Wide, by Susan May Warren

Bonhoeffer, Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, by Eric Metaxis (I bought this.)
He is There and He is Not Silent, by Francis Shaeffer (I borrowed this one.)
The Lives of the Great Composers, by Harold Schonberg (Another gift.)

Fiction: ( I bought all of these myself)
The Survivor's Club, Lisa Gardner
An American Childhood, by Anne Dillard (Actually, non-fiction that reads like a novel.)
The Making of Angels, by my friend, Terri Michel
Two Lives, by William Trevor
Nightingale, by Susan May Warren

In December, I finished:
Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer (borrowed from the brilliant Greg Sanger)
Surviving the Storms, a compilation by various authors
On Writing, by Stephen King.
The point of this list is, that although I've asked my heavenly Father to supernaturally bless my writing gift and to increase it for His glory. . . God also expects me to do my part. This includes reading all types of good writing, non-fiction as well as fiction. I need to work hard at my craft by studying and practicing good writing technique. And it is always a blessing to expand my knowledge of the world by seeing through the eyes and pen of writers who have been places I've never been.
I can't wait to dig in!


  1. I got some books for Christmas, too.
    I'm reading The Miracle of Mercy Land by River Jordan
    Then I'll read The Reluctant Prophet by Nancy Rue
    Resurrection in May by Lisa Samson
    Dragons of the Valley by Donita K. Paul
    I'll also be readin Ella Enchanted for my book club
    and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

    I just finished The Fine Art of Insincerity by Angela Hunt

    Non-fiction I just finished The Courage to Write by Ralph Keyes
    and I'm reading Messy Spirituality by Michael Yaconelli
    Soul Talk by Larry Crabb
    and Why I Stayed by Gayle Haggard

  2. Wow! That's a great list, Kay. Don't you wish you had more hours in the day to read all the great books out there?