The first is from my pal Ron Benrey, and this book will be a boon to all of you who are interested in writing Christian fiction. It’s one of the “Idiot’s” series, and it’s The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing Christian Fiction. Ron is a practical and intelligent person, so you’ll find this book loaded with intelligent points and practical insights. I’m going to be recommending it a lot.
The second book I received is from my sweet friend Claire Cloninger. Claire is a lovely lyricist, writing books and song lyrics with poetic beauty and spiritual insight. Once Claire and I worked on a church musical together. After working at my desk, I stayed at the computer to finish up a few things, and Claire cooked dinner for us! I was stunned (probably because I don’t cook much, ever, much less for other people.) Her new book is called Making ‘I Do’ Last a Lifetime, and it should be required reading for all newlyweds. Plus, it’s beautiful . . . just like Claire.
The third book in my mailbox on Monday was Healing Stones by Nancy Rue and Stephen Arterburn. This is one of those collaborations where one gives input and one does the writing, and Nancy is the writer on this one. I can attest to this because I’ve been to a workshop with Nancy while she was working on this–I lived through several scenes as she wrote them, and I can tell you that this is a powerful book.
Boy, is my TBR stack growing! A sweet little bird sent me a couple of books last week, plus I have my book club book of the month to read, plus I’m well into Koontz’s BROTHER ODD–I may take the rest of this week off to sit in my easy chair and work my eyeballs. 🙂
Here’s to good reading in 2008! I’d post a list of what I plan to read in 2008, but I never know what treasures I’ll discover!