Woman’s World recently did a feature on WWII love stories, and highlighted Sarah Sundin’s latest novel, “The Sea Before Us” in its August 13th issue
I heard the story of a young girl who had memorized Psalm 23 and was eager to share it in her Sunday School class. With as much confidence as she could muster, she stood up and began reciting the passage.
“The Lord is my shepherd—that’s all I want.”
Though humorous and sweet, that statement is packed with truth.
David’s first occupation was a shepherd, and he deeply understood the relationship between a shepherd and his flock. It’s from this experience he penned the most well-known Psalm in the Bible.
Like a shepherd cares for his sheep, God cares for his people, the sheep of his pasture. He provides for us and protects us. He leads us and guides us. He continually pours out his goodness and love upon us. If one of his sheep goes astray, he will search for it and bring it home.
God is our comfort in times of sorrow, our strength when we are weak, and our hope when we are discouraged. Only God can meet all of our needs. If we belong to his pasture, we will be in need of nothing.
May the Lord our shepherd be all we need and all we want.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” Psalm 23:1 (KJV).
Crystal Bowman is an award winning, best-selling author of more than 100 books for children. She is a speaker and mentor for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and teaches at several writers’ conferences throughout the US. She is a monthly contributor to Clubhouse Jr. Magazine and writes lyrics for children’s piano music.
True Heart Girls Devotional: God’s Promises for Me!
by Sherry Kyle
July 31, 2018
About the book:
Girls ages 8-12 will discover God’s promises through relatable stories, Bible connections, and activities, such as games, quizzes, recipes, and crafts, that will make a difference in their lives and help them deal with the sometimes-overwhelming emotions that come with growing up. Tween girls will not only identify with the five main characters as they learn and grow through life’s experiences, but the suggested Bible reading will point readers to God’s word and help them dig deeper into each promise.
About the author:
Sherry Kyle is a traditional and indie published novelist, as well as the award-winning author of The Christian Girl’s Guide to Style and Love, Lexi: Letters to God. Her newest book for girls is True Heart Girls Devotional: God’s Promises for Me! When Sherry isn’t writing, she enjoys taking long walks with friends, grabbing a coffee at the local hangout, and decorating her beach home. She lives with her husband, Douglas, and four young adult children on the California coast.
I guess if anyone knows how rejection feels,
I know it’s a part of being a writer,
hearing “not right for us”
and “not right for our audience”
and “not a good time”
or, worse, nothing at all.
Sometimes it seems so few and far
I know, I know:
You set your face like a flint
even when you knew what lay ahead.
I’m not trudging to Calvary.
I’m not carrying a cross.
I’m learning to do better,
to write to the reader’s need,
to study the editor’s requirements,
to hone my craft
and trust your timing.
Help me to start again tomorrow,
and the day after, and so on,
while learning to find my acceptance
and my worth
Bob Hostetler is the author of fifty books, including The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional, and Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door (coauthored with Josh McDowell). He has won two Gold Medallion Awards, four Ohio Associated Press awards, and an Amy Foundation Award. He is the founding pastor of Cobblestone Community Church in Oxford, Ohio. He and his wife Robin have two grown children, Aubrey and Aaron, and five grandchildren. You can find out more on his website: http://www.bobhostetler.com.
An Unpresentable Glory
by Eleanor K. Gustafson
About the book:
A noted gardener from snobbish Westchester County in New York, finds a stranger, obviously ill, sprawled near her delphiniums. She takes him into her house and cares for him an entire week and only later learns who he really is. An investigative reporter uncovers the secret week, and both Linda and her guest become a spectacle in the eyes of the world. This series of uncomfortable, off-putting situations unaccountably points to an overarching glory, rising out of pain, tragedy, and love.
About the author:
Ellie Gustafson began thinking up stories at a young age but did not begin writing and publishing until 1978. A graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois, she has been actively involved in church life as a minister’s wife, teacher, musician, writer, and encourager. Additional experiences include gardening, house construction, tree farming, and parenting—all of which have helped bring color and humor to her fiction. One of her major writing goals has been to make scriptural principles understandable and relevant for today’s readers through the undeniable power of story.
Website and blog: www.eleanorgustafson.com/