Why read a book? by Andrew Ratcliffe

Why Read a Book?

“Why Read a Book” by Andrew Ratcliffe

What was the reason that you last picked a book up from your bookshelf? Was it to dust it? Was it to replace it with an ornament? Or did you open it and read it?

We don’t see so many young people reading books these days. If it comes to that we don’t see so many adults reading books these days either. Too often they are keeping their mind occupied with the virtual world on their phone or an i-pad.

Whytoread.com has revealed that there are 10 main reasons why it is good to read. It will change your life. I have shown nine of those reasons below.

  • Reading enables you to learn new words and expressions. It gives you the tools necessary to help you to explain yourself to others. 
  • Reading will improve your focus and help you to concentrate. You can become so focused on your reading that you will be barely aware of the room in which you are sitting. Does that sound familiar?…

Read more of Andrew’s reasons for reading a book on his blog at https://ratcliffescreativeworld.com/2019/02/05/why-read-a-book/

Happy Reading!

Lynne

Love in action by andrew ratcliffe

Andrew Ratcliffe’s blog is all about creativity, “Do what you love — Love what you do”. He obviously loves to write and he’s written a book for children to show them the fruit of the Holy Spirit, “Hari & Rudi In The Land Of Fruit”. His latest blog post is for us all to put love in action during the COVID-19 crisis.

In his blog, “Love In Action”, Andrew poses a question:

“Is kindness only an act in our lives or is it a lifestyle we are living out especially now in these difficulty’ times with COVID-19. Are we only making sure that our own cupboards are filled up to the brim and emptying all the shelves in the shops or are we thinking about others whom may not have the resources to fill their cupboards with the basic essential items they need to live? “

Read more on his blog at Andrew’s Blog — Ratcliffe’s Creative World


And read about “… two teens in northern England, skip school one morning and come upon a houseboat that’s been docked while the owners go shopping. They decide to explore the boat and have far more adventure than they anticipated when the craft comes loose from its moorings and carries them down the river and into a whirlpool. The boat breaks up and the lads are about to be sucked down to a watery death when they are miraculously rescued and facing an adventure of a far different kind. ...with the help of Joy, Peace, Love, Patience, Goodness and other fruit of the Holy Spirit, they learn important lessons in the Christian life.

A boy hanging of a giant apple
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Happy Reading!

Lynne

Painting and Haiku by Janis Cox

Janis Cox creates beautiful watercolour paintings and is an avid poet. Here she writes in the form of Haiku with stunning art to compliment the poetry.

“I love writing Haiku because my thoughts are short but go right to the heart of the matter.

My paintings are becoming looser as I let God help me relax and let the paint flow.

I have heard many people say they can’t paint but I love this quote:

“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”
― Vincent Willem van Gogh

Hunger

Its flight path straight
The hummingbird heads with speed
Sweet nectar awaits ~ Janis Cox

Continue reading to see more of Janis’ paintings and read her other Haiku. https://www.janiscox.com/finding-fun-in-painting-and-haiku/

Happy Reading everyone!

Twenty-Twenty Vision by Carolyn Wilker

“As a friend put it, after a positive eye check-up early in the year, she hoped that this year her vision could be 20-20. That she could continue to see clearly and also look ahead to the new year with renewed courage.
Symbolic perhaps until we were hit with the coronavirus that has shut down so many businesses and left people, including me, wondering how long this will take to pass us by.


Is it anything like the Israelites getting the word to leave Egypt for the Promised Land, leaving other hardships behind to be faced by the Red Sea on one side, mountains on another, and their former captors coming after them? That would have been a dire situation. It terrified them, and they asked if they would have been better off staying where they were. Not unlike us now.”

Twenty-Twenty by Carolyn Wilker

Continue reading…


Carolyn Wilker is a writer from southwestern Ontario. https://www.carolynwilker.ca/about/ 

Happy Reading, Stay Safe and God Bless ~ Lynne

Help Fight Human Trafficking

A children's book cover about growing with God. By Janis Cox.

Purchase this delightful children’s book and all profits will go to helping to fight human trafficking through International Justice Mission. Shipping is included in the sale price!

Janis will also ship multiple orders to churches and schools.

Let’s end this!

Read Janis’ post about human trafficking.

Blessings,

Lynne

“Fog” by Janis Cox

Trees by a lake in fog
“Fog” by Janis Cox

Fog

God, I am dry
I feel the fog around me
I can’t seem to feel Your presence

You used to be so close
Every morning I would sit
And feel You around me

Now my mind is running
My head is pounding
That special silence doesn’t come

What is wrong, Lord?
Why do I feel this way?
How can I rekindle my prayer lif
e?

Silence

Then a word
A small word
“Ask Me to show you how.”

Lord, I truly want to hear from You
I need to feel that peace that evades me
I want to know You more

Still struggling

Now I hear that soft Voice
My Creator’s Voice
Just rest in Me and I will do the rest

Peace

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

Read more by Janis Cox

Spark Creativity in Children by Jan Cox

Jan Cox is not only a talented writer, but she’s also a talented artist and hosts workshops to spark creativity in children.

“It’s been a crazy week. I am not a spring chicken any longer and I volunteered to teach 5 classes of art in the schools this past week. The children were 4 to 6 years of age.

I had a blast.

I loved watching the kids’ enthusiasm and how they really got right into the painting.

Sometimes too much. lol 🙂 But we only had 2 spills in 5 classes — so that’s not too bad.

In most classes, we had 25–28 children. The grade eights were called in to help and did a wonderful job. They also enjoyed making their own backgrounds.”

We did sponge painting

A variety of sponfges for painting by Jan Cox
Sponge Painting by Jan Cox

The children listened very well to the instructions.

For artists as well as gardeners we have to have PATIENCE.

Especially with watercolour, we need to wait for it to dry unless we want the colours to bleed into other colours.

The children also listened to a story by Laurence Anholt called “The Magical Garden of Claude Monet”.

Read more of Jan’s blog and instructions for sponge painting techniques ...

And check out Jan’s earlier blog Created to be Creative.

Til next time, God Bless.

Called To Be Creative by Jan Cox

Do you know you’re called to be creative? Yes, God has invited you to follow in His footsteps, to create something for Him and to share it with others! Called to be Creative by Jan Cox tells us how.

Jan Cox blogs about being creatively called in her blog Did You Know You Were Called to be Creative?

Scripture verse Genesis 1:27
photo by YouVersion

Called to be Creative

I hear many people say, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body.”

I hope this scripture will speak to you:

‘”If you are made in the image of God you are creative.

We have been created by a Creative God to use our creativity for His glory.‘”

Creativity doesn’t mean visual art alone… read more

You can find Jan’s books in our Christian Authors Bookstore.

Til next time, God Bless.

Christian Music CDs and DVD Talks

Music

Wahoo! We get excited when we see new titles come into our store and now we’ve added some great Christian Music CDs and DVD Talks to our virtual bookshelves.

Some of our authors are also singers and songwriters so we created a category just for them. You can find their music just past the Children’s section.

DVDs

We also added a selection of DVD Talks by our authors who do speaking tours. The DVDs are just below the music category. There you’ll find talks on various topics including mental health, the influence of media on our teens and even a sex talk.

I hope you find something that interests you in our new sections. Every purchase from our store or any click through to Amazon will give us an affiliate fee and help us to bring new books, music and talks to you, and help our authors, singers and speakers keep creating them!

Thank you for checking us out and please come back often.

Many Blessings

Lynne

‘Hidden Secrets’ by Janet Sketchley

Book cover of waves crashing onto rocks.
Hidden Secrets by Janet Sketchley

An Excerpt From the Book

When Landon Smith returns to the Green Dory Inn, she finds innkeeper Anna Young still shaken by the recent vandalism and unable to cope when the inn is targeted in an online vendetta. Prickly neighbour Bobby Hawke can help with Anna’s cyber woes, but when the attacks escalate to physical threats, Landon and Bobby must work together to unmask the culprit.

A cryptic message about a tunnel points to the property’s original owner, a notorious Prohibition-era sea captain rumoured to have left hidden wealth. Contraband, treasure, evidence of things better left buried…

How far will Anna’s enemy go to claim the tunnel and its contents? Protecting Anna will require courage and faith as Landon battles the locals’ attitudes and the scars of her past. Even then, she and Bobby are tracing the faintest of clues. With Anna on the brink of emotional collapse—and danger rising like the tide—time is running out...”

About Janet Sketchley

Janet Sketchley, author
Janet-Sketchley

“Janet Sketchley is a Canadian author whose passion is fiction. She is a member of The Word Guild, InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship, American Christian Fiction Writers and the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, and has finished an eight-year term as Acquisitions Editor for InScribe’s FellowScript newsletter. She’s also a wife, mom, daughter, friend, neighbor… trying to balance relationships and responsibilities, and learning how faith applies to real life. Add that to her quirky imagination and love of fiction, and you get novels about everyday women in suspenseful situations discovering more strength than they would have imagined.” — Google Books

You can find Janet’s books in our bookstore.

Follow Janet online at https://janetsketchley.ca/

Happy Reading!

Lynne

700 Club Interview with Beth Graf

A 700 Club interview with Beth Graf, one of our CA authors, about her delightful new children’s book. Beth is a ministry health pastor, a certified Christian life coach, and a new author! Her children’s book is titled “The Truth About You: God’s Thoughts For You”.

Beth Graf, author, at her desk.
Beth Graf

Watch the interview on YouTube.

Beautifully illustrated with breathtaking photos of real animals. The book shows children and adults alike how unique we all are and how very special we all are to God.

You can find Beth’s book in the Children’s section of our bookstore and on Amazon.

'The Truth About You' by Beth Graf, book cover featuring a snow leopard.
‘The Truth About You’ by Beth Graf

Happy Reading Everyone!

~ Lynne

‘The Love Story in Revelation’ by Monica Bennett-Ryan

Monica Bennett-Ryan studies the book of Revelation and discovers the love story inside.

“Revelation is all about love. The beasts, the images, 666; all reflect the powerful love of Christ for his treasured redeemed. This is why I see it that way…

Two lovers kiss in front of a beautiful castle.
The Love Story in Revelation

I have no recollection of ever wanting to understand the images of Revelation, but the perspective I now have of the beauty and absolute authority of Christ as sovereign Lord was presented to me by God through the Book of Revelation in a way I couldn’t have predicted.

This is what happened…

It was a quiet Sunday afternoon in 1981 and I had a few minutes to spare before leaving for church so I flicked casually through the local newspaper.

When I turned to the entertainment guide I saw an advertisement for a movie at the local club…” continue reading on Monica’s blog

You can purchase Monica’s book in our bookstore or on Amazon.

Happy Reading!

Lynne