Mercy to Generations

Book review by Glenda Faye Mathes Legacy of Mercy by Lynn Austin Bethany; paperback; 400 pages; © 2018 Because I grew to love the main characters in Lynn Austin’s Waves of Mercy (Bethany, 2016), I was thrilled to read more about the lives of Anna and Geesje in her sequel, Legacy of Mercy. My hopes were … Continue reading Mercy to Generations

The Delight and Truth of Fiction

William Boekestein, pastor of Immanuel Fellowship Church in Kalamazoo, MI, was recently appointed as the social media coordinator for Reformed Fellowship, publisher of the The Outlook. In his continuing task to help Reformed Fellowship build an online presence and engage meaningful internet discussion, he posted yesterday (October 20, 2016) a link to my article on Fiction's … Continue reading The Delight and Truth of Fiction

Living Echoes – it is finished

Almost six years since the initial idea glimmered in my mind, Living Echoes is finally a completed novel. For about half that time, I didn't know how it would end. Every word of the last phrase was clear, except the proper noun subject. It was only as I wrote that the ending crystallized. Then it took me … Continue reading Living Echoes – it is finished

Critique sandwiches

Next time you see a writer, you may want to offer a sandwich. If you're meeting with a group of writers, bring a platter of sandwiches. I'm talking about the sandwich method of critique recommended by Eva Marie Everson and Janice Elsheimer in Word Weavers, a small book describing how Word Weavers International began as well as how to … Continue reading Critique sandwiches

Fiction’s Delight and Truth

An article I wrote about why Christians should read fiction appears in the November issue of The Outlook. You can page through this online preview to read that article as well as a lovely review of my Matthew books.

Dedicating Matthew, Take Three

What fun to place the final Matthew in the Middle book into the hands of the grandson to whom it's dedicated! The first book in the series, Matthew Muddles Through, is dedicated to my oldest grandson. The second book, Matthew Makes Strides, is dedicated to  my second grandson. And this third book, Matthew Moves Ahead, is dedicated to my … Continue reading Dedicating Matthew, Take Three

Dedicating Matthew, Take Two

The second novel about my "book boy" Matthew is dedicated to my second grandson, Logan. During this past week, I had the opportunity to present a copy of the book to him. Putting a copy in his hands was almost as much fun as writing this stimulating story. Others who've read the book find it exciting as … Continue reading Dedicating Matthew, Take Two

Matthew two, too

Soon, very soon I hope, the second novel in my Matthew in the Middle series will be available. The first novel, Matthew Muddles Through, is already available on Amazon. In this story, readers meet Matthew and his family, which includes a dad who's a minister, a mom who's sick all the time, an older brother who … Continue reading Matthew two, too

Self-publishing: double-checking

Do you make lists when you're preparing for a trip? I do, even if only in my mind. I think about specific things I need to do before I leave. I figure out what I should wear for each day or function, and I write down items I'll need that I might forget to bring … Continue reading Self-publishing: double-checking

Dedicating Matthew

Last Thanksgiving, my oldest grandson asked, "Grandma, did you ever finish that story about Matthew?" His question motivated me to resurrect my poor book-boy, who'd languished too long in a forgotten ward of the hospital. I started completely over on my Matthew in the Middle series, reorganizing it for the umpteenth time and finally deciding … Continue reading Dedicating Matthew