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

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Reading Recommendations

After a recent speaking engagement, I was asked for some book recommendations. Having expended a great deal of mental energy into the talks I'd just given, I felt a little brain dead and came up with only a few favorites. I did recall and mention, however, this earlier post that includes a variety of nonfiction … Continue reading Reading Recommendations

November

It’s November, the between month. Between leaves tumbling in sun-warmed colors and snowflakes feathering from a slate sky. Between roaring combines churning dust clouds and dazzling white blanketing latent fields. November. Cold, gray. I was born in a dreary November more than 80 years ago. In the same old farmhouse that cradles my weary bones … Continue reading November

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

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.

Matthew is moving ahead!

Few things thrill a writer more than holding a hard copy of a finally-published book. It's a rush to see your name on the cover, but it's also such fun to see how the colors and artwork look in real life. With all three of my Matthew in the Middle books, I've been pleased that … Continue reading Matthew is moving ahead!

Somebody who is already famous: A conversation with Janie B. Cheaney

Many Christian Renewal readers may be familiar with Janie B. Cheaney as a regular columnist for WORLD magazine. But you may not know about her multiple writing successes. She and another writer launched the RedeemedReader.com website to focus on children’s literature. She has written creative writing workbooks called the Wordsmith series. She has several published … Continue reading Somebody who is already famous: A conversation with Janie B. Cheaney

Grace Awards 2014 Winners ~ in Faith Based Fiction

Congratulations to my friend, Susan Lawrence, for her well-deserved win with The Atonement for Emily Adams in the Women's Fiction/General Fiction category of the 2014 Grace Awards. You can read the announcement here: Grace Awards 2014 Winners ~ in Faith Based Fiction. Here's my interview with Susan in May of 2014. Susan is an extraordinary storyteller and a humble, godly … Continue reading Grace Awards 2014 Winners ~ in Faith Based Fiction

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