Writing and living creatively for the Glory of God.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31
Do you enjoy a variety of creative activities? Whether you are doing fine oil paintings, photography, making clay pots, cooking, knitting, or gluing seashells to cardboard frames, you are following the example of the greatest Creator of all time. Isn’t that a wonderful idea? He made us in His image, after all, and the Bible starts with a detailed account of His creation. It gave Him a sense of satisfaction – He saw His work, and it was good.
Writing books is an act of creation, too, and my first goal is to glorify God. If I can encourage, entertain or inspire someone else, I am blessed! I do a variety of creative things, and so do most of the characters in my books. Sometimes I give talents I don’t have – painting and drawing, for example – to the characters in my books, and sometimes they share my own interests.
I hope you will enjoy my stories. There are more to come, soon, in the Great Lakes Collection and in other series, too. You can expect laughter and tears and then more laughter and more tears. God’s creation inspires me to write interesting, creative characters in different settings and situations. He made a great big world and all kinds of people!
Take pleasure in creating something – anything! – this week.
Newly arrived from her home in the Congo and armed with a brand-new degree in nonprofit management, Carrie Strough is eager to organize and improve the Unity Plenkiss Community Center. Unfortunately, no one wants to be organized, and only Micah Neresen, the charming and handsome pastor of the local church, is interested in her plans. Or is he just interested in her?
With a cast of lively and eccentric characters including a homeless vet with PTSD, a con man, an elderly couple with an over-the-top Christmas display, a feisty committeewoman with a past of her own, and a police investigation, Micah and Carrie wonder if there is any hope for the holidays this year!
You don’t have to read Snow Angels to enjoy Hope for the Holidays, but it will be a lot more fun if you do!
When Lisa Marsh is roped into serving Thanksgiving dinner at the local community center, she encounters hundreds of children, lively teenagers, stubbornly independent veterans, eccentric elderly people, and a particularly rude and scruffy homeless man named Pete. The evening ends in disaster, but when her best friend challenges her to reach out and help other people, Lisa decides to take on the project of reforming Pete – whether he likes it or not.
Her plan is simple: Help him find a job and become respectable. All he needs is a helping hand and some guidance. And a shave. Definitely, a shave.
Pete is willing to work, especially if it means spending time with the pretty volunteer, but her tactless determination to “reform” him makes him dig in his heels. Her creative ideas for employment become increasingly outrageous, but every time he tries to put an end to her meddling, she charms him with her good intentions and willingness to serve others.
Lisa finds herself unaccountably attracted to her vagabond protégé and irresistibly entangled in the lives of the other people she meets at the community center. Before she knows how to stop it, her one small service project snowballs into an extraordinary Christmas ministry that just may change her life forever.
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