Suffer Strong: A Book Review by Kathryn Dover

Suffer Strong: A Book Review by Kathryn Dover   I reviewed Katherine and Jay Wolf’s first book, Hope Heals, a few months ago and have been looking forward to reading the sequel, Suffer Strong (Zondervan, 2020). Suffer Strong is different from its predecessor but nonetheless relevant and inspiring for today. Katherine Wolf suffered a massive…

Early Reader Review – Gus Makes a Fuss

by Jean Matthew Hall Gus Makes a Fuss is a cute and funny introductory story to Puddle Dog Press’ Pet Sitters series for new readers (in grades one through three). Our own Penny Reeve co-authors this series. Lina and Cassie have been best friends forever.  They are as different as can be. But they make…

Writing Resources: The Business Of Being A Writer

Business of Being a writer

"Too few [writers] are open to the possibility that the business side calls for as much imagination as the artistic process itself . . . An open attitude toward business can provide focus, discipline, and, sometimes most importantly, self-awareness about what you want and expect from your writing career."--Jane Friedman, The Business of Being a…

A Season of Thanksgiving: Giving Thanks in Troubled Times

"Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord." Ps. 34:11 NKJV As a group of writers dedicated to sharing our faith with the next generation, do we effectively communicate thanksgiving and hope in difficult events as well as holidays? Why give thanks? The very first mentions of “thanksgiving”…

PEBBLES: A Book Review by Guest Blogger Ellice Wong

  REVIEW Pebbles is a wonderful, reflective collection of devotionals with modern-day parables suitable for readers in their mid-teens written by one of our Write2Ignite bloggers, Leah Meahl. Girl readers in particular may be more inclined to draw similarities between their everyday life situations and the parables. It is particularly helpful to Christians who desire to…

Cracks in the Ice: A Book Review by Kathryn Dover

  When I received an email about Cracks in the Ice by Deanna K. Klingel, I could not wait to read it. While I enjoyed the novel, it was not what I expected.  The synopsis on the back cover described the protagonist, Gina Mangalli, as a mafia princess, but the story focuses more on Gina’s…

Ships, Secrets, and Survivors: A Book Review and a Giveaway! by Nicole Dust, Guest Blogger

Ships, Secrets, and Survivors, the debut novel by Sarah Rodecker and Helena George, caught my eye when it was announced. It promised assassins on the run, swashbuckling pirates, and mysterious murders. As I had never read a pirate fantasy novel before, I didn’t know what to expect when I picked it up, but I was…

DRIVE: A Book Review by Kathryn Dover (and a Giveaway!)

When I first heard about the Baker Mountain series by Joyce Moyer Hostetter, Drive, the fourth book in the series, sounded the most interesting. Drive occurs several years after the previous novel, Comfort, and follows the story of Ida and Ellie Honeycutt, Ann Fay’s younger twin sisters.  REVIEW The cover of Drive is stunning; the…

Writing Resources: Before and After the Book Deal by Karley Conklin

writing resources

"Remember that 'author' is always a temporary job description . . . Your permanent job description is 'writer' and that's what you are even when no one else is looking." --Author Kristoper Jansma (quoted in Before and After the Book Deal, pp. 333) Today's publishing world offers a plethora of writing resources. A simple search…

COMFORT: A Book Review by Kathryn Dover (and a Giveaway!)

Comfort, the third book in Joyce Moyer Hostetter’s Bakers Mountain series, picks up almost exactly where the previous novel, Blue, left off. Ann Fay Honeycutt narrates this novel as well. The polio epidemic and World War II have left her family shattered, and Ann Fay must pick up the pieces. The beginning is intriguing, but…