Thursday, July 21, 2011

What's in a Name?


In this case, some wrought iron, a stop light, a McDonald's sign, windows, frame hangars...and a lot of love. Isn't this a creative gift? Our friends the Godseys, with whom we vacationed last month, sent these photos to us in our Christmas package. I finally got around to figuring out a way to frame them. Now to find a wall in the house suitable for display.

Monday, July 11, 2011

The 2011 Christy Awards Revealed

"Honoring and Promoting Excellence in Christian Fiction"

Every year publishers are invited to submit novels written from a Christian worldview and copyrighted in the year preceding the awards. Each novel is entered in one of several genre categories and/or the first novel category. Each category of novels is then read and evaluated against a ten-point criteria by a panel of seven judges composed of librarians, reviewers, academicians, literary critics, and other qualified readers, none of whom have a direct affiliation with a publishing company.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Sworn to Protect by DiAnn Mills • Tyndale House Publishers

CONTEMPORARY SERIES
The Reluctant Prophet by Nancy Rue • David C Cook

CONTEMPORARY STANDALONE
Almost Heaven by Chris Fabry • Tyndale House Publishers

FIRST NOVEL
Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl • Bethany House/ Baker 

HISTORICAL
While We’re Far Apart by Lynn Austin • Bethany House/Baker

HISTORICAL ROMANCE
The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen • Bethany House/Baker

SUSPENSE
The Bishop by Steven James • Revell /Baker

VISIONARY
To Darkness Fled by Jill Williamson • Marcher Lord Press

YOUNG ADULT
Motorcycles, Sushi & One Strange Book by Nancy Rue • Zondervan

Highlight of our Vacation

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On our recent vacation with dear friends, we introduced our children to the ocean. Their first time ever on the beach, and they loved it. Most special was our firstborn's decision to be baptized by his dad while we were there. Sorry there's very little audio, but you get the idea without it.