Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bookshelf Wednesday - Prayer

Prayer by Philip Yancey has been on our coffee table for the past year.

(I know this series is called "Bookshelf Wednesdays" - as I share treasured favorites from my shelves. But I figure the coffee table counts, too.)

My husband and I are reading it together. It's the sort of book that deserves to be read slowly.

We often sit side by side and read a few pages, then discuss the issues. I've always loved the way Yancey confronts honest questions with compassion and intelligence, and this book is a great example.

If you want to delve deeply into the who, what, when, where, how and why of prayer, this book will be a challenging companion on the road.

Sharon Hinck

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bookshelf Wednesdays - The Christian Imagination

This week's pick from my shelves is The Christian Imagination, edited by Leland Ryken.

This book is packed with insightful essays about arts and the Christian faith. It was a textbook when I was in grad school, but unlike some textbooks, this has kept a cherished place on my shelf. Any other artists out there who have discovered it?

Here are a few tidbits:

"Art is a means of renewing our eyes and our hearts...I am talking of a way, and I think a God-given way, for us to recognize his voice and his world."

"The greatest artist of all, the greatest imaginer of all, is the one who appears at the opening of Genesis."

"Christian freedom also is freedom from the sinful lust for money, from seeking man's praise, from the search for celebrity. It is the freedom to help a neighbor out and give him something to delight in."

"Art is here because God meant it to be here."

Dive in for thought-provoking essays by a range of Christian artists.


Monday, April 16, 2012

Book Buzz for Restorer's Son-Expanded Edition

I'm so excited for the release of this special expanded edition of one of my favorite stories.

Various readers and bloggers are chatting with me about the book, and I'll post links here as they go live. Feel free to drop by, ask questions, or comment!

Jill at Radiant Lit (April 12)

Hoosier Ink (April 12)

Darren at Realms of Infinity (April 12)

Michelle at Scarlet Inkwell (April 13)

Cheryl at Writing Remnants (April 15)

Brenda at Spire Reviews (April 17)

Cara at The Law, Books, and Life (April 17)

Lena at A Christian Writer's World (April 24)

Val Comer at Live Simply (April 27)

Find the book in paperback here.

Find the book for Kindle here.

Find the book for Nook here.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Bookshelf Wednesdays

A friend with a new baby recently asked me about some favorite children's books. I shared one that few people seem to have discovered, but I think is terrific. It got me thinking that I have some treasures on my bookshelves, and it would be fun to incorporate recommendations once a week into my posting on Twitter, Facebook, and my blog. After all, most of the folks who follow me are readers. :-) So here is my first installment of Bookshelf Wednesday.

Today I want to highly recommend Rootabaga Stories by Carl Sandburg. Sandburg may be best known for his poetry ("The fog came in on little cat feet...") but his children's stories have a beautiful blend of poetry, silliness, word play, imagery, and fun.

Has anyone else discovered Rootabaga Stories? What other children's books are your favorites?