Sunday, September 30, 2012

This photo shows why I love hiking so much. We caught the sun breaking through on a recent amble on the Superior Hiking Trail.

Sharon Hinck

Saturday, September 29, 2012

A Morning Thought

A photo from sunrise up north, and an opening line of a scene from The Restorer's Journey-Expanded Edition (which releases next week).

Sharon Hinck

Friday, September 28, 2012

Glimpses of Glory

"Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth." (Psalm 57)

My hubby and I recently spent a week up north. The beauties of Lake Superior, of ridgelines covered with fall color, and secluded trails through pine forests all gave us glimpses of God's glory and refreshed our hearts.

Good timing for me, as I returned to the intense work of proofreading the galleys for The Restorer's Journey-Expanded Edition, which is about to release. I'm so excited to have the third book of the series back in print, and the new expanded version has over 60 pages of new material. I'll be visiting some blogs, doing a special contest, and other fun things throughout October as the book releases. Stay tuned!

And as I prepare for the release of RJEE, I'm continued to feel blessed as people discover the first and second books, as well. The Christian Manifesto recently posted an indepth review of The Restorer-Expanded Edition (book one in the Sword of Lyric series) which you can read here.

It's tempting to get swept into the work of a book release and lose perspective on other aspects of life. While we were enjoying fall color, I kept meditating on Psalm 127. "Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain."

Whatever projects are requiring our attention, let's take time to step aside, look up, and catch some glimpses of God's glory over all the earth.

Sharon Hinck

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Celtic Prayer

One of my favorite authors, Calvin Miller, recently graduated to heaven. His poetic The Singer trilogy enlivened my imagination when I was in high school. His non-fiction book Into the Depths of God challenged my Christian walk. But the volume I treasure most has a personal story behind it.

Several years ago, I was at the International Christian Retail convention, doing a book signing for The Restorer when it was first released. As I was meeting people and signing books, a sweet woman greeted me and said, "My husband has written some fantasy, too."

"Oh, what's his name?" I was familiar with many Christian fantasy authors and wondered if I'd heard of him.

"Calvin," she answered.

I stared at her name tag, with the last name of Miller. "Calvin Miller?" I sputtered. "THE Calvin Miller?" I became incoherent as I stammered out how much his work had meant to me over the years. I attended my first writer's conference in part because he was the keynote speaker. She was gracious as I was a babbling basket case of enthusiasm.

That alone would be a cherished memory of the convention. But a few minutes later she was back, slipping me a book. "Since Calvin is signing at the same time as you, and you won't be able to get over to his booth, I had him sign a copy for you."

I will always treasure my autographed copy of The Path of Celtic Prayer.

The book is a celebration of a life where prayer is as integral to each day as breathing.

I'm so grateful for God's gift of language, for the printed word, and for writers like Calvin Miller whose books can mentor us from afar.

Sharon Hinck

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds  for mankind,
for he breaks down gates of bronze
and cuts through bars of iron.” – Psalm 107:15-16 (NIV)

As a writer, there are days when the story gets stuck, when finding words is like fishing in oatmeal, when our own doubts become a bully holding us under the water as we choke and gasp for air. What a gift it is to run to Jesus, to know that He has the power to free us and give us the breakthroughs we need.

Lord, we need Your breakthroughs. Break down the bars of iron that hold us captive, whether in relationships with You, others, our work, or ourselves. Free us by Your love. Amen.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Looking for Restorer Fans

Are you a fan of the Restorer books? I'm looking for a few enthusiastic readers to be "influencers" for The Restorer's Journey-Expanded Edition. You'll receive an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) and then you get to help spread the word when the book releases in October. Email me through the contact page at my website if you are interested!

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Fruit that Lasts

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” John 15:16 (NIV)

I think it’s a longing in every heart to make a difference, to accomplish something each day, to allow God to create something of worth from our lives. We can distract ourselves with chasing activities that feel important in the moment, but Jesus has appointed us for more. He invites us to bear fruit that will last.

Lord, show us where You want us to serve today. Direct us, so that we use our time in ways that will enable You to grow fruit that will last into eternity. When we can’t yet see the fruit that You are creating through our lives, help us walk in faith. Amen

Sharon Hinck