I was drawn to this book by the title – who doesn’t need a little more goodness and mercy in their lives? And then I read the first two paragraphs of the book: Mercy October 10, 1943 Mama had high hopes when she named me Mercy. She expected me to be kind even when people […]

Do you need another newsletter? Probably not. But, you might want this one! Why? If you’re an author, this might be a great (and free!) way to get noticed by readers.  If you’re a reader this is a fun way for you to learn about new releases, meet new authors, and find out about the […]

It’s a beautiful afternoon here, and I was thinking about taking a short nap before we head out to a family picnic and bonfire. When I tried to shut my eyes, I was too excited to rest. The news: Books by Joy & Others is going to be releasing a newsletter on June 1st. Why […]

5 out of 5 stars for Voices! What in the world is a guy who “hears voices” going to do? He’s pretty sure it’s God, but what if it’s not? What if it’s some kind of mental illness or worse – from an evil source? Sure, last time David Chance heard them, the Messages could […]

She sat in the woods, crying, afraid for her life, and they came – the woodland creatures. A fawn, a couple of squirrels, a rabbit, some chipmunks, and two raccoons offered her the comfort of their presence, led her to a tiny cottage in the woods, and then helped her clean it up. Friendly little […]

I had the privlege of meeting Kathy Harris on a trip to Nashville a few years ago. I visited her writer’s group with a friend, and I also met her for for a very fun lunch. She’s a very special woman and her book, The Road to Mercy reflects that on every page. My review: The […]

Joy’s rating:    I discovered Kathi’s writing when I read her book, My Son John. You readers out there know this sound clichéd, but it’s actually our truth: when we say I could not put the book down – we couldn’t and didn’t. Kathi’s writing has that effect on me. Special Delivery is book #2 […]

Today’s Legacy Story is from friend and author, Barbara Marshak. . . The legacy I inherited came about in a most quiet, unassuming way. My parents, Percy and Jessie Veden, had been married for 27 years and had six grown children and three grandchildren before I arrived on scene. Active in church and 4-H activities, […]

Today’s Legacy story is from Barbara Ellen Brink – one of my favorite authors and my friend. I spent most of my growing up years out on the west coast. We lived on a small fruit farm in Washington State. My best childhood memories are from that place. And a lot of them involve my […]

Welcome to Legacy Week! Here’s a great way to save your family legacy from from my friend, Diane Moody. Diane is a mult-published author whose latest release is a family cookbook titled: Hale Hale the Gang’s All Here!   Our Cookbook: A Family Legacy   Probably like you, as far back as I can remember, family […]

Between Running Home and Alias Black Raven I took time to get a fresh cup of coffee. From Amazon:   Seeking redemption in all the wrong places… Brenna has lived most of her life just left of the right side of the law. While on vacation at a secluded ski resort, her past finally catches up […]

In book one of her second series, Barbara Ellen Brink creates a new cast of characters I found myself fully connected to. From Amazon: Ivy’s husband is a cheat and a liar, but when he gets caught up in a game of espionage and flees the country with his latest bimbo, Ivy has finally had […]

This book is special to me for personal reasons. You can read about that here:  http://bit.ly/L9G5Gd From Amazon: When a senator and pharmaceutical giant partner to experiment with a new drug on pregnant women, they tap into a world they never knew existed – the supernatural touching the natural – and it will cost […]

I’m dedicating this week to one of my favorite authors: Barbara Ellen Brink. At first I thought I would like her work because she’s a MN author. Or because I got to meet her. Then, I read her books and I discovered I like the books because she is an excellent author. From Amazon: One lost summer […]

I love teaching Sunday School, mostly because it forces me to think on my feet about God.  It forces me to put pieces together to explain God and His love and how His love works in our lives and in our world. Today we went over the term “the Kingdom of God.”  Now, maybe you, […]

The Hole ~  by Staci Stalling

The Hole ~ by Staci Stalling

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Today and tomorrow author Staci Stallings is my guest blogger. Welcome, Staci! The Hole By:  Staci Stallings I was reading “How People Change” by Timothy S. Lane and Paul Tripp the other day.  In it there is a story about a hole.  They call it the Gospel Gap.  Basically, it’s that hole in everyone’s life that […]

Author, Julie Saffrin, wrote a life-changing book titled: BlessBack – Thank Those Who Shaped Your Life. Today, I have the privlege of having a story on her blog. It’s a fun story about my husband, Jon. Want to read it? Click here: http://bit.ly/SRVSNW By the way: BlessBack was just released as an ebook for $4.99. […]