by Betty Thomason Owens
What a month it’s been here at the Writing Prompts blog. I enjoyed reading about everyone’s favorite modern author, and I learned we’re a rather eclectic bunch. We like everything from classic reads to childhood favorites, and meaningful, spiritually-uplifting works.
Today’s society, whether they realize it or not–is rich. They have extensive, extravagant libraries available to them, which are growing and expanding every day. If you have a question, you can find hundreds of authors expounding on the answer. There’s a voice out there for you. One or several of those authors will have the words that will speak directly to your mind and heart.
I hate to see the month of March leave, because I’ve so enjoyed reading everyone’s posts. As writers, books hold our hearts and nourish our dreams. They inspire us. We hope our words will someday touch hearts just like that one touched ours.
Thank you, Writing Prompts crew and guests for sharing a bit of your hearts with us. And thank you, dear readers, for taking time out of your day to read and comment on our heartfelt posts.
We have a bit of excitement in store for April, so don’t miss Monday’s introductory blog post.
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In lieu of a writing prompt, I’d like to ask you a question. If you’re a reader, which modern author has touched your heart? Changed your life? Made you think? Whether it’s teaching, developmental, devotional, or a work of fiction–this author’s words made a lasting (indelible) impression on you.
By Jennifer Hallmark
Do you know what Wemmicks are? How about little Hermie? If not, you probably haven’t read a Max Lucado book to a child yet.
What? You didn’t know that my all-time favorite non-fiction author of encouraging, inspirational books for adults also writes children’s books? Then let me share with you 5 reasons you need to read these books…
- The Wemmicks– There are at least 5 books featuring the Wemmicks, small wooden people carved by a woodworker named Eli. The issues and situations they deal with definitely mirror those we encounter daily. Max addresses these issues gently, displaying the grace of God.
- They touch your heart-One book I especially love is “Just In Case You Ever Wonder.” I cannot read this to my grandchildren without tearing up. We are so special to God and this book is simple enough for a child to understand, but deep in truth.
- Little Hermie books-They are extremely easy to read with bright illustrations children enjoy. And I love the way Max uses insects as the main characters.
- Christmas stories-Beside A Fruitcake Christmas, which is a little Hermie story, there is Itsy Bitsy Christmas: You’re Never Too Little For His Love, The Crippled Lamb, and one that I own, The Christmas Story for Children. Again, basic truth written for all ages.
- Parables, Love and Acceptance-The basic theme of all these books is grace. They resonate with the parable of the prodigal son’s message: If you cry out to God, He will hear and come running. You and your children will feel the one-of-a-kind of love the Father has for you through the sweet messages in Max Lucado’s books.
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Oh, and as for his selection of books for adults? I presently own ten, but would love to have them all. The first inspirational Christian book I ever read was When God Whispers Your Name. Someone at the church I had just started attending gave it to me, saying they felt like I needed it. They were right. It opened a whole new world of reading and drawing closer to God.
My favorite Lucado books are When God Whispers Your Name, In the Grip of Grace, On the Anvil, Facing Your Giants, and the mini-book, Give It All to Him. I buy that last one in large quantities and give them away. The parable within is a wonderful tool for witnessing to the lost or strengthening anyone who needs a little reassurance.
I’ve just purchased one of his latest, a novel titled Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café. I can’t wait to see what encouragement and surprises await me.
So why don’t you give those Wemmicks a try? You’ll be glad you did…
Writing Prompt: The Max Lucado book lay near the fireplace, just inches from the burning logs. I’d meant for it to go in when I threw it but it seemed to have a mind of its own. I fell to my knees as…