Showing posts from October, 2007

The Return by Austin Boyd

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing


(Navpress Publishing Group July 13, 2007)


Austin Boyd


Austin Boyd writes from his experience as a decorated Navy pilot, spacecraft engineer and an astronaut candidate finalist. Austin lives with his wife Cindy and four children in America’s “Rocket City”--Huntsville, Alabama, where he directs business development for a large NASA and defense contractor. His creative talents include inspirational fiction and poetry, finely crafted reproduction colonial furniture, archery and long distance cycling. He serves his community as an advocate for a crisis pregnancy center and as a motivational speaker in the area of lifestyle evangelism.

THE RETURN is part of the Mars Hill Classified Series with The Evidence and The Proof



Six years after completing a manned mission to the Red Planet, Admiral John Wells is set to make another journey to Mars. But this time his crew is not …
Forever Revising on F.A.I.T.H. today.

Thank God for the RAIN!!!

For the 3rd day in a row, the Lord has blessed Northeast Georgia and Lake Lanier with rain. We'll need a lot more to get the lake's pool back to it's normal level.

Keep the rain coming, Lord!

An exposed lake bed is shown at Lake Lanier in Buford, Ga., Friday, Oct. 12, 2007. Rivers throughout the Southeast are turning to dust, towns are threatening to ration dwindling water supplies and lawmakers are pointing fingers as the region struggles with an epic drought that seems to be getting worse. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ABC news link for above picture, click here.

For latest local (Georgia) news, click here.

Illuminated by Matt Bronleewe

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing


(Thomas Nelson August 7, 2007)


Matt Bronleewe


Matt Bronleewe is a recognized producer, songwriter and author. The former member of the band Jars of Clay, has earned numerous awards producing and co-writing albums that have sold a combined total of over 20 million copies. His songs have recently been recorded by Disney pop sensations Aly & AJ, American Idol finalist Kimberley Locke, and more. Bronleewe has worked with Grammy Award-winning artists such as Michael W. Smith, International pop singer Natalie Imbruglia and Heroes star Hayden Panettiere.

Born in Dallas, Texas, Bronleewe was raised on a farm in Kansas, where he lived until he left for college in 1992. At Greenville College in Illinois, Bronleewe formed the band Jars of Clay with his dorm roommate and two neighbors, and the group soon found success. Though Bronleewe opted to leave Jars of Clay early on to pursue an academic career, he …

my life, unscripted by Tricia Goyer

About the Book~~

Drawing on Biblical principles, My Life,Unscripted guides girls through the tumultous teen years by teaching them to have a plan of attack before temptation or hardship come.

Tricia's Script:
Looking back at my drama-filled teen years I now wonder ... What was I thinking?

The truth? I wasn't. I lived from day to day on every wave of emotion. Some days excitement and passion partnered up, pattering wildly within my heart.

Other days, depression and anxiety were my silent friends. I lived each day as it came, with no plan for my future, for my relationships, or for my heart.

I lived my life completely unscripted ... and, well, it didn't go well for me. Teen pregnancy and a broken heart were only two consequences. Yet my prayer is that when teen girls are asked Who's Writing Your Life? their answer will be ME ... with the guidance of God, My Director.


About the author~~
Tricia Goyer has published over 300 articles for n…

When Trouble Comes and Things Go Wrong by Helen Steiner Rice

A poem by Ms. Rice - posted on F.A.I.T.H. today.

Crimson Eve by Brandilyn Collins

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing


(Zondervan October 30, 2007)


Brandilyn Collins


Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense™. These harrowing crime thrillers have earned her the tagline “Don’t forget to b r e a t h e…® ” She’s so well known in the industry there’s actually a club for her non-readers. That’s right. The Big Honkin’ Chickens Club (BHCC) members are proud of the fact that they’re too wimpy to read Brandilyn’s intense fiction. Now and then one of them tries. Bribing works pretty well. (Just ask Deb Raney.) Somehow they live to tell the tale.

Brandilyn writes for Zondervan, the Christian division of HarperCollins Publishers, and is currently at work on her 17th book. Her first book, A Question of Innocence, was a true crime published by Avon in 1995. Its promotion landed her on local and national TV and radio, including the Phil Donahue and Leeza talk shows.

She’s also known for…

Nobody by Creston Mapes


Creston Mapes is a talented storyteller whose first two novels, Dark Star and Full Tilt, made him a finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year awards and the Inspirational Readers Choice awards. Creston has written for major corporations, colleges, and ministries, including Coca-Cola, TNT Sports, Oracle, Focus on the Family, and In Touch Ministries. Committed to his craft and his family, Creston makes his home in Georgia with his wife, Patty, and their four children.

He's been married for twenty-one years to the girl he first loved way back in fourth grade. They have three lovely girls and a boy in a very close-knit family, spending a lot of time together - watching old classic movies, going on outings, and taking in various school and community events and activities. Creston loves to go for morning walks with his dog, read, paint watercolors, meet friends for coffee and Bible study, watch hockey, take his wife on dates, and spend time in …

Maysville Fall Festival: Part 2 - Vintage Cars

I couldn't post all of the pictures I had made of the cars, so I'm posting the ones that looked the coolest.

*Mach 1 Mustang ~ SWEET!* I like this one because it's pink!

The General Lee!from Dukes of Hazzard - remember that show?

An old but purty :) Chevy!~FLAMES~

I've got one more batch that I'll post in a couple of days. Check back with me!

Maysville Fall Festival

Saturday I traveled to Maysville, Georgia for their fall festival.

There were pony rides, face painting, funnel cakes and big jumping things for the kids. I went for the parade and to see my nephew, Ricky, walk in the parade with the Cub Scouts. The folks in the parade threw candy. Here's a self portrait of me and little me, who couldn't wait to try a sucker!

Here come the Scouts!
There's Ricky!
Here comes the fire truck, the people shout Hooray!
(That's a phrase from Barney - yes my mind is warped by a purple dinosaur)
The big chicken!
The Church wagon
I love horse drawn carriages but feel sorry for the horses hooves, clomping on that hard asphalt.
Seeing the old tractors was a lot of fun.
This guy was supposed to be Frosty the Snowman.
I love this building. Every time I visit Maysville, and see this building - not sure if it used to be a restaurant, or what - but I can see the potential of a story there. Imagine weaving a story around the people who worked and visited the "…


Head over to F.A.I.T.H. I'm talking about pitching to an editor - my experience.

The Trophy Wives Club by Kristin Billerbeck

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing
Avon Inspire (September 4, 2007)
Kristin Billerbeck ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kristin Billerbeck was born in Redwood City, California. She went to San Jose State University and majored in Advertising, then worked at the Fairmont Hotel in PR, a small ad agency as an account exec, and then,she was thrust into the exciting world of shopping mall marketing. She got married, had four kids, and started writing romance novels until she found her passion: Chick Lit. She is a CBA bestselling author and two-time winner of the ACFW Book of the Year. Featured in the New York Times and USA Today, Kristin has appeared on the Today Show for her pioneering role in Christian chick lit. Her last three books were: Split Ends: Sometimes the End is Really the Beginning (April 17, 2007)She's Out of Control (Ashley Stockingdale Series #1) (Nov 13, 2007)Calm, Cool & Adjusted (Spa Girls Series #3) (Oct 1, 2006)

The Delicacy of Creation

"The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe."
Proverbs 18:10

Downey took these pictures...

We were camping on Lake Lanier last month with Nana. We gave our two year old the camera. Here are a few pictures she took.

Looking out over the campsite beside us.
Ah! Look at the sunlight gleaming over her Daddy's truck.#1 Man at the Smith House.Downey, if you drink your orange juice, we'll let you have it in your Ba-ba