Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A Challenge for All of Us

I just finished reading a remarkable book: The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence (Nicholas Herman). It is about developing close companionship with Christ. About living in his presence 24/7. I can't do it. I'm not there. But Brother Lawrence's book is so challenging. It's about conversing with the Lord all day long. "Praying continually," as Christ encouraged us. Not out of some rote, mechanical, legalistic desire, but simply out of love for God, because of what he's done for us. I've underlined a bunch of powerful lines in my copy and am referring to it throughout the day. If your "walk" is a little dry or you feel like you're in a spiritual rut. You may want to check out this tiny but powerful read. CM

Monday, January 5, 2009

Library News from Author Leanna Ellis

Winner of the National Readers’ Choice Award and Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award, Leanna Ellis writes women’s fiction for B&H Publishing. Here's a bit about her latest book, Elvis Takes a Back Seat.

A young widow, determined to fulfill her husband’s last request, hauls a three foot bust of Elvis strapped in the back seat of a vintage Cadillac from Texas to Memphis to return it to its rightful owner. The road trip with her eccentric aunt, who knew the King of Rock n’ Roll, and a temperamental teen, hits roadblocks and detours as the three women uncover pieces of their own past along with the bust’s mysterious history. The discoveries change the course of their lives forever.

Go to Leanna's web site here.