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Book Review: The Story Jar by Robin Lee Hatcher and Deborah Bedford

Brag warning: I am friends with RLH on Facebook and Goodreads. So there. 😉 Yes, I can get all fan girl about it, but I won’t (anymore).

Robin posted last week about Authorgraph (hence, the nifty widget to the right, where you can request a personalized signature from me for your Kindle versions of my books. Way cool, right?) I decided that I must have one from Robin, so I made a quickie purchase. The title intrigued me, and I always like to read stories that have co-authors to see the way they mesh styles.

In the forward, Robin tells how this book came to be written. I’m hoping to present the idea of a story jar to my Bible study group. What a wonderful way to remember all that Jesus has done, and continues to work, in our hearts.

I read this book in a total of 5 hours. It would have been 5 straight hours but I did need to sleep a bit in between. The main plot takes place in a small church where Beth Williams is hired to clean the sanctuary. She’s care worn, discouraged. In the course of her duties, a woman comes in to sit. Beth discovers she is the former pastor’s wife. As she’s cleaning, Beth discovers a jar hidden underneath a chair on the platform. Mrs. Halley opens the jar and by that opens Beth’s heart to the wonderful ways Jesus touches the hearts of others when it seems that there is no hope.

This is the beauty of this book; it’s three stories! As Mrs. Halley takes treasures from the jar, she tells Beth about two special people. The first, written by Deborah Bedford, involves a pastor’s family dealing with the wife’s battle with breast cancer. The second, by RLH, touches on the fears of every mother: a wayward child and the hard road of reconciliation.

In the end, Beth is able to release her own fears, and her two sons, into God’s loving hands. It’s a wonderful celebration of mothers, their love for their families and the way the family loves them. As a special bonus, several other well known Christian authors pay tribute to their mothers, including Francine Rivers, Jerry B. Jenkins, Karen Ball and others.

You can find Robin’s books in print and Kindle on Amazon, and at her website (which is in the midst of a makeover).

Deborah Bedford’s books, print and Kindle, can also be found on Amazon. Her website is found here.

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ION…Library stuff

Yes! I’m 6th on the list at the library and they have 5 books waiting to be processed! I’m so excited to read this book.

AND…I just finished Law of Nines, by Terry Goodkind. I picked it up on a whim, not thinking it had anything to do with the House of Rahl….ummm, nope! It was terrific!

Two good reads…one done, one to look forward to!

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Other Random Inspirations

I tend to get songs in my head and they don’t leave. I love YouTube! I love to find worship songs that we’ve sung in church and play them over and over again.

I also tend to do this while I write and them that song becomes the theme of the book/story.

Seasons of a Life ~ Power of Your Love

Sunnie’s Rainbow ~ I Will Worship You and  then towards the end it became The Stand

Triumph of Officer Jacobs ~ The Stand

I didn’t really have one for my NaNo, but I’m sure this years will

Silas so far has been Here I am To Worship, with Jersey Girl by Springsteen tossed in there as well. Hey, ya can’t ignore the Jersey girl theme in there 😉 and I still don’t have a good name for his story…any ideas?