Thank you to Cynthia Ruchti, senior literary agent with Books & Such, for speaking at our February meeting! She shared 15 gems with our small group - hefty gems and soft pearly ones, and sparkling gems to keep us in the light. Her vast experience and knowledge of the publishing industry from both sides was a treasure trove and we were blessed by her wisdom and generosity. Her admonition that being called to write is not sufficient excuse to forego daily time with God was needed, especially given the ambitious goals of our group members this year. Our group met virtually as is our tradition for the cold snowy month of February but look forward eagerly to seeing each other in person next month when our speaker will be one of members who also has a new book just released last month, Amy Lynn Green! See our full schedule.
It's hard to find appropriate stories for children that don't contain objectionable ingredients. Even in small doses, spices set the character for a whole dish. How impactful then for character to be infused by the holy ingredients of biblical truth, love, and hope. Each month, we recommend a story work of art that is both creative and faithful to the Creator and the lover of our souls. May God add to these authors and their works.
February Pick - The Purloined Boy by C.R. Wiley
Isn't this cover beautiful? Congratulations to our own Michelle on her new book which released in January 2024. If you're new to Deep Haven, it's a small town on the rugged Minnesota Northshore. You'll have to visit within the pages of Michelle's book to meet the newest arrivals.
In June of this year, it will be 80 years since the D-Day invasion that saw American, Canadian, and British troops storm the beaches of Normandy in a costly effort to save Europe from the Nazis and their allies. Today, the wide beaches and tall cliffs are quiet. But the grassy National Cemetery nearby, spread across a foreign shore, lies as a permanent reminder.
The men and women who fought in the Second World War and their personal stories will never be adequately known. What made them laugh? What encouraged them as they volunteered their young lives to battle in strange lands for people they had never met? Our group's newest book release takes you back to 1943.