Book Covers

You’ve all heard, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” Yet most people are captured by a cover. It’s like an attractive front door, an engaging store front, or a welcome mat. Designers use sites with stock photos and/or photos that can be purchased to make covers. Sometimes they even meld two or more photos to create a certain look. If you’re designing your own cover, I recommend you find photos at  https://www.dreamstime.com/search.php     I recommend this site for many reasons: A. They have great photos B. You can submit your own photos and get paid for subtimitting them C. They have a wide variety of choices D. They have a referral program where you earn money when friends you’ve recommended use them.  Visit Dreamstime by clicking above!

Book Recommendations

Recently read two wonderful books. The first is The First Gardener  by Denise Hildreth Jones published by Tyndale House. It is one of the most moving novels on grief that I’ve ever read. In the story the governor of Tennessee and his wife, Mac, lose their only child in a car accident. She is only five, and Mac, who was driving, is consumed with guilt as well as terrible sorrow. The gardener at the governor’s mansion, Jeremiah, a wise and godly man is instrumental in helping her heal.

The other is Joshua and the Children by Joseph F. Girzone published by Macmillan Publishing. The author is a retired priest who for health reasons gave up the active priesthood and began to write. His first book Joshua tells the story of a quiet, unassuming man who the reader eventually recognizes is Yeshua. This modern retelling of the gospel became a best seller. The sequel portrays Joshua’s special love for children.

 

Never Stop Reading

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“We are all teachers; we are all students.”

As long as we live we need to continue to learn, to grow, or we stagnate and grow truly old rather than wise. One of the best ways to do this is by reading: non-fiction, fiction, poetry, plays, personal essays, newspapers, etc. Some people ask what can you learn from fiction? To which I reply, human nature, conflict resolution, perseverance through obstacles, motives, etc. My undergraduate degree was English, but my M.Ed. is in Counseling. I’ve asked myself what connections there are between my interests.

Literature delved into the human psyche through fictional characters long before Freud. Readers learn the motivations, plots, interactions, and thoughts of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Lady MacBeth, King Lear’s daughters and can then recognize despair, guilty and selfish ambition, and insanity in humans. In psychology , one studies actual people who are complex with histories and backgrounds as varied as fingerprints Continue reading