Published…for the First Time

Not me, obviously. But yesterday’s book review of The Last Martin, a YA novel by Jonathan Friesen, marked my son Nate’s debut as a published writer. He starts off like I did, as part of a team. We worked separately, then together, to write this review for Crosswalk. He’s not exactly an aspiring writer–says it’s too hard and he’d rather just read–but he worked hard to contribute his perspective on this fun book.

His teacher showed the article to his class yesterday, on their big screen, then let him get up and teach them about the process he went through. She was so tickled for him, and his classmates thought it was really “cool.”

He might be persuaded to do this more often if I keep promising to share the proceeds with him…

Whatever it takes!

Christian Fiction Recommendations

I spend a lot of time reading Christian fiction these days. Mostly because it’s my job (I’m a book reviewer for crosswalk.com), but also because I love to read fiction. And the Christian fiction world is growing both in quantity and in quality.

Some of my favorite books published within the last year, in no particular order:

The Master’s Wall, by Sandi Rog
While We’re Far Apart, by Lynn Austin
Petra, by T.L. Higley
Pearl in the Sand, by Tessa Afshar
Claim, by Lisa Bergren
Red Ink, by Kathi Macias
For Time and Eternity, by Allison Pittman
The Seeker, by Ann Gabhart
Hollywood Nobody, by Lisa Samson (pub 2007)
Here Burns My Candle, by Liz Curtis Higgs

Authors to hunt down and find (their books, not them personally!):

Denise Hunter
Ann Gabhart
Liz Curtis Higgs
Allison Pittman
Lynn Austin
Randy Singer
Linda Windsor
Lisa Samson
Deeann Gist
Kristin Billerbeck