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A Writer’s Thanks by Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers

Posted by Julie on November 5, 2013 in encouragement, Guest blogger, Thankful November guest blogger |

I thank my God every time I remember you.

Philippians 1:3

The table is set, a feast is prepared.  Empty seats wait for guests.  If we could give a feast of gratitude and fill the seats with those to whom we owe thanks, who would we invite?

As writers we need to remember that our ability, creativity, and the practice of our craft has been shaped and molded by others. As readers we remember that we have been transformed by the presentation of truth in the efforts of writers who have come before us.  We are thankful for each of them.


We are thankful for our mother who showed us perseverance in a writer’s life by faithfully writing through eleven years of rejections. For Corrie Ten Boom who taught us about forgiveness. For Catherine Marshall who taught us that prayer was real and possible. For C.S. Lewis who showed us that theology can be read and enjoyed.  For JRR Tolkien who showed us the power and truth in story.  For A.W. Tozer who wrote on his knees and Oswald Chambers who gave his life to follow his calling.  For Watty Piper who taught us that we could, and Margaret Wise Brown who made it safe to say “Goodnight”.

Many writers lived, worked and sacrificed before our time, gifted by the grace of God.  They have helped us to move forward.

Thank you. Thank you.

The table is set.  Empty seats are waiting. Who would you invite?


“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

Sir Isaac Newton

Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers



Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers are award-winning authors who write to reveal God through story.  They were born into a writing family, and began at an early age critiquing manuscripts for their mother, Newbery winner Betsy Byars.  They went on to become authors of more than thirty-five children’s novels. Their first book for adults, The Shepherd’s Song, will be released by Howard Books in March 2014.  They live in Georgia.



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BookSneeze Blogger Review- Sheila Walsh: How to be God’s Little Princess

Posted by Julie on March 15, 2011 in Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

I’m a book reviewer through Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze blogger program. I love the program because you receive a free book in exchange for an honest review through your blog and a commercial website. I post my reviews on Amazon.

Today I’m reviewing Sheila Walsh’s How to Be God’s Little Princess. I loved her previous book, God’s Little Princess Devotional Bible so this was an easy pick for me.

Sheila gives “royal tips for manners, etiquette, and true beauty.” The book includes jewelry craft ideas, easy to read suggestions on dressing modestly yet being fashionable. Sheila includes lots of fun quizzes that helps your eight year old and up daughter to learn more about how God made her.

Sections include:

How to Dress Like a Princess, How to Wear a Tiara (and other princess necessities), How a Princess Perfects Her Poise, How to be Friends Princess Style, How to Dine with Royal Success, How to Sparkle Like a Princess, How to Have a Rockin’ Royal Party,  How to be Media Wise, How to be a Perfectly Polite Princess, How to be a Princess at Home, How a Princess Sports a Good Attitude, How a Princess Knows She Needs an Inner Beauty Makeover.

I have a princess at home. She loves pink, sparkles, tiaras and singing out her words because life is a song to her. She’s had a hard life in a short amount of time but because of that, she knows she’s God’s girl. I can’t wait to share this book with her. Honestly, I plan to hide this in her Easter basket because the book contains treasures far richer than peanut butter cups.

Sheila Walsh: How to be God's Little Princess

I believe this book is a great one to read with your daughter. There are hands on things to do to grow your relationship with her. There are also ideas she can do with friends. The book is full of Scripture to help navigate your princess through royal choices so she can live like the princess in Christ she truly is.

Book Description

A fun guide book for God’s little princesses.

What does it take to be a princess? Sheila Walsh has some important answers to share for every little girl. This trendy design features black & white line art and a two-color pink and black interior. The art will tie to each how-to topic in the book—how to make the best pink cookies, how to wear a tiara, how to earn money at home, how to care for a royal dog, how to be respectful, how to use good manners, how to help Mom, how to follow Jesus, how to act like a princess when things go terribly wrong, and many more.

To purchase, click here.

Again, I received this book through Booksneeze for free in exchange for an honest review.

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