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Thank you to my friend from church, Paul Merrill, for your invaluable help in getting this blog going! Your website and social  media expertise has been a tremendous help in introducing me to this new world of communication and equipping me to enter it. Paul did the technical part of designing my website and blog and gave lots of great advice on content. Greener Grass Media (http://brendaquinnwrites NULL.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/greener-grass-sq NULL.jpg)Paul’s does this work for individuals as well as businesses and organizations through his business, Greener Grass Media (http://greenergrassmedia NULL.com/).




(http://brendaquinnwrites NULL.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/1_25_books NULL.jpg)I’m excited about Renovare’s new book, 25 Books Every Christian Should Read: A Guide to the Essential Spiritual Classics. The book contains excerpts from 25 spiritually influential and important books for Christians. These are books that should be shaping the church, our faith, and our engagement in the world. Editors have included historical background for each book and explanation on its importance. There are questions for small group discussion along with each selection.  Interspersed throughout are Personal Top 5 reading lists by various Christian leaders. I got to contribute to the book and you can find my top 5 on page 337. For information on purchase, you can go to the Renovare (http://www NULL.renovare NULL.us/) website and visit their store (http://store NULL.renovare NULL.us/).



(http://brendaquinnwrites NULL.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Grace-Notes-cover5 NULL.jpg)I had the opportunity to compile Philip Yancey’s recent one-year reader, Grace Notes. It’s filled with Yancey’s writing from his early days up to the present, including excerpts from magazine articles, booklets, and his many books. I got to read everything and then choose 365 must-see excerpts that any Yancey fan, or fan-in-the-making, needs to read. I love this book. It’s arranged with the church calendar year in mind, so that the readings reflect the season that accompanies the date. I’m the most blessed editor around getting to work  with both Philip and his writing. I’m a different person through what I’ve learned. Get this book (https://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/dp/0310287723/ref=as_li_tf_til?tag=livinthewor-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=0310287723&adid=174D8QTKH9M3CMFQX3QJ&) and you will feel the same.


I love the concept and existence of Camellia Network (http://www NULL.camellianetwork NULL.org/). Founded by author Vanessa Diffenbaugh (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/Language-Flowers-Novel-Vanessa-Diffenbaugh/dp/034552554X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1330631082&sr=1-1) it is a nationwide movement to support youth transitioning from foster care.


(http://brendaquinnwrites NULL.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Wycliffe NULL.jpg)Wycliffe USA has a few sites that share stories of people around the world who need the Bible translated into their own language. The Wycliffe blog (http://wycliffeusa NULL.wordpress NULL.com/) offers new posts every few days. Read a few and you’ll be hooked. They have titles like, “Transformed while Translating,” “Missionaries of Prayer,” and “Great Need for Deaf Translators.” You can subscribe to receive the blog at your email address. Another Wycliffe site (http://www NULL.wycliffe NULL.org/Resources/StoriesofImpact NULL.aspx) tells stories of the people who have given their lives to Bible translation. And one more blog from Wycliffe’s The Seed Company (http://blog NULL.theseedcompany NULL.org/) (which serves to accelerate Bible translation) discusses the strategies behind Bible translation and the lessons learned. It’s very interesting.


(http://brendaquinnwrites NULL.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Couchman-cover NULL.jpg)We all can name a few books that have helped to steer our lives. One for me is a book by Judith Couchman, Designing a Woman’s Life (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/Designing-Womans-Life-Judith-Couchman/dp/1601423683/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1348776783&sr=1-1&keywords=designing+a+woman%27s+life). I read the book shortly after I got married, then studied it with a group of women in my home for many weeks. God spoke as I worked through Judy’s themes, and to this day the direction God gave me continues to guide me and hold true for how God is still calling me to use my time and energies. I can’t say enough about this book and Judy’s writing. She has given her life to serving others through the written word, and she’s made sacrifices to do it. There is a cost to being an artist. Judy is an artist par excellence. A study guide (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/Designing-Womans-Life-Study-Guide/dp/159052795X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1348776783&sr=1-2&keywords=designing+a+woman%27s+life) she wrote to go with the book makes beautiful use of Scripture to guide you through the book’s themes. If you spend the time, you will hear the voice of God.



(http://brendaquinnwrites NULL.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Patricias-book5 NULL.png)Another beautiful author  friend, Patricia Raybon, has changed me through her writing, her speaking to my very own church groups, and through her friendship. I read a newspaper review of My First White Friend: Confessions on Race, Love and Forgiveness (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/First-White-Friend-Confessions-Forgiveness/dp/0140244360), devoured the book, and searched out Patricia to come and speak at a city book festival where I was volunteering. We became good friends, and her writing continues to move me. I don’t know that I’ve met a more gracious and gifted writer. Get her books and read them. I Told the Mountain to Move: Learning to Pray So Things Change (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/Told-Mountain-Move-Learning-Things/dp/0842387986/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1349973382&sr=1-1&keywords=raybon) and The One Year God’s Great Blessings Devotional (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/Year-Gods-Great-Blessings-Devotional/dp/1414338716/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1349973382&sr=1-2&keywords=raybon).