Guess A Quote (7.23.14)

Guess a Quote-7.23.14 So, according to the comments in last week’s giveaway, these Guess a Quote posts are one of the favorite features of this blog. So I figured it was time to get back on the ball and start them up again even though it’s not Monday.

Thanks to everyone who suggested books to draw quotes from. If you’ve read any popular or classic books, feel free to add to the list. Suggestions make my job a lot easier!

So, here’s this week’s quote. I haven’t read this classic myself, but this quote had a lot of likes on Goodreads, so hopefully some of you will recognize it. Stay tuned for giveaway results!

All this he saw, for one moment breathless and intense, vivid on the morning sky; and still, as he looked, he lived; and still, as he lived, he wondered.

Happy Guessing!

Book Review and Giveaway: Whispers in the Wind

Whispers in the WindRemember I mentioned that we hit 200 followers while I was away? Well, I figured the best way to celebrate would be with some giveaways. It’s been a while since we’ve had any of those. If any of you have ideas for how to add to the fun, shout them out. Rules (almost) the same as always. You can enter by leaving a comment expressing why you follow and (hopefully) like Leah’s Bookshelf. Regrettably, the book can only be shipped within the continental United States due to the cost of shipping. This time around you can earn extra entries by tweeting about the giveaway or sharing on Facebook. Let’s let everyone know we’re celebrating! Just send me the link to your tweet or share, and I’ll give you an extra entry.

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Whispers in the Wind is the third book in the Orphan Train Trilogy. All of the books work as stand alones, and this one is my favorite, so I didn’t think offering you the last book would be a problem.

“He said Captain J. D. Slatter had come to him about the funeral for your family, and wanted to let you know that your parents and Diane and Ronnie will be buried at eleven o’clock Friday morning at the 116th Street Cemetery. A minister has been engaged by the coroner to preside over the burial…”

Dane Weston’s biggest dream is to become a doctor. It’s a big goal for the son of working class parents, but Dane’s family supports him. His dreams are dashed and his heart broken when his parents and younger siblings are murdered at the hands of a teenage gang. With no way to support himself, Dane must leave his books behind and learn to fend for himself on the streets of New York City. He becomes both student and protector of the younger children on the streets, but Dane’s tragedies are not yet over.

Several years ago, I read through every Orphan Train story I could get my hands on. I read this trilogy, The Orphans’ Journey by Arleta Richardson, and Orphan Train Adventures by Joan Lowery Nixon. Dane was one of my favorite characters. He’s got that noble personality that makes people likable and respected both in and out of fiction.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway by leaving a comment! The giveaway ends July 23rd and results will be announced soon after.

Greetings, Salutations, and Announcements

IMG_6Greetings, salutations, and apologies for forgetting to post on Monday. My brother and I arrived home from a missions trip at 3AM Saturday morning. I was still recovering on Monday. If you’d like to read a little more about the trip you can check out Encountering the Fatherless on my other blog. Or you could ask questions in the comments section. I got to hang out with the kids in the picture all week. It was a blast! :)

You guys did a great job of keeping this place hopping while I was away. We hit 200 followers and counting, so I’m trying to brainstorm a fun way to celebrate that landmark. Any ideas?

A bunch of you also voted for the cover design of my new book. I’m excited to announced that a design has been selected, and I’m working with Marli Renee to create the actual cover. You’ll just have to wait and see which design we went with and how we’re going to execute it. I got a lot more votes than comments, so there are a bunch of people who have not been awarded their story shop points. If you’re one of those people, please leave a comment so I can keep track of your points.

I’ve got a lot of exciting stuff in the works right now, so please have patience with my slightly scattered sounding posts and occasional forgetfulness. Hopefully you’ll enjoy experiencing this self-publishing journey alongside me.

Guest Book Review: Pilgrim’s Progress

A few weeks ago when I mentioned my mom’s upcoming surgery and suggested that some guest book reviews would be nice, Spencer R. kindly submitted several for use here on Leah’s Bookshelf. Because this review has been posted previously on his blog, I’m just going to post a  teaser here and give you the link to his posts. (The reason for this is that Google assumes identical content on two websites indicates plagiarism, and both sites are less likely to get a good rank in a Goggle search.) Enjoy Spencer’s review and be sure to leave a comment for him here or on his site.

Pilgrin's Progress

I recently read John Bunyan’s classic allegory The Pilgrim’s Progress as part of my ‘Great Books’ curriculum for school. Bunyan wrote it while he was imprisoned for not conforming to the state church’s practices in the early 1670’s. It was one of the first times I had read a book that was from that time period so the old English was somewhat of a stretch for me, but I was still able to appreciate his message in the book. One of my favorite parts of the book was the way Bunyan represents death.

Read more on What John Bunyan Teaches us about Death in The Pilgrim’s Progress

How many of you have read Pilgrim’s Progress? What was your favorite part of the story? Have you read any of Bunyan’s other works?

Guest Book Review: A Walk Across America

One more book review from Spencer R. before I try to get my head back in the game. Because it has been posted previously on his blog, I’m just going to post a  teaser here and give you the link to his posts. (Google assumes identical content on two websites indicates plagiarism, and both sites are less likely to get a good rank in a Goggle search.) Enjoy Spencer’s review and be sure to leave a comment for him here or on his site.

Walk Across America, A

On October 15, 1973 [Peter Jenkins] and his dog set out, destined for Louisiana. It took them over a year and a half to travel the whole way on foot. Along the way, Peter realized that not all towns in America where just like Greenwich. Peter met a mountain man who still lived in a log cabin on the top of a Virginia mountain. He nearly died of influenza on the Appalachian Trail, was nicknamed Albino by a loving black family, worked in a North Carolina sawmill, as well as many more adventures.

Visit A Walk Across America to read more.

Witnessing on the 4th

Happy Independence Day, everyone! In place of our normal Friday book review, I wanted to share this video with you. Grace Mally is a young lady with a real heart for evangelism. Through her encouragement, my brother, friends, and I have been challenged to stretch ourselves by handing out the Price of Liberty tracts before fireworks the past few years. It’s definitely a little scary, but often favorite memories are made when we step outside our comfort zones. I encourage you to give it a try!

Our normal Friday book review will be posted on Monday. If you can’t wait till then for a book review, check out this review of Grace Mally’s book.

Will Our Generation Speak

Are we as Christians truly being the bright lights, the strong voices of truth, that we should be? The solution for this world’s confusion is not to fix all the surface problems, however devastating and shocking they may be. Neither is the answer found in political or social improvements. The answer is for individual people to be brought to Jesus Christ and discipled. This means that individual Christians–each of us–need to be faithfully sharing the gospel, teaching others what God has taught us, and encouraging our friends to do the same.

Visit Book Review: Will Our Generation Speak to read more.

Story Friends: Help Pick a Cover Design

Help Pick a Cover DesignHello everyone. In case you missed the grand opening of the Story Shop, please go ahead and check it out. The Story Shop is a project I’m testing. The idea is that you get to participate in games, surveys, and other activities to earn points. You can then redeem those points for prizes listed in the Story Shop.

This survey is to help me pick a cover design for my novel Counted Worthy. Counted Worthy is set in the future. It is narrated by a teenage girl who is a member of the persecuted church. You can read more about it here. I’m in the beginning stages of self-publishing this story, and I want it to have a fantastic cover. The covers below belong to previously published, unrelated books. I’m not endorsing any of them. I haven’t even read all of them. It’s the design that matters. For any of the options, I’d take the general concept and substitute images and designs that fit Counted Worthy. Which design do you like best? Which of these books would you be most likely to buy based on cover design alone.

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Leave a comment stating which book design you voted for. You will be awarded one point for voting, but only if you leave a comment. I can’t give you your point if I don’t know who you are. Earn additional points by sharing this post on social media and sending me the link to your share.

Book Review: Prophet

Prophet

“It’s snowing ashes,” Ela repeated. “I’m going up to the wall to look for the fire.”

What happens when the responsibilities and struggles of a prophet of the Lord are transplanted into fantasy? This book is built around that very premise. Seventeen year old Ela knows that a silver-haired prophet has failed. The Infinite even told her she would die young if she agreed to be His prophet. Yet once she heard His voice, she knew she could never live without it, and so she agreed. Her “yes” launches her into a life of knowing the future. She spends her days pleading with hardened people to change their ways and trust the Infinite before it’s too late. For all her foresight, Ela doesn’t know if they will head her warnings in time.

I couldn’t tell from the synopsis of this book if I would like it or not. Two of my friends gave it good reviews on Goodreads, so when I saw it at a homeschool conference for a good price I decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did! I regret not buying book two while I had the chance. There is a (very) light love element, but it’s not at all offensive. I found Ela to be a relatable main character. Kien was roguishly loveable. And Tsana, Ela’s little sister, was adorable. Best of all, it made me appreciate Old Testament prophets and the Spirit of God on a deeper level.

P.S. I was a little concerned that a female prophet would come off as feminist, but she doesn’t at all. The author does a great job of focusing on “The Infinite” rather than fussing over a girl prophet.