Robin Lee Hatcher http://www.robinleehatcher.com stories of faith, courage, and love Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:00:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 February Wrap Up http://www.robinleehatcher.com/february-wrap-up/ http://www.robinleehatcher.com/february-wrap-up/#respond Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:00:38 +0000 http://www.robinleehatcher.com/?p=14239 While much of the rest of the country was in the deep freeze, southwest Idaho (and much of the West) was enjoying spring like weather. So much that I was getting daily notices of high tree pollen count. After three weeks and several new record highs for February, we cooled off again, but to be honest, it didn’t mean much to me. I’ve been sticking to the indoors and the computer.

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© Prawny / Dollar Photo Club

Books Read:

Sun Stand StillI completed ten books in the month of February. I had some required reading to get through, so I definitely was in speed-reading mode for much of the month.

I had three favorites out of the ten: Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick; The Committee for the Reburial of Liver-Eating Johnston by Tri Robinson (read my review here); and Pocket Prayers by Max Lucado, a companion book to Before Amen which I mentioned is last month’s wrap up.

Bible Read:

It is so good to be back into my through-the-Bible routine. I am blessed by the focus it gives me. In February, I read (in part or in full) Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

Movies & TV Watched:

Another month escaped us without a visit to the theater. Sigh. But I did finally get to see The Fault in Our Stars, and I liked it a lot. The young stars played brother and sister in the movie version of Divergent, so it felt a little odd in the first few minutes. But then their acting swayed me into their current characters.

My treadmill watching remains The Gilmore Girls. I am halfway through the seven seasons, which means I have a couple more months to go before I’ll be done.

Oh, and I might as well admit it. I watched the entire Season 5 of Downton Abbey on DVD multiple times. :-)

Miles Walked:

From January 26th through February 22nd (four weeks), I logged 66.16 miles. That’s a sharp decline from my previous four week period and way off pace for my minimum goal, although I did walk every single one of those 28 days. Part of the reason for the decline was my need to slow down my pace because of recurring back issues. Slower pace means fewer steps and less mileage. Hopefully, my back won’t trouble me as much in March.

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© stocksolutions / Dollar Photo Club

Writing Related:

February was plagued with website issues, for this site and the group blog I administer. Finally, after migrating both sites, the problems have ceased and all seems to be well in that regard.

The month was also one of writing,writing,writing. I’m barreling toward the deadline, so much of the same is ahead.


 

There you go. Another month checked off the calendar. I hope that your month allowed you to read some great books and whatever else brings you pleasure, blessings, and good health.

~robin

 

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The Books Authors Read | Elizabeth Goddard http://www.robinleehatcher.com/the-books-authors-read-elizabeth-goddard/ http://www.robinleehatcher.com/the-books-authors-read-elizabeth-goddard/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:00:05 +0000 http://www.robinleehatcher.com/?p=13804 Elizabeth Goddard is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than twenty romance novels. A 7th generation Texan, Elizabeth graduated with a B.S. degree in computer science and worked in high-level software sales before retiring to home school her children and fulfill her dream of becoming an author.

Elizabeth Goddard

What was your favorite book as a child?

I was such an avid reader and there were so many books, I wish I could remember the titles. I carry those stories inside me all the same. I remember one summer devouring all the books on my mother’s bookshelf, and some of them twice. I especially loved science fiction and fantasy. One book that I remember and stayed with me all these years I read in 5th grade—definitely not a children’s book—and that’s 2001 A Space Odyssey. (It’s no surprise that I wanted to be an astronaut.)

What book did you read that first made you want to be an author?

During my early teens I read a lot of those Harlequin sweet romances and wrote the first twenty-five pages of a romance novel. But it would be a while before I revisited that. I was in my mid-thirties when I picked up Linda Windsor’s Maire, (Fires of Gleannmara Series) and in the small pamphlet that came with it, she shared about her writing journey. It was then my desire to write found traction.  

What was the last book you read, just for fun?

I’ve been reading a lot of romantic suspense to study the genre in which I write and the great news is that even “work” is just for fun. I recently finished The Heist, The Chase, and The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, just for fun.

What upcoming release are you most looking forward to (yours and/or by another author)?

I loved Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano and as soon as I saw the second book in this series, I pre-ordered London Tides.


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Book Review: The Committee for the Reburial of Liver-Eating Johnston http://www.robinleehatcher.com/book-review-the-committee-for-the-reburial-of-liver-eating-johnston/ http://www.robinleehatcher.com/book-review-the-committee-for-the-reburial-of-liver-eating-johnston/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:00:10 +0000 http://www.robinleehatcher.com/?p=14219 Tri Robinson

Tuesday night I read The Committee for the Reburial of Liver-Eating Johnston: Memoirs of a Dyslexic Teacher by Tri Robinson, and I have to say this was a delightful, encouraging, fun, entertaining, and inspirational memoir. Well-worth reading. It’s not a long book. Most readers will finish in an evening or two. It’s available in print and ebooks.

Here’s the blurb:

Tri RobinsonIn 1974, Tri Robinson and his 7th grade American Literature class went on an unthinkable quest to dig up and rebury a famous mountain man. That man was John Johnston – otherwise known by his legendary name as Liver-eating Johnston, and the inspiration for the Robert Redford movie, Jeremiah Johnson. This is the remarkable story of how, against all odds, 24 twelve-year-old kids succeeded in persuading the U.S. Congress to name their class as Johnston’s official next of kin. With that designation they could move the body of a man who had been buried for 75 years in a gravesite near the San Diego Freeway in Los Angeles, California. The journey would entail crossing five state lines to bring Johnston to a final resting spot in the Rocky Mountains — a place he once roamed and loved. The inspiring account reveals the obstacles the students endured along the way such as the legal battle between the states of Wyoming and Montana to obtain the rights to Johnston’s remains. It also highlights some of the unlikely support provided from people like Robert Redford and Roy Neil (a news correspondent for NBC), who both became advocates to the students’ cause. The Committee for the Reburial of Liver-eating Johnston is an amazing true tale that is humorous, inspiring and nothing short of miraculous. It is a testimony to the power of creative and innovative education. This is a book every aspiring teacher should read before entering the classroom as it speaks of overcoming learning disabilities, working with the gifted, and the impact of a teacher’s empowering words.

Jeremiah JohnsonMy thoughts:

  1. I wish I could be twelve again (how often do you hear anybody wish that?) and be in Tri Robinson’s seventh grade American History and Literature class. I wish I could experience his creative style of teaching and be part of what these 24 kids accomplished.
  2. I was reminded how very, very, very important it is to speak positive truths into the lives of people, especially young people. I didn’t have a teacher who did for me what Mr. Hanson did for Tri Robinson, but I did have an aunt who was a school teacher by profession who planted words of encouragement in my heart about my writing.
  3. My goodness, how teaching has changed in this country in the past forty years. Things that teachers used to be able to do to help and encourage their students are part of a past that today’s students (and parents) cannot conceive of. It’s heartbreaking, actually.
  4. I don’t know what Liver-eating Johnston actually looked like, but I’ll always see him as Robert Redford’s lookalike. Thank you very much. ;-)

I hope you’ll read this book. I think you’ll be glad you did. And if there is a teacher in your life, you might think of giving it as a gift.

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~robin

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Audacious Faith

My word for 2015 is “persistent prayer,” and I have dedicated a portion of my devotional time to reading books on prayer or about prayer warriors for the entire year. I had no idea how much blessing I was going to derive from that commitment. Less than two months into the new year, and I have read some wonderful books that are challenging me and changing me. Sun Stand Still is one of them.

I got that smack between the eyes about nine days ago, thanks to Steven Furtick, when I read Joshua 10:9:

So Joshua came upon them suddenly by marching all night from Gilgal.

Joshua doesn’t pray his “sun stand still prayer” for several more verses. Before he prayed and asked God for the miraculous, he and his army marched all night and surprised the enemy. They marched all night in unknown territory, carrying all of their weapons of war. Joshua and his army took the natural steps and trusted God for the supernatural.

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© Dusan Kostic / Dollar Photo Club

Am I willing to march all night while trusting God to fulfill a promise? Am I willing to keep moving forward in faith, no longer how long it takes, no matter how dark the night, no matter how fierce the enemy?

Those are the questions I am asking myself as I pray for God to move in situations in my life and in the situations in the lives of others. I hope you’ll do the same. Stop standing in hope and start marching in faith … all night if necessary.

~robin

 

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The Books Authors Read | Debra Clopton http://www.robinleehatcher.com/the-books-authors-read-debra-clopton/ http://www.robinleehatcher.com/the-books-authors-read-debra-clopton/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:00:58 +0000 http://www.robinleehatcher.com/?p=14155 Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra’s goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.

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Debra Clopton


What was your favorite book as a child?

The Littlest Mermaid. And also Horton Hears a Who. I loved them both but then I loved a lot of books!

What book did you read that first made you want to be an author?

It wasn’t a single book. I loved reading and was a compulsive reader from about the age of 10. My English teacher told me I should be a writer… that I actually could write a romance like I loved to read. Until she put the seed in my mind, I hadn’t even considered it a possibility. So for me it was a love of reading and a teacher… 2 teachers actually, the first being my third grade teacher who got me to love reading.

What was the last book you read, just for fun?

Kathryn Springer’s The Dandelion Field. I love Kathryn’s books and have always been a fan so I am delighted for this book, which came out in January.

What upcoming release are you most looking forward to?

My other friend Linda Goodnight’s March 31 release, The Memory House.


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