Robin Lee Hatcher http://www.robinleehatcher.com stories of faith, courage, and love Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:15:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 March Wrap Up http://www.robinleehatcher.com/march-wrap-up/ http://www.robinleehatcher.com/march-wrap-up/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:00:38 +0000 http://www.robinleehatcher.com/?p=14335 Spring came to the Boise area long before the calendar said so. And by the end of March, the trees around our house were sporting new leaves and we already had flowers in bloom in our garden. Gotta love it. And that’s no April Fool’s joke, either.

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© prawny / Dollar Photo Club

Books Read:

I completed seven books in the month of March. (That makes 26 books in the first three months of the year; way ahead of normal for me.)

hand in HANDPicking a favorite from March’s reading is tough, but I have to go with Randy Alcorn’s Hand in HAND: The Beauty of God’s Sovereignty and Meaningful Human Choice. I learned so much from this book. While I didn’t do a review of it, I did tell a little about it in my blog post, On the Side of Scripture. I highly recommend the book to you.

I didn’t finish reading a novel during March, but I did read three novellas. And the novel that I started listening to is so good and I’m eager to tell you about it when I’m done.

Bible Reading:

My March Bible reading included (in part or in full) Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, and 1st Samuel.

Movies & TV Watched:

My deadline refused to let me get out of the house to go to the movie theater, despite having several movies on the want-to-see list.

p9785096_b_v9_acAs for my treadmill viewing, I actually finished the remaining seasons of The Gilmore Girls (did a little binging).

I am currently in season 1 of Broadchurch. Ooh, this is really good. (Does BBC only make great shows or do we only get their hits?) All eight episodes are about the same mystery. Can hardly wait to get to the conclusion so I know who done it. And then I will be eagerly awaiting season 2.

Miles Walked:

From February 23rd through March 29 (five weeks), I logged 163.44 miles. That’s more than twice as many miles per week than last month. Woohoo!!! I am back on track with my steps and feelin’ good!! And yes, my back is better so that helped a lot.

Writing Related:

My writing goals got messed with a bit when my hubby ended up in the hospital for five days. (He’s on the mend, thanks.) But the end of this book is in sight, and the due dates for revisions and line edits all look good. Oh, and I got the final cover for this book and can hardly wait to share it with readers. But it’s still a bit early. I promise you, it is beautiful!

In April, I’ve got to do some brainstorming for new books. Waiting for that idea to smack me up alongside the head.


 

And so ends another monthly wrap up. Here’s hoping your April will be full of all things joyful.

~robin

 

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Spotlight: A Hope Remembered by Stacie Henrie http://www.robinleehatcher.com/spotlight-a-hope-remembered-by-stacie-henrie/ http://www.robinleehatcher.com/spotlight-a-hope-remembered-by-stacie-henrie/#respond Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:01:17 +0000 http://www.robinleehatcher.com/?p=13800 A Hope Remembered by Stacy Henrie

A HOPE REMEMBERED (Of Love and War, Book 3)
by Stacy Henrie

As the war ends, love begins.

Nora Lewis just wants an escape after losing her fiance in the Great War. When she inherits property in England, she boldly packs up and leaves America for a fresh start. But, if not for her dashing new neighbor, Colin Ashby, she’d be lost. Even as their friendship deepens, Nora knows a British aristocrat would never be free to love an American orphan, no matter how much the war has changed the world …

After his brother’s death in the war and his own experiences as a pilot at the front, Colin returns home broken, only to discover his family’s estate is also in ruin. The pressure is now on him to save his home and the Ashbys’ place in society with a well-bred match to a wealthy heiress. Too bad he finds more of a kindred spirit in Nora, the beautiful American next door. She, too, has faced the rigors of war and survived. Now the ex-soldier will have one more battle to fight–this time for love.

Stacy HenrieAbout the Author:

Stacy Henrie has always had an avid appetite for history, fiction and chocolate. She earned her B.A. in public relations from Brigham Young University and worked in communications before turning her attentions to raising a family and writing inspirational historical romances. Wife of an entrepreneur husband and a stay-at-home mom to three, Stacy loves the chance to live out history through her fictional characters, while enjoying the modern conveniences of life in the 21st century. In addition to author, she is a reader, a road trip enthusiast and a novice interior decorator.

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Allie Pleiter

What was your favorite book as a child?

I have wonderful memories of my mother reading a big, illustrated version of Pinocchio to me as a child.  When I was older, I loved The Boxcar Children series.

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

It wasn’t a book that made me start writing, it was a friend.  A college friend–who happened to be an editor–“dared” me to write a romance.  Really, that’s how it happened.  Doesn’t God have a wonderful sense of humor?

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

I’m reading Joelle Charbonneau’s The Testing because she just came to our local ACFW Chapter meeting and gave a fabulous talk on handing rejection.

Other than your own release, what book are you most looking forward to reading?

I tend to alternate fiction with non-fiction so next on my list is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.  I sure hope it helps–the “slightly untidy” in my bio might be a bit of an understatement.

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Persistent Prayer: Meditation and Creativity http://www.robinleehatcher.com/persistent-prayer-meditation-and-creativity/ http://www.robinleehatcher.com/persistent-prayer-meditation-and-creativity/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:57:34 +0000 http://www.robinleehatcher.com/?p=14307 As I’ve shared before, because my word for 2015 is “Persistent Prayer,” I have dedicated much of my devotional reading to books about prayer and prayer warriors. What a rich time I am having.

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Currently I am re-reading a book that I first read at least 30 years ago. In the early 1980s, I attended a weekend prayer seminar that included the teaching from The Hour That Changes the World by Dick Eastman. I am so glad to be revisiting it. (Note: I don’t know for how long, but at this writing, the Kindle version is only 99 cents.)

The Hour That Changes the World covers 11 aspects of prayer (one of them repeated at the end to make 12) that, when given five minutes each, results in an hour of prayer. Those include Praise, Waiting, Confession, Scripture Praying, Watching, Intercession, Petition, Thanksgiving, Singing, Meditation, Listening, and Praise.

This morning I read the chapter on Meditation. So very, very good. An oft-repeated verse of mine during prayer is Psalm 19:14:

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.

But this particular paragraph jumped out at me:

Meditation is equally meaningful because it allows the believer to cultivate a harvest of fresh creative thoughts. As Oliver Wendell Holmes explained, “A man’s mind stretched with a new idea can never go back to its original dimensions.”

Recently, I’ve been feeling drained, creatively speaking, and I love knowing that, when I meditate upon God’s character, upon His Name, upon His works, upon His Word, and/or upon all of those positive things mentioned in Philippians 4:8, it allows me to “cultivate a harvest of fresh creative thoughts.” What encouragement I drew from that knowledge this morning. What refreshment!

I am so thankful for the creative nature of God.

~robin

 

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A New Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt is Coming http://www.robinleehatcher.com/a-new-christian-fiction-scavenger-hunt-is-coming/ http://www.robinleehatcher.com/a-new-christian-fiction-scavenger-hunt-is-coming/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:37:08 +0000 http://www.robinleehatcher.com/?p=14299 Mark your calendars for April 16-19. Get ready to collect clues and find out about your favorite authors’ new releases and maybe discover some new favorites while you’re at it. Enter for a chance to win a new novel from every participating author, a Kindle Fire HDX, one of two Kindle Paperwhites, and/or other prizes.

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Make sure to return to my blog on April 16th for links to the start of the hunt. And prepare to have a lot of fun!

~robin

 

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