Two New Books!

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I’m pleased to announce the recent publication of two new Cathe Swanson books:

snow-angels-coverSnow Angels – a Christmas novella, companion to the Great Lakes series.

baggageclaimcover-smBaggage Claim – Book One in the Great Lakes series.

Watch for the next two books in the Great Lakes series:

Ties that Bind – fall 2017

Higher Ground – spring 2018

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Resolutions Everywhere

On every blog, every website, and every facebook page, there are articles about resolutions and goals. Some people want to sell you their latest organizational book or tool, and some people want to sell you fitness advice or diet pills. Webinars, videos, podcasts all over the place, free and fee. Some people just want to talk about setting goals – their own or in general.

Okay, so it’s not “everywhere”, but it’s a large percentage. Some people are more retrospective, writing about the past year instead of goals.

I have one statement that wraps it all up for me:

Last year, I lost my job.

That changed everything. No more income of my own, but I have a husband who is encouraging me to follow my own dreams. I would like to keep contributing financially, so I will do some sewing, but what I really want to do is write. I can make pin money by doing some copy writing, but I really want to spend the time writing fiction.

Resolution – to figure that out and do it all, without procrastination or distraction.

Goal – next year, at this time, I want to be ready for publication of at least one of the stories I have written or am still writing.

Method – write, build platform, write, make connections, write, learn about writing, write. Do some sewing or find another way to make money. Write.

Losing my job was a bad thing, financially, but it was a release from a stressful, life-sucking situation. It was a gift from God and my husband, and I must seize the opportunity. That loss was a blessing.

So my blog post ended up as another article about resolutions and goals, too. The new year is a good time to think about those things. Have a blessed new year. Love others, be kind, follow God. The rest follows.

(Oh, and I need to lose fifteen pounds, too.)

“Escape to Morning” by Susan May Warren

Since (re)reading this book a week ago, I have (re)read two others in the series. I like to read in clumps, and I enjoy re-reading books if I liked them the first time. 🙂 But even as I read the others, I continued to think about the character of Will Masterson from “Escape to Morning.” Ms. Warren skilfully portrayed the condition of a man who, having been saved, is left floundering in his knowledge of God. He knows he wants to be “God’s man,” and apparently the Holy Spirit has been working in him enough that he has a basic understanding of the right and wrong things to do in most situations. He even has some scripture at the tip of his tongue, vague remnants of a childhood shared with Christian people.

Will seems desperate to know more, to help him navigate his changing relationships and complex career. What now, God? He honestly is clinging to his faith, but he is all alone. This is not a theological blog, and I know I am oversimplifying, but God did not create man to live an isolated life. He put us in supportive communities and bestowed spiritual gifts to build up the body of believers. Will grew in confidence and understanding once he had people to provide Christian fellowship and teaching.

Faith, salvation, conversion – they are all we need, in the end, but while we are here on this earth, we need other things. Jesus said that man lives by every word that proceedeth from the word of God. We need that knowledge and we need teachers and friends. Susan May Warren demonstrated this simply, in the context of the story, without one word that sounded like preaching.

The rest of the book – and the whole series – are good, too! One of my favorite series.

Note – I like to be read to, so I have the audio versions of these books.

Writing!