Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt #6

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THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED! I’M PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT MELISSA H. HAS WON MEMORIES OF GLASS AND A MEAL. LISA BERGREN HAS ANNOUNCED THE FINAL WINNERS FOR THE SCAVENGER HUNT ON FACEBOOK.

Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all the stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes!

  • The hunt BEGINS on 11/7 at noon MST with Stop #1 at LisaTawnBergren.com.
  • Hunt through our loop using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer).
  • There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have all weekend (until Sunday, 11/10 at midnight MST)! So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books and learn new things about them.
  • Submit your entry for the grand prizes by collecting the CLUE on each author’s scavenger hunt post and submitting your answer in the Rafflecopter form at the final stop, back on Lisa’s site. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way!

MY STORY

My name’s Melanie Dobson, and I love to research stories from the past. Stories that are still very much relevant for today. I’ve written in a number of genres, but right now I’m enjoying the time-slip format where I can combine historical fiction, contemporary, suspense, mystery, romance, and a journey of faith into each of my stories.

Memories of Glass, Hidden Among the Stars & Catching the Wind are my latest time-slip novels. You can read more about my books and my journey here—Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and melaniedobson.com.

POWER OF STORY

In 1942, three Dutch leaders concocted a wild, outlandish scheme to rescue hundreds of Jewish children from deportation, right out from under the oppressive watch of their Nazi wardens. During those dark days of World War II, two men and one woman quietly risked everything to save hundreds of kids.

And the Germans never found out about their scheme.

When I first heard this story, I was shaken to my core. I had to know more about these heroic leaders and how they managed to circumvent the strict oversight and regulations of their occupiers to rescue children.

Walter Suskind & Daughter

I soon discovered that these leaders— Walter Süskind, Henriëtte Pimentel, and Johan van Hulst—were ordinary people forced to assist the Nazis. Even as they complied on the surface, they were compelled by a much higher power to fight the evil in their midst.  They did it by using the Nazi regulations against their oppressors, turning the seemingly impenetrable system on its head.

As I read their stories, I asked myself the question—what would I have done?

That’s what the best stories do. The powerful ones. They place us into the shoes of someone who must make an impossible choice and give us a glimpse into our own journey. We glimpse and wonder and are, perhaps, changed by what we’ve learned.

Stories inspire and encourage us. They educate and ignite us into action. And, sometimes, they frustrate or even anger us, pressing us onto our knees in prayer.

It’s impossible to know what I would have done in Holland, circa 1942, but I processed this question as I wrote Memories of Glass, inspired by the story of these Dutch leaders. Every character in this novel has an opportunity to resist the enemy or succumb. It is a tribute, I hope, to those who risked everything to save a Dutch child.

Here’s the Stop #6 Info:

If you’re interested, you can order Memories of Glass on Amazon, Tyndale, Barnes & Noble, Christianbook, or at your local bookstore!

Clue to Write Down: —Wallace

Link to Stop #7, the Next Stop on the Loop: Michelle Griep’s site!

GIVEAWAY

Readers say they’ve skipped meals, trying to find out what happens to the characters in Memories of Glass. So for all of those readers, like me, who often choose books over a well-balanced meal, I’m giving away a $50 DoorDash or an Uber Eats gift card (or a card at the local restaurant of your choice) along with a copy of Memories of Glass so you and your family can enjoy a take-out meal as you read this story!

If you’d like to submit your name for this drawing, please either subscribe to my newsletter here or leave a comment below about how a story has changed your life. I’ll be notifying the winner on November 11th.

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  • Tish
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    I love to read so many of the books that I have read has changed my life in someway. Like learning about something neew. Or bringing back memories of my childhood etc.

  • Lisa T Bergren
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    I’m always amazed at stories based on real heroes in WWII. Can’t wait to read yours!

    • Jamie Hughes
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      I love reading period. Anything about history and true stories

    • Becca Peterson
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      What a perfect giveaway!! Growing up and even now I’d get lost in a book and forget to eat.

      I’m so excited to read this book!

  • bn100
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    lots of stories have changed life – like people overcoming hardship

  • SARAH TAYLOR
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    A LOT OF STORIES HAS CHANGED MY LIFE – I ALWAYS LOVE READING BOOKS ABOUT HEROS IN WWII.

  • DJ Thompson
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    Every book I read changes my life in some way or another, even if it’s just the smallest of changes.

  • Sonnetta Jones
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    One of the stories that changed my life was the Bleeding Woman. I loved how her faith impacted Jesus’ heart.

  • Lisa Willett
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    Every story has a lesson to be learned. It could be as simple as opening your heart to love or forgiveness. If you look deep into the characters, perhaps you can find a bit of yourself. I try to listen deeper and love more.

  • Robin Rexroad
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    I love reading, because you can learn from different time periods, events, characters. “The Hiding Place” is one of my favorite books- so many life lessons, including God’s protection/plan, and the power of forgiveness!

  • Suzannah Clark
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    Wow that’s such a generous giveaway. I loved reading about your book. In 1985 I got to visit Auschwitz. It was a life changing experience. Rooms full of glasses, hair, canes and shoes were horrifying. But I am so thankful that I got to go.

    • Melanie Dobson
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      I can’t imagining visiting that place, Suzannah! I visited Westerbork when I researched this novel, but I’ve never been to Auschwitz. It must have been life changing.

  • Beverly Duell-Moore
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    I’ve read many of your books! I love the ones I’ve read. I haven’t read memories of Glass yet. But, it’s on my TBR list. My grandfather had to tour many of the camps because he [resided over the Nazi War crimes.

    • Melanie Dobson
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      Thanks so much, Beverly! Was your grandfather in Nuremberg?

  • Anne Payne
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    That’s a pretty sweet giveaway! My son delivers for Door Dash so not sure I’m eligible. But, Summer on Sunset Ridge by Sharlene MacLaren impacted my prayer life greatly.

    • Amy C
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      There are so many that have changed my life in one way or another, but Pride and Prejudice is the first book that I remember reading and knew then that I loved to read.

  • Cindy Fowell
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    LOL I just read while I cook and while eating supper. Yes, that leaves hubby eating in silence.
    Hidden Among the Stars and its lessons on love, friendship and sacrifice still remain deep in my heart and soul. I love stories that teach history, the lengths people will go to help or save oneanther and the God who strengthens us all.

  • Heather Maki
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    I really enjoyed your previous time slip novels about WWII and look forward to reading this one. I love how books bring history alive and enrich my knowledge of the time period.

  • Kerri Norrod
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    I love reading because you learn about different things or time period. You are an author that is new to me. I look forward to reading Memories of Glass. Thank you for the chance to win a very generous giveaway!

  • Mimi
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    I really appreciate authors who take so much time researching history for their books. I’ve learned more recently about the people who have helped children during those years! I would love to read your book.

  • Betti Mace
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    Oh my gosh – I sure didn’t put Hidden Among the Stars down until I finished it!! I am looking forward to reading Memories of Glass and Catching the Wind. Thanks so much for the generous giveaway!

  • Sarah Richmond
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    I love reading books but to be honest the book that most changed my life and has a daily impact on my life is The Holy Bible. If I could choose another giftcard other than the places you mentioned would be Chick-fil-a because my family and I really like that restaurant but it can be expensive at times so the $50 dollar giftcard would be a great blessing!!!

  • Andrea Boyd
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    Love Comes Softly was my introduction to Christian Fiction and after that, I was hooked. Christian Romance is what I now write, so I would say it affected me in a big way!

  • Vickie Watts
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    I love reading romantic suspense especially, but I have recently started reading historical fiction. I think that the book with the most effect on my life was UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE because it helped persuade me to be a teacher. I taught for 34 years before retiring in 2017.

  • Megan L.
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    Reading stories by Tamera Alexander, about real people during the Civil War, has changed how I view the people living in the south at that time. It helps you realize no matter their views they were people too.

  • Margie Mijares
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    I have been an avid, life-long reader ever since that 1st Dick, Jane, and Sally book was placed into my grubby little paws!!!

  • Susanne
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    I love reading stories with faith/hope themes because they do apply to real life.

  • Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds
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    Thank you. I subscribed.

  • Melissa Hicklin
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    Reading the Bible – it is always fresh and has a new touch from God that shows me where I need to make changes in my life.

  • Paula Shreckhise
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    I think every story I read impacts my life. I just finished When I Close My Eyes by Elizabeth Musser and I think it would be helpful for those suffering from depression. It gave me a compassion for those struggling with depression and for those struggling with their faith.

  • Lanie
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    Oh gosh, there are so many good books! Last summer, I found a great historical fiction book on WW2 from a second hand book store (unfortunately I currently can’t recall the name of it). The way the author tied the story together was really interesting, and it always inspires me to read stories about people overcoming a difficult circumstance or event!

  • desiree
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    i have read so many that i allso done family history and goes back to the castle and they are real and then found out great grandfather left to my grandfather and then i am in line to inearted a 5 cstle and then the 1500 acrs in england and irlerland merci castel

  • Kim Bakos
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    So many books about WW2 have given me a greater appreciation for the sacrifice my uncle made.

  • Ashley
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    The War That Saved My Life had a big impact on me. It gave me a glimpse into WWII that I hadn’t had. But it also made me more aware of peoples trials and struggles, and the need for me to not judge and be accepting of others.

    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to win!

  • Mark Buzard
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    Sounds like a great read. I am not familiar with those people and their actions either.
    I subscribed

  • Erika Luther
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    Memories of Glass was an incredible book to read. So sad, moving, and inspiring!

  • Caryl Kane
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    Already subscribed. I just read Derek Prince’s Bough with Blood. It gave me great revelation on the cross.

  • Caryl Kane
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    Title correction” Bought with Blood.

  • Christine
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    I’ve heard so many good things about your books, but I have not yet had a chance to read one! Thank you for participating!

  • Perrianne Askew
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    I am already a newsletter subscriber. I think the Bible impacts my life the most, as it really is a handbook on how to live your life. I look forward to listening to my audible copy of Memories of Glass. I am wondering how and why you chose the title. Thank you!

  • Deb Pelletier
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    I signed up for newsletter. To Kill A Mocking bird, show the history of America .

  • Suzanne Sellner
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    I love reading about various time periods–especially WWII historical fiction. So many historical novels are set in interesting places. One I found fascinating was Keturah because of the location with which I was not familiar. I love novels that focus on forgiveness and second chances, on one’s relationship to God, and on cultural details of a particular country or nationality. There’s so much to learn, and I love doing it through books.

  • Karen Morgan
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    This story sounds so amazing. I love books based on real people or events and have learned so much from reading historical fiction. Your generosity and creativity in offering a gift card so the reader doesn’t have to cook instead of reading is awesome!

  • Heidi Robbins
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    The Little House on the Prairie series gave me a lifelong interest in pioneers and the West.

  • Jan Stetson
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    My stepfather was in Pearl Harbor on December 7 during the bombing in WWII. I have been fascinated with the history surrounding that time period and have read many Christian fiction books based in that historical time. Thanks for this opportunity.

  • Winnie Thomas
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    I already subscribe to your newsletter. I so enjoy your beautiful stories. I’m really into historical fiction right now, and I enjoy learning more about the different historical eras.

  • Gail Hollingsworth
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    My father in law served in the US Navy during WWII so I enjoy reading all stories about that. He passed away over two years ago but he sure did have some tales to tell. He piloted troops to Omaha Beach on D Day.
    I just finished and reviewed One More River to Cross and Jane Kirkpatrick researches her history so well in her stories. She used the real peoples names although it was a fiction book. This group of people traveled two years before the Donner Party that took the same route!

  • Jessica
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    Subscribed! This seems like a novel that leaves you pondering long after being read.

  • NANCY
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    I remember as a child how the book Charlotte’s Web left me thinking about it long after I read it. The selflessness, compassion & positive attitude of Charlotte was amazing.

  • Nicole Dehner
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    I take something away from every book I read. I pretty much only read Christian fiction and there are reminders in each book about living a Christian life and remembering to lean on God. I am thankful that there are so many Christian fiction writers to keep us entertained with positive books.

  • Jenny Miles
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    I subscribed! I cannot wait to read this!

    • Melanie Dobson
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      Thanks, Jenny!

  • Cathy
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    Christy was definitely a book to leave a thoughtful impression, as have been others.

  • Faith Creech
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    I love reading historical fiction. Your book The Chateau of Secrets was so good! I had no idea that many Nazi officers were really secret resistance workers. It really opened my eyes and helped my realize how many people sacrificed themselves during the war. Thank you so much for writing such wonderful books!

  • Heidi V
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    Secret tunnels under a castle 😉 WHO doesn’t want that to be real! That alone got me reading Chateaux Of S. Then i couldn’t put it down. Just wonderful

  • Alison Van House
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    subscribed!

  • Pam Freeman
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    I subscribed to your letter. I can’t think of any book that changed my life except the only one that counts and that was the Bible. I can’t use the doordash or the uber we don’t have this where I live. We do however have have a Chilli’s. Thanks.

  • Alison Boss
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    ‘The Winter Passing Trilogy’ by Cindy McCormick Martinusen, is a dual time-line series about the Holocaust and WWII. The 3 stories were gripping! My favorite one of the three is ‘Winter Passing’. The words flowed and painted the story in such a way that I felt like I was right there experiencing the events right along with the characters. I was so moved, tears filling my eyes, as the story reached its dramatic climax. It is a book I will always remember and cherish. I highly recommend it!!! It is one of the main influences that developed my love for historical Christian fiction.

    I am also subscribed to your newsletter. 🙂

  • Martha Troxel
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    Others have expressed how stories changed their lives. I heartily agree with them! Seeing a situation from a different viewpoint is one way for me.

  • Bsue Hook
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    Reading has changed me to be more out going and getting out and travel to states i wanted to see. Thank you for the fun signed up for newsletter

  • Melissa M.
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    Reading boos about hardships endured by others for Christ’s sake and other people’s sake make me thankful for God’s grace and more courageous in my own little trials.

  • Jess
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    I am going to read your books! got signed up. Lisa T bergrens book Waterfall really got me into all this. it changed the creative exploration part of my life.

  • Carla Toppass
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    I don’t think any of us knows what we would do when put in situations like that. I think the Lord in His infinite wisdom places each of us just where He knows who will make the best decisions when faced with those choices. I can’t wait to read it! I signed up for your newsletter.

  • Dianna
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    I subscribed!
    Books have changed my life in so many ways. Reading was an escape for me in childhood, and now I’m a language arts teacher.

  • Becky D.
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    Corrie Ten Boom’s “The Hiding Place” & “In My Father’s House” are incredible! She had such love & passion for the mistreated & unloved. She created clubs to share God’s love & teach His truth in such natural ways. She shared her struggles & showed how God changed her perspective…while being imprisoned in a concentration camp.

  • Beth
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    I own and have read Catching the Wind and Hidden among the Stars, and they were amazing. I have purchased Memories of Glass and am very much looking forward to reading. Keep them coming!!!

  • Emily Kopf
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    How has a story changed my life? Many ways with many stories. Some of the best ways have been how they’ve impacted my relationship with Jesus Christ. It was a book that first showed me I needed to believe in Jesus myself in order to be saved, rather than saying I believed simply because my parents did. And years later, it was another book that challenged me to really live for Jesus, following Him in everything, rather than saying believing for “fire insurance” and then living however I choose and not giving Him much importance in my life. Books can be really impactful, and those are only some of the ways they impacted me.

  • Merry
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    Already subscribed. The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell opened my eyes to the heart break and horror of child trafficking.

  • Joan Arning
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    SUbscribed!

  • Donna Howe
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    I’d be thrilled to read this book! Many books have encouraged, boosted morale, given insight and changed my life. Your book would improve my WWII knowledge. I’m an avid reader and do enjoy historical fiction! Thanks for this opportunity.

  • Jennifer K
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    What a creative giveaway! I have subscribed!

  • Amber
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    Eating and reading – what else does one need in life?

  • Tashia M Jennings
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    Subscribed. Thank you for this truly remarkable chance. I have read many books based on real life events that has given me insight to the suffering and struggles of others. How they over came those hardships with renewed strength and courage. I know that I have fought my entire life to keep putting one foot in front of the other to over come child slavery,poverty, molestation, multiple rapes, beaten, cancer, Lyme disease, etc and the book that main a big difference was one called Waking the Tiger.

  • Gabrielle
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    I’m not sure if I’m signed up for your newsletter. I read “Hidden Among the Stars” recently, and look forward to reading this new one. I enjoy reading about World War II, especially stories of bravery and helping people in the face of danger. One of my favorites from when I was young is “Flee the Captor”, the true story of John Weidner, who led the Dutch-Paris underground in helping Jews, Allied airmen, and others escape France. These people who went to great risk to themselves in order to help others is a great inspiration to me, and I hope to be able to do the same if a necessary time ever comes.

  • Michelle Fidler
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    Subscribed to newsletter.

  • Sarah Stewart
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    Subscribed to the newsletter. Thank you for your giveaway.

  • Nancy M
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    I’m thankful for the way stories have changed my life. I subscribed to your newsletter. Thank you for your giveaway!

  • Brenda W
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    Reading books keeps me from being bored. I like learning about different time periods, different locations, occupations, etc. Sometimes I find inspiration as characters in books work through their problems.

  • Connie Scruggs
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    I Subscribed to your newsletter. Books really have the power to change your attitude about things you didn’t previously know enough about, Even fiction. I trust that the authors I read have done their research and that they list any non-fact disclaimers at the end of the book.

  • Bethany Baldwin
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    I subscribed to your newsletter. Also, stories have changed my life because I chose to pursue the telling of stories as long as the Lord lets me. I am a writer (not published truly yet) and an actress, so I love having the opportunity to tell stories in any way possible.

  • Kathleen
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    I borrowed Memories of Glass when it first came out in our library. I had put off starting it as it isn’t my usual read. I am a very slow reader, and it was coming due on Monday. I read your wonderful words and couldn’t put it down. Finished in a weekend, which is also so not me! I hope all who have posted here get the chance to read your touching account. Just beautiful and so eye opening. Definitely stays in your heart. Had to go back to the library I work at and share over lunch break. Wonderful book!

  • Linda Samaritoni
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    The first book that changed my life was A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle. For the first time I understood the concept that love can conquer evil. I was one amazed ten-year-old! And later, I realized that is exactly what Christians try to do as they follow the One who succeeded in conquering evil through love!

  • Lisa Hudson
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    Longtime Subscriber. So many books have changed my life. I tend to get personally involved with each & every one I read. (I have always been a fairly selective reader so I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed or not finish the book.) I read everywhere – Kindle has been a wonderful invention for me because now I can read on my phone instead of carrying a book everywhere. I’m the one who read under the sheets with a flashlight as a kid. Now I read while waiting in line, waiting at drs offices, stirring things on the stove, during commercials on tv, when I’m riding & waiting on my husband &/or family, when I can’t sleep (often!), when my family watches tv and sometimes while we’re waiting for our meal to be delivered to our table. I have always been a reader since learning to read from the basal primer readers.

    • Melanie Dobson
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      I love this, Lisa! I like to read whenever I can as well. Lately it’s been at the high school football games while I wait for the marching band to perform. 🙂

  • Renee
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    Signed up for newsletter.

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