So, here’s the truth. I’m an author, and I hope my books sell. In other words, I hope people buy my books. But I almost never buy books myself.
I used to. I’ve got a good collection of children’s picture books. I bought a variety of self-help and Christian living titles earlier in life. There’s some meaningful (to me) fiction on my bookshelves too. The people at Crossings liked me.
And when I worked for a publisher, I bought lots of books–on an expense account–to keep up with what others in our marketplace were publishing. I loved doing that!
But in recent years, when the discretionary dollars in my own wallet shrunk, I stopped buying books. I grew up using the public library, and I started visiting the ones near me more often. Free on Kindle became a draw too, especially if I hadn’t read a particular author before. Books for my grandsons?–Half Price Books and Goodwill!
It’s time to change course.
The library, free books on my Kindle, HPB, and Goodwill–still my friends. But I’ve decided I’ll also purchase a book a month throughout 2014 from regular retail sources. Many are likely to be Christian books, purchased from Christian bookstores. I appreciate the support they give to me as an author, and I definitely want to give back!
My first pick? Whatever: A 90-Day Devotional for Livin’ the True, Noble, and Totally Excellent Life by my friend Allia Zobel Nolan (FaithGirlz/Zonderkidz, 2012). Allia guest posted here when the book came out, but until I picked up the book to thumb through it at our local LifeWay store earlier this month, I hadn’t read it.
Allia’s breezy style paired with rock-solid biblical teaching drew me in. Whatever looks our thoughts and how what we think about impacts how we act and who we become, using Philippians 4:8 as an outline:
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Whatever helps girls think about
little white lies, cheating, and recognizing Satan’s deceptions,
trustworthiness, loyalty, and respecting parents,
loving “the queen of mean” and being thankful instead of complaining,
dressing modestly, avoiding alcohol, choosing entertainment wisely, and speaking honorably,
serving others, developing tested faith, and persevering–
and lots more!
Which all could be topics girls might roll their eyes at and say “Whatever” …
But Allia doesn’t talk down to her tween readers. I think they’ll gladly listen to what she has to say, where she gets her ideas, and why she loves the one who inspires all our true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable thoughts.
Allia, I’m glad I handed over my dollars to make Whatever my first “Buy-a-Book-a-Month” pick!