On My Shelf Again

img_20170205_114710445_hdrThe books that belong On My Shelf have been packed in boxes and out of sight and reach for more than a month. And my “shelf” didn’t even exist. For this writer that’s kind of like trying to type or word process my words with both hands tied behind my back.

True, I can find almost any tidbit of information I want on the Internet. But, I miss my books!

I miss touching them, flipping through the pages, “accidentally” finding nuggets of gold as I scan the pages. I miss scanning their titles as they stand at attention (or, sometimes, at ease or even sound asleep!) On My Shelf. 

However, I am making progress.

Two weeks ago my NEW shelves arrived! I admired their brown cardboard containers as they acclimated to the environment of my office.

img_20170211_141226159_hdrA few days ago my son and grandson came to set those shelves free. Halelujah! Of course, the job was not without complications. What should have taken an hour to accomplish ate up three, almost four hours of their time.

But now My Shelf stands dutifully waiting to be filled.

Over the past few evenings I’ve been ripping into boxes and liberating my books. Just a few more boxes to go.

I’m an organizer. It’s in my DNA. It was joyous and satisfying last night to not only unpack my books, but to put them in the best possible order On My Shelf.

  • My Bibles (more than a few)
  • My Bible reference books and study guides
  • My books for personal and spiritual growth
  • My books about writing
  • A very short stack of anthologies that contain stories I have written (Yay!)
  • Picture books
  • Other children’s books and YAs (I love to encourage other writers by purchasing their books.)
  • A menagerie of reference books ( I know—use the Internet.)
  • Books on leadership
  • Classic fiction books and poetry
  • Notebooks from writer’s conferences and workshops I’ve attended
  • Books and notebooks for courses I have taught at church

See what I mean? I’m enamored with pages dotted with ink.

img_20170214_210822468As I read the titles it was so much like seeing old friends that I haven’t talked to in a while. Reading each title brought back some of the great things I’ve learned from those books. I remembered how those authors inspired, and continue to inspire, me. Some of these books dramatically changed my life.

Those thoughts led me to thank God for those people I’ve never met face-to-face. But I’ve met them on the pages of their books. I’ve seen inside their souls and minds. I’ve felt our kinship, or, our incompatibility sometimes.

Someday I pray that someone will step back from his or her Shelf and see my name on a few book spines. Someday I pray that someone will have similar thoughts of me and the impact my words have had on their lives.

Impact.

Encouragement.

Influence.

In a positive and godly direction.

Fall Board Books

ON MY SHELF I also have a small collection of board books about fall and the Thanksgiving holiday. They are all bright and inviting replete with the warm colors of fall on every page. Each one creates a wonderful opportunity for curling up with a preschooler you love to enjoy the language and laughter of fall and Thanksgiving Day.

If you don’t have a preschooler to snuggle with try visiting the children’s section of your local public library or book store. Plop yourself down in one of those tiny chairs and feast your eyes on the fall-themed books there.

The fall board books ON MY SHELF include:

happyThat’s When I’m Happy written by Beth Shoshan, illustrated by Jaqueline East, published by Sandy Creek in 2007, is a cozy read about the love between a toddler-bear and his daddy and mommy bears with fall as a backdrop.

 

 

Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills, findapumpkinpublished by Scholastic Inc. is one tale in the Duck & Goose series. It is a sweet, simple and slightly silly tale of Duck, Goose and the perfect  pumpkin.

 

 

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A Pumpkin Prayer is written by Amy Parker (Hi, Amy!) illustrated by Kirsten Richards and was published by Thomas Nelson in 2011. It is filled with lovely rhyme, rhythm and poetic language. The cute mice characters in the illustrations make young children feel welcomed to come right in and talk with God – “A God who loves me so!”

 

Happy Thanksgiving Day! is written by Jill Roman Lord happythnxday(who just happens to be one of my critique buddies from Write2Ignite! and Word Weavers of Charlotte). Jill’s language is cleaver and bouncy as always. AND, gives young children the message of the real reason for Thanksgiving – not to simply be thankful, but to give thanks to GOD. Thanks, Jill, for another sweet read. Happy Thanksgiving Day! was published by Ideals Publications in 2013.

 

Happy Snuggling!