Good morning, Ladies! I couldn't resist using Crystal's latte picture again. Just wanted to feel like we were all in a circle, sipping hot beverages and commisterating over daylight savings time. I don't know about you but this time change kicks my buns. I overslept an hour and a half this morning -- although that could have been because I stayed up too late watching the movie Secretariat. It's wonderful. I can't remember if there was any bad language in it, which would indicate that if there was it wasn't offensive. It is superb, and not just for horse-lovers.
But I digress. That always happens after I go on a true vacation, which I did last week. My husband had business up in Lititz, PA, so I went with him. We spent a night in a very-cool hotel in Lexington, VA, which was formerly a plantation manor house. Complete with four-poster bed, fireplace, and all kinds of pre-Civil War ambience. I don't glorify that era -- slavery being the main reason -- but I couldn't help being drawn into some serious day dreaming.
And that was nothing compared to our stay in historic Lititz, where the first girls' college prep boarding school in the U.S. was right down the street from where we were staying. There was so much great stuff for a book there I can't even begin to tell you! I'd actually like to get back to historical fiction, which is where I really started at a writer with the Christian Heritage Series. What do you think, ladies? The Linden Hall Novels?
Anyway, it was a wonderfully inspiring trip and I'm energized to get back to work. I haven't had a chance to read all your comments from my time away; I'm waiting a day or two when I'll have time to savor them. I did want to tell you that I think I want to write a non-fiction book for teens called, Do I Have to Be a Freak To Be a Christian, based on some of the things we discovered during our weekend retreat. It would be more than a book you read -- it would be a book you DO. What do you think? If you'd like to comment in the next few days, you can address any or all of these questions:
* What do you think of the title?
* The theme would be our "preach the gospel using words when necessary" approach. How do you feel about that at this point?
* I'd include challenges, sample situations, guides to going deeper in so you can go further out, that kind of thing. Anything else you'd want to see?
* I'd love for you to complete this sentence:
I'd be interested in this book as long as ___________.
Obviously I want honest responses. I think we're way beyond you feeling like you have to say, "That sounds cool" when you actually think it's a lame idea. You know how to express disagreement in that loving Christian way we're been practicing for several years now, so don't be afraid to suggest or pose challenges.
Ah, ladies, it's so good to be back. Look for another post later this week.