So Much Glue! | Five Minute Friday

It’s Friday — time to write with absolute abandon.
Why? Because it’s Five Minute Friday at Lisa-Jo’s and
that’s what hundreds of us do on Friday.

So time to start the ticker and write for
a full five minutes full-out without editing or correcting
on just one word –
GLUE

BEGIN.

I chuckled when I saw the word prompt, “glue.” In the 68 years of my life, I’ve seen a vast array of kinds of glue. Today I can actually walk into my husband’s garage workshop and find most of them there.

For me, school started in 1952. Every student was to have a bottle of mucilage with a rubber tip for spreading. Mucilage wasn’t really a long-lasting glue because it, like the things you were gluing, could eventually crack.

Then came Elmer’s School Glue, which has now morphed into glue sticks, colored glue, and likely I’m not aware of all its derivations to date.

In the intervening years, there have been others: Super Glue, Krazy Glue, glues for wood, fabric and plastics. Likely, there is a glue for every purpose or need.

Among my husband’s favorites is Gorilla Glue, which advertises it will hold anything together. Make sure you don’t want to separate them! It won’t happen. Coming in a close second is rubber cement on hubby’s list.

I have a favorite glue too.

His name is Jesus, Son of God. 

There are times when cracks appear in my life.

Some through no fault of mine.

Others definitely my fault.

Lately, the cracks evolve from heart hurts–my husband’s illness, the death of a dear brother-in-law, a friend whose baby boy came much too early but thankfully went home from NICU yesterday. This morning we learned a dear friend has passed away. We lost our pastor to retirement. It seemed likely this would be the “winter of our discontent.”

UNTIL … God, through Jesus, glued our heart hurts and cracks and our physical cracks back together with His healing power, His grace, and His unconditional love. It works every time!

I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age. ~~Matthew 28:20 (MSG)

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Barcelona Calling by Jane Kirkpatrick {A Review}

Barcelona Calling

Synopsis

How far will Annie go to become famous?

Annie Shaw’s dreams are far from simple: become a famous author and fall in love. But she’s in trouble after quitting her day job to write full-time. While her first novel was successful, her second novel tanked; and her new editor wants her to rewrite the ending of her latest work to ensure this one is more successful. In order to pursue love, fame, and the elusive “bestseller,” Annie relocates to Chicago, acquires a rambunctious dog, and participates in antics better suited to a television reality show than real life.

Can Annie’s best friends help her achieve her dreams of fame without destroying her future? And what about the love she gave up in Barcelona who wants her to return to him?

My Thoughts:

I have long been a Jane Kirkpatrick fan. When I picked up Barcelona Calling at a writers’ conference I was attending and Jane was co-leading, the synopsis surprised me.

Jane’s underlying themes are usually strength, courage and compassion with a lovely sprinkling of faith and humanity. Almost everything Jane has written to date has been written from the historical perspective of the Native Americans living in the Pacific Northwest, those people exploring and settling in the same region, strong women making strides in the world, events of a few decades ago in Oregon when a cult took over some land and what happened later, plus her own story of homesteading in Oregon. What was she doing writing a novel about romance and a young woman writer, I questioned to myself?

Obviously she was stepping outside the box and my curiosity got the better of me. I purchased the book, Jane autographed it for me, and I put in my bag. Until recently I had actually continued placing it behind other books I wanted to read. Then, looking for a change of reading pace, I picked it up. I’m so glad I did!

The things I learned from a writer’s perspective and about Jane were worth the price of the book and more. Jane lays out beautifully the life of the emerging writer. She takes the ups, downs, rejections, tears, joys and successes and tosses them lightly like a grand summer salad full of freshly picked fixings from the garden.

Jane provides an upfront look at the editorial and agent relationships for a writer through Annie’s writing difficulties in getting her next book published and a previous one to sell. And she shares the goodness of friends who want you to have your successes as much as you do. But these relationships can all be hurtful as well as helpful.

I knew in her speaking life that Jane did not lack for humor and wit, but I had not experienced it before in her writing. I actually loved her use of the comedic in Barcelona Calling. Some of Annie’s experiences are almost beyond laughable, and that’s all I’ll say. You have to read them yourself.

As for the romance, I thought it was beautifully handled with a sprinkling of God’s hand in the whole picture. Here again, I’m not sharing anything more.

My Recommendations:

Looking for a good summer read? Maybe one for a beach trip? Or just something lighter than usual? This is a great book for you. But if you’ve never read Jane Kirkpatrick, I encourage you to also treat yourself to one of her other books as well. She is an experienced writer and her writing alone is enjoyable, not to mention the stories she researches and shares.


Meet the Author:

Jane Kirkpatrick is a writer, speaker, teacher…

Jane is internationally recognized for her lively presentations and well-researched stories that encourage and inspire.  Her works have appeared in more than 50 publications including  Decision, Private Pilot and Daily Guideposts.  Jane is the author of over 25 books including historical novels. Many of her titles are based on the lives of real people or incidents set authentically in the American West.  Her first novel, A Sweetness to the Soul, won the coveted Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center.  Her works have been finalists for the Christy, Spur, Oregon Book Award, WILLA Literary Award and Reader’s Choice awards.  Several of her titles have been Book of the Month and Literary Guild selections.

Read entire bio here.

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Book Details:

Publication Date: September 1, 2011
Publisher: Zondervan
Genre: Fiction | Romance | Christian
Format: Tradepaper; 314 pages
ISBN: 9780310293944
Source: Personal Library