Reading should be fun

Parents and Grandparents of young children,

Now, more than ever, you have opportunities to help make reading fun for youngsters by providing books that will interest them. If your youngsters love stories about animals, buy the MICAH series set for them. Micah is the little donkey that carried Jesus.

The books are available on Amazon, but right now you can purchase the set on a silent auction at Claremore FUMC. The auction is a fundraiser for ministry to the homeless.

Here’s your chance to get wonderful books and help less fortunate folks.

Happy Shopping and Reading!

Prayerful Plea

Friends and Readers,

If you haven’t read my first two books in the Days of Flowers series, I hope you will. Both MAGNOLIA MONDAY and TULIPS ON TUESDAY are available on Amazon.com (both Kindle and paperback) or from me. Copies are also placed at Boardinghouse Books and in the Shepherd’s Cross store, both in or near Claremore.

Now I ask you to join me in prayer as a write the third book, WILDFLOWER WEDNESDAY. I ask God to guide my hands on the keys as I work to deliver a message that makes a difference.

May it be so.

All creature great and small

Have you heard? Animal shelters around OK are full and struggling to find forever homes for dogs and cats. These animals may have been picked up as strays, discarded by owners who can no longer provide for them or surrendered to shelters for some reason, valid or not. Regardless, as an animal lover, I encourage everybody to help in whatever way they can.

I recently ordered a dog crate from Chewy and although the size fit the weight of my dog, it did not fit length-wise because she stretches out to sleep. When I contacted Chewy to return the crate, I was told to donate it where needed. I am now a Chewy fan for such a generous gesture. And the crate is going to the Claremore Animal Shelter, where I hope it will help a family take a dog home.

I am working on two books, and one is about a very lucky little duck. Watch for it this fall.

You made the pets we welcome in – *

They’re wondrous blessings, too.

With paws and whiskers, wings and fins, They offer praise to you.

O Lord, you call us to embrace These creatures in our care.

May we show kindness, love and grace To all pets everywhere.*

*From Carolyn Winfrey Gillette’s hymn O God, Your Creatures Fill the Earth.  email bcgillette@Comcast.net or go to http://www.carolynshmns.com for reprint permission

Readers, I remind  time and time again of my love for animals. I pray that love is reflected by my spoken and written words and my actions. If you are an Oklahoma neighbor, please consider adopting your next pet. I am sad that the Claremore Animal Shelter had to euthanize many cats and kittens that were unclaimed and unwanted.

Another reminder, my home church, First United Methodist in Claremore, is hosting a Blessing of the Animals Service Sunday, Oct. 8, 3:30 p.m. in the downtown gazebo park. Take your pawed, feathered and finned friends to be  blessed.

My illustrators, Mollee Cummins and Cheryl Proffitt, have joined me in completing another book for your readers. This one is about Canadian geese that live in Oklahoma. Watch for Allie’s Geese.

 

God’s Creatures

O God, Your Creatures Fill the Earth*

Friends and family already know I love everything about animals – having them, being around them, reading and writing about them.

I recently discovered a delightful hymn*  about animals, and with the author’s permission, I am quoting it here, and will do so in future blogs.

O God, your creatures fill the earth with wonder and delight,                                                       And every living thing has worth and beauty in your sight.                                                       So playful dolphins dance and swim; Your sheep bow down and graze.                                      Your songbirds share a morning hymn To offer you their praise.

I am currently working on a new illustrated book about God’s creatures. Just like my children’s story, Four Furry Friends, this one is based on a true story given to me by a friend. The title is Allie’s Geese, and it will be available in a few weeks.

Meanwhile, my friend Sandy Logan has a wonderful pair of books about a dear donkey, and is working on another in a planned series of five.  For Oklahoma shoppers, her Micah and Micah’s Cross and my Four Furry Friends can be purchased at Boarding House Books in Claremore and Another  Chapter Bookstore in Owasso.  These stores are totally different yet both are fun shopping stops for readers of all ages and interests.

I wish you joy in reading. Best friends can be found in books.

*O God, Your Creatures Fill the Earth by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. She and her husband, Bruce are co-pastors. Contract her at bcgillette@Comcast.net for permission to use hymn in your church.