Thursday, October 23, 2008


Does one person really matter? Can one person bring change? Watch this video,
and see what you think:

Thursday, October 16, 2008


I picked up Love Starts with Elle, expecting a light romantic read. I got romance, but so much more. Depth, spiritual truth, human frailty, creative gifts, and the power of God to heal and revive the human spirit.

Watch the trailer:

About the book:

Elle's living the dream-but is it her dream or his?

Elle loves life in Beaufort, South Carolina-lazy summer days on the sand bar, coastal bonfires, and dinners with friends sharing a lifetime of memories. And she's found her niche as the owner of a successful art gallery too. Life is good.

Then the dynamic pastor of her small town church sweeps her off her feet. She's never known a man like Jeremiah-one who breathes in confidence and exhales all doubt. When he proposes in the setting sunlight, Elle hands him her heart on a silver platter.

But Jeremiah's just accepted a large pastorate in a different state. If she's serious about their relationship, Elle will take "the call," too, leaving behind the people and place she loves so dearly. Elle's friendship with her new tenant, widower Heath McCord, and his young daughter make things even more complicated.

Is love transferrable across the miles? And can you take it with you when you go?

Buy the book:

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About the author:
Rachel Hauck is the author of ten, going on eleven novels, and has recently become an "acclaimed" author. (Yeah, funny how that happened. Some dude found her lottery stub stuck to the bottom of his shoe and tried to "acclaim" her. But her husband refused to pay out.)

Since then, she's gone on to become a best selling author of Sweet Caroline.

Living in central Florida with her husband of sixteen and a half years, one sweet little dog and one ornery cat, Rachel is a graduate of Ohio State University and a huge Buckeye football fan. One day she hopes to stand on the sidelines next to Coach Tressel as a famed, acclaimed best selling OSU alumni, beloved for her work in literature and letters. (She's written at least a couple hundred letters in her life time.)

Her current release, Love Starts With Elle (July 2008, Thomas Nelson) is set in the South Carolina lowcountry, and earned 4.5 Stars and Top Pick from Romantic Times Book Club.

Look for her next release next spring, The Sweet By and By, the first book in the Born To Fly series with award winning country artist, Sara Evans.

Of the writing journey, Rachel says, "I'm humbled by the amazing things God is doing in my life. I love what I do, and am so privileged to work with Thomas Nelson fiction and am excited to see what God has in store for all of His authors and writers. Just keep praying and writing!"

Visit her blog and website at

Friday, October 03, 2008

Truth Is Ruder--and Funnier--Than Fiction: Actual Text Message Transcript

First I get this message.

From: xxx-xxx-xxxx

This is my new number.

Hmmm, I think, I don't recognize this number and the sender has not identified himself or herself in any way. So even if I knew the person with the NEW number, I wouldn't know who was texting.

So I reply.

To: xxx-xxx-xxxx

Don't know u

Soon I hear back.

From: xxx-xxx-xxxx

This is ishia from class.

OK, this has got to be a wrong number. I have never known anyone, live or online, named Ishia. The last class I took that wasn't a Bible study, a teacher's inservice, or a writing workshop was in 1974.

I don't mean to be smart, but since they insist I know them, I reply. I'm feeling a bit froggy. After all, it IS my birthday.

To: xxx-xxx-xxxx

What class? I'm not in school. I'm 57!

Ishia gets testy and either thinks I'm the intended friend, just messing with her (assuming she's a she) or else can't muster up the etiquette to say, "Sorry, I must have the wrong number."

From: xxx-xxx-xxxx


Apparently it was MY fault she texted MY number. I'll try not to let that happen again.