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Come to the Kentucky Book Festival this SATURDAY, November 16th!!! Located in the Alltech Arena in the Kentucky Horse Park – Lexington, Kentucky: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friends! When was the last time you had the unfathomable opportunity to meet over 150 (That’s right:  ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY) authors in the same place, featuring their books, offering to sign them personally, just for YOU?!!!

I’ve been blessed twice before to attend this event, as an attendee, never as an author, which makes this year doubly exciting and a double blessing and honor and privilege for yours truly…

The Kentucky Book Festival is at the Kentucky Horse Park, in their lovely-n-large Alltech Arena.  It’s all day long this coming Saturday, November 16th, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Admission and parking is FREE!!!!

 

You do NOT want to miss this opportunity!  I call it heaven on earth, being the I-can’t-help-myself-bibliophile that I am.

My first book festival I attended was with Nancy-the-hugging-evangelist (Her name is explained in Chapter 4 of my book) Aguiar.  We not only got to attend the book festival, we also got to have lunch with Paula Deen and 1,498 others—Dare to ask us the story…

That year, I met the darling and engaging Jan Watson. I bought one of her books, immediately falling in love with her wit and wisdom, later inviting her to come and speak at one of our book club meetings.

Here are a couple of her excellent novels:

Jan then introduced me to Ann Gabhart, which led to us inviting Ann to come and speak at one of our book club meetings…

Can you see where I’m going with this?!!!

This year will be the 38th annual Kentucky Book Fair.  It’s in partnership with Joseph Beth Booksellers, one of my favorite all-time bookstores in Lexington.

You can go to Kentucky Humanities’ website to see who all will be at the book fair and strategize your mission upon arrival.  (I’ve got quite a shopping list. You can see a few I’ll be hunting for at the end of this post…)

Go to:  www.kyhumanities.org

There are so many authors, that many of us will be three to a table, shoulder to shoulder.  I cannot wait to meet these folks!  (Hot tip:  Be sure to get a good dose of caffeine before you come.)

Think Christmas gifts GALORE!!!

Just a few of the many notables include:  Wendell Berry and his wife, Tonya, Scott Pelley from CBS News and 60 Minutes, and Joe B. Hall (for all of you UK fans:  CATS! CATS! CATS!)

Fun sidebar:  I grew up around the corner from Joe B. Hall.  His son, Steve, and I went to Glendover Elementary School, and yes, we walked or rode our bikes to school.  (But not in the snow….)

This week I’m happy to report many of these authors have been visiting lots of classrooms in lots of schools.  Over 2,000 books were distributed to schoolchildren in an effort supported by the Kentucky Colonels, the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation and Kosair Charities. Bravo!

Books at the fair will be positioned by genre:  Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children’s, and Poetry.  Books for ALL ages will be plentiful.

Kentucky Monthly magazine says it so well:

Load up your car and COME TO THE KENTUCKY BOOK FAIR!

We’re ALL excited to meet you…

‘Til next time!

P.S. These are just a few books on my radar for Saturday (The book descriptions were found in the Kentucky Book Festival catalog.).

Truth Worth Telling: A Reporter’s Search for Meaning in the Stories of Our Times
by Scott Pelley

Scott Pelley introduces us to unforgettable people who discovered the meaning of their lives in the historic events of our times. Truth Worth Telling is for readers who believe values matter, and truth is worth telling. Pelley, known for his work on 60 Minutes and the CBS Evening News, is a reporter and photographer whose work has been recognized with numerous honors, including 37 Emmy Awards. Sponsored by Campbellsville University.

 

A Prairie Girl’s Faith
by Stephen W. Hines

Although the faith of the Ingalls’ family pervades books in the Little House series, the more specific details of Laura’s faith have never been fully explored until now. Hines, a recognized authority on Laura Ingalls Wilder, has authored or compiled several best-selling volumes on her life.

 

The Faith-Filled Grandmother: Promises, Prayers, and Practical Advice for Today
by Teresa Kindred

Written with the help of grandmothers from across the world, this book provides a blueprint to mitigate the impact of a transient society, fragmented families, and strained relationships while sustaining Christian traditions. For 13 years, Kindred wrote a column for Kentucky Living magazine. Her blog, NanaHood, has been chosen as one of the Top Ten Grandparent blogs in the world.

 

Coach Hall: My Life On and Off the Court
by Joe B. Hall & Marianne Walker

Joe B. Hall was the head basketball coach at the University of Kentucky from 1972 to 1985. In this riveting memoir, Hall presents details about his life on and off the court. His record at UK was 297-100, and 373-156 over his career. Walker is a retired professor of English and philosophy.

 

 

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Need a Gift Idea? Try This New Book Releasing Monday, November 4th…

Friends!  Checkout the snippets below from a brand-new book, rolling hot off the press next Monday, November 4th!  Perfect timing for stocking up on Christmas gifts or if you need a gift idea for ANY REASON, THIS is your ticket:

Run, don’t walk to your nearest bookstore next week and grab Lucinda (Cindy) Secrest McDowell’s newest book, Life-Giving Choices:  60 Days to What Matters Most.

You’ll be astonished at all the words (60 entries!) Cindy blesses us with.  Each day and topic concludes with a prayer and a question prompting you to take action.  Carol Kent calls it a “timeless devotion.”  I agree, and when I finished, I started all over again!

Cindy tells us, “It is actually within our power to decide each day HOW we will live out numerous interruptions.”  She adds, “Don’t settle for the good when you can choose the best.”

She shows us exactly how to do this in our everyday lives. You’ll find it very empowering.  Carol Kent says Life-Giving Choices will greatly impact the way you live your life.”

One of many favorite quotes in the book is:

My three favorite entries are:  Choose to be Fearless, Choose Serenity, and Choose Friendship, but ALL of the other entries are well worth studying and pondering.

#8 is all about tackling fear, “Choose to be Fearless.”  Cindy offers four practical tips:  (the first two will get you rolling…you’ll have to read the chapter to get the rest!)

“ 1 – Be assured of God’s constant presence in hard times.
2 – Trust God is stronger than anything the enemy can send your way.”

Cindy includes this quote from Max Lucado in his book, Fearless, which kills me:

#25 is “Choose Serenity.”  I suppose this resonated with me because I always desire, but would rarely say I’m on serenity overload.  Sigh…more like “calendar overload”, which incidentally is of my own making…

What I especially love about this entry is Cindy spells out the word “serenity,” attaching a lovely word with each letter, i.e. “S” for still, “E” for established, “R” for restored…(You don’t want to  miss this entry!) and each letter is loaded with pertinent Scripture.

The entry opens with one of my favorite verses, Jeremiah 17:7-8 in The Message which says,

Note we’re to “put down roots”, “NEVER worrying,” “ALWAYS bearing fruit,” all the while trusting the Lord.  My friend, Liz, and I were talking yesterday about our older friends who still faithfully trot (optimistic verb for us future “old folk”) to Bible study year, after year, after year.  We agreed we want to do exactly the same thing.

I confess it’s not a good thing if I’m not in Bible study (I’ve learned that the hard way). The bonus from Bible study is being held accountable, and mining for more nuggets of gold in God’s Word. Kelly Minter coined the phrase “relational serenity” regarding fellowship with your friends and how this concept is even more beautiful when we’re planting our faces in the Word, “putting down roots” together.

This brings me to my 3rd favorite entry, #44, “Choose Friendship.”  Cindy uses Proverbs 27:9, “A sweet friendship refreshes the soul” to begin with and adds, “Grace is always the best formula for friendships.”

Also in this section, we get to read a quote from Eugene Peterson in his book, Leap Over a Wall:  Earthly Spirituality for Everyday Christians. Look how he depicts friendship:

Let’s close with a beautiful prayer from #49, “Choose Rest.”  This entry ranks up there with the one on serenity. The prayer sucker punched me while also encouraging me.  Right about NOW I’m off for a much-needed nap!

Enjoy:

Now you know what I’m going to say, Run!  Don’t walk to your nearest bookstore and grab this brand-new most helpful devotional, surely to bless you and your friends.

Don’t miss Cindy’s website:  lucindasecrestmcdowell.com

‘Til next time!

 

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