Books by Lorie Ann Grover

Books by Lorie Ann Grover
Kirkus Starred Review, Firstborn: "A fantasy that reads like a lost history tome and deftly examines issues of gender...An engrossing story with welcome depths."

Friday, February 25, 2011

Poetry Friday: Blue Shadows

Caught in crystal flakes
stacked one atop the other,
trees bulge blue shadows. 

Lorie Ann Grover, 2011

Friday, February 18, 2011

Poetry Friday: Circles of Sisterhood

Caught in the circles 
of sisterhood, wondering 
the other's viewpoint. 

Lorie Ann Grover, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Rare Jewel: Chapter Two

I have the notes for Chapter Two, "The Mystery of Contentment." I found these concepts invaluable. Woot! These will sound odd to many, but remember I am a Calvinist. :~)

A. The Christian will be content but always unsatisfied until he is ultimately in God's presence. 
B. A Christian comes to contentment by subtraction. Bring your desires down to your possessions. Shrink your heart to what you have.
C. Meditate on the weight of your sin.
D. Metamorphose the afflictions into light. Find the benefit inside of the circumstance.
E. Do the work of the present circumstances faithfully. In this, serve the counsels of God. 
F. Melt your will into God's will. This is a higher act than merely submitting.
G. Purge your lusts and bitter humours. 


Monday, February 14, 2011

Words of Encouragement

Sometimes the Underground Forest between publishing sales is dark and twisty. And then, around a tight corner, you find the light of words from kind hearts.

The awarded, amazing poet Nikki Grimes picked up Loose Threads recently and said:
"Read Loose Threads in one sitting. Could not put it down. Wow." I say, "Wow."

And then I received fan email from a thirteen year old who had begun ballet after reading On Pointe...twenty times! She had just finished her twenty-first reading when she wrote me. At the close of the letter where the perfect words: "...keep writing! Thank you so much and I will be reading On Pointe many more times."

These are words to light my way. One step and then the next.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment: Chapter One

I don't often bring my theology straightforwardly to my blog, but I'm reading this amazing work by Jeremiah Burroughs from 1648, and I thought it would be helpful for me to consolidate my notes from my journal to my blog. If it is of benefit to anyone else, I am thankful. I know many in the children's lit industry are not of this persuasion, so maybe you will pass this by. And that is okay.

Contentment is a blessed thing, and I seek it. So here is Chapter 1, largely in the paraphrased words of Burroughs.

"I have learned in whatsoever state I am therewith to be content. Philippians 4:11

Contentment is a great art, a spiritual mystery, and it is to be learned. In a sense, it is only attributed to God who shares it in Christ according to each person's measure. It is to be able to say: I have a right to the covenant and an interest in Christ, therefore I am content.

Contentment is the sweet, inward, quiet, gracious, frame of spirit which freely submits to and delights in God's wise disposal in every condition. 

1. You will still sense affliction.
2. You may in a submissive way complain to God.
3. You may grieve.
4. You may communicate the sad condition to your friends.
5. You may use lawful means to seek relief from the circumstances.
6. You will still exhibit quick and lively service to God
7. You will be active in sanctifying God's name in the affliction,
8. You will readily come to peace.
9. You will willingly, and freely submit, knowing the affliction is good because the hand of God is good.
10. You will look up to God, not at the means of the affliction.
11. You will submit no matter the affliction, no matter how long it lasts, or how many instances arrive.

Contentment is not:
1. a murmuring and repining
2. a vexing and fretting
3. a tumultuous spirit which can't think, act, or complete duties
4. a consuming distraction from Christ
5. a sinking discouragement
6. a welcoming of sinful shirks and shifts to find relief
7. a natural quietness of personality
8. a sturdy resolution
9. a natural reasoning

Contentment is to be satisfied in your judgment, the will submitting, and the thoughts and affections in order. It is a good mood, a constant temper of quietness. It is to be able to say: "Through God's mercy, mine is a good condition, despite being grievous and sore."

"Godliness creates an even disposition." Tom Lyon

Friday, February 4, 2011