Playdates with God: New Friends (and a giveaway!)

 

IMG_6280 Last night, when I took Bonnie out before bedtime, I did what I always do—I looked up. The Hunter’s moon was beaming down, and a ring of white light encircled its pale body. Scientists call this ring of light a halo. I’ve heard of an old saying that goes ring around the moon means rain is coming soon. Apparently, there is some truth to this, as halos are caused by high-drifting cirrus clouds packed with ice crystals. Last night, I read something else interesting about halos. Earthsky.org says,

The halos you see are caused by both refraction, or splitting of light, and also by reflection, or glints of light from these ice crystals. The crystals have to be oriented and positioned just so with respect to your eye, in order for the halo to appear. That’s why, like rainbows, halos around the sun – or moon – are personal. Everyone sees their own particular halo, made by their own particular ice crystals, which are different from the ice crystals making the halo of the person standing next to you.”

This fun little scientific fact reminded me that much of life is all about perspective. And the wonderful thing about perspective is I can choose my view.

This weekend, at the West Virginia Book Festival, I didn’t sell one book. Not one tiny word. But I did make some new friends, and that’s quite the halo. One such friend is S.D. (Sam) Smith, whose work I have known and admired for some time. We have been connected online for a while, but I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting him in person. Let me just say that Sam is a delight. His quirky sense of humor had me giggling all morning long. I had my pocket bubbles with me and we had a good time targeting appropriate bubble-worthy passers-by. Sam’s passion is equipping parents with tools to help them foster holy imagination in their children. You can read more about that at Story Warren, the collaborative website he started for that purpose.

Sam has published two children’s books, The Green Ember and its prequel The Black Green EmberStar of Kingston. Last year, I read parts of The Green Ember to the third graders I read to for Read Aloud West Virginia. They were enthralled. It’s a beautifully crafted fantasy with just enough action but nothing too scary going on. Perfect for young readers.

Anyway, I’m pleased to say that Sam autographed copies of The Green Ember and The Black Star of Kingston for me to giveaway to my wonderful readers! I’m excited to share this new world with you. How’s that for making halos out of ice crystals? It’s all about perspective.

Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win. If you go check out Story Warren or Sam’s website, let me know that here and you’ll get an extra entry. I’ll announce the winner on next Monday’s Playdates post.

Every Monday I share one of my Playdates with God. I would love to hear about yours. It can be anything: outside, quiet time. Maybe it’s solitary. Maybe it’s loud and crowded. Just find God and know joy. Click on the button below to add your link. I try to visit a few of your stories every week, so if you are a new visitor, be sure to let me know in the comments so I can welcome you. Grab my button at the bottom of the page and join us.

This post is part of my 31 Days of the Almost Empty Nest series. I’m writing in community with the thirty-one dayers. Women all over the world are joining together in the month of October to write every day about something they’re passionate about. Check out some of the other writers here. So much good stuff. To read my first post, with links to all the days, go here.

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Comments

  1. says

    Thank you for introducing us to Sam! One of his books is actually free on Kindle today – yea! (I learned this fact on Sam’s website) I have several little friends whom I know would enJOY his work. Have a blessed day, Laura!

  2. says

    Laura, thank you so much for sharing about these books. I am always on the hunt for wonderful children’s books. My granddaughters attend a small Christian school. It is always a delight to make an addition to their library 🙂 Thanks for the chance. I loved checking it all out on his website as well. So glad you shared about these!

  3. says

    Goodness! Talk about going down the rabbit hole! I visited Sam’s site, downloaded the free book, signed up to get new posts, emailed my kids with book idea for my grandson, (answered another email), tweeted the news, (read a few tweets), and now I’m back, and now my soup is cold. Thanks for introducing us, Laura.

  4. says

    I love the God-messages in The Lord of the Rings – and the hobbit – Thank you for introducing me to these stories – and someone who sees writing so similarly! Hoping you are finding comfort in this not-quite empty nest season!

  5. says

    Lovely – just checked out Sam’s site, and had to add it to my feed reader. I’m not even a parent and am pretty sure I’m going to love getting little short stories in my newsfeed each week. Thanks for the great recommendation!

  6. says

    Well now, I have all three of those books in my house already, including yours. Great taste, aye?

    I cannot fathom people not buying your book – maketh no sense at all! The best books make the biggest ripples when nobody is watching; lives aligned with godly joy are impossible to measure in dollars.

  7. CC says

    Love what you shared here about perspective, and about halos, rainbows, and such being personal!! Visited both Story Warren and Sam’s site. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  1. […] This post is part of my 31 Days of the Almost Empty Nest series. My Wednesday book club series is a part of the journey—a way of exploring creativity during this season. I’m writing in community with the thirty-one dayers. Women all over the world are joining together in the month of October to write every day about something they’re passionate about. Check out some of the other writers here. So much good stuff. To read my first post, with links to all the days, go here.Don’t forget to stop by this post for a chance to win some signed copies of S.D. Smith’s children’s books.  […]

  2. […] This post is part of my 31 Days of the Almost Empty Nest series.  I’m writing in community with the thirty-one dayers. Women all over the world are joining together in the month of October to write every day about something they’re passionate about. Check out some of the other writers here. So much good stuff. To read my first post, with links to all the days, go here.Don’t forget to stop by this post for a chance to win some signed copies of S.D. Smith’s children’s books.  […]

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