Review of For I Know the Plans
by Dawn Ridley
With everything else under the sun: wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, teacher, mentor, chef, taxi, secretary, laundress, seamstress, maid-service, nurse, instructor of personal health and hygiene (bottom wiper), nutrition advisor, event planner, product sampler (play-DOH cookies), professional shopper, movie and book critique, gift-bag finder, band-aid pro-curer, and I believe the song goes, "Keeper of the Cheerios..."
When I find time, I like to write. :)
What else can I say?
I have always loved to read, but at times I also like to rewrite books in my head. I love to discuss them. My husband and all of my friends love to read, so it's not surprising that a lot of conversations around me revolve around books. Movies, those too. I love to change the endings. I always want to talk about the character arcs, and the sub plots and scenes that make or break them.
So, my mom likes to tell people I taught myself to read. It was before I went to kindergarten. You know how our kids have us read the same book over and over and over again until they can repeat it word for word, well, you got it! That's what I did too, but that isn't all. After I memorized the words, I slowly matched them with the ones on the page, lined them up and sounded them out. Then I matched them to other words in other books, until I figured out what they said and showed it to my mom.
Of course, she labeled me a genius. And I know I excelled at many things because of her love and praise. (Thank you, Mom.)
I do believe a love for books and learning is hereditary since my grandmother, mother, and uncles all have the same passion.
Following my husband and I and our family's examples, our children now love to read as well. There isn't much that gives me more joy than to see my children hanging around reading a book on their own.
We have four beautiful, bright, thoughtful, (and did I remember to say miniature terrorists) children, whom we homeschool. (Did you just clear your throat?)
I believe the Lord gives each of us gifts to use for His glory and I pray that I will use my gift of gab only in ways that would please Him. I have wanted to write for a long time and actually started when my oldest was a baby, but the timing was wrong. Now, I know it's in God's time.
While I hope that my books are entertaining, I pray that they will be encouraging and show my readers that Christians have life battles too. They are not perfect, just forgiven. I hope that my characters will always show spiritual growth and a relationship with Jesus that will minister to others, and encourage them to work through their own struggles in a God-honoring way.
I hope that this introduction shows a little bit of me, and that I always strive to live up to the standards Jesus set for us.