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WHERE I WAS PLANTED
Friday, July 19, 2019 by HEATHER NORMAN SMITH

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HEATHER NORMAN SMITH

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FLASH FICTION FRIDAY

 

EXCERPT FROM WHERE I WAS PLANTED

This excerpt from Where I Was Planted alludes to the metaphor behind the book's title. The first-person character is ten-year-old Nate Dooley. The setting is the fictional town of Copper Creek in the Great Smoky Mountain of North Carolina. While this passage is a bit heavy, I don’t mind giving away that Nate’s story does have a happy ending. 

 

My walk to meet Patrick took me a long way down my gravel road, then across the paved road that led to town, then to the dirt road that led to the dump. Just before my feet hit the hardness of the highway, I noticed a puny weed, about five inches tall, growing in the asphalt. It was right in the center of a lane, between the white and yellow lines, and a beam of sunlight fell on it like a spotlight. The crack in the road was so impossibly small, the plant looked as if it were growing straight through the hardtop, like some sort of magic trick.

It was such an ordinary, every-day sight; but on that day, it stood out to me how a living thing can survive in less-than-ideal circumstances. And I couldn’t quit thinking about that thing, growing up where it wasn’t supposed to be, but too inconsequential for someone to come along and pluck it up. I stared at it, focused on its sad-looking leaves. The stem looked strong, but I wondered if it would grow better if it had the chance to live in good, deep soil.

There was no way to move it. If I tried, I would break it off above the root, and it would die. But it was just a weed.

I tried to explain it to Patrick when we met up, the things that seeing that weed had made me feel. We talked while sifting through old junk, trying not to get our hands cut on rusty metal.

“What do you mean, Nate? You’re nowhere near as small as a weed,” he said. He lifted the corner of a soiled, water-logged mattress to check for bottles we might have missed before.

“I don’t mean I’m little like a weed. I just mean that sometimes I think…never mind.” It was too much for little boys to talk about.

I looked at my distorted, disappointed reflection in the bottom part of a grime-covered window of an old car with no tires. The winter hadn’t stolen my tan. I was still golden-skinned heading into the spring. I stood there squinty eyed as the sun bounced off the glass and onto my face. Never mind, I instructed myself.

 

ABOUT HEATHER NORMAN SMITH

Heather Norman Smith is a Christian Fiction author and devotions writer. Her goal is to use the written word to entertain and encourage while illuminating the redemptive love of God. Her first novel, Grace & Lavender, released in March.

Heather is proud to be a life-long North Carolinian and aims to present the beauty of the Tar Heel State in her writing. Her home is just outside Winston-Salem, NC, where she lives with her husband, their three children, and several spoiled pets.

She would love for you to visit her at www.heathernormansmith.com

 

ABOUT WHERE I WAS PLANTED

In the spring of 1961, ten-year-old Nate "Weenie" Dooley has a revelation-his father is not a good one.

Inspired by National Geographic, his favorite thing next to the Bible storybook his mother gave him before she died, Nate plans to leave his father and their home in the Smokies to set out on an adventure.

When he discovers that his father has left him first, it will take the help of a stray dog, some kind neighbors, a one-man-band, letters from a long-lost-aunt, and a new understanding of God to figure out he isn't really alone.

Will he find that Copper Creek is where he's always belonged? Or will his wanderlust keep him from ever coming back?

Where I Was Planted demonstrates that while fathers may leave, our Heavenly Father is faithful, and He has a plan for all of us.

 

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/Where-Planted-Heather-Norman-Smith/dp/1620209071

 

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BLESSINGS IN AN IMPERFECT WORLD
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GOLDEN GIRL
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POWER UP
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BOOKENDS
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WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW
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THE PINK BONNET
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UNDERGROUND
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Food, Families, and Fond Memories
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KATELYN'S CHOICE
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THE POWER OF LOVE
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HOSEA'S HEART
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FOR THOSE OVER FIFTY-FIVE
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FAITH AND HOPE
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A CONVENIENT COMPASSION
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NEXT GENERATION
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FALLEN LEAF
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TONGUE-TAMING 101
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Mimi and Bop
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GRACE & LAVENDER
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WHAT'S YOUR MOTIVATION
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NEVER TO OLD TO START OVER
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JULIA
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R and I
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AS FAR AWAY AS POSSIBLE
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KATELYN'S CHOICE
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MY SINAI SAGA
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THE WRITER'S CALLING
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When Valleys Bloom Again
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You Asked for It
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PLAYING THROUGH THE FOG
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One Door Between Us
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Counterfeit Detectors
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SOMETIMES WE JUST NEED TO TURN OFF THE GPS
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BURIED MOUNTAIN SECRETS
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LANDING HARD
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DON’T CALL HER MA’AM
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CAPTURE ME
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LOVING ONE ANOTHER
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When Your Past Looms Longer than Your Future
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UNDER PRAIRIE SKIES
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TAKIN' IT TO THE LIMIT
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OUR MCDONALDS
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A Tender Hope
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DON'T HIT THE FAN
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BORN TOO LATE
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PARHELION
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NOT OF THIS WORLD
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PERSPECTIVE
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CAROLINA GRACE
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THE POWER OF "WITH"/OVERCOMING ANXIETY
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IS IT THE BEGINNING OR THE END
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A LOVE MOST WORTHY
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HITTING YOUR SPIRITUAL GROOVE
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MY TO-DO LIST
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YOU'RE AMAZING
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STIRRED, NOT SHAKEN
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ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING
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LOVE'S RESCUE
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COURTING DANGER
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A CHURCH PLANTER'S WIFE
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MAMA, I CAN'T TAKE A BATH THERE'S A FISH IN THE TUB
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JOHN ALDEN ... A SHORT STORY
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FIG LEAVES RIPPING?
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EAT RIGHT NOW LIVE LONGER LATER
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THE OTHER NEIGHBOR
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A BEFORE I
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AM I STRESSED?
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NO TURNING BACK
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EVERYDAY CHOICES
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SHOULD VS WANT
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ALLEY'S PERFECT ANGEL
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YOU ARE THE APPLE OF HIS EYE
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I'LL BE ALONE FOR CHRISTMAS ... YOU CAN COUNT ON ME
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A SILVER MEDALLION
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WHY WE SING JOY TO THE WORLD!
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THE ONLY CONSTANT IS CHANGE
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THE AMISH MIDWIFE'S SECRET
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Coming Home For Christmas
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LIVING WITHOUT REGRET
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CHRISTMAS WITH THE ENEMY
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WHY DO WE NEVER LEARN
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GROWING UP CAN BE FUN SO IS GETTING OLDER
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RETURN TO WALHALLA
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SAVED BY THE LAMB
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SOARING WITH BROKEN WINGS
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HOMELESS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
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FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS
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HAIR CALAMITIES AND HOT CASH
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NEVER TOO LATE
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MEET ME IN GALVESTON
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The Not So Good Good Old Days
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HARVEST OF BLESSINGS
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MEET JENNIFER SLATTERY
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HONESTLY SPEAKING
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Perceptual Blindness
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THE PUTTING GREEN WHISPERER
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The God of the Mundane
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WHEN I WAS THREE
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He Passes By
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Bryan's Homecoming
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EMERGENCE
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THE PURSUIT OF PEACE
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Live Long and Prosper
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THE REAL DEAL
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Antiquainted Man
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SOMETHING NEW
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IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED TAKE A BUBBLE BATH THEN TRY AGAIN
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REMEMBERING CHRISTMAS
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FOOTPRINTS
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FUNNY WITH A POIGNANT MESSAGE
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MUTUAL SUBMISSIVENESS
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CASTING STONES
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HEADLINE HYSTERIA
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COUNTRY ROADS
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STUPIDITY IS NO EXCUSE
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Beauty Queen and Humorist Shares Her Latest Book
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AS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH/WHO PUT THE VINEGAR IN THE SALT/CHAPTER 2A
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WHO PUT THE VINEGAR IN THE SALT/CREATED TO BE SALT PART B
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WHO PUT THE VINEGAR IN THE SALT/ CREATED TO BE SALT/PART A
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CELEBRATE YOUR FEMINITY
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THE FIFTY-FIFTY CONUNDRUM
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THE ROCK OF OUR FUTURE
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FRIENDSHIP IS STICKY BUSINESS
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PASS THE LOVE, PLEASE
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STRANDED BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
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BATTLE WITH A BUMBLEBEE
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BATTLE FATIGUES
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ACQUAINTED WITH GRIEF
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LOVE IN A SUITCASE
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FRIENDSHIP IS STICKY BUSINESS
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ROOT FOR THE HOME TEAM
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KERI'S CHRISTMAS WISH
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Raising a Child With Autism
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SHOULD OR WANT
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CONFESSIONS OF A GARDENS SLUGGARD
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GRANDMA PRAYED WHILE IRONING
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The Day Super Mom Died
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FOLLOW WHICH LEADER?
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ROYAL LEGACY
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MY SHEEP KNOW MY VOICE
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THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR WALKING
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THE POWER OF ONE
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A LIFELONG PURSUIT
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A TEENAGED ROBIN HOOD
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NUGGETS OF GRACE
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THE CHOICE TO FAIL
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DOUBLE CHOCOLATE TROUBLE
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JUST LIKE MY DADDY
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PATIENT PRAYING
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MEET DARLENE FRANKLIN/SCAVENGER HUNT/LAST STOP
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PATIENT WISDOM
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OF PETS AND PERSISTENCE
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God's Server Never Shuts Down
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Blessed to be a Blessing
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Mama, I Can't take a Bath 'Cause There's a Fish in the Tub
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SOUR GRAPES OR BLESSED FRUIT
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IT'S WHAT THEY DO
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MEET JOHNNIE ALEXANDER
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FROM LIGHT TO BRIGHT
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SURRENDERING TO THE CALL
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MY QUEST
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MY INTIMATE JOURNEY WITH MY HEROINE BY NIKE N. CHI
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ACQUAINTED WITH GRIEF
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When Art Imitates Life: An Author's Book Journey
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Settled By Faith
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JOY COMETH IN THE MORNING
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From Little Golden Books to Summer's List
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THE EDUCABLE MOMENT
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There's love in them there casseroles
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Searching for God With All My Heart
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I RUN TO YOU
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Sweetening Our Sour Grapes
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THE FALL THAT LIFTS
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A Walk With God
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Disappointment and Discouragement
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STIRRING TRUTH
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PENNED BY GOD'S OWN HAND
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The Masterpiece
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RESTORED HEARTS and a Writer's Journey
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THE WRITER'S JOURNEY: Meditations on the Road
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DIALOGUING OUR FEARS
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WHY A BOOK OF PRAYERS?
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From Lettuce to Pages
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AND NOT TO YIELD
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BONNIE LEON WRITES TO ENCOURAGE THE DISABLED
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FAITH WORTH THE FIGHT
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CANT HAVE ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER
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THE WINDING TRAIL
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The Flavorful Church
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Commitment Phobia
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God knows our hearts
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God Had Other Plans
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BE ANGRY AND SIN NOT
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God's Writer: Jan Elder
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THE CURE FOR THE WEARY SOUL
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Surely Goodness and Mercy Gail Kittleson
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OF THEE I SING
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A HUNGER FOR GOD
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What Do We Ask God For?
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BUCK STORM SINGER/SONGWRITER/STORYTELLER
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STRESS: THAT OTHER HOMEWRECKER
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A Dream Come True of Being A Writer
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COURAGE IS NOT THE ABSENCE OF FEAR
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Meet Shannon Vannetter Christian Author
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JOY COMES IN THE MORNING
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EMPTY NETS
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Bucketwish
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Loyalty that Springs from Spirituality
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Wonderfully Made
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Lighthouse of the Carolina's Author Carol Heilman
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HAPPY NEW YEAR
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