Beloved in Christ Jesus:
Recently gratitude for the gift of books has been stirring in me. Thanks be to God for writers, readers and publishers. A big shout out to parents and teachers that have taught us to read and inspired us to keep reading. Oh yes, I love Christmas and birthdays in part because often those who know me best gift me with a book or a gift card to buy one. I like the feel of a book in my hands and increasingly I am finding ease in reading books on a digital device. I have no excuse to keep up.
One of the really cool things for me is to get to read several book manuscripts in the course of a year and then write an endorsement of the work that might encourage others to acquire the volume and read it too. Since the first of this year I have been honored to read the drafts of the following titles and lend a word of endorsement for them. You will note that two of these are by authors who are clergywomen in the West Ohio Conference (Sue Nilson Kibbey and Rachel Billups). The authors of the other works will be familiar to many. Each of these volumes are worth your attention and will be available over the next several months. You can look for them on www.cokesbury.com. For the full list, click here.
+Gregory V. Palmer