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This site is like Ruthe,
the heroine of my novel,
Ruthe's Secret Roses
Ruthe is . . .
intimate with God,
prays a lot,
a bleeding heart for the hurting,
a big sister,
has creative ideas,
likes to give
loyal to friends,
dreams of love and
dreams of writing a book
goes the extra mile
So this site offers;
good books to read!
help to become Friends with Jesus,
The One Ideal Real Friend
a cure for loneliness
An Older Sister's Coping Secret
how to pray Panic Prayers,
how to grow in faith
how to share your faith
how to become a writer
You don't really have time to read on the couch, but if you're like me, you do read snatches on the run, and somehow make time to read a GOOD book completely.
So how can you be sure this Ruthe in the book is not some kook? Read the six sample chapters.
Need a Friend? You'll soon think of Ruthe as your friend, when you read Ruthe's Secret Roses
A Book I can Highly Recommend
An Unfading Vision
The adventure of books
by Edward England
Published by Media Associates International
Bloomingdale, Illinois, USA
ISBN: 0-9623741-2-1 (1999)
This is an interesting account of one man who loved books, and in obedience to God's call
to be ready for an adventure that would stretch him, Edward England became an editor,
later chief editor, at the prestigious publishing house, Hodder and Stoughton in England.
Many writers have mixed emotions about editors, depending on their experiences, but this
book gives us a glimpse into the life and thoughts of an editor with integrity and high
personal as well as publishing standards. England gives me a whole new respect for editors.
He makes them more human, easier to identify with. Perhaps England is more disarmingly
honest and frank than others.
Besides his own acceptance of adventure as a result of reading a book, and thus a new
career in publishing them and working with many interesting authors, he shares some
great stories of the power of books to change lives. Most of them focus on events and
people that led to books he choose to publish, and the principles by which he chose them.
England says, "Our publishing would depend on discovering writers rather than reading
manuscripts sent through the mail." He really did work at meeting people and looking for
those who had something truly important to share with the world. He also prayed that God
would keep him from publishing books that didn't have something to say to those who ask,
"Why God?" He resolved to avoid the shallow and mediocre.
This came out of his visit to Aberfan in South Wales at the time of the man-made mountain
slide which took the lives of so many children. While theologians can write up great answers,
it is the common people who come up with the best questions, and often the best answers too.
The tales England tells about some of his authors and priceless. Writers like Richard
Wurmbrand, the pastor who was often in Romanian prisons for his faith and work; Dr. Martin
Luther King, who accepted a dream as a burden or responsibility; and Michael Harper,
formerly of All Souls church.
Candidly, England tells the story of one book that turned out to be what he calls, a
mushroom, a book that gave the world opportunity to make fun of Christianity. It was by a
scholar, Allegro, about sacred mushrooms and an ancient fertility rite. England got uneasy
when it was approved on the recommendation of his fellow editor, but with no chance to
see or proof the manuscript before it was promoted and announced to the world in a press
conference. England did manage to get a copy of it just before, and was aghast at the
message of the book. But now he was in the delicate situation of how to downplay the
book without hurting his dear editor, Robin, and the author, Allegro.
I must say, I admired his wisdom and tact in this embarassing time.
He tells stories of other authors who proved that being in prison, having a physical
handicap, a terminal illness, or simply being really old, are all not able to hold back
someone who has a story worth telling. You will love these stories!
England is very humble and gracious as he describes what the death of his first wife
meant to him, how he struggled to cope and carry on, and to finally look about for
another bride, who turned out to be a dear pen pal of Gwen's and a missionary doctor.
It would take a while to even list all the little stories this author shares of people
he met who told him, each of one life-changing book they read. Never the same book, but
the movers and shakers of this world generally became who they are because of some
pivotal book they read.
That very much confirms my own experience. Except that in my case
I can point to several books that have had a profound influence on me. The first one that
leaps to mind is, "The Spiritual Man," by Watchman Nee. I am slowly re-reading it again
for about the seventh time, and I learn afresh from it, much like from my Bible, each
time I do. I have made major decisions that turned the direction of my life, because of
things that opened my eyes in that book.
There is so much more, and so well-told, you would do yourself a great favour to get
this book, An Unfading Vision by Edward England, and to read it for yourself.
Especially if books matter to you, and speak to you. This will resonate with you!
This book is available at;
Media Associates Internationa, Inc:
P.O. Box 218
Bloomingdale, IL, 60108-0218 USA
tel: 630-893-1977, fax: 630-893-1141
Web site: www.littworld.org
Or in the UK from:
Concorde House, Grenville Place
Mill Hill, London NW7 3SA
tel: (0181) 906-9768, fax: (0181) 959-3678
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