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Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. \x34I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. ...
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Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. Every day I got to listen as people told me about the things that were most important to them, the things that were sacred. But the newspaper industry was changing and few papers could afford to have an army of speciality reporters. So, I moved to cover the suburbs where, as luck would have it, they have plenty of religion, too. Eventually, children came into the picture. One by birth and another two months later by foster care/adoption. I struggled to chase breaking news and be home at a decent hour, so I made the move to what we journalists call the dark side: I took a job in public relations. (Don't worry. I work for a great non-profit, so it's not dark at all.) When I gave my notice at the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, the executive editor asked me to consider writing a column on a freelance basis. She didn't want the newspaper to lose touch with its religious sources, and she still wanted consistent faith coverage. I was terrified. It took me about 10 months to get back to her with a solid plan and some sample columns. And so it began, this journey of opening up my heart to strangers.
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Dear readers,
When my oldest son says he can’t wait for the next book in a series, I pay attention. And this series by Christa Kinde? Well, my loves-to-read boy loved every book and wanted more. So, I asked the author how she got her ideas and what books she would recommend. (You can find a photo album of teen books on the Simply Faithful Facebook page, and — also on Facebook — I happen to be giving away The Threshold Series, courtesy of Zonderkidz.)
Now, Christa…

Prissie Pomeroy never gave much thought to invisible things

until the day she met a boy she shouldnít have been able to see.

Iím often asked why I chose to write about angels. Supernatural things never fail to capture the imagination, so I borrowed a little from what the Scriptures tell us, pondered the possibilities, gave the details a tiny twist, and let the story take flight. The result is a four-book adventure about a girl who takes three very important things for grantedóher family, her friends, and her faith. God catches Prissieís attention in a miraculous way, proving He knew her needs even before she did.
Why do I write for tweens and teens? Maybe because I have five of them at home! While itís true that I write the kinds of books I love to read, Iím also conscious of the imprint stories can leave. My childhood reading list shaped my desires and influenced my decisions. Iím grateful to God for the good books that found their way into my hands. Because theyíve read my stories, my kids have collapsed into giggles, grabbed for tissues, cheered for right choices, and learned whatís dearest to their motherís heart.
In my opinion, the best books remind us that the Bible isnít boring, church isnít a chore, prayer connects us to our Maker, and Christians will stand out. Bible stories are given an interesting twist in the six-volume Passages series by Paul McCusker. Lovers of fantasy would enjoy the 10-volume Seven Sleepers series by Gilbert Morris. And a story Iíll never forget is The Heart Reader of Franklin High by Terri Blackstock.
To learn more, visit ChristaKinde.com and watch for monthly story installments at †Christian Fiction Online Magazine.

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