<![CDATA[Books By Deanna - BLOG: Selling Books]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:42:42 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Mini-Blog]]>Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:50:58 GMThttp://booksbydeanna.com/blog-selling-books/mini-blog6699115Station VII: Jesus Falls the Second Time
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Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Danbury, CT
    God of power and mercy, in love you sent your Son that we might be cleansed of sin and live with you forever. Bless us as we gather to reflect on his suffering and death that we may learn from his example the way we should go. We ask this through that same Christ, our Lord.

Station VII:  Jesus Falls the Second Time

    Even with help, Jesus stumbles and falls to the ground. In deep exhaustion he stares at the earth beneath him. “Remember, you are dust and dust you will return.” He has seen death before. Now he can feel the profound weakness of disability and disease and aging itself, there on his knees, under the weight of his cross.
    We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
     I contemplate Jesus brought very low. As I behold him there on the ground, with all the agony taking its toll on him, I let my heart go out to him. I store up this image in my heart, knowing that I will never feel alone in my suffering or in any diminishment, with this image of Jesus on the ground before me. This is for me, so I express the feelings in my heart.
Scripture: John 19:16

Music Meditation: You Are Mine
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<![CDATA[Mini-Blog]]>Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:52:08 GMThttp://booksbydeanna.com/blog-selling-books/mini-blog7220635Station VI: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus
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Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Biloxi, MS
    God of power and mercy, in love you sent your Son that we might be cleansed of sin and live with you forever. Bless us as we gather to reflect on his suffering and death that we may learn from his example the way we should go. We ask this through that same Christ, our Lord.

Station VI Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

    Jesus’ journey is at times brutal. He has entered into the terrible experiences of rejection and injustice. He has been whipped and beaten. His face shows the signs of his solidarity with all who have ever suffered injustice and vile, abusive treatment. He encounters a compassionate, loving disciple who wipes the vulgar spit and mocking blood from his face. On her veil she discovers the image of his face – his gift to her. And, for us to contemplate forever.
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
    Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
     What does the face of Jesus hold for me? What do I see as I look deeply into his face? Can I try to comfort that agony and pain? Can I embrace him, with his face so covered with his passion? The veil I behold is the icon of his gift of himself. This is for me. In wonder and awe, I behold his face now wiped clean, and see the depth of his suffering in solidarity with all flesh. I say what I can say, to express my gratitude.

Scripture:  Luke 23: 27-31
Music Meditation:  Blest Are They
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chqY9S1Lm2w
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<![CDATA[Mini-Blog]]>Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:05:20 GMThttp://booksbydeanna.com/blog-selling-books/march-16th-2017Fifth Station of the Cross:
Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross
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Station V: St Francis DeSales, Lumberton, NC
God of power and mercy, in love you sent your Son that we might be cleansed of sin and live with you forever. Bless us as we gather to reflect on his suffering and death that we may learn from his example the way we should go. We ask this through that same Christ, our Lord.

Station of the Cross V Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross

    Jesus even experiences our struggle to receive help. He is made to experience the poverty of not being able to carry his burden alone. He enters into the experience of all who must depend upon others to survive. He is deprived of the satisfaction of carrying this burden on his own.

    We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
   I look into his face and contemplate his struggle. His weariness and fragility. His impotence. I see how he looks at Simon, with utmost humility and gratitude. This is for me. So I feel anguish and gratitude. I express my thanks that he can continue this journey. That he has help. That he knows my inability to carry my burden alone. I say what is in my heart, with deep feeling.

Scripture: Mark 15:21

Music Meditation: Be With Me Lord
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfkufPYH0Rc
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<![CDATA[Mini-Blog]]>Sun, 12 Mar 2017 23:59:56 GMThttp://booksbydeanna.com/blog-selling-books/mini-blog9002988Station IV: Jesus Meets His Mother
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Holy Family Catholic Church - Elizabeth City, NC
 
    God of power and mercy, in love you sent your Son that we might be cleansed of sin and live with you forever. Bless us as we gather to reflect on his suffering and death that we may learn from his example the way we should go. We ask this through that same Christ, our Lord.

Station IV Jesus Meets His Mother

    Jesus’ path takes him to a powerful source of his strength to continue. All his life, his mother had taught him the meaning of the words, “Behold, the handmaid of the Lord.” Now they look into each other’s eyes. How pierced-through her heart must be! Haw pained he must be to see her tears. Now, her grace-filled smile blesses his mission and stirs his heart to its depth. Love and trust in God bind them together.
    We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
   As I watch them in this place along the way, I contemplate the mystery of love’s power to give strength. She knows the sorrow in every mother’s heart, who has lost a child to tragedy or violence. I look at the two of them very carefully, and long for such love and such peace. This is for me. Such incredible freedom. The availability of a servant. I find the words to express what is in my heart.
Scripture: Luke 23

    Intercessory Prayer: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Music Meditation: Stabat Mater
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<![CDATA[Mini-Blog]]>Thu, 09 Mar 2017 12:20:24 GMThttp://booksbydeanna.com/blog-selling-books/mini-blog3546020Stations of the Cross: Jesus Falls for The First Time
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St Helena Catholic Church in Helena, MT
     God of power and mercy, in love you sent your Son that we might be cleansed of sin and live with you forever. Bless us as we gather to reflect on his suffering and death that we may learn from his example the way we should go. We ask this through that same Christ, our Lord.
 
Station of the Cross III Jesus Falls the First Time

    The weight is unbearable. Jesus falls under it. How could he enter our lives completely without surrendering to the crushing weight of the life of so many on this earth? He lies on the ground and knows the experience of weakness beneath unfair burdens. He feels the powerlessness of wondering if he will ever be able to continue. He is pulled up and made to continue.
     We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
    I stare at the weakness in his eyes. I can look at his whole body and see the exhaustion. As I behold him there on the ground, being roughly pulled up, I know forever how profoundly he understands my fatigue and my defeats. This is for me. In grief and gratitude I want to let him remain there. As I watch him stand again and gain an inner strength, I accept his love and express my thanks.
 
Scripture: John 19: 6, 15-17
Music Meditation: Eye Has Not Seen, Ear Has Not Heard
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRyOS0nZr7s
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<![CDATA[Mini-Blog]]>Mon, 06 Mar 2017 12:37:18 GMThttp://booksbydeanna.com/blog-selling-books/mini-blog2218757Jesus, Carrying His Cross
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Station II: Jesus Carrying His Cross - St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Montana
    (Opening Prayer from U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; station meditations by Creighton University students; scripture taken from New American Bible, St. Joseph Edition; music meditations by YouTube.)

Opening Prayer  

God of power and mercy, in love you sent your Son that we might be cleansed of sin and live with you forever. Bless us as we gather to reflect on his suffering and death that we may learn from his example the way we should go. We ask this through that same Christ, our Lord.

Station II Jesus Carries His Cross

Jesus is made to carry the cross on which he will die. It represents the weight of all our crosses. What he must have felt as he first took it upon his shoulders! With each step he enters more deeply into our human experience. He walks in the path of human misery and suffering, and experiences its crushing weight.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

I contemplate the wood of that cross. I imagine how heavy it is. I reflect upon all it means that Jesus is carrying it. I look into his eyes. It’s all there. This is for me. So I place myself with him in this journey. In its anguish. In his freedom and surrender. In the love that must fill his heart. With sorrow and gratitude, I continue the journey. Moved by the power of his love, I am drawn to him and express my love in the words that come to me.

Our Father…
Scripture: John 19

Music Meditation: Behold the Wood of the Cross
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<![CDATA[Mini-Blog]]>Thu, 02 Mar 2017 12:20:19 GMThttp://booksbydeanna.com/blog-selling-books/mini-blog9338856The First Station of the Cross:  Jesus Is Condemned to Die
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St. Paul, Pensacola, FL, First Station
(Opening Prayer from U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; station meditations by Creighton University students; scripture taken from New American Bible, St. Joseph Edition; music meditations by YouTube.)

Opening Prayer:
God of power and mercy, in love you sent your Son that we might be cleansed of sin and live with you forever. Bless us as we gather to reflect on his suffering and death that we may learn from his example the way we should go. We ask this through that same Christ, our Lord.

The First Station of the Cross:  Jesus Is Condemned to Die
Jesus stands in the most human of places. He has already experienced profound solidarity with so many on this earth, by being beaten and tortured. Now he is wrongfully condemned to punishment by death. His commitment to entering our lives completely begins its final steps. He has said “yes” to God and placed his life in God’s hands. We follow him in this final surrender, and contemplate with reverence each place along the way, as he is broken and given for us.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

As I view the scene, I become moved by both outrage and gratitude. I look at Jesus. His face. The crown of thorns. The blood. His clothes stuck to the wounds on his back. Pilate washes his hands of the whole affair. Jesus’ hands are tied behind his back. This is for me. That I might be free. That I might have eternal life. As the journey begins I ask to be with Jesus. To follow his journey. I express my love and thanks.

Our Father...

Scripture:  Matthew 27

Hymn:  I Come to the Garden Alone
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<![CDATA[Mini-Blog]]>Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:17:40 GMThttp://booksbydeanna.com/blog-selling-books/mini-blog3218644Lenten Invitation
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Stations of the Cross: St Elizabeth, Boone NC
Dear Readers,
    It’s been my tradition since I started blogging in 2012, to use my blog during Lent, for the Stations of the Cross. This is a traditional Lenten devotion in the Catholic Church centuries old. But, it’s a devotion any Christian may participate in, and I invite you to join me. What is it? Every Catholic Church has 14 stations in the Church. Anyone can avail themselves of these stations, remembering, of course, that the purpose is devotional. Some Churches also have Stations posted outdoors in a yard or garden with a path connecting them. They are accessible year-round, but used the most during Lent.
    Lent begins this week with Ash Wednesday and continues for 46 days until Holy Thursday, April 13.  Lent is a solemn religious observance in the liturgical calendar of many Christian denominations.  It is a period of preparation for Easter through prayer, penance, repentance, almsgiving, atonement and self-denial. Lent is observed by Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Eastern Orthodox, Lutherans, and Methodists. A few Anabaptist and evangelical churches observe parts, as well.
    The devotion of the Station of the Cross commemorates Jesus Christ’s last day on Earth as a man. For Catholics who attend Mass and Reconciliation, the concentration is on personal sacrifice and resisting temptation. It’s a pilgrimage as we move from station to station following Jesus’s footsteps as we meditate and pray at each station, putting ourselves there, with Him. It’s experiential, solemn and meaningful as we walk close to our Lord in the Passion.
    Beginning with Thursday’s blog I invite all of you of to join me in this pilgrimage through Lent. The station icons are from the many Churches where I’ve attended Mass during the year, as I’m often away from my own parish on weekends, traveling with my books.
    I hope you will join. Bring your own hymns and prayers if you like, and spend time in meditation during this holy season. I post on Mondays and Thursdays. When you walk the stations, alone or with others, all 14 stations make up the devotion. On the blog we will have only one or two at a time. Use the days in between to meditate on that station.
I pray it will be a grace for Lent, for us all.
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<![CDATA[Mini-Blog]]>Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:25:13 GMThttp://booksbydeanna.com/blog-selling-books/mini-blog3756595School Visits
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Holy Trinity School, Murrell's Inlet SC
    I’ve had more fun than I could imagine since 2010, visiting schools with my books. The audiences, from Pre K to grade twelve, are fun, funny, and inspire me to keep writing for them. Students ask the most interesting questions and make the most revealing suggestions!
    Many authors I know have lovely brochures produced for schools, glossy, full color, and it lists their prices per hour, or per session. I don’t have a brochure, though I do have a nice looking catalogue from my local printer. When I’m somewhere talking to a lot of kids and I get one that’s really into reading and books, I ask that child to take a card and catalogue to her school librarian and tell the librarian we met, and that I do school visits; show her your new book! The messenger is happy to do that. Sometimes I pass a library in a town and I stop, meet the librarian, tell her why I’m in town, give her the catalogue and my card, and ask her to tell the teachers about me. A library sale frequently follows, or an inquiry from a school. It helps that I have a wide audience, Pre K to adult. I email school librarians with information about my books and visits. Sometimes an invitation comes following a presentation I’ve given to a group or an appearance at a conference. I give out my expensive cards like penny candy!
    I don’t charge schools. If they have a budget for it, then I’m happy to accept whatever they offer. But, if there isn’t a budget, I only ask to be able to send a pre order form home with the students so they are prepared if they wish to purchase books the day of my visit. The school often purchases books as well; I usually sell and sign a bunch of books.
    I’m not making a lot of money. But, my books are making it out to the kids I write for. That’s the important part of what I do. And school audiences are so appreciative and gracious. I’ve never left a school wishing I hadn’t gone. I’m always glad I was there, whether it was a Title I or a private academy, public or private, charter or parochial, suburban or rural, inner city or in a prosperous town. Kids are kids, and I try to inspire them all to read and write. It’s what I do. And I love it when a little one slips his hand in mine, and says he likes my books.
    I’ve eaten some really awful cafeteria lunches, (worse with each passing year), and I’ve learned a lot about generalized education and the kids our system serves. Seeing all grade levels, in all kinds of schools and neighborhoods, in different regions of the country, has given me a wide-angle lens on our educational systems. I’ve met some wonderfully professional educators, and some who should have chosen a different line of work. It’s been interesting. It’s been a privilege.
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<![CDATA[Mini-Blog]]>Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:36:00 GMThttp://booksbydeanna.com/blog-selling-books/february-20th-2017Battle of Olustee
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Battle of Olustee 2017
    Olustee, Florida, was the destination last weekend. This reenactment commemorates the only major Civil War battle engaged in Florida.  A Union force of 5500 men moved from Jacksonville toward Lake City, following the Florida Atlantic and Gulf Central Railroad in Baker County, February 20, 1864. The railroad is still active. Loud trains, pulled by roaring dual diesels haul through there at least five times every day. This is one of the largest and best-organized reenactments I attend. It involves thousands of reenactors, a festival in town, parade, ceremonies, music, and a large battle on the rough plain of the original.  This was my fifth year to be included in Sutlery Row as a book seller and author.
    In spite of being there five times, I’ve seen very little of Lake City or Olustee. This event begins early in the morning, with set up and cars out by 7 am. The half-hour drive from the hotel in Lake City begins and ends in the dark. Dave accompanies me on this trip as we normally combine it with our annual February trip to Jacksonville to visit friends. We went to Jacksonville, but returned home because of a death in the family, then returned for this weekend. I can’t tell you much about the area, there’s never any time to sight-see.
    But, I can tell you about the reenactment. The organizers of this event are the friendliest, most down-to-earth, most reasonable and hospitable of any I’ve attended in 6 years. The go-to guy is Eric Hague. Saturday I was visiting with another author and we agreed Eric is a great guy. Then I said to him, “Since you are from Illinois, do you happen to remember Herb Shriner? He was a humorist from Indiana on TV in the 50s.” Bob thought about it, and said, “Yeah, I do. Yes, yes, I remember him.” Then he caught me staring at Eric who was chatting in another tent. He looked at him, then me, and a grin moved across his face. “You’re right!” he said. Eric looks like Herb Schriner, his voice and speech patterns, the way he moves, it’s all there in Hoosier-style humility.  The other thing I can tell you about Olustee is, it’s the worst food on the reenactment circuit! But, I don’t go there to eat, so I don’t care.
    I go there to meet the folks and sell my books. On my table this weekend were Avery’s Battlefield, Avery’s Crossroad, The Mysterious Life of Jim Limber, and McIntosh Summer. I also display a book for another author about reenactment artillery. A man came up to my table and said “That’s my name.” “Avery?” I asked. I get that a lot. “No,” he said, “McIntosh.” His large McIntosh family, descendants of Chief William McIntosh, are in Live Oak, FL, just a short trip up 90. “A long time ago,” he said, “a few of them escaped from Georgia and hid out here rather than go to Oklahoma. And here they stayed.” Wow! That was worth the trip for me. Frederick Douglass came by and learned the story of Jim Limber. He’d never heard that story. Perhaps it rounded the edges a bit on his feelings toward Jeff Davis. Well, maybe. I met some teenagers who’d bought the Avery books “as kids,” and raved about them. Authors need to hear that now and again. It was a good weekend.
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