Two for Others Tuesday: Spinning Book-shaped Plates
September 25, 2012 3 Comments
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Thankee. And now, on with the show.
Right now I’m in the process of reading not one but two books of fiction. Impressive, no? Actually, I probably should’ve written, “Impressive, eh?” in honor of both books being from Canadian house Full Quiver Publishing. The first book of theirs I’m reading is Emily’s Hope by Ellen Gable Hrkach. I’m not far into Emily’s Hope quite yet, but what I’ve read is keeping me looking forward to the moment I get back to it. I met Ellen at the Catholic Writers Guild conference last month. I love her mission of illustrating Church teaching through story rather than just arguing about it. I heard someone on Catholic radio recently say that we’re not going to win anybody with arguments; we’re going to win them with love. Wait… was that Catholic radio or Father Barron on Catholicism? I’m confused. I guess that’s what I get for spinning plates. But don’t let that stop me!
I’m also about one-third of the way through Angela’s Song, the debut of author AnneMarie Creedon. “But Mrs. Mackerelsnapper,” you say, “Angela’s Song doesn’t come out until next month! How can you possibly be one-third through it already?” Ah, my dear, you see, when you go to the CWG conference, you come home with SWAG. And by SWAG, I mean “stolen without a gun,” not anything of the gangsta realm. Think pirate booty, not the other kind. Anyway, loving Angela, especially since the author took a chance and wrote it in first person, present tense. “Oh, the horror!” cry all the publishing gods. The publishing gods are silly and have silly hang-ups. This works for Angela. Again, I can’t wait to get back to it.
Before I got sidetracked on my plate-spinning reality…
… I was trying to get to the mission of Full Quiver Publishing. Outwardly, it’s about “Catholic teachings on sexuality and marriage.” Really, though, all that means is that it’s about love–charitable love, selfless love, love that lasts beyond the present moment. And if that doesn’t conquer hearts for God, then what possibly could?