By Andrea Renee Cox
It’s been a wild and crazy year that swept by without giving me a chance to catch my breath. Even though 2014 is winding to a close, my proofreading job is picking up speed. I started last January, by proofreading Dianne Price’s Broken Wings.
The publishing company that released it—Ashberry Lane—had put a rush on the job to try and beat death. Dianne succumbed to cancer one week before the release of the first book in her Thistle Series. Because Dianne’s journey had touched my heart, I felt moved to help promote her books. So I bought a copy of the first one as soon as it released and let the publisher know I would help spread the word about it. When Christina Tarabochia emailed me back, she asked me to keep my eye out for typos along the way. I took her seriously … and earned a spot on her staff.
Throughout this year, I’ve worked with her and a few other clients, and word is still spreading about what I do. Currently, I’m working on back-to-back-to-back jobs, with two overlapping a smidge. I’m thrilled to be so busy and to have the privilege of juggling my schedule to have Christmas off. Not only that, but the last one I’ll receive this calendar year will be my twelfth official proofreading job, which means that I had one for every month of the year. They may have been spaced out at first and bunched together at the end, but I think it’s really neat that, in my first year of this work, God chose to bless me with exactly twelve jobs, which matches the number of months within the year. This new career is such a blessing to me, and I thank God every day that He gave me a job I love and can do from home.
Now that I’ve summed up my whirlwind 2014, let’s take a look back at some of my favorite quotes in books I read in my free time. All of these books I enjoyed very much. If you’re looking for last-minute gifts for those book-lover friends or relatives of yours, I’m certain this list should get you started.
“Jesse was making a studied effort to let patience have its perfect work in him.”
“But what was a girl to do when the memory of a kiss stalked her?”
“Who knew a dream potentially coming true could feel so … scary? And yet, how long had she prayed for an open door?”
“Getting lost hadn’t been part of the plan.”
Somebody Like You by Beth K. Vogt
“Lord, how much more does my heart have to bleed?”
“… it seems that as we plan to teach others, God often makes us the pupil first, just so we get the lesson real deep within before we try to share it.”
“Sometimes you had to know when to leave so you could fight another day.”
“I’ve got a scream could peel the paint off the Titanic, you know.”
“She’d managed to wring an address out of the postmaster, now all she needed to do was convince a madman to hire a female secretary before he blew her to bits.”
Abe: “Why not?”
“Faith isn’t just a matter of what you believe; it should be seen in the way you live and the way you treat others.”
Phillip: “There’s a baby in here, buddy—not a bomb.”
Erik: “I’d rather handle a load of dynamite.”
A November Bride by Beth K. Vogt
“God made you with unique skills and talents. Ask Him how to use those for Him and His glory.”
White Christmas by Cara C. Putman
“I guarantee no woman has ever fallen in love with me after one kiss. It takes at least twenty. I happen to be quite resistible.”
I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Sarah Sundin
“Could her choice to be joyful make that big a difference to all the men around her?”
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Tricia Goyer
What were some of your favorite books of 2014? Care to share any quotes that stuck with you? What books are you looking forward to reading next year?
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