Giveaway: Footprints on the Ceiling

Literature / Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Update: As of 11/26/2014, this giveaway is closed.


Dear folks, I’m delighted to announce two things today—

First, Dorcas Smucker is paying a virtual visit to this spot {right here right now} as she makes her rounds on a blog tour, with our own private interview coming right up…

And second, she is giving away an autographed copy of her brand-new book, Footprints on the Ceiling, to one of you!

This is her fifth book. Some of you know

Ordinary Days
Upstairs the Peasants are Revolting
Downstairs the Queen is Knitting
Tea and Trouble Brewing (also available on Kindle)

All are worth your time… now, Footprints on the Ceiling joins the pack.

It’s a collection of stories drawn from real life in an Oregon farmhouse. Dorcas is a pastor-and-teacher’s wife and a mom of six. She writes about daffodils and mysterious spots on the ceiling, yellow teapots and foreign travel, frantic searches through trash cans and the irresistible Christmas Eve kitten (who wouldn’t stop yowling).

What I like about Dorcas is that she’s down to earth. She is at home in her house, her family, her skin; and while she is always interested in learning new things, she doesn’t reinvent herself or pretend to be something she’s not. But the best thing? She believes that all stories should come out right in the end. She blends ripping good humor with real-life wisdom, always set against the backdrop of that firm and quiet optimism.


Today she’s offering a copy of Footprints on the Ceiling for free, to one of you readers. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment, and answer this question for me: What is your favorite book in the world?

(You are not allowed to say “The Bible” unless you really want to be stubborn–in which case be my guest–first, because it is the Ultimate Book: that’s a given and nothing else holds a candle to it; second, because I don’t want you coerced/ guilted into saying it; and third, because you would be missing the point, which is giving book suggestions to each other. Forgive this interruption.)

Dorcas blogs here, at Life in the Shoe. And now, as nearly face-to-face as we can get.

Hi Dorcas. I’m going to pretend we’re chatting over tea… You write a lot about your children. What’s some of the most pure fun you’ve had in mothering?

There’s been a lot of fun but my favorite times are when we’re all in the kitchen, maybe eating, maybe doing dishes, maybe just hanging out, and there’s this snappy, loud, constant, funny conversation going on.  The older they get, the better the conversations get.  I sit back and just listen and smile.  One of my children’s friends said recently, “People don’t have these kinds of conversations at my house.”  So I know how fortunate I am.  Otherwise: there’s that adorable stage at maybe 18 months when they laugh at everything.  And the fun of dressing little girls in matching dresses and going off to church.  And going to visit adult children on their own turf.

Does it get easier or harder as they grow?

I think even the worst adolescent drama is easier than colic, and teenagers learning to drive is easier than getting up three times every night and also chiseling smeared mashed potatoes off the high chair.  However.  When the baby is asleep in his bed you know where he is.  And when the teenager is late coming home and won’t answer his phone, well, there’s no anxiety in the world quite like that. So things change, but the easy/hard question varies so much with each child.  And sadly, you still don’t get much sleep when they’re teenagers, what with midnight fridge raids just across the wall and noisy late-night conversations upstairs.  Erma Bombeck said there was a study that said women in their 50’s have trouble sleeping.  She said it’s no wonder–by that time, they’ve forgotten how.

Have any advice for young moms?

Maybe this should be my next book. 🙂  In a nutshell: if you show up and do the best you know, things will probably turn out ok.  You can chill just a bit, you know.  Not everything is a crisis.  However, if you’re the sort of mom who lets her child break the eggs in the grocery store and thinks it’s cute, please chill a bit less.  You’re the mom, after all.  So be the mom.  Ultimately, your own character is the deciding factor–your child will likely be a lot like you.  Also: read to your child for 15 minutes a day.  And answer their questions, although you’re allowed to ask for silence after the 85th question of the day.  You’re the mom, you know.  You make the rules.

I noticed this book is dedicated to Ben. Is there a book for each child?

I’m working my way down through the list, and it was Emily’s turn this time, but she wanted me to dedicate my first novel to her.  So I skipped her, and dedicated this one to Ben.

A novel? Really?

Well, I’ve kind of crossed the Rubicon there–I now HAVE to write a novel so Emily isn’t left out. The short answer is yes.  The “when” is far less certain.

I love the shoe theme in Footprints on the Ceiling! What’s your own favorite pair of shoes?

I love my white Clarks sandals in summer, and in winter my basic Naturalizer slip-on Mom shoes that look dressier than running shoes but still take me to town and prayer meeting and the dentist, in all kinds of weather.  And I can wear them with socks.  I also like my one pair of high heels but I seldom wear them because I lose my balance.  I wore them to a wedding last summer and told Paul beforehand that he has to stay close by at all times because I need to hang onto him so I don’t fall.  And later a young friend said, “It was so sweet.  Paul was just so attentive to you at the wedding….”

What’s the craziest thing about publishing your fifth book?

The agonies of editing, and the self-doubts.  Seriously, you’d think I’d be beyond ten minutes of deliberating over a comma.  And you’d think the nasty voices would stop–you know, the whispered “stupid stupid” “dumb dumb dumb” “shallow shallow” as I review each chapter.  I’m told there are writers [Harvey Yoder who wrote for CAM in particular] who pretty much scrawl a good rough draft and then let the editing crew take over and finish it.  I absolutely cannot do that, even when I hire an editor to go over my manuscript.

Any idea where you want to go from here?

So many ideas, so little time.  My next project is typing up and publishing my dad’s memoirs.   I’ll keep writing for the newspaper as long as they want me and/or I feel led to do that.  A novel, of course.  Maybe a compilation of blog posts.

How fun!!

Footprints on the Ceiling is available for $15 per book, postage included.  You can mail a check to Dorcas Smucker, 31148 Substation Drive, Harrisburg, OR 97446.  US addresses only.  To send a copy to Canada or overseas, email Dorcas at [email protected].  Also available here through

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Now for the giveaway: What’s your favorite book in the world?

Open to US residents only. Giveaway closes in one week.

Update: As of 11/26/2014, this giveaway is closed.

127 Replies to “Giveaway: Footprints on the Ceiling”

  1. I am not good at narrowing things down to just ONE book. However. 🙂 Set – Apart Femininity by Leslie Ludy. Either that or Pride & Prejudice. Or any books by Elisabeth Eliot or Erynn Mangum. SEE?!?! 🙂

  2. Oh my…so many good books. Profound, encouraging, insightful, enlightening, thought-provoking, et cetera. But I’ll just go ahead and admit my all time favorite is Anne of Green Gables. There’s really nothing quite like a good dose of Anne 😉

  3. This is pure torture, trying to narrow books down to one! James Herriot’s books, Living in the Light of Eternity by K. P. Yohannon, Life is for Living by Anita Yoder, Lions Beyond the Lattice, poetry by Judy Unruh, The Last Sin-eater by Francine Rivers… I could go on and on. Ok, so ONE of the my favorites is The Persecutor by Sergei Kourdakov. It’s the story of a former Russian policeman’s conversion to Christianity. It’s amazing!

  4. There are so many books i love but there’s one book that has challenged and encouraged me more than any other book (other than the Bible of course) The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. I just finished reading it to our 4 oldest and it made for some seriously good conversation. I would also have to agree with another commenter on the Anne of Green Gables. If i need a dreamy book to help me escape reality, she’s a good one. 🙂 I also love “The Persecutor” and “Anna and the King of Siam” and….and…..and…..

    And don’t let the fact that we’re in Kenya, Africa discourage you in allowing me to win. 🙂 We have friends coming to visit so they would be happy to bring it along.

  5. Do you really, really expect me to narrow it down to one?!? I think I can name two… Island of the World by Michael D. O’Brien for a fiction one. Joey’s Story by Ruth Ann Stelfox for a nonfiction one made extra powerful since I have personally met Joey’s family. And I would love to read “Footprints on the Ceiling”!

  6. Oh my, I have many that I frequently re-read and just can’t pin down a favorite. I have come to the conclusion though that non-fiction is my favorite genre. Vera, the Kings Daughter by Harvey Yoder is an amazing story of God’s miraculous care of a crippled daughter of His.

  7. I used to read more than I do now, but I really like all the books by Dr.Robert Leslie. I think when it’s a true story, there’s more meaning to it. Would love to win. 😉

  8. I used to read voraciously, but these days I just fall asleep over books. Maybe when I’m 50 and can’t sleep, I’ll start reading again. 🙂 Until then, my favorite books have been anything from Francine Rivers, or else The Heavenly Man.

  9. Favorite Book?? There are many! But of recent reads that I’ve really liked includes Speaking of Jesus by Carl Medearis, gods at war by Kyle Idleman, Radical by David Platt and I’m currently doing a re-read of Strong Women Soft Hearts by Paula Rinehart.

  10. Ok, my favorite children’s picture book is, hands down, The Rag Coat. My favorite older child’s book (no pictures LOL) is Where the Red Fern Grows, and I suppose my favorite adult book waffles between John Steinbeck’s The Pearl, or Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

  11. This is hard… Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte), To Kill a Mockingbird(Harper Lee), The Chosen( Chaim Potok), all of Jane Austen’s books except Northanger Abbey which I didn’t really like, books by Miss Read about lovely villages in England and the daily life of people there. I think I should stop… 🙂

  12. Well that’s a difficult question to answer! If you would’ve asked me as an 8 year old it would’ve been simple. Black Beauty. I read that book so many times, it fell apart. 🙂 Now, if I had to choose…I probably can’t. I love old classics – Charles Dickens being one of my favorite authors. But I also love Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker (my favorites of his are Blink, and the Blessed set he co authored with Bill Bright.)

  13. The wonderful world of books…how to narrow it down to 1!?! I like “Home another way” by Christa Parish among many others. I have 3 of DS’s books & would enjoy the next installment. =) Thanks for the chance.

  14. Someone was just looking for book ideas yesterday on Facebook and I can’t narrow it down to one (I hope we don’t get disqualified for that – haha). For now, it’s The Waiting, by Cathy LaGrow (oh so good) – read it soon, the lady is still alive!, and The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls (I thought that was going to be sad and depressing but she tells it in such a way that it’s more of a “this is the way it was” kind of way). I’ve read Dorcas’ other books so I’d love to have this one.

  15. I LOVE to read! 🙂 A book that I picked up thinking ‘someone else’ might benefit, and ended up blessing me tremendously….’Every Woman’s Desire’ by Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker. And for ‘fun reads’ I enjoy the novels by B.J. Hoff built around history.

  16. Cry, the Beloved Country – by Alan Paton. As a reviewer stated – “The greatest novel to emerge out of the tragedy of South Africa, and one of the best novels of our time.”

  17. I love to read, so it is hard to narrow them down. I like the L.M. Montgomery books, Dr. midwives or nurse stories, God and Uncle Dale, etc.

  18. Well, since it’s impossible to say ”favorite” I will just mention two. one that has changed my life, being ‘1000 gifts’ by Ann Voskamp and the other ‘Call the midwife’ provided amusing entertainment in a year filled with lots of stress. I Love Dorcas’ books also and would love to add this one to my collection!

    1. I read brought these comments just to see if anyone would mention “1000 Gifts”! If it hadn’t been for this book, a “life changing” event would probably have turned out completely different for me!!!

  19. This is tough…I love books but to choose a favorite…. Recently I read the classic ‘Heidi’ again and fell in love with the setting and story. Someday I want to visit Switzerland! I also enjoy the deep writings of Oswald Chambers in ‘My Utmost for His Highest’.

    Marnita Kornelsen

    1. Lord of the Rings? I love them too… just finishing an n-th re-reading. I’m guessing auto-correct is at work here, but perhaps there is another series I don’t know about. 🙂

  20. A book that has become special to me is ” Life After Death”. I discovered the book awhile after my Mom passed away five years ago today. I wish I could have read it prior, it has lots of scripture and gives you information on how we as people deal with grief.. It has inspired me to take one day at a time , knowing one day we will not need to have pain and suffering forever.

    1. I am Natalie’s sister… May I enter too? We both enjoy your blog.There is no way I can pick just one favorite… But maybe I Would Die For You by Brent & Deanna Higgins. I’d love to win! Abigail

  21. It’s impossible to pick out my favorite book =) .. but one I always enjoy reading is House Calls and Hitching Posts. I also enjoy the books by Dorcas and would love to win this one!

  22. It’s harder for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for me to pick a favorite book. Seriously now! It depends on which genre of book I’m thinking about. For suspense, anything by John Grisham, for a classic, Anne of Green Gables, for soul searching inspiration, Jen Hatmaker’s “7,” and of course for blog/newspaper columns it would be anything by Dorcas Smucker! Heh. Truly, I love to read anything if it’s well-written. (email: [email protected]) P.S. I really liked your interview with Dorcas.

  23. I need to get out my pen and copy some of these titles, although I have read many of them. I always need new ideas. One of my favorite books beyond the Bible is “Stepping Heavenward” by Elizabeth Prentiss.

  24. Too hard to just give one title; so I will list several. I enjoy reads by Elizabeth Elliot, Dorcas Smucker :), Ann Voskamp (1000 Gifts). I like being challenged to grow in godliness by what I read. Thanks for this opportunity to win!

  25. Wow! I just read down through these comments, and now it’s harder than ever to say a favorite! I’m currently reading ‘1000 Gifts’ and it may be a new favorite, in the same category as books by Ian Thomas and Elizabeth Elliot; and I LOVE old novels – I’ve re-read ‘Shepherd of the Hills’ by Harold Bell Wright many times, and have a collection of his books; I also love & re-read the books by Gene Stratton Porter (especially ‘Laddie’), and the books by Grace Richmond – definite re-reads, especially the ‘Red Pepper’ series; and I’ve re-read the L.M. Montgomery books. Current fiction authors? It’s a toss up between Francine Rivers (especially ‘Redeeming Love’) and Randy Alcorn (beginning with ‘Deadline’ and continuing from there!). And I LOVE to read Dorcas Smucker’s books!

  26. After years of allowing the whole Twilight craze come and go I never felt the need or desire to read the books in the least. I read all sorts of Christian blogs condemning the books and telling different reasons of why they feel this way, and gave myself little pats on the back for being a good person and not getting sucked into reading those awful books. Last fall while visiting a dear friend I was surprised to see the Twilight series on her bookshelf, tucked right among books I have read and enjoyed. I asked her how she liked them and she informed me they are some of her favorite books, that they aren’t at all creepy and evil like she used to think. She got them off her shelf and pressed them in my arms, “Take them, read them, and tell me what you think.” I took them home and left them untouched for several weeks and then decided I’ll at least try a few chapters of the first book and then give them back, but it didn’t quite work that way. For the next week when ever I had a chance I read the entire series and the Twilight series is now right up there with my all time favorite books. They’re not at all like my preconceived ideas, and I now laugh to myself when I hear someone talking about them and it’s obvious from what they say about them that they have never even read them. So yes, my favorite books now includes the controversial Twilight series.

  27. 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp, Sunsets by Deborah Howard ( a beautifully Christian view on death and dying by a Hospice nurse), anything Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Emily Dickinson. There really isn’t an end to my list, but that gives you the gist of where my tastes lie. And, of course, I would love to enjoy Dorcas’ latest read.

  28. I love all kinds of books!!!
    Angela Hunt writes some pretty good allegories!
    And I like Don Aslett’s “Is There Life AFTER housework?”!!! 🙂
    Different seasons of my life seem to call for certain genre’s.

  29. Instead of a favorite book, I’m going to do a favorite series. The “Little Britches” books by Ralph Moody are so, so good. They aren’t as famous as some, but they are an entertaining and thought-provoking read. I would have a hard time choosing my favorite book of the series. I’ve only read one of Dorcas’ books–“Tea and Trouble Brewing”. I’ve been hooked on her blog ever since.

    1. My husband is reading the Little Britches series to the kids in the evenings, and sometimes I have to sit and listen, too! Great books!

      A couple faves off the top of my head: Except for Me and Thee, Miss Willie, Hannah Fowler, Mrs. Mike, My Name is Asher Lev, Dear Enemy, Diligence in Love.

      For more thought-provoking stuff, I recently read Hearing God by Dallas Willard and The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches are Transforming Mission, Discipleship, and Community by Sparks, Soerens, and Friesen. Both tremendously good books.

  30. Oh dear, only one book? Well, maybe the big fat tome of the complete works of O. Henry. I love a lot of the books that others have mentioned, too.

  31. These may be a bit on the elementary side but I cannot wait till my children are old enough to read the “Grandmas Attic” series and Laura Ingalls Wilder series to them! I still love those books even tho I’m now a mom. One I’m hoping I get for Christmas is Set Apart Motherhood by Leslie Ludy!

  32. I should never have read the comments first because then I remembered all these great books I’ve read. “Across the Divide” and “Unchristian” were very challenging to my box of thinking and I will always be a fan of A. A. Milne

  33. It’s impossible to say one favorite but whenever I need something to laugh about I enjoy Daddy Long-Legs. The illustrations are the best! 🙂

  34. I’m not a book worm, but give me a ‘not-so-deep’, ‘true-to-life’ story and I’ll read it. The last was ‘Bootprints’. A very interesting but sad story…. I d love the chance to win this. I live in Alberta, but have a box in the states. Thats ok, right?

  35. Like so many others, it’s impossible to pick ONE favorite book! So, without looking over my bookcases, I’ll say authors who I’ve enjoyed are, James Herriott, L.M.Montgomery, Francine Rivers, Gene Stratton Porter.Oh well, you get the idea! Too many. Favorite blogger? Dorcas Smucker!

  36. Oh dear, now I really can’t say just which one is my favorite book to read.. reading everyone else’s comments before writing my own didn’t help either since I was reminded of books that I forgot about but really enjoyed reading over and over. I enjoy historical fiction [Stonewyke series was really captivating] and biographies of inspirational characters. Some days when I am feeling discouraged, I do enjoy books that make me laugh. If I need to pin down one book… one that has been a favorite over the years is Caddie Woodlawn.

  37. I think you should make people comment before they read the list because that just makes it more difficult to choose! Life changing books would include 1000 Gifts (Voskamp) and A Chance to Die by Elizabeth Elliot. For fun… too many to count. For laughing out loud and then getting tears in your eyes two minutes later, Dorcas Smucker is right up there!

  38. I enjoyed reading the comments here. Not good at entering giveaways, but in addition to many of the books already listed, here are a few more of my favorites:
    Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis
    The Hobbit by Tolkien
    Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth 🙂
    Anything Can Happen by George Papashvily
    The Help by Kathryn Stockett

  39. Christy, by Catherine Marshall. I often think love stories are just too… sappy. But I love the fact that she didn’t fall for the obvious guy in the story.
    Gone With the Wind is a well-written, captivating story, too-but so sad. When I think of that book, I think of the horrible consequences of selfishness.

  40. Favorite book is tough to narrow down, can I just list some favorite authors? I like Francine Rivers with “And the Shofar Blew” being a really good book. All of the Dr. Leslie books are good: “Angels in the ER” etc. Penelope Stokes is another good author–“The Blue Bottle Club” is one of hers.

  41. Hmmm….. Favorite book…. House Calls and Hitching Posts and Never Alone- Galina’s Story by Violet Miller. I also enjoy Dorcas’ writings!

  42. Dorcas’s books are some of my favorites because she’s always in the mood to “talk” late evening when I’m nursing a baby and it’s too late to call some other lady to chat:) as well as Christy and To Kill a Mockingbird.

  43. I have favorite books in every category, but the one that spans the most years is “The Family Nobody Wanted” by Helen Doss. I read it for the first time when I was about 10 and the story of how they adopted their family, one by one, gripped me. I reread it any time I need a refreshingly true story.

  44. It’s hard to narrow down so I’ll mention a few…Ten Fingers for God by Dorothy Clark Wilson & Philip Yancey, Living with Mystery by Stacey Padrick, the Calling of Dan Matthews or anything else by Harold Bell Wright.

  45. My one favorite book? Shari, how torturous can you be?! I have read hundreds and hundreds of books over the years and many, many resonate with me. But I’ll share a recent read that touched me deeply on so many levels that I think surely others would want to read it as well! “The Waiting: The True Story of a Lost Child, A Lifetime of Longing, and a Miracle for a Mother Who Never Gave Up”. And I love Dorcas’ writings!

  46. Love James Harriot’s books and the Mitford series. Although I love how emails, blogs, and Facebook allow us to stay connected with friends, they take away the time I used to spend reading books. I find that sad!

  47. Asking a person who is addicted to reading what their favorite book is, is similar to asking a parent to pick their favorite child. At least that’s what it seems like to me. 🙂 When I was younger, it would have been The Little House books, Charlotte’s Web, Anne of Green Gables, or Where the Red Fern Grows. I’m thinking about which books I’ve read multiple times as an adult: The Mitford Series and The Christmas Box and The Timepiece by Richard Paul Evans, but the one I believe I’ve read the most is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery.
    I know you didn’t ask this (and it probably won’t get me an extra entry into the give-away), but your and Dorcas’ blogs are two of my favorites!

  48. I too, can hardly choose 1 favorite. Books are just too captivating. =) But what comes to mind right off are Lucy Winchester by Christmas Carol Kauffman, Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, and Kisses for Katie by Katie Davis.

  49. I’m currently reading “Little Women” aloud to Angeline and loving it. I love old classics. I enjoy what lots of people call boring details. Speaking of which, if you’re up to lots of detail and history “Roots” by Alex Haley takes the cake.

  50. Still Alice, by Lisa Genova

    This is a novel about a woman diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, told from her viewpoint. This viewpoint would be the hardest to write in this book, but the author did a super job.
    I like that, although Alice begins as an angry person, fighting with her family, they reconcile and she is happy. The pain they all go through is heart-breaking and their mended relationships is the bright point.

    The author has lovely ways of explaining things difficult to explain:

    • She wished she had cancer instead… With cancer, she’d have something she could fight…There was a chance she could win. Her family and the community at Harvard would rally behind her battle and consider it noble.

    • “It’s like if you decided you wanted that glass of water, only your hand won’t pick it up. You ask it nicely, you threaten it, but it just won’t budge. You might finally get it to move, but then you grab the saltshaker instead, or you knock the glass and spill the water all over the table. Or by the time you get your hand to hold the glass and bring it to your lips, the itch in your throat has cleared, and you don’t need a drink anymore.”

    My family was over the other night, discussing the books I’d loaned them.
    “That Still Alice,” my dad said. “That’s quite a book.”
    “Did you like it?” I asked.
    “It was so well-written—“
    “It was awful,” Mom said.
    “Yeah, she wouldn’t even finish reading it. I liked it, but I’ve kind of—ever since—well, I kind of wonder about myself ever since.”
    “I know what you mean,” Clark said. “It really was good, though.”
    “It really didn’t change what I thought about Alzheimer’s before, though,” I said. “It was hard on Alice as she was slipping, but once she got to the bad part she was already gone. Her suffering was over.”
    “Yeah, and I liked the way she started that support group for the patients. That was quite the idea.”
    “And in the beginning of the book she was at odds with her family but by the end—her daughter—the actress—“
    “Do you really think you’re okay?”
    “Yeah, Lydia—Alice and Lydia were best friends.”
    “That was nice.”
    “But I tell you, I’ve wondered about myself ever since.”

    1. This interchange is awesome! Thanks for taking time to share the words, and the laughter. I hope many people read to this point in the comments and get in on it. 🙂

      1. Ya, I read Still Alice all at once, staying up until three in the morning, and then I couldn’t sleep after that because I had never felt so grateful for my husband beside me! Wonderful, memorable book, but my advice would be to not start reading it late at night unless you can sleep in the next day 🙂

  51. Like so many others, I have a hard time choosing just one book. Books are my friends, and it shows on my overflowing bookshelves. 🙂 My favorite author would have to be L.M. Montgomery, and the Anne of Green Gables series in particular. I also like the Emily series, and “The Blue Castle” by L.M. Montgomery. For short stories from a mom, definitely give me Dorcas Smucker! 🙂 I would love to win her newest book. Thanks for giving me the chance!

  52. Just finished Joey’s Story by Ruth Ann Stelfox and couldn’t put it down. I would love a chance to win Footprints on the Ceiling. Thanks.

  53. Oh Wow! So many good titles listed above. Some I’ve read,and now some I want to read but haven’t yet. I agree with the theme of the comments. It IS very difficult to pick a favorite. But thanks for asking, because it lets people’s thoughts flow and come up with such a variety of good reading material for others to then choose from and expand their horizons. Lovely. My favorites for lighthearted reading are The Phantom Tollbooth and Jan Karon’s Mitford Series. For inspiration, I love Steve Saint’s books. For spiritual conviction, The Hole in Our Holiness, Gospel Treason, and Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret.

  54. Great post! Two of my favorites are Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas (I was so encouraged to read about his thoughts on the various ways we connect with God. Our sincere worship of Jesus does not have to fit a formula to be pleasing to God!) and Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard.

  55. I don’t read like I used to but when I was younger I read Eugenia Price’s books. Loved Savannah!! Also enjoyed reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan.

  56. Thanks for all the free book suggestions found in these comments! I’ve been looking for some new reading material, and now I’ll have lots of ideas. 🙂 Narrowing it down to one favorite book is just h-a-r-d. When I was younger, I LOVED Elizabeth Enright’s books “Four Story Mistake”, “Then There Were Five” and “Spiderweb For Two”. I still love them. 🙂 “Blood Sisters” by Melody Carlson is another favorite — fiction about the effects of racism.

    1. Kristin, did you know the Enright series starts with “The Saturdays”? This is a series I love so well I still reread it occasionally, even at nearly 33.

  57. Well not sure if I have a complete favorite… but I really like Francine rivers series mark of the lion.. the book A Voice in the Wind is really good

  58. Like most others, it’s hard to pick just one. I love to read and read the Anne Of Green Gables series over and over when I was young. Another book I loved and read several time is Tisha, by Robert Specht. Also the books by Christmas Carol Kauffman. More recently Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth, Joey’s story by Ruth Ann Stelfox and Into thin Air by Jon Krakauer.

  59. As a teacher I tend to read books for children or young adults that I can recommend when I am substituting. I have a copy of Space Cat by Andre Norton that I was given by a friend when we were 14, I like all Andre Norton books. I like Matt Christopher sports books for getting boys interested in reading…I so enjoy his books. I enjoy books. I’ve already won Footprints so I don’t want to be entered in the drawing, I really enjoyed the interview with Dorcas. Sounds just like she does in real life and in her books!

  60. Current favorite: The Bronze Bow
    Favorite depending what day you ask:
    Anything by D.E. Stevenson/The Hobbit/LOTR/Bold Love/Disappointment With God/The Gift of Pain/The Childrens Homer/Anything by Patricia St. John/Becoming Myself/The Journey of Desire/Pride and Prejudice/Winnie the Pooh/The Velveteen Rabbit/To Kill A Mockingbird/The Secret Life of Bees/Molder of Dreams/Inside Out/The Papa Prayer
    Books that impacted me most as a teenager were written by George McDonald/edited by Michael Phillips

  61. Francine Rivers is my favorite author. My favorite book of hers is “Redeeming Love”.
    But shouldn’t we all be saying “Dorcas Smucker is my favorite author”? =)
    Thanks for the chance to win this book!

  62. I want Dorcas’ book — she is one of my two favorite bloggers (ahem). And ONE book? Seriously? I can’t name just one. But I’ll try to stop at two.

    “In this House of Brede” by Rumer Godden
    The Father Tim/Mitford series by Jan Karon (technically this is more than two, but I can’t help it)

    But, the Lord of the Rings. How can I not mention this series?

    And now I have to stop, or you will all wish I had! I’ve loved all the wonderful ideas! I needed to go to the library this afternoon, now I know what to look for.

  63. A favorite? Right now I’m reading a lot to my children. Not so much time for personal reading. A favorite for reading aloud as a family this time of year is “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”. Reading it aloud is becoming a tradition at this house.

  64. I expect the drawing is closed but I have to insert my all time favorite book, Invitation to Tea, by Monica Lang. Oh my, the joy of books. 🙂 Love the replies in this post!

  65. Just had to add The Counte of Monte Christo and Les Miserable! All time Faves!! Just finished Under the Overpass by Mike Yankoski! Truly amazing! Love, love books!

  66. It depends, like a few others have said, what genre of book we’re talking about here! But hey, if you compile a list of suggestions, I’ll be cheering from here!

    I can’t narrow it down to one book. I do love to read, but don’t have a FAVORITE that comes to mind first off. But here’s my list:

    “The God Who Sees You” by Tammy Maltby – a life-changer for me
    Ralph Moody books – great, true stories of his life that my boys also devour
    Most books by Francine Rivers
    The Mitford Series
    Call the Midwife Series – excellent reads!

  67. I can’t say it’s my all-time favorite (because, how do you choose?), but Beautiful Child, by Torey Hayden, is one that has stuck with me. Her books are hard to read. There’s so much pain in our world, and it’s vividly portrayed in these books. However, they’re gripping and compassion inspiring, and, I believe, valuable in opening our eyes to the needs around us.
    I would love to win Footprints too, though. Dorcas Smucker is just plain fun. 🙂

  68. I really like reading your blog and especially liked reading the lists of books. I am a real book worm and to laugh out loud I read James Herriot to somebody. Love Anne of Green Gables series and Grandma’s Attic books.

  69. This list of recommended books is amazing! I have about a hundred favorite books but my most favoritest of all would be Penelope Wilcock’s “The Hawk and Dove Trilogy” along with the sequel, “the Hardest Thing to Do”. She has a way of weaving words and thoughts that make you want to cry and shiver with delight all at once :).

  70. How can I narrow it down to one book?! Some of my favorites have been mentioned. I’d probably pick The Rosary as first choice. I’ve always loved old books, as in published 100 yrs or more ago. The Mistress of Shenstone by Florence Barclay, also wrote The Rosary. For someone who would like a list of old books, try St. Elmo, At the Mercy of Tiberius, Pride and Prejudice, Beulah, Capitola’s Peril, Ishmael, Cruel as the Grave, and Self-Raised. Some of these really old ones have pages of descriptions which can be skimmed over. Miss Lou by Edward Roe and Jane Eyre are great favorites of mine. Thanks for the chance to enter the drawing. I really like Dorcas’ books too.

  71. I got more and more excited as I read through this list of books. Many of them are my favorites as well, so I’ll add two that I didn’t notice in the other comments.

    The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton–If you like stories that keep you guessing, make you laugh and cry, and shock you with a twist at the end.

    My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult–If you like stories about complex family relationships, tough moral decisions, and a shocking twist at the end.

  72. What is it about a book… Only book worms know the depth in that unfinished statement. This is HARD. First and Foremost God’s Word which is like fine gold and pure honey and so much more. And than an inspirational book that I like is Pressing heavenward, Prayers and Peanut Butter for Mothers. For just relaxing unwinding sort of reading Mitford series, Anne of Green Gables. A book I read recently and really enjoyed is Nobody’s Boy by Florence Crew Jones.

  73. A few lovely reads that come to mind from the last year or so are “The Insanity of God” by Nik Ripken; “Secret Believers” by Brother Andrew; and Rachel Jankovic’s writings–“Loving the Little Years” etc.

  74. Wow! Only one book?? I feel a bit like someone else-I’m less sure of my favorites after reading all those comments! Two of my fave authors are L. M. Montgomery (especially the Anne of Green Gables series) and Michael Phillips.

  75. Some of my favorites that might not be mentioned: The House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert De Jong; Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska; and These Strange Ashes by Elisabeth Elliot. And for de-stressing and hearty laughs, a dose of P.G. Wodehouse usually does the trick!

  76. I’m not doing this because I hope to win the giveaway; I never win these things. But I will add to a great list. Beauty by Robin McKinley and The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery are two favorite books of mine. I also like the Father Brown books by G. K. Chesterton. And The Little Princess and The Lost Prince by Frances Hodgson Burnett. And…I could be here a long time.

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