Dearsha Johnson

Dearsha has inhabited the role of a creative writer and avid reader since childhood and now is a published author. As a tutor and previously an early childhood educator, she has shared her reading and writing talents with her students, colleagues and the community. When she doesn’t have a children’s book in her hand, she enjoys Christian fiction, romances, mysteries and any stories that paint a vivid picture in her mind’s eye.

For her, a strong character resonates beyond the last page.

The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Sparks brings us the long-awaited follow-up to The Notebook - a story of an ordinary man who goes to extraordinary lengths to win back the love of his life... After thirty years, Wilson Lewis is forced to face a painful truth: the romance has gone out of his marriage. His wife, Jane, has fallen out of love with him, and it is entirely his fault. Despite the shining example of his in-laws, Noah and Allie Calhoun, and their fifty-year love affair (originally recounted in The Notebook), Wilson himself is a man unable to express his true feelings.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Lois Lowry has written three companion novels to The Giver, including Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.

My Many Colored Days by Dr. Suess

Accompanying a manuscript Dr. Seuss wrote in 1973, was a letter outlining his hopes of finding "a great color artist who will not be dominated by me." The late Dr. Seuss saw his original text about feelings and moods as part of the "first book ever to be based on beautiful illustrations and sensational color." The quest for an artist finally ended--after the manuscript languished for more than two decades--at the paint brushes of husband-and-wife team Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher whose stunning, expressive paintings reveal such striking images as a bright red horse kicking its heels, a cool and quiet green fish, a sad and lonely purple dinosaur, and an angrily howling black wolf. Using a spectrum of vibrant colors and a menagerie of animals, this unique book does for the range of human moods and emotions what Oh, the Places You'll Go does for the human life cycle. Here is a wonderful way for parents to talk with children about their feelings. With Johnson and Fancher's atmospheric, large-scale paintings bursting off the pages, Dr. Seuss's vision is brought to life. This rare and beautiful book is bound to appeal to both the innocent young and the most sophisticated seniors.

Sensible Shoes: A Story about the Spiritual Journey by Sharon Garlough Brown

Sharon Garlough Brown tells the moving story of four strangers as they embark together on a journey of spiritual formation: Hannah, a pastor who doesn't realize how exhausted she is. Meg, a widow and recent empty-nester who is haunted by her past. Mara, a woman who has experienced a lifetime of rejection and is now trying to navigate a difficult marriage. Charissa, a hard-working graduate student who wants to get things right. You're invited to join these four women as they reluctantly arrive at a retreat center and find themselves drawn out of their separate stories of isolation and struggle and into a collective journey of spiritual practice, mutual support and personal revelation. Along the way, readers will be taken into a new understanding of key spiritual practices and find tangible support for the deeper life with God.

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

"The sweetest creation of childlike yet written" - Mark Twain Since it was first published on 1908, Anne of Green Gables has been treasured by millions of readers around the world. Anne Shirley, an orphan, arrives at Green Gables by mistake; the Cuthberts wanted a boy. But for Anne, Green Gables is a dream come true. Thanks to her endearing nature, she wins the hears of the Cuthberts, finds "kindred spirits" and "a bosom friend," and takes a staid island community on a merry ride of adventure and surprise. In this Classic Edition, Nimbus presents Anne of Green Gables as it originally appeared--complete, easy to read, and as enduring as the heartwarming story of Anne herself. Lucy Maude Montgomery was born in the charming village of New London, PEI, in 1874. She grew up in nearby Cavendish, surrounded by rolling farmlands and the sparkling waters of the ocean. Anne of Green Gables is based on her own childhood experiences.

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