An interview with the author... Tidbits and Pearls by Ladonna Shanks (Interview & #Giveaway) @Celebrate_Lit

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Tidbits and Pearls
By Ladonna Shanks
Christian Nonfiction
Paperback & ebook, 186 Pages
April 15th 2019 by WestBow Press


How often do you truly see that life is full of everyday blessings from God? Our Creator is present in our lives—even when we don’t realize it—and it is part of His plan that we have friendship and relationship with Him. So how does one live life with God, the omnipotent, omniscient Creator of all?

In Tidbits and Pearls, Ladonna Shanks shares incidents from her life, recounting them in a way that touches the heart and enriches the lives of those who read these personal stories. Her insights and lessons learned offer profound yet simple wisdom, gleaned from her seventy-plus years of life experience. Many of her essays focus on her family—her children and “grandgirls”—as well as her personal gardening business. Her faith shines through the narrative as a shining light for others to follow.

Humankind was created to have a relationship with their Creator, and everyday life presents the opportunities for that to occur. Tidbits and Pearls is one woman’s record of how God manifests himself in daily life, with the challenge to look beyond the physical and seek the spiritual aspect of life. So take the first step in this journey and be honest with yourself and with God, for you are His instrument, and without Him you can do nothing.

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Author Interview

Would you tell us what inspired you to write Tidbits and Pearls?

Tidbits and Pearls was the result of a blog I began writing over five years ago. It just seemed like a good idea to compile several of the posts under one cover.

What one piece of advice would you give?

The book is a memoir of sorts and therefore comes from a very personal place. The one piece of advice I would give (as its main character) is to look beyond the physical to the spiritual—to seek God.

What is your favorite thing about the book’s cover?

The book’s cover was a water color painted by my daughter’s mother-in-law. I gave her the rough manuscript. She read it and came back with the illustration. It is perfect and moved me to tears—The one pearl is the “pearl without price;” the five small pearls represent my five grandgirls.

What part or aspect of this story do you love the most?

I would have to say the one aspect I love most about this story (in addition to its message of God’s desire for friendship) is the humor woven through. While in a state of depression for many years, humor was non-existent in my life and to see it throughout is special.

What are you working on next?

I am working on “Seconds, Please,” more blog posts compiled under another cover.

About the Author

Ladonna Shanks was born and raised in Oregon. She graduated from Lebanon High School in 1962, married, and became mother to a son and three daughters. After more than thirty years as a stay-at-home mom, she began working in a garden nursery. That led to establishing her own gardening business. Now in her mid-seventies, she continues to operate the business as it enters its seventeenth season.

More from Ladonna

When people ask me how long it took to write Tidbits and Pearls, I usually tell them, “It took a lifetime.” As a senior citizen, I had to live it before I could write of it–of life and the living of it; of God’s desire for friendship; of His presence in everyday life; of the opportunities given to learn, to grow, and to experience Him.

Tidbits and Pearls began as a blog several years ago, based on my personal experiences as God walks with me and teaches me. My desire is to share Him–with those who believe and those who don’t; to those in a church and those who aren’t; to many, to but one. In this compilation of posts, my goal is to challenge the reader to think beyond the physical into the spiritual, to consider the brevity of this life when compared to the eternal, to think of things in a way perhaps never thought of before, to look Godward.

My walk with God began as a very little girl with no concept of the reality of Him and His love. As a seventy-something woman, He is a part of my daily life, my anchor, the foundation of my being. He is my reason for living.

I am honored to deliver His message—God is love; He created humankind for friendship and relationship; there is a point and purpose to all things.

Tour Schedule

Through the Fire Blogs, September 7 (Author Interview)
SusanK. Beatty, Author, September 9 (Author Interview)
Wishful Endings, September 11 (Author Interview)
janicesbookreviews, September 12
A Reader’s Brain, September 13
A Baker’s Perspective , September 14(Author Interview)
Inklings and notions , September 15
Texas Book-aholic, September 16
Just the Write Escape, September 17

Tour-Wide Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Ladonna is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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