First Line Friday

Friday, December 16, 2016

                                                        About the book:
Jennings Offers Another Delightful Blend of History and Romance
Betsy Huckabee might be a small-town girl, but she has big-city dreams. Writing for her uncle's newspaper will never lead to independence, and the bigger newspapers don't seem interested in the Hart County news. Trying a new approach, Betsy pens a romanticized serial for the ladies' pages, and the new deputy provides the perfect inspiration for her submissions. She'd be horrified if he read her breathless descriptions of him, but these articles are for a newspaper far away. No one in Pine Gap will ever know.
Deputy Joel Puckett didn't want to leave Texas, but this job in tiny Pine Gap is his only shot at keeping his badge. With masked marauders riding every night, his skills and patience are tested, but even more challenging is the sassy journalist lady chasing him.

First Line:

October 1885
Pine Gap, Missouri

Only a limited patch of Earth could claim the privilege of belonging to Texas. 

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Scripture Doodle by April Knight

About Scripture Doodle

ScriptureDoodle God’s Promises refreshes believers who are feeling burned out or stuck in a rut in their relationship with God. Each of the creative worship prompts in this interactive guide includes biblical encouragement and ideas for worship through art. Artist April Knight includes creative lettering tips, color ideas, and completed examples to inspire readers to respond to promises in Scripture related to trust, faith, and the power of God’s Word in all circumstances.
This unique blend of Bible study and creative expression provides the opportunity to connect with God as Creator in a new, life-changing way.
Read our story spotlight on of ScriptureDoodle by April Knight to learn more! 

The story behind Scripture Doodle

The Story Behind ScriptureDoodle

Tells us a bit about your book—what inspired you to write it?
Our ScriptureDoodle books are 6-week devotionals merging creative art exercises with the word of God. I was inspired to write them because my heart is to help people draw closer to God through art, whether or not they feel equipped to do so.
What is the main message of your book?
We often say, “ScriptureDoodle is not about making a masterpiece it’s about worship.” Truly that statement encompasses the message of our books. ScriptureDoodle is for anyone willing to try. Even if you don’t come out of it painting the Mona Lisa, you will certainly gain a comfortability with weaving art and doodling into your quiet time with God.
What was the hardest part about writing nonfiction?
The hardest part for me was telling the story of God and making sure that the context of what I shared was in line with the truth of God’s word and His character. Sometimes we bend the scriptures to make them fit what we wish to hear, I wanted to be mindful of that as I wrote each devotion.
What is one thing you learned while writing ScriptureDoodle?
I learned that editors are amazing! My editor was a great sounding board as we sifted through the daily writings. She was quick to say which ones she thought would or wouldn’t work for our books. This process was key  because it ensured our book became a perfect mix between applicable teaching and do-able art exercises.
What are you working on next?
Right now we are working on creating a six-week video study to go along with both of our books. This will be a perfect resource for people wanting to experience our ScriptureDoodle books in a small group setting. We’ll have two different 6-week video series. One for each book!

April Knight is a worship artist based in Asheville, North Carolina. Knight’s work includes live worship painting and leading ScriptureDoodle workshops online and at conferences and retreats around the country and internationally. Her family of four is her greatest joy, along with serving alongside her husband at their local church.
Find out more about April at

My scripture doodle. The Lion of Judah.
My Thoughts:

I am not an artist by any stretch, all of those genes were passed onto my children. I do love coloring and I have a journaling Bible that I absolutely love. I loved doodling in this book, it wasn't anything hard just simple things like drawing hearts, playing around with different ways to write words, drawing simple borders. April gives simple ideas and gives you a page to practice on. This was a fun book, and would be a perfect gift for anyone on your Christmas list!

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