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  • Writer's pictureLeanne W. Smith

Teachers, Comforters & Kindred Spirits

Updated: Apr 13, 2020

Blogging about unexpected roads traveled.

Seeking to keep my chin up, and to help lift yours.

Like many of you, I've had a life-long love affair with books, from the early days when my mother read to me and my brothers. To start naming the books that have been my greatest teachers, comforters, or the voices of kindred spirits was too long a list, so I decided to show you instead.

I hope in this season of sheltering you have a bevy of your own.


Some of my favorite writing books are pictured with that salt lamp. I realize as I look at them that I'm missing Story by Robert McKee. where did that go? Rick Bragg and E. B. White's books aren't for writers specifically, but writers I've learned from. Some of these categories overlap. And see that mug? Famous opening lines like "Call me Ishmael" and "Marley was dead to begin with" are on that mug, a gift from Stan. Makes me feel like a writer to read the lines while I drink my coffee.

These pictures were all taken in my home writer's cove...where the magic happens.


Timeless classics are on the left, and more recent favorites on the right. Some of these are mixed-up, too, or missing. I forgot To Kill a Mockingbird. F. Scott and Dickens belong on the left. Sue Monk Kidd and Toni Morrison belong on the right. Oh well. Both stacks represent books I have read multiple times or will, because they moved my soul, inspired me, made me feel less alone in the word. Made me feel understood. Hopeful. Made me want to be a writer.

Kindred Spirits

That very top picture represents kindred spirits. The creative, like-minded souls God has been kind enough to cross my path with. And it's likely missing some folks that should have been there--more books trapped in my office on campus.

This is my tribe. In addition to those pictured at top, I list some books below soon to be releasing or recently released. Many are sibling writers represented by my agency. I list them here for your reading pleasure if you're in the market. Several have already joined Malcolm in my own TBR pile.

Patricia Bradley, Standoff Claire Fullerton, Little Tea Ramona Richards, Murder in the Family Heather Day Gilbert, No Filter Tera Bradham, Swimming For Freedom Kelly Irvin, Closer Than She Knows Laurie Smith, Pockets of Promise Tina Yeager, Beautiful Warrior: Finding Victory Over the Lies Formed Against You Jennifer Graeser Dornbush, Secret Remains - also doing YouTube readings Dineen Miller, A Love Meant to Be Leanne W. Smith (contributor), Faithful Daughter by Ami McConnell & Friends Sarina Dahlan, Shadow Play: Ten Tales from the In-between Delores Topliff, The Horse of My Dreams Sally Jo Pitts, Autumn Vindication Amy Willoughby-Burle, The Lemonade Year Susan Simpson, Lizzie’s Heart Michael McRay, I Am Not Your Enemy: Stories to Transform a Divided World Lauren H. Brandenburg, The Death of Mungo Blackwell Sue Reynolds, The Athlete Inside Kaye D. Schmitz, On Deadly Grounds

Nordine Zouareg, Inner Fitness

Kathy Harris, Deadly Commitment

I find this list so impressive!

Thank you for allowing me to share on this Easter Day, a day that includes my deep gratitude for a risen Savior, gratitude for the Lord's many gifts, and specific gratitude for the teaching, comfort, and kindred spirits offered through the words found in books.

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