Have you ever wondered how the universe and earth began? How did the plants, animals, and people get here? Who made me? You may have heard that we evolved. How could something so intricate have evolved?
“His Creation Story, by Janice Valentine, is a beautiful picture of the simplicity of God’s plan for His universe. It is obvious that the book is a result of Janice’s passion for the beauty of God’s redemption story, which begins in creation and climaxes with an empty tomb.” —Chris Russell, MDiv, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Internation Mission Board missionary in Moldova
“Janice Valentine’s book, His Creation Story, is a precious way of sharing about God’s work on our planet, the planet He created, and how He resolved mankind’s problem. The pictures and poems give added emphasis to this wonderful story. The poem “If I Could See What God Sees” has to be one of my very favorite poems. Thanks for sharing in this way, Janice!” —Nancy Russell, IMB missionary to Moldova
A dream is a mysterious realm that has always fascinated me, and I have always been fortunate enough to receive a dream or two each night. They have always had an ethereal quality, impalpable and spiritual. The Songs of My Heart are descriptions of dreams I have had that have stayed with me and provided a secret doorway, if you will, to the world of my childhood and then to an ideal place created by my heart. Having access to these sweet remembrances has gladdened my spirit, strengthened me in times of sorrow, and confirmed my faith and hope in God’s goodness and abiding love. My descriptions of these dreams are done in lyrical prose to portray and convey the essence of my dream world as I have known it. The second part of this volume, “Evensong,” are poems of love and praise delineating the greatness of God and His omniscient presence in our lives. I have written of His kindness and mercy to encourage others who may not know Him yet, to “come and taste the sweetness of the Lord.”
Christian, Armenian, Love is a poetic story detailing my journey in finding God and Jesus Christ, in being a Christian Armenian, and in trying to show love to everyone around me.
Poems of the Heart seeks to encourage and inspire in you. From recollections of a simpler time in life to a deep faith and trust in God whose love never fails, Poems of the Heart can, for a moment, take you away from the cares of life and lift you into God’s grace.
My book came into being quite by accident. My sister, Madeline F. Sparrow, needed some cards to send to her shut-ins. She had over eighty at the time. She had used all that she could find. I said, “Why don’t I try to write a note of cheer?” I always thought about writing short stories. So I started writing verses. Each month, I would sit on my porch or at the kitchen window and think about God and how I felt on the day. I always looked at nature, the birds, squirrels, deer, etc. I wrote how I felt about the changes of the weather and the seasons. Many of those who received these verses responded with notes of thanks for lifting their day. Others were placed on the doors of nursing homes. Several suggested we have them printed into a book.
The outpouring of this poetry deep from within was cathartic and cleansing. Along the way, I learned the difference between happiness and joy. I was happy for my sister when she gave birth to her beloved children but joyful when I was blessed by the birth of my own.
I was on a road to Damascus, blinded by roots of bitterness of which I was unaware. As my eyes became unscaled, it was sometimes frightfully overwhelming to look at the facts of my life.
Living in the peace beyond understanding is my daily state of being. I am anxious for nothing. I have come to truly believe that rejection is God’s protection, for He knows where these feet should not tread.
I pray that these insights yield enlightenment to all who are touched by the words.
The Golden Calf recounts in verse the biblical story of Israel at Mount Sinai, focusing on the forging of the golden calf, the deliverance of the Ten Commandments, and the creation of the tabernacle. While carefully adhering to the Bible’s scriptural account, The Golden Calf weaves fresh insights and inspired surmises into this sublime drama and epic story of God and Man.
This book provides a unique approach in reading the first book of Genesis, chapter 1. It is written through poetic means, as if God Himself is telling us about the birth of our world. The rhythm and rhyme of the story are crafted not only for adults but for children as well.
“There is still more to come. My desire is to encourage others. My challenges in life have been great lessons. I appreciate all that God has given me. My work now is for all the world to see. Be inspired in all things!” — Jennifer Alden.
In years past, the author has found expressing herself through her poetry to be very inspiring. She wrote many poems, letters, and quotes, realizing later they told a very honest and endearing story. Her hope was to have these to share with her children; in passing they would celebrate her life and love for them, as well as all things. Now she has been blessed to share with you in her three-part poetic literary series.
The first part of the series is “Inspirations: The Light … a place where my soul meets” The second part of the series is, “Reflections: And the Journey Continues …” The third part of the series is, “Great Expectations: I am finally here”.
Poems, Praises, Prayers, Promises presents a Christian poetry tool of evangelism that you can use again and again as a treasured gift of inspiration for finding God’s purpose for you. Before the world was made, before all things created were framed, every one of us was equipped with talents. But in order for us to discover just what we were created for, we must consult our Creator. He is the key that unlocks the treasures of talents deep down inside of us all. Our only responsibility is to perfect and use our talents. Poems, Praises, Prayers, Promises is a compilation of three decades of writings in which I share a host of modern-day praises, psalms, and hymns. Each poem is a reflection of my experience while encountering people, places and things. This book was written to evangelize everyone, from the lost to the child of God and the theologian. We all have someone in our lives that we can share something in this book with.
This book was borne out of the heart of a dad grieving the deep loss of his oldest daughter. Diagnosed with cancer at just 8 years old, God welcomed a unique and vibrant 9 year old, Malia Grace, into heaven on December 7, 2010. In the many months that followed Joseph found expression of his hurt, renewing of his faith, and peace in the process by putting his pain to paper. His simplistic and free flowing poetic style reveals glimpses of the profound truths he encountered on this life journey. As you explore the pages that follow, I believe you will discover a story offering hope for the hopeless, joy found in the midst of pain, and peace for times of chaos. Ultimately, it is the story of God’s great love for each of us, and his rescuing of us from the deep places of darkness life often holds. We pray your own soul finds ultimate healing as you read.