Please join me in welcoming LeAnne Blackmore to the blog today!
According to Leanne, she’s probably not too different from you—balancing a variety of roles and feeling like she’s floundering with most. But she’s got a big God who loves taking the weak and ordinary and infusing them with His might. Through God’s power, she’s an author and speaker and has been a Bible teacher for nearly three decades.
LeAnne and her husband Ron have two grown kids—both are married now! Each addition enlarged their family and deepened their joy. They love to travel, serve the Church, and help missionaries around the globe. They live in the beautiful mountains of east Tennessee.
“With a passion for sharing God’s love with the next generation, LeAnne has created a fun, rhyming book that young children will enjoy.” – Steven James, award-winner author and storyteller
Delightfully deep, God’s Name is a Tower is a sing-song book introducing little ones to our great big God. Through rhythmic verse and whimsical illustrations, children will learn about the character of God and find that He is Shepherd and Judge, Redeemer and King, Creator, Provider, our Everything!
Based on Proverbs 18:10, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous runs into it and is safe,” God’s Name is a Tower instills strong Biblical truths in the hearts and minds of readers and listeners alike.
“Children will request God’s Name is a Tower to be read over and over, being drawn in by the sing-song rhyming pattern. Parents will gladly oblige, knowing that the text is rooted in Scripture and teaches children a lesson about the power of God’s love and provision.” – Dr. Karin J. Keith, Department Chair, Curriculum and Instruction, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
Hi LeAnne! Welcome to the blog!
LeAnne: Apples. I’m from Michigan where we have sprawling apple orchards. I have great memories of Fall day trips to the orchards, and drinking cider and eating donuts until our stomachs ached!
Carrie: Yes! I’m from northern Illinois and those memories fill my childhood as well! (On a ‘small world’ side note: I was born where you live now.)
LeAnne: Dogs. They read your emotions and respond appropriately.
Carrie: This is so true ♥
LeAnne: Tea. It’s more sophisticated. 😉
LeAnne: Print—hands down! I like to engage as many senses as possible. It helps me process and retain the information.
Carrie: I used to feel that way too – and I still prefer having print copies that I can walk by and pet lovingly on occasion but ebooks are so much easier to travel with! 😛
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
LeAnne: Blinking my eyes and nodding my head like I Dream of Jeanie and meals would appear! Every aspect—from planning, to grocery shopping, to cutting/chopping, cooking, and plating. One blink—an entire meal ready to go!
Carrie: YES PLEASE!!!!!
Q: Tell me some good books you’ve read recently.
LeAnne: I intentionally set out to read a variety of genres the past several months. Here are some of my favorites — 1) Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus by Lois Tverberg. Since reading this one, I’ve ordered her other books as well. Fantastic insights into Biblical culture. 2) A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman. I love Backman’s portrayal of the importance of community. 3) I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown. Eye-opening perspective for me! 4) Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren. Fabulous book! We all have a liturgy—set of rituals/patterns/habits—this helps focus and shape your ordinary habits into meaningful worship. 5) I’ve got to add a children’s book to the list too—The Wonky Donkey. Yes, I watched the viral video and fell in love with it with the rest of the world! I now own several copies and will give them to my (some-day-I’ll-have) grandchildren.
Carrie: The Wonky Donkey is just the absolute best!!!
Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
LeAnne: My kitchen counter. I have set up office space after office space—repurposing rooms, nooks, and crannies throughout my house trying to craft the perfect study/writing space. But I always, always end up at the kitchen counter! I don’t use my computer initially either. I like to write my thoughts on paper first. Old school. 🙂
Carrie: I love how you always gravitate back to the kitchen counter – it’s your spot 🙂
Q: What surprised you about your book or your characters as you wrote God’s Name Is A Tower?
LeAnne: My first three books were Bible studies and a devotional, and I always thought I would stay in that lane. Writing a children’s picture book wasn’t anywhere on my radar. But major life events occurred causing my perspective to shift—both my parents passed away within 6 months of each other. The last week of Mom’s life, my nephew and his wife announced they were going to have a baby. They were able to share that sweet news with her. The baby was born the last week of Dad’s life—and he was able to celebrate this new little one. I had a front row seat watching the cycle of life in real time. I believe God used the lessons and emotions from those events to lead me down this new and different path.
Carrie: God never wastes a hurt we go through – this book is a great example of that truth!
Q: What inspired the theme & style of God’s Name Is A Tower?
LeAnne: If I were to choose a life verse, it would be Proverbs 18:10, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous runs into it and is safe.” Feeling promptings to write a children’s book, I thought it should be about something meaningful to me. So, I took this verse, sat down (at my kitchen counter!) and wrote out a poem. Poetry has never been in my wheelhouse, but that particular day, it flowed freely. (To be completely open here, there were a couple times I stumbled with a word or two, so I used a rap app to help with the rhyming. LOL!)
Carrie: hahaha love it! (and love that verse too)
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from God’s Name is a Tower?
LeAnne: My prayer for this book is that both the readers and listeners will know they can ALWAYS run to Jesus. As the book says, “He is shepherd and judge, redeemer and king, creator, provider, my everything!” No matter what you face in life, Jesus is there—and He is more than enough!
Carrie: Amen & amen!
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
LeAnne: Venturing into the children’s book realm is my new adventure. I’m not sure what it will look like exactly, but am excited to watch it unfold. I’m also involved with a missionary care organization called Abide, I work with a Brazilian mission called Brazil River of Life Ministries, and in the spring will be traveling to Macedonia with another mission organization. I’ll continue teaching/leading Bible classes and speaking at various retreats and conferences throughout the year as well.
What about you? What interests you about this book?