I’m delighted to have Rachel Dodge on the blog today to chat about her fave writing spot & writing companion – and her new book The Anne of Green Gables Devotional, on tour with JustRead Publicity Tours!
Title: The Anne of Green Gables Devotional
Author: Rachel Dodge
Publisher: Barbour Books
Release Date: November 1, 2020
Genre: Teen & Young Adult Devotional
Devotional Inspiration Especially for Kindred Spirits
The Anne of Green Gables Devotional offers lovely inspiration that explores the theme of God’s love and faithfulness through the pages of the classic L. M. Montgomery novel, cherished by generations of readers. Each reading corresponds with a chapter from the book and invites you to embrace God’s redemptive plans for your life as His very own adopted daughter in Christ.
This beautiful 40-day devotional includes original artwork throughout, and each reading includes examples from the novel, scripture, life application, prayers, and discussion questions perfect for groups, book clubs, or personal reflection. It’s perfect as a personal read or gift for a bosom friend!
My Dreaming Chair
by Rachel Dodge, author of The Anne of Green Gables Devotional
When I’m on deadline, I sometimes practically tie myself to the desk in my office and stay there for hours and days just to get the work done. I sit in a straight-backed chair with plenty of good lighting and a tall glass of water. I don’t listen to music or eat snacks. I don’t stop for breaks. I just write.
It’s terrible—but it works!
Now just in case you’re thinking, wow, that’s a really depressing start for a “my favorite writing spot” article, let me assure you that there’s another place where I like to write that’s much more enjoyable. It’s the place where I can dream and draft and scribble. It’s where I find my inspiration and my joy. It’s where I go when I need to journal, think, pray, or jot down notes. It’s my dreaming chair.
My dreaming chair is a cozy greenish chair that sits by the big picture window in my front room. There, I have plenty of natural light, a place to put up my feet, a pillow for my back, and a soft cozy blanket to drape over my legs.
Best of all, my dreaming chair has a dreamy friend—my little dog, Diogee (as in “D-O-G”). He’s a fluffy Cavapoo who loves nothing better than a good snuggle. His day isn’t complete if we haven’t had some time in “our chair.” When he gets up in the morning, he jumps up there to rest and wait until I come sit down. When he sees me pick up my Bible, prayer journal, and notepad after breakfast, he wags his tail in excitement and moves over to make room.
And so this is how it works: I sit down, unfold my blanket, and get myself settled. Then Diogee gets on my lap, asks for a few good scratches behind his ears, and snuggles down on top of my legs. I set my things on his back and get to work, while he happily goes off to doggy dream land. (This is not a joke—he lets me use him as my desk!)
On mornings when I bring my laptop, we have to get more creative. I usually work a bit off to one side while he tucks himself further to the other side of the chair. Sometimes I bring my breakfast or a hot cup of tea with me. Every so often, Diogee goes outside for a romp and a bark session. But that’s where we sit when we need to think deep thoughts. That’s where do our best dreaming.
It’s hilarious. It’s comforting. And it’s wonderful.
Rachel Dodge is the author of The Anne of Green Gables Devotional: A Chapter-by-Chapter Companion for Kindred Spirits and Praying with Jane: 31 Days through the Prayers of Jane Austen. Rachel teaches college English; speaks at libraries, literary groups, and teas; and writes for Jane Austen’s World. A true kindred spirit at heart, she loves books, bonnets, and ballgowns. You can visit her at RachelDodge.com or on Instagram at @kindredspiritbooks.
(1) winner will receive a copy of The Anne of Green Gables Devotional with a pretty bookmark and a sticker!
Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight November 30, 2020 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on December 7, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
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What about you? What makes you want to read The Anne of Green Gables Devotional by Rachel Dodge?