The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Lifestyles

March 9, 2014

Rich Brown: Christian authors connect generation gap with book-signing

JOPLIN, Mo. — Lindsey Bell, a new kid on the block of Christian writing, will be joined by her mentor and fellow author, LeAnn Campbell, for a book-signing event next week in Joplin.

Bell, a graduate of Ozark Christian College, is introducing her first book, "Searching for Sanity: 52 Insights from the Parents of the Bible."

Campbell, a special education teacher at the Lamar Vocational Technical School who began freelance writing in the early 1990s, will sign four books from her Century Farm Series that were published between 2010 and 2012.

The two women met in Girard, Kan., at a Christian Writers Fellowship meeting. Campbell said Bell sent her chapters of her book to critique as she wrote them.

Campbell's books are part of a juvenile mystery series set in Southwest Missouri with clues from the Civil War and slavery. They are targeted for youngsters 8 to 12 years old. The books are titled: "Old Shack Mystery," "Secret Passage Mystery," "Hidden Gold Mystery" and "Secret Code Mystery."  

The fifth book in the series, "Secret Wall Mystery," has just been submitted to the publisher. Campbell said that if a sixth book follows in the series, it will be one encouraged by school children, titled "Abandoned Schoolhouse Mystery." The main characters in the series are 12-year-old cousins Jo and Maggie.

Campbell's books have been added to elementary school libraries in Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas.

In addition to more than 1,600 articles and marketing columns in many magazines and other publications, Campbell has written many articles for the Joplin Globe's Profiles magazines.

She teamed up with a friend, Ina Mae Brooks of Lamar, to co-write "Moms Over 50 Devotions to Go." She later wrote "Writers' Devotions to Go."

All of her books are for sale on Amazon.com, as well as at For-All Bible and Changing Hands in Joplin. They may also be purchased via her website, www.leanncampbell.vpweb.com.

Bell, whose husband, Keith, is a creative arts minister at their church, said it was her own search for sanity as a parent that led her to write her book. The couple while attending OCC.

As a mother of two children, she said she understands how mothers today are not only busy but also overwhelmed and stressed.

Bell said she studied all of the parents throughout the Bible and applied their life lessons to her daily struggles, walking away with a new understanding of parenthood.

"'Searching for Sanity' offers moms an opportunity to take a breath, dig into the word and learn from parents of the past," she said. "In short devotions designed for busy moms, this book explores the parents of the Bible, both the good and the bad. Some of the parents within the pages of God's word set great examples for us to follow; others made huge mistakes. In 'Searching for Sanity' you'll learn from both."

More information about Bell and her book may be found on her web site: www.lindsey mbell.com.

Address correspondence to Rich Brown, c/o The Joplin Globe, P.O. Box 7, Joplin, MO 64802, or email richbrown@cableone.net.

Want to go?

Lindsey Bell and LeAnn Campbell book-signing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at For-All Bible and Music Center, Northpark Mall.

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