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I enjoy your writing tremendously! The Thanksgiving article brings
back many fond memories of our family gatherings and feeling like
I was the stuffed one afterwards. I am happy to hear that you still
insist on preparing the old fashioned dinner for everyone."
"Your relationship with Willa Myers is an exquisite example of
how God's people ought to be to one another. What a priceless
"I am sorry I missed the filmfest at Vermont Ave. I remember
some films being shown, but I think they were not just movies. . .
more like documentaries.
"It is a great idea. I had some bible stories, in cartoon form, on
(Japanese language) I used for my children and Jeanne Ray used
for bible classes at Romobe church of Christ some years ago.
"We have a church retreat next weekend. When they ask for new
ideas, I might suggest using movies. Thanks."
"Movies mean so much to me. When I was a young child, I
collected Movie Books and always wanted to be an actress. I was
always in school plays in Memphis. My passion is acting."
"Regarding work, there is a saying in some parts of America that
'idle hands are the devil's workshop,' so we were taught to keep
busy--thinking and doing work.
"The childhood training about work affects the approach one
takes in adulthood. One can learn new things about work through
training workshops and on the job, but for daily living the
childhood info will serve as the base for the approach one takes
"I enjoyed reading your work story. I will enjoy reading on your
website in the future."
"I was touched by your essay and report on the lectures. I always
appreciate your friendship, but especially your struggles with ways
to exhibit true discipleship. We never get this perfected I'm sure,
but you come close."
"I love reading your web page. I especially like this Father's Day
one. Keep up your great efforts, they do mean a lot to me, and I
am sure I'm not the only one who feels that way."
"Let me talk about my grandfather (paternal) whom I barely
knew. A couple of years ago I decided to donate his sermon charts,
printing press and sermon notes to Lipscomb University as he was
one of the first students enrolled in the first class at Nashville Bible
"During their Summer Celebration, starting tomorrow [July 5],
they will have on display his charts. I am sorry that I didn't know
him better. The past few weeks as I researched and received
information that the archival librarian and Lipscomb was able to
find, I have learned much about him that I wished I had known
sooner. I know his life would be viewed as a failure by the world's
standards. Poverty, little professional success and a lack of
closeness with his five sons until later years. But his citizenship is
in a city without foundations and I shall see him one day and thank
him for carrying on as best he could the wonderful legacy we have
in our Restoration Movement."
"Your July issue is the most pleasing of all to me. Other issues
might have piqued my interest and stimulated my own questions
more, but this was so interesting and soft. Love the photos. Love
the thread of ethics that runs through the men. How fortunate
your family is."
"I love all of your articles; nevertheless, this is the best of all.
Congratulations again to you and Frank for your beautiful
granddaughter. God bless you."
"I loved reading about Kathy's new baby. Congratulations to all of
"Great work, Billie! I especially appreciated the article on Toby.
The article was inspiring, just as she is in person."
"Dear Billie, I love your web site. You are a wonderful writer--so,
so talented! I particularly loved the piece on Katyana's birth. It is
read with a strong sense of a loving grandmother. I know you and
Frank will (or have) find a new meaning for the word love."
"I always look forward to reading the great stuff on your Web site.
It is so good, and I love the personal insight about you it gives to
"It's nice to have your website as a resource for my friends who
are skeptical of Christianity. You have such a welcoming,
unpretentious presentation. Thanks for revealing so much of
yourself. It's a privilege to get to know you."
"I enjoyed your article about your 'well-travelled husband.'"
"I enjoyed your travel log."
"I really enjoyed reading your article about Bill and Ruby Green.
Carolyn wrote me about it. They were 'house parents' with the
Year-in-Europe group I was a part of in 1964.
"This is the first time I have visited your website, but I think I will
do so again. Thank you."
--Elsa Springer, Bremen, Germany
"I enjoyed your articles for this month."
"Your website is beautiful. Congratulations."
"That was a sweet article; thank you so much for writing and
sharing it! You honor us by focusing on their memory and
"Nice memories of Dr. Green and Ruby, Mom. It also made me
giggle to read you write about 'lovers' in a Christian context. Most
Christian authors insist on limiting the concept to 'spouses.' Fun
"Great stuff, Billie, and timely too. What romantic comedies do
you like? I recently rented Serendipity."
"Good, timely words on the January website!"
"Thanks for posting the article. The reference to the 'seasoned Red
Cross volunteer' was especially touching. I have been an Executive
Director for an ARC chapter in Oklahoma. Give me the over 65
volunteers any day!"
"Awesome Billie! You really have a gift!"
"Elizabeth Smith is one of my new favorite friends. Nice story."
"Thank you for sharing yourself. Your website inspires me."
--Doris Davis, Culver City Interfaith Alliance
"I love your website."
"I did enjoy that lovely piece on the house; of course, it was very
meaningful to me because I have been in the house so many times!
"I would suspect that yours is a Steinbeck home, too. The
markings of the Steinbeck homes are the stained glass insert in the
bay window, the terra cotta tiles, the arches and the overall
Spanish mission style. There was an article in the L.A. Times years
ago about the historical significance of those homes."
--Harris Ives, Hitachi, Japan
"I read your blog and enjoy your thoughts. How are you? How is
your family? Drop a note when you have time and fill me in with
all the 'groovy' details."
"Your website was like a fine tea, this afternoon!"
"Thank you for sending me info on your website. It looks great
and great history about MGM and the Spanish homes they built
for their workers."
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"Billie, thank you for sharing. I loved your website and feel I have
a much better sense of who you are. This sort of thing would be
great to add to the [school] website as 'Elements of Our School.'"
--Leila Jean Levi
you are amazing. How do you do this!!!! great info on your home."
"Awesome. Good to hear from you!"
"Nice work. I especially enjoyed the Fitzgerald and Thalberg
piece this month."
"Just read your article [October 2005] on why people are
attracted to Fear.
"I have a pretty good understanding of what motivates people, but
the answer to the question 'Why do people go to horror movies?'
has eluded me. Your comment: 'Itâ€™s not that we arenâ€™t
afraid. According to Rose Pacatte, Wes Craven said that â€œthe
reason people go to horror films is because they are already
scared. They go so they can gain a kind of symbolic control over
the loss and chaos of their lives and experience catharsis, or as the
dictionary says â€˜a purgation of emotions.â€™â€�' finally has
clarified the matter for me.
"It also explains why horror movies have never appealed to me. I
want to know what I'm afraid of so that I can address the fears
and put them in proper perspective.
"Thanks for an informative article."
"Billie, I really enjoyed the issue. As a writer it spoke to me in a
fresh way. Thank you."
"Wow. In my opinion, [October 2005 is] the best one so far. You
did good, sis!!!"
â€œThanks for the book and the ministry behind it. It was well
written, and I pray it will be used to turn more hearts to serving
and redeeming people in the city.â€�
--Evertt W. Huffard, Harding University Graduate School of Religion
â€œThe new website looks great! Itâ€™s an excellent move for
an accomplished author like you.â€�
--Leonard Allen, Leafwood Press
â€œWow! Impressive! I liked the format/layout, editorial and
your â€œMona Lisaâ€� like smiling picture. I plan to order copies
of Godâ€™s Child in the City and Trusting Women. They will make
excellent additions to my library and also great as gifts for
relatives and Christian friends.â€�
â€œGood stuff. I loved the summary bits from the Pepperdine
symposium. (Jerry has asked me to put together another
symposium next year, will you be willing to be one of the
â€œWhat a great interview with Meredith. Would you mind if I
used some of that with credit to you and direction to your website
in one of my Inside Church Planting e-letters?
â€œI also finished your Urban Ministry book. I enjoyed the
combination of personal story, biblical insight and summaries of
what you learned. Very helpful.â€�
--Stan Granberg, Kairos
â€œItâ€™s a wonderful website! Keep up the GREAT work!â€�