Personally recommended

The products in the LifeLines Shop are ones I have personally read or used or written or purchased or subscribed to, and I feel confident about recommending them to others. In cases where I earn a commission from your purchase, I indicate that.

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The HelpThe Help (Kathryn Stockett), available from

Hiding PlaceThe Hiding Place (Corrie ten Boom), available from

Shadow Of The WindThe Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafón), available from

Biographies and Memoirs

A Million MilesA Million Miles in a Thousand Years: how I learned to live a better story (Donald Miller)

Cancer FreedomCancer Freedom: one person’s journey of faith (Bea Hoek and Melanie Jongsma)

Reader endorsement: “I just read the book today. (I was too scared before.) It was perfect timing and a WONDERFUL book. Everyone who knows someone with cancer should read it!”

Bea Hoek’s memoir of her journey from cancer to freedom is taken from her own journal entries—the story is honest, gritty, and inspiring. If you are facing cancer yourself, buy Cancer Freedom for on-target encouragement from someone who’s been there. If you are the friend or family member of a cancer patient, read Cancer Freedom for the sympathetic help it contains.

Learning to Love OliviaLearning to Love Olivia: a daughter’s journal of her mother’s journey through Alzheimer’s (Ardella Perry-Osler)

Significant Grandfathers (George Griffiths)

The Geertsema ChroniclesThe Geertsema Chronicles (John Geertsema)

Christianity and Church

Being a Lifeboat Church in a Cruise Ship World (Steve Elzinga)

Breaking Down Walls: a model for reconciliation in an age of racial strife (Glen Kehrein and Raleigh Washington)

Divine Duct Tape (Kelli Ra Anderson)

The Gospel According to Lost (Chris Seay)

The Hiding Place (Corrie ten Boom)

Reclaiming the Sacred in our Worship Space (Jason L. Perry)

When Helping Hurts: how to alleviate poverty without hurting the poor and yourself (Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett)


Diary of a Mall Santa, by Stewart ScottDiary of a Mall Santa (Stewart Scott)

Freelancing and Business

31 Days to Build a Better Blog31 Days to Build a Better Blog (Darren Rowse)

Design is a Job (Mike Montiero) website hosting services

Knockout EntrepreneurKnockout Entrepreneur (George Foreman and Ken Abraham) self-publishing services

I use to print all my clients’ books—because Lulu can print small quantities at a reasonable price, and the quality is excellent. People who hire LifeLines depend on me to give their book a professional layout, and I depend on Lulu to make my work look good.

A lot of details are involved in preparing files for press, and that’s why people are willing to pay me to handle that part of the process. For those who want to do it themselves, Lulu makes the process as painless as possible.

The Well-Fed WriterThe Well-Fed Self-Publisher, and Back For Seconds (Peter Bowerman)

Health and Fitness

My Big Bottom Blessing: how hating my body led to loving my life (Teasi Cannon)

Why We Get Fat: and what to do about it (Gary Taubes)


Abraham LincolnGlimpses of Lincoln: stories related by himself and others (edited by LifeLines)

A wealth of stories that give depth and dimension to America’s iconic 16th president. Re-published from a 1904 book, and edited for clarity and current grammatical norms, Glimpses of Lincoln includes anecdotes, line drawings, war stories, Lincoln’s best-known speeches, and even the firsthand account by Walt Whitman of the events at Ford’s Theater on the night of Lincoln’s assassination.

Interpersonal Skills

Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking (Susan Cain)

dissedRESPECT: getting and giving the props we all need and want (Jason L. Perry)

Photography Equipment

Canon PowerShot Digital ELPH camera

Flip video camera

Vtec lenses for iPhone camera


Archer’s Arrows (Judge William C. Archer and George Griffiths)

Let It All Out (Ryan Vander Ploeg)

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