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Joanne Otto

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Joanne is a lifelong student of the Bible who has taken four exciting tours of Bible lands and done extensive research, including numerous courses. She has taught foreign languages and English and more recently, as an academic language therapist, has helped dyslexic children strengthen their reading and writing skills. Also a music lover and amateur pianist, she especially enjoys accompanying singers.

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Joanne Otto For me it's watching an idea you love take tangible shape and then, once it has, hearing that it has blessed someone.
Joanne Otto Ideas come to me, and if they feel like something I'm being called to write, I can't really rest easy until I do so. In the case of my first two…moreIdeas come to me, and if they feel like something I'm being called to write, I can't really rest easy until I do so. In the case of my first two books, I must admit it was a long gestation period! (less)
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Daughter of Jerusalem

4.75 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 2013 — 5 editions
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The You-Song

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Books can speak loudly. . .even to very young children. I don't think I appreciated quite how much until our first child was a toddler. We'd been reading the story of Peter Pan in a Disney picture book. Her eye had been drawn to the picture of Tiger Lily, tied up by Captain Hook on a partly submerged rock as the tide was coming in. She pointed to it, and though she was not yet stringing words i... Read more of this blog post »
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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
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There's no denying that this is a witty and fun book and that it held my interest, but I'm not inclined to read any more of this series. The clever humor to some extent made up for the lack of credibility and substance, but it treated things such as ...more
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The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
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As a fan of the movie, I knew I was going to enjoy this book, and I was not disappointed. Its delicious humor, the delightfully human quirks of its characters, and its glorious setting make this novel the perfect companion for a relaxing evening.
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Walls by Hiltgunt Zassenhaus
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Beautiful memoir of a conscientious young German woman's experiences as she repeatedly put herself at risk in order to help political prisoners. It's as riveting as a novel, but even more interesting because it really happened. Her observations about ...more
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Citizen of New Salem by Paul Horgan
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This historical portrait of Abraham Lincoln during the crucial, formative years of his third decade gives insight not only into his character but also into life in a frontier town in the 1830s. It's brief, but fascinating.
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Walls by Hiltgunt Zassenhaus
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Beautiful memoir of a conscientious young German woman's experiences as she repeatedly put herself at risk in order to help political prisoners. It's as riveting as a novel, but even more interesting because it really happened. Her observations about ...more
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Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
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Heavy-handed treatment of two remarkable stories

I am vacillating between three and four stars. I have mixed feelings about this book. Having read “Flight Behavior” and “The Poisonwood Bible,” I was expecting it to be very special, but I must say I w
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The Lovely Ambition by Mary Ellen Chase
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This 1960 novel about an English Wesleyan minister who moves with his family to New England at the turn of the 20th century is not for readers seeking a fast-moving plot. But for those who appreciate finely etched and sometimes gently humorous charac ...more
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Our Lady of the Lost and Found by Diane Schoemperlen
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I never expected to like this book as much as I did. It proved, however, to be satisfying on many levels. A down-to-earth, unchurched Canadian writer takes the Virgin Mary, of all people, into her home for one week, and an unlikely friendship develop ...more
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The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer    Ryan
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A heart-warming story about the battles fought on the home front by the women of an English village during World War II, this debut novel introduced us to a delightful cast of characters who held our interest throughout. Some of the misdeeds done may ...more
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Invisible by Stephen L. Carter
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“You are a song like no other song God's ever sung. Let that song fill your part of His world with joy-sounds.”
Joanne Otto, The You-Song

“In the past, I would’ve listed things such as common interests, mutual attraction, worldliness, and higher education. My freedom above all else. If I had found love, it would have had to be the kind that overwhelmed and overpowered all else.

I passed a hand between Ray and Me. “Once you told me that this,” I said “is a beginning.” I searched his face. "But how do you know, Ray? How do you know it’s the beginning of something good?”

“I know.” His breath was warm on my face as he moved in closer.” Because someday, you’re bound to forgive yourself.”
Ann Howard Creel, The Magic of Ordinary Days




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