My name’s Renee Ann Smith, and I’m so happy to be participating in 5 Minute for Mom’s Ultimate Bog Party 2014!
Who am I? The tagline bio I share on social media usually reads something like: I teach literature in a Christian high school by day & write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share book reviews, devotionals, and heart-touching stories on my blog Doorkeeper.
I start out with the label teacher because I’ve been teaching ever since I can remember. As a little girl, I would line up my dolls and instruct them in the ways of their pretend world. As a teen, I taught real kids at Vacation Bible Schools and backyard Bible clubs. So far, I’ve spent twenty-five years teaching literature and writing to Christian high school students. My students inspire and teach me daily. They bring excitement, wonder, and joy to my life! And some of my students love to read the same books I do—JOY!
I’m a writer. Right now I write this blog. But I’m in the midst of writing a 3-novella series for a small ebook-only publisher. I’m a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a winner of the 2011 Genesis Award and Daphne du Maurier Award for unpublished writers. One of the best decisions I’ve made so far in my writing journey was joining author Susan May Warren’s awesome group for writers, My Book Therapy. A highlight of my year was attending the My Book Therapy Deep Thinker’s Retreat this past February in Florida. Here are some of my favorite photos from that week!
I’m a book lover. I love inviting folks in to my favorite author’s worlds & sharing their wonderful stories. There’s no way I could write about all the great books I’ve read. So I share two to four book reviews a month of the novels I consider Must Reads.
I also love snapping pics with my iPhone and making graphics. I offer a new graphic for free download every Wednesday. Here’s one of my recent favorites! Feel free to pin, tweet, download & share!
Why is my blog called Doorkeeper? Though I’ve spent half my life in the classroom, that’s not where I encountered my greatest inspiration. It came from the men and women who muscled through some challenge or problem in life, and then beckoned me through the door they had opened, calling, “I found the way. Follow me.”
I aspire to be a Doorkeeper. And maybe if I’m faithful in this life, I’ll be tenured into the position for the life to come!
“Better is one day in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a Doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” Psalm 84:10
Here are a few of my favorite posts & pages:
Thanks for stopping in for a visit, friends! If you’d like to connect, let me know that you’re following from UBP14 & I’ll follow back!
Here’s where you can find me: