Wordless Wednesday: Show Some Spine

Renee Ann Smith —  August 14, 2013 — 27 Comments

Breaking Silence

Weeping may endure for the night,
But JOY comes in the morning.
~Psalm 30:5b~


But just think . . .
Of stepping on shore
And finding it Heaven.
Of touching a hand
And finding it God’s.
Of breathing new air
And finding it celestial.
Of waking up in glory
And finding it home . . .
We’re finally home.
from Finally Home
by Don Wyrtzen


Photo Backstory: Last week my author friend Beth Vogt invited followers to share their creativity by crafting Spine Poetry. I put these entries together on a whim & ended up encouraging myself along the way. Amazing how powerful words can be!

curriculum map 1aNow this week I’m working on my curriculum mapping as I make ready for another great school year. (This is not for the faint of heart—any teachers out there? You know!) Prep can be tedious. But it also makes me eager for Fall & all that it brings—especially seeing my wonderful students again! And I think I may use the Spine Poetry idea as a way to enliven English class. Can’t wait!

What are you doing today, friends? I’d love to hear.

[For the Curious: The books used to make this poetry encompass Christian fiction, popular fiction, true stories & inspirational studies in the Word—The Clouds Roll Away by Sibella Giorello, Edges of His Ways by Amy Carmichael, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (true story, graphic), The Blessed by Ann Gabhart, Breaking Silence by Linda Castillo (crime drama, gritty, strong lang.), Choose Joy by Kay Warren, We Shall Not Sleep by Anne Perry, Coming Home by Stacy Hawkins Adams, Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts, Radiance by Anne Maybury, Blinded by Travis Thrasher, and Heaven by Randy Alcorn.]

This week I’m linking up with Miscellany Monday, Splashin’ with Sara, Tuesday Muse, WW Create with Joy, WW Catch My Words, WW That Suburban Mama, WW Ms Mystery Case, WW Heartbeat Magazine, Wisdom Wednesday, Wholehearted Home Wednesdays, Wordless Wednesday, Wordful Wednesday, Wordless Wednesday BlogShe, Woman to Woman, WW Books & More, WW Tales from a Mother, WW Mom’s Own Words, WW Stacy Uncorked, WW The Crummy Mommy, WW Better on a Budget, Jenny’s Wordless Wednesday, Suitcase Sweethearts WW, My Organized Chaos WW, Raising My Boys WW, Toronto Teacher WW, Winsome Wednesday, Wise Woman Wednesday, Works for Me Wednesday, WW @PD Mama, WW @Heartsie, WW Blogspot, WW 5 Min for Mom, Wednesday Hop @Adorned from Above, Rurality Blog Hop, Thursday Favorite Things, Thriving ThursdayLittle Things Thursday, Hearts for Home, Thoughtful Thursday, Raising Mighty Arrows, Share the Joy Thursday, Time Travel Thursday, Create It Thursday, Desire to Inspire,Thrive @Home Link Up, Grace at Home, Faith-filled Friday, Photo FridayFellowship Friday, Friendship Friday, Freedom Friday, TGIF Blog HopWomanhood w/ Purpose Friday Link Up, TGIF, Friday Company Girl Coffee Link Up, Essential Friday Link-up, Still Saturday, Sunday Snapshot, Heart Reflected, Fresh-brewed Sundays, Sunday Collective, and The Sunday Community.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

27 responses to Wordless Wednesday: Show Some Spine

  1. Love the idea of spine poetry. How cool! Great shots too. Happy WW!

  2. Very interesting idea. My have to go home and play with the spines of my books to see what I come up with.

  3. I love the list of books, some I have. Others I need to put on my list. Linking with Word Filled Wed. today.

  4. Love this! Thanks for linking up with me this week.

  5. Some great titles there!!

    Thanks for linking up with Woman to Woman’s Word Filled Wednesday!

  6. What a great idea! Blessings to you as you begin your planning. Love, Rachael

  7. I love these both. Especially the first. Well done dear.

  8. I’ve never heard of spine poetry, but I think yours are pretty amazing!

  9. What a great idea… I am going to have to give this a try…. I have more than enough books to try it with…

  10. I have been busy doing a post on my family and reading blog posts like yours. I always enjoy your thoughts and pictures. I loved the idea of spine poetry.
    Blessings for sharing it all!

  11. How creative!! I may have to adapt this in my classroom when I teach poetry!

  12. Thanks for stopping by, ladies! I love seeing your words of encouragement here. I’m enjoying all your posts & pics. If I haven’t been over to “see” you yet, I will. Blessings!

  13. Hope you have a great school year! Planning can be a beast, but so worth the effort.

  14. Oh how cool! I love this! I may just try some ‘spine poetry’ of my own!

    Have a wonderful school year!

  15. a visit to your blog is truly an inspiration; blessings

    much love…

  16. Very very creative title to this post and meme…love it. I love almost all genre of books..so yummy.

  17. I love my kindle but I love books more


  18. I don’t teach in schools anymore (in the past, I’ve taught in public preschool programs, elementary school, high school and college), but I love designing curriculum. I’ve put that skill to work in designing divorce education courses on the legal and emotional aspects of divorce for people who are experiencing difficulty navigating the process. I want to work next on e-courses on finding your purpose and increasing your well-being. I agree with you — designing learning programs with specific learners in mind is exhilarating. So much potential!

  19. I love doing the spine poetry…took a class from Kim Klassen and she had us to this as a prompt.

  20. The Spine Poetry was so much fun! Every time I pass by my bookshelf my head turns sideways 😉 Your students are blessed that you take so much time and put forth much effort to plan for their year. You are a blessing to many!

  21. Would each please remember my dear friend Sue. She has just 3 to 6 wk. to live, she is a Christian and is battling cancer. Tammy another friend has cancer and after one year since her stomach was removed it has come back. God has His Perfect Plan for each of my dear sisters in Christ. Thank you

  22. your book spine poems are wonderful!!!

  23. Great idea for creating poetry! I’ll have to give it a try. (Visiting from Bible Love Notes linkup.)

  24. Looks like a fun stack of books! Unbroken is on my TBR pile, and I recently purchased Heaven at a book sale. 🙂

  25. I am very inspired by your spine poetry! 🙂

  26. This is such a great idea! I love looking at what books other people are reading. I always get rather distracted when I am visiting people’s houses by their bookshelves and what books are on them. Probably best if I keep spine poetry to the books in my own home!
    Thanks for sharing at Essential Fridays.
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions

  27. I don’t even remember the last time I bought a real book. I read all the time, but ebooks only. Good luck this school year!

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