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About me: Hi! My name’s Renee Ann Smith. I teach literature in a Christian high school, where one of my goals is to get kids reading. So basically, in my class, we love books, and nothing makes us happier than when to connect with authors! I’m also a freelance social media assistant. I run the Facebook, Twitter & Instagram accounts for several clients. My favorite hashtags for my own accounts are #lovemyjob & #lovemystudents!
I’m a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Susan May Warren’s Novel Academy. Way back when, I won the 2011 Genesis Award and Daphne du Maurier Award for unpublished writers. I put writing aside for a time but have recently picked up my pen again!!! Here at Doorkeeper, I write about my faith journey, the lives of folks who inspire me, teaching, and, of course, books 🙂
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 thirty years teaching literature and writing to Christian high school students.
Though I’ve spent half my life in the classroom, that’s not the only place I found 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.”
Why write a blog? Because I’m hoping to connect with lots of these door-opening, encouraging people. For my part, I’ll be interviewing faithful folks who are opening doors for others. I’ll also be sharing thoughts on how faith impacts daily life. And, of course, I’ll be talking about books. The characters from great stories have opened many doors for me—chiefly the door to my heart! My blog would not be complete without them.
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
Albert Schweitzer said, “In everyone’s life, at some time, the inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner fire.”
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