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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 Way back when, I won the 2011 Genesis Award and Daphne du Maurier Award for unpublished writers.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.”

A few of my favorite posts & pages:

Mom, Me & Heaven Is for Real

Inspiring Lives

Visuals how-to

I invite you to read the post about my dear friend Nancy, the faithful doorkeeper who inspired me to start this blog!

40 responses to About

  1. I want to be a doorkeeper too! So glad you found me and left a comment!

  2. I’m so glad Emily told me to read some of your stuff you are such an inspiration… But then again you always have been!!! Keep up the good work!!

  3. oh, i’m a teacher by heart as well. =D

    thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. i’m glad to have found your site. (oh, or maybe the other way around. well, glad we’ve met.)

  4. Oh! I remember those days of lining up my dolls on my bed and I placed pillows on their laps as desks! I even gave them paper to complete their work on, and I later graded them. I had my Dad place a chalkboard on my wall so I could better teach my students. I thought I was the only one that had done that as a child!

    My days of teaching turned into caring and teaching for my 5 children.. not quite what I thought I was preparing for, I just wish sometimes my children could be as silent as my dolls were somedays..lol

    Thank you for visiting Soccer Mom in Giggle Town.. I enjoyed looking over you blog and look forward to reading more as I get the chance.

    Blessings & Giggles

  5. Renee,
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. When I get the kids to bed, I’m going to dive into your site a little more. I love the concept of your blog. I can’t wait to read the reviews.
    Hopefully we can become blog buddies!

  6. Hi Renee!
    Thanks for dropping by my blog. I’m glad you did because now I can follow YOUR blog. I’m blessed to be here. Take care always!

  7. I love love love the blog. I’m now following via the blog hop. I’d love a follow back!

    What is your favorite read currently?


  8. Hi Renee,

    Just read your comment on my blog and thought I’d pop over to say hello and introduce myself. What a wonderful site you have here. I can’t wait to sit down and peruse..read Darlene’s story and get to know you.

    Happy New Year!


  9. What a great topic for a blog! Inspiration and faith!

  10. Oh, this just gets me excited!

  11. Just popping over to take a peek at your site. I LOVE your work here. Thank you for your kind words on my own blog…. you touched my heart. Blessings to you!


  12. I’m so slow…you came to visit my blog, what a week ago? Please forgive me. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I have enjoyed your site as well and will be coming back often. 😉

  13. Jeana (Parker) Houghton March 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Renee, you were born to be a teacher, a leader, a “door opener”. Since I met you in 1969, you have opened doors for me. You would bribe me with a stop at the candy store if I’d go to the library with you. Once there, you’d find a book that you would somehow know that I would enjoy, and you’d be right. Me, someone who didn’t like to read, started enjoying going to the library with you and reading. You would play Nat King Cole records when everyone else was playing Bee Gees. You broadened my horizons in so many ways. Your steadfast belief in your faith inspired me.

    Through the years we lost and and found each other. Even now, you still amaze me and inspire me and open doors for me. I sit here looking for answers to questions I have. I am still that logical person I always was. My dad has Alzheimers and my mom is fighting colon cancer. I’m trying to find the “answers”. I want to help them and DO something. I’m struggling with facing even the thought of losing them. Then I read your blog. The one about Kay Arthur and When the Hurt Runs Deep. “You can live with a thorn.” “…allow it to serve its indended purpose…you may experience a power not your own.” Wow.
    I needed that.

    So thanks Ren. Thanks for opening another door for me at a time when I wasn’t looking for a “door”. I was too busy looking for Exit signs.

    You have a gift for teaching, sharing, “opening doors”…whatever you want to call it.
    You still amaze me. 🙂

    • Jeana, I’m so glad that the post helped you! If you ever get a chance to pick up Kay’s book, it’ll help even more!

      Thanks so much for your sweet words here. I remember that when I was feeling like the biggest nerd of all and like few other kids my age could understand me, you just accepted me for who I was. That’s what I remember most about your family–they just loved people. All kinds of people. And none of us had to pretend to be something we weren’t in order for you to call us friends! And I also remember that your home was always a joyful place. I still see that in the smiles of you and your kids!

      I’ll be praying for you and your parents. Through anything life has thrown my way, I’ve found my one constant is the Lord. He’s the only One who can see the future, so who better to help prepare me for it? I’ll especially be praying for His peace in your heart. I know prayer seems like what we go to when we can’t do anything else–but I believe it has more power than that.

      I’m so sorry for what you’re going through and am truly thankful that your parents have you, your family, and Jan!

  14. Thank you for having visited my blog. I am so glad you are able to be a light in the life of so many teens. Best wishes to you, and your family.

  15. Hi Renee,
    Lovely to meet you through UBP. This is my first year and I am enjoying finding so many great blogs, like yours.


    Gg – Notes on the Journey

    ps. Love The Hiding Place. Am following you through google reader . . . see you soon.

  16. My husband is the administrator (and a teacher) at a Christian school … our hearts are in Christian education, for sure!! It’s great to find like-minded (and apparently book-loving) people in the blogging world. Looking forward to getting to know more about you. God bless! PS I’m hear via UBP11.

  17. Hi, I found your adorable blog on the Ultimate Blog Party 2011 and I’m a new
    follower. Hop over and say Hi if you get a chance, Jennifer from Just

  18. Your blog is delightful and I am thrilled you added “Elsie-Adventures of an Arizona Teacher 1913-1916” to your likes. It should be available on Amazon late September. It has taken me 23 years to complete “Elsie.” I began the research shortly after my grandmother died. I read her journals and letters, discovering a hidden love story and delightful details of her years of teaching in Arizona. I knew someday it should be a book. I live on Antigua, an island in the Caribbean where I have been a missionary since 1974. Thanks again, Barb

  19. I am so glad I discovered your blog through a linik you left on Sandra Heskaking’s Still Saturday post. There were many people who heled rekindle the flame in my soul. I’d like to use the term “beauty for ashes”, rather.

    I wanted to clarify: granted that you are still doing interviews (if I have understood correctly) how do you choose which person to talk about?

    • Hi, Sandra! I’m not doing as many interviews any more. But I do plan to start a blog hop in the fall and invite you to link up when that gets started. Thanks for visiting me here 🙂

  20. HI Renee,
    I’m visiting via UBP, but I’m already familiar with your great blog, having enjoyed reading a number of your posts. But I do want to invite you to link up to my new blog hop starting May 3rd on Bible Love Notes.
    Have a blessed Sunday,

  21. That sounds great! I love seeing people who have an obvious passion. You sound like you have found your true calling!

    Many blessings to you. I am glad to “meet” you as I hop around in the UBP13.

  22. Stopping by from the UBP, though I recognize you from Tricia Goyer’s launch team. =0) I will be following you here and reading more of your posts.

    I used to be a member of ACFW, but have taken a hiatus in the past few years while my girls are young. I hope to return to my love of Christian fiction writing again in the future. Congrats on your awards!

  23. Hi Renee, How fun to “run into you” here from the Ultimate Blog Party 2013. Have a blessed and beautiful week!

  24. Renee it is nice to meet you!
    You are an inspiration and a blessing to others. Keep up the good work!

    Visiting from the UBP
    Enjoy the rest of your week.

  25. What a powerful foundation for your blog! I’m of the same mind and my prayer is that through my reflections, others will see the hand of Jesus ushering them into His Kingdom! So glad I found you via Lyli Dunbar. I plan to stop by here often.

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