Mystery writer C.L. Ragsdale is the author of The Reboot Files a Christian Cozy Mystery Series, and a superhero story called Chasing Lady Midnight. A California native, she loves to "surf" the web to research plot details for her fun, quirky stories. She has a degree in Theatre Arts which greatly influenced her writing style. Working in various fields as a secretary has allowed her to both master her writing skills and acquire valuable technical knowledge which she uses liberally in her plots. Although that is where she got her idea for The Secretary, she is not an evil mastermind. Although some of her former employers might disagree. These days she contents herself with knitting while contemplating her next diabolical plot. Story plot that is.
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Smashwords book reviews by C.L. Ragsdale
- Children of Dreams, An Adoption Memoir
on Nov. 14, 2011
Children of Dreams is a true story of a single woman's determination to fulfill her longing to become a mother and facing the numerous obstacles designed to destroy that dream.
Fortunately, God is on her side because she's going not going to get this done without Him.
The author painstakingly takes the reader through her sometimes painful, but ultimately triumphant journey of adopting her two daughters from the countries of Nepal and Vietnam. From a failed marriage, to financial issues, to her age (apparently being 39 instead of 40 could derail an adoption), the monstrous bureaucracies and outright corruption involved in international adoptions is a sometimes humorous, but mostly harrowing journey to motherhood. Fortunately, it is worth the trip.
Using the correlation of God adopting us into his family by the sacrifice of His Son, the author uses scripture to emphasis the painful changes necessary that the Lord had to make in her in order to be the mother she longed to be. This is a story of trusting God no matter how insurmountable the difficulties may seem. I warn you, you'll shed a tear or two along the way, but not all of them sad. I dare you not to cry when her daughter Manisha, who could speak no English at the time, told her adoptive mother "I love you" for the first time.
Go on. I dare you.
- Random Ramblings of a Raving Redhead
on Nov. 16, 2011
Random Ramblings of a Raving Redhead is a series of devotions written in a time of obvious stress for the author and how those stresses were overcome by faith in God and His divine purposes.
Receiving God’s instructions from such examples as a bird who could not leave one piece of bread behind, an endearing but overly energetic dog, Sunday School meetings with unexpected lessons, the mysteries of the Book of Isaiah (which often goes over my head too) and an unfortunate car versus skunk, yes skunk, encounter. The author takes us on an often hilarious and always educational trip on trusting the Lord in times of trouble. Even if she often does have to repeat lesson, more than once, as do all Christians.
Random Ramblings is a delightful, uplifting commentary on living the Christian life in a world that will often trip you up, but also encouraging you to keep your eye on the prize, eternity with Jesus Christ our Savior.