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- Inspirational Romance Author
- Me, Myself, and I
- I am an Inspirational Romance Author. My belief that love never fails (I Corinthians 13:8 NIV)and my passion for God has led me to write what's in my heart--love--and what's in my soul--faith in God. My stories of love, romance, and Christian faith are designed to encourage and entertain.
I am a member of the Canadian Romance Authors Network.
I make my home in Toronto, Canada with my husband of 27 years and Misha, our cat who thinks she's human, but has a crush on my husband.
Are you a pet lover? Check out, Misha's Meow Massage, on my website, http://www.annadynowski.com. and have your heart massaged.
- soft rock, gospel
- Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones, Casa Blanca, Gone with the Wind, 13 Going on 30, Sweet Home Alabama
- I'm so not good at any sport. :-(
- Happiest When
- I'm not working at my day job. :-) and hearing from my readers.
- My Books
- Full Circle (Write Words Inc) 5 Blue Ribbon rating, Romance Junkies;
Appointment With Destiny (Write Words Inc) 5 Roses rating, A Romance Review;
For Better, For Worse, Forever (Wings ePress) 4.5 Blue Ribbbon rating, Romance Junkies;
Full House (Write Words Inc.) 5 Cups rating, Coffee Time Romance;
Full-Time Wife (Write Words, Inc.) 5 Cups rating, Coffee Time Romance;
Looking For Love (Write Words, Inc.) 4 Cups rating, Coffee Time Romance;
A Matter of Faith (Write Words, Inc.) 4Cups rating, Coffee Time Romance;
A Pocketful of Hope (Write Words, Inc.) 5 Tickets rating, Love 2 Read Novels;
On Wings of Trust (Write Words Inc) 5 Tickets rating, Love 2 Read Novels;
The Write Honor (Write Words, Inc.) 4.5 Tickets rating, Love 2 Read Novels;
A Cup of Joy (Write Words, Inc.) 4 Tickets rating, Love 2 Read Novels
All my books are available in ebook format. If you don't see them in trade paperback version on the bookshelves of your local bookstore, have them order it for you. They would be delighted to do so. Or visit my website, http://www.annadynowski.com, and find out how you can receive an autographed copy of my books.
Full Circle, Book 1, ISBN 1-59431-301-6
Full House, Book 2, ISBN 1-59431-806-9
Full Time Wife, Book 3, ISBN 1-59431-852-2
For Better, For Worse, Forever, ISBN 1-59705-775-4
Looking for Love, Book 1, ISBN 1-59431-842-5
A Matter of Faith, Book 2, ISBN 1-59431-873-5
A Pocketful of Hope, Book 3, ISBN 1-59431-869-7
On Wings of Trust, Book 4, ISBN 978-1-661386-027-4
The Write Honor, Book 5, ISBN 978-1-661386-038-0
A Cup of Joy, Book 6, ISBN 978-1-61386-073-1
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“‘I have loved you,’ says the Lord.” Malachi 1:2 NIV
Father's Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society and is meant to complement Mother’s Day.
This celebration of fathers was founded in the United States in the early twentieth century by Sonora Dodd. Her father, the Civil War veteran, William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children alone. After hearing a sermon about Anna Jarvis’ Mother’s Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers ought to have a similar holiday honoring them, also. Although it did not meet with much success initially, this celebration eventually did take hold, and today, fathers are celebrated worldwide.
In Canada, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. Father’s Day typically involves spending time with our fathers or the father figures in our lives. Small celebrations, sometimes in the way of picnics and barbecues, and the giving of gifts are a part of the festivities organized for Father’s Day.
Both my father and my father-in-law have long passed away, and while my husband and I have no children, although we are the proud “parents” of a cat, the need to celebrate Father’s Day is still real and valid, but obviously on a less grand scale. We choose to remember the good times. We are instructed in Scripture, “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8 NIV) Therefore, we remember the good times.
When I was very young, my dad would take me for a walk in the evenings, after our supper. While out on one such walk, he took me into a variety store and bought me my first chocolate bar. He would later tell me whenever he would take me for a walk after that, he would always have to make sure he had money in his pockets, because smart girl that I was, I would recognize the variety store, remember the beloved chocolate bar was inside, and would yank my hand from my dad’s and run into the store. I also remember my dad taking me, as a small child, to the visiting circus not all that far from our home, at Keelesdale Park, long gone now. I have a vague recollection of pink candy floss and sticky hands.
My husband remembers his dad taking him skating and fishing at the Old Mill in Toronto, and camping and canoeing in Algonquin Park in northern Ontario. He remembers his dad pointing out to him the various constellations displayed against the black velvet sky and being taken out for supper treat at the local Chinese restaurant.
Were our fathers perfect? No, they were not. Did they make mistakes? Yes, they did. Our fathers were very much human. But they were the earthly fathers our Heavenly Father appointed to be our dads. And so, even if they are no longer with us, we remember them, especially on Father’s Day.
If your dad is alive, give thanks to God, rejoice in your relationship with your dad, and tell him you love him while you still have the time to do so. If your dad is alive and you are estranged from him, ask God to help you forgive your dad for any pain or disillusionment he may have caused you, and remember if God hadn’t brought your dad into the picture in the first place, there would be no you now. If your dad has passed on, remember him and all that is “excellent or praiseworthy” about him.
And above all, on Father’s Day, let us remember our Heavenly Father who willed us into existence and loved us enough to make a way for us, His children, to fellowship with Him forever. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NIV) That’s a Father’s love.
Happy Father’s Day.
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“Her children arise and call her blessed…Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Proverbs 31:28, 29 (NIV)
Mother's Day is a worldwide celebration where we honor and show our appreciation for mothers and mother figures (step-mothers, mothers-in-law, guardians, and family friends), for the precious and powerful and painstakingly self-sacrificing influence of these amazing women in our lives.
Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May, is a day we, as a society, have set aside to thank our mothers and mother figures who took the time to care for us and help guide us through life’s challenges with encouraging words and loving hugs and tender kisses.
Mother’s Day is one day where we stop to reflect…
When, as babies, we couldn’t tend to our own needs, our mothers fed us, clothed us, changed our dirty diapers, sang us lullabies.
When, as children, we were lying in bed, during the middle of the night, sick, our mothers sat up with us, whispering soothing words, dispensing our medication, planting get-well kisses on our fevered brows.
When, as adults, we found ourselves stymied by questions and concerns, our mothers offered practical advice and proven strategy.
When, at the end of each day, our mothers tallied up the cost for everything they did for us and pronounced, “No charge.”
That is the reason we seek to say “Thank you, Mom,” but the words seem woefully inadequate when stacked against the virtuous, unceasing acts of love from our mothers toward us. Perhaps that is the reason we need to celebrate motherhood.
Did you know Mother's Day is an American invention?
Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in America. She then began a campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the United States. Although she was successful in 1914, by the 1920s, she had become disappointed with its commercialization. Jarvis’ holiday was adopted by other countries, like my own, Canada, and it is now celebrated all over the world. In this tradition, we offer a gift and/or card to our mothers, grandmothers, and/or maternal figures on Mother's Day. Even a special meal. Restaurants boast their busiest day of the year is Mother’s Day.
Yes, mothers are a rare breed, and should be honored. But one day a year just doesn’t cut it for all the unceasing, uncomplaining, unequivocal displays of love they shower on us.
Let us, children of all ages, whether our mothers are alive or not, arise and call them blessed. Let us tell them, that while many women can and do noble things, they, our mothers surpass them all. Let us pronounce, with gratitude in our hearts, how blessed we are in having had the mothers we do. Let us give thanks to Almighty God for having given us our mothers and mother figures, not just on the second Sunday of May, but each and every day. This rare breed—our mothers—deserve it.
Let us honor them by caring for their needs, by telling them we love them, by emulating their noble example. Yes, it will cost us. It will cost us time and energy. Maybe even money. But let us quote them and say, “No charge.”
I love you, Mom.
Love & Prayers,
Anna Dynowski, Author of Inspirational Romance
to encourage and entertain
Love Never Fails (I Corinthians 13:8 NIV)
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“How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?” Habakkuk 1:2 (NIV)
I’ve found, sometimes, God is silent. Have you ever experienced the frustration, the apprehension, that no matter how much you bring a particular need before God in prayer, He seemingly does not answer it, that He doesn’t offer you strategy to deal with it or even give you a word of encouragement to hang onto? Yes, sometimes, God is silent. And despite that silence, I try to remember, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5: 16 (NIV) And wait.
I’m so not good at the waiting part. Or the silent part.
Does God not notice good guys finish last? Does He not see the bomb that exploded in a crowded marketplace, killing many innocent bystanders? The AIDS epidemic sweeping across the world taking no heed of age, sex, race, color, creed, or marital status? Does He not see the battered women, the hungry children, the abused elderly in our communities? Or how about, because of the economy, the one who experiences the loss of a job and a very needed salary to pay the very real bills? What about the person who’s just been diagnosed with cancer or some other heinous illness? Or the one whose marriage crumpled and crashed, leaving the family shaking and staggering? Why does God allow such horrible episodes to afflict us, torturing and tormenting us? And why, why, does He permit good people to suffer while the wicked coast through life without a scratch, prospering?
The prophet Habukkuk, who began his ministry to the nation of Judah, the Southern Kingdom, in 612 B.C., had similar questions he asked of God. Violence was on the rise in his day. The authorities were paid to close their eyes to injustices. Corruption eroded the government. Landlords evicted widows with small children for non-payment of rent. The good people suffered. The wicked prospered.
Habukkuk, too, wanted to know… Where was God? Did He not care? When was He going to put an end to all the wrongs happening?
There are no simple answers to the difficulties and distresses in our world.
Habukkuk had to learn, like we do, that all the pains and heartaches in our world, in our communities, in our families, in our lives, are effects of sin. We live in a sinful world. But God is sovereign. In Jesus, the Lord God has defeated sin. And one day, in accordance with His perfect plan and purpose and timetable, He will prevail over the sin and restore our world to its rightful perfection.
Habukkuk had to learn, like we do, that God’s ways may appear perplexing, but whether we understand His mysteries or not, we have to trust Him, we can always trust Him because He is faithful even when we’re not, and we are asked to be faithful as we live our life in the wilderness, knowing He is in control.
Have you failed in some area of your life? Have you made bad choices? Are you struggling to keep it together? We’ve all been in the wilderness, at some time or another. Living on this side of heaven, it’s inevitable that we experience the wilderness, the dry, barren seasons of our lives. But take comfort in this: God is faithful toward us, no matter what we’ve done. God never fails us, no matter how many times we fall short of His expectations.
Rest in His promise and rejoice: God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13: 5 (NIV)
When you should find yourself walking through the wilderness of your life, remember, you belong to Jesus and He will give you His joy and peace and strengthen your faith. And never leave or forsake you.
Love & Prayers,
Anna Dynowski, Author of Inspirational Romance
to encourage and entertain
Love Never Fails (I Corinthians 13:8 NIV)
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