About Amy

I live with my husband, Daniel, in beautiful Seattle, WA.  We recently moved here from Vermont, so we’re still adjusting to life here on the West Coast. 

I teach writing and literature classes online for a college located in Vermont.  My own writing focuses on a variety of issues, mostly concerned with the intersection of faith and culture.  At heart, I am a teacher, and through writing, I aspire to teach others from my experiences. 

Outside of writing, my main hobby is reading everything in sight:  road signs, novels, public bathroom stalls, magazines, blogs, e-mails, and of course, my bible.  I always am reading at least 5 books at once. 

Living in the Northwest, I love to experience all the outdoors has to offer. I love salmon fishing with my family in the wild BC rivers, skiing on our many majestic mountains, and hiking the less steep and not-so-bear infested trails.  I run a lot, mainly on a treadmill these days.  Ocassionaly, you’ll find me trudging along in some local race. 

Drop me a note.  Tell me if you’re reading my blog.  Give me your advice on how to catch bigger salmon, keep basil plants alive, or keep from falling asleep during morning devotions.  I’d love to hear from you.

Published on May 10, 2007 at 4:55 am  Comments (16)  

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  1. Welcome to the Pacific Northwest! I’ve lived here for ten years and hail from Arizona. I look forward to reading your blog! I just started a second blog, wherein I’ll be writing about my faith and what I’m learning and working through in the moment. It’s nice to find that there’s another Christian in Washington state!

  2. We have so much in common, except you have more books going at once than I do. I have 4 🙂
    I am originally canadian and I lived in BC for a while. It was so awesome there I miss it.

  3. Interesting blog.

  4. You left a comment after mine about feminism on some blog somewhere. So I stopped by and am subcribing to see what you have to say. If you drop by my blog, don’t correct my grammar or anything, teach!

  5. Hi! I just saw your blog on a list and I thought I would check it out! I am going to book mark your page so I can visit! I am a school teacher/photographer/musician who is a Christian/wife/mother…. 🙂

    Take care! —Myra Johnson

  6. Hi! I am so happy that I stumbled upon your blog (I think it was the Switzerland post because I just was there and visited a great cathedral in Old Town.) I’m new to this blogging business, but am giving it my best shot. I love to read and write as well and love the idea of the Shelfari website! Any hints on what to do and how to manage a blog would be most welcome. I’m still learning the basics!
    Thanks so much,
    Emily 🙂
    AL: Thanks for stopping by my site! It’s great to hear that you’ve started blogging, and that we share a love of books and it looks like Switzerland and cats as well! My advice, keep writing. Even if you don’t start with a brilliant idea, write something and see where it takes you. Writing for most writers, even bloggers, is all about getting into the habit and practice of writing. Best of luck in your blogging adventures!

  7. How to keep Basil plants alive. Never cut the stems but pinch out above a bud joint. Of course you may already know this.

    AL: I’m going to take that one to heart, judging from your English garden know how, you must be a pro at this sort of thing. =) Thanks for the advice. I’m sad that my basil is at the end of its season, so it’s time for me to replant for some indoors.

  8. Hi Amy,

    I just saw that you were mentioned today on the ESV Bible Blog (http://www.esv.org/blog/2008/10/bible.on.shelfari). Pretty cool !

    AL: That’s really great! You’re the first to tip me off on that! I had no clue that the ESV even had a blog. Guess it’s something I should add to my Google reader now! I must admit that I’m honored to see my name on that list quoted next to all those other people. I wish they’d say something like “Amy Letinsky, simple blogger, not one of those other big guys that we typically quote here.” Don’t want to give people the wrong impression! Thanks so much for letting me know!

  9. I was watching a cooking show featuring Jewish cooking recently. The show was on how to make Challah bread. I realized the three strands symbolized the Trinity, but the baker had no idea. It was sad to see many Jewish friends not realize the symbolism of Jesus and the Trinity in many of their traditions, including the symbolisms during the passover meal. Just to see, I did an internet search and found that you had come up with the same conclusion. I was relieved to find out that I was not the only one thinking this, and I thank the Holy Spirit for this piece of wisdom.

    AL: There are a lot of Jewish traditions that point the way to Jesus as Messiah. I too wish I could point out the huge thing they’re missing, smack dab in the middle of their traditions. But their hearts and minds are closed. I hope you’ll join me in praying that more of our Jewish friends will have their eyes opened to the truth about their Messiah who has already come.

  10. Just stopping by! Followed your Debate coverage and wound up here~ very nice. 🙂

    AL: Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! I’m glad you found the debate coverage helpful. That was a blast. I’ll be posting a blog version of it soon.

  11. Amy,

    Thanks for your quick, skillful writeup of the debate. Enjoy the traffic coming your way!


    AL: Thanks Andy. This has been a lot of fun. I’m glad to have been a part of it all, albeit a small one.

  12. Good evening from central Florida. I just surfed to your blog by looking through my blog stats. This is a great find, and thanks for what you do.

    The recent debate at Mars Hill was quite the eye-opening experience, to say the least. My wife and I watched in shock as Carlton Pearson and Chopra seemingly belittled our Christian faith. How sad!

    Many bloggers who have written about the debate, and I did, too. In my opinion it’s A Dangerous Question, but the word of God has the answer.

    Your blog is bookmarked and I’ll definitely be back. Come visit and bring friends with you.

    AL: Thanks so much for stopping by. I enjoyed your discussion based on the topic, especially in the comments section. I had no idea that Carmen attended Pearson’s church. This was likely before Pearson adopted his heretical positions, though. He lost most of his congregation when that happened.

  13. Hi Amy,
    I stumbled upon your blog looking for an image for the Case for Christ Bible Study. It’s interesting that God led me to it because reading through it has already helped me with a few struggles I’ve been having. One is my writing skills. My writing and grammar wasn’t so bad until I took four Spanish classes in college. Since I never had good English grammar/writing training the Spanish stuff messed me up. I’ve been looking for books to help me out and I found a few of yours. The other thing is that I’ve taken up reading secular books a lot more. I used to read my Bible and a few other Christian growth books but not really anything else. Since I started reading the secular books I’ve had a struggle with reading those and not neglecting my Bible and Christian growth books. It’s actually set me back a few steps. I read your entry about your reading style and I really like it. I’m going to try to apply it and see what happens. I was trying to find that balance but couldn’t. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know. I also love Washington state and I enjoyed hearing about it.

    AL: Valerie, thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to share your thoughts about the blog. I appreciate all the support. I popped over to your blog, and I’m very impressed with your layout! Glad that I could provide you with some helpful resources!

  14. I know how that goes–reading 5 books right now myself. 8^) Good to see you here. I hope we can meet up in Bothell again in May!

    AL: I’ll be teaching a workshop on Friday on editing. Maybe we’ll be in the same session again!

  15. I just stumbled across your blog because I was looking for lists of books on Victorian and 19th Century American novels. I graduated from Wellesley way (way) back in 1971 with a BA in English and a specialty in Victorian Literature. I’ve worked for a library as a paraprofessional support staff member (i.e. glorified technician) for 30 years until I retired in Dec. 2008. Since 1984, I have written the sf/fantasy column for Library Journal and enjoy it very much — but the downside is that I seldom read books outside that genre (although I love it). I just wanted you to know that I will be using your 2009 Challenge as a starting off point for a “Good Reading” 19th Century and Beyond…
    I’m also interested in your approach to reading the Bible. I grew up a Baptist (very fundamentalist) and went to a Catholic school (yeeks!) and I’ve always felt that the way to God is through the heart — not through the church, necessarily. I do love the Protestant tradition of Bible-centric worship although the Catholic liturgy is also something that I like for its symbolism and ritual. So please know that I will be reading your blog quite often and invite you to look into mine — which I have yet to make a regular part of my life.
    My other interest is animal welfare and I volunteer for our local animal shelter as well as an online no-kill sanctuary in Iowa. I live in Western North Carolina.
    Thank you for filling a need I didn’t know I had.

    AL: So good to meet you Jackie! Thanks for stopping by and introducing yourself. It sounds like we’ll get along swell, with all those common book interests and the similar childhood of growing up Baptist. I can understand the desire for the symbolism and ritual in the catholic church, and I admire how Anglicans and Presbyterians have kept a lot of liturgy in their services. If you’re interested in reading about how one woman found the liturgy she wanted in the protestant church, I highly suggest Lauren Winner’s memoir, Girl Meets God.

    You seem to share my sister’s passion for rescued dogs from animal shelters. I think it’s admirable that you’ve got a big place in your heart for elderly pets, since we live in a society that gives so little value to the elderly, pets or people.

  16. Hello there,
    I found this blog through a blog friend “Larry Who” and would lke to add you to my blogroll. I too am a follower of Christ, and I try to write a daily blog of encouragement. God Bless and I look forward to hearing what you have to say.

    AL: I’d be honored to be added. Thanks for stopping by and introducing yourself!

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