Testimonials & Guest Book Comments

Comments From Viewers of Lisa Loucks Christenson's Exhibits:

Comments Here’s what people are saying about Lisa Loucks Christenson’s work:

"Never quit~the eagles need you!" --Megan SaVallee

"Came back again to see all your projects!" --Shirley Brilla

"Fascinating to see bugs up close, and to read about your adventures. Thanks." -- Ruth /Minneapolis

"I love UR pictures!!" -- Huntley Family/ Woodbury, MN

"The minute I walked into this room at the National Eagle Center and noticed the photos, I thought of you, Lisa. Sure enough, there were your notes describing the scenes in the photos! Wonderful exhibit and information! Thank you!  --Marilyn Ormand /Rochester, MN

"Great & very exciting exhibit" --Vicky--Mpls

 


"Praise Jesus for HIS creation of the eagle which shows HIS wonderous
handiwork"  -- Gerald and Laurie Whitmore/ Coon Rapids, MN

“Dear Miracle Worker, I love the book cover! Cynthia and I agree, it
looks like angels being born from the stars!” --Reginald G. Johnson,
Ph.D Author of The Awakening : Conquering the Sleeping Giant Within
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"Lisa's project was delivered on time and was of a higher caliber than
what I usually expect from writers. I would highly recommend her
service" Sterling Idea Initiative

"Lisa, I LOVE IT!!! You are absolutely on target. You are
incredible!!! It’s almost as though your mind blended with mine.”
--Santosh V. Houston, TX

“We thought the article you wrote was an excellent sales piece! It did
exactly what we hoped it would do!” --Valutec Card Solutions Gerten's
On Valutec"

“Lisa, for my business card may I please use what you wrote: ‘Pearls
of the highest quality . . . created one grain at a time.’ I love it!”
--Dana B.

“Thank you, Lisa, for the opportunity to read and think on HARLEY
HIPPO AND THE CRANE GAME. I’d read your beautiful award-winning essay
--NARROW PATHS-before I read you picture book ms. You are a fluid,
sincere writer. And you have stories-important stories that speak of
Love, and Faith, and Hope to tell." --Esther H. Chicago, IL

Dear Lisa, I loved your story on the GUM MAN. You even made an old
war-bird like me cry! --Rich

Reader Comments: THE YEAR OF THE PAINTED TURTLE

"Yours is a lovely story. Best of luck with it!"

"hey, lisa!!! oh what a wonderful story! you have such a way with
words and you can always inspire others. i now have a goal...to get
more in touch with the simple everyday messages god and his helpers
give to me. i want to return to the feelings and senses he gave me
long ago so that i may hopefully gain more peace again...more
communion with the natural world and its treasures. of course this
world has a way of keeping you busy and distracted." --Heather
Minneapolis, MN

"Dear Lisa: What a beautiful story that you wrote! Very moving, very
inspiring, and very well crafted. We love it. Thanks for sharing it
with us." Fan Shen / Author of Gang of One: Memoirs of a Red Guard.
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"Lisa,WOW! What a great story! This story is an amazing teaching tool
for EVERYONE...all faiths and backgrounds because spiritual truth is
absolutely essential if we are to understand ourselves and take over
effectual control of our lives. Much like the Bible, which is unlike
any other Book; it is a spiritual vortex through which spiritual power
pours from heaven to earth--however, it depends on wonderful angels on
earth like yourself to help us benefit from the hidden "keys" in life
to fully understand it all." --Reggie Author of Have You Walked On
Water?

Reader’s comments from Lisa’s award-winning story CAROUSEL RIDERS:
“Lisa, your story unfolded nicely and the Alzheimer’s aspect was
sensitively handled. The metaphor was really well done in the carousel
scene-a real gem for the reader!”

“Well, I just read your Carousel Riders story. Ouch. Thanks for making
me cry. I liked and hated the ending, if that makes sense. I only
hated it due to the truth factor. If it wasn't about Grandma, I would
have loved it. --Heather (authors sister) Rochester, MN

Letter from Writer’s Digest: “Dear Lisa, one of my most enjoyable
tasks as editor of Writer’s Digest is passing along good news to
writers. It is my pleasure to tell you that your manuscript, Narrow
Paths, has been awarded Honorable Mention in the Inspirational
category of the 71st Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition....
This years contest attracted over 19,000 entries. Your success in the
face of such formidable competition speaks highly of your writing
talent, and should be a source of great pride as you continue in your
writing career.” --Melanie Rigney Editor Writer’s Digest

Reader’s comments on Lisa’s story YEAR OF THE BALD EAGLE: “Oh, what a
wonderful inspiration you are! I’m so glad our paths were brought
together! Thanks for sharing your story with me!” --Heather C.
Minneapolis, MN

“I’ll put in a good word for you with the man upstairs. You are truly
a soul friend. Thanks for the VEGETABLE JUSTICE and YEAR OF THE BALD
EAGLE stories. Your creativity is awesome. Keep up the good work and
as far as wings are concerned-- with such an inspirational friend such
as yourself who ever is privileged to cross your path you take the
time to show them how to fly.” --H.M. New Jersey

Reader’s comments on Lisa’s story JUST IN TIME: “This is a very nice
piece of writing -- appropriately slow moving to match the harbor and
river. Nothing jars or clashes.” --Scribendi Editor

Here's what people are saying about Lisa’s award-winning story, THE
MODEL MAKER: “I thought The Model Maker was reminiscent of a
shortened, "Twilight Zone" episode or a Ray Bradbury story--and that
ain't bad! The only thing wrong with this story is that it was too
short! I wanted more!” --S.B. / Columbus, OH

"Dear Lisa, Congratulations on your award for your short story The
Model Maker. I enjoyed it both as a writer and as a miniaturist. I
shared the story with several friends who are doll house enthusiasts
and they loved it also. One thinks it would make a lovely illustrated
book for adults another said she would like to see a room box based on
your story. One friend, a published author and miniaturist, just lost
her husband two weeks ago. She was especially moved and promises to
reread it many times. Good luck with your future writing.” --M.H.C.

 "What a wonderful story. I loved it and wish Lisa had expanded it to
a book. I read it with tears. Loved her portrayal and know she has the
ability to make it a full story. Her talent should be encouraged and
rewarded. Thanks for sharing.” --Mary

"Dear Lisa, I subscribe to a daily digest called "Small Stuff". The
members are all people interested in anything miniature. There are
artisans, crafters, and beginning doll house makers like me. One of
our members read your winning story "The Model Maker" and posted the
website in our latest digest, suggesting we read your story. I loved
the story! You are a very talented storyteller! I hope you continue to
write. I'm sure others also enjoy your story.” --S.Z.S. Bakersfield,
CA

 Opening lines from Lisa’s award-winning story THE MODEL MAKER:
    At seventy-seven, Cora Stephans, a model maker, was nearing
completion of her grand masterpiece. The city of Cresco, Iowa,
commissioned her to create a room-size mechanical townscape based on
her life study of the area, and they were darn lucky to get her for
the job, too.
    A self-taught engineer whose creations had brought historical
figures back to life at the World Fairs from decades past, Cora was a
robotics imaginer before the terms were even invented. During her
studies over the years more than one man had studied her. In fact, if
you asked Cora what made those old men blush, she'd confess, 'Beauty
is only skin deep, but mine's still a dollar short of pin money.'
Whatever that meant.
    She ignored the leers of the widowers, and bypassed the steady
gaze from men who never did settle long enough to marry. Cora avoided
divorced men, because they couldn't forget their old baggage. After
losing Jonathon, her only love, she ignored her yearnings.     Living
for her art was a hollow substitution for love, and Cora knew this in
her heart, but it kept one's mind and hands occupied. The townscape of
Cresco took years to create and each character had to be individually
designed.
    From handmade curtains to authentic flooring, everything within
the walls of Cora's townscapes contained the stories, the hopes, and
the dreams of real people. Who could resist the country general store?
When you opened the door, a saggy bloodhound lifted its head from its
paws and howled.
    Every store was animated with characters and props that moved
lights and fans that worked. The player piano cranked out a tune and
the mechanical bartender poured a mug of beer. Cora struggled for a
week trying to figure out how to keep the beer mugs frosted. She
credited her mechanical skills to her father.
     Everyone respected Harlan Stephans, he was witty and gifted. He
could make anything tick and come alive. In moment of great weakness,
Cora wanted to believe that if he had been alive when Jonathon had
died, that her father would have found a way to save him, too. Cora
tapped into her father's gift and expanded upon it . . . .

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