The Continuing Legacy of Gladys Hunt

Announcing a series of NEW posts from Gladys Hunt, author of Honey for a Child’s Heart and Honey for a Teen’s Heart.

Several months ago, we at Redeemed Reader were offered a golden opportunity.

Yes, we know–“Golden opportunity” is a cliché attached to everything from timeshares to scams, but how often does a website get the chance to publish never-before-seen posts from a writer who is pure gold?

If you care anything about books + kids, you have encountered Gladys Hunt and her best-selling Honey for a Child’s Heart and Honey for a Teen’s Heart.  At Redeemed Reader we’ve given glowing reviews to both, as well as shamelessly plundered their pages for resources and book titles.  In fact, we see ourselves as carrying on, in our humble way, the work she started by surveying new and overlooked books to review, recommend, and sometimes caution against.  The honey spreads on!

Several months ago, we were asked if we might be interested in featuring several posts that Gladys Hunt wrote for her blog, but never got around to publishing.  Our answer (after jumping up and down and hugging ourselves) was an unqualified YES!

Beginning next Monday and continuing through September and most of October, we intend to publish two posts/week.  Most of these are inspirational: Gladys Hunt’s thoughts about libraries, reading (alone and together), evaluating literature, and developing literary tastes.  You’ll also find practical tips related to the entire reading-rainbow spectrum.  It seemed especially appropriate to kick off the school year with this series, as challenging as it is encouraging. After publication, we plan to make them available in a separate corner of Redeemed Reader, tentatively titled “The Hive” (note the “Honey” theme).

Though she went to meet her Lord in 2010 at the age of 83, Gladys Hunt’s influence lives on, in her work with InterVarsity (partnering with her husband Keith), her “Honey” books, and her blog.  Now it extends just a little farther with this series of blog posts.  We’re extremely honored to share them with you.

To see the full list of posts from Gladys Hunt available here on Redeemed Reader, see The Hive list.


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Janie is the VERY senior staff writer for Redeemed Reader, as well as a long-time contributor to WORLD Magazine and an author of nine books for children. The rest of the time she's long-distance smooching on her four grandchildren (not an easy task). She lives with her equally senior husband of almost-fifty years in the Ozarks of Missouri.


  1. Maureen on August 31, 2018 at 6:51 am

    Love Gladys Hunt and her books. What about an update of “Honey for a Woman’s Heart” as well. I have read her books and used them as a resource and inspiration for many years for my work and my personal reading choices.

  2. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz on September 1, 2018 at 7:31 am

    Pardon me for stopping by to share a little info about the call for Cybils judges with you and your readers….

    Are you a reader who loves children’s and young adult books? This call is for you. We need some wonderful book bloggers who are interested in reading a lot of children’s or young adult books, reviewing them, and choosing the best of the best for the 2018 Cybils Awards.

    Please pass the word.

    Apply today!

  3. Alice on September 10, 2018 at 11:44 am

    I know Gladys Hunt would be proud of the work you guys do! This is such an outstanding blog! ????

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