MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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I wrote this poem, “Someone Who Cares,” around 2004 to be included in my second published novel by BET Books, “A Test of Faith” (released April, 2005.) I’ve also made it part of my Zazzle greeting card collection. In the book, my main character Andrea finds herself consumed with grief and despair when her beloved husband Clayton is killed by a drunk driver.


One of her dear friends gives her a card that contains the poem. The poem is also near the front of the book before the story begins. Losing a loved one to death is the most tragic and painful heartache we can ever experience. Yet, not everyone grieves in exactly the same way. During this time, it is important that we have family and friends by our side to help us through the process of bereavement.

Sometimes, however, even in the midst of such support, our sorrow may cause us to feel lost and alone. Even with the support of her devoted family, this is how Andrea feels as she is being tested in so many ways. But with the progression of time, she wrestles with her sadness, anger, and faith–one day at a time.

A Test of Faith” is now out of print. However, you can still order a paperback copy via Amazon. Why not order one for yourself or someone else? Also, if you like it, I would greatly appreciate your writing a review on Goodreads and/or Amazon.

From my heart to yours !

Maxine 🙂




LIBRARIANThis post is not to debate if traditional paper books are better than eBooks or vice versa.  Personally, I prefer to have a paper book in my hand although I also have a Kindle.  I have enjoyed reading and writing as far back as I can remember.  When I was younger, my family did not have a television for a while.  I had a very vivid imagination.  I recall how I used to tie strings to toy cars and pull them through our yard with their make-believe passengers, pretending that they were going for rides in the country (and I had so much fun doing it!)  I know you’re laughing–go ahead–it’s okay :).

I don’t remember exactly what triggered my love of reading, but I do know that it’s something I’ve enjoyed doing for most of my life.  I recall the bookmobile coming to my school and how excited I used to get.  I also signed up for the summer reading program at my local library and spent the majority of my summer vacation from school reading books.  My picture was even taken and put in the town newspaper for successfully completing the program.

Both of my children love to read although my husband is not a fan.  While my daughter started out at an early age enjoying reading, my son grew to enjoy it a little later in life.  Because the majority of people I know who enjoy reading are female, I am fascinated by men who like to read.

But whether you prefer the old-fashioned method or the new and improved one, reading is good for us.  It’s good for our brain, and I, for one, can use all the help in that area that I can get :).

HAPPY READING!  And as always, this is from my heart to yours.


(Lady On Pile Of Books Photo-Caricature Of Me On My Pile Of Books–Just Kidding 🙂 –Courtesy of Clip Art)