James McDermott, Roving Editor
"I can still hear her silvery laughter and picture her face
crinkling impishly with amusement. No conversation with Jean Bell
Mosley was without laughter, and any interchange of any sort with
her was unfailingly dignified, gentle, and life-affirming. The words
old fashioned virtue come to mind when I remember her, and every
sentence she wrote nudges her readers toward good values and an
appreciation of how God works in the lives of those who love Him.
She treasured family and friends, delighted in nature, and lived
both abundantly and modestly. Her writing shines an engagingly merry
light on the human condition. She will cheer you up and coax you
into feeling better about yourself and the world around you."
David Johnson, Director of
Communications, Louisiana Cultural Vistas:
"A beloved and prolific writer, Jean
Bell Mosley tied the complex world stage to her own modest
surroundings, finding interpretation of rapidly changing times in
the assuring cycles of nature, the goodwill of mankind, and,
underlying all, the bedrock of faith. As the author of 6 books,
countless magazine articles, and a syndicated newspaper column for a
half a century, Jean Bell Mosley had a gift for the written word.
However, her most cherished line of communication was that between
herself and her God. Throughout her life, when seeking answers to
heaven-directed questions, Mosley found that the Almighty 'answered
back,' if only she looked for His symbolic messages. Readers of this
autobiographical journey—from girlhood on a hardscrabble farmstead
in the rural Ozarks to the writing desk of an accomplished author
who never mentally left her agrarian roots—are sure to find similar
Mildred Wallhausen, Southeast
Missouri Press Association:
"Everything Jean Bell Mosley has
written has her rare, magic touch. Not only did she have a great
love of the English language, she knew how to use it! Everything she
wrote touched the universal heart and spirit of humanity—all ages,
in their compassion, their struggles, ups and downs, joys and
sorrows. What a sensitive and endearing intellectual she was! She
never bragged, but her accomplishments could fill a book."
Laura Johnston, Southeast
"Whether it was a story about life on
the farm or a tale about the bumblebees buzzing about her flower
gardens, Jean Bell Mosley could spin a story that kept her audiences
Michael Wells, TBY:
"As a writer you hope you can touch
someone with your written word and Jean Bell Mosley…touched
people around the globe from her porch swing…in
James C. Penney, Founder of J.C.
Penney Company, Inc:
(from his letter to Jean Bell Mosley on April 22,
"I wish to congratulate you for the fine article which impressed me
greatly ['How Rich Can You Be?' appeared in Reader's Digest
of April 1968]. Your powers of description are excellent."
Joyce White, Southeast
Missourian.com Opinion, Tuesday, January 8, 2008:
"As a youngster growing up in Ste. Genevieve County, I always looked
forward to Mrs. Mosley's columns that appeared in the Ste.
Genevieve Herald.…I was so
happy to get a signed book from her son, Steve Mosley. I truly
treasure this book."