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Sewing Basket Devotional by Joy Neon

Joy Neon is a new Christian author and has written a book of devotionals on finding God in everyday places, such as a sewing basket! If we seek Him we will find Him, even in the ordinary places in our lives.

“After feeling like I should write this book for several years, I finally did it! My book is called Sewing Basket Devotional and is about how the ordinary things of life can reveal our extraordinary God.” – Joy Neon

Joy Neon can be found on her Facebook professional page:

https://www.facebook.com/Joy-Neon-Author-489667104859016/

You can find Joy’s book in our bookstore in the Devotionals section or click on the image below to take you directly to Amazon.

Happy Reading! ~ Lynne

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Live Like You Are Living – by Glynis M Belec

“Live Like You Are Living” is one of Glynis M Belec’s blog posts on her website and this one is about living life to the fullest and dying with a different perspective. In it, Glynis recounts a conversation with a dear friend who has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

“It’s silly, but I was a little nervous to make the phone call. I mean, what do you say to someone whose husband died four months ago? To someone whose father died two months ago? To someone who was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer? Pancreatic cancer? “They can’t do anything for me” kind of cancer?” … continue reading

“I love writing short stories and devotions. One of my biggest joys is encouraging and making people smile when they read my work. I especially love to make children grin and am constantly inspired by their antics and curiosity. You can check out my children’s website… (I’ve got some cool challenges for some cool kids on there, too, and lots of information about my children’s books and workshops.)” … ~ Glynis

Glynis loves to write and especially loves to write for children. In fact, she has a website devoted to children with cool writing tips and fun challenges. For instance, do you know what
hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia means? Click the word to find the answer!

You can find Glynis on her website at https://www.glynismbelec.com/ Facebook http://bit.ly/2sLCX0P Twitter https://twitter.com/@GlynisMBelec/

Check out Glynis’ books for adults and children in our bookstore.

Happy Reading! ~ Lynne

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Hearts Unfolding by Kathleen Friesen

We’re often forced to make difficult decisions in life; romance or career goal, one love over another, business ownership or a job, a home close or one far away. In Kathleen’s book, ‘Hearts Unfolding’, we find the hero grappling with some tough questions.

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“Kennedy Rockwell takes pride in working for her family’s Rockwell Concrete Works, but she plans to branch out into her own landscape design business. Strong and independent, she is determined to succeed. Romance can wait…until Austin Warner turns her emotions inside out.
Austin works hard to achieve his goals, and the one closest to his heart is something he’s never really had—a family of his own. Kennedy seems to be the answer to his prayers until a small complication brings huge consequences. 
Troubles from their pasts threaten to crush their dreams and push them apart. Can Kennedy and Austin learn to yield everything to the One who can grant them the desires of their hearts?”
read on…

You can find Hearts Unfolding in our bookstore in the Romance section and on Amazon by clicking on the book —

You can follow Kathleen and find out more about her and her books at https://kathleenfriesen.weebly.com/

Happy Reading! ~ Lynne

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Reflections on 2018 by Chris Forster

Chris Forster writes about her reflections on 2018 in her blog post. As you reflect on the past year, did it meet your expectations, did you find that some things you thought would happen just didn’t? Are you hopeful for this new year? Chris looks back on 2018 and reflects on all these questions with interesting results.

“This has been a most interesting year. I joined several quilt-a-longs to hopefully, move forward some ufos. Did not happen. There was really only one quilt start and it was the one thing I worked on every month. Oh. There was another impulse. The lazer cut pre fused Huguenot Friendship Quilt. It was boring. Really. I did bring Bright Jane out to play for a few months. That was fun. Then impulsively I wrote up 26 blog posts about ufos never before mentioned here. It was quite a journey. But not a stitch to move any of them forward…” continue reading Chris’ blog post

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You can find Chris’ book, “Denine”, about a severely challenged child, in our bookstore in the Autobiographies section or go directly to Amazon by clicking the book.

Happy Reading! ~ Lynne

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Regrets Left Unsaid by Pirkko Rytkonen

Grief and regrets are in all our lives in some way, some very strong and personal. Author, Pirkko Rytkonen, shares with us her personal grief over the loss of her younger sister in her blog post, ‘Regrets Left Unsaid’.

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You can find Pirkko’s book, “The Other Child”, about a decades-old lie shattering a family, in our bookstore in the General Fiction section and on Amazon by clicking on the book below.

Happy Reading! ~ Lynne

Anna Sklar on Life and Work in 2018

What better way to start the new year than with a devotional to study through The Lord’s Prayer?
A look back at 2018 for a very busy author, Anna Sklar, who writes Bible Studies, Devotionals, and nonfiction.

“I’ve been busy.

Not just when it comes to creating or updating or compiling books.

I got myself a part-time job and started a Master’s program too!

The job and the schooling are done from home, which is the only way it works for me.

And I’m grateful, SO GRATEFUL, for all that fills my days.

But I’m still finding the balance.”… read more of Anna’s blog

G.D. Talbot’s Interview with Jon Michael Lawrence

G. D. Talbot’s Interview with Jon Michael Lawrence

G. D Talbot recently interviewed Christian children’s author, Jon Michael Lawrence as he publishes his new book, The Lamb of God.

 

“…When I was younger I loved poetry and always wanted to publish a book of some sort. About a year ago one day God gave me a story to write which is called ‘Charlie’s Good Deeds’ where I use a rabbit named Felix and a horse named Charlie to teach children about ‘The Good Samaritan’ and about being generous. Since that book I have written 6 other children’s books and a poetry book to praise God…”

The Lamb Of God by Jon Michael Lawrence

 

 

 

You can read G. D.’s full interview with Jon here:

https://gdtalbot.blogspot.com/2018/08/my-interview-with-jon-michael-lawrence.html

 

Happy Reading Everyone  🙂

Lynne

Existential Quandary by Benjamin T Collier

Existential Quandary by Benjamin T. Collier

Existential Quandary

Have you ever wondered where God came from? Benjamin T. Collier tackles this mind-blowing question – an Existential Quandary.

 

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“In Genesis it says “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” and then it says, “The earth was without form and void”. There’s something in this passage that I think a lot of modern readers miss. I was raised Christian, but I was also raised in a world of science which tends to approach everything from a naturalistic perspective. And as such, I somehow got it into my head that the emptiness that existed before Creation was something that had always been, and that God somehow ‘came about’ and made the cosmos out of the nothingness that was already there, which means God was somehow either existing alongside the nothingness or he was a product of it. What this verse tells me is that even the nothingness that a lot of us tend to think of as prime reality, this absence of existence, is in itself something created by God. God made an empty space in which to create things, he didn’t come into existence in an empty space and then make other things. God was, at one point, all there was. There was nothing that was not God. No earth, no heaven, no void, just God. Nothingness was not even a thing until God allowed it to be. Needless to say that changed my perspective”…

Read Benjamin’s full blog post at benjaminfrog.com

Benjamin writes fantasy, science-fiction and nonfiction. Go to Benjamin’s blog to find out about his books.

Happy Reading!

What Is Christian Speculative Fiction? by Lynne Collier

Christian author, Lynne Collier, writes Christian Speculative Fiction and Fantasy. Here she explains the differences between overt and non-overt fiction.

What Is Christian Speculative Fiction?

Writing Christian Speculative Fiction

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“Biblical [Christian] Speculative Fiction is speculative fiction which uses Christian themes and incorporates the Christian worldview…”  — Wikipedia.

In many of the modern Christian fiction novels, the characters are mainly Christian and act on guidance from God with no overt or miraculous divine intervention. There is almost always a non-Christian character who eventually becomes ‘born again’ and the emphasis is biblical and doctrinal, as in Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins’ Left Behind series. It differs greatly from speculations on the Bible and Christianity found in fictional work such as Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.

An example of a story which portrays a biblical and doctrinal emphasis but also features miraculous intervention would be Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness which features demons, angels, and spiritual warfare.

Examples of stories which reflect a Christian worldview without explicitly Christian references would be The Lord of the Rings by RR Tolkien, C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, and G. K. Chesterton’s The Ball and the Cross, which are overtly miraculous in content…”

 

Read Lynne Collier’s full blog post at  lynnecollier.com

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Ruth Smith Meyer

Ruth Smith Meyer, thank you for joining us; please tell us a little bit about yourself.

What or who motivated you to become an author?

From the time my mother and then older sister read stories to me, I was fascinated by the idea of writing. As a teen, I assisted my dad in putting out a newsletter and occasionally did some ghost-writing of his editorials when he was busy. However, my writing was mostly in the form of poems, short stories and letters until I began working at a Day Centre for Seniors. While there I wrote Keenagers Korner, a bi-weekly column for four area weekly papers. Attending the last God Uses Ink conference set things into motion for writing my first novel, Not Easily Broken. That was followed by a sequel Not Far from the Tree.

Do you have a favourite genre to write in, if so what is it and why?

Writing is so much a part of me that I have to write. I like to dabble in a lot of different kinds—devotional (I have regular assignments for REJOICE magazine,) inspirational, fiction, children’s literature and my latest adventure—the writing of my memoir, Out of the Ordinary. I also have been involved in several anthologies—the Hot Apple Cider series and am currently working with five other authors to write Good Grief People due to come out February, 2017.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced as an author?

Perhaps the biggest learning curve came when I was ready to have my book published. After much research and advice from experienced authors, I decided to self-publish with a firm who also had a distributing arm. Carving out the time to actually sit down to work on bigger projects is a continuing challenge. The times I have gone somewhere else to write have been the most productive. House-sitting for friends once gave me the opportunity for three weeks of uninterrupted time and that was great. Setting aside regular days is imperative. However, blogs and shorter works are often done late into the evening.

Have you found that challenge to get easier the more you write?

Yes, in my usual life, it did get easier. My second husband died at the beginning of this year. His final illness and the emptying of a house interrupted my schedule, but I am getting back to a more disciplined writing time.

What is your goal with your writing and who do you usually intend to reach with it?

The goal of any of my writing is to inspire readers to discover their own strengths, to face their fears, to find hope and growth in the midst of difficulty and to become all that God intended for them to be. I hope they also find joy and humour in the lighter moments as they read.

What else do you like to do besides writing, what are your other passions in life?

I find great joy in speaking to a variety of audiences with my inspirational talks. I am passionate about helping couples make the most of their marriage and for years was involved in various aspects of Marriage Encounter including presenting. After experiencing the death of two husbands sixteen years apart, I also find satisfaction in helping others who are on the grieving journey. I love nature, photography, painting, and all things creative. I love people and of course, my family. With two marriages I have four children, four step-children, in-laws, eighteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Each one of them is precious and I make birthday cards for each of them—another joy in life.

What do you think sets your books apart and why should people buy them?

Most people who have tried them say they are easy to read—a down-to-earth tone that makes them enjoyable even as they learn. They also appreciate the candor with which I relate real-life situations, making it natural for them to relate to the story. They find help in dealing with their own life and inspire them to grow.

Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know?

Not Easily Broken and Not Far from the Tree are my two novels. Out of the Ordinary is my life story, and Tyson’s Sad Bad Day is my children’s book that helps little ones deal with the death of family members. I also have stories in Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider, Taste of Hot Apple Cider and Hot Apple Cider with Cinnamon anthologies of Canadian Writers. I also contributed to another anthology, Fifty Shades of Grace.

Thank you so much for joining us, Ruth Smith Meyer

Christian Author Kenneth Steele

Kenneth L Steele

Kenneth L Steele, thank you for joining us; please tell us a little bit about yourself.

What or who motivated you to become an author?

Probably about years ago God put it in my heart to write a book. My goal was to write a novel but He spoke to me and said write something that would motivate the People to grow in me. I came up with Focus 15.

Do you have a favorite genre to write in, if so what is it and why?

I believe God has given me the ability to write devotionals. The reason is because I love to help people grow in God.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced as an author?

Trying to promote/market my own book.

Have you found that challenge to get easier the more you write?

Yes

What is your goal with your writing and who do you usually intend to reach with it?

I would like to reach everyone because I believe this devotion can help people grow in God.

What else do you like to do besides writing, what are your other passions in life?

Love playing basketball and hanging out with my family.

What do you think sets your books apart and why should people buy them?

Simplicity and the reason is because of the ability to navigate through each day with ease. I love how easy it is to search the Scripture and be able to reflect on what was read each day.

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Elaine Stock

Welcome Elaine Stock, thank you so much for joining us. We would love to know, When did you decide to become a writer? Is there a particular person or event that created that spark?

I’ve always enjoyed a good story! Ever since I could recall, my mother always held a book in her hands. She made a big and delightful fuss when I signed the back of my very first library card, making it possible for me to check out countless books through the years that not only entertained and educated me, but most likely helped to keep my sanity intact. My aunt was also an incredibly talented storyteller and used to regale my brother and me with amazing stories.

I penned stories in my early years of elementary school, moving onto the desire to become a comedic playwright in my junior high school years, and then into mainstream fiction in high school. However, it wasn’t until my mother passed away when I was in my mid 20s did I begin to take my writing interests seriously—she was a very creative woman who due to mental illness never could make her dreams come true. After many years of off and on writing, learning the craft, and trying different genres did I make the move to link my writing to my faith. That’s when things began to change for the positive as far as accomplishment and publication goes. I wish I’d had that insight years ago … maybe I’d have several novels published by now … but maybe not. I’ve also learned that everything happens in His time frame, not mine.

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What is your favourite genre to write?

I write contemporary mainstream fiction. I’ve tagged my writing as “Fusing Family Drama and Psychological Suspense” because the former psychology major in me loves stories about broken/troubled families and how our Father can heal what society deems impossible. Throw in a dollop of suspense and it becomes a creative playground for my imagination.

Are your books only for Christians or would other people also enjoy them?

My novels do circle around faith elements—I believe in hope, in His hope, and cannot get away from that. Yet, I don’t make them sermon-like preachy, nor do I believe that Christian fiction needs a “Saving” scene. I do believe that the general market reader will enjoy my novels.

How long have you known the Lord, what brought you to a relationship with Him?

I cannot not recall a time when I haven’t believed in a supreme being that rules the universe. However, I wasn’t brought up in a Christian home and I believe this was the impetus for my search for God throughout my teen years. Through the social media of the ‘70s—way before the Internet!—as in movies and pop songs, I became curious about Jesus, a Savior, wanting a direct relationship with me and one who wants to connect me to Father. After marrying my husband I was baptized (by sprinkle) in my early 20s and many years later was baptized a 2nd time by submersion. Both times I’ve experienced a truly Holy presence.

How do you connect with God best?

My days are filled with constant murmurs or out and out conversation with God. I also enjoy taking walks—that’s when I hear Him reply the clearest to me. Sometimes, too, I meet certain people or witness people interacting in dynamic relationships/conversations with each other, go about my own life, and then later learn that I’d earlier received what I think of as a God-lesson.

What do you consider the best piece of advice you can give to novice authors?

Believe in yourself and the stories/accounts you’re meant to write. Not to say that you shouldn’t accept objective help and learn about the craft of writing, but do avoid any negativity and discouragement or the disregard from those who label your writing interests as a hobby that will pass. In other words: take your writing seriously. Also, accept that it will take time and that you’re in it for the often very long haul.

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Are you a member of any writing groups?

I belong to: ACFW and WFWA (Women’s Fiction Writers Association).

What writing project are you currently working on?

I’m finishing up another story about a family. Three of its members—a daughter about to turn eighteen, her mom, and her father, all need rescuing but for different reasons.

Thank you again, for sharing with us today Elaine! If you would like to learn more about Elaine Stock’s books or purchase them, you can find them below: