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Saturday, December 28, 2013
My oldest daughter, Julia Clark, once told me that our churches didn't prepare kids for college. After having given her heart to Christ at a young age and then attending church through high school, she took a course in Western Civilization at college that almost threw her. No one had questioned her about her faith until then. No one had placed alternative roads to life before her. Ada Brownell's latest release, Imagine the Future You does just that--prepares young people for their future.
Brownell tells the reader what it takes to be a success in business, in marriage, in life. The words read more like fiction, interesting, captivating, unique. The author uses the imagine theme for each section; imagine you falling in love, imagine you as an older adult, imagine you achieving your dreams ... At the end of the book, Brownell asks questions from each chapter to test your comprehension and application for life. Part of the book reads like a Christian apologist, giving young people evidence for a belief in God.
The back of the book lists questions that are answered in this book. Here is a few:
How harnessing your will can make you a champion.
How to look and be your best.
How to avoid traps that jeopardize your future.
Ms. Brownell knows her stuff and cites her facts in an orderly, understandable fashion. She spent 17 years as a newspaper reporter. Her writing encompasses 275 articles. Her fiction stories show up in 45 different magazines. Her books include Swallowed by Life and Confessions of A Pentecostal. Her prolific writing and researching gives her access to studies that will convince the most doubtful new adult.
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Ada Brownell sent me a copy of this book to review. I am most grateful to her.
If you've read this book, leave a comment to let us know. Also, feel free to ask questions about the book. It's a must read for anyone from 15-30.
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Once there was a man who didn't believe in Jesus, and he didn't hesitate to let others know how he felt about religion and religious holidays like Christmas and Easter. His wife, however, was a believer and raised their children to have faith in God and Jesus.
One snowy Christmas Eve, his wife was taking their children to a Christmas Eve service in the farm community in which they lived. She asked him to come, but he refused. "That story is nonsense," he said, "Why would God lower Himself to come to earth as a man?"
So, she and the children left, and he stayed home. Awhile later the winds grew stronger, and the snow turned into a blizzard. As the man looked out the window, all he saw was a blinding snowstorm. He sat to relax before the fire for the evening. Then, he heard a loud thump. Something had hit the window. Then, another thump, He looked out but couldn't see more than a few feet. When the snow let up a little, he ventured outside to see what could have been beating on the window.
In a field near his house, he saw a flock of wild geese Apparently, they had gotten caught in the snowstorm and were lost, and a couple of them had flown into his window. They were stranded on the farm with no food or shelter. They just flapped their wings and flew around his field, blindly and aimlessly.
The man felt sorry for the geese and wanted to help them. His barn would be a great place for them to stay. It was safe and warm, and they could spend the night there and wait out the storm. So he walked over to the barn and opened the doors wide, then watched and waited, hoping they woud notice the open barn and go inside.
But, the geese just fluttered around and did not seem to notice the barn or realize what it could mean to them. The man tried to get their attention, but that just seemed to scare them, and they moved further away. He went into the house and came back with some bread, broke it up, and made a trail of breadcrumbs leading into the barn. They still didn't catch on. The man was getting frustrated.
He got behind them and tried to shoo them toward the barn, but they only became more scared and scattered in every direction. Nothing he did got them to go into the barn where they would be safe and warm. "Why don't they follow me," he exclaimed. "Can't they see this is the only place where they can survive the storm?"
He thought for a moment and realized that they just wouldn't follow a human. "If only I were a goose, then I could save them," he said out loud. Then he had an idea. He went into the barn, got one of his own geese, and carried it in his arms as he circled around behind the flock of wild geese. He then released his goose. It flew through the flock and straight into the barn. One by one, the wild geese followed it to safety.
The man stood silently for a moment as the words he had spoken a few minutes earlier replayed in his mind, "If only I were a goose, then I could save them." He thought about what he had said to his wife earlier. "Why would God lower Himself to come to earth as a man?" Suddenly, it all made sense. That is exactly what God had done.
We were like the geese--blind, lost, perishing. God had His Son become like us, so He could show us the way to be saved.
The man realized this was the meaning of Christmas. As the winds and blinding snow died down, his soul became quiet . He contemplated that thought. This was why Christ had come. Years of doubt and unbelief vanished like the passing storm. He fell to his knees in the snow and prayed his first prayer. "Thank You, God, for coming in human form to save me from the storm.Author unknown
A sweet friend of mine sent us a Christmas card with this story enclosed. I had not heard the Christmas geese story, but found it touched my heart. I pondered this example of Christ being the reason for the season. Posting it today is my Christmas gift to those who follow my blog.
Thank you, all, for stopping by. I appreciate you.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
I emailed this lady and asked if I could interview her. She graciously accepted my offer. Help me welcome Tara Johnson to my Writing with God's Hope blog today.
* I can only sleep on the cool side of the pillow.
* I used to have a wall-hanging in my bedroom growing up that spelled out my name with each letter hooked together. T-A-R-A. My brother would come in and re-arrange them on a regular basis to spell A-R-A-T.
* My nieces and nephews call me "Aunt Spaz" and think that's my real name.
* During our wedding ceremony, the church caught on fire. True story.
* I am the biggest history nerd of all time.
Where do you do your best writing or practicing?
This past year has kept
You can contact Tara at www.TaraJohnsonMinistries, through facebook, twitter (@TaraMinistry) or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
I began reading it right away, but as posted previously, I'm a slow reader. Also, I keep a fiction and a non-fiction book going at the same time. I wanted to give this short review.
I find Hollow Victory encouraging, inspiring, and helpful. The story of the Songbird touched my life. We must learn to deal with grief, depression, people-pleasing, perfectionism, and fear/anxiety to live in victory. Tara gives us ways to disarm these using God's tried and true methods. These landmines destroy compulsive people like me. I can and will use Tara's prescribed methods for myself and teach them in my weekly Divine Dining weight loss classes here in Wichita Falls, TX.
Thank you, Tara, for being obedient to God in writing this book. Thanks also for sending me a copy. I highly recommend it.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Ladonna, what a wonderful time in your life. I know from my experience last year, debuting your first book changes your life, increases your work load, and brings more exhilaration than one person can handle. God bless you and your book.
Trailer link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL__xETUiHM
Though we want to hear more from Ladonna, right now, I want to interview and learn about Katie Lynn Wilson. I see her standing over here. Characters always do run away with the show.
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Saturday, November 23, 2013
Mystery writers will find Terri Main's article especially helpful. Writers can use this information whether we write romantic suspense, science fiction, women's fiction, or YA.
Now You See It: The Art of Misdirection in Mystery Writing
I am a retired college professor. I live in California's Central Valley where it gets hot in summer. I hate summer. Currently, I'm writing full time. I don't think of myself as retired as much as the college is paying me to write my novels and Bible studies. I've been published in just about every venue. Fiction, nonfiction, radio drama, live drama, video documentaries, novels and book length nonfiction. I've been traditionally published in magazine and book format, and I'm currently engaged in Indie writing publishing my own stuff and loving it.
I live a fairly quiet life. I'm a life long single and live with my five cats. So, I'm keeping alive the cultural archetype of the Retired Old Maid School Teacher with Cats.
I write science fiction...more
Thank you, Terri, for giving us such good information. Now, we'll all be watching for the slight of hand in fiction.
Terry Main has given us many books. I've pictured a couple of them from Amazon. You can purchase these or others at
Anyone for magic?
Sunday, November 17, 2013
|My grandson -playoffs last year.|
Salvation would be first base..
Prayer would give you a home run..
The practice of praying would be the discipline of the batting cage.
And he spake a parable unto them to this end; that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.
Fans would represent those that encourage us, but in life, unlike a baseball game, there are no spectators.
Each of us plays the game. We win or lose depending on our prayer life.
Are you needing more batting practice?
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Amazon makes this offer today through Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Take advantage.
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Saturday, November 9, 2013
Since her debut novel released four days ago, (Big congrats to Mary) I asked her if she would allow her book's main character to come and answer some of our questions. She was kind enough to allow him to have his say.
So there you have it. Run, don't walk to purchase your copy of Hear No Evil.
Mary tells me you may purchase Hear No Evil on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Some prefer ignoring it as a holiday altogether saying it's a night for demons and witches.
Others poo-poo that idea and continue with their trick or treating and dressing up in silly costumes as a way of Christians just having fun.
To my way of thinking, the first plan is too legalistic. We can't earn our salvation. We can never be good enough. No amount of works, no amount of giving up things, no amount of doing good can replace God's grace. He provides freely for our salvation. We need only accept His gift.
The second plan, I agree with to a point. Christians can be happier than anyone because God takes away our guilt. Why should only non-Christians have fun on Halloween day, or whatever we choose to call the night? My actions should be qualified by the time-old question, "What would Jesus do?"
Jesus went to a wedding, had dinner with his followers, and celebrated Passover with his disciples. I believe if Halloween had been celebrated during that time in Israel, Jesus would've used it to give a parable to steer his companions in the right way. After all, Halloween began as a time to honor Christian saints and martyrs. As usual, the devil perverted something that started out as good. Wouldn't Jesus have wanted to set the record straight?
This year, our church did two function we called "Light the Night." Both locations provided bounce houses, carnival booths, prizes for all, and lots of candy to "set the record straight" that Christians know how to have fun.
We're not weird.
We're not tied in knots with rules and regulations.
We desire to "light the night" with the gospel as Jesus brought light to the world with His sacrifice.
I know this is a controversial topic. Since we just passed another Halloween, Oct. 31 night, and each of we Christians followed our own consciences, I truly want to know your opinions.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Time to think of ways to help. Here's my best 10 tips:
1. First Things First
Give your body what it needs, give to God your worship and devotion.
Often we put food on the throne of our lives. No one can lose weight this way.
Through God comes power.
Stress, loneliness, boredom, depression; these are things that drive us to overeat.
Get in the habit of writing out your problems every day. In this way, you release them to God and no longer need worry.
3. Be Colorful
My husband compliments me on my colorful plates. Vegetables and fruits add orange, red, yellow, green, and purple to your meals. Strive for 5-6 servings of vegetables and fruits every day.
4. Tip the Milk
(Fat-free, of course) Have 2 servings of dairy a day. Stick with low fat yogurt, cheese, milk. Studies prove we lose better with dairy on our menu.
5. Move It, or Lose It
Activity is important. Weight loss comes from eating less calories than we use up daily. If we use more calories, guess what, we get to eat more. Leave it to a recovering compulsive overeater to utilize that. If you have leg pain, strengthen your upper body with exercise. If you're overweight and out of shape, take short, slow walks to begin. Do something if at all possible.
Extra benefits to activity are to lower blood pressure, strengthen muscles, relieve depression, increase metabolism, and get our minds off our loneliness.
6. Divine Dining
Okay, I'm prejudiced since I wrote the devotion book Divine Dining, but long before I wrote this book, I read and still read excerpts from inspirational books that keep my mind on the goal of eating unto Christ.