Saturday, March 15, 2014

An Inspirational Interview with Christine Lindsay

How exciting! I have the privilege of having another multi-published author to interview today. Welcome to Writing with God's Hope blog, Christine Lindsay.  I find her story fascinating and inspiring. I believe others will, also.
 
Christine, tell us something about your writing journey.

 
My journey began shortly after I was reunited with my birth-daughter--the child I relinquished to adoption when she was 3 days old. Sarah and I were reunited 20 years later. This was wonderful, seeing my heart's desire at long last. However, seeing Sarah again renewed my original loss of her and sent me into an emotional tailspin for a few years. One day when I was crying over Sarah, my husband gave me a brand new pen and journal, and said, "Here, honey, write it." That was the start. God turned that journalling into a writing ministry where I use fiction to help others know how much the Lord loves them. A fuller story is on my blog http://shadowedinsilk--chapterone.blogspot.ca/2013/02/story-behind-covers.html  And I've attached a photo of my first two books that have as the cover models, my two daughters, Sarah and Lana.
 
 
What motivation! Do you write in more than one genre?
 
My first love is Inspirational Historical novels. My series Twilight of the British Raj has its first 2 books out. SHADOWED IN SILK has won several awards, Book 2 is CAPTURED BY MOONLIGHT, and  I am currently writing Book 3 VEILED AT MIDNIGHT. But this past February I wrote my first contemporary romance. Pelican Book Group was looking for stories in international settings for their Passport to Romance line. One of those cities was Londonderry which is not far from where I was born in N. Ireland. I simply had to write that book, which is called LONDONDERRY DREAMING.

Well, of course, you did. Tell us something more about Londonderry Dreaming.

Acclaimed New York artist, Naomi Boyd, and music therapist, Keith Wilson, loved one another five years ago, until her grandfather with his influence over Naomi separated them.
That root of bitterness keeps them apart until a letter from Keith’s grandmother, Ruth, draws Naomi to Londonderry to find she’s too late. Ruth has passed on. After the death of his beloved grandmother, Keith has also come to Londonderry only to open the door to his past…Naomi...beautiful as ever, the girl who broke his heart.
 
A mysterious painting in Ruth’s attic brings up questions about their grandparents’ entwined past and their own broken romance. But more comfortable with the unspoken languages of art and music, Naomi and Keith find it difficult to share their old hurts and true feelings.
 
Will the majestic coastline of Northern Ireland inspire them to speak the words to bring peace to their grandparents’ memory and to rekindle love?

WATCH THE FUN AND FAST BOOK TRAILER FOR LONDONDERRY DREAMING

Love the trailer. Great authentic scenes.
 
Christine, I'm a Texan, born and bred on the flat plains of North Texas. Canada fascinates me. Tell us what your part of Canada looks like.
 
I live in a truly beautiful part of the world. Best state I can compare British Columbia to is Colorado. I live in a valley surrounded by mountains. Within 6 hours drive from here, we are in the Canadian Rockies, which are stupendous. I've attached a photo of a mountain lake near where I live. 

That is beautiful. Thanks for the picture. We love to go to Colorado and last summer went, for the first time, to Wyoming and Idaho. Mountains and rivers entice us every year. I'm jealous you actually live near this scene.
 
What occupies your time besides writing?
 
Last summer my husband and I bought a tiny little travel tailer, big enough for only 2 to go camping in. It has a cute little gas stove, sink, countertop, bathroom and cozy bed. Also, in the summer I love to garden. Working with God's nature and enjoying it, our the ways I relax as a busy writer and also give me inspiration.
 
I can identify with the camping. We have a travel trailer. That's what we take to the mountains or the Texas hill country or seaside.

Most writers have good times and bad. Have you ever felt like giving up? If so, how did you press through that?
 
I've thought of giving up many times. Each time I do though, God does something to encourage me. The biggest time I was really going to quit was in 2009. After writing for 6 years by that point nothing was happening. Then I won the Genesis that year for Historical novel. That was SHADOWED IN SILK, which was titled Unveiled at the time.

What gave you the idea for your newest release?
 
  As I mentioned I have been to Londonderry. But while visiting St. Augustine's Chapel in Londonderry, I was also struggling with my emotions over Sarah, and over some of my daughter Lana's heartaches. This was when I saw the lovely stained glass windows of the biblical Ruth and Naomi. Here were 2 women brought together by heartache and loss, and a mother-daughter relationship grew between them. I wanted this sort of relationship with both of my daughters. I've attached a photo of that stained glass window, and it sort of forshadows the photo of my 2 daughters as my very own bookends.

The window is gorgeous. What an inspiring thought. With my having three daughters, I can sure understand wanting that special relationship. I love the story of Naomi and Ruth.

Do you write every day? If so, what does that process look like?
 
I must write every day just to keep up on all my committments. However, I do try to take time to rest. Sometimes the Lord forces me to take a rest though. 

I love music. If you were a song, what would that song be?
When Irish Eyes are Smiling.

 
Oh, I like that. Tell us something more about yourself. 
 
Christine Lindsay was born in Ireland, and is proud of the fact that she was once patted on the head by Prince Philip when she was a baby. Her great grandfather, and her grandfather—yes father and son—were both riveters on the building of the Titanic. Tongue in cheek, Christine states that as a family they accept no responsibility for the sinking of that great ship.
It was stories of her ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in Colonial India that inspired her Multi-award-winning, historical series Twilight of the British Raj. Aside from being a busy writer and speaker, Christine is also VP of Christian Authors’ Network. She makes her home in British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada.

CONNECT WITH CHRISTINE:
Please drop by Christine’s website http://www.christinelindsay.com/ or follow her on Twitter and be her friend on Pinterest , Facebook  and  Goodreads
 

Christine, it has been a pleasure getting acquainted with you. Thanks for answering all my tedious questions and sending such wonderful pictures. I know my viewers will enjoy getting acquainted, and I'm sure many, like me, are anxious to purchase one or more of your books.

Does anyone else have a question or comment?

Thanks for stopping by today to visit, Christine. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

A New Release for Judy P. Davis

 I met Judy P. Davis on the loop for Christian Writers Fellowship Intl. Her new book Happy New You is now available.  I feel blessed to tell the Writing with God's Hope followers about her and her latest book because I know you'll see her heart. 


Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the post. Davis is offering a chance to win the book.



Judy, tell us something about your writing journey.

 I started writing over 25 years ago in 1985 when I felt the calling of God.  I was reading my Bible and prayed, "God you have been so good to me, what can I do for you?"  I turned to the Scripture in Jeremiah 30:2 "Write every word I have spoken to you in a book."  I had never written anything but a few letters and felt like Moses.  Who me? 

The journey began as doors opened for me.  I started writing a column in the local newspaper, attending the Florida Christian Writer's Conference each year for almost 20 years, went to college while working full time for the government.  Later, in 1995, I earned an Associate Degree in Theology.  I retired from my Civil Service career in 2004.  God equips those He calls.  I have never looked at Christian writing as a career but as a ministry.

Is this your first book?

 No,  this was my 11th book.  Some of them are on
http://www.amazon.com/Happy-New-You-Reading-Through/dp/1462408680/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1394810106&sr=1-1&keywords=Happy+New+You+by+Judy+P.+Davis


http://judypdavis.wordpress.com.

What caused you to want to write this book?
 Last Jan 2013, I prayed for the new year and in my prayer, I asked God, "What would be a good devotional to read this year?"  And the words came into my heart and spirit, "Why not write your own devotional, a 365-day devotional?" I started writing that day and continued writing almost each day for a year.  Happy New You Reading the Bible Through will soon be released from the publisher.

I can sure identify with that since I wrote my 365 day devotion book, Divine Dining. God does give the words. Do you have another book in the works?

 No, not at this time.

Where is your favorite writing place?

In my office.  My husband bought a new computer for me for Christmas.  I also enjoy writing on my laptop.

If a song could describe you, what would that song be?
  I can't think of a song but my life verse is "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not lean on
your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight."  Proverbs 3: 5,6


Oh, I love that verse, too. Good to remember. Can you tell us something about your new book?

Here's an excerpt from the forward that my pastor wrote for the book.

In this book, “Happy New You”, Judy Davis takes you through a journey in the
Scripture that allows you to read, reflect, experience, and interact with God. 
In this quest for “something more”, as you allow your heart to brush up against
eternal truth, there will be subtle, yet powerful, changes in your life.  When
the liberating power of this truth begins to work its way into the essence of
your soul and spirit, the experience of reading the Scripture will transform
from a task to a highlight of your day.

As a pastor, I am always giving counsel to believers on resources that will
strengthen their walk with Christ.  I can say, without hesitation, that this
resource will serve that purpose in a uniquely practical way!  Pastor Merrill


Judy, tell us more about yourself.
Davis has written newspaper columns, articles and devotions for Pentecostal Evangel, Pathways to Go, Woman’s World, Evangel, The Upper Room, Christian Pulse online, and many other publications. Her books include: Faithful Women of the Bible, Living Abundantly Spiritually, Financially, and  Physically, Women of the Bible, and many others. She uses her vast writing knowledge to judge Writer’s Digest self-published book awards.
She and her husband, Colin, have been married for 47 years.  They have 3 children, 6 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter.  They love to travel since retiring from their careers in 2004.

How can people find you online?

http://judypdavis.wordpress.com
http://inspirationalthoughtsthatmatter.blogspot.com
http://facebook.com/judypdavis?ref=tn_tnmn

Thank you for giving us some insight into who Judy P. Davis is.

Now for Davis' offer for a giveaway for a kindle version of her book. All you must do to be in the drawing is leave a comment and don't forget to give your e-mail.  The winner's name will be drawn on the evening of March 14.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Gratitude


In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thess. 5:18


We need God's power in our life. When He opens doors and provides us with the needed power, do we thank Him?


 Question: What good quality does an attitude of gratitude provide for us?

    Answer: humility


 Question: How does humility help with weight loss?

 Answer: Humility keeps the focus off us. When our mind dwells on ministry, other's needs, or interesting activities, the desire for food diminishes.
 
         Also, humility reminds us of where we came from, of our binging, ungrateful attitudes of the past.


 Question: What is the direct consequence of focusing on ourselves?

 Answer: When we dwell on ourselves and our problems, we take on the “poor me” syndrome. We overeat to make us feel better or to relieve stress.

 
 Question: How does gratitude help with that?

 Answer: Gratitude and conceit can’t reside in the same mind. Jesus told us, we can’t serve Him and the devil both. Neither can we sincerely thank God for His bounty and faithfulness and be all wrapped up in how rough it is carrying our load or not eating what we want.


 Question: If we have pride in our knowledge, the ability to eat right, control situations and succeed on our own, how may that precipitate our downfall? 
 
 Answer: When we rely on our knowledge, strong will, a diet program, or extreme exercise, this is false pride. Then when we falter, self pity lashes out at our confidence. False pride and self pity inevitably reduce us to helplessness and failure.
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.Our part is to ask, to seek, to knock. His part is to answer, to come, to open.   Courage to Change, compiled and edited by Bill Pittman and Dick B. 
 
Be grateful.
    Stay humble.
         Rely on God's power.


An attitude of gratitude is God’s best weapon against an overeating compulsion, or any other addiction, battle, or hang-ups.
 
In everything, give thanks.
 
 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Cover Reveal for Angie Brashear

Online friend meets real-life person. Today, I have a rare treat. My decision to ask Angie Brashear to allow me to reveal the cover of her new book began with her as an online friend. While we conversed back and forth by e-mail, we discovered a new facet to our relationship. Angie and my daughter, Christie, are friends. Their husbands, coaching for competing high schools, met each other on the field a few years ago.

Angie's debut novel will release in June. I'm so proud for her and excited to be one of the first to reveal the cover of her book. Angie, it sounds exciting. Thanks for letting us preview this exciting venture.


Angie writes Christian fantasy. Some of my Christian friends don't correlate those two things. Today, we talk with Angie about her thoughts on Christian fantasy. She calls it a life-saving genre. Tell us your feelings, Angie.

 
Definitions of literary genres can be…well, complex. Even tricky. Attempts to define Christian fantasy vary, though I’ve spent little time fretting over an official definition. I mean, Christian fiction typically illustrates a Christian world view within its plot, characters, or both. And the fantasy genre commonly uses myths and legends as a primary plot element, theme, or setting. So, in my opinion, Christian fantasy embodies fantastical elements in an internally consistent setting all the while reflecting aspects of the Christian world view.

But the debate (at least for some) surrounds who writes Christian fantasy. Writers who are Christians, writers who claim to be Christians, or writers who believe Christianity is a fantasy to begin with? It’s not a debate I choose to enter, for the truth lies outside the discussion: the genre influences nonbelievers. My path to salvation began with a classic fantasy, told to me in the midst of my secular world.

When I was in the fifth grade, my teacher read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis aloud to my class. In doing so, she opened my eyes to adventure and possibilities, all the while helping me escape a world of darkness for a short time. At its conclusion, I wondered, Is God real? He couldn’t be, right? For if He existed, innocent young girls wouldn’t suffer the wrath of drunken addicts, or the torment of abandonment.

I continued to speculate. Each time God placed believers in my path—a high school teacher, a college friend, and a college coach—my fascination with the possibility grew stronger until the truth stunned me like a slap to the face. God indeed lives in the form of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He rescues. He saves. And He waited for me. Then He embraced me. It all started with a little seed, planted in the empty heart of the girl I once was. A love for reading expanded to a love for writing. A desire to know God became a desire to serve Him, to reach nonbelievers.

And Never Let Go was born.

In all things, I’m grateful to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for embracing a lost, lonely girl. That He died for me…there is no greater gift. My prayer is that I’ll never let go of His truth.

 
I love your perspective. I write Christian paranormal YA and have been criticized for it because Christians shouldn't believe in ghosts. God specializes in supernatural. Who better than God to use the unexpected, the unusual, the impossible to touch our lives? Thank you so much for a lovely testimony of how God "slapped you in the face."

Now, tell us a bit about your new book, Never Let Go.


Captured by the Rendow Clan, who seek to slaughter those with faith in the Maker, Laila Pennedy awaits death. Moments before her execution, she is rescued from the gallows by Lars Landre and his dragon. Marked as The Chosen by his blue eyes, Lars is destined to lead the Faithful out of persecution.

Lars guides Laila on a harrowing race across The Woodlands to Tuveil, where the Faithful are preparing to fight a rebellion. But the secret location of the village is betrayed and the Rendow Clan’s army will soon be at the gates. Faced with this impeding peril, Laila trains for battle, but the struggles in her mind and heart may be as overwhelming as the war to come. Will she prove herself an asset or is she condemned to forever be a burden to those she loves?

 

Pre-order Never Let Go here:
 
And now the cover reveal. Ta-da!
 

That is beautiful, Angie.
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Okay, now tell us a little about yourself and where we can contact you.
When Angie Brashear isn’t working or taking care of her family, she writes. Usually at night after her kids fall asleep. She’s an avid reader and runner, both of which perplex her husband. Saved in her early twenties, Angie is grateful for the Lord’s presence in all aspects of her life. She is originally from Rockland, Maine and currently resides in Cameron, Texas with her husband and three children. Follow her at http://facebook.com/AngieBrashearAuthor, https://twitter.com/AngieBrashear, and http://angiebrashear.com.

Thanks for being my guest today, Angie. I can't wait to read the book

Saturday, February 15, 2014

6 Pointers for Change in 2014

Change the way you look?

Change the way you feel?

Add more zest to your life?

Draw closer to God?

Heal?

We're all looking for help to change our lives. Twenty years ago, I began to change, to heal emotionally, to lose weight. . Here's my tried and true pointers.



This is my before picture with my newborn granddaughter.

Today, she is 22 years old.


1. Read your Bible daily.
 
   Hearing the Word read on the TV or in church service isn't enough. Read it for yourself. Think about the words. Apply it to weight loss or whatever your habit or temptation might be.
 
   I read Proverbs 9:17. Stolen waters are sweet and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
 
   Secret stashes of food hidden around the house put weight on my body and pain in my soul.
 
   What Scripture ministers to you today?

2.Pray daily.
 
   Ask from the fount of God's wisdom what you should eat, how you should live, to whom should you minister.
 
   We are our worst enemy. Our wisdom is as weak as we are sick.
 
   Keep the relationship open with God on the throne and you, his willing servant.

3. Read Divine Dining devotion book or other inspiring literature without fail each day.
 
   Compliment your Bible reading with things that pertain to your particular problem. What you put in your mind shows forth through you life.

4.Come to meeting every week.
 
   If you're fortunate to have a support group for your addiction or habit, attend with regularity. If not, find an online support group. Chat with others who have similar struggles Encourage and hold up each other.
 
   For those who live in or near Wichita Falls, TX, our Divine Dining group meets every Tuesday evening at 7 at Heritage Church. We weigh, we study God's word, we delve into subjects to improve the physical, mental, and spiritual side of weight loss. Then, we pray.

5. Keep healthy foods available.
 
   For those of us who struggle with weight, it's important to be prepared. Keep cupboards as clear as possible of tempting junk food. Buy and have ready healthy snacks.
 
   Tailor this advice to your particular problem.

6. Visualize God working in your compulsion.
 
          Your nervous system cannot tell the difference between an imagined experience and a "real" experience. In either case, it reacts automatically to information which you give to it from your forebrain.
         Your nervous system reacts appropriately to what "you" think or imagine to be true.
                                                                                   
                                         This is a quote from Psycho-Cybernetics by
                                                                                  Maxwell Maltz, MD

                  If I go to a party expecting to get a dessert, eat half, and then cover it with a napkin to be thrown away, that's what I will do.

       If I see myself as thinner and eating less, I will.

  
 
 
The above picture was taken at Eureka Springs, Ark, the fall of 2013. I maintain the 95 lb loss using the 6 pointers above.
 
 
I welcome any other suggestions or comments.
 
 
Also remember the drawing for a free book and a $10 gift certificate to Amazon. The last day for the drawing is February 18. All you must do is comment and enter your e-mail on the left side to subscribe to my blog.
       

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Uneven Path

After surgery two weeks ago, my time of recovery and recuperation began. The first week I was down for the count with very little moving around, mostly sleeping in my bed or sitting in my recliner dozing.

Then came my first day 8 days later when I woke up. My pain was manageable. The nausea had left. A slight burst of energy sparked my mind. I got breakfast on the table and ate there with my husband. I spent time writing at my computer. I even folded clean towels. By the end of the day, a shot of adrenaline made me forget the cramps starting to strike.

Sunday came and with it, disappointment. While entering the dining room, my legs buckled. My stomach churned. An acrid taste made me sick. Cramps doubled me with pain. I made my way to my recliner and my heating pad where I remained most all day. Monday morning was a repeat of Sunday, but after a morning nap, the afternoon improved, but I feared a repeat of Sunday and stayed at rest.

Tuesday dawned. I edged toward the kitchen. I held my breath afraid to voice what I now realized. I didn't hurt. I wasn't nauseas. If I spoke it, would my health dissolve? No, Tuesday was a good, productive day (for a sick person) all day. Now, surely, I was on the path to full restoration.

Then, came Wednesday. Did I pay for doing too much Tuesday, or was it just another dip in my uneven path?

Through each phase, God walked beside me and held my hand.

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord; and he delighteth in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.
                                                                                            Psalm 37:23, 24

Much Scripture compares life to a path. I propose to you that our faith walk may be an uneven path just like the one for rehabilitation.


First, we're in our sin. We're asleep (or dead) to God. We don't question what we should be doing for Christ because we do nothing.

Then, salvation sends the fire of excitement. We want to do more and more for Christ in appreciation for what He's done for us. We expect everyone to see our viewpoint.

Trials strike. Others don't get it. Our energy drains and pools on the floor.

We pray. We revive. We move ahead with renewed vigor and understanding.

Then, we trip. We falter. Are we saved anymore? How could we speak such angry words, or tell that awful story after Christ died for us?

God's strong arm lifts us, forgives, us, and like a Mama Eagle teaching her young to fly, the Lord nudges us out of the nest.

This then is the uneven path of faith.

Through this path, also, God is there through good and through bad.

For those who struggle with an overeating compulsion like me, our walk to healthier eating also follows an uneven path.

What about you?
Can you identify with the faith walk? Or maybe the health recovery?

For everyone who leaves a comment here on my blog and signs in as a follower of this blog, I will put in a drawing for a copy of Victoria and the Ghost, and a $10 Amazon gift certificate.  The drawing will come on Tuesday, February 18 and I'll post the winner here.

Remember you must do both: leave a comment here
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Good luck!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Set Goals and Dreams for 2014

Have you set new goals for 2014, yet? Today is February 1. It's past time.

My devotion book, Divine Dining, offers these suggestions in the devotion for December 31.

 
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit, for the Spirit searcheth all things, yeat the deep things of God. 1 Corinthians 2:10

      Tomorrow we begin a new year. New Years Resolutions may not work, but setting well-thought-out, written, and prayed-over goals do. It’s time to evaluate the illness that tied us in knots. Has God brought an emotional healing during this year? Has He started a new work? Have you hit bottom where you’re ready to begin?

     Wherever you are on the path, it’s time to focus on where you want to go. In the new year, will it be God’s Way, or My way for you?
    
     Go through these steps.

 

     Decide if you’re ready to submit to God

     Read this daily devotion book in the new year and

          everything else that will help, especially the Bible

     Energize through leaving off sugars and fats that drain

          your vitality.

     Admit your powerlessness and Ask God to take over your

          life.

     Mentor others as you receive your day-by-day healing.

 

 Here's another example of how to DREAM. 

 

    Discern God’s will daily.

    Record your progress and reaffirm God’s leading.

    Eat the Word. Make it part of you.

    Associate with friends that pray and encourage.

    Maintain contact with God regardless of what’s going on in

           world.


Prayer: I can’t. God can. Lead me in the coming year.
 
Check out also the post under, Dream on, Writers, published on another page on this site. This article has appeared in several magazines and newsletters and aims the goal setting more for writers. As you can tell, I love acrostics.

 
Many of you already own Divine Dining. If you don't, go to the link above now to purchase it, or find it also on Amazon in print or kindle version.