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by Lisa M. Prysock

Hello, friends!  I hope you had a great Easter and Passover celebration with your family!  I’m looking forward to spring and getting out in our garden, but this week we had a bit of snow.  I keep believing it’s right around the corner.  I wanted to share a little more insight and behind the scenes information with you about Geneva, so I hope you enjoy this video interview about the book.

Here’s the link to the book:  https://www.amazon.com/Geneva-Garden-Brides-Grace-Hill-ebook/dp/B075P61X98/ Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful week ahead!  May the grace of our Lord be with us all. 

Lisa

Author Bio

Lisa M. PrysockLisa M. Prysock lives in the countryside of beautiful, rolling Kentucky just outside of the greater Louisville area near horse farms and four board fences with her husband of 19 years.  She homeschooled the two youngest of their five children (all grown).  She and her husband live in an average, two story, Colonial style home they are continually updating– with a funny looking Heinz 57 dog; an adorably dainty lady cat; a vegetable garden; numerous flower beds; and a tree house undergoing a remodel.  When not in teaching or writing mode, she is teaching herself to play the piano and violin.  In regards to that, she laughs:  “It’s a pretty painful process, but I’m truly enjoying it!”   

An award winning, bestselling author, she had authored 11 books and loves all things old-fashioned and has adopted a slogan of “The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl.”  A few of her interests and passions include doll houses, long dresses and hats, gardening, reading the classics, butterflies, the colors peach and purple, flip flops, swimming, walking, working out, cooking, sewing, crochet, cross stitching, arts and crafts, scrapbooking, decorating, and drawing. 

Lisa writes clean and wholesome literature that shares her faith in Jesus Christ.  She is a member of ACFW and Louisville Christian Writers.  You can find out more about Lisa at:   www.LisaPrysock.com

Links: 

https://www.facebook.com/LisaMPrysock 

https://twitter.com/LPrysock  

www.LisaPrysock.com 

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Author Interview for You Today

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by Lisa Prysock

Hello, friends!  I hope you had a great Easter and Passover celebration with your family!  I’m looking forward to spring and getting out in our garden, but this week we had a bit of snow.  I keep believing it’s right around the corner.  I wanted to share a little more insight with you about “Geneva,” so I hope you enjoy this video interview about the book.  Here’s the link to the video on my You Tube channel. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGr5qQ7gwk0&feature=em-share_video_user 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful week ahead!  May the grace of our Lord be with us all. 

Lisa

Author Bio 

Lisa M. PrysockLisa M. Prysock lives in the countryside of beautiful, rolling Kentucky just outside of the greater Louisville area near horse farms and four board fences with her husband of 19 years.  She homeschooled the two youngest of their five children (all grown).  She and her husband live in an average, two story, Colonial style home they are continually updating– with a funny looking Heinz 57 dog; an adorably dainty lady cat; a vegetable garden; numerous flower beds; and a tree house undergoing a remodel.  When not in teaching or writing mode, she is teaching herself to play the piano and violin.  In regards to that, she laughs:  “It’s a pretty painful process, but I’m truly enjoying it!”   

An award winning, bestselling author, she had authored 11 books and loves all things old-fashioned and has adopted a slogan of “The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl.”  A few of her interests and passions include doll houses, long dresses and hats, gardening, reading the classics, butterflies, the colors peach and purple, flip flops, swimming, walking, working out, cooking, sewing, crochet, cross stitching, arts and crafts, scrapbooking, decorating, and drawing. 

Lisa writes clean and wholesome literature that shares her faith in Jesus Christ.  She is a member of ACFW and Louisville Christian Writers.  You can find out more about Lisa at:   www.LisaPrysock.com

Links: 

https://www.facebook.com/LisaMPrysock

https://twitter.com/LPrysock

www.LisaPrysock.com 

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How Writing Hannah’s Civil Pirate Changed Me

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by Joanna Emerson

Have you ever read those verses in Proverbs about wisdom and understanding, and stopped to ask God for these?

The word “dayclean” will forever be in my vocabulary after writing Hannah’s Civil Pirate. So will “trutemout,” “eish ‘tettuhs,” “buckruh,” and many others. These are Gullah words. The Gullah people live along the southeast coast of the United States and are descended from enslaved Africans who were forced to work the land they now own. One of the most famous of the Gullah people was Robert Smalls.

Even though he was one of the most famous of the Gullah people, and even though his deeds impacted America in major ways, most people I asked didn’t know who Robert Smalls was. So I decided to tell his story.

This man escaped enslavement  during the height of the Civil War. He didn’t just escape by himself, either! He took family and friends with him. All at once.

In order to write the story properly, I had to research. And research I did! I read as many biographies on him as I could, both books and articles. I studied steamboats, gunboats, navy procedures, water mines, and many more intricacies of the Civil War.

One of the things that changed me was the loyalty of both Hannah and Robert Smalls. When her husband, Robert, talked of leaving, and all the perils along the way, Hannah said she would go with him anyway. She borrowed the words of Ruth to say, “Where you die, I die.”

Robert wouldn’t leave his family and friends behind. He was savvy enough to figure out how to get himself out. But getting just himself out wasn’t enough. He wanted his family and friends to be free as well! He worked tirelessly toward that goal!

What changed me most was putting myself in their shoes, so to say, to understand life from their perspective. So many whites at that time treated blacks as if they were not even human, or that they were only partly human, or that they were humans cursed by God. These horrible paradigms were what slavers used to justify their behavior. Every day for months, I imagined in detail what it must have felt like for Hannah and Robert to have people regard them like that. It totally transformed the way I view the modern situation of race relations in the United States.

This taught me to listen more intently to all the dialogue going on. All my research helped me listen more objectively, but writing these characters helped me listen more empathetically.

For years, I asked God for wisdom and understanding about the current state race relations in America. My prayers for wisdom and understanding were answered through writing Hannah’s Civil Pirate.

Have you ever written a story that changed you, or opened your eyes to things you hadn’t seen before?

Here’s the premise of the story!

Based on a true story. 

Hannah Jones knows little more than the evils of slavery. She yearns for freedom for herself and her children. But in Charleston, SC in the 1850s, freedom seems impossible for a black woman. 

Then she meets Robert Smalls, who doesn’t think like anyone else she ever met before. And he may be daring and gallant enough to attempt the impossible—escape. 

If they succeed, they will win freedom for their family and friends. If they fail, the Confederate army would hang Robert as a pirate, and would kill his whole family. Or worse, send them back to slavery.

Hannah's Civil Pirate

About the Author:

Joanna EmersonJoanna Emerson loves the miracle of life and is continually awed that she’s allowed to participate in this wild, beautiful, frightening ride. She lives in Mexico with her husband and two miraculous children.

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God’s Hornets

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“And I will send hornets before thee, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before thee”   (Exodus 23:28).

What the hornets were we need not consider. They were God’s own army which He sent before His people to sting their enemies and render Israel’s conquest easy. Our God by His own chosen means will fight for His people and gall their foes before they come into the actual battle. Often He confounds the adversaries of truth by methods in which reformers themselves have no hand. The air is full of mysterious influences which harass Israel’s foes. We read in the Apocalypse that “the earth helped the woman.”

Let us never fear. The stars in their courses fight against the enemies of our souls. Oftentimes when we march to the conflict we find no host to contend with. “The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” God’s hornets can do more than our weapons. We could never dream of the victory being won by such means as Jehovah will use. We must obey our marching orders and go forth to the conquest of the nations for Jesus, and we shall find that the LORD has gone before us and prepared the way; so that in the end we will joyfully confess, “His own right hand and his holy arm, have gotten him the victory.”

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Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 19:21You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail.

We must understand and accept this wonderful truth. The Lord is on the throne of heaven and His purpose will prevail. We like to be in control of our own destiny. We like to have a say in how things are going to work out for us in life. We like to determine our own paths. We work hard to make our lives become what we want them to be.

However, our plans may not be in line with God’s purposes. In fact, His purpose for life may be drastically different than our plans. We can prevent His purpose from becoming a reality in us by our stubborn refusal to let Him have His way with us. But when that happens, His greater plan of judgment will prevail. We can either live the life He plans for us or we can become victims of our plans. It’s a choice we all make in life.

The Lord’s purpose for life is redemption. It is why we exist and why He came. He will save all those who come to Him. He will redeem and purify His people and make them fit for His eternal kingdom. He will give them hope, peace, joy and a reason to live. He will forgive all those who come to Him. He will instill in the heart a desire for Him and a willingness to live for Him.

Let this marvelous truth encourage you today. The Lord’s purpose for your life will prevail if you walk humbly before Him. He will make you into the person He created you to be. He will use you in ways you can’t even begin to imagine now. All the forces of hell can’t thwart the plans God has for you.

Go ahead and make as many plans for your future as you want, but always remember this wonderful truth, ‘The Lord’s purpose will prevail.’ Man cannot prevent the Lord from accomplishing His will to redeem as many as will let Him and usher them home to heaven. Righteousness will prevail; all sin will be judged and cast into the lake of fire reserved for those who reject the Lord.

Align yourself up with God’s purposes and all will be well with your soul, both today and throughout all of eternity.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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True Heart-Energy

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

This is, practically, a promise that, by diligent meditation and the giving up of our whole mind to our work for the LORD we shall make a progress which all can see. Not by hasty reading but by deep meditation we profit by the Word of God. Not by doing a great deal of work in a slovenly manner, but by giving our best thought to what we attempt, we shall get real profit. “In all labor there is profit” but not in fuss and hurry without true heart-energy.

If we divide ourselves between God and mammon, or Christ and self, we shall make no progress. We must give ourselves wholly to holy things, or else we shall be poor traders in heavenly business, and at our stocktaking no profit will be shown.

Am I a minister? Let me be a minister wholly and not spend my energies upon secondary concerns. What have I to do with party politics or vain amusements? Am I a Christian? Let me make my service of Jesus my occupation, my lifework, my one pursuit. We must be in-and-in with Jesus, and then out-and-out for Jesus, or else we shall make neither progress nor profit, and neither the church nor the world will feel the forceful influence which the LORD would have us exercise.

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Welcome to Silverpines, Oregon

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by Parker J. Cole

Let me tell you about Silverpines, Oregon. It’s a town on the outskirts of Astoria. Mining and lumber are the primary money makers of this old western metropolis. All kinds of business, families, and peoples there.  

That is, until two disasters level the town. The first earthquake hit the town, April 15th. It destroyed the silver mine and buried a lot of our men under the unrepentant earth. Five hundred if you really want to know. Rescuers came from all over trying to help the men get out of the mine. Then, it collapsed killing the rescuers.  

I couldn’t hardly grieve for more than a day when the next day, another earthquake destroyed Timber Town. A massive mudslide carried away all the lumber the men had been cutting, washing away the entire place. Fathers, brothers, and sons, all gone. Buried alive. 

All that’s left is a lot of women without their men. Children without fathers. The petty differences that once separated us have been obliterated along with town we once called home. And the women of Silverpines have to band together in order to survive. 

In the town of Silverpines, we need men. We can’t build the town back by ourselves and we can’t leave our children behind. So, we’ll send put a letter in the mail and hopefully, when the train or the stagecoach comes in, we’ll have ourselves new grooms. 

You might think it’s insane but what choice do we have? And the men we send for, what kind of men are they? Will our hearts be captured or are just setting ourselves up for disappointment? 

The only way to find out is visit Silverpines, Oregon. 

Silverpines is a new series I’m involved with. It’s my first foray into historical fiction. I find myself very excited about this series because I’m working with some wonderful authors. The first two books are already out with the third releasing on April 10th 

Perhaps you want to know more about Silverpines before you take a trip out there. Might I suggest you join the Silverpines Reading Group on Facebook. We have a fun, very active group where we do a lot of sharing, talking about the series or just hanging out. You can join the group by clicking on this link: 

Silverpines 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/silverpinesreaders/ 

To visit Silverpines, start with the first book: Mail Order Marshal by George McVey 

Mail Order MarshalBetsy Pike’s world comes crashing down when her fiancé, Silverpines’ Town Marshal, is gunned down on the eve of their wedding. To add insult to injury, his killer takes over every part of Ike’s life, the job of marshal, his house, and he even wants Betsy. What’s a girl to do? The men of the town won’t stand up to the outlaw and self-appointed marshal. When he gives her two months to grieve, Betsy comes up with a desperate plan: contact Elizabeth Tandy and order up a husband who has experience as a lawman.  

Alexzander Sewell feels like he’s in the wrong place in Beckham, Massachusetts. Born and raised on Ryder Mountain in Harlan, Kentucky, he longs for the mountains of his youth. When his mother moved the whole family to remarry, he became stuck in the town of Beckham. Now his friends, the Tandy’s, offer him a chance to go west, all the way to the Rocky Mountains. The only catch: he must marry a woman in desperate need of a husband and a lawman. Can he find a way to be what Betsy needs and spend time in the mountains?  

Can Betsy let go of her love for Ike and learn to love her mail order husband? Can Alexzander compromise on his dream of disappearing into the mountains to be the man his wife needs? Can they bring the killer to justice or will a series of natural disasters not only spell the end of Silverpines but of their marriage, too? What’s a woman to do when she orders up a Mail Order Marshal?

Wanted HorsebreederThe next book in the series is called Wanted: Horsebreeder by Barbara Goss 

An earthquake shook more than the ground in Silverpines, Oregon! 

April, 1899 

A silver mine cave-in and lumber camp mud slide caused a shortage of young men in town. Women were saddled with running businesses and ranches alone. Laura Bennett, owner of White Oaks ranch, sends for a mail order husband. 

 

Max Winters lost the love of his life, Catherine, to another man, so he decides to answer Laura’s ad. Since his true love was gone, he’d settle for a good partnership and a new life. He travels to Silverpines and is met with a beautiful bride and her adorable daughter, but also, many trials and setbacks. Will they overcome the tribulations and truly fall in love even after Catherine shows up as a widow?

Now you may be wondering when will my book about this wonderful town be coming out? I’ll tell you this much: just wait and see! 

Until next time, 

Parker J. 

About the Author:

Parker J. ColeParker J. Cole is a writer and radio show host who spends most of her time reading, knitting, writing, cooking, and concocting new ideas for stories. Her first novel, Dark Cherub, won Best of Spring Reading 2013 from eMediaCampaigns. She lives in Michigan with her husband and beloved dog Sarah.

Visit her site at http://www.ParkerJCole.com

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Lisa’s Irish Stew Recipe

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by Lisa Prysock

Hello friends and readers!  I’m guessing you’re all looking forward to spring as much as I am.  I hope you are well and hopefully you’ve enjoyed a cozy winter of reading some great books as we march into spring.  I shared this recipe in my newsletter this month of March to celebrate my Irish roots.  My grandmother was a God-fearing, wonderful Irish woman who could cook you right into heaven.  I hope you enjoy it.

You can adjust it for fewer people by cutting the ingredients in half.  This serves a family of five comfortably with seconds for all, or one generous serving for about 7 people. I am not a fan of eating lamb as it is an acquired taste in my opinion, though traditional Irish Stew is made with lamb.  I serve mine with beef.  I recommend increasing the onion and carrots to double what this recipe calls for if you serve it with lamb.

2-3 pounds of beef or lamb, cut in stew size chunks
salt and pepper
garlic salt
parsley, dill, bay leaves, thyme, minced garlic
5 Tbsp vegetable oil
2-3 small to medium size onions, chopped and quartered
6-8 carrots, peeled, washed, cut in pieces
1 green pepper, seeded, washed, chopped
3-4 stalks of celery, washed, chopped
15 small to medium potatoes, peeled, washed, quartered
4-5 cups of beef broth (chicken broth may be substituted)

1.  Wash beef (or lamb), pat dry, season.  Braise the meat on all sides in the vegetable oil in a dutch oven pan or other suitable baking dish.  You may want to lightly roll the meat in flour before browning it.  If you choose to skip this step, be sure to stir the meat often to prevent burning, but you want each piece to be browned nicely on every side, so stir frequently until you achieve the right color. 

2.  Add onions, carrots, and the rest of the vegetables.  Season to taste.  Lightly braise the veggies for a few minutes with the meat.

3.  Add broth and simmer for ten to fifteen minutes.  Add salt, pepper, garlic salt, and parsley again according to taste.  Minced garlic, a few bay leaves, and a half-teaspoon of thyme may also be added.

4.  Transfer to oven and bake about one hour or until tender at 350 degrees. Skim the fat from broth occasionally during baking and add water as needed.

5.  Ladle into bowls and serve.  Garnish with fresh sprigs of parsley, a dash of dill, paprika, salt, and pepper.  This dish pairs well with freshly warmed rolls or biscuits.  It also goes well with a side salad with a lighter dressing such as vinaigrette or Italian.

Author Biography

Lisa M. PrysockLisa M. Prysock lives in the countryside of beautiful, rolling Kentucky just outside of the greater Louisville area near horse farms and four board fences with her husband of 20 years.  She homeschooled the two youngest of their five children and is excited about her youngest entering the journey of college life.   

She and her husband live in an average Colonial style home they are continually updating– with a funny looking Heinz 57 dog; an adorably dainty lady cat; a vegetable garden; numerous flower beds; and a tree house undergoing a remodel.  When not in writing mode, she is teaching herself to play the piano and violin.  Regarding this she laughs:  “It’s a pretty painful process, but I’m truly enjoying it!”   

Lisa loves all things old-fashioned and has adopted a slogan of “The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl.”  A few of her interests and passions include doll houses, long dresses and hats, gardening, reading the Classics, butterflies, swimming, walking, working out, cooking, sewing, crochet, cross stitching, arts and crafts, scrapbooking, decorating, and drawing.  She remembers writing her first book in kindergarten with help from the teacher and a stapler to hold the pages together.  She won a literary award for a short story in eighth grade and has been writing ever since.   Some of her favorite authors include Jane Austen, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Lucy Maude Montgomery. 

Be sure to check out her new release Geneva, a fiction Christian Historical Romance series with a theme on the fruits of the Spirit!  These days, Lisa is also writing her first Contemporary Western Christian Romance novels as a contributing author to the ‘Whispers in Wyoming’ series with Danni Roan, Kari Trumbo, Lynn Winchester, and Rachel Skatvold. She recently released Book 3 in the series, Dreams of Sweetwater River and Book 7, Marry Me Katie. 

Lisa is an Amazon bestselling and award winning author of To Find a Duchess, an Inspirational Regency Romance; ‘The Victorian Christian Heritage Series’ which includes Hannah’s Garden:  a Turn of the Century Love Story and Abigail’s Melody; and ‘The Lydia Collection,’ which includes The Redemption of Lady Georgiana (a Ruth love story of modern day Regency proportions), Protecting Miss Jenna (an Antebellum Era Christian Romance Adventure), and Persecution & Providence (a ‘Jane Austen-ish’ mail order bride story from the Pioneer Era).  She is also the author of a devotional/Bible Study, Arise Princess Warrior and recently released The Shoemakeran Old-Fashioned Regency Christmas Romance.  Lisa writes clean and wholesome literature while sharing her faith in Jesus Christ in a creative way.  She is a member of ACFW and Louisville Christian Writers.  You can find out more about Lisa at:   www.LisaPrysock.com 

A portion of the proceeds of her books goes to support missionaries. You can find out more about Lisa at her author website and sign up to enjoy a free newsletter; find out when her next book is coming out and where to enter book giveaways; find out about author events; receive coupons for totally free and discounted books; and enjoy more reader resources at www.LisaPrysock.com (including free vintage recipes, inspirational blog entries, and writing resources). She really enjoys hearing from readers and loves to read their reviews at sites where her books are available for purchase such as Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Smashwords, Kobo.com, Apple iBooks, Walmart.com, or your favorite retailer where you purchased this book.

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Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 19:20Get all the advice and instruction you can, and be wise the rest of your life.

There is nothing wrong with admitting you don’t know it all. There is always more to learn and understand about life and ourselves. Get all the advice and instruction you can. Seek out sources that can help you. The beginning point is on your knees before God. The Word tells us that it is the Holy Spirit who instructs us in the things of God and gives us understanding. We must ask Him to open up our minds and hearts so that we can learn more about Him and his ways.

Listen to others who have walked the path upon which you are walking. We are surrounded by a great crowd of witnesses who can offer sound advice because they have already experienced what you are experiencing. They can forewarn you of the dangers that lie ahead so you can be prepared for them and avoid them. They can encourage you by giving you hope and confidence that it can be done.

Learn from your life experiences. Some lessons are best learned by our failures. We learn what not to do and more importantly, why not to do them. We learn that when we stumble and fall we didn’t know what we thought we knew. We learn that our strength to do what is right does not come from us, but it comes from Christ. We learn that there is so much more for us to learn as we endeavor to live lives that are pleasing to God.

Listen to God’s Word proclaimed. God gives his messengers insight into his Word and the authority to proclaim it. Tune in to the advice and instruction that God gives through them. Evaluate carefully what you hear in light of what the Spirit shows you in the Word of God. Then, when you hear what God is saying, seek to put it into practice in your life.

Listen and let the Lord instruct you on how to grow in your faith and knowledge of Him. If you do these things, you will be wise the rest of your life. And, in your wisdom, you will in turn be able to help those who follow in your footsteps.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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Christians And Books

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by Suzanne D. Williams

The very spring of our actions is the love of Christ. (2Co 5:14 PHILLIPS)

There are Christian books and also Christian authors. These two can function together – a Christian author can write a Christian book. Or separately – a book is written by a Christian author. Neither one is right or wrong. A Christian writer can market their book AS Christian. Or choose to NOT place their book under the Christian genre, without guilt, if it doesn’t go there.

Following this same thought, some Christians, who read books, prefer books targeted for Christians, whereas others have an interest in a wider scope of literature, not all specifically Christian. There are also non-Christian readers, who will read a Christian book if it’s presented in the right way. In any of these cases, as in the two groups of writers, no one is wrong.

Christians have a tendency to put people in a box. We create a set of rules and try to cram everyone inside. But God has made us all unique. As in normal, everyday items, what one person likes, someone else dislikes. Nothing is wrong with our differences as long as they do not fall outside of godly principles. (Certain principles of God’s Word are unalterable, and by “rules,” I don’t speak of those.)

Applying this to Christians and books (two separate things), there are stories my friends have written that I didn’t care for. And NOT because I felt they fell outside of the Christian faith. Sometimes it’s subgenre or style of writing that doesn’t work for me. Whatever the cause, IT ISN’T MY JOB TO CORRECT THEM. I must walk in the love of Christ and leave the reasoning behind it to the writer’s heart.

Yet, some readers, who profess to be Christian, rail against anything they don’t care for. What makes them uncomfortable becomes “wrong” and, therefore, anyone who writes or reads it has “fallen into sin.” Don’t get me wrong; sin can creep into writing. A Christian who writes can take things too far. BUT it’s the Holy Spirit’s job to bring conviction. Not mine. Not yours.

Ask yourself this:  who will reach people for Christ if everyone writes only books for those inside of our faith? How will my light shine on anyone if I keep the candle hidden? (Mk 4:21) Being practical, to reach someone who isn’t of like faith, I can’t write the same way I’d write for Christians. Breaking that down further, I can’t write the same for all Christians either because what one person enjoys, someone else won’t.

Some books are NOT written for Christians. They are written BY Christians. And that is perfectly okay. I can choose to pick their books up and read them or set them aside. Whatever I do, though, however I respond to them, I do it with meekness, humility, and patience. I pray for them to use their talent to reach those in their circle of influence. (And by “reach,” I mean something as small as improving their day. They were entertained and forgot their troubles for a while. Not every storyline has to end with fiery salvation.)

Maybe someone who wouldn’t read a book by a Christian writer changes their opinion of Christian books or Christian people, in general, because of something that person published. Something I COULDN’T WRITE, whether because of topic, genre, interest, or culture.

Bottom line:  the principles of love in the Bible work well as a guide to both writers and readers (and especially when writing reviews). (1Co 13:4-8) Sometimes, “if you can’t say anything nice, say nothing at all,” is your best bet. Set the book down and move on with your day. Find something you like better and leave the results of that author’s work up to God. To answer negatively affects both you, the reader, and the writer, as well. Yes, there are times a writer needs to own up and admit their faults, but again, that circles back around to letting God work in them.

Because ultimately, God knows more about that author than we do and all the readers their words will reach. It could be we can learn from them the most by examining our attitude and becoming better, kinder, more loving people.

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About The Author:

Suzanne D. WilliamsBest-selling author, Suzanne D. Williams, is a native Floridian, wife, mother, and photographer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes devotionals and instructional articles for various blogs. She also does graphic design for self-publishing authors. She is co-founder of THE EDGE.

To learn more about what she’s doing and check out her extensive catalog of stories, visit www.feelgoodromance.com or link with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/suzannedwilliamsauthor or on Twitter at twitter.com/SDWAuthor 

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