The Journey of a Calling

Prayer is such an integral part of our relationship with the Lord. It is not only good for those we pray for, it’s good for us and keeps us in fellowship with Him. Read on as Wade shares how his journey of prayer led to his journey of writing.

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Called to Write
by Wade Webster

How does God get a book written that nobody thought of writing?

write-593333_640He gives it to a new writer who doesn’t have a clue he’s writing a book to begin with.

That’s the genesis of the book 100 Prayers Of a Writer. It began when one door closed and another one opened.

Talking to God has come easily to me from childhood because I was saved so young I don’t remember not being born-again. I took advantage of being raised on a farm on the edge of nowhere by taking long walks talking to Jesus about various things in my life.

Fast-forward to eight years ago when God surprised me with a call to write. I thought it was only going to be fiction at first. God had other plans that He didn’t tell me about.

Knowing that public speaking would be a part of the writing equation I took advantage of an opportunity to pray before the adult fellowship at my church on a rotating basis. Many people said my conversational style blessed them. The leadership of the class apparently felt otherwise. They asked me to step down, which I did.

Shortly after that an online writing group I was in had a member who began weekly prayers for us. When her life became too hectic she offered the position to anyone in the group who felt so led. I walked through that door with the stipulation that if my prayers became weakly someone would tell me to stop.

I soon discovered people in the group who I didn’t even know were in the group when they sent me emails telling me how a certain prayer touched them.

After a year I realized I was accumulating enough prayers to make a book. The main organization in charge of our group decided to switch to a Facebook group instead of an prayer-1308663_640email loop halfway through the second year. I asked them to keep us going a bit longer. They did.

I completed the last few prayers after they closed the group to come up with the number of prayers I wanted for the book.

Each chapter of the book follows a list found in the Bible. The Fruit of the Spirit is prayed through one ingredient at a time. The Hall of Faith chapter was eye-opening to complete, as was the 23rd Psalm. Solomon’s Times and Seasons from Ecclesiastes 3 made a good section, too.

The writing group I was in focused on children’s books, so making the prayers approach from the perspective of a child coming before their heavenly Father was quite commonsense. It also made for quite the visual experience to read. It’s the way Jesus told His followers to come to God in Matthew 18:1-4.

Anyone unsure of how to come before God in prayer will gain a fresh perspective from these prayers. They’re written in a way that the reader is talking directly to God. If read out loud you actually are.

This simple act of obedience that disciplined me to come before God weekly for a group of Christian writers became a book by surprise. It surprised me anyway. God knew what He was doing all along.

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100 PRAYERS OF A WRITER COVERWhat is prayer? Prayer is a conversation with God.

What does God expect in your prayer? God wants you to pour out your heart to Him.

These prayers are not meant to be memorized, but experienced. This collection of prayers began as a weekly offering to the American Christian Fiction Writers’ children’s fiction email loop. 100 PRAYERS OF A WRITER combines Wade Webster’s two greatest passions: talking to his Heavenly Father and writing. If your prayer life needs a boost, these prayers will give you the spiritual lift you’re looking for. Experience a depth and honesty that only comes from a lifetime walk with God through Jesus Christ. Although these prayers were originally written to writers, everybody will grow in their understanding of their relationship with the Creator of the universe. People curious about how Christians approach God will have their eyes opened to what makes us tick. Enter the throne room of God as Jesus tells us to–as little children. Leave the same throne room with renewed hope and encouragement. Christianity wasn’t meant to be a rote religion, but a living relationship. Your Father longs for your attention.

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Wade front-on pictureWade Webster lives in Plano, Texas with his best friend Jesus Christ. He attended Grace Bible College sometime in the last century and derives most of his income from driving trucks.

You can follow the link on his blog to buy an autographed copy of his book at http://wadewebster.com or on Amazon.

 

 

Let’s talk about this: Wade shared how God called him to write but had an unexpected path for him. Have you discovered your calling yet? How has God led you on the journey of your calling? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

The Crux of the Matter

We all need an attitude adjustment  at one time or another. Today’s guest had an opportunity to write a story that changed her attitude. Read on to find out what God did in Paula’s heart.

-But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.-Romans 5-8, ESV

Behind The Crux
by Paula Mowery

The editor-in-chief at Prism Book Group put out a call to the authors through our private Facebook group for submissions to a series based on The Love Chapter. She printed out the passage and basically the different phrases were up for grabs as to be the theme for the amish-people-1036327_640story. I had my eye on one phrase but missed out on that one. I decided that I could come up with a story based on the section: “Love does not dishonor.”

God brought to mind my time living in Maryland near the Amish and their honorable ways. This is when my story started to take form. What if someone with Amish ties were to bring dishonor to the family? What if the supposed dishonor actually revealed long-concealed lies?

My next thought was about an unexpected pregnancy being the ultimate dishonor in the story. I recalled my time as a devotional leader at our local Pregnancy Crisis Center. Conjuring bitter feelings to portray through my characters wasn’t difficult. When God afforded me the opportunity to serve at the pregnancy center, I was definitely conflicted. These girls had become pregnant, many by accident. As a young woman I struggled with infertility and harbored ill feelings toward those who found themselves in unexpected love-699480_640pregnancies. But as I got to know these women and heard their stories, I realized I was wrong. What I needed to show them was God’s unconditional love, available to all.

Thus, the reader will encounter some Amish parts as well as a precious Pregnancy Crisis Center ran by loving Christian women. There are also some medical conditions that reflect research into the Amish community. Of course a romance buds within the pages of the reunion/second chance type.

My ultimate hope is that the reader will encounter an unconditional love available from God within the pages of this short romance.

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LoveIs_CruxofHonor copyChelsea Wilson’s life is a constant reminder of what living dishonorably looks like. At every turn she continues to prove her mother’s shunning must be deserved.

Dr. Kevin Alley returns to the old home place to establish his medical practice. After running into Chelsea, he knows his love for her is still strong.

Chelsea is ousted from her small rented room when her mother bursts in, proclaiming Chelsea’s pregnancy.

Kevin takes Chelsea in, giving her space to live on the upper level of his house.

When Chelsea’s baby displays life-threatening symptoms, Chelsea must face her mother. Secrets unfold about Chelsea’s parents. Can Chelsea and Kevin uncover the secrets linked to Amish heritage in time to save the baby? Can the two find love together despite their history?

Find The Crux of Honor on Amazon.

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DSC_0275 (2)Paula Mowery is a published author, acquisitions editor, and speaker. She is also pastor’s wife and mom to a college student. She homeschooled her daughter through all twelve years, and they both lived to tell about it. Before educating her daughter at home, she was an English teacher in public school. Her books have earned a Selah Award and been a finalist in the Carolyn Readers Choice Awards.

Learn more about Paula at her blog as well as find other links to connect with her at www.paulamowery.blogspot.com.

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Let’s talk about this: Paula experienced a change of heart after working with young pregnant women. Has God ever used a situation you were in to change an idea or attitude you had? How did you use that experience to grow? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Before you go, if you’re local, I would love to see you this afternoon at the WordSowers Christian Writers Conference where I’m teaching a class on characterization. It’s not to late to join us! You can pay at the door.

 

Knowing the Author

Really getting to know someone is vital in any relationship. This includes our relationship with God. When we read His Word, we get to know Him and learn about His character, His love for us, and what He hates. His Word may be made up of many different accounts of different people, but it shows us just Who God is, that He’s real. Leeann Betts shares with us how this knowledge helped shape her online presence and writing. Read on…

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Knowing the Author
by Leeann Betts

I’ve recently been revamping my social media, mainly because now I have to do it myself. But this is a good thing, because I’d created a monster that got out of control.

When I sat down and looked at my social media plan, which really was “if it’s not working, do more,” I realized something very important: I’d completely left God out of my plan. (Thank you, wise husband, for pointing this out to me).

As I prayed about this, a scripture verse came to mind: “The right word spoken at the right time is as beautiful as gold apples in a silver bowl” (Proverbs 25:11, NCV).

bible-839093_640I thought about that for a while, and the Lord spoke to my heart: “When you think of Me as Author, what do you want to know about Me?”

The answer was easy: I wanted to know God had written the Bible for me. That if nobody else read it, it was still worth writing. I wanted to know that I could learn about God through His book. And that when I meet Him in person, He will be exactly how I pictured Him from His book.

I saw where God was going with this: readers want to know that the author of the book they’re reading is real, that the author cares about them as an individual, not just as a cash cow. They want to believe they can get to know me through my books, and that if they meet me at a party and talk to me, they’ll say, “You are exactly how I thought you’d be.”

When we write authentically, our readers know more about who we are because we are in some of our characters through their worldviews, beliefs, and actions.

When we write authentically, we are writing with one single reader in mind. Our books should point the reader to God first, and then hopefully our stories solve a problem, fill a need, or encourage and entertain. And a really great book, like the one God wrote for you, will do all of these things.

So when readers read my books, I hope they learn that I love numbers almost to theread-515531_640 exclusion of everything else; that I trust numbers more than people because numbers never change; that I don’t much like to exercise; and that I strive to be a submissive wife to my husband but I still struggle with that.

And maybe they’ll also see that I wish I were more like Carly: quicker to jump in to help; quick on the comebacks; and not take myself so seriously.

Because really, in some way, even if it’s below the surface, the stories we write should contain some of ourselves.

God’s book did.

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aaaUnbalanced Final with Custom GreenJoin Carly Turnquist, forensic accountant, who is in the midst of planning her son’s wedding when she sees a bank robbery nobody else admits seeing. When the news hits the national stations, her credibility is called into question. Then her husband’s long-lost brother shows up, but disappears soon after, leaving behind his young son. Carly is set to testify in a huge trial, but if she cannot be believed, she cannot give evidence. Can she salvage her tattered career—and her reputation—before someone tries to silence her forever?

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IMG_6534 Juggling the books - smallerLeeann Betts writes contemporary suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical suspense. No Accounting for Murder and There Was a Crooked Man, books 1 and 2 in her By the Numbers series, released in the fall of 2015 and Book 3, Unbalanced, released in January. Book 4, Five and Twenty Blackbirds, is due in April, with more planned for later dates. If you like accountants or are an accountant, check out Counting the Days: a 21-day devotional for accountants, bookkeepers, and financial folk. Leeann and Donna have penned a book on writing, Nuggets of Writing Gold, and Donna has published a book of short stories, Second Chances and Second Cups. You can follow Leeann at www.AllBettsAreOff.wordpress.com and Donna at www.HiStoryThruTheAges.wordpress.com . All books are available at Amazon.com in digital and print, and at Smashwords.com in digital.

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Let’s talk about it: Even if you’re not a writer, Leeann has some very wise words here. When you’re writing or on social media, are you allowing others to meet and know the real you? How does the example God gave us in His Word guide you into being more authentic?Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Before you go, if you’re local, I’d love to invite you to join me at the Oakview Barnes &
Noble
 today from 1-4pm where I’ll be signing books. Pop by to say hi and grab a mocha at the store cafe!

If you live in Lincoln, I’ll be in your area next Saturday at the SouthPointe Barnes & Noble, signing books from 2-3pm. I’d love to see you there!

And if you’re within driving distance, I do hope you’ll join me at the Wordsowers Conference where I’ll be teaching how one can craft characters that grab hold of readers on a deeply emotional level.