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2011 Oct/Nov 2011 Issue

Pamela S Thibodeaux, Editor The Wordsmith Journal Magazine

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Oct/Nov 2011 The Wordsmith Journal launched October 2011, with the goal to introduce Christian readers with authors in hopes those connections would turn into friendships over good books. The original intention of TWJ was to provide a downloadable pdf version of the magazine each month. Due to limited resources and unforeseen circumstances, this was not done. In an effort to fulfill the original vision for the magazine, I’ve recreated the Oct/Nov issues in this edition to the best of my ability. Any interview or advertisement left out was unintentional.

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Foundations for Living is about learning how to let God touch your soul and ignite your spirit. Five Ways You’ll Benefit From Reading This Book: #1 ~ You’ll learn to understand your true nature. #2 ~ You’ll learn to recognize foundations on which some of your belief systems were built. #3 ~ You’ll discover that no two thoughts can occupy the same space at the same time.

Journeys will capture your interest from three approaches. You will ride along on an 11,393 mile motorcycle adventure on long and hot highways, through life-threatening storms as well as amazing beauty. You will also gain insight as the author interviews pastors representing more than 70 churches. Some were small groups, some were new church plants, some were established churches with long histories, but only a few were growing. Last, you will hear the author’s own spiritual journey through six decades of seeking, struggling, and finding a living relationship with God.

#4 ~ You’ll discover ways to choose your thoughts, therefore choosing who and what you want to be.

Journeys is a book everyone will love and everyone should read.

Interview with Jody Hedlund

ISBN 978-1-4520-9971-2 paperback ISBN 978-1-4520-9973-6 (ebook) ISBN 978-1-4520-9972-9 (hard cover)

In a review that I wrote up for Jody Hedlund’s most recent release, I stated, “The Doctor’s Lady is a novel that was hard for me to initially connect with, but by the 6th chapter, I was hooked. It was an even sweeter treat when I realized it was based on a true story. Hedlund is detail oriented as a writer but has a gift of attending to those details without bogging the reading experience down. She has found her writing style and improves with each book. If

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Give thanks unto the Lord for His mercy endures forever. ~ Psalm 118:1

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#5 ~ You’ll learn to gain insight on how to stay motivated. Print copies Available from Divinely Inspired Giftshop. Kindle ASIN: B005PFE7IG B&N ID: 2940013363649 ISBN 978-0-615-50593-0

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you liked The Preacher’s Bride, I can guarantee you will love The Doctor’s Lady.”

we tackling modern issues just as fearless?

A brief scanning of near perfect reader’s reviews on Amazon echoes my sentiments that Hedlund has proven her ability to write a flawless novel. The resounding connection made with readers is that she writes about real people, with real passion, in a tasteful and Godly manner.

JH-I’m proud to be a modern woman, and I do think we are tackling our own culture’s issues fearlessly. We’re braving our new frontiers with our families and children, much like Narcissa did when she crossed a new frontier and went to the West.

And why not? One visit to her website reveals that although a popular author with successfuland award winning-novels to her credit, at the heart of the writer is a woman who is a wife and mom to five children. When she is not homeschooling, maintaining her blog, running contests, engaging in interviews, or making appearances, she is much like her readers; doing laundry and learning to cook something besides pizza. Although busy with numerous interviews and active in several blog tours, Hedlund agreed to a short interview in which I asked about the characters in The Doctor’s Lady, her writing style, and what makes author Jody Hedlund happy. MN-Some writers follow an outline when creating their story; others write and allow the characters to dictate the storyline. With a well-researched outline to adhere to, was it harder or easier than just writing to see where the storyline ended up? JH-When I write my inspired-by stories (based on true people from history) I do have a harder time just letting the story take me where it will. I feel responsible to represent the real lives and events as accurately as possible. And yet, if I were to write exactly what happened in every detail, I would end up with a boring biography instead of a page-turning fiction story. So, while I do have a general outline that I stick to, I let my imagination fill in the framework. I add many plot elements to dramatize the stories, and so overall, I still get to be very creative in my inspired-by stories. MN-At the end of the book, you state that the object in writing The Doctor’s Lady was to bring the true story of Narcissa Whitman alive. Do you believe women in the 21st century lack her courage, or are

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However, I do think that history hasn’t always given proper recognition or prominence to many women of the past. We often hear about great men and the heroic things that they did. History (mostly recorded by men) often neglected to tell the stories about the wives that stood beside some of these great men, the women who faced danger and deprivation and were just as heroic in their own way. So, my hope through The Preacher’s Bride and The Doctor’s Lady is to bring to life heroic women for our modern generation. And while we are brave in our own time, we can still learn a great deal about courage and facing hardships from their lives. MN-There are many women today married “in name only”. Maybe they are separated or divorced or just feel unloved or as if they have fallen out of love. What do you think Narcissa would say to them if she were still alive? JH-Wow! That’s a tough question! Of course, during the early 1800’s the views of marriage and divorce were very different than they are today. Feelings were not nearly as important as other factors when considering a marriage partner. If love or affection ended up being a part of the relationship then that was a bonus, but usually more practical considerations came into play. In the case of the Whitmans, they needed each other in order to become missionaries. Love for the natives and for their heavenly calling took precedence over their earthly inclinations. So, what would Narcissa say today? I think she would probably be shocked that we put so much stock on feelings as the basis for our relationships. While the feelings are important too, they can’t be the foundation of our relationships. We need to build on something much stronger than that if we hope to weather the hardships that are sure to come. MN- Complete this sentence “I am happiest when I am………..”

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JH. . . in the middle of writing a book. I absolutely fall in love with my stories when I’m in first draft mode. And that passion is the fuel that drives me to keep writing. But, I’m also happiest when I’m doing something with my family—whether playing a game together, taking a bike ride, or shopping with my daughters.

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You will need an added measure of faith as the years go by.” (Excerpt from Chapter 1 – You’ve Embraced Christ– Now What?) Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to stand in the gap for your mate’s soul. This small book is a powerful tool for any woman who is married to a man who does not share her passion for Jesus. It will encourage and challenge the reader to embrace God’s promises for their spouse and future together. ISBN: 978-0-615-30357-4

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Interview with Joe Bonsall By Mary Nichelson

Jody Hedlund is an award-winning historical romance novelist and author of the best-selling book, The Preacher's Bride. She received a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University and a master’s from the University of Wisconsin, both in Social Work. Currently she makes her home in Michigan with her husband and five busy children. Her second book, The Doctor’s Lady released in September 2011.

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You may know Joe Bonsall not by name but by description; onstage spokesman for The Oak Ridge Boys. With top 40 hits such as Elvira, Sail Away, and Dream on, America embraced the country-gospel group as they traveled from coast to coast, singing about love, God, and the good ole USA. You would think with three decades of performing under their belt, there would be just a little male diva present in their dna. However, reading Bonsall’s book, From My Perspective, sheds light on a different persona altogether. He is your average, down to earth guy in some aspects, yet poised with life experience and wisdom that far exceeds ordinary. His humor, generosity, and patriotism come alive between the pages of a collection of personal essays. He demonstrates that there is more to this tenor than just talent. May I present, the real Joe Bonsall.

Women, are you in an unequally-yoked marriage? Are you tired of attending church alone? Do you yearn for a relationship with your husband that’s spiritually satisfying? You can influence your home for Christ even within a spiritually mismatched marriage. "Remember that ‘the battle is the Lord’s’ (I Samuel 17:47) and earnestly give the salvation of your mate to God in prayer. Early on in your conversion it seems easier to be hopeful concerning your husband’s salvation.

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MN-Your chapter titled Being Joseph prompts me to ask for the sake of the interview, Joe or Joseph?

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Oct/Nov 2011 JB-I answer to ALL things-Joe, Joseph, Joey, Ban-Joey, POP POP, Daddy, Honey Take out the trash. But Joe works fine. MN-Your perspective (referring to your book) is incredibly balanced and wise as it relates to life, death, and everything in between. Do you credit your upbringing, life experiences or your faith in providing that wisdom? JB-In the chapter I called STONES I allude to the fact that every life experience is a stone that eventually becomes the mountain that is YOU. I believe that we are a constant work in progress on every level and we draw upon all of these things as we journey through life. You may not even realize what a profound effect something may have on you even while it is transpiring. A moment... a whisper... a word... a song... a fight... a Bible verse. EVERYTHING matters! No experience is wasted even if it is subliminal. So my experiences come from everywhere at once. My mom was a huge influence as has been my Faith and my many experiences but it is the overall JOURNEY that provides the impetus for my writing. MN-Speaking of your upbringing, the love and respect you have for your parents-GI Joe and Lillie-is touching. What is the one ongoing family tradition you are most proud of? JB-Pure unadulterated love and devotion from my mom-Lillie Bonsall.-towards her husband and toward her children and towards her country and God. She NEVER put herself above these four. She taught me that I could succeed in America by telling the truth, honoring God and by remembering that this is why guys like my father did what they did so do NOT blow it. I miss her every single day! MN-Your book, From My Perspective, proves that American patriotism is alive and well on the Tennessee/Kentucky state line. Unfortunately, pride and allegiance isn't always found in our homeland. What is the secret to reigniting a sense of patriotism, especially as it relates to our youth? JB-One of my great writing heroes was Stephen Ambrose. He was among the first to get WW 2 Veterans to open up and talk about their

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5 experience. His books like Citizen Soldiers, D Day and Band of Brothers have been very meaningful to me. He was speaking at a book fair in DC when the this question was posed, “Mr. Ambrose, it is true that during this time men and women rose up and did extraordinary things to preserve our freedom. Giving the seeming loose attitudes of today’s youth do you think that would happen again today?” Without hesitation author Ambrose almost shouted, “Yes I do sir!!” This was even before 9/11. I never forgot that and the proof resides in our military today-young people giving their all for our Freedoms. There will always be those who do not GET IT but when push comes to shove and FREEDOM is on the line? The job will get done! MN-Nature is an ongoing thread throughout your book. How important is it for you to stay connected to nature? JB-I love to write about the importance of getting away from the race and enjoying and honoring God and the beauty he has created. I in point of fact may even overdo the subject a bit but to me, it is imperative to do so. I have been so blessed to have a little piece of land where I can go and sit by the creek, take long walks, listen to the birds sing or just sit on my porch and watch the moon rise above the tree line. As I have gotten older I find more and more that THESE are the moments I live for! MN-With the holiday season fast approaching, is there one memory that stands out that sort of defines the season for you? JB-I always remember that even though our family had very little, my mom and dad made our little Philly row-house living room look like Disneyland. To this day I am still not sure how they did it but they sure made Christmas morning special for little Joey and my sister Nancy. To this day a set of blinking lights on a pretty tree can take me back to childhood and those precious memories. MN-Complete this sentence: "Today, Joe Bonsall is......" JB-Very Happy and very blessed. Still feeling good and still singing pretty darn good. My writing is a constant work in progress and I am very thankful for the opportunities that have been given me to write and to continue writing. I

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love my family, I love my Savior and I love America ... sounds like my mom doesn’t it? I guess it does...

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Near her eighteenth birthday, Margaret Lenora Caine finds a chest hidden in the attic containing proof that she's adopted. The spoiled daughter of wealthy merchants in Seattle, she feels betrayed by her real parents and by the ones who raised her. But mystery surrounds her new discovery, and when Maggie uncovers another family secret, she loses all sense of identity. Leaving her home in Seattle, Washington, Maggie strikes out to find her destiny. Will Charles Stanton, who's been in love with her for years, be able to help her discover who she really is? ISBN-10: 1616383585 ISBN-13: 978-1616383589

____________________________________ My Eyes Were Opened By W. Terry Whalin ©Oct 2011

It was unlike any writers’ conference that I had ever attended—and I had been to many of them for over 20 years. The inspirational music combined with Hollywood lights and enthusiastic applause. I was in the audience at Mark Victor Hansen’s MegaBook Marketing University Los Angeles in 2007. Back then I was a literary agent and meeting potential authors at the conference. I seized the opportunity to listen to each of the speakers with their fascinating messages and information. At the time I had written more than 55 books, been an acquisition editor at two traditional publishers and spent years in the book business.

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I had written many different types of books— children, youth biographies, co-authored books, and nonfiction how-to books. I had done some marketing on my books. Yet for the majority of the time, my attitude mirrored that of many authors—maybe even you. I expected my publisher to carry the primary marketing and promotion for my book. They had paid me an advance and printed each book. I wanted to stick with writing and earn my living from my words and not from promoting my books. As I listened to speakers like Mark Victor Hansen, Jack Canfield, Alex Mandossian, David Riklan, Dr. Denis Waitley and many others, I heard the message over and over. Suddenly it hit me: authors needed to be proactive. Yes the publisher has responsibility but they have other books. It is the author who has the greatest passion and enthusiasm for their book. They can be much more focused and long-term on telling others about their book. Often the larger publishers will give less time to a new book in terms of promotion and marketing. Most of them give a three or four month focused effort to get a book pushed out into the market and catch attention. If nothing or little happens, then they go on to the next book and that new book becomes a back list product. Not every book surges into the marketplace with great enthusiasm. Some books take time to begin to sell. I understand the sales for Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness were slow the first couple of years. Among other elements for the book, Pop recording artist Amy Grant began to tell her audiences about the spiritual battle and how a book she had read called This Present Darkness explained the elements of spiritual warfare. The word of mouth enthusiasm for Peretti’s book spread, and then it jumped on the bestseller list and continues to touch lives. Sitting in the audience at MegaBook Marketing University, I made a life-changing decision. I would no longer expect others to carry the marketing and promotion of my product. I wanted others to do the marketing and promotion but I would have to carry the primary responsibility—no matter who published my book. This attitude adjustment is something every author needs to acquire. The marketing and promotion doesn’t have to overwhelm you. In this column, I’m going to give you practical

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information to foster the process. As you have to be continually writing to finish a book, you also have to incorporate the marketing and promotion into your daily, weekly, and monthly plans. As the great promoter extraordinaire, P. T. Barnum said, “Without promotion, something terrible happens. Nothing.” You can do it and I’m eager to point you in the right direction.

“Well, let’s just hope this monastery kept good records—” “Watch out!” she screamed. Max mashed the brakes, throwing the Rover into a sideways skid on the dirt and gravel road, while both occupants stared wide-eyed at a pair of equally startled faces in the opposing vehicle. There was a light tap on the front bumper. After a quick inspection of both of their persons, Max exited the Rover and took a stroll around the truck. A man paced over and both studied the bumper, shrugged their shoulders, and began to laugh. Rachel got out and found a kindred spirit in the man’s wife. Bill and Lizzie were also from the States. They all chatted, exchanged numbers, and shared a chuckle about the dangers of Americans driving on British soil. Fortunately, the bump left no discernible damage to the front.

W. Terry Whalin, a writer and publisher lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. A former acquisitions editor, former magazine editor and former literary agent, Terry has written more than 60 nonfiction books including Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams. To help writers, he has created 12-lesson online course called Write A Book Proposal. His website is located at: www.terrywhalin.com.

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The Beginning By Scott Higginbotham ©Oct 2011

“Remember, this is the UK. You sit on the right side of the car and drive on the left side of road, Max,” explained Rachel as the Land Rover began drifting over into the wrong lane. “It’s a shame there were no records of our ancestors back in Clermont. I’m disappointed that Saint Terese outside of Calais didn’t have any either, but at least the nun we met there was a treasure of information,” he replied, ignoring his wife’s role as co-pilot. “Yeah, she seemed to know where to find things if she didn’t have them herself. So how do two brothers, one who went on crusade and another to the church, migrate from France to England? The two countries were perpetually at odds over one thing or another.”

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Max and Rachel were intrigued by their new acquaintances. Bill and Lizzie were searching for a missing friend, but had few answers except that he had married a woman who spoke archaic French. Norman French. Lizzie had shared that their search would focus on the past. The fourteenth century to be exact. Strange. A short while later as Max and Rachel made their way around a bend, the abbey came into view, its Gothic spires pricking the passing clouds. A canopy of ash trees framed the drive onto the abbey precincts, each limb reaching and grasping as a light breeze strengthened their cadence. Tonsured monks intent on their duties took a brief respite to nod or wave. Inside the abbey they entered another world. The fourteenth century stone embraced them, making them wonder what tales the centuries could tell. They gazed at the stone arches framing the side aisles, the north and south transepts lit by flickering candles, and the rood screen at the east. A monk materialized. “I am Brother Mark,” he whispered. The voice belied the body, for Brother Mark was solidly built with soft lines around his kindly eyes that bespoke unmonkish laughter. “Sister Marie at Saint Terese sent an m-mail. That’s monk mail, by the way. Please follow me to the scriptorium.” Max and Rachel shared a smile, stifled a laugh,

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Oct/Nov 2011 and fell into step behind the good brother through an iron-bound door. Instead of a musty chamber lined with cobwebbed shelves of ancient tomes, they were greeted by a modernlooking room. The hum of state-of-the-art air handlers cycled filtered, dehumidified air through ductwork to prevent decay of the precious books. Without preamble, Brother Mark turned and said, “Hugh and Everard Rancon were brothers who grew up near Clermont, France. Hugh bore the cross during the First Crusade, while Everard joined the church. Hugh’s world was the point of a sword; Everard’s was prayer, meditation . . . and books. Come.” They followed Mark to a table lit with soft light where a leather-bound book lay next to a flickering computer screen. “Brother Everard wrote stories about his brother’s life. They are engaging, intriguing, and each portrays the Christian journey as seen through Hugh’s eyes. This is the original book, but you can read the translated copy on the computer. I shall return after the service of Nones.”

8 smith’s apprentice with a critical eye while he polished my sword, a simple cross etched into each side of the pommel. A reminder. Everard turned and faced me, concerned. “Is this what you want, Hugh?” “It is, brother. You heard Pope Urban’s speech. How could one man so bestir a crowd if he were not speaking God’s words? Even you were taken for a spell.” “They were words, Hugh, spoken by a man. Yes, Jerusalem should be free, but the church should not yoke itself to an army. I would that I knew how to say what God would have me say.” “Mayhap I shall give you the inspiration. They say that the roads to Outremer will try a man’s soul, that penance in travail will cover a multitude of sins.” “I see that the goals are lofty, but I fear that few will find salvation, Hugh.” “Lower your blasphemous voice, brother!”

They sat in the chairs he offered. “Thanks, Brother Mark,” Rachel called out to the monk’s receding form. He turned and smiled, placing a finger to his lips for quiet. “I think I like our monkish friend,” Max whispered. “Me too,” Rachel replied. “Well, let's see what this turns up. Hard to believe we tracked these two men so easily.” The click of the mouse, opened their eyes to a new world. The words before them carried them to Clermont, France, 1096. ~~~~ The brisk wind foretold the coming of spring, a hint of renewal that would march with the armies assembling for crusade. Like the others, I affixed a cross to my surcoat, took the attendant vows, and yearned for the long road of penance to secure my eternal reward. My brother Everard stood at my side as we watched the smith batter the dross from the molten blade. Soon he would plunge it in cold water and repeat the refining. I watched the

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Everard looked away, then down at his old boots. The apprentice handed me my newly polished sword, the cross catching the sun and reflecting its glory in an explosion of amber. “A true work of art, eh? We shall change the world with the blacksmith’s fruit.” Everard was unconvinced. We strolled through the rapidly mustering encampment, hearing foreign tongues wag with excitement. Wagons were laden with provisions and weapons and sumpter horses stamped under their loads of lighter fare Squires bearing messages to sundry lords and princes of the church rushed to and fro like bees gathering pollen. “This is farewell, Everard. Say prayers for my safety. Look after Marguerite. The church needs soldiers, but it also needs monks. Take your vows and keep them, as I shall hold fast to my own. Your weapons are at odds to mine, but just as effective.” Everard stole a look at the spires of the abbey in

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Oct/Nov 2011 the distant west and smiled. It would be his new home in short order. “My weapons will be my words, Hugh. My vow to God is that as He enables me, I shall ponder, meditate, pray, refine, and temper my words to show all generations that words will smash walls of ignorance, fear, and doubt. That they will inspire all of God’s creatures to examine their hearts and seek Christ the Lord wherever they may be will be my crusade. You seek a blacksmith for your tools, but the world needs a wordsmith. Do not lose your soul, thinking that you gain it.” And so we bade each other farewell. Year of Grace, 1096 . . . ~~~~ Rachel and Max shared an intrigued glance and read on. Year of Grace, 1099. Jerusalem. “Do not lose your soul, thinking that you gain it.” The words of my brother hung heavy . . . To be continued . . .

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A Garden of Love is a delightful and compelling gift book – a combination of beautiful prose, flower photographs, and Scriptures – that allows us to express our love to others in softness, gentleness, peace, and intimacy of Christian love. This full color book is an invitation to experience love through the beauty of God's creation and the flowers He created. ISBN10: 0981621325 ISBN-13: 978-0981621326

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How could having my gut torn out of me work together for my good? By Dawn Kidd

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"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God." ~Romans 8:28

Scott Higginbotham has a passion for fiction that goes beyond simple entertainment. His writing informs, instructs, and encourages readers with his signature style. He holds a B.S. in Marketing and an MBA, and is finishing an MA in Apologetics at Luther Rice Seminary. His novel "For A Thousand Generations" is coming soon! Visit his blog and find him on Facebook

_________________________________ Publish His glorious deeds among nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things He does. ~Psalms 96:3

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Just after we lost our daughter, Haylee, a close friend called and shared a rather lengthy conversation with me. In her attempts to comfort me, she referred to this scripture. Admittedly, the more we talked, the more my annoyance grew. As I hung up the phone, I sat down on the couch. I wondered how losing my daughter could possibly work for my good. How could having my gut torn out of me and twisted, somehow make my life better? It angered me. It did not provide the well-meaning comfort that I am sure she had intended. As the days passed, I could not forget that conversation and became frustrated. It wasn’t the same kind of displeasure that I felt when I heard "well, at least you still have two healthy children". This emotion dug deeper. I felt betrayed, abandoned and alone. How could God create a betterment for me out of my loss? I

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Oct/Nov 2011 found myself spending more time with God. He showed me how we are like toddlers. We always want things, but as our heavenly father, God knows when to say no, how to say no and why to say no, all with perfection. This kind of wisdom is what every parent searches for. I remember a time when our son was almost three. His father made plans to take him to a farm toy show at the local hotel conference room. Our son, however, had plans of his own. He wanted to stay home, color in his books and play with his toys. Not wanting to give up his secret, my husband lovingly coached our son to take a drive "with daddy". I helped encourage our son by reminding him it would soon be nap time for his baby sister and the house environment would need to be quiet. He reluctantly gave in and left with daddy. Two hours later, I heard the sound of the truck door closing and running sneakers on the front porch. Our son galloped into the house, jumped into my arms and with excitement, he began to tell me all about his adventure! He saw tractors, BIG tractors. He played with a combine, a hopper bottom trailer and then went on to get a hot dog for lunch! His eyes lit up and opened even wider with each detail he delivered. As I was reminded of that memory, I knew my anger had nothing to do with my friend. It had everything to do with me. I was so encompassed by my grief and self pity, I became blind to the true meaning of that scripture. It doesn’t say that God promises that everything will always be perfect in our lives and that he will make us happy all the time if we love him. Absolutely not. It promises that good things - random tragedies - when life hurts, ALL things work together for our good. Just as our son did not understand his daddy's plans for that special day, we may not understand God's plans or his road map for our lives. Isaiah 55:8-9 says "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts" My ways are not God’s ways. It’s a good thing too, because the world would be in a state of chaos. I would be inclined to solve the problems

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10 using my emotions only. God doesn’t. He takes care of us with love, understanding, wisdom, and perfection. He created the roadmap, he created your personal journey. As I came to realize the magnitude of God's love for me, I understood that losing my dad, losing my mom, losing our son and daughter....all of those tragic events would work together for my good. I don’t know the reasons or answers, but I trust God, the one who does. I can only imagine how Mary must have felt when she stood and viewed Jesus while he was being crucified for our sins. Her pain must have been overwhelming as she watched her son die for those who hated him. I, on the other hand, was simply forced to release my loved ones to God. How little my pain is in comparison. This scripture has probably been the most significant lesson I have learned from God during my own grief. It gave me comfort knowing that I was not alone. God lovingly prepared my journey and I am right where I need to be. Now, as I meet each day, I willingly accept what God chooses for my life. After all, no matter what happens, I know that ALL things work together for my good.

Dawn Kidd is the author of "You Are Not Alone" that chronicles the loss of her two infant children. As a result of her painful journey, she actively seeks out families that have experienced a loss in their life to let them know their pain is normal and they are not alone.

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11 tribes of Israel. You may think you know all about this dysfunctional family, but contemplating each action and reaction allows room for the human side of this Biblical hero to emerge.

A visionary is someone who sees into the future, Taylor Forrestier sees into the past but only as it pertains to her work. Hailed by her peers as “a visionary with an instinct for beauty and an eye for the unique” Taylor is undoubtedly a brilliant architect and gifted designer. But she and twin brother Trevor, share more than a successful business. The two share a childhood wrought with lies and deceit and the kind of abuse that’s disturbingly prevalent in today’s society. Can the love of God and the power of His grace and mercy free the twins from their past and open their hearts to the good plan and the future He has for their lives?

Lesley has them pegged, even assigning labels such as “Manipu-Mom” Rebecca, “Wild Thing” Esau, and Rachel, “Queen of High Maintenance”. This isn’t your mothers Bible story and it certainly probes deeper than any fictional account or study on the subject. Short chapters that entertain and inspire reflection are ideal for personal devotional time, but absolutely perfect for a book club. Either way, approaching Jacob, Journaling the Journal as your own tabula rasa will guarantee to set the course for yes, the journey of a lifetime. Knowing that author royalties from the sale of Jacob, Journaling the Journey will be on its own pilgrimage is an added benefit of reading the book. Through September 2012, Lesley will donate all of her compensation to the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention to evangelize, translate Bibles, and provide humanitarian aid as needed to an Unreached People Group in roughly the same geographic location in which the story of Jacob took place.

Find out in…The Visionary ~ Where the awesome power of God’s love heals the most wounded of souls. The Visionary can be purchased through your local bookseller or online sources such as Amazon & Barnes & Noble.com or through the author at http://pamelathibodeaux.com ISBN 13: 978-1-4328-2549-2

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Interview with Michelle Lesley By Mary Nichelson “Strap your sandals on and get ready for the journey of a lifetime; Jacob’s lifetime-and yours.” Author Michelle Lesley acclaims the invitation through her book titled “Jacob, Journaling the Journey” that follows patriarch Jacob from birth to the assignment of his blessing to the twelve

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The idea of an author forfeiting any allowance from the sale of a book is unconventional and appealing. I had to get to know this author. Although we both attended the International Christian Retail Show in Atlanta earlier in the year, it wasn’t until recently that I was able to get up close and personal with a most intriguing author. MN-You speak woman to woman, in a language and with expressions we get. Your humor and wit makes this an entertaining and thought provoking read. Did this particular ebb and flow of the writing process come natural for you?

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ML-Yes, I love talking with friends about the things God is teaching me in His word, and when I write, I just write like I'm having a conversation with a friend. I think a lot of it comes from having been a teacher for so long, too. Since one child tends to learn things differently from the next, a teacher has to figure out a lot of different ways of explaining things to get the point across. That translates over into my writing. MN-The idea of Jacob, Journaling the Journey was born from your quiet time and Bible study. How does one go about studying the Bible and gaining personal pearls of wisdon as you seem to do so effortlessly? ML-First, you absolutely must be saved-- repent of your sin and place your faith in Christ's finished work on the cross as the payment for that sin. When you do that, God turns you into a new being who loves Him instead of hating Him. And when you love Someone, you want to spend time with Him, learn all about Him, find out what makes Him tick. That does take some time and effort, but, again, when you love Someone, that's a joy, not a chore. How do you study the Bible to get to know Jesus better? Prayer is often overlooked, but Bible study and prayer go hand in hand. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what God's word says and how you can obey and apply those truths to your life. That's what makes those "pearls" personal. Use good biblical hermeneutics (principles for interpreting Scripture): Take all verses in context. Find out what the author intended the passage to mean. Let clear passages interpret unclear passages. Use excellent Bible study tools. I used Matthew Henry's commentaries and the on-line concordance, BibleGateway.com, when writing "Jacob," and I can't recommend them highly enough. A good study Bible with notes and cross references, such as the MacArthur Study Bible is extremely helpful, as is a well illustrated Bible atlas. All of that may seem like a lot, but when you want "pearls" you have to dive deep.

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12 MN-You connect Jacob's story with many parallel lessons throughout the Bible. Do you believe our lives can connect in such a way that brings the Biblical message to life even in our generation? ML-Absolutely. I remember reading a true story a while back about a mother whose child was murdered. The lady, a Christian, began visiting the killer in prison. She told him she forgave him and shared the gospel with him. At first, he didn't want to have anything to do with her, but eventually he ended up giving his life to Jesus. When he got out of prison, she took him into her home as her own son. Stories like that are a beautiful picture of the way Jesus redeemed us. Our own stories might not be so dramatic, but when we connect with others by sharing the gospel, extending grace and forgiveness to someone who has sinned against us, dying to self and demonstrating humility, even fulfilling our God-given roles in marriage, the biblical message of the gospel comes boldly to life. MN-Hypothetically speaking, a major motion picture company has decided to film a full length movie based on Jacob's life. You are offered the leading role of your choice. Who would that be? ML-Technical advisor would really be my first choice, but if it had to be an acting role, and gender weren't an issue, I'd pick Esau. I think he would be the most fun to play, and anybody who's read the description of him in my book can probably guess why! I'm wondering how I'd look with red hair, though. MN-100% of your royalties from the book are being donated. Can you tell me how you came to this decision and a little bit about The International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention? ML-Earlier this year, my husband and I were studying David Platt's book "Radical" together. As we studied and prayed through the book, God began to show us that we had the wrong perspective on our resources. We had been looking forward to my book being published for the extra income it would bring in to make our lives more comfortable. But as we began to think about the millions of people across the world who are dying and spending an eternity in hell because they've

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never heard the gospel, and people groups who have never been able to read God's word in their own language, suddenly, being able to eat out or go to the movies more often, for us, didn't seem like Kingdom-centered usage of God's money.

And because "out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks" I am also passionate about teaching other women about growing in holiness and enjoying a deep and mature faith relationship with their Savior.

We prayed about it and researched it, and decided that, for at least the first year, all of my royalties would be used to reach an Unreached People Group with the gospel. We found a Bedouin group that "journeys" around in basically the same area of the Middle East that Jacob lived in, and I love that connection.

MN- With Thanksgiving just weeks away, is there any special prayer of thanksgiving you will be offering up this year?

We decided to go through the International Mission Board (IMB) not only because we are Southern Baptist and are familiar with them, but also because it's one of the best missions organizations out there. The IMB is highly organized both structurally and financially. They provide great training and support for their missionaries, and offer lots of opportunities for Christians to get involved in missions: giving offerings, working stateside to support international missions, short term mission trips, and much more.

ML-I am so thankful for the cross-- that God would choose to save somebody as wretchedly sinful as I am and then allow me to serve Him. I thank Him for sending me a wonderful, godly husband and all of my precious children. And I also thank Him for the little joys in life-- Oreos, my favorite jeans, and my LSU Tigers going undefeated this year (well, maybe that's a prayer request, too!)

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But above all, their main focus is carrying the gospel around the world to those who are without Christ, and that's what's most important to us. You can find out more about the IMB at www.imb.org. MN-Are there any more study guides on the horizon? I would love to see King David, Journaling the Journey in print. Or better yet, Jesus, Journaling the Journey. ML-Those are some great ideas! There are definitely more Bible studies coming. I've already written a short one on the book of Jonah, which can be found on my web site, www.michellelesleybooks.com. As for subject of the next book, I've bounced around among several different ideas, but haven't really landed definitively on one yet. "Jacob" seems to be taking up all my time right now! MN-What do you consider your number one passion in life? ML-God. Knowing Him better, thanking Him for calling me out of darkness and into His marvelous light, loving Him more tomorrow than I did today.

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When Caroline flees Chicago following the brutal murder of her husband, the last thing she expects--or wants--is to fall for Matt Carlson, a builder with strong roots in the small town of Mountainview, Tennessee. She needs to focus on raising her six-year-old daughter and protecting both their hearts from ever being shattered again. Matt is struggling with issues of his own‌guilt over the death of his wife and the responsibility of raising a cynical teenaged nephew who is dropped on his doorstep, abandoned by Matt's alcoholic sister. He doesn't have time to fall in love, yet he can't help being drawn to the woman who is ready to defend her home--and her daughter--with nothing more than a feisty attitude and a broom handle. Can Matt's help and friendship convince Caroline to trust again--and when Caroline's daughter goes missing, will Matt be able to find

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the girl before it's too late and he loses everything he loves…again? ISBN-10: 1611160952 ISBN-13: 978-1611160956

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Interview with William D. Burt By Mary Nichelson William D. Burt is an author who understands what interest’s young readers. With the latest market of vampire books exploding, Christian readers are left with little on the shelves that provides competition. Burt knows the young mind needs inspiration and has figured out a way to provide it while remaining true to Godly standards. “What makes my storytelling style unique is that I scrupulously avoid the use of magic in my series. Instead, I introduce a God-figure who specializes in working miracles, especially those of the heart and soul. My characters actually pray for wisdom, guidance and divine assistance. By contrast, most modern fantasy authors create imaginary worlds and settings that are cosmologically humanistic. That is, there is no room for God unless it is a pagan god. Characters in these humanistic fantasies must rely upon their own wits and resources, sorcery, and/or their unique super-powers in order to resolve conflicts. My characters are at their best and strongest when they trust the God-figure to help them.” Burt is the author of seven young adult/adult Christian fantasy novels that are part of the King of Trees series. Not only is he in touch with his audience but he is honest about what motivated him to begin writing, the writing journey itself, and the one thing that is most important to him regarding his readers. MN-Tell me something about yourself. WB-I spent most of my teenage years living in the Middle Earth-I’m an avid Tolkien and C.S. Lewis fan. While still in high school, I began my writing career editing my father’s popular identification guides, Edible and Poisonous Plants of the Western/Eastern States. As an Assistant Professor in the Special Education Department at Western Oregon University, I served as a successful grant writer and program coordinator. I have also served as a short-term

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missionary with YWAM and Campus Crusade for Christ overseas, as a lay preacher and as a sign-language interpreter. MN-The genre you mostly write in would be…. WB-Fantasy, because it offers limitless possibilities plot-wise. It gives me greater freedom to create alternate worlds, creatures and characters. However, I do adhere to consistent natural laws in my stories, enhancing the realism factor. I also am enjoying dabbling in Creation Science Fiction, which may seem like an oxymoron. MN-You are referring to your current project? WB-I’m working on the first book in a new series featuring Creation Science and crypto zoology. MN-What was the inspiration for this series? WB-J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis are the authors that have most deeply influenced me. However, the Author of the Bible has given me the greatest inspiration for writing. MN-And God represents your passion for writing. WB-Speaking the truth about God is my passion. That passion infuses whatever project I’m working on. I find that writing has become an integral part of my life, and I would feel lost without this activity. MN-Your faith is important to you, isn’t it? WB-I would not be writing if it were not for God’s intervention in my life. He literally saved me from dying of anorexia nervosa when I was in college and tasked me with writing for him. The King of the Trees is actually an extended, Biblically based allegory. MN-What advice do you have for aspiring authors? WB-Write from the heart and write what you know. MN-What you know is fantasy fiction, and your heart? WB-I feel it is extremely important to provide young people in particular with Christian

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15 You’ll find: *More than 50 intriguing true stories *Facts and statistics about unplanned pregnancy *Practical help *Valuable Resources Whether you’re a woman in an unplanned pregnancy, a man whose partner is there, a friend or family member wanting to help, you’ll find hope in the stories of others who have faced the same decisions. Is your pregnancy experience in your past?

You can obtain copies of William D. Burt’s books through his website at http://www.greencloaks.com, WinePress Publishing at http://www.winepresspublishing.com Amazon.com (including Kindle versions) and all major retail bookstores. Readers can also find more information about the author and his series on his blog at http://www.kotbooks.blogspot.com

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Regardless of what its outcome was, whether a year ago or three decades ago, in Deliver Me you’ll find kindness, compassion and healing. You’ve dealt with the pain long enough. It’s time to discover your healing. ISBN-10: 0983164908 ISBN-13: 978-0983164906

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I love mysteries, don’t you? It’s the same with many of us female mystery readers. From my 11th birthday, when I received The Secret of the Old Clock as a gift and read it straight through, my pillow propped up and a flashlight in my hand, I was hooked.

Deliver Me: Hope, Help & Healing Through True Stories of Unplanned Pregnancy Is my pregnancy a mistake? What will my family say? Will God forgive me? What is the right choice? Should I get an abortion? How do I live with my choices? Are you, or someone you know, asking these questions? Don’t travel this road alone!

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Of course, Nancy Drew was hard to identify with. She was about 14, drove her own little blue roadster—didn’t they have drivers’ licenses in the ‘30’s?--and in the illustrations wore lace-up, heeled black shoes exactly like those of my grandmother. Add to that, she never had to ask permission to go anywhere, and you have pure fantasy. My mother kindly fed my habit, purchasing new Nancy Drew's as they came out. The were only $1 apiece, imagine that! Two years later, I discovered Hercule Poirot in Mrs. McGinty’s Dead, and my fascination accelerated. Sure, the little Belgian was no more realistic than Nancy, but he had panache, the writing was more sophisticated and the puzzles Agatha Christie devised were far more

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complicated. And Miss Marple reminded me a lot of my beloved, aforementioned grandmother. As years passed, I managed to read every single thing Agatha Christie wrote, and liked them all, except for Endless Night, which (in my opinion) had an unsatisfactory conclusion and Death Comes As The End, which was set in ancient Egypt. (I couldn’t identify with the characters at all.)

bad. Very few mysteries have no real villain. Our world is so full of evil triumphing (temporarily, I believe) that we crave some victory somewhere.

Oh, and Ten Little Indians, beloved of so many junior high English teachers? I hated that one, too. But I adored The Man in the Brown Suit, whose villain was based on a real person, and They Came to Baghdad. (Romantic.) Who wouldn’t love The Alphabet Murders, her tour de force The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and The Pale Horse, which actually saved a man’s life when a real-life nurse read it and compared her patient’s symptoms to that of the victim.

Theory 4) Mysteries adhere to The Rules. Again, there are books called mysteries who don’t, but the mysteries I love all:

Inevitably, I ran out of reading materials. I’d exhausted my supply of Patricia Wentworth novels and those of Dorothy Sayers and a host of other geniuses. Agatha went to her reward shortly after the movie of Murder on the Orient Express came out, so that source was gone. I tried contemporary mystery writers and was enchanted by Charlotte MacLeod’s wonderfully deft wit, but they, too, eventually ran out. One day, I bought a paperback mystery novel by an unnamed academy award-winning actor (okay, it was George Kennedy) and was so disgusted by the poor quality of the book that I actually threw it across my kitchen. “Even I,” I snarled, “could write a better mystery than that!”

c) Never leave loose ends untied. A famous mystery writer once said something to the effect: “If you introduce a dagger in the first scene, you’d better use it by the last!”

Theory 3) Mysteries are enjoyable puzzles that challenge your intellect. Lots of books are classified as mysteries that don’t fit these criteria, but those written by the Great Ones of the Classic Golden Age of the Mystery all did.

a) Play fair—all the clues are there in the text of the book. Subtly hidden, of course. b) Never introduce the villain at the end—we will have been introduced to him/her/it early on in the story.

d) Never let evil triumph. Lots of writers break this rule, but I hate it when they do. Anybody? Anybody? Bueller? Bueller? Anyone have an opinion on this subject? I’d love to read them in the comment section.

(I will write of the “evolution” of my first book another time. The focus of this blog is why we love mysteries.) There are reasons why some readers prefer mysteries and I have several theories on that subject: Theory 1) Mysteries give us resolution. Just as many of us prefer a resolved musical chord, a resolved problem, we love a resolved story, where all the loose ends are tied up. This happens so seldom in real life—especially on the news—that it’s a pleasure when it happens in a book. (Many of the earlier mystery writers—ie. Chesterton, Sayers--were Christians. What could be a better resolution than God’s plan of salvation through Christ?)

E E Kennedy (author of the soon-to-be published IRREGARDLESS OF MURDER and its sequel, DEATH DANGLES A PARTICIPLE was born in Alabama and grew up in far northern New York State, where these mysteries are set.

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Theory 2) Mysteries show good triumphing over

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The Penitent By Scott Higginbotham © Nov 2011

Year of Grace, 1099. Jerusalem. Do not lose your soul, thinking that you gain it. The words of my brother hung heavy . . .

The Promise of Deer Run by Elaine Marie Cooper America’s war for freedom from England has been over for seven years, but the wounds of that conflict still plague the minds and hearts of the residents of Deer Run. Young American veteran Nathaniel Stearns, suffering from the memories of war that haunt him in the night, has withdrawn to a life of isolation. He still awaits his father who never returned from the war—a mystery that haunts him as well. He is brought out of his self-imposed exile by a near-tragedy in the woods that brings him faceto-face with nineteen-year-old Sarah Thomsen. This chance encounter opens a crack into the door of his heart as mutual affection quickly blooms. But slander and lies soon mar the budding romance, rendering both Sarah and Nathaniel wounded and untrusting as their faith in both their God and each other is shattered. Set in 1790 and filled with rich detail of the era, The Promise of Deer Run continues the story of the Thomsen family as they struggle to survive in the aftermath of the war that birthed the United States. “Cooper doesn’t romanticize American history. Readers of historical romance who don’t believe graphic love scenes are essential to a good story will adore Cooper’s work. A joy to read.” — Kirkus Reviews

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I looked back on that day with a mixture of elation and disgust, hoping to recapture the ideal. It was late November, Year of Grace, 1095, and I had affixed a red cross to my surcoat, secure in the knowledge that the journey, equally an adventure and a pilgrimage, would change my fortunes and secure my soul’s eternal rest. I was to become a Jerosoliminati by liberating Christendom’s holiest shrines; my reward would reside in the temporal and the eternal by temporarily forsaking the trappings of the world. Like Marguerite. Marguerite, the betrothed I had left behind, was a good match. She possessed a large dower, was fair in features, and we shared a fondness for one another uncommon to marital arrangements. When we bid a strained farewell, which ended with her proclaiming, “You shall lose your soul trying to win what you cannot,” I had no inkling how prophetic her words were to become. For she was correct. As was my brother. And now . . . The Holy City had been washed clean by the brief rain. The pall of smoke, which had hung low and oppressive for over a week, had been replaced with a bright sun reflecting off the sand-colored walls. Shreds of white clouds scudded along, making me forget the past few days; in truth, the last few years had been a blur. I had come to make atonement, to begin anew, to find a place where my fortunes could change, where my past was forgotten. Nicaea and Antioch. And now Jerusalem. The purpose was murky. Despite those heavy burdens, I managed to smile. To the east the Jordan valley appeared only as a slight depression surrounded by the Judean Hills. I imagined that Christ the Lord

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Oct/Nov 2011 had walked those hills and valleys, healing the sick, casting out devils, forgiving multitudes of sins. How I wished He would just speak to me, show me where I went wrong or at least tell me that I had pleased Him. No. I knew. What had started as a noble journey, a pilgrimage, had turned into a bloodbath. We liberated Jerusalem from the Saracens and infidels but had turned the Holy City into Hell on Earth. “Why, God?” I asked, sitting in a heap against the gnarled trunk of one of Mount Olivet’s many olive trees. “When shall I hear your voice? I thought this would please you . . . ” I gazed east again, fidgeting with my hands, wishing the Lord would appear, willing Him to appear, but to no avail. The only sounds were the occasional bird chirping, the flutter of unseen wings darting between the branches, and the distant bleating of sheep. I had taken the cross, literally and otherwise. I performed my penance for three years through searing heat and bone-chilling cold, hunger, sickness, always in the shadow of death. My once-white surcoat with its red cross was stained with sweat and blood, and the exuberance I had felt after hearing Pope Urban’s rousing speech at Clermont had been replaced by an emptiness no man could fill. I wept. What began as a sigh turned into a torrent as I put my head into my hands. Time ran quickly, judging by the strength of the sun beating relentlessly on my uncovered head. My horse cropped the sparse grass and nickered softly, stamping his feet. Years of soldiering had taught me never to let my guard down. I always slept in my coat of mail, sword at my side, helm ready at hand. But today? If today were my day of reckoning, then I would go willingly, hoping my present sorrow would fill my account. “Jesus wept over Jerusalem’s sins once, Frank.” The voice was kind and gentle, with a local accent to the French syllables. “I have added to them for certes, and I am weeping over mine,” I responded, uncaring if those words were to be my last. “Look at me.”

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18 Through tear-clouded eyes, I gazed at a diminutive man, neither young nor old. His face was leathery from years under a harsh sun, but his eyes spoke of youth and vitality. He held a shepherd’s staff and gazed at me quizzically. “My name is Moishe.” “Hugh. Hugh Rancon, formerly a landless knight. And now, I am wealthy. By right of conquest, I have a veritable palace beyond those cursed walls, but my soul is impoverished!” Moishe stroked his bearded chin. “I am a man of great wealth too. Did you find it? True wealth? Succor for your soul? Forgiveness?” Judging by his garb, this man was neither wealthy nor in his wits. Catching my lapse in understanding, I attempted to ask what he had last said, but he interrupted me. “Jerusalem is only a place, Hugh. You thought years of toil would cleanse your soul and that the wonders beyond its walls would finally fill the blackened void. You always had Jerusalem in your thoughts: a better future, a place to begin afresh in a land where the Lord trod. But you found that the future did not deliver what you needed the most. Am I correct?” “The slaughter was great,” I whispered. “Some men, still bloody from the fight wept like babes at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, not at their sorrow, but for their victory. We thought we were doing God’s work! ‘God wills it’ was our refrain . . . but it is not.” “This is why I have come, my friend. I thought I came to see what had happened, but in truth I suppose I came to find someone, anyone who still had his senses. Stand up and take a look at Jerusalem.” I stood and gazed over the city with its gleaming domes and spires stretching into the heavens. It was man’s poor creation of heaven. “I am man of great wealth as I said. Follow me, Hugh, and I shall show you and give you the riches of truth. But you must leave it all behind.” There comes a moment in every man’s life when he must make a choice that forever alters his course. Moishe’s words were as refined silver, smooth, and reflecting in their clarity. They illuminated my heart and mind. The years I had

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spent in travail had defined my purpose. Now, they were like grains of blowing sand, forgotten and meaningless. Moishe was trudging towards the north, tapping his staff along a sheep run. And for the first time in my life, I had found that one’s purpose begins in the present. Fulfillment can be found there, not in a faraway land or time. The time to begin was now. I tied my helm to my horse’s saddle and gently led with the reins, following a man who would soon become a dear friend. ~~~~ “This is a virtual gold mine of information!” Rachel exclaimed. “An eyewitness account, a peering into a man’s soul. It’s written like a story, but it has this . . . this quality that grabs you and makes you examine yourself!” “Hugh was like us. His motives were off, and then he saw the error of his ways.” Max scrunched his forehead in concentration. “I wonder whether he married Marguerite and what Moishe taught him.” “I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough,” Rachel replied, just as the monks began their service.

Scott Higginbotham has a passion for fiction that goes beyond simple entertainment. His writing informs, instructs, and encourages readers with his signature style. He holds a B.S. in Marketing and an MBA, and is finishing an MA in Apologetics at Luther Rice Seminary. His novel "For A Thousand Generations" is coming soon! Visit his blog and find him on Facebook

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The chants of the brothers’ voices swept through the walls, lending a comforting ambience to their journey of ancient words. Rachel and Max looked at each other. “You wonder what Bill and Lizzie are up to?” Rachel asked. “Yes, most definitely. Searching for a friend in the past? The fourteenth century? I feel like I’m there.” Max paused and knuckled his forehead. “The monks, the abbey—I feel as if we have stepped back in time.” “But for real, Max. Is it possible? No.” “Bill and Lizzie aren’t crazy. They are convinced—they’re certain.” Rachel grinned. “I’ll give them a call and test the waters. See what they say and what they’ve come up with. Who knows how this will unfold?” To be continued . . .

The Road to Deer Run by Elaine Marie Cooper During the American Revolution, British soldier Daniel Lowe has been captured after being wounded at the Battle of Saratoga in 1777. He escapes from his captors and hides in the woods to die, only to be rescued by Mary Thomsen, an American farmwoman. As Daniel’s festering wound heals, his gratitude to the woman who saved him transforms into love. But as an enemy soldier, his presence is endangering Mary, as well as her widowed

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mother and little sister. As he desperately tries to hide his identity, not only is he faced with exposure by the local Patriots, but must deal with his worst nemesis: an American soldier who also loves Mary and figures out who Daniel really is. The Road to Deer Run is a novel about healing, forgiveness and redemption, set in the rugged landscape of Western Massachusetts. “With subplots as appealing as the main story, the book is well researched, well written, and well worth the purchase price. Ready for the sequel.” Kirkus Discoveries Reviews

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Perseverance Pays Off

By W. Terry Whalin ©Nov. 2011

Whether they know it or not, many book authors are doing aimless marketing. These authors have no plans or goals and are almost certain to fail. Yes, I understand I’ve made a sweeping statement which is a bit harsh. Yet from my years of experience watching authors and working with them, I know it’s true. I encourage you to keep reading because I’m going to provide a series of steps so you can change from aimless marketing to a targeted effort for your books. If you take action, then you will move forward with your dreams of reaching others with your books. The old saying goes: “If you aim at nothing you will be sure to hit it.” The first question you need to answer is who is your target reader? Please don’t say everyone because no book is for everyone. While some books achieve a broad spectrum of readers, every book has a specific target audience. Write to a specific group of people and you will have your target clearly in front of you. Next write down a secondary group of people who would be your target. Create what Mark Victor Hansen calls a Big Hairy Goal. What is your overall plan to reach your target audience? Set aside anything that your publisher or anyone else is going to do for your book and focus on yourself and your efforts. Do you plan to sell 5,000 books over the next 12 months? Write down your specific goal on the back of a business card, and then stick

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that card in your wallet or someplace where you will see it often. It can serve as consistent reminder of your goal. For your next step, break down your large goal into incremental steps. How are you going to take the tiny steps to achieve those book sales? Maybe it means taking an hour a week to focus on having a more active role in an online forum (where you include mention of your book). Or maybe it means you will create a postcard about your book then send it to 1,000 names and addresses. Each goal should be definable and specific. The successful Internet marketer, Dan Kennedy, recently wrote about the most important component of success in business boils down to “one thing.” Implementation was the one thing that means to take action and complete the most important activities in your business. I encourage you to take small steps yet also take consistent action to complete those goals. If you are going to take consistent action, you need perseverance. Consider the story of Andy Andrews, author of The Traveler’s Gift. A popular speaker, Andy wrote a manuscript that he tried to get published. It was rejected 54 times. How many of us can handle this level of rejection? He continued in his popular speaking work but did not have a book for his audience. One day Gayle Hyatt was in Andys’ audience. She came up to him afterward and suggested that he write a book. Looking a bit sheepish, Andy told Gayle, “Your husband’s company [Thomas Nelson] has already rejected my manuscript.” Gayle asked for a copy of his manuscript and promised to read it. Andy sent her the manuscript. She showed it to her husband, Michael Hyatt, president of Thomas Nelson, and the book was published. Notice the perseverance in what happened next. When Andy got his new book, he gave away 12,000 copies. Most of those review copies didn’t make much of a difference. But one of those copies got in the hands of Robin Roberts, who at the time was a producer of ABC’s Good Morning America.Roberts selected The Traveler’s Gift as their Book of the Month. The Traveler’s Gift sold 850,000 copies and the rest is history. From my study of publishing, there is no

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formula to make a bestseller or achieve success with your book. Each author has a different definition of success. For some it is simply creating their book and getting it into the market. Other authors want to get on a particular bestseller list. A range of answers lies between these two extremes.

Publish His glorious deeds among nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things He does. ~Psalms 96:3

What is your goal and how are you going to reach it? Consistent action is the key. Michael Hyatt, chairman of the board for Thomas Nelson recently wrote about The Power of Incremental Change Over Time.

Meet our Journalist Mary Nichelson!

I encourage you to take action and turn aimless marketing into consistent marketing. Productive authors have a commitment to marketing their books on a personal and consistent basis.

W. Terry Whalin, a writer and publisher lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. A former acquisitions editor, former magazine editor and former literary agent, Terry has written more than 60 nonfiction books including Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams. To help writers, he has created 12-lesson online course called Write A Book Proposal. His website is located at: www.terrywhalin.com.

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Mary is an avid reader, writer, editor and selfproclaimed advocate for the authors that make Christian publishing the great industry it is. She supports publishers by interviewing authors and promoting their new releases, as well as upholding a standard of ethics that defines the word “Christian�. Her passion is to see the publishing business excel by promoting literature that speaks to our generation without compromise. She is the host of Marysworld Internet radio talk show, maintains a website affiliated with several publishers, and is a member of the Evangelical Press Association. (EPA) Mary's World Blog

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