Put It on the Calendars!

Okay, I don’t know how many read this blog from southeast Idaho (Hi Jenny, hi Chris). If you’re in the Upper Snake River Valley, then you want to put February 7th and 8th on your calendar.

Tom Brock will be at our church, Harvest Foursquare Church, speaking at 7 pm both nights. He is a wonderful teacher, who challenges us deeply each time he comes. He was the one who told us about Calling All Nations in Berlin, and was a big blessing in helping us go there this summer. If you want to know more about him, check out his ministry’s site at Wave of Life.

If you want to be challenged and encouraged by Jesus’ heart for you, then don’t miss this!

Put It on the Calendars!

Okay, I don’t know how many read this blog from southeast Idaho (Hi Jenny, hi Chris). If you’re in the Upper Snake River Valley, then you want to put February 7th and 8th on your calendar.

Tom Brock will be at our church, Harvest Foursquare Church, speaking at 7 pm both nights. He is a wonderful teacher, who challenges us deeply each time he comes. He was the one who told us about Calling All Nations in Berlin, and was a big blessing in helping us go there this summer. If you want to know more about him, check out his ministry’s site at Wave of Life.

If you want to be challenged and encouraged by Jesus’ heart for you, then don’t miss this!

“Po-pourri, not Pot-pourri”

I’m still getting a handle on my schedule and getting blogging time in. The problem is with not having time to come up with anything worth reading! So in my internet perusals, I offer up the following menagerie of posts:

– Brandilyn Collins is a wonderful fiction teacher, and she has shared a lot of good insight on her blog. This week she is discussing the important topic of “Author’s Voice”. The first post is at this link: Forensics and Faith. Subsequent posts will follow.

– From writing to the importance of reading, see what J. Mark Bertrand has to say about the reader being as important as the author. And here’s a link to Mike Duran’s article, Unfashionable Reading, that Bertrand refers to.

– Charis Connection is a group blog of many of Christian fiction’s top novelists. Last week they had a good series called Ask the Authors starting on 1/22 through 1/26.

– A new blogging buddy over at Think Virtue! has an encouraging post for writers dealing with the need for discipline and how to develop that in their lives.

(The title of this post refers to my mistaken pronunciation of “potpourri” for a long time as a kid. I was always something of a smarty pants, so my mom thought it amusing when I would blow it. Can’t let the kid’s head get too big, she thought.)

“Po-pourri, not Pot-pourri”

I’m still getting a handle on my schedule and getting blogging time in. The problem is with not having time to come up with anything worth reading! So in my internet perusals, I offer up the following menagerie of posts:

– Brandilyn Collins is a wonderful fiction teacher, and she has shared a lot of good insight on her blog. This week she is discussing the important topic of “Author’s Voice”. The first post is at this link: Forensics and Faith. Subsequent posts will follow.

– From writing to the importance of reading, see what J. Mark Bertrand has to say about the reader being as important as the author. And here’s a link to Mike Duran’s article, Unfashionable Reading, that Bertrand refers to.

– Charis Connection is a group blog of many of Christian fiction’s top novelists. Last week they had a good series called Ask the Authors starting on 1/22 through 1/26.

– A new blogging buddy over at Think Virtue! has an encouraging post for writers dealing with the need for discipline and how to develop that in their lives.

(The title of this post refers to my mistaken pronunciation of “potpourri” for a long time as a kid. I was always something of a smarty pants, so my mom thought it amusing when I would blow it. Can’t let the kid’s head get too big, she thought.)

Blog Tour – If the Shoe Fits

Busy lady! How would it be to have two books coming out in one month! Here’s the CFBA’s take on Marilynn Griffith’s other new book, If the Shoe Fits.

No, you aren’t seeing double. This month we are reviewing not one, but two books by Marilynn Griffith! This prolific writer has TWO books coming out this month! This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is posting about If the Shoe Fits (Steeple Hill Cafe’, 2007) by Marilynn Griffith (fellow CFBA member, blogger, writer, and mother of seven)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Marilynn Griffith is wife to a deacon, mom to a tribe and proof that God gives second chances. Her novels include Made of Honor (Steeple Hill, Jan. 2006), Pink (Revell, Feb. 2006), Jade (Revell, June 2006), and Tangerine (Revell, January 2007). Her other credits include Chicken Soup for the Christian Woman’s Soul, Cup of Comfort Devotionals and her Shades of Style series (Revell, 2006). She lives in Florida with her husband and children. To book speaking engagements or just say hello, email: marilynngriffith (at) gmail dot com.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Have Glass Slipper, Need Prince…

If the Shoe Fits is the second book in the Sassy Sistahood Novels. The first in the series was Made of Honor (Steeple Hill, Jan. 2006).

In all my thirty-five years, I, shoe designer Rochelle Gardner, have never had so many men interested in me! My teen son’s dad is back in my life after suffering from amnesia (yes, really). The church deacon has had his eye on me for years (and never said a word). And the young waiter (from the restaurant I’ve visited for singles’ events) is trying to steal my heart. I’ve been struggling with my faith, trying to figure out which man God has chosen for me and wondering if I have the courage to step forward, on my not-so-pretty feet, to accept love. It’s almost too much for the Sassy Sistahood to handle, but my girlfriends always have my back!

Blog Tour – If the Shoe Fits

Busy lady! How would it be to have two books coming out in one month! Here’s the CFBA’s take on Marilynn Griffith’s other new book, If the Shoe Fits.

No, you aren’t seeing double. This month we are reviewing not one, but two books by Marilynn Griffith! This prolific writer has TWO books coming out this month! This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is posting about If the Shoe Fits (Steeple Hill Cafe’, 2007) by Marilynn Griffith (fellow CFBA member, blogger, writer, and mother of seven)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Marilynn Griffith is wife to a deacon, mom to a tribe and proof that God gives second chances. Her novels include Made of Honor (Steeple Hill, Jan. 2006), Pink (Revell, Feb. 2006), Jade (Revell, June 2006), and Tangerine (Revell, January 2007). Her other credits include Chicken Soup for the Christian Woman’s Soul, Cup of Comfort Devotionals and her Shades of Style series (Revell, 2006). She lives in Florida with her husband and children. To book speaking engagements or just say hello, email: marilynngriffith (at) gmail dot com.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Have Glass Slipper, Need Prince…

If the Shoe Fits is the second book in the Sassy Sistahood Novels. The first in the series was Made of Honor (Steeple Hill, Jan. 2006).

In all my thirty-five years, I, shoe designer Rochelle Gardner, have never had so many men interested in me! My teen son’s dad is back in my life after suffering from amnesia (yes, really). The church deacon has had his eye on me for years (and never said a word). And the young waiter (from the restaurant I’ve visited for singles’ events) is trying to steal my heart. I’ve been struggling with my faith, trying to figure out which man God has chosen for me and wondering if I have the courage to step forward, on my not-so-pretty feet, to accept love. It’s almost too much for the Sassy Sistahood to handle, but my girlfriends always have my back!

Pray for Your Favorite Atheist!

Brandilyn Collins had a post today that I could whole-heartedly support. It seems there are a couple of guys running around saying that they have the truth, and the truth is that us religious folk are out of our minds.

Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris have written two best-selling books that promote the idea that Christianity (and other religions, but we know who they’re talking about) is irrational. Well, having read Francis Schaeffer I would disagree.

However, Brandilyn’s point is not debating them, but suggesting prayer for them. To us, it is the best thing possible that we can do for them. To them, as BC puts it:

Of course, these two men and their followers can’t be the least offended by our campaign. No point in them leaving nasty comments on this blog. After all, there is no God, and we’re talking to thin air. So if we want to waste our time, why should that bother any of them in the least? What is the point of arguing with the deluded?

So check out the post from Forensics and Faith today. Here’s a link to Isaiah 50:4-5 (NIV). If it so moves your heart, then I encourage you to partake in this prayer challenge as well!

Pray for Your Favorite Atheist!

Brandilyn Collins had a post today that I could whole-heartedly support. It seems there are a couple of guys running around saying that they have the truth, and the truth is that us religious folk are out of our minds.

Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris have written two best-selling books that promote the idea that Christianity (and other religions, but we know who they’re talking about) is irrational. Well, having read Francis Schaeffer I would disagree.

However, Brandilyn’s point is not debating them, but suggesting prayer for them. To us, it is the best thing possible that we can do for them. To them, as BC puts it:

Of course, these two men and their followers can’t be the least offended by our campaign. No point in them leaving nasty comments on this blog. After all, there is no God, and we’re talking to thin air. So if we want to waste our time, why should that bother any of them in the least? What is the point of arguing with the deluded?

So check out the post from Forensics and Faith today. Here’s a link to Isaiah 50:4-5 (NIV). If it so moves your heart, then I encourage you to partake in this prayer challenge as well!

Unofficially

I’m not officially part of this month’s Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy blog tour this month. Starting my new job is a little too much right now – plus I haven’t been able to partake of the feature this month: The Door Within trilogy by Wayne Thomas Batson.

However, I want to point you in the direction of the CSFF tour. These books sound great, and I think that there is a mild groundswell of popular support for more quality speculative fiction from a Christian Worldview.

So check out A Christian Worldview of Fiction for the list of participants in the tour. I should be back on the tour next month.

Unofficially

I’m not officially part of this month’s Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy blog tour this month. Starting my new job is a little too much right now – plus I haven’t been able to partake of the feature this month: The Door Within trilogy by Wayne Thomas Batson.

However, I want to point you in the direction of the CSFF tour. These books sound great, and I think that there is a mild groundswell of popular support for more quality speculative fiction from a Christian Worldview.

So check out A Christian Worldview of Fiction for the list of participants in the tour. I should be back on the tour next month.