Dr. Andy Wood is an author, professor, church leader, consultant, evangelist, and seminar leader. In every role, he has pursued a philosophy he refers to as M.A.D.I.S.E.L. – Make a Difference in Someone Else’s Life!
Serving alongside his wife, Robin, Andy offers professional counseling, coaching, consulting, and communication services through The LifeVesting Group.
He blogs consistently and has ghostwritten two books. He has published on both academic and professional levels in magazines and journals and is currently marketing his first e-book, The 12 Pathways to Christmas.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Andy Wood.
Andy: Thank you!
Xochi: Why do you think it’s important for writers to consider blogging?
Andy: For me, it’s about the discipline to continue writing and developing fresh stuff. Blogging is a great way to test drive ideas that may or may not ever make it into a book.
Blogging also gives you a starter platform for building what Seth Godin calls a “tribe.” That is, a group of people who appreciate what you do, keep reading and, hopefully, share your stuff with others.
Xochi: What are your top tips for potential bloggers?
Andy: First – write, write, write.
Second, decide on a realistic schedule and stick to it. If you want regular readers, become a regular writer.
Third, know the purpose of your blog and lean into it.
Xochi: Please tell us a little bit about your e-book, The 12 Pathways to Christmas.
Andy: I’ve looked closely at the lives of the people who were involved in the first Christmas story. I wanted to create a connection between a 21st-century “real world” and the “real world” of the first century and how the coming of Jesus is relevant to all that. This book offers 12 vignettes of real joy, real pain, real healing, real desperation, real hope.
Xochi: How did the idea of The 12 Pathways to Christmas develop into an e-book?
Andy: It started as a series of posts on the “LifeVesting” blog, in 2009. It took me another Christmas season to finish them up, then another year or two to put them into a book form.
Xochi: What was the greatest challenge you faced during the e-book process?
Andy: Learning how to format the book correctly. It’s not super hard, but there was a bit of a learning curve.
Xochi: What did you enjoy most about the e-book process?
Andy: E-book publishing is quick. You can edit or make changes without having to go through the publisher. It also enables you to avoid having to stock piles of book inventory.
I enjoyed the instant awareness of success, or lack thereof. With Amazon, you can always know how sales are going.
Also, it’s fun to be part of a larger community of authors who have discovered this format.
Xochi: What tips do you have for writers who are considering publishing e-books?
Andy: First, get several proofreaders to help clean up your writing.
Second, have a good strategy for marketing your work. Nobody will be more committed to your success than you are. There are lots of tools and resources out there for authors to learn to market their stuff.
Xochi: What words of encouragement would you like to offer aspiring writers?
Andy: Use your writing to serve and love people, and the day will come when your writing will serve you.
There has only been one infallible thing ever written, and that’s the Bible. Anything short of that has room for improvement.
So, never stop improving and working at your craft.
Xochi: Thank you for sharing your insights, Dr. Wood.
Andy: My pleasure.
You can connect with Andy through his blog and check out The 12 Pathways to Christmas, on sale for only .99 cents until December 15, 2013! I’m looking forward to reading Andy’s book before Christmas and am sure it will make a great gift for the book lover on your nice list!
If you’ve published an e-book, tell us about your experience. Would you do it again? What, if anything, would you do differently?
Xochi (so-she) E. Dixon loves Jesus and lives in Northern California with her husband, Alan, their teenage son, Xavier, and their doggy-daughter, Jazzy. She has a passion for teaching God’s Word and writes contemporary fiction, articles and devotions for women and teens. Her work has been published in The Upper Room, ENCOUNTER – The Magazine and Devo ‘Zine. You can connect with Xochi through her blog, Facebook and Twitter.
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Join New York Times best-selling author Susy Flory and indie novelist Lorena Bathey for a publishing smackdown. Get the scoop on traditional vs. self-publishing from two authors who have been best friends since second grade but have traveled different paths in publishing.
You’ll get insider information and strategic advice from two pros with different views about publishing.
- Writing queries & proposals
- Cover Design
- Social Media and Platforms
Susy Flory grew up on the back of a quarter horse in Northern California. She has a background in journalism, education, and communications and earned degrees in English and psychology from UCLA. She taught high school English and journalism before embarking on a full-time writing career in 2004.
Susy’s books include Fear Not Da Vinci, So Long Status Quo, Dog Tales, Heaven Hears, and The Unbreakable Boy. Her runaway bestseller, Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero co-written with Michael Hingson, hit the New York Times bestsellers list in both hardcover nonfiction and e-book nonfiction the first week of release. Thunder Dog held the #1 NYT ranking for nonfiction e-books the week of September 11, 2011 and captured worldwide media attention. To date, Thunder Dog has sold over 140,000 copies.
Lorena Bathey attended St. Mary’s College in Moraga graduating with a degree in English.
She started writing her first book, Happy Beginnings: How I Became My Own Fairy Godmother when her world fell apart and she needed to process changes in her life. Lorena found characters Marissa, Andrea, Lily, Deidre and Beatrice were visiting her and wouldn’t leave and her first novel, Beatrice Munson, came to life.
After finishing that book she was inspired to write more novels and she knew that pursuing her passion was the best way to live her life. So a writer she became.
Today Lorena has written several novels, Beatrice Munson, House on Plunkett Street, The X, Coaster, and Meeting Ms. Monroe. She is beginning research on two historical novels.
Saturday, November 16th, 9am-11:30am
First Covenant Church, Chapel
10933 Progress Court, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
The Publishing Smackdown is free for all Inspire Christian Writers members. Non-members pay $15.00 at the door.
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Jenny Lundquist, author of Seeing Cinderella and Plastic Polly, has entertained and empowered middle graders with her authentic voice, powerful messages, charming wit, and relatable characters.
This year, she is intriguing fans as she releases her first Young Adult series.
The Princess in the Opal Mask, the first book in the series, is sure to captivate readers with a beautiful tale of two 16-year-old girls on a courageous journey of self-discovery and sacrifice.
I was blessed with the opportunity to interview Jenny as she prepares to celebrate the release of The Princess in the Opal Mask.
Join me in welcoming author, Jenny Lundquist.
Jenny: Thank you so much for having me!
Xochi: Please tell us a little bit about The Princess in the Opal Mask.
Jenny:The Princess in the Opal Mask is a re-imagination of The Man in the Iron Mask as told from the POV of two teen girls. Wilha, the title character, has just been betrothed to the son of her father’s greatest enemy. Worshipped by some yet reviled by others, Wilha is a famous icon, but a lonely princess, and wonders why her father forces her to wear a jeweled mask over her face.
Meanwhile, Elara, an orphan, has learned to wield a dagger and lie with ease. Most of all, she’s learned to shut her ears and her heart to the abuse her adopted family hurls at her. When an assassination attempt threatens an important peace treaty, the girls are offered the chance to switch identities—with surprising consequences for them both.
Xochi: This series is very different from your middle grade books. What was your most rewarding experience as you transitioned from the Middle Grade contemporary books to this new Young Adult Fantasy series?
Jenny: I have loved getting the chance to work with main characters who are a little older. With middle-grade protagonists I feel like they are essentially asking the question, “How do I fit in, in the world around me?” Whereas with young adult the main character is asking, “In light of circumstances or my own desires, how can I remake the world around me?” It’s been a lot of fun letting Elara and Wilha figure out the answer to that question.
Xochi: What challenges did you face as you made this transition?
Jenny: Voice was a real challenge as I wrote this book. I found that I had to work on “aging up” my voice to fit the YA market. Although, I will say that Princess falls a little on the younger YA spectrum in comparison to what’s currently out there. I also had to really work at differentiating Elara and Wilha’s voices.
They’re both female, both teenagers, and I wrote both their POV’s from a first person present tense perspective, so I need to make sure they came across as two distinctly different individuals. I had to carefully comb through the manuscript during the revision process to make sure I wasn’t accidentally “blending” their two voices.
Xochi: What is the most priceless lesson you learned during this transition process?
Jenny: I learned I can do it. There was definitely a moment after I submitted my sample chapters to my agent where I looked at my synopsis and thought: I have absolutely no idea how to write this book. It’s extremely gratifying now to see the finished copies of Princess and realize that, despite my doubts, I did it!
And it’s a valuable thing to know as I’m working on the sequel and thinking, I have absolutely no idea how to write this book! The second time around, it’s easier just to acknowledge my feelings, but know that somehow I will figure it out—probably after I’ve spent several sessions begging God for help.
Xochi: You have created an amazing world, of royal proportions, in this series. What are some steps a writer can take when developing a setting for a fantasy novel?
Jenny: The best advice I can give is keep a journal of your ideas. I don’t use world-building worksheets, they’re too soul-sucking for my taste. But I did keep a journal as I worked on developing the world of Princess. It gave me the space to jot down thoughts here and there when they would occur to me. Also, I would say use only the world-building that’s absolutely essential to the plot. If it’s not essential, ask yourself if you really need it.
Xochi: Would you please share the story behind your passion for this new book?
Jenny: This story came to me in bits and pieces over a period of almost ten years. In January of 2004 I was sitting on a beach in Kauai thinking/praying about how much I liked to write and how I wished I had a good book idea. And lo and behold…a paragraph immediately began cycling through my brain! I picked up my pen and wrote as fast as I could, trying to keep up with the words I was hearing.
I won’t repeat everything I heard that day, but essentially the idea was to write a story about “two girls…and the person you want to be, the person you think you ought to be, and the person you fear you might actually be.”
When the words stopped coming I looked at what I’d written and thought, Well, that sounds nice, God, but that’s not a plot, or a character, and I got a strong impression that right then wasn’t the time to tell the story. But I never forgot that day, or what I heard, and eventually I started working on my middle grade titles.
Then in late 2008, as I was nearing completion of the first draft of Seeing Cinderella, one night an image just “jumped” into my head: Of a dirty, mistreated teenage girl sitting on a wooden stool. A door opened in front of her and the expression on her face was shock and awe.
The writer in me was curious: What could possibly be behind that door to cause such a reaction? So I swung my “mental POV camera” around to see what she was seeing—and what I saw shocked me, too. I immediately stopped what I was doing, and started writing.
I finished Seeing Cinderella in 2010, obtained an agent and a book deal, and began working on my second MG novel (Plastic Polly). But I never forgot about my YA story. I considered it “My Secret Project” and filled up journals with notes and snippets of scenes. I even went so far as to hang a huge cork board up in my office with scene cards.
In 2011, I decided the story definitely called for the princess to wear a jeweled mask on her face, and gave it the working title, The Princess in the Opal Mask. (And bonus: If she’s wearing a jeweled mask then a masquerade party most definitely needed to be a part of the plot!)
In 2012, I decided now was the time to start writing the story. As the story took shape, I began to see that—even though this was a light fantasy with princesses, princes, masquerade balls, assassination attempts, and mistaken identities—this was very much a book about “two girls…and the person you want to be, the person you think you ought to be, and the person you fear you might actually be.”
I’m still not quite sure if The Princess in the Opal Mask is the story I became so excited about that day on the beach nearly ten years ago. But I know that day has served as a huge inspiration to me. And those themes about who we want to become vs. who we fear we actually are continue to intrigue me.
Xochi: You are a master at creating characters who are delightfully relatable and likeable, flaws and all. What are your top three tips for character development?
Jenny: I interview my characters and sometimes write journal entries from their perspective. It helps me to get a better feel for each character. Also, I think it’s important to ground a character’s deepest need in an emotion that we can all relate to—as that will transcend setting.
For instance, Wilha is a famous icon and the envy of many in her kingdom, but she’s saddened by the fact that few people seem to want to look past the glitter and glamour of her jeweled masks and dress or the ugliness of the rumors surrounding her. Few of us will ever be able to relate to her wealth or celebrity—but we can all relate to wanting to be liked/loved for who we are, not for who other people think we are.
Xochi: What would you like to tell writers who are in the process of writing their first book?
Jenny: I would say: YOU CAN DO IT!! And, drink lots of coffee.
Xochi: What final word of encouragement would you like to share with our fellow writers?
Jenny: I think it’s important to write what you’re passionate about and where you feel God is leading you. My favorite verse in the Bible is Eph. 2:10 which says, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which He prepared in advance for us to do.” I pray regularly over my projects, asking God to show me what His next “good work” is in my writing life. Also, if you write, then you are a writer—regardless of whether or not you have been published. You are a writer. You are an artist. Own it. Walk in it.
Xochi: Thank you for taking time to inspire us, Jenny.
Jenny: Thank you, Xochi, you always make me feel so loved :0)
To connect with Jenny Lundquist, you can visit her website, “like” her Facebook Author Page, and follow her on Twitter.
You are also invited to join us as we celebrate the release of The Princess in the Opal Mask on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 1-3 PM at Barnes & Noble in Citrus Heights, California.
Masks are optional, but encouraged! Jenny will be holding a mask contest at 2:30pm—the person who wins for all-around best mask will win a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble. More information can be found here on Jenny’s blog.
Xochi (so-she) E. Dixon is Jesus-loving, Bible-studying writer, speaker and teacher. She is pursuing her BA in Christian Ministry at Regent University and lives in Northern California with her husband, Alan, their teenage son, Xavier, and their doggy-daughter, Jazzy.
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Each month Inspire Christian Writers gather for the Build Your Author Platform workshop. This month Cheri Douglas will facilitate our training. Cheri has a huge Twitter ministry and is the author of the upcoming book, Tweeting God’s Love.
Twitter is a great place for Christian writers to minister worldwide! 140 characters facilitates a perfect discussion, and is the length of most Bible verse. No surprise, God is the fastest growing topic on Twitter today. Discussions on God often trend worldwide as the most tweeted topic of the moment. ~ Cheri Douglas
After a brief introduction to Twitter and its value to authors, Cheri will:
- Help writers set up a Twitter account (if needed)
- Explain the follower system.
- Help writers send & respond to tweets.
- Show writers how Twitter facilitates immediate ministry.
- Demonstrate how Tweetlonger can help non-blogging writers
- Explain hashtags and how to use them to connect with others on Twitter.
- Help writers join a prayer/chat with #WriteToInspire.
In order to participate fully, bring a tablet, laptop, or notebook computer. Be sure to visit Twitter.com and follow the prompts to establish a personal account. If you have problems with that, Cheri will be available at 8AM in room 203 to work with you.
Thursday, October 17th
9:00AM – 12:00 Noon
First Covenant Church, 10933 Progress Court, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
You will leave able to share your books or articles with a world of new friends!
This workshop is FREE for Inspire Members, non-members pay only $10 at the door!
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2014 is approaching at warp speed! I hope 2013 has been good to you so far and that you are achieving your writing goals. We still have several opportunities this year to learn the craft, fellowship with other Christian writers, build our platforms and pray for each other.
Here are the events we have planned:
Monday, 10/7 Board Meeting
Thursday, 10/17 Build Your Author Platform, 9:00-12:00 at First Covenant Church 10933 Progress Court, Rancho Cordova, 95670 Rm 203
This month we’ll learn how to use Twitter for ministry and as part of an effective author platform with our special guest, Cheri Douglas. If you need help setting up a Twitter account, come at 8am! Read pages 154-175 in Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World before workshop. We’ll be posting more information about this workshop on Monday, so stay tuned!
Tuesday, 10/22 Inspire Prayer Meeting @ Beth Thompson’s house. For directions, email BethThompson@InspireWriters.com
Saturday, 10/26 Book Launch & Signing: The Princess in the Opal Mask, 1-3PM Barnes & Noble, 6111 Sunrise Blvd, Citrus Heights CA 95610
Saturday, 11/2 Book launch for Running with Roselle, co-authored by Inspire writer Jeanette Hanscome . Details coming soon!
Monday, 11/4 Board Meeting
Thursday, 11/7 (Note date change due to Thanksgiving!) Build Your Author Platform, 9:00-12:00 at First Covenant Church, 10933 Progress Court, Rancho Cordova, 95670 Rm 203
During this month’s Platform workshop we will wrap up Part 3 of Michael Hyatt’s book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.
Saturday, 11/16 Publishing Smackdown with Susy Flory and Lorena Bathey at First Covenant Church 10933 Progress Court, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670, in the Chapel (More details later this week!)
Tuesday, 11/26 Inspire Prayer Meeting @ Beth Thompson’s house. For directions, email BethThompson@InspireWriters.com
Monday, 12/2 Board Meeting
Thursday, 12/19 Build Your Author Platform, 9:00-12:00 at First Covenant Church, 10933 Progress Court, Rancho Cordova, 95670 Rm 203
Be sure to read Part 4 of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World (we’ve already read pages 154-175 prior to October’s workshop, so read 127-153 and 176-192.)
Inspire Christmas Celebration, date and details to be announced.
We will not meet for our regular 4th Tuesday night prayer in December.
In addition to these events, we have ongoing critique groups that meet locally throughout Northern California and online nationwide. Check out our Groups page to get connected.
Every Wednesday, we host Prayers4Writers on Twitter. This is an opportunity to pray with and for writers worldwide. Cheri Douglas leads these prayers. If you have a Twitter account, join us on Wednesdays from 6-7pm (PDT). Use the hashtag #WritetoInspire to connect & pray.
If you’re an Inspire writer with a book launch coming up, be sure to let me know so I can help spread the word. What fun things would you like to see from Inspire in 2014?
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An urgent need was brought to my attention and I’m asking you to help fill it.
The Garden of Innocence will be burying bodies of babies that have been found. You read that right. Found. I’m sorry to tell you such a need exists. One of our authors, Linda Bello Ruiz asked if I could help share this need with you.
Garden of Innocence would like writers to submit poems to be read at the service. One for each child.
If you are able to contribute a poem (or several) for this event and help provide a dignified burial for these precious children, please follow the guidelines. Please share this need with other writers and poets you know.
Specific poetry writing skills are not important; however we do ask that you not include what may have been on the heart or mind of the mother and do not mention “abandonment” or “thrown away”. Please no more than 12 lines – 100 words or less, written for one child only, and no Haiku Poetry.
If you do not wish to read your poem at the service, that is no problem, another reader can be assigned. Poems can be sent to Brianna.Spohr@gmail.com. Please submit poems by September 14th.
Services are scheduled for 10:00 AM on September 21st. Contact Brianna for details.
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Ready for some fun?
Join Inspire Christian Writers as we launch our newest anthologies, Inspire Faith and Friends of Inspire Faith,
Many local authors will be available to meet you and share insights about their books and their writing and publishing journeys. Anthology contributors will also be on hand. Refreshments will be served.
Bring your family and friends!
In addition to the anthologies, there will be many other books available for purchase.
Here are some of the authors you’ll see on Saturday:
Saturday, August 31st is also the deadline for submissions to our 2014 anthology, Inspire Victory! If you have an encouraging story of how God helped you or someone you know overcome life’s challenges, you can submit it here.
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Dark Halo by Shannon Dittemore has finally arrived in local bookstores!
We’re celebrating with a launch and author book signing at Barnes and Noble this Saturday. Bring all your friends and join the fun. Shannon will be available to discuss the series, the writing process and what’s next for her. She’ll also be signing books and giving away lots of posters. Don’t miss this chance to meet an author who unashamedly keeps her readers up at night.
If you haven’t read the first two books in the series–Angel Eyes and Broken Wings–you’re in luck! Both titles are available at ridiculously great prices as part of the celebration of Dark Halo’s release. They are only $1.99 each from any of the major etailers (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, CBD.)
Here’s a little teaser for Dark Halo:
One halo brought sight to Brielle. Another offers sweet relief from what she sees.
Brielle can’t help but see the Celestial. Even without the halo, the invisible realm is everywhere she looks. It’s impossibly beautiful—and terrifying, especially now. Because a battle rages above Stratus, Oregon.
The Terrestrial Veil is ripping, and demons walk the streets past unseeing mortals. Dark, sticky fear drips from every face, and nightmares haunt Brielle’s sleep.
Worst of all, Jake is gone. The only boy she’s ever loved has been taken by the demon, Damien. When she receives instructions from the Throne Room leading her to Jake, she unknowingly walks into a diabolical and heartbreaking trap.
Now she’s stranded in a sulfurous desert with the Prince of Darkness himself, and he’s offering her another halo—a mirrored ring that will destroy her Celestial vision. All she has to do is wear it and she’ll see no more of the invisible world. No more fear. No more nightmares. No more demons. It’s a gift. And best of all: it comes with the promise of a future with Jake, something the Throne Room seems to be taking from her.
Will Brielle trade the beauty of the Celestial and the truth of the world around her just to feel ordinary again?
Dark Halo Launch Party
Saturday August 24th
Barnes & Noble, 6111 Sunrise Blvd.
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Want to get to know Shannon better? Visit her blog where you can sign up to receive her newsletter, Things Unseen. And be sure to enter for a chance to win a Kindle Fire!
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Here at Inspire, we’re thrilled that God brings us so many talented writers! Its a joy to see our writers love the Lord and serve His people with the gift of writing. Today we’re spot-lighting one such writer, Guadalupe Casillas who is teaching Bible Study classes using materials she wrote.
When did you first know that you’re a writer?
First of all, thank you Beth for this blog interview. And thank you for all the encouragement and support you offer members like me. You created a wonderful organization when you founded, Inspire Christian Writers.
It was actually after my second meeting at the Inspire group in El Dorado Hills, California that I realized I was a writer. Even though I wrote my first Bible study in 2004 and finished my second in 2010, I still didn’t see myself as a writer. When I told my critique group in 2011 that I did not considered myself a writer, they lovingly but firmly said, “Guadalupe, stop saying that. You are a writer!” Then I began to believe it.
Tell us about your writing journey. How did you get started? What training have you had?
I started writing in my journals in 2002. Mainly these journal entries are prayers to God. I only wrote when I felt God’s Holy Spirit leading me to give thanks or when my heart was burdened and I needed to ask His help. I finished High School, but I didn’t go to college. In the late 70′s in Nicaragua women stayed home to take care of their husband and children. Even if you were middle class you could afford a maid and a nanny, so I didn’t see the need to get a higher education. I also never dreamed of becoming a writer, so I didn’t have any training. I began my training at the Inspire Christian Writers conferences in Elk Grove and the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, two years ago.
What motivated you to write More Power Through the Fruit of the Holy Spirit?
It was more about “Who” motivated me. The Bible studies at my church had concluded for the season and we would not meet again until the Fall. I couldn’t bear the thought of not meeting for a short Bible study in the Summer. On our last study of the season, the leader mentioned that our group was so large that we would have to break into two groups. They were looking for a second leader for the Fall. We were all silent and then I said, “I would never be a Bible study leader, I enjoy sharing more in the group instead of leading it.” Oh well, God heard that! The following month I accompanied my husband to a business conference in Las Vegas where he was presenting a technical paper. I told my husband I would have a mini-retreat with God during the day while he was at the conference. As I prayed for the men and women of the city of Las Vegas and enjoyed my quiet time with God, the Lord nudged me to not only lead a summer Bible study, but to write it as well. By the way, one of my greatest passions now is to lead Bible studies!
As people read this Bible study, what do you hope they gain from it?
I want them to know they have an incredible source of power through the Holy Spirit to live the Christian life. We can have more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and more self-control, when we rely on God to supply us with His fruit to live a life of victory instead of defeat.
How did God work the truths of this study into your own life?
The closer I drew to God through Bible studies, reading His Word and listening to worship music, I began to ask Him to help me in my weaknesses. I saw how gradually I reacted with patience and kindness in situations where in the past I would’ve reacted poorly. He helps me to overcome depression and anxiety attacks by giving more of His joy and peace right when I need it, as I go to Him in prayer.
Were there any surprises as you wrote More Power Through the Fruit of the Holy Spirit?
Yes, I’m surprised now in how quickly I had the entire study in my head. I came home from Las Vegas with all the ideas and Bible passages. The Lord helped me finish it in three months!
Tell us about your next project.
I’m in the process of translating my Bible studies to Spanish. My goal is to have my second Bible study, How Do You Love God With All Your Heart? translated and ready to lead in the Fall. I’m also excited that I will be shipping my workbook to Mexico, Nicaragua, Argentina and El Salvador, so far.
My passion is to see the whole world following the greatest commandment, which is to ”Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” – Deuteronomy 6:5.
What would Inspire readers be surprised to learn about you?
That English is my second language and I still struggle with it. I sometimes don’t know how to pronounce certain words that are not common, and I’m a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries. God has brought me a lot of help and continues to equip me for His glory!
I thank God for the help I’ve received through Inspire Christian Writers in editing and mastering my craft. I also thank Stonecroft Ministries for providing me with a Speaker Trainer Consultant who helped me prepare my testimony. So far, about 15 people have received Jesus as Lord and Savior through my speaking and writing, and that’s all that matters to me, to reach those who have not yet experienced the love and grace of God.
If you could co-write a book with any author, living or dead, who would you pick and why?
Well, that would be God! Because He is alive, He’s the greatest Author and His book, the Bible, is the best-seller in the world! In a way I have co-authored with Him with my Bible studies, because all I’m doing is using His Word to create application questions and share what He’s done in my life.
Thank you, Guadalupe for sharing bits of your writing journey with us!
Guadalupe is teaching Bible Studies based on her book, More Power Through the Fruit of the Holy Spirit at Rolling Hills Church in El Dorado Hills, California, through September. Drop in and join the study in progress or contact Guadalupe for a copy of More Power to work through with a friend or small group.
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If you or someone you know has experienced Victory, we’d like to hear about it!
The Inspire Victory editorial team has extended the submission deadline for the 2014 anthology. This book will be written exclusively by our Inspire Christian Writers members and published by Inspire Press.
Submit your personal experience story, poem or fictional piece that shows how God provides victory in the life of believers.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2Corinthians 1:3-4
Has God given you victory over a situation or circumstance in your Christian walk? Maybe you know someone else who’s overcome loss, adversity, illness or other obstacles with God’s help. The story you write may be just the encouragement another believer needs during a difficult time!
Write your victory story, following these guidelines and submit it through the our online form. Be sure your work is submitted by August 31, 2013.
For each story included in Inspire Victory, you’ll receive two free copies of the book!
One quick word of caution: Please focus on the VICTORY in your story. Don’t let the piece get bogged down in the difficulties you or your subject faced. We want to encourage other believers (and may some pre-Christians, too) not depress them. Keep this in mind as you prepare your submissions.
If you have any questions, you can leave them in the comments below or email Michelle Murray.
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