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31 Devotions for Writers: 31 Devotions, #1

31 Devotions for Writers: 31 Devotions, #1

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31 Devotions for Writers: 31 Devotions, #1

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Jul 18, 2013
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Feeling discouraged and need some encouragement?

Read 31 Devotions for Writers, written by published authors who want to help encourage you in your writing through God’s written Word.

Writing can often be discouraging. Some writers have spouses or children who don’t understand why they spend so much time on the computer. You may face a multitude of rejection from agents or publishers. Or you may not get encouragement in the form of reviews or be nominated for an award. So why do we write? Because we can’t give it up! God has called us to write and we feel compelled to pour out our soul in written words. The Bible says, Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Which is the purpose of this devotional, to encourage you that you are not alone. Other writers have dealt with similar feelings or frustrations, or question themselves, their writing or their motives. I pray that each of you is encouraged as you read the devotions by all of the authors. May God bless you and give you the encouragement and peace you need.

Contributing authors:

Susette Williams, Rachel Hauck, Julie Lessman, Gail Gaymer Martin, Cynthia Hickey, Diana Brandmeyer, Linda Yezak, Lynette Sowell, Arlene James, Suzanne D. Williams, Janet Chester Bly, Christa Allan, Deb Kastner, Jennifer Hudson Taylor, Kathleen Y’Barbo, Terri Gillespie, Kimberly Rae Jordan, Jill Hart, Amanda Tru, Ann Shorey, Samantha Fury, Darlene Shortridge, Ellen Kennedy, Darlene Franklin, Ginny Aiken, Delia Latham, Carla Olson Gade, Michelle Sutton, Sherry Chamblee, Cheri Swalwell and Jim Hughes.

Freigegeben:
Jul 18, 2013
ISBN:
9781497707955
Format:
Buch

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Writing can often be discouraging. Some writers have spouses or children who don’t understand why they spend so much time on the computer. You may face a multitude of rejection from agents or publishers. Or you may not get encouragement in the form of reviews or be nominated for an award. So why do we write? Because we can’t give it up! God has called us to write and we feel compelled to pour out our soul in written words. The Bible says, Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11  Which is the purpose of this devotional, to encourage you that you are not alone. Other writers have dealt with similar feelings or frustrations, or question themselves, their writing or their motives. I pray that each of you is encouraged as you read the devotions by all of the authors. May God bless you and give you the encouragement and peace you need.

NEVER CAUSE SOMEONE TO STUMBLE

Susette Williams

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Day 1

Jesus said to his disciples: Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. Luke 17:1

As writers, we can sometimes be tempted to ‘go where the money is’ by writing in genres that are selling, even if they are mainstream instead of specifically Christian. There is nothing wrong with writing for mainstream, or Christian, unless we begin to compromise on Christian principals.

Luke 17:1 talks about causing people to stumble. As writers, we have the ability to sway people with our words, to capture their thoughts and take them into the world that we create for them. But how real or detailed should we make our stories? If you include curse words, you make the reader focus on those words and take them into their spirit as they read them. Is it worth it, for the sake of ‘keeping your characters real’?

Right now, erotica sells, even if it is poorly written. The world hungers for things of the flesh, to be satisfied, excited, or feel alive. But as Christians who write, should we take readers ‘behind closed doors’ as most Christian publishers would describe it? We may cause them to stumble, or to fantasize about things or people that they shouldn’t. In Matthew 12: 36 (KJV) it says, But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. I believe we will also be held accountable for every word we write as well.

Words can incite a riot, cause people to lust, make people angry or even bring them to tears. We have the power to affect other human beings with our words. Will we affect them in a positive way or a negative way for the Kingdom of God?

Have you ever read something that you had to grab a tissue to dab your eyes as you sniffled and pretended it was just your sinuses when someone asked you why you were crying?  Maybe you read something that mentioned all kinds of delicious food and it made you hungry. You may have even laughed out loud when reading? Or clenched your fist and wanted to scream at the characters?

I love to watch people as they read my stories so that I can watch the person’s facial expressions. I enjoy eliciting feelings out of readers. Especially when I can make someone smile or laugh. Even if some of my stories may have a more serious tone, I will often add humor within secondary characters because no matter if one person’s world feels like it is crumbling, it doesn’t mean that everyone (or every character) is in that dark place. We have the ability to affect their emotions and sometimes their thought patterns.

A woman from my church read a story I wrote over a decade ago, and it made her think about sin differently than she had before. In the story, Honorable Intentions, the heroine had become pregnant when she was younger and her mother encouraged her to stay in church during her pregnancy because everyone struggles with sin—just her sin, or the results of it, were more visible than maybe something else another person was dealing with. The woman said she had never thought about it that way. A couple

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    As a child, most of us just read and wrote what we’ve told to by our teachers at school; others, like myself, developed a passion to do these things as we got older. My passion for writing started when I retired from working for NYCity after more than 33 years in the beginning of 2010, my passion for reading started in August of 2014. My passion for writing didn’t explode in an instant, as it took me three years to publish my debut novel, a YA romance, which got published towards the end of 2012; my second novel, a collection of 100 Flash Fictions got published two years later, and my last endeavor got released in May of 2017, using a different name because of the contents of the book I wrote.Despite having no real sales to speak of, I persevered, and now I’m about to released by fourth book, with three more in various stages in the pipeline. This explosion came about in part to my becoming enthralled in reading books of a Christian nature since just before September of this year [2018].Which serves as an indication I needed some assistance from up above. I wish I could have found this book when it first got published back in July of 2013, but unfortunately it might have not in my lifepath to do so. Although, the 31 devotions written by fellow authors would have been what the doctor order back then, I’m still glad I’ve found it today.These authors have in all probability walked in my shoes and other authors like me at some point in their lives. These authors know and have experienced what authors like myself have felt with all the discouraging events which had gotten in our way. Each of the 31 devotions in this uplifting collection starts off with a biblical scripture, followed by a vignette of each author’s life experience which illustrates the scripture they’ve chosen, culminating with reflections and prayers readers of the book should do. The best way to read this book is one devotion a day.At the end of this book, which I read in one sitting in order to review it, I came to a realization of my own writing which I believe is found in part in 1 Chronicles 28:19 [ESV] “All this he made clear to me in writing from the hand of the Lord, all the work to be done according to the plan.” For having written a book which I should have found a few years ago, a book which is designed to assist authors in getting out of the abyss they’ve found themselves in with a lack of proper encouragement, I’m more than glad to give this book and the authors who have contributed to it, the 5 STARS I’ve given it, although I wish I could have given it more.
  • (5/5)
    This is an inspiring mix of devotions especially for writers. I enjoyed most of the selections and found much to consider as I read through this lovely collection by various contemporary Christian authors. Recommended.