When Words Bring Life: It’s More than Your Story

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By Tara Johnson “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” ~Proverbs 18:21 As writers, many of us crave that elusive book contract. We struggle to learn the craft. We go to conferences. We network, build a platform, grow social media…all with the idea that if our hard work pays …

New Covenant Testaments from Faithful Women

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By M.D. House Someday we’ll see the countless testimonies recorded on scroll, tablet, or plate by the women who helped lead and nurture the early Christian church. All of it has been recorded in heaven, and can therefore be reproduced when the time comes. Mary the Mother of Jesus Gabriel, the angel who first visited Mary, called her “highly favored” …

Worthy Words: Sacramental Settings

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By Christine Sunderland Today is Palm Sunday, a major festival in the Christian year. It recalls and celebrates Christ’s humble and glorious entrance into Jerusalem on a colt, to begin the week leading to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. As Jesus entered the gates of the city, the “multitudes” waved palms in greeting. They spread their garments and …

Celebrating a Book Birthday with Gratitude

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By Gina Detwiler This week, Forbidden, the fourth book of the Forlorn series (the fifth if you count the prequel), had its official book birthday. Let me tell you how that feels. Terrifying. Exciting! I mean exciting. Of course. But also, yes, terrifying. Because along with the joy of a newborn novel comes the angst: will anyone read it? Will …

How to win a writing contest

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By Jill K Willis You’ve decided . . . gulp . . . to enter your book baby in a writing contest. You’ve agonized over the synopsis, formatted the manuscript, and completed the contact form. You’ve edited it a thousand times, along with your mother and your critique partner. You’ve caught typos, grammatical errors, and plot holes. What more could …

Four Things to Give Up to Grow Your Writing Career

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By Lisa Jordan How many times have you heard someone say, “I give up”? Those three simple words can destroy a writer’s dream. Maybe you’ve been trying to get that novel completed but your characters aren’t cooperating. Or you’ve been trying to get an agent’s or an editor’s attention to no avail. It’s so easy to give up, isn’t it? …