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I Think I'm Excited About Writing Again..! :-)

I haven't written it a really long time. 

Okay, yes, I've doodled and taken copious notes in my Bible, but I haven't actually written fiction in a long time. 

Writer's block? Maybe, but I don't really believe in that. More like distracted, unfulfilled, uninspired, irritated, frustrated, disappointed, unfocused, indecisive. Fearful. Dare I admit it--a lack of faith. 

None of those things yield a productive life, and they surely don't yield a productive writing career. Sure, I've been busy creating websites and teaching a few classes, but nothing brings me pure joy like writing stories, and I hadn't been able to as of late. 

I had to figure out why. Writing is more than just a paycheck to me. It's my calling. I know it. Several other people know it. I can't play around with it. This is what I was born to do! Days spent writing nothing at all feel like a complete waste of grace!

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What To Do When Someone You Love Is Suffering From Church Hurt

Am I talking about this again? Yes. Why? Because it’s a serious problem that needs to be addressed. Unfortunately, those with the power to help heal church hurt actually don’t want to talk about it, and the majority of those who do talk about it do so in a way that is unhealthy. Usually a fight follows, and no good comes out of that. 

Let’s skip the arguments. Our brothers and sisters are hurting. It’s not time to focus on who did what to whom, in what way, at what time, and point fingers at each other. It’s time to heal. 

Before we proceed, let’s get an understanding. When I use the phrase “church hurt” I’m not talking about petty unforgiveness over superficial disagreements. It’s not about being upset over a parking space or who sung the lead solo during the Christmas program. If that keeps you out of church you have growing to do. A lot

I’m talking about the pain that runs deep. Trauma. The kind that leaves believers walking away with spiritual PTSD. Overcoming abuse is hard, especially when it comes from the people who you trusted to speak on behalf of God. That’s especially hard, and a lot of people walk away from their faith because they feel it’s impossible to overcome. That’s the kind of church hurt I’m talking about. Below I have listed five things you can do to help a loved one who is suffering from church hurt. 

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DON'T MAKE THIS MISTAKE!

In my opinion, one of the most tragic things you can do as a believer is to not consult God before making a decision. As a child, one of the scriptures our drill team recited was Proverbs 3:5-6.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (NKJV)

I can hear the obligated “Ma’am!” we had to belt out after we finished. If only I knew then what I know now! (*Insert your own praise break*) I can’t count how many hardships I could have avoided.

I will be honest. Even though I consider myself to be somewhat of a mature Christian, this is something I still struggle with. It seems to be a mountain that hubby and I are continuing to go around. As of late we’re repeatedly telling each other, “You are going to learn to listen to God one day.” We know that His grace is keeping us. But how much better could things be if we humbled ourselves and accepted that we aren’t wise enough to make decisions on our own? After all, the bible does say there’s a way that seems right to a man, but in the end there’s death. (Proverbs 14:12)

This is true for every decision that a believer makes, especially when it comes to marriage. 

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3 Traits of Christian Cults

One of my favorite quotes in my latest work, The Revolutionary, is spoken by the ridiculed but heroic Omar. 

“The sign of a true ministry is the glorification of Christ, not the ministry's leader, or an act of service. Never forget that. I'm telling you, you better find a way to get away from The Allegiance. It’s not a ministry. It's a cult."

Like Amanda, many people don’t realize they’ve gotten involved with a cult until the damage has already been done. This is happening in the Christian community. People are going to worship services Sunday after Sunday, not realizing they’re actually in a cult until things go unbearably wrong.  

I don’t write this post to scare or offend you. I write these things to warn you.

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The Most Difficult 100 Pages I Have Ever Written

The final installment of The Revolutionary Series is now available on Kindle. 

I can honestly say, without a doubt, that this ebook was the most difficult that I have ever written.

It wasn't because of the storyline. It’d been in my head for nearly two years. I knew exactly what was going to happen and how it was going to happen. 

It wasn’t the characters, either. I knew them all. Aspects of their histories are jotted down in the countless cute notebooks I’ve habitually purchase from TJ Maxx. Even now, after the final portion of their story has been released for the world to read, they still sit with me. 

For a while I wondered if the actual writing was what had me at a standstill. For the first time I was writing in third person. I’d been told repeatedly by several authors that it would be easier and I would be more productive. (Not true. Going back to first person. It works for me. 🙂) 

Then I realized it was the actual story. Writing about a young woman who unknowingly entered a cult tapped into emotions I didn’t know I still had. I couldn’t write this story because the parallels to my own were unsettling. 

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Oh... THAT'S How You Took It?

            As I wrote What God Has Joined Together, I knew I was going to receive criticism. The world is quick to root for the demise of a marriage, and the respect once given for a couple's marital longevity decreases on a daily basis. Frankly, people don't honor marriage anymore. The fight to stay married isn't glorified, either. In fact, over the weekend I was especially perturbed by a Facebook video that showed a popular speaker telling his viewers that God approves divorce if your spouse lies. (Uuuuummm... What scripture is that?) Everyone seems to want to walk away, so I knew that when I presented the story of a marriage traumatized by infidelity that survived by the grace of God, everyone wasn't going to be happy. I didn't, however, expect the flood of angry emails (and a few unfavorable reviews) that came after the book release.

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