Monday, August 26, 2013

What's the Difference? by Paula Rose Michelson

Many refer to me as a wordsmith, and I am! Because I do have a way with words and love to encourage other writers to use the most uniquely appropriate word instead of just any word, today I'm blogging about one of my pet peeves. Since I seldom mention this except to my husband, you might think I'm making a mountain of a mole hill. However, as all authors do, I enjoy reading reviews of my books that is unless said review is really a synopsis.

Since you might be scratching your head or wondering why I should need to vent, let me ask you, "Would you pay to see the same move at a theater that you already saw at home?" If you're like me probably not unless you're going to be people that make the outing a must! Applying this rational to book synopsis parading as reviews and we authors face a dilemma. Do we tell the writer that they've shared so much people might not buy the book? Do we appalled them because writing the more time consuming synopsis means they've fallen in love with the book and desire to mention all that enthralled them so others would be too? We may think about telling these wonderful bookish advocates of our work but it might be best to...

Thinking of all the possible options, I'm reminded...and thankfully so, that recently we heard Hillary Clinton exclaim during what some call her Benghazi meltdown, "What difference does it make!" And I'm grateful that she provided me and many others a role model of WHAT NOT to do!

So where do I go for help? I go to the one who is higher than I. Messiah said in Mathew 7:22-23 "Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?" Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!"

Do we authors know Him? We do if we rejoice in every blessing freely given, applaud others success, and continue to encourage and nurture those in need with the Word of God because God's Word is active and accomplishes His purpose!

When I remember that I write for God and about the things He cares about all worry is cast off. When I am hampered and ensnared, I am grateful and praise God for my husband Ron, and friends like Heather Randall, Jewels Boaz, Bethany Mourty, Katie Mettner, Kim Justice, Nicole Clies Anderson, Tina Britt, Dr. Glen Hepker, my wonderful daughter Cheryl Michelson Henrikson, and so many others who keep me grounded. These dear readers are my reasons for never saying "What's the Difference?" because having lived life on both sides of the faith equation, I know what matters most! Therefore, I strive to make my thoughts, deeds, actions and reactions a blessing to the lover of my soul.


  1. I recently finished a project I had taken on without any concept of how big it would end up being. Needless to say, I missed my deadline (which was ok) and missed several hours of work time (which I desperately needed, in my opinion, as I am so far behind). Then I checked my email and saw the noticifcaitn of a new post. I really didn't know if I wanted to read yet one more page and I told myself that I would read it tomorrow when my eyes were fresh. But, as He usually does, the Ruach HaKodesh had other things in mind and would not let this go. I clicked and began to read.

    Thank you for the reminder that the "time" that "I" felt was "lost" that could have been spent working was all for Messiah, it was all to glorify Him, and it would ultimately end up with Him being exalted, praised, and honored when the authors that I just supported have their stories presented to a world that desperately needs to hear them.

    I needed to read this now not because my eyes are tired and well acustomed to reading, but because my heart was ready for that simple truth to be imparted and received.

    May our reviews of our Messiah's works not only be a synopsis to begin with, but end with the personal experience we have had with Him and how it has affected our lives. After all, HE makes all the difference TO the world...

    Blessings to you my friend.

    1. Nicole,

      Once again we are meet on the battlefield of the mind. This is where the adversary tries to ensnare us. I say "us" because I to have found myself floundering of late. Perhaps it's a sign of the times, that no matter how much I allow my earthy thoughts to overshadow my Heavenly calling, I am surrounded by such an amazing group of believers that before I know I'm veering off, they call me back. You aught to know, for you are one of them, my drear friend.

      Let us remember that when, in faith, we overcome the obstacles of this world Messiah is glorified, and those who do not know him yet see the earthly evidence of a divine and loving God!

  2. Thanks for such a great reminder, Paula Rose!

  3. Dear Pam,

    Thanks for stopping by and posting your affirmation, which really touched my heart, for I was concerned that some who don't know me might take umbrage with this article!

    Yours in Messiah,
    Paula Rose Michelson – Author of Faith Stories
    Author – Casa de Naomi: The House of Blessing and the upcoming Naomi Chronicles Books
    God said, “…all people on earth will be blessed through you.”
    Coming Soon: The Naomi Chronicles, Book One, Beginning Anew

    Author of Faith Stories
    What's the Difference?

  4. “When I remember that I write for God, and about the things He cares about, all worry is cast off." I like that, Paula! It reflects a right vision of God's care for every aspect of our lives.

  5. Neil,

    I'm glad you enjoyed this post as much as I did writing it. Since you mention a faith based remark, you might like my books so, I've posted the trailer and Amazon links below.

    Casa de Naomi: The House of Blessing, Book 1 trailer:
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    Casa de Naomi: The House of blessing, Book 2, trailer: - Book or #kindle
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    Yours in Messiah,
    Paula Rose Michelson
    Author of Faith Stories
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