Saturday, January 30, 2016

My #Facebook #List of Indie Author's #Christian #Books

I'm sure I speak for many believers whose bookshelves are packed full of amazing Christian books. As an author of faith books, just the thought of this makes my heart smile. Knowing that it's hard for readers to find Indie Author's Christian books, I share my short list of the Facebook Groups where Christian Books, Authors, and Promotions will be posted, and where authors can join. Though I'm not in all of them, I have participated in each of them at some point. * Please be aware that many groups are finding things posted in them that aren't appropriate and the Admins working to fix those issues. 

Authors, Bloggers, Writers, Readers and Books


Chasing Books Christian Book Club

Christian Book Pickers - buy, trade, or give away


Christian Blogs and thoughts ~


CrossReads - Christian Books, Ebooks, Readers & Authors

i love christian books club!

Star  Reviews of Christian  Fiction!

Stepping Stones for Readers ~ Inspirational Fiction

Christian Non-fiction Writers, Bloggers, and Authors

Non-Fiction Christian Authors & Readers (cia)

Christian Reviewers

#New GROUP ~ Christian Book Tweets

#New GROUP ~ Blog Attitude

#New GROUP ~ Christian Bloggers on Twitter

= The Christian Blog Cafe =

Christian Women Bloggers Network

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Becoming a Writer for God

Since people often ask how this dyslectic artist became an author, here's Paula Rose Michelson's story in her own words: 

"I was such a good storyteller that when speaking of something that really happened, I was often asked if it was a story!

While in my 30’s I began writing a memoir called Journey Home. My husband’s course of study in college prepared him to teach English and creative writing at the college level. Imagine my surprise when he insisted I find a publisher for this work. Though a huge complement, I set that idea aside because we were busy raising our girls. 

I started writing when I became as Messianic Jew, I found myself invited to speak at Woman’s Ministries events and retreats. For each event, I wrote a piece that fit with my presentation. I'd read the piece, and then gifted it to be given away or raffled.

A few years later, I was surprised when a women asked me for a print out of the piece I'd written for the event where we meet. It seemed to me that she attended each event I was speaking at - leaving with a duplicate copy of what I'd written.

When my husband and I decided to worship at a Messianic Congregation, she greeted me with open arms. Later, I discovered she owned a small Messianic publishing company, and wanted to publish my work. We meet and discussed ideas. Amazed and blessed, I did some research and began writing character sketches for the three women the reader would meet in the book we decided upon. However, when Naomi (the least important of the three) started telling me her story, writing the six volume faith saga called The Naomi Chronicles became my passion!

Nine years later, I’ve self-published three of the six Naomi Chronicles. The first book of that saga, No Other Choice is now an Amazon Bestseller in Inspirational Romance (Women's & Family) Fiction! You can find all my fictions, and nonfiction Kindle eBook downloads on Amazon." 

These 'God is Like' Blessings are from Kids in the 5th Grade!

Today, I’m sharing what the children attending a Christian school told their fifth grade teacher when she asked her class to look at TV commercials and see if they could use them to communicate ideas about God. Here are some of the results.

God is like…
Bayer Aspirin
He works miracles.

God is like…
A Ford
He's got a better idea.

God is like…
He's the real thing.

God is like…
Hallmark Cards
He cares enough to send His very best.

God is like…
He gets the stains out others leave behind. ..

God is like.
General Electric
He brings good things to life.

God is like…
Try Him, you'll like Him

God is like…
Scotch Tape
You can't see Him, but you know He's there.

God is like…
He's ready when you are.

God is like…
You're in good hands with Him.

God is like...
VO-5 Hair Spray   ;
He holds through all kinds of weather

God is like…
Dial Soap
Aren't you glad you have Him?  Don't you wish everybody did?

God is like…
The U.S. Post Office
Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet nor ice will keep Him from
His appointed destination.

God is like…
Chevrolet. . . .the heart beat of America

God is like…
Maxwell House…
Good to the very last drop
God is like…
B o u n t y
He is the quicker picker upper. . Can handle the tough jobs. ..
And He won't fall apart on you

Upon reading these, I thought of Matthew 19:14-15 where Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.” I remembered in Matthew 18:3 He said, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” And I prayed for you and me that we would see Him as clearly as the students in this fifth grade class did.

Friday, January 1, 2016

No longer "A Person Doing" I'm the "Human Being" God Created me 2 Be!

I spent the last 9 years writing. I’ve been mostly offline for 6 months due to Rotator Cuff Surgery on my right should and the physical therapy needed to regain my range of motion. During this time, I assessed my life. I realized working at home feed into my belief that when Naomi was sharing her story all else took a back seat. Most days, between writing, editing, and social networking, I was on the computer 9 to 10 hours unless it was Sunday. Most of the other times I was offline were because Ron & I had other ministry obligations since he’s a pastor & missionary. Looking back, I admit that my life – the full life I loved – including time aside from ministry with Ron, took a back seat.  

Years ago, I shared what was happening with some author friends and discovered they were in the same situation. So, why did it bother me now when it hadn’t before? My answer may shock those who’ve been called by God to write, as I was, and love it as I do.

God showed me that I’d became ‘A Person Doing’, rather than the ‘Human Being’ He created me to be. Writers who are passionate about their calling, as I am, can, as I did fall into the, “This is the most important thing I do,” mindset. If you begin to think like this you can become so focused on what you’re writing that you may not realize you’re surrendering your life to your characters.

God didn’t intend for this to happen. Yet, passionate believers don’t realize what their stepping away from. So, today I’m sharing My 2016 To Do List of Deletions & Additions & hope that reading it will help you chose to organize your life so it continues to be as it was before God called you to write for Him. 

You'll notice that the first three items on my ‘To Do List’, set up time limits. Adhering to them will give me the time needed to do the other things on my list. Aware that changing isn't easy, I printed out and posted this list where I’ll see it to remind myself that I want to live a full life – the life God created me to experience.

                 My 2016 To Do List of Deletions & Additions

1.      2 to 3 hours writing or editing daily
2.      1 hour Facebook daily
3.      1 hour Twitter daily
4.      Cook with or for Ron
5.      Go one walks with Ron
6.      Learn to do visitations
7.      Join Choir

I believe God will bless my writing in ways I cannot imagine because I honored Him by choosing to be the 'Human Being' He created me to be! For Deuteronomy 6:5 says we are to Love the Lord with all our heat with all our soul and with all our strength. Thus putting our characters desire to share their story into its proper place, as well as our desire to let others know where they can find the work God called us to, allows us to honor & love God fully, without distraction.