Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Best Writer's Resource EVER!

Trust me, folks, I don't say this lightly! After thirty years in the writing world, I've seen, written, and contributed to a lot of writers' resources, but never have I seen one as comprehensive and practical as A Step in the Write Direction by Donna Clark Goodrich (

This beautifully written manual covers everything from the basics of composing a well-written piece to marketing it via print, online, and other forms of media. In fact, I am honored to be included in the marketing section about video trailers. Thank you, Donna!

If you purchase only one writer's resource book this year, by all means make it this one! And if you belong to a local critique group, encourage all the members to get a copy so you can use it as a basis for a group study. Check it out and order a copy at You won't regret it!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

new video trailer

The video trailer for my next release, No Greater Love (April 5 from New Hope Publishers) is available for viewing on YouTube. Check it out at the following link, and please leave a comment:


Interviewing Live on Viewpoint Today

If any of you get a chance, please listen to my one-hour live interview on Viewpoint (, out of Richmond, Virginia. We'll be talking about moms and what they can learn from the mothers of the Bible.
Will you leave a comment if you hear the program? I'd love your feedback.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

It's Time to "Embrace Your Freedom"--and Become an Effective Christian

Author Susie Larson knows how to speak to hearts. In Embracing Your Freedom, that is exactly what she does, as she cuts through the fluff of everyday life and hones in on the eternal, calling readers to a nobler effort and a more effective witness.
This excellent book shows that when we allow fears, insecurities, shame, guilt, despair, or sinful appetites to control us, we will never break out of our self-imposed prisons and begin to minister Christ's love and freedom to others. And that, as the Bible so clearly points out, is our "reasonable service."
Complete with devotional insights, justice quotes, anecdotes, prayer guidance, and study/reflective questions, Embracing Your Freedom is the perfect discipleship guide for individuals or study groups--any who wish to grow strong and live free in Christ and to pass that freedom and strength to others.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Terror by Night

Terror by Night by Terry Caffey with James Pence is the chilling but tragically true story of murder, treachery, and ultimately, forgiveness and restoration.

Within a matter of hours, Terry Caffey's home was invaded, his family slaughtered, and he himself attacked and seriously injured. Believing he is the only survivor, he is overjoyed to learn that his sixteen-year-old daughter has also been spared. And then she is arrested for the crime.

Terror by Night will take you on an unbelievable journey that will shock your sense of reality and challenge your commitment to unconditional love. But in the end you will find yourself stirred to love as Terry Caffey loved, the same way Jesus loved Terry...and all of us: undeservedly and without limits. Out of that amazing love will flow a new appreciation of God's mercy and grace, as well as healing to those places we all have where hardness and unforgiveness threaten our ability to hear from and walk with God.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Our Military Heroes...and Those Who Love Them

For anyone who has ever had the privilege of loving and supporting one of our military heroes--particularly a spouse--Jocelyn Green's new book, FAITH DEPLOYED: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives, is the perfect source of guidance and companionship.

With contributing authors from every branch of the U.S. military, this excellent release from Moody Publishers contains not only encouragement for daily living, but also applicable prayers and even resources for military families.

Check it out at ...and then order a copy for yourself and another copy for a military wife (or two) who just might need a gift of encouragement.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Valeria's Cross...coming in October!

I finally got the picture for the cover of my stand-alone historical novel, Valeria's Cross, releasing from Abingdon Press in October, and I couldn't wait to share it with you! Isn't it beautiful?
And just because you're here visiting my blog, I'm going to make you a special offer. Between now and when this book releases in the Fall, if you'll order one of my other books from Amazon, CBD, or Barnes & Noble and then email me a copy of the receipt (minus your credit card info, of course), I'll put you on the list to receive a free copy of Valeria's Cross when it releases.
Tell your friends! This is open to anyone, so don't miss out. Blessings!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Deep Calls to Deep...

Few books call so poignantly to that deep place within us as The Call of Zulina by Kay Marshall Strom. Even as the Scriptures tell us that "deep calls to deep," so do the convicting words of this epic tale call to the God-given conscience within us, that part of us that is stamped with the very image of God and that forbids us to love with anything less than our very lives.
From the moment we first meet the lovely but naive Grace Winslow to the instant when we see that noble and selfless image of God rise up from deep within her, we find ourselves challenged to that same depth of commitment. This is more than an entertaining story, though it is that. But it is also a call to arms, a challenge to "fight the good fight" without compromise or lukewarm faith. The Call of Zulina is a call to believers everywhere to remember that there is no greater love than to lay down our life for our friends...and if need be, our enemies as well.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

I'm Still Sixteen Inside!

Every now and then I have one of those days when I understand what my grandmother, “Omi,” used to say so many years ago: “My body is getting old and worn out, but inside I’m still sixteen.” We grandkids would laugh and wonder what in the world she was talking about. Now Omi has long since graduated to heaven, and I am slowly but surely taking her place as the “oldie but goodie” in the family. Still, most of the time I feel relatively healthy and energetic; yet, as I said, there are days…
At no time are those days more evident than in January. Years ago I looked forward to January, as the month represented a new year, a new start, new plans, new resolutions…and a new membership at a new gym. And in those days, I actually used the memberships. Now? To be honest, I no longer waste the money to sign up.
Seriously, when I was hitting the gym on a regular basis, the January influx of new members was something we regulars always expected. Everyone took advantage of the January specials and enrolled with high hopes. Convinced they would follow through and see those unwanted holiday pounds melt away and muscle tone increase, they showed up in their workout clothes (many with the tags still attached), ready to go. It was an annual event I observed with some amusement.
Young women who hadn’t been out of high school for ten years suddenly found out that “baby fat” and a decade without gym classes had taken their toll. Five minutes into their first one-hour aerobics class, they were gasping for air and crying for mommy. A handful never returned for the second class.
Others managed to tough it out for a few weeks until their goal of losing ten or twenty pounds had been met; then off they went to return to their former sedentary lifestyles until the next January.
The most determined and disciplined became part of our regular group, showing up three or four times a week regardless of weather, health, the economy, or ailing children. But those ladies were few and far between.
Rarest of them all was the “over fifty” bunch. I have to admit that seeing out-of-shape, post-menopausal women in tights and leotards was not the highlight of my life, but I admired those women—though for some inexplicable reason, I never stopped to think that I would be joining them one day. Now “fifty-anythings” seem young, as I draw closer to the age my grandmother was when she moved on to the place where low-impact aerobics classes are no longer even a pathetic memory.
To be honest, Omi never set foot in a gym or worried about dieting. She was a disciplined eater who walked every day of her life. If anyone had suggested to her that she should spend money to go to a gym to exercise, she would have called 9-1-1 and reported that she was being assaulted by a lunatic.
As for me, I haven’t paid for a gym membership in years, but I have begun to realize how important it is for me to be more like my grandmother—disciplined in my eating and walking daily. Is that enough? It depends on my goal. If I set a New Year’s resolution to get back into the shape I was when I attended the gym regularly and wore a size three…not even close. But if my goal is to stay as healthy as possible until I, like Omi, graduate to heaven, then I believe I’m doing just fine. Besides, I’ve finally realized that I look a lot better in a baggy shirt, jeans, and walking shoes than in leotards and tights.
Happy New Year to you all—wherever you spend your Januarys!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

When We Move to Heaven: A family love story

There are few stories that move me to the extent of When We Move to Heaven: A family love story by Linda Street. I had the privilege of working on this incredible, life-changing book with Linda, and I am overjoyed to see it in print at last! I encourage every one of you to check out Linda's website (
to watch the video and to learn more about this amazing story. And then order the book! No, order SEVERAL copies of the book and share them with anyone you love/care about. It is impossible to read this book and not be changed for the better--to be drawn closer to the Father and His faithful love; to more clearly see Jesus in the trials and tragedies, as well as the triumphs, of life; and to more passionately love your family and invest yourself in the lives of others. Thank you, Linda, for the courage to allow us to see inside your heart via your family love story.