Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Birthday Party

Imagine there was to be a huge birthday party in your honor. Invitations were sent out, and for many months people prepared for it. They bought gifts, they baked cakes and cookies, and they spent tons of money and time decorating. They sang songs about the upcoming day, even gathering outside homes to sing in the cold night. Some of the songs specifically honored you, but some were simply about…the celebration.

As the years went by, more and more people forgot who they were celebrating and instead worshipped the day. The parties and gift-giving became the focus…and you, well…you were almost completely forgotten. Here it was your birth that started the grand celebration each year, but now…not only do many of the attendees not know who you even are, but they take your name in vain. It has become all about the party, all about the gifts, and sadly, all about making money from your birth.
Imagine how you would feel, if You were the Father of the One who was being celebrated. You had given up Your only Son to die a horrible death in order to save all these people. And, by simply calling on Your Son’s name (from the heart), and seeking forgiveness for your sins, you would be saved from spending eternity in hell. His amazing Spirit would immediately take up residence in your heart, too, giving you new life in the here and now. Imagine a God who would love His creation so much as to do that for them.

Yet, once a year, on the anniversary of His Son’s birth, His Son is all but forgotten. The emphasis is on the party and not the Person. The day is all about food, family, and materialism. The Son, Jesus, is barely recognized.
Soon, very soon, that Son will return. Our amazing Creator knows each of our hearts. It is He who knows when we are sleeping, who knows when we are awake. God knows His kids, those who know Him and those who don’t. God keeps His word and He will be sending His Son back again soon, very soon.

Why not make this Christmas about the true reason for the season. Seek first the Kingdom of God, and then celebrate the amazing Christ for who He is, who He was, and who He will be.
Happy Birthday, Jesus!

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Interview with guest writer Carole Brown

Would you take this time to describe your debut novel, The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, to us? 

Here’s a brief blurb:  How far would YOU go to avenge a daughter’s cruel death?

Cara is considered rebellious and inappropriate to befriend. Dayne is the apple of Elder Simmons’ eye—until he takes a stand against their teachings. Can his prayers and love reach Cara and show her the way to redemption? Will Cara realize God’s love and forgiveness before she goes too far?
 The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman is a novel of hope shining through the darkness with strong elements of suspense and romance. This novel was a semifinalist in the Genesis contest and is receiving raving reviews! Release date was October 21, 2013 from the Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.

What is the genre you write in?  Would you explain what it is?
I write suspense. My debut novel, The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, is considered women’s fiction but filled with suspense and romance. I do believe anything I write will have suspense and/or mystery in it. Some--most--of my novels will not deal with such a strong topic as abuse, or at least will not be written as intensely as TRofCH.
I have a novel releasing this month--Hog Insane--that is the first book in a fun mystery series. 

What is the spiritual message in your latest book?  What can readers expect to get from reading it?
 Hope Shining Through the Darkness. I hope readers will see that even in dark times, in heartbreaking or hard times, when there is no light, that God can and does shine a light for us to cling to and trust in.

 I want readers to understand a little better of the horribleness of abuse and to experience more sympathy for those suffering from it. 

 Do you ever feel like giving up?  Most people don’t understand the stress, the work, and the joy of being a writer.  How tenuous becoming a writer is. Do you care to share how it feels, what discouraging/encouraging times you’ve gone through?  Who’s inspired you the most?
Of course! In 2011 and the beginning of 2012, I almost admitted I would never be a published author and that I might as well quit. Fortunately, one dear older lady made me realize that I needed to believe with all my heart. In April, 2012, I was invited to submit a full manuscript and that December I signed a contract. The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman released October 21, 2013. This year I was invited to submit another book to a different publisher and was accepted. That book will release this month.

Would you explain how you “chose” (or was chosen) a publisher?  Now, that you’re published, can you sit back and relax from the success you’ve experienced?
No, it was by invitation from the publishers, and no, I can’t relax totally. I may have a day to enjoy myself, but I have two books due next year, another one I need to finish editing soon, one I need to finish by the first of the year, and others I need to work on. There’s marketing, events to attend, normal tasks to perform, and life to be lived.

I never want to take what I have achieved for granted.

Would you give us your blog or webpage so everyone can check it out?   Anything else you’d like to share?  Promotional information?
I’d love for everyone to connect with me on one or several of these spots. Ask questions or feel free to watch for my next book.


I also am part of several other blogs:
Stitches in Time:
Barn Door Book Loft:

Thank you, Carole, for using your gifts to serve our Lord. God bless your future endeavors!


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