Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Rejected and Alone, Excerpt from "Am I Okay, God" by Lorilyn Roberts



Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.
—I Peter 4:19

Never will I [God] leave you or forsake you.
Hebrews 13:5


Can you talk to your parents about your feelings—your desires, your hurts, your aspirations, and your fears? Perhaps you’re afraid they won’t understand you. I never felt understood and easily got my feelings hurt. I later learned that sensitivity helped me to be a caring person.

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From Seventh Dimension – The Door, a Young Adult Christian Fantasy:
“I couldn’t even tell my mother. My father—he left me long ago.”
—Shale Snyder, chapter two

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Fear of rejection runs deep. We’ve all felt the sting. I married when I was young and put my husband through medical school. Seven years into our marriage, he had an affair. He divorced me to marry his pregnant girlfriend, much like my father’s desertion of me when I was a young girl. Rejection’s twin brothers are worthlessness and hopelessness.

Rejection is so familiar to me that I go to great lengths to avoid it. “Am I okay?” I often asked a counselor. I believed if people knew the real me, they would reject me.

I have probably robbed myself of opportunities to further my career or be encouraged in my faith. I still struggle in this area. I am a work in progress.

Rejection comes in many forms. Perhaps you fear you will say the wrong thing at a party.

Rejection may go deeper—a boyfriend drops  you, you receive a pink slip at work, or a school you wanted to attend turns down your application.

Ask God to help you sort through your rejected feelings. Read the Bible. Seek out a teacher, a counselor, a coworker, or a fellow student in whom you can confide. If you need help, do not feel ashamed or embarrassed to ask for it.

If you have made poor choices in friends, it’s not too late to cut off those relationships. If someone is abusing you physically or emotionally, seek guidance. Don’t be afraid, even if someone has threatened you.

If you’re pregnant and unmarried, don’t abort. Help is available. You will live with that decision for the rest of your life. Don’t believe what the world tells you. Abortion kills a beating heart. Call this number: 1-800-366-7773 or go to http://prolifeacrossamerica.org/need-help/.

If you’re suffering from the effects of an abortion, don’t suffer in silence. There’s nothing so awful that God can’t handle it. Take that first step—seek help. God will not abandon you. You’re not alone.
Not everyone will disappoint you. Not every person is a bully, although it may seem like it at times. People who care about you will help you. Whatever is keeping you awake at night or making you overeat is important. God never meant for his followers to live alone or feel isolated from others.

God never gives up on you, but you must get to the point of recognizing your need and asking for God’s help. He can fill in the holes left by those who let you down.

Whenever I feel rejected, I remember how much I am loved by my heavenly father. I will lie on my bed and read the Psalms, remembering God’s care is greater than all the wrongs others have done. We have an awesome God who someday will make everything right—all the bad things done to us will no longer be remembered.

God understands how you feel. Jesus was rejected by his own people. The Jewish leaders mocked him and turned him over to the Roman authorities to be crucified. Jesus died willingly for you and for me.

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Thank you, Jesus, for never leaving me. I know you will walk with me, even carry me, through the lowest moments in my life.
Help me to make good choices.
Help me to be wise and remember I am not alone. Please bring positive people into my life. The Bible says if I ask, you will answer me. Please help me, Lord, to trust in you.


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Friday, February 14, 2014

Kickstarter - A New Way for Authors to Raise Resources for Books

Kimberley Payne



I had never heard of Kickstarter until I read an email from Kimberley Payne about using it for her latest picture book. I know from experience, having written a children's picture book, if the author doesn't do her own artwork, the costs can be expensive. So I was interested in the idea and agreed to post a piece about how it works. Read more to find out if this is something that might work for you.

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Kickstarter is a way to bring a creative project to life with the direct support of friends, colleagues and family.  Kimberley Payne's project, “Adam’s Animals,” is one of the endeavours found on Kickstarter.

“Adam’s Animals” is a children’s activity book that features more than 40 animals mentioned in the Bible and little-known facts about each. It’s ideal for 6 to 9 year olds, for home or school use and classroom sharing in grades 1-3 to supplement the Life Sciences Curriculum on Animal Life. It is the second book in the Science and Faith Matters series. The first book, “Trees of the Book – Learning from God’s Creation”, is a colourful introduction to trees, leaves and their corresponding Bible stories.

Says Kimberley Payne, "As the book creator, I have set a funding goal of $3500, with a deadline of February 28th, 2014. If you like my book idea, you can pledge any amount of money to make it happen."

"As the book backer, you choose from a number of rewards based on the amount of financial support you pledge." 

"For example, backers who pledge a minimum of $5, will receive a choice of one of two of my e-books: 1) 'Fit for Faith' - 7 weeks to improved spiritual and physical health, OR 2) 'Women of Strength' - a devotional to improve spiritual and physical health. Backers who pledge a minimum of $15 will receive an autographed copy of 'Adam’s Animals'. Backers who pledge a minimum of $175 will be listed on the 'Dedication' page at the back of the book PLUS will receive an autographed copy of 'Adam’s Animals'."

"Backing 'Adam’s Animals' is more than just giving money. Writers need encouragement and you would be supporting my dream of creating a valuable resource for children and parents."

To support the creation of “Adam’s Animals” please visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adamsanimals/adams-animals-a-childrens-activity-book

Short url for easy sharing: http://kck.st/19NBYR6







 Q&A with Kimberley Payne

1.     Tell us about yourself

I am an award-winning author and a member of The Word Guild, Inscribe Christian Writer’s Fellowship, and John 3:16 Marketing Network.
I combine my teaching experience and love of writing to create educational materials for mothers and children about family, fitness, science and faith.

2.     Tell us about the book
My latest project is “Adam’s Animals,” a children’s activity book that features more than 40 animals mentioned in the Bible and little-known facts about each. It is the second book in the Science and Faith Matters series. The first book, “Trees of the Book – Learning from God’s Creation,” is a colourful introduction to trees, leaves and their corresponding Bible stories.

3.     Who is this book written for?
“Adam’s Animals” is ideal for 6 to 9 year olds, for home or school use and classroom sharing in grades 1-3 to supplement the Life Sciences Curriculum on Animal Life.

4.     What was your inspiration for this book?

Years ago, my daughter wrote a little book called, “Did you know...fascinating and fun facts about animals around the world” as a fundraiser to go to camp. I helped her with it and loved discovering new things about God’s creation.

5.     Do you have a favorite animal and why that one?

I loved learning about the leopard. This big cat can climb trees, run fast, and swim. He’s powerful and smart. My kind of creature!

6.      Did you find anything particularly difficult in writing this book?
There was a ton of research. Not only did I have to dig through the Bible to discover the animals mentioned, but then I had to research each individually to uncover five unusual facts.

7.     What do you hope this book accomplishes?
I hope that “Adam’s Animals” will fuel the desire for children to read the Bible and to also learn more about the animals that God created.

8.     Where can we find you?




Kickstarter Campaign:
Short url for easy sharing: http://kck.st/19NBYR6

9.     Where can we find the book?
This is the exciting part! The book is still in manuscript form. I am hoping to bring the project to life with the direct support of friends, colleagues and family.

As the book creator, I have set a funding goal of $3500, with a deadline of February 28th, 2014. If you like my book idea, you can pledge any amount of money to make it happen.

As the book backer, you choose from a number of rewards based on the amount of financial support you pledge. For example, backers who pledge a minimum of $5, will receive a choice of one of two of my e-books: 1) "Fit for Faith" - 7 weeks to improved spiritual and physical health, OR 2) "Women of Strength" - a devotional to improve spiritual and physical health. Backers who pledge a minimum of $15 will receive an autographed copy of “Adam’s Animals”. Backers who pledge a minimum of $175 will be listed on the “Dedication” page at the back of the book PLUS will receive an autographed copy of “Adam’s Animals”.

Backing “Adam’s Animals” is more than just giving money. Writers need encouragement and you would be supporting my dream of creating a valuable resource for children and parents.


To support the creation of “Adam’s Animals” please visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adamsanimals/adams-animals-a-childrens-activity-book

Friday, February 7, 2014

Tales of Faeraven, New Fantasy Classic Series, with WayFarer, the Second Book in the Series, by Janalyn Voigt, Just Released



I reviewed the first book in the Tales of Faeraven Series, DawnSinger, and found it to be a masterpiece that will someday no doubt become a classic. I look forward to reading Wayfarer.



Lorilyn Roberts' review from Amazon

DawnSinger is poetry in motion, woven into a classical story that penetrates the soul. Sometimes I found myself stopping to re-read a sentence where I just wanted to soak in the way Janalyn Voigt had penned it. 

As an author, I wanted to admire the craftsmanship. Where did she learn to write like that? You can't teach this kind of artistry. Janalyn has a gift. 

If you love books by JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, you must read DawnSinger as well as the second book in the series, WayFarer, just published. Otherwise, you will deny yourself the enjoyment of some of the best literature written in the last 20 years.

THE LATEST IN THE 

Tales of Faeraven Series 

WAYFARER 




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Janalyn Voigt's unique blend of adventure, romance, suspense, and fantasy creates worlds of beauty and danger for readers. Tales of Faeraven, her epic fantasy series beginning with DawnSinger, carries the reader into a land only imagined in dreams.
Janalyn is represented by Sarah Joy Freese of Wordserve Literary. Her memberships include ACFW and NCWA.

When she's not writing, Janalyn loves to discover worlds of adventure in the great outdoors.
Author Site for Janalyn Voigt: (author journals, travel journals, guest journals, and book news)


Site for Writers: Live Write Breathe (teaching articles plus free How to Edit PDF)