Thankful for You by Jodi Whisenhunt

With Thanksgiving just a week away, please let me thank you!  “I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers” (Philemon 1:4).  I am grateful for each of you.  Every time we meet, I am awed by your honest but uplifting critique and genuine encouragement of writing material and abilities.  It’s so nice to be part of a group who offers such mutual respect.

The Christian Writers’ Group is nearing its 2nd anniversary.  We’ve experienced a lot of transition this year.  Thank you for embracing me as the interim group leader, and thank you, Joann, for allowing me that opportunity.

We’re looking forward to a great 2009 with a possible mini-seminar on a Saturday in March.  Please let me know of any specific topics you’d like to discuss so we can cater the conference to your writing needs.  Details will be posted here and will be sent to the group by email, so stay tuned.

The next meeting will be January 21, 2009.  Enjoy the holiday break, and be sure to include some writing goals in your New Year’s resolutions.

Have a very nice Thanksgiving!


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2008 Texas Book Festival 
This Sunday afternoon, Book TV will feature panels from the 2008 Texas Book Festival in Austin


America – United We Stand?
(Sunday 12 PM ET
Alexandra Fuller, Lisa Margonelli, Robert Bryce,

Bubblin’ Crude – The Life and Times of Oil
(Sunday 1 PM ET)

Robert Cushing, Ronald Brownstein, Bill Bishop,

John Stauffer, Reihan Salam, Bob Moser, Ross Douthat,
Attack Politics: Negativity in Presidential Campaigns Since 1960
(Sunday 2:10 PM ET
Fred BurtonJane MayerTed Widmer, James Traub,
The War Over American Ideals
(Sunday 3:15 PM ET)  


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Insightful author interviews
Saturday 10 PM, Sunday 6 & 9 PM and

Monday 12 AM ET  
Marian Wright Edelman,

The Sea is So Wide and My Boat is So Small

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, presents her thoughts on the current and future state of the care of children.  Ms. Wright Edelman addresses the problems that she contends continue to harm the development of America’s children.  Marian Wright Edelman discusses her book with Geoffrey Canada, president and chief executive officer of the Harlem Children’s Zone.


Weekend Highlights
Harold Moore and Joseph Galloway, We Are Soldiers Still: A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam
Lt. Gen. Harold Moore (Ret.) and Joseph Galloway discuss the follow-up to their 1992 book, We Were Soldiers Once…and Young.  In their new book, Moore and Galloway follow ten veterans of that battle as they return to Vietnam to visit the battlefield and some of the former Viet Cong soldiers they fought. The co-authors spoke at the Pritzker Military Library in Chicago.                                                    (Saturday 8 PM, Sunday 4:30 PM ET)
Newt Gingrich, Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less: A Handbook for Slashing Gas Prices and Solving Our Energy Crisis

Newt Gingrich lays out a plan for cutting high gas prices and reducing America’s long-term dependence on foreign oil. Gingrich warns that the pinch at the pump felt by Americans today is not temporary but rather indicative of another looming crisis, which affects not only the price of gas, but the price of food, our economy, and our national security. 
(Sunday 7 PM ET) 


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Election Day

Romans 13:1  “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.  The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

This is a big week for America.  When we awaken Wednesday morning, we will have a new President.  It’s exciting!  To me, it’s also a little unnerving.  Whoever wins will bring change, some for the good, some maybe not so good.

If you haven’t done so already, I urge you to spend time alone in prayer, follow the Spirit’s prompting, and vote Tuesday.  It’s a privilege and a freedom we should take full advantage of.  

Just remember, even if your desired candidate does not come out victorious, God is indeed in control.  As Romans 13:1 assures us, it is He who places leaders in command. 

Whatever the outcome, keep this list in mind:

Top 10 Predictions No Matter Who Wins the Election

1. The Bible will still have all the answers.
2. Prayer will still work.
3. The Holy Spirit will still move.
4. God will still inhabit the praises of His people.
5. There will still be God-anointed preaching.
6. There will still be singing of praise to God.
7. God will still pour out blessings upon His people.
8. There will still be room at the Cross.
9. Jesus will still love you.
10. Jesus will still save the lost when they come to Him.

Isn’t it great to know who is really in control?
(Sent in to Rest Ministries HopeNotes by Myna)

And, by all means, write about the election!

Psalm 108:13 “With God we will gain the victory!”

In Him,