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Meeting tonight!

The Christian Writers’ Group will meet tonight from 6:30-8:30PM, but we will not be on campus. Please join us at Panera Bread at Central & Eldorado. Thanks!

Hope to see many of you there!

That God May Count You Worthy

I hope your new year is off to a great start! One month is gone already. Where does the time go?

We at the Christian Writers’ Group hope that God is allowing you time in your schedules to pursue the desire to write. It is our desire “…that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith” (2 Thessalonians 1:11). Writing for Him is one way of fulfilling that purpose.

Be prayerful in your endeavors and attentive to the Holy Spirit’s leading.

We hope to see you at the next meeting, February 17th!

Meeting November 18th

Social media: love it or leave it? Does it help or harm your writing? What are the benefits? How do you set up accounts? What is text lingo? Are you a tweeter, a twitterer, or a tweep?

Join the Christian Writers’ Group from 6:30-8:30 p.m. this Wednesday, November 18, 2009, to learn how to utilize services like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. We will dedicate about thirty minutes to social media discussion then will plunge into peer critique. Be sure to bring something you’ve written.

This is the final meeting of the year, so I hope many will attend.

See you Wednesday!

Jodi

Mary DeMuth’s A Slow Burn

a slow burnOctober 1st is launch day for author Mary DeMuth’s A Slow Burn (Zondervan, 2009). I was privileged to read and review this second installment of the Defiance Texas Trilogy. It truly is quality literature that appeals to the masses.

In A Slow Burn, the reader assumes Emory Chance’s burdens and becomes the mother of a murdered child, a mother consumed by the guilt of love ungiven, of hope neglected, of shame unyielding. When Emory was a child, her mama warned her the crossed lifelines on her palms destined her to heartache and misfortune. Drug abuse, adultery, and neglect of her daughter, Daisy, brought that prediction to fruition, engulfing Emory in pain and suffering. Believing God created her to fail, Emory tells Ousie Pepper, “I’m really only good at messing things up.”

With Daisy’s killer stalking Emory, lurking in the shadows, she trusts no one, especially not God. In Emory’s opinion, God is weak. He couldn’t protect her little girl from evil. Why expect Him to deliver her? One man, Hixon Jones, a man “more like Jesus than anyone,” accepted God’s charge to protect Emory. Having wrestled with life’s afflictions, Hixon knows firsthand her need for redemption and persistently reaches out to Emory, despite her resistance.

The reader transforms along with Emory Chance and emerges a bit charred but renewed, together receiving a final prayer, “Dear, dear Jesus, Author of everything beautiful, Thank you for changing her, for making her a woman who loves you again…Oh, how I pray that every single day, Emory would know she’s treasured.” As Emory considers the message, she knows she’ll “spend her life living up to outrageous love like that.”

Mary_DemuthMary DeMuth is a master at her craft, and A Slow Burn is a must read! While this book stands alone, I do recommend reading Daisy Chain, the first book in the series, to fully appreciate the whole story. Book three is expected to release in early 2010. Purchase Mary’s works at her website or at most booksellers.

Seminar BIG Success!

Dana, Joann, Jan, Jodi

Dana, Joann, Jan, Jodi

 

Many thanks to all who attended the seminar on Sunday and to all who helped make it such a big success!  I met many new friends and look forward to getting to know each of you better when we come together for group meetings.  As we work on our various writing projects this week, let’s be sure to keep in mind lessons learned Sunday. 

As Dana advised, it makes no difference if we have 24 or 42 hours in a day when we “place the cart before the horse”.  If we try by our own efforts to make the clock tick according to our plans, we will end up frustrated and worn.  But, if we keep the Lord first and foremost in every aspect of our lives, and He will make sure every minute of each day counts.

We should all keep Joann’s handouts nearby for quick referrals to common grammar issues.  Some of those little rules can trip writers up, but we’ll be better prepared now to edit our own work as we write.

I hope I provided some insight on the publishing process.  I covered a lot of material in a short amount of time.  Feel free to email me if you have questions, and we’ll try to cover some topics more in depth at future meetings.

And, Jan, thank you for reminding us that although we may feel led by the Lord to do His work in this method, it’s not about us.  Ultimately, we are called to be transformed to His likeness and to love as He loves us.  May we honor the Lord in our writing and in every area of our lives.

Have a blessed week and keep writing for Him!

~Jodi

“Just a Splash of Jesus” by Jodi Whisenhunt

A friend recently told me about a book she read several years ago titled Tender Mercies for the Mother’s Soul.  A line from the book caught her attention, “When you spend time with the Lord, you walk away and go into your day splashing Jesus all over the place.”  What a wonderful image!

The passage reminded my friend of when her children were small.  The boys would fill a glass of water and run through the house, sloshing water here and there as they went.  They were so intent on their play that they were oblivious to what they left behind.

My friend pointed out that we need to do the same with our spiritual cups.  If we spend time daily with the Lord to fill our cups, as we proceed through each day, we’ll splash a bit of Jesus everywhere we go.  Sometimes we can intentionally spill Jesus onto broken-hearted friends, grieving neighbors, distraught co-workers, or grumpy cashiers.  Other times, perhaps through our writing, we may not be aware of where the drops fall or of what seeds we water as we go along the way.  So, go ahead, let your cup overflow!

Don’t forget to join us January 21st for the first meeting of 2009!  We’ve got some great information to share and some challenging exercises to try (writing exercises, of course!).  Also, mark your calendars for Sunday, March 29, 2009, from 4:00-8:00 p.m., for the First Annual (?) Christian Writers’ Group Conference (to be held in the Multi-Purpose room of the FSC).  We’ll enjoy fellowship and refreshments as we learn from 4 guest speakers.  More information coming soon!