Week in Review

Happy, sunshiny, springy Saturday!

BurchadoptionThe biggest news in my corner is that it appears spring has finally sprung and might even hang around for a while. 🙂 Which is great, because I’m helping with a garage sale tomorrow hosted to help fund the Burch family’s adoption fees. You can read more about them and their adoption here.

If you’re in the Omaha Metro, stop by 5903 Longview in Papillion between 8am-3pm.

As an added bonus, my sweet and hilariously fun friend, editor of Novel Reviews, Kelly Klepfer will be there, too, selling (and giving away!) Arbonne health and beauty supplies! (Donating a healthy portion of the proceeds toward Burch adoption fees.) If you want to help bring these beautiful Columbian girls home and are in need of beauty products but can’t go to the sale, shoot me an email and I’ll get you and her connected.

Saving Grace Study and Daily Reading Guide is Available. For FREE!Scan0010

Cool, huh?

My church created a booklet to help folks understand and grab hold of God’s saving grace. If you’d like a copy (PDF version that easily loads on ereaders like Kindle), shoot me let me know and I’ll get one to you ASAP. 🙂

SweetFreedomCoverRemember Sweet Freedom?

I’m pretty sure I sent most of you a free copy. (If not, shoot me an email and I will.) Well, we received such a great response from this compilation, I decided to create another. The stories (great ones!) are already coming in–more fictional this time, although we’ll still have true life and devos. As an added bonus, we’re inviting YOU to share your freedom stories with us!

Details: Send a story/testimony of a time when you received emotional or spiritual freedom, and we’ll post it on Faith-filled Friends so readers worldwide can be blessed and encouraged. (You can remain anonymous if you’d like.) Then, we’re going to let y’all vote on your favorite, and the top three will receive prizes.

We’ll also be choosing three we’d like to fictionalize (with permission) to go into Sweet Freedom Book Two. Of course, the folks who submitted the testimonies we fictionalize will receive a free print copy of our booklet.

This booklet will also be available for free in PDF form and in ebook form for a time period allowed by Amazon.

New Release!A DOZEN APOLOGIES FINAL FRONT COVER

My friend Jennifer Hallmark visited Angela Meyer’s blog to chat about A Dozen Apologies.

I haven’t read this one yet, but it sounds awesome! I’ll have to add it to my TBR pile for sure! You can read more about this fun anthology here. You can purchase the book here.

On a personal note, my princess is taking an intensive glass blowing class this weekend. I’m pretty excited. I wonder if I’ll every tire of watching her explore new opportunities. I swear her laugh is one of the most beautiful sounds I’ve heard. Whenever my heart swells as a mom, I’m reminded of Zephaniah 3:17 that says:

“For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs” (NLT). 

I love watching my daughter, whether she’s studying, sleeping, laughing, or doing nothing at all. I have a feeling God feels the same way about us. 🙂

MD-Photo-BlockChristian Romantic suspense writer, Margaret Daley, has a new release as well, titled Deadly Hunt:

All bodyguard Tess Miller wants is a vacation. But when a wounded stranger stumbles into her isolated cabin in the Arizona mountains, Tess becomes his lifeline. When Shane Burkhart opens his eyes, all he can focus on is his guardian angel leaning over him. And in the days to come he will need a guardian angel while being hunted by someone who wants him dead.
Buy it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble 

 

Congrats to  Mary ConnealyKathleen Y’Barbo Turner,Tracie Peterson, and Cathie Marie Hake for making the ECPA best sellers’ list with their novella collection, Alaska Brides Collection, published by Barbour Publishing! Way to go, ladies!th

About this collection:

Experience five Alaska adventures through the lives of determined women who overcome the many challenges to build their lives in the wilderness. From the gold rush, through a diphtheria epidemic, to the building of the Alcan Highway, readers will enjoy the stubborn fight each woman displays as love comes into her life. Will the women also give up fighting God and let Him lead them through America’s last frontier?

Buy it here.

And if you haven’t read Laughing With Lily by Eileen Rife, now’s a great time!

Laughing with Lily coverOakTara, Eileen’s publisher, has launched an exciting program, “Today’s Great Read/Hot Bargain,” where readers can get fabulous new books in Kindle ebook for a price they won’t want to miss. My book has been chosen for a special promotion, beginning this Sunday 04/27/14.
Day 1 of the promotion: $1.99
Day 2 of the promotion: $2.99
Day 3 of the promotion: $3.99
Day 4 of the promotion returns to the regular ebook price (still a great value for a terrific read!): $4.99
Check facebook.com/OakTara on Day 1, when the book will be at its lowest price and best deal for you, or anytime during the promotion days. Then simply click on the link in FB to find the book on amazon kindle. If you would spread the word to anyone you know, I’d greatly appreciate it!

 

 

 

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Who Won? You Choose!

This month has really flown by. I hope you’ve enjoyed each Reach Out to Live Out story shared here. Have they stirred your thinking? Encouraged you to look for ways to reach out with the love of Christ? I’d love to read about how each one impacted you.

I think my favorite was “Head Down” by Nichole Parks. I keep my head down way too often when God says, “Look up and around! Can’t you see my hurting child whom I’ve intentionally placed in your path?”

Here’s a snippet:

“Our community college will accept anybody. I’ve seen the druggies, heard the potty-mouths, and looked away from the risqué. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s keep your head down. Considering we’re approaching finals, I’d say the strategy has worked.” Read the rest here.

As a writer, I also enjoyed Margaret Daley’s story, Fiction That Reaches Into Prison Cells.

“When a woman who worked at a Florida female prison helping the inmates contacted me, I was surprised and excited about the prospects of the outreach for my book. She’d read my Love Inspired, Second Chance Family, and was interested in using that story with the women. Second Chance Family dealt with abuse and some of the women she worked with had gone through it.”

You can read the rest here.

Margaret’s story reminded me I never know how God will use my obedience. I’ve found, His ways truly are well beyond mine, and He’s able to multiply blessings, turning a novel into a conduit of healing, an email into a powerful touch of grace. Sometimes I see the results, other times I must proceed in faith, knowing He has a glorious reason for every command He gives.

Elaine Cooper’s story, Pushing Past Our Comfort Zones, reminded me not to get stuck in a “serving routine.” While it’s true, God wants us to serve in our areas of giftedness, He still expects us to serve “where needed,” maintaining a “get ‘er done” attitude.

Here’s a blip of Elaine’s story:

“Let me be honest— I am not the greatest cook in the world. Thoughts of potlucks at church and Bible study nearly send me into an anxiety attack. I always imagine kindly Christians munching into my culinary creation and assuring me how good it is…until they turn around and spit it into their napkin, hoping not to be noticed! Now, I have never seen that happen, but it is always my fear. Cooking has never been easy for me.”

Read the rest here.

What did you glean from this month’s stories? How did they impact your day? I’d love to read all about it.

I’d also love to know what you’re doing–at your job, in your neighborhood, your city, through texts or emails–to share Christ’s love with a hurting world.

Yesterday at church, the worship leader made an awesome statement. He reminded us it isn’t “Christian vs. the world” but instead, “Christians for the world.” Stop and think about this for a moment.  A long moment. 🙂 Then ask yourself: How can I tear down barriers and build bridges today?

Come back Wednesday to see who won our gift basket and book give-away! (Mary Preston, please email me at jenniferaslattery(at)gmail(dot)com. You won the April book give-away, and I need your address. 🙂 )

Many thanks to May’s generous donors!

Fiction That Reaches Into Prison Cells

Never underestimate the power of a well-crafted story. I’ve heard it said, words spoken may be soon forgotten. Those written are recorded forever, able to reach beyond physical boundaries and extend to multiple generations. When I read Margaret’s Reach Out story, presented below, I envisioned a broken woman, sitting in her cell, reading Margaret’s novel–a novel that speaks truth and radiates love.

Reaching Into the Prison Cell by Margaret Daley

When a woman who worked at a Florida female prison helping the inmates contacted me, I was surprised and excited about the prospects of the outreach for my book. She’d read my Love Inspired, Second Chance Family, and was interested in using that story with the women. Second Chance Family dealt with abuse and some of the women she worked with had gone through it. I didn’t have many copies left of the book, but what I had I sent to her. I asked my publisher, Harlequin, if they had any copies for the prison. They went back to press and ran 100 copies off and mailed them to the Florida prison.

I have often sent my books to prisons through an organization since often prisons won’t allow inmates to receive books in the mail unless from a publisher or organization.

Second Chance Family:

Dedicated teacher Whitney Maxwell gave up her dream of a family years ago. But she’s about to get a lesson in faith and family from an unexpected source–a brave little boy named Jason. Jason and his dad are dealing with his autism the best they can, but Dr. Shane McCoy can’t put his tragic past behind him. As Whitney and Shane work together to help his son, could these two lost souls open their hearts to love again and become a lasting family?

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Margaret Daley, an award-winning author of eighty-two books, has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love. When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household. To find out more about Margaret visit her website at http://www.margaretdaley.com.

Margaret has donated two novels to May’s Reach Out to Live Out gift basket, Second Chance Family and Saving Hope: Men of the Texas Rangers.

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I’d love to hear from you. What books, fiction or otherwise, have made the greatest impact on you? Were any given as gifts? Tell us about  it for a chance to win Deborah Raney’s Remember to Forget.

And don’t forget to send me your Reach Out to Live Out story for a chance to win May’s gift basket. Send it to jenniferaslattery(at)gmail(dot)com.

Thanks to all our donors for helping motivate us all to reach out in tangible ways as we share the love of Christ to a hurting world: