Category Archives: Writing Ministry

Need Followers? Be Careful for the TRAP!

Great article about having the right motivation for writing, especially for Christian writers. Leila says, “Don’t let the number of likes or followers or comments discourage you. If God calls you to write, then write, and enjoy the journey.”

Leila Grandemange

Need more followers?

Something didn’t feel right . . .

At one point in my writing career, I was told by a publisher that I needed a social media platform, and lots of followers. So there I was, writing in the hopes of gaining new fans . . . and they started following, and all was well. Or was it?

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Sunday Devotionals

Every Sunday, which started in March and ends in May, my devotionals are featured in God’s Word For Today. I am the guest pastor for the 2018 spring quarter.


To read online each Sunday, click on the above cover.

Or visit devotionals at God’s Word for Today


May you find inspiration and encouragement,
Charles Earl Harrel

Book Review by Noted Author

Book Review
for
THE GREATEST MOMENT:
God’s Greatest Hour, Heaven’s Highest Call, and Your Moment of Destiny

This recent review came in as a photo jpeg from noted author David Espinoza.

Preview book on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2CNR4VQ

 

Multnomah County Library adding The Greatest Moment

Two branches from Multnomah County Library (MCL), Central and Midland, will be stocking my book, THE GREATEST MOMENT. So, if any of you do not have a copy or can’t afford one, now you can read it for free—that is, if you live in the Portland-Vancouver area.

If your city has a library, you can also suggest my book. It would be much appreciated. That’s what I did last week, and MCL just approved the request. * Such outreaches to the public are a good way to share the Gospel.


Here is the information you will need:

THE GREATEST MOMENT: 
God’s Greatest Hour, Heaven’s Highest Call, and Your Moment of Destiny

Publisher: Xulon Press
ISBN: 9781498472685
Author: Dr. Charles Earl Harrel


THANK YOU!


THE GREATEST MOMENT Reaching Thousands

THE GREATEST MOMENT has reached out to, and touched, thousands.

For this, Lord, we thank you, and for so much more!

Here are some of the readers’ comments and reviews:


The Greatest Moment delivers a message right from the heart of God with compassion and clarity. It will capture your attention and spark the awakening your soul is longing for.

—Patricia Kuehl
Executive Assistant, Educator, Former Director of Christian Education at Calvary Temple in Portland, Oregon


“Fall in love with God”

Calvin Tadema writes, “If you haven’t read through the Bible, The Greatest Moment will whet your appetite. If you have, this book will spark your memory with new and creative insights. The message of the book treats the Scripture as an old friend, revealing a continuity that comes from a deep relationship by the author.”

See his complete review and others on Amazon at http://amzn.to/1WNxHUm


The Greatest Moment “speaks to those who know their Bible and those who do not.”

Stanley C. Baldwin writes, “I must confess I began reading this book with more than a little skepticism, simply because I am so jaded with superlative claims for practically everything in the marketplace, whether institutions, products, services, or books. All of them are the ‘greatest.’ As I began reading The Greatest Moment, I soon discovered that some claims of great, greater, and greatest are both legitimate and important. Jesus himself spoke of greatest commandments, prophets, acts, and attitudes.

Once past my initial skepticism, I found a writing style that intrigued and impressed me, including some personal revelations that spoke of honesty in the author. I liked the examples where he showed his humanity, not just his theological training. I laughed when he confessed that his attempt to liken the Trinity to ice, water, and steam didn’t really work, even for him.

My second misgiving arose when I perceived he was essentially presenting an overview of the whole Bible. ‘This could be quite helpful,’ I thought, ‘for biblical illiterates.’ Seasoned pastor/teacher types like me already knew all that stuff. However, the more I read, the more I realized I was benefitting from his informed retelling of events from a fresh perspective. I therefore recommend this book to adults, regardless of their minimal or advanced knowledge of the Bible.”

Stanley Baldwin has authored 24 books, including 4 best-sellers.


Sometimes, a short review speaks volumes:

Pastor Steve Berry writes, “I strongly endorse this great book!”

Last year, we visited Alston’s Corner Assembly of God. Pastor Steve allowed us to share about The Greatest Moment, give out a few copies, and set up a book table in the foyer.

Twenty (20) books were released into the hands of harvesters.

Thank you Pastor SteveandJoyce Berry. Thank you Alston’s Corner Assembly of God Church.


“As an editor of Christian publications, I have worked with Charles Earl Harrel for many years, receiving his written words in devotional materials. He writes from the heart and always makes it plain how readers can apply the Word of God in everyday life. I highly recommend this author to the Christian community at large!”

—Gary Wilde
Author, Pastor, Editor for Devotions at Standard Publishing


For more information concerning this book, to read the back cover, or find out where you can purchase a copy, click on the book icon below.


With Much Appreciation,

Charles and Laura Harrel


Impossible Writing Projects

“Have you ever given up on a project because it seemed impossible?” A thought-provoking question from Karen Jordan in WordServe Water Cooler. Her reply is good news for writers and the rest of us. The impossible is possible after all. So don’t give up. Finish the assignment. Embrace your calling. And trust God to see you through it.

WordServe Water Cooler

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I sensed the Lord’s direction to share a particular story from my family’s life, and I began to write about it when we were still in the heat of the crisis.

Impossible journey. Every time I attempted to move forward with submitting this project for publication, something major would happen to prevent my progress.

By major, I don’t mean a little bump in the road. I’m referring to some impossible situations—like my mother’s terminal illness, my daughter’s two major surgeries and several difficult pregnancies, my father-in-law’s lengthy terminal illness, and more.

And I haven’t even mentioned the journey to publication. Oh, my! Where do I begin with that one?

Impossible project. As I approached this long-standing project about a crisis with my daughter Tara, red flags waved all around me, warning me of the impossibility of this effort. And to be honest, when I came home from her house recently…

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Word Becoming Flesh in the Life of a Writer

Another enlightening and encouraging post by Lynne Hartke in WordServe Water Cooler. Thank you, Lynne.

WordServe Water Cooler

 “The Word became flesh, and made his dwelling among us….” John 1:14. (NIV)

Mary, the mother of Jesus, was called to carry the Word Made Flesh. Saying “yes” to that plan involved a huge surrender on Mary’s part. Obedience brought her under scrutiny and censure, not only in the public eye, but also–initially–with Joseph, whose opinion she must have valued.

“Don’t be afraid,” the angel told her, which was saying, in essence, “You are about to be shunned and ostracized in your hometown because you are going to get pregnant with God’s son and although you have never been touched by any man, nobody is going to believe your story and they are going to whisper and point at you when you walk by and call you harlot and whore and turn their backs when you enter a room.”

Sometimes the hardest part of being a Word carrier is believing the…

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