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BOOK SIGNING at Rainbow West in Salem, OR

Book Signing at Rainbow West

For any of you who live in the Salem, Oregon, area or vicinity, I will be at the Rainbow West Christian Supply for a Local Author’s Day.

Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017

Location: Lancaster Mall

Address: 831 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem, Oregon 97301

Time: Noon to 3 PM

I am bringing my inspirational book, THE GREATEST MOMENT, and three Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies: Miracles Happen, The Power of Forgiveness, and Thanks Dad, in which I’m a contributing author.

David Espinoza will be there, too, with his new release, Half Blind with Full Vision. He is also bringing several other books he has authored.

Come down and meet us and have your books autographed.

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16 Things I Would Tell My Younger Writing Self

Much wisdom in this post, especially for writers. Another great article by Anita Agers-Brooks from WordServe Water Cooler.

WordServe Water Cooler

Writer ComparisonsWhen I was starting out, I learned some of my expectations were myth instead of facts. For me, it’s another reminder that there are things in life I don’t know I don’t know, until I experience for myself. Can you relate? In hindsight, there are several things I would tell my younger writing self.

Sixteen Things That Surprised Me As a New Writer

  1. Book signings rarely spur big sales — they’re more hype than help. But good speaking events still consistently drive buyers to your book tables.
  2. Once you succeed as a published author, at least 25% of the people you meet will want you to help them write the book they’ve always dreamed of writing. For free.
  3. You will need to protect your writing time fiercely. The more you achieve, the more other things will try to impede.
  4. Publishing success is not always fair. A good book can…

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More Readers Recommending THE GREATEST MOMENT

More And More Readers Are Recommending THE GREATEST MOMENT


Chris S. writes, “I thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Charles Harrel’s The Greatest Moment. Dr. Harrel provides a well thought out and scripture based progression for the theme of his book. THE GREATEST MOMENT ultimately challenges Christians to live a life of Christ to reach the lost with the Gospel, first lived and then spoken. I encourage all to read and share the blessings of The Greatest Moment.”


Catherine R. writes, “What a powerful book Charles. When I got to the last 3 chapters it was hard to put down, because the Holy Spirit was so present. I wouldn’t have stopped, but we were traveling and my husband needed help with directions (lol). I went right back to it though. Tears flowed I have to say! I passed The Greatest Moment on to my friend. Please pray that my friend has the same experience. Again, thank you.”


Cathy M. writes, “I enjoy reading good Christian books, and I’m enjoying THE GREATEST MOMENT by Dr. Charles Harrel so much—that I right away began using it as a devotional book, taking my time, reading it slow.”

“His book is teaching me a lot, and I’ve been looking up the Scriptures he mentions in my Bible. This book has opened my mind to what God’s Word is really trying to say and teach us all.”


Martin W. writes, “I want to once again share with you about a great book that you can buy on Amazon. It is The Greatest Moment and authored by Dr. Charles Earl Harrel. This book can be read for individual enrichment, family devotions, or home bible study groups. Order yours now on Amazon at a great price.”

Indeed! Amazon has a good price right now for the paperback version. Check it out: $10.42 (almost $7 off the retail price) Here is the link: http://amzn.to/1WNxHUm


Kathleen E. writes, “Your book, THE GREATEST MOMENT, was read with delight in the mercy and goodness of our Great and Awesome God. The longer I live the more precious He becomes. Looking forward to that ‘Greatest Moment’ with joy and anticipation.”

Thank you much more than this greeting can say, Kathleen


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.

Sifting and Winnowing

Another great blog post by Karen. Perhaps we all need to go down to the Water for some sifting.

WordServe Water Cooler

Photo/KatenJordanMy heart pounded as I braved my re-entry into my writing space. I simply did not want to work on another uninspired blog post. Why, I didn’t know. But I knew I needed to identify the source of my resistance to what I’m passionate about—writing.

From my office chair, I scribbled a few forced phrases—those anticipated first and necessary words. The ones I demanded myself to write. It was a painful hour.

Even though they were interesting, they weren’t satisfying. And I grieved once again for inspiration that would give me life—meaningful thoughts flowing from a grateful heart. But the words I produced were stale and stodgy. Would anyone be blessed by reading them? I thought not.

The next morning, I awoke to another day of blank pages. So I confessed to my husband, Dan, “I’m really struggling with the blog posts I should have already written.”

“Why? What’s the…

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The God We Draw Our Readers To

Sara’s blog post hit the mark, at least for me it did. Those of you who are Christian writers and authors can benefit from her comments.

WordServe Water Cooler

“Your book really helped draw me closer to God.”

Are there any more thrilling words for a Christian author to hear? That is, after all, our ultimate goal, isn’t it? To point our readers to God?

That is certainly the reason I write. Because God gives me the stories and I want to be obedient in writing them down to the best of my ability and to do what I can to get them into the hands of readers. Not for my glory, so they can know me better, but for His glory, so they can know Him better.

So yes, that feedback thrills me like no other. And it also terrifies me like no other. Because it compels me to ask myself: Is the God my story has just drawn someone closer to the one true God? Or have I allowed my incomplete, in-a-mirror-darkly comprehension of who God truly…

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Oregon Christian Writers Summer Conference 2017

Oregon Christian Writers Summer Conference 2017
Red Lion Hotel on the River – Jantzen Beach
Portland, Oregon

Theme: “Filled with His Wisdom”
August 15–18, 2017 – Tuesday 2 PM through Friday 12:30 PM

Keynote Speakers: Frank Peretti and Tessa Afshar


For more information or to sign up, go to OCW Summer Conference

Hope to see you there!


Book Signings Aren’t Just for New Books

Picture and article from Chicken Soup for the Soul’s The Inner Circle Newsletter for August 2017.

Thank you “Chicken Soup” for the write-up, and thank you to everyone who purchased books at these bookstore signings.

May God bless you all!