Category Archives: Writing Ministry

Sifting and Winnowing

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

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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.

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“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!

THE GREATEST MOMENT – Inspiring Hearts, Touching Lives

 

Angela G. writes, “If you are looking for a great book, filled with biblical truth, one that you will not be able to put down, then I think you’ll enjoy reading THE GREATEST MOMENT by Dr. Harrel.

This book is perfect for personal read, devotions, personal study, group bible study, and more. It covers many different issues and great moments of the Bible. It brings you to a moment of divine appointment and revelation for the greatest moment in your life—a revelation of who you are in God—and who God is in you. The book will make you think! It will challenge you! It will change you! This is an inspirational book you won’t regret reading.”


Jerry Cooney writes, “For those seeking to know God better and to love Him more, I encourage you to read and meditate on the wonders of God Word that are shown so masterfully in Dr. Harrel’s new book, The Greatest Moment. I believe that you will enjoy and benefit from the marvelous insights the Lord has given him.”

—Rev. Jerry Cooney
Bible Scholar, Evangelist, Founder of Holy Spirit Ministries


Nita H. writes, “THE GREATEST MOMENT draws on wisdom inspired from Scriptures to offer a biblically-based primer on the greatest messages in the Bible, deftly laying the groundwork that ultimately reveals the greatest message of all.

The author’s engaging style of writing offers personal perspectives based on true-life experiences and evocative interpretations of biblical events that lead readers down a path of discovery and spiritual growth. It is a must-read book on salvation by grace through faith for those thirsting for knowledge about eternity and seeking guidance on living a life pleasing to God.”


Nialene S. enjoying her copy of THE GREATEST MOMENT.


WAITING ON THE PROMISES

Ghana, Africa, receives The Greatest Moment after 7 months of waiting. I had assumed the books I sent were long-lost in the mail or stolen. But Priscilla never gave up hope.

She writes, “I believed that the next time I will be messaging you, it will be Good News! And yes today, I come with great news. The books you sent to me last Christmas has now got to me. I believed I was going to receive them no matter how long it takes, and finally I have them! This is indeed a miracle!”


Missy H. writes. “While faith-based Christian literature and commentary are not typical genres I follow, this book’s clever narrative style draws and engages the reader, regardless of genre or classification.

Situating the reader with conversational ease, the author uniquely alternates from autobiographical shorts to close reads of his primary text. Providing reenactments of biblical verses in engaging prose, he transforms commentary into something vivid and experiential for the reader. Reading is much like attending a play and watching a colorful scene unfold.

5-stars for the sharp writing (often laced with humor at just the right times), but also for the eloquent style that deftly braids story, autobiography, and commentary into one cohesive narrative.

There’s much to be gleaned from the writing strategy itself for those interested, and certainly the messages and questions of The Greatest Moment itself will resonate with many across Christian tradition.”


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.

 

 

Seven Steps to Guaranteed Success as a Writer

Excellent post. I found much to like about this article—and some helpful wisdom. Although success in writing can be measured in many ways, the best one, at least for me, is when my work accomplishes the purpose God has for it.

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Every author seems to have a different idea of what “success” in their field means to him or her. For some, selling at least five thousand (in Canada) or ten thousand (in the States) books, thereby qualifying them to claim the lofty title of “Bestselling Author” is the goal on which they set their sights. For others, maybe it’s a hundred thousand copies, or a million.

For some, it isn’t about the numbers, but about awards. But which award is the one that will make them feel as though they have finally arrived? Is it the Carol? The Christie? The Pulitzer? I’ve noticed several big-name authors who have won awards in the past entering the contests again, so maybe one award isn’t enough. What, then, is the magic number?

Or maybe it’s a certain amount of positive feedback, a sufficient number of glowing reviews on Amazon or Goodreads, recognition at…

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BOOK FAIR at Barnes & Noble

BOOK FAIR at the Barnes & Noble in Clackamas Town Center on Saturday, June 17

This bookfair is a Happy Day Christian School event and fundraiser. Activities include LEGO Workshops for kids, Storytime, Noted Author, Book Signings, and Gift Basket Drawing. A percentage of all purchases will be donated to Happy Day Christian Child Care & School.

Dr. Charles Earl Harrel will be autographing his inspirational book, THE GREATEST MOMENT, a new anthology by Bethany House, GIFTS FROM HEAVEN, and several CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL anthologies, in which he is a contributing author.

“Chicken Soup for the Soul” books include THANKS DAD, MIRACLES HAPPEN, and THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS.   All would make great gifts for Father’s Day.

Happy Day school staff will be on hand. Check out their welcome table for more information about the bookfair and their school.

Clackamas Barnes & Noble    Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.    Hope to see you there!