Archive for March, 2013

The Good in Good Friday

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 NIV

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Sometimes it is hard to find the good in our struggles. Yet, the day our Savior died on the cross is called Good Friday.

Maybe you’re having a “Good” Friday like Jesus did – or a “good” week. Or month. Or year. Maybe you’re asking why God has forsaken you. (Matthew 27:46)

Just remember: if you are [...]

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Member Shout-Outs for March

Congratulations to these FaithWriters’ members for their writing accomplishments!

Bruce Fottler‘s Christian drama, The Juncture, is now available on Amazon and Smashwords.

Melanie Kerr‘s poetry book, Wider Than the Corners of the World, is now available in ebook format.

Joanne Sher‘s nonfiction book, Ailing Body Nourished Soul won the One Hope Nonfiction Contest, sponsored by Write Integrity Press.

Lori Dixon‘s Wellspring blog contest entry was recently published in Christian Woman Magazine in Australia.

I so love hearing about your accomplishments. Would LOVE for you to share [...]

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Our First Quarter 2013 Writing Challenge Cash Winners

It’s time to announce the FOUR cash winners from hundreds of entries in this past quarter of FaithWriters Writing Challenge.  Beginning this quarter, the highest scoring entry in EACH LEVEL over the entire ten-week quarter will receive a $50 cash prize.

This past quarter was music-themed, with topics from FLAT to STAFF to ACCENT. The variety of entries, and quality, was impressive. But there can only be one winner (in each level, that is).

And now, without further ado – our winners [...]

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An Interview with YA Author Nicole O’Dell

Nicole O’Dell is an author, speaker, wife and mother of six — including a set of triplets! I (interviewer Lynda Schab) met Nicole a few years ago through an online critique group. She had just signed a contract with Barbour Publishing for her first book series, Scenarios for Girls, an interactive fiction series for tweens about the tough choices they face every day. Since then, Nicole has gone on to publish several more fictional books (including her most recent series, [...]

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The Neighborhood

When I hear the word neighbor, two different images come to mind (and maybe the same thing happens with you, too).

One is from my Bible, and one from my childhood in front of a television set. And, even though this is a Christian blog, we’re going to be focusing on the latter rather than the former (though, of course, we will not discount Christ’s teachings).

Today would have been Fred Rogers’ 85th birthday. The Presbyterian minister and star of the well-loved [...]

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Congratulations to our “Equipped to Defend” Winners!

We have winners for last month’s Writing/Blogging contest – which focused on equipping young adults to defend their faith, partly through the ministries of CrossExamined.com and the video-linked copy of Gravity. Those who entered, whether they won or not, have certainly made an impact on equipping young people to defend their faith! Thank you

And now, without further ado, the winners!

First Place – winner of $100 and having their piece posted on 100 Christian blogs:
A Christian Parent’s Worst Nightmare [...]

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What’s Your Passion?

What’s Your Passion?
By Linda Yezak

In a recent discussion on ACFW’s Women’s Fiction loop, author Sharon A. Lavy said, “I really care about the relationships between people of all kinds. Parents and children, siblings, friends. I really have a passion that women need other women. So every story I write includes the close friendship of women. No matter what else is going on in the story.”

Whatever an author is passionate about shows up in their work and often fills the characters [...]

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What Are You Reading?

We’ve all likely been told there are two ways to get better at writing:

We need to write…and we need to READ.

Read writing craft books. Read in your genre. Read out of your genre. Read the classics.

You can learn so much to improve your own writing by reading others’ words. You can get ideas for how to work out a problem in your manuscript. Inspiration for a new idea. Or even great of examples of how NOT to write.

So, what are [...]

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Last Call for Equipped to Defend Contest!

We’re getting closer to the end of the “Equipped to Defend” Writing/Blogging Contest – but there’s still time for you to get in on this opportunity.

This contest runs until Thursday, March 14 at 6pm ET,  or when there are twenty-five entries, whichever is sooner. You still have time to enter and support this great ministry cause. We have some very interesting entries so far – check them, and the rules, out on the blogging contest forum on the message boards. [...]

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Beat That Distraction

Beat That Distraction
By Marie Grossett

Distraction comes in all forms; from people, finances, or work. Distractions are there to stop you in your tracks from achieving your God-given destiny.

But what are you going to do about these monsters? Are you going to be like Jane, who is putting her dream on hold, or  like Susan, who says, “Despite what is going on in my life right now, I am going to pursue my destiny no matter what obstacles are thrown at [...]

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