Janice Hanna Thompson
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Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California, where spring is already springing! Today I have the joy of interviewing one of our newest CAN members, Janice Thompson! Janice is the author of numerous novels and devotionals. I’ve known Janice for years, and I love her sense of humor, her storytelling, and the photos of her almost-too-gorgeous-to-eat cookies! Janice is combining these strengths in her new devotional.

Welcome, Janice! Please tell us about your book Just Roll with It.

Janice Hanna Thompson

Janice Hanna Thompson

Whether you love to bake or just love to laugh, these real-life kitchen stories, yummy sweet treat recipes and inspiring Bible truths are sure to bring a smile to your face, satisfaction to your belly and fullness to your heart. You’ll learn about life and faith as you embark on this baking journey. Read More →

 

Conversing with God looks different for everyone, but at some time or other we all shoot arrow prayers heavenward. I do it often.

It happens when I’m traveling by plane and a spiritual conversation opens with a fellow passenger. On one occasion a woman beside me said, “I’m on a personal quest. I’m searching for peace. Have you found it?” I shot an arrow prayer before answering: “God, give me the right words.”

I shoot arrow prayers when driving down the highway. “God, safety.”

I shoot them when needing inspiration for my writing assignments: “God, creativity.”

I shoot them when I hear about another’s heartache: “God, comfort.”

Nehemiah did something similar one day while standing in the king’s presence. Months prior, he’d prayed, “Please grant me success today by making the king favorable to me. Put it into his heart to be kind to me” (Nehemiah 1:11). Now he stood before the king, ready to present a request.

“The king asked, ‘Well, how can I help you?’ With a prayer to the God of heaven, I replied, ‘If it please the king, and if you are pleased with me, your servant, send me to Judah to rebuild the city where my ancestors are buried’” (Nehemiah 2:4-5 emphasis mine).

Nehemiah had a split second to respond, so he wasted no time shooting an arrow prayer heavenward. Perhaps it sounded like, “God, help!” or “God, favor!”

God heard Nehemiah, and He hears us, too. Our prayers needn’t be long or fancy before He’ll listen. Sometimes an arrow prayer is all we can muster, and that’s okay. He responds to heartfelt, honest expressions of our need for His involvement in our lives regardless of how spiritual—or not—they sound.

Grace Fox is a career global worker and the author of nine books including Moving From Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation. She’s a member of the “First 5” Bible study writing team for Proverbs 31 Ministries and a regular contributor to Guideposts’ annual devotional, Mornings With Jesus. She lives aboard a sailboat in Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

What we live is first what we think.  So what does God want us to think about that will elevate our mind, soul, spirit and life?

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Phil 4:8)

In Discovering Joy in Philippians: A Creative Bible Study Experience, we dig a little deeper to see what each word means…

Noble: Honorable, reverent, dignified, gravitas

Discovering Joy in Philippians

Discovering Joy In Philippians

Right: Correct, just in the eyes of God, judicially approved

Pure: Holy, sacred, chaste, prepared for worship

Lovely: Pleasing, agreeable, worthy of affection

Admirable: Good reputation, well report

Excellent: Moral goodness, virtue, upright

Praiseworthy: Commendation, approved, recognized, fitting acknowledgment

What needs to change in your thinking? How can you weave good thinking habits and patterns into your life daily?

 

 

Author Pam Farrel sharing her book, Discovering Joy in Philippians

Author Pam Farrel sharing her book, Discovering Joy in Philippians

Pam Farrel is the author of 50+ books including co-authoring Discovering Joy in Philippians: A Creative Bible Study Experience. www.Love-Wise.com

 

Linda Goldfarb

Linda Goldfarb is a bold communicator who’s frequently quoted by her readers, audiences, and clients that, “transparency transforms!” She’s an award-winning author, international speaker, certified personality consultant, professional actress, audiobook narrator, podcaster, and board-certified Christian life coach. When Linda’s relaxing, you’ll find her sipping frothed coffee on a comfy couch or photographing nature from odd angles while she and her hubby, Sam, play golf and hike their way across the USA.

Tell us about your award-winning book.

We, Kelly Harris and I, are blessed that two of our books won awards this year. Lovey Mouse in The Night Before Christmas and Lovey Mouse in An Easter Story intertwine common seasonal celebrations with biblical truth in a family friendly environment. These two early reader books share experiences from the life of Eliza Jean’s family and one of her favorite stuffed toys, Lovey Mouse. The pages are filled with beautiful illustrations, the words are easily understood, and the meaning of each story goes as spiritually deep as parents, grandparents or caregivers want to take them. One reviewer wrote, “This is the Christmas story that SHOULD be in every household.”

Each book includes additional craft and interaction helps for parents.

Written by Linda Goldfarb and Kelly Harris

Lovey Mouse in An Easter Story

What inspired you to write it?

Kelly and I wrote these books as an extension product of my coaching business. We discovered a need; parents struggle with talking about different celebrations with their kids. These books help parents share and explain the true meanings behind both seasonal celebrations to their children without sounding preachy or disconnected from life.

How would you describe this book to someone in a 30-second blurb?

The Lovey Mouse children’s books depict seasonal family celebrations intertwined with biblical truth to help parents explain the deeper meanings of each season in a child-friendly format.

What genre do you focus on and why?

These children’s books are actually offshoot products to equip parents. I write mostly nonfiction.

Tell us about how you developed your marketing campaign.

When the vision came to produce these books, the Christmas one first, our window of marketing opportunity was very small, so we pulled out all the stops. Social media is key of course.

My platform and Kelly’s target different audiences and that’s a great thing, so we used the small posts on both and asked others to share.

We started with teasers, getting our contacts excited about what was coming. Then with only a few weeks before Christmas, we changed our teasers posts to ones of urgency. Get yours today! Be the first to…, We can deliver! Buy in bulk and save! Many of our buyers bought more than one and recommended the book to organizations, who bought them in bulk.  We also had local book signings and offered autographed copies online.

We used meme’s, FB lives, and broadcast email.

Lovey Mouse in The Night Before Christmas

What worked best?

Prayer. I know it sounds cliché but for Kelly and me, we never take prayer lightly. God must be in it or we don’t do it.

As far as social media, I can’t say for sure, but we received a lot of attention and shares with our FB live reading of the book—that was a winner. Anytime you give your potential buyers a taste of the product and they like what they hear or see, it’s a good thing.

For our second book, we had a sponsor who covered all the production costs. He and his wife purchased the first book, several of them in fact, and they were more than happy to get behind the Easter project in a way that made it possible for us to give hundreds away as well as sell them.

Moving several thousand books in a short amount of time was certainly a God thing.

What would you do differently?

Ha, ha! Start a lot earlier in the process to begin with.

Though we consider our campaign a success, we would get more people on board as part of our launch team.

What are you continuing to do to market your book long term?

Since these are seasonal books, we are creating seasonal promotions and bundling them for a lower cost to consumer. We are also speaking and doing interviews.

What is the hardest part of marketing? Why?

Choosing your first step. There are so many options available. I think we can get hung up on which direction to go because we don’t want to waste time or monies in the process. It’s a good thing to be aware of, but it can also shut down momentum before it has a chance to start.

Choose a plan, no matter what it is and see it through to the end.

What’s the best part of marketing? Why?

I like the challenge of making the marketing more streamline. It also moves me out of my comfort zone a bit, as I prefer full control, but yeah, it’s not all about me—God’s way, will, and timing are always active in our marketing efforts. I think that’s what makes it the best part, His involvement.

What’s one unusual fact about your marketing?

Our books are season specific, which means you experience an off-season where sales will be low. But the flip side is, they never go out of date – win, win.

Do you have other books? We’d love to know. I have the LINKED Quick Guide to Personalities series coauthored with Linda Gilden, Loving the ME God Sees– a Bible study on relational transparency and The Art of the Interview: Before, During , and After Interview Strategies for Leaders, Speakers, and Writers.

What are you working on now? LINKED for Couples, book four in the series and a YA Fiction fantasy piece.

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Adria Wilkins, Bethany Jett, CAN Crown Awards, Carla Hoch, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, Kelly Harris, Linda Goldfarb, Michelle Medlock Adams, Susan Neal

As I was talking with a women’s ministry director at a church training conference, I hoped she would invite me to speak at her women’s retreat. I enjoyed one of the freshly baked chocolate chip cookies set before us while we sat in the lounge of the convention center. When she asked my opinion on some important issues, I spoke with confident tones. I was thrilled to see her staring at my mouth, obviously eager to hear my every word. Surely, I was impressing her. All I have to do is say the right things, I assured myself, as I anxiously tried to think of what those “right things” might be.

After we concluded, I headed for the restroom feeling content with the open door God had given me. I walked through the restroom door and saw my reflection in the mirror. What’s that dark thing on my lip? I went closer and realized chocolate was dripping down my lip and chin. Oh, no, how long has that been there? I realized the mess had decorated my face during most of our conversation. For whatever reason, she had not felt comfortable telling me.

Oh, Lord, what have you done to me? What about my pithy statements and wise admonitions? How foolish I must have looked. How humiliating!

In a flash of truth, I recognized my dissatisfaction with God’s plan. And I started laughing. Oh, Lord, you do have a sense of humor. Please forgive me for my pride and self-importance. I fell into that trap again. But I also acknowledged God’s power because rather than being discontent with myself for the next five days (like other times), the reflection in the bathroom mirror brought immediate joy. I started laughing! My heart rejoiced! I thought, I have grown in this area!

 

Kathy Collard Miller

Kathy Collard Miller

Kathy Collard Miller is an international speaker and author of over 55 books including Heart Wisdom: Daughters of the King Bible Study Series, a women’s Bible study on Proverbs. www.KathyCollardMiller.com

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Heart Wisdom cover