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Thursday, March 29, 2007

New Fiction from Susan May Warren

RECLAIMING NICK is the first of The Noble Legacy series. Book Two, Taming Rafe, will be available January 2008.A Modern Day Prodigal Comes Home...NICK NOBLE HADN'T PLANNED ON BEING THE PRODIGAL SON.But when his father dies and leaves half of Silver Buckle--the Noble family ranch--to Nick’s former best friend, he must return home to face his mistakes, and guarantee that the Silver Buckle stays in the Noble family. Award-winning journalist Piper Sullivan believes Nick framed her brother for murder, and she’s determined to find justice. But following Nick to the Silver Buckle and posing as a ranch cook proves more challenging than she thinks. So does resisting his charming smile. As Nick seeks to overturn his father’s will--and Piper digs for answers--family secrets surface that send Nick’s life into a tailspin. But there’s someone who’s out to take the Silver Buckle from the Noble family, and he’ll stop at nothing--even murder--to make it happen.

--Reviewed by the Christian Blog Alliance

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Health Tips for Writers

My first column for Spirit Led Writer is now up!! Check out my tips on how to "Treat Your Body Write." And by the way, for you writers, SLW is a paying market! Check out the guidelines on the site.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Take a Bible Quiz

You know the Bible 98%!

Wow! You are awesome! You are a true Biblical scholar, not just a hearer but a personal reader! The books, the characters, the events, the verses - you know it all! You are fantastic!

Ultimate Bible Quiz
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I did better than I expected! Thanks to author Angela Hunt for posting about this quiz on her blog! Give it a try!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Thursday, March 22, 2007

What Should Writers Be Doing?

The Rapture Ready site has a new series of articles, with each contributor listing what they feel Christians should be doing in these times.

Here's one list from

Denise Styka

1. Commit and stick to a schedule of being in the Word every day.

2. Seek out ways to show people the truth about Scripture, about deceptions being played out in the world and about deceptions being played out in mainstream Christian churches that have gotten away from spreading the Truth in the Word of God

3. Live a life of integrity - the most effective witness that we provide to the people around us is when we live a life of integrity so as to not diminish Christ and His sacrifice for us in any way. There are too many leaders today within the Christian faith that exhibit a lack of integrity.

4. Witness to those around you. This past year when I sent out Christmas cards I included a tract called "How to be 100% sure you will go to Heaven". I sent these to everyone I could think of including my mom's boss, who is Jewish.

5. Pray everyday and keep an active prayer log.

6. Constantly be challenging myself and others around me to live as though Jesus could come a second from now.

7. Take your ministry seriously - Mine is ... - and do things to advance that ministry for the cause and purpose of spreading the Gospel.

8. Support Christian causes and websites - Whether you support Rapture Ready, or other Christian websites (I actually help support Prophezine on a monthly basis) and Christian causes (such as Compassion International) do so with the intent to share the gospel.

9. Advance your knowledge in Scripture by participating in Bible classes or in depth Bible studies.

10. Be active in your local church. Whether distributing tracts from the church, inviting people to come with you, actively participating in Sunday School, or ministries within the church. Just do something.


Many of them apply to us as Christian writers--what do *you* feel we should be doing?

What should Christians be doing?

Friday, March 16, 2007

Christian Blogosphere

I am thrilled today to have been added to the Christian Blogosphere blogroll! All kinds of great Christian sites are listed on the roll--please take a moment and visit some of them!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Writers are Readers

"Writers are readers. Good writers are good readers. Great writers are great readers. Put God and your family first. Then your writing. And when you're working and not writing, be reading."

----Jerry B Jenkins

Thursday, March 08, 2007


Just thought I'd mention this for the writers who visit here--have you checked out "Shoutlife?" It's an alternative to "," run by Christians and a great place to talk about your Christian writing, music, etc. Visit my page here. Say hello if you do by leaving a comment.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Statistics & the Alleged Jesus Tomb

Thanks to Robin Lee Hatcher for the heads-up on Randy Ingermanson's
Statistics And The Jesus Family Tomb.

"Today is when the Discovery Channel will air the documentary by James Cameron and company about the so-called Jesus tomb. I am not a scientist or an archeologist. While I have my opinions, I'm not qualified to speak with authority on some of the hypotheses put forward by those who want to claim that Jesus Christ of Nazareth was in that Jerusalem tomb. However, author Randy Ingermanson, a physicist, has read the book and prepared a thorough analysis. I hope you'll read it and then include a link on your own blog."

Check out his work and see what you think.

Here's an excerpt from the start of the article:

(March 3, 2007) This past week, Simcha Jacobovici and Charles Pellegrino launched a new book titled "The Jesus Family Tomb: The Discovery, the Investigation, and the Evidence That Could Change History." They'll follow it up with a documentary to be shown on the Discovery Channel.

It's a fascinating book. I grabbed it as soon as I could and read it carefully to see what the case is. I'll say right away that I came to like Simcha Jacobovici very much while reading the book. His intellectual curiosity launched this investigation, and he clearly loves a great puzzle. There are folks who want to make Simcha the bad guy here, as if he somehow set out to demolish Christianity by cooking up some evidence. I don't get that impression from reading his story or watching him on video. He's clearly passionate about this story and interested in getting at the truth.

This is a BIG story! A bone-box was found in Jerusalem with the name "Jesus son of Joseph!" Right nearby were nine other bone-boxes. Five of them had names on them, and those names included Mary twice, Joseph, Judah, and Matthew. We know that Jesus had two brothers named Joseph and Judah and his grandfather was named Matthew. Furthermore, two of his disciples were also named Judah and one was named Matthew. Isn't that an awfully big coincidence? What if this Jesus is the REAL Jesus of Nazareth? Why didn't the archaeologists pursue this with a little more interest?

After reading the book carefully, I believe there are some serious problems with the case that the authors have made.

Book Club Invitation

Want to read some great books and chat with the authors? Then check out the American Christian Fiction Writers' Book Club. The ACFW Book Club gives fans of Christian fiction the opportunity to communicate with each other, chat with ACFW authors, and discuss books.

Book Club participants are invited to join an e-mail group set up to facilitate announcements and host discussions about the current reading selection. Members will be eligible for monthly free book drawings. To join, send a blank e-mail to acfwbookclub- subscribe@ yahoogroups. com or visit this site and click "join this group." You will receive a confirmation e-mail after joining. Follow the instructions given in the e-mail to complete your subscription to this e-mail list.

Each month, club members have an opportunity to participate in an on-line chat with an ACFW published author. Chats will be announced in advance so Club members have the opportunity to read the featured book. Book Club chats will be held on the ACFW website in the chat room at 7:00 p.m. CST on the first Monday of the month following the month the book is read.

Currently, the club is talking about Rachel Hauck's Lost in NashVegas. And then it's on to Mary Connealy's Petticoat Ranch before tackling sci-fi for some variety. Check it out.