12 contemporary Christian romance authors named to USA Today Best Sellers list

2017-09-22T00:55:20+00:00 July 11th, 2016|Categories: Books & Reading, On Writing|Tags: , , , , , |

It seemed like the impossible dream When twelve Christian Romance authors came together in February of 2016, they had a vision for what could be accomplished if they worked not as “indies” but as a team. On July 7, 2016, that vision became reality when WHISPERS OF LOVE, a compilation of 12 brand new contemporary [...]

The spiritual life of a reader

2017-09-18T14:45:36+00:00 March 14th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Books & Reading, On Writing|Tags: , , , |

I remember the first Christian novel I ever read. It was Love Comes Softly by Jeanette Oke. I was in high school, and my spiritual life was a mess. Around this time I was also reading things like The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough and Pet Cemetery by Steven King—books that truly vexed my soul. Reading [...]

You’re never too old to start writing!

2017-08-13T13:32:32+00:00 March 7th, 2016|Categories: Ageing, Books & Reading, Devotionals, On Writing, Testimony|Tags: , , , , |

I was first published at age 71 My first book was accepted for publication the year I reached 71. I had begun writing Prayers and Devotions more than 25 years before, through a weekly prayer letter for my church. I enjoyed writing, but never thought of publication. But after I retired God kept prompting me [...]

Letter writing

2016-07-10T00:26:48+00:00 June 15th, 2014|Categories: General, On Writing|Tags: , , |

Do you still write letters? It seems as though the art of letter writing is dying out. For the past 2000 or more years the information we read about today was passed down in the form of letters. Letters giving information regarding the towns, governments, wars, expeditions, relocations, countries, tragedies, and many more every day [...]

Embrace small beginnings (about writing)

2016-07-12T14:05:47+00:00 May 2nd, 2013|Categories: Beauty for Ashes, Beauty for Ashes Speakers, In the Media, On Writing|Tags: , , |

Read this article on writing by Mary DeMuth This article first appeared in the April 2013 edition of JOY! magazine. It has some excellent advice for anyone wanting to start writing. You can read it here. Live Uncaged Mary will be speaking at the main Beauty for Ashes conference, Live Uncaged, which starts on the Friday [...]

We interview Shirley Corder, author and cancer survivor

2016-07-17T20:07:07+00:00 April 18th, 2013|Categories: Books & Reading, Cancer, On Writing, Testimony|Tags: , , , , , |

Strength Renewed Strength Renewed is a book of 90 meditations based on actual incidents that happened during Shirley's cancer journey, tied in with relevant scriptures. During her time on treatment, Shirley spent much time in the botanical gardens near her home. There she watched a pair of Vereaux's eagles and wished she could rise and soar [...]

Announcing ‘Write Uncaged’

2016-07-17T18:15:26+00:00 January 23rd, 2013|Categories: Beauty for Ashes, Beauty for Ashes Speakers, On Writing|Tags: , , |

We're thrilled to be hosting a conference on writing and blogging! (And, no, you don't have to be a writer to attend.) Last year an editor told us that she regularly receives manuscripts and when she asks the would-be authors what their platform is, they don’t have a clue what she’s talking about. This got [...]

Interview with Liz Curtis Higgs

2016-07-13T14:39:50+00:00 April 17th, 2010|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Books & Reading, In the Media, On Writing, Testimony|Tags: , , , |

The hilarious author of Bad Girls of the Bible is back with a new novel based on the first chapter of the book of Ruth. When *I first heard Liz Curtis Higgs speak fourteen years ago, she was virtually unknown. Some things have changed, while others have remained the same. In 1995, I remember laughing [...]

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