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Friday, August 22, 2014

A woman's faith and more


I am finally doing a brief commentary on my newest book,  A Woman's Faith.
It is a special book to me for many being the topic of faith is so important to me, and two, it speaks of my whole purpose for writing, which is to inspire and motivate and help others  even if just a little bit. It is my soul's deepest wish to bring comfort, insight and peace through my words.
went through a great time of it in the beginning. I love to self-reflect and kept my pace as I was writing. For a while. Then real life set in. Issues in my work, my marriage, even my health, all fell upon me in what seemed like a one-time explosive bomb.  Struggling to do the everyday was so difficult, and usually writing helps me with that. But I couldn't find the positivity I needed, the inspiration. I felt almost dead inside. Isn't that crazy? To be in the midst of writing a book on something so meaningful and inspiring then have your 'mojo' leave you?
I tried to draw sustenance from what I had already written and yet the only thing I could do was hold on to the meaning of what I had already written. Draw strength from books, other writers. Keep going.
Eventually I started writing again, adding poetry to my book. This was a healing act and creative act as well. I love poetry and was glad to include some in my book. They are my soul's expressions,  my poems. I hope when people read them they can feel that. For me my writing is a way to encourage, motivate and inspire and in the process of writing I am changed. I receive what I am trying to give and put on the page. Perhaps it is that openness that I want to have, need to have, that enables me to receive as well as give.
In my book I examine the personalization of faith and its meaning for our life. We see our lives from the lens of our values and beliefs. Taking time to clarify and strengthen our innermost thoughts and beliefs brings alignment in our lives.  I am writing another book and yet this book remains to me like a reliable, wise friend. Always there and a source of strength and comfort.
Are there any books that have done that for you?  Given you some insight or boost of encouragement just when you needed it? There have been for me. Plenty of them. It is my hope that this book, my book, may do that for someone else. Especially you.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Going through Passages.. Exhibit and Conclusions


     Welcome to the world of reading and writing. That is what we may hear from others in the business and say to ourselves when we embark upon a writing career. At some point. Well, I was able to do just that when I went to an exhibit entitled "Passages" in my hometown that contained a treasure trove of artifacts and documents, dealing with the history and evolution of the Bible.  I saw fragments of Dead Sea Scrolls, scrolls and documents of various centuries, bibles of numerous regions and time periods and much more. I was indeed struck by the religious significance, of course, and was moved by that immensely, but  I was also  touched by the exposure to the theme of and tangible evidence of writing throughout time. Here are some things that I was struck by:

1. The importance of having a permanent record in writing.
2. The reason behind the text being written in the first place.
3. The value placed on what was written, and lastly,
4. The writers (scribes) themselves.

     So much importance put upon what was written, the act of writing itself given  I think at first a grand and noble aura, a mystique and sacredness almost. It turned into a form of power, then a way to maintain power. It was used as such, and in time became marginalized and integrated into everyday life. Even the journey of writing itself could make an interesting book and there are a few out there!

     All this is to say that our ability to read and write is an awesome gift that should not be taken lightly. We gain immeasurably by having this privilege and I hope we realize that.

     Also, if the traveling exhibit "Passages" comes to your town, you simply have to see it! You owe it to yourself!

Friday, August 1, 2014

A woman's faith

Hello! I am hoping this finds you well and ready for a wonderful August! Time goes by so quickly.. summer is here for a little while longer, then a change of seasons is upon us. Time for reflection is rare and precious, and yet the rewards are so vast!
What came of my reflections and journaling is my latest book, my second baby if you will, that is ready for the world!
It is a book about faith, in particular a woman's faith, hence the title,  A woman's faith.I feel strongly that faith
is a personal matter, individual yet relational. It is the core of our faith that shapes us and directs us.
After giving much thought to the matter of faith I wrote my second book. I would love for you to check it out and join me in celebrating the strength we have within!