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Monthly Archives: September 2013

When Tragedy Strikes…

by Shirley E. Gould My amazing husband passed away suddenly on May 7, 2013. My life has taken a devastating turn that has sapped my writing creativity. It’s hard to string words together when you’re telling yourself to breathe in … Continue reading

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The Goodreads Reading Challenge

by Robin Lee Hatcher Unlike many of my friends, I am not a fast reader. I like to linger over sentences. I don’t like to rush through a book. Back before I was a writer, it was not unheard of … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 1

Day 1 Topic: That God’s will be accomplished at the conference Verse: Psalm 115:1–Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory. Dear Heavenly Father, ACFW was founded to bring together writers who wish to … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Variety

by Jason C. Joyner I’ve been a watcher of the Christian fiction industry for several years now as an aspiring writer. I’ve enjoyed reading great books, interacting with thoughtful authors, and helping to promote CBA books through blog tours and … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 2

Day 2 Topic: Good weather for travel Verse: Luke 8:24b–And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. Holy Father in heaven, I bless You and thank You for each … Continue reading

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Be Kind to One Another

by Tina Radcliffe It’s quite serendipitous that what has been percolating in me for days is a postscript to Deborah Raney’s lovely post of September 4, 2013, “Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Reviews.” As members of ACFW, there is … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 3

Day 3 Topic: Lisa Rector-Maas and the Early Bird Session Verse: Proverbs 2:2–Make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding. Lord, we lift Lisa Rector-Maas to you for blessings and grace during the Early Bird Session. We … Continue reading

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3 Easy Steps to a Successful ACFW Conference – even if You’re Not Attending!

by Beth K. Vogt I’m heading to Indianapolis tomorrow, getting a few days head start on the ACFW conference. I started a mental checklist weeks ago, about the time my Twitter feed and Facebook page filled up with “I’m going!” … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 4

Day 4 Topic: Wisdom in decision making for the Executive Board as they meet before the conference Verse: Romans 15:5–Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according … Continue reading

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Making Time for the Work You Love

by Mary Ellis Most readers imagine authors pounding away at their computers, then taking long walks on the beach to renew their inspiration. A writer’s life must be solitary, introspective, and perhaps a bit tragic. Although there are some writers … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 5

Day 5 Topic: Travel Safety Verse: Psalm 121:3b-4–He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. Merciful Father, Almighty God, You are so awesome. You are always awake, always watching over us, … Continue reading

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A Neophyte is Going To Indy

by B.J. Young In four days I’m going to get into my car and drive to the ACFW Conference in Indianapolis. My initial stop on Friday morning will be the orientation for first time attendees. To say I’m excited, and … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 6

Day 6 Topic: For worship pleasing to God Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:9-Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. Lord, as we meet each day for a time of worship, help … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Afraid to Ask

by Anne Mateer I’m not a bold person. I rarely talk to strangers. Even if I need something. So the idea of asking someone–a living, breathing person–for help in researching what would become my first published novel, terrified me. I … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 7

Day 7 Topic: Health for all attending the conference Verse: Psalm 139:14a–I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Dear Lord, we pray that You put Your hand on all those traveling to the conference … Continue reading

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