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First Impressions

by Ian Anderson My anxiety level increased as I approached the open door for the early-bird “writing skills” class. I hadn’t written anything for weeks and felt very unprepared for the session. Fortunately, when I walked into the large room … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 11

Day 11 Topic: That we mourn with those who mourn Romans 12:15b– . . . and weep with those who weep Dear Heavenly Father, please prepare our hearts as we near the upcoming ACFW conference. We all have hopes, dreams, … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 12

Day 12 Topic: That we rejoice with those who rejoice Romans 12:15a–Rejoice with those who rejoice . . . Father, Tenderize us. This business of writing can be so egocentric. Especially when it seems our careers are going nowhere and … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 13

Day 13 Topic: Hotel staff I Corinthians 9: 19, 23–For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. I do all things for the sake of the … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 14

Day 14 Topic: The ACFW choir as they prepare for the Saturday gala Psalm 66:1-2–Shout joyfully to God, all the earth; Sing the glory of His name; Make His praise glorious. Lord, Thank You for the joy that comes with … Continue reading

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What Are You Writing Into Your Story?

by Lanny Smith I like reading Christian action-suspense thrillers. One of my favorite authors is Joel Rosenberg. No matter how dark certain parts of his stories may seem, his novels have always glorified the Lord and inspired me. My first … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 15

Day 15 Topic: Robin Miller, conference director I Corinthians 15:58–Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. Lord, You have all the … Continue reading

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Seeking Soup Perfection

by Shelley Shepard Gray I made French Onion soup today. My husband has had bronchitis and feeling under the weather. I’ve felt so badly for him I ran to the store, picked up 5 yellow onions, and started slicing. Hours … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 16

Day 16 Topic: Finalists in the Genesis Contest Psalm 135:5-6–For I know that the Lord is great and that our Lord is above all gods. Whatever the Lord pleases, He does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and … Continue reading

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Benefits of Out Of Print Book Collections

By Gail Gaymer Martin Recently I had the opportunity to enjoy two of my OOP novellas being used in a published collection of stories with a similar theme. My novella, Apple of His Eye, was published in Barbour’s, The British … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 17

Day 17 Topic: Clarity of speech for those pitching projects Philippians 4: 13–I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Dearest Lord, Thank you for the ideas you’ve given us. I pray today for us to be able … Continue reading

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Three Tips for Conference Veterans

By Lindsay Harrel This year, I’ll be attending my third ACFW conference. I’m excited to see my friends, to pitch my latest project to editors, to let loose at the My Book Therapy pizza party, and to learn and have … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 18

Day 18 Topic: For conferees to grasp what is taught and to grow from it James 1:5–But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 19

Day 19 Topic: For mentor and specialty appointments Psalm 66:19-20–But certainly God has heard; He has given heed to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer Nor His lovingkindness from me. Father … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 20

Day 20 Topic: Conference veterans Psalm 18:2–The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge . . . Father God, I lift up to you the veterans of past … Continue reading

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