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Monthly Archives: September 2017

What Is Your Hero Pursuing?

By Henry McLaughlin We’ve all heard story is about conflict and tension. And that is definitely true. Stories about happy people living in Happy Valley don’t excite readers. Frankly, they can be boring. The story becomes a story when something … Continue reading

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Help for the Time-Starved Writer

By Joanna Davidson Politano “How on earth do you find time to write a book?” This question came from my local librarian when I told her my debut was releasing soon. I had a baby in one arm and held … Continue reading

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She Stole My Idea!

by Kim Vogel Sawyer A couple of months ago, I came across an article about Lisa Wingate’s recent release, Before We Were Yours. You’ve probably heard about it—set simultaneously in 1939 Memphis and present day Aikens, South Carolina, it’s the … Continue reading

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Our Journey

by Christa Kinde Travel takes courage. Away from home, without the comfort of familiar things, surrounded by strangers, we wander. Not all that long ago, my husband and I were in a foreign city, trying to navigate dark streets with … Continue reading

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I Have to Stay Home from the Conference

By Tamela Hancock Murray (Editor’s Note: ACFW congratulates Tamela on being named the 2017 Agent of the Year at our recent conference). As I mentioned in several recent posts about conferences, sometimes your best decision is to stay home. For … Continue reading

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5 Reasons Authors Should be on Goodreads

By Amber Schamel To Goodreads, or not to Goodreads…that seems to be a question. Since it’s one of my all time favorite sites, I thought I’d address this question and give 5 reasons why I think authors should consider joining … Continue reading

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Ten Things to Do If You are Missing the Conference

by Chandra Lynn Smith I love musicals. I also love thrillers and mysteries. I even love sappy romances and intense drama. If you saw my arms loaded down when I left the library or looked at the array of books … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer: God’s Will be Accomplished (Day 1)

2017 ACFW CONFERENCE – 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 1 – 9/20/17 – THAT GOD’S WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED AT THE CONFERENCE Psalm 115:1  Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to Your name be the glory, because of Your … Continue reading

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The Path of Perfection

By Christine Sunderland I am currently reading a novel with a fascinating historical setting and colorful characters. It has received rave reviews, become a bestseller and book club favorite. And yet, the characters seem shallow. What is missing? I considered … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer: Good Travel Weather (Day 2)

2017 ACFW CONFERENCE – 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 2 – 9/19/17 – GOOD WEATHER FOR TRAVEL Dear Heavenly Father: We lift up the ACFW Conference in prayer. Please bless all those attending with good weather as they travel from … Continue reading

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Write Like a Pirate

By Kariss Lynch Remember that scene in Pirates of the Caribbean, the one where the not-so-refined Miss Elizabeth requests parley with the pirate captain? She thinks parley is a Pirate Code granting her protection. Sadly, she didn’t quite know her … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer – Early Bird/Post Conference Sessions (Day 3)

2017 ACFW CONFERENCE – 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 3 – 9/18/17 – EARLY BIRD AND POST CONFERENCE SESSIONS “…turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding…” Proverbs 2:2 Father, as we move from the Early Bird … Continue reading

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The Blog Post for People Who are Going to the ACFW Conference . . . and for People Who Aren’t

by Beth K. Vogt Two types of people are reading this blog: People going to the ACFW conference in Grapevine, Texas from September 21-24 People not going to the ACFW conference in Grapevine, Texas from September 21-24 This post is … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer: Wisdom for Executive Board (Day 4)

2017 ACFW CONFERENCE – 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 4 – 9/17/17 – WISDOM IN DECISION MAKING FOR THE EXECUTIVE BOARD Father, we ask for wisdom for the ACFW Executive Board in all things surrounding the conference, and to administer … Continue reading

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Conference Prayer – Travel Safety (Day 5)

2017 ACFW CONFERENCE – 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 5 – 9/16/17 – TRAVEL SAFETIES He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor … Continue reading

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