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How Can YOU Reach a Broader Audience?

By Mesu Andrews When I was choosing dates to write for the ACFW blog, I noticed that today, May 21st, is Ascension Day. Now, I’m a theological mutt. Mom’s charismatic. Dad was Quaker. My grandparents were Pilgrim Holiness ordained ministers—both … Continue reading

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From Reality to Imagination

by Lisa Kibler I finally did it. I made the leap from nonfiction to fiction, and I love it. Nonfiction gave me my start in this amazing writing journey as I crafted a story about becoming like a local in … Continue reading

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The Art of Baking…and Writing

By Kariss Lynch I’m always cooking up a new story. The problem? I can’t write them as fast as I can concoct them. And somehow the thoughts don’t always make the batter very creamy. (Can you tell I’ve been baking … Continue reading

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A COVID-19 Surprise

By Kay DiBianca I don’t like grocery shopping. Let me be more specific: I hate it. But if we want to eat, I have to shop, so once a week I gird my loins, grab the grocery list and head … Continue reading

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Six Ways to Write While the World is Stressing You Out

By Allie Pleiter As the author of How to WRITE When Everything Goes WRONG—A Practical Guide to Writing Through Tough Times, I’ve been getting a lot of cries for help from writers these days. The crisis we find ourselves in … Continue reading

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Confined in Spring

by Elizabeth Musser Lord, how can I complain when I’m confined in Spring? When a chateau sits in my backyard When snow white calla lilies curl towards the sun And lilacs bloom and tulips tilt their crimson heads And butterflies, … Continue reading

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Cooking Up a Story

By Tanara McCauley “Are these…scones?” My teen’s guess was generous, considering the cookies looked more like jagged blue biscuits coated in a suspicious glaze. She held one in her hand, eyes skeptical. I frowned at the cookie-biscuit-scone between her fingers … Continue reading

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Want the Ball

By Renee Hodges You’re in exercise or dance class. Floor-to-ceiling mirrors face your group as you flow as one with the men and women around you. You are in the zone. Pulse racing to the rhythmic thumping of the sound … Continue reading

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Sheltered by the Resurrection

By Christine Sunderland Christian writers shelter their stories, then baptize them with resurrection life. We have been sheltering-in-place in the San Francisco Bay Area this 2020 Lenten season, hoping to slow the flu virus Covid-19, and staying home has provided … Continue reading

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Needing to be seen

By Lana Christian Writing is largely a solitary proposition. Then comes the need to be seen. But the coronavirus has limited us in ways we never could have imagined. Countless book launches have been canceled. Authors fear their years of … Continue reading

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Gethsemane: A Symbol of Suffering

by Mesu Andrews When you think of Jesus’ last night with His disciples, what symbols come to mind? Bread. Wine. Feet being washed. Songs being sung while walking to a secluded garden. I’d always imagined Gethsemane as a quiet, peaceful … Continue reading

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Passed Over

by Terri Gillespie “For the vision is yet for an appointed time. It hastens to the end and will not fail. If it should be slow in coming, wait for it, for it will surely come—it will not delay.” Habakkuk … Continue reading

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I Know the Plans I Have for You …

by Deb Haggerty How many times do we rush blindly into our days, perhaps breathing a brief “God guide me” on our way out of the bedroom to get coffee and dive into our plans? I was reminded recently our … Continue reading

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Let It Go!

By Darlene L. Turner Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:4 (NIV)  Can’t you hear Elsa singing, “Let it go, let it go…”? Throughout my writing journey there were … Continue reading

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From Panic to Focus

by Kristi Holl Last fall I spent several weeks researching a mystery series set in a small village in the Yorkshire Dales. The locals who own the village shops depend on tourist trade from daily bus tours and mountain bike … Continue reading

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