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How to derail my crazy life

 

That moment of anger when you rage uncontrollablyHow to derail my crazy life

Last July I wanted to know how to derail my crazy life. I didn’t want another tomorrow struggling. I yelled out imploring someone to give me the key to this knowledge. Alright, smart-aleck don’t tell me the answer is 42 as I won’t believe you. Computers lie!

My slimming world journey by Margaret Kazmierczak

So looking in the mirror back then, I sensed that “over the hill feeling” as I am onto my last year in my fifties. Or at least that is what my body kept telling me. I am not listening. Bodies lie trust me!

Then my mind told me I am too tired to try. Don’t buy into that either – minds can lie too.

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Surrender to God it brings a life of peace

Surrender to God

Why would I surrender to God? Life is for living, enjoying and experiencing its riches. As a young adult, the world called me to seek adventure. I wanted excitement, so I took every opportunity to find it. By the time my 23rd birthday came along God had put a stop to my galivanting around and pointed to the door that I had to push open. In that surrender to God, I found peace and another episode began.

For me, that surrender to God was not easy; I had many faults and traits that needed ironing out. I didn’t go willingly like a lamb to the slaughter. In fact, anyone but me would have been preferable. Being a “Maria” (from The Sound of Music) just made me laugh. You want me to be a what? Father, you have to be kidding, you’ve got the wrong person here. But God is not crazy, just poetic.

So without further ado, let me introduce “Into a Silent World” by Carmina Edwards – below is my review of her book.

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My penny’s worth

This book follows on from “A door cracked open” and concentrates on Amy’s journey towards convent life.

Anything is possible

The determination of this young lady to follow her calling is very apparent in the book. At times, her solutions to particular situations are way over the top, almost unbelievable. But it makes for funny reading.

What I liked

One of the main points for me has to be how God blesses Amy. It might be a job or a person who appears at just the right moment to help her move onto the next stage of her journey. God’s will, however, regardless of Amy’s interference works for the better, even if Amy can’t see it at the time.

Surrender to God

I was incredulous at Amy’s stubborn nature in refusing to listen to the “wise” counsel of older mentors who understood the life of a nun. But if Amy had, there might not have been a book to write about her adventures.

Doubting oneself

Amy is quite a vulnerable person and her comments “what have I done now” or “I must be in trouble” causes her anguish and anxiety in even the safest of places.

What I struggled with

The book itself is an easy read. However, the repetitive and sometimes simplistic dialogue did hamper the reading experience for me and made some scenes drag. Others might not find it so.

Who might like this book?

The book is a biography of a young woman desiring to follow her new found faith in a convent. Therefore, if you are inquisitive about the religious life or what goes on behind closed doors in a Catholic Monastery that follows the rule of silence, this story will give you a little insight.  Can a woman who loves interacting with people live a life of silence?

Thank you, Carmina for your book.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

About the Book

 

Title: Into a Silent WorldSurrender to God Margaret Kazmierczak's review of Into a Slient World by Carmina Edwards

Author: Carmina Edwards

Genre: Biography, Memoir

Release Date: August 15, 2016

Following Amy’s adventures in A Door Cracked Open, she heads into a world which will test her faith and perseverance to the limit. Instead of settling into a simple, safe and unchanging life like she imagined, Amy is strongly drawn to a vocation with even higher requirements, prompting her to plan some seemingly impossible missions in order to reach her goal.

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About the Author

Carmina Edwards author of Into a Silent WorldI am a mother of two wonderful grown-up children and currently living in the UK, after living in Sweden for three years where I wrote my first book, “A Door Cracked Open.” I was blessed to be able to spend six months in USA before returning to the UK, my home country, to work with my editor in California on the edits of this book and visit friends.

I am an avid reader and linguist, having also spent some years living in France and have been fortunate enough to have taught Swedish and French over twenty-five years and translate for businesses and manuscripts in both languages. Being unemployed the past few years has led to me becoming homeless. However, I never give up hope. As I try to portray in my books, God has always had His hand on me. Once again, He has stepped in right at the last minute. I now have a new job in Sweden and will be moving back there. Because I feel passionate about helping the homeless, a large percentage of my royalties will go directly to them.

Guest Post from Carmina Edwards

“Into a Silent World” follows on from Amy’s story in “A Door Cracked Open.”

With a new beginning ahead of her, a long-standing dream about to be realized, she was unprepared for the events which were about to unfold over the next two years.

Why would God send her to this place of “absolute conviction” and allow her to remain there for that long if He never meant for her to be there? Amy struggles to understand and seeks His will, but determined that it was His plan, she persevered in order for her dream to be fulfilled.

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Giveaway

https://www.amazon.com/Into-Silent-World-Cracked-Open/dp/099701802X/

To celebrate her tour, Carmina is giving away

Grand Prize:

Paperback copies of A Door Cracked Open & Into a Silent World

1st – 3rd place:

Ebook copy of A Door Cracked Open!!

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Secret Agent paradox how to cry out to God

Secret Agent

Have you ever wanted to be a secret agent or superhero? I grew up with Thunderbirds (yes they were puppets in 1965 – but who cared) and The Hood, the most feared villain and the world’s most dangerous man. Enthralled by the storyline and willing the Tracy brothers to overcome the evil plots that the Hood conquered up, I imagined myself as part of the team fighting for good. Move over Lady Penelope with your pink car! I wanted to be the secret agent with a motorbike decked in leathers speeding to save Scott Tracey – yes I had a crush on a puppet, but then I was only seven!

I had a strong sense of right and wrong and the Tracy family mirrored that quality. The plots were not complicated, and usually, the episodes lasted one sitting. But the dastardly Hood seemed always to get away.

Set in 2060 with their futuristic technology they either rescue or need saving themselves!

In some ways, Jes Drew’s book The Bachelor Missions is similar to Thunderbirds. You have the goodies and the baddies, the intrigue, the rescuer needing to be rescued and a boss man who is keen on disposing of the good guy (or organisation in Thunderbirds case). I wonder if you were a secret agent if you could figure out the various plots that Kristian Clark the main character in the book is embroiled in?

Let me introduce you to The Bachelor Missions – you will find my review below.

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My penny’s worth

A new Secret Agent

Kristian Clark, the main character is a new breed of Secret Agent, well at least to me! He is a man on a mission who doesn’t realise he needs rescuing.

Jess Drew

What can I say about The Bachelor Missions?  Well, it’s full of twists and turns that also incorporates Christian elements too, and Jess Drew draws you into her world of writing right from the start.  I wanted to know who the Boss Man was, what he wanted and why. I didn’t like him.

The main character

Enter Kristian Clark, a spy with morals and a past. A thoroughly good guy, like a superhero without the underwear over his tights! He is lovable but a bit slow on the relationship front. So will he get the girl in the end?

Sorry, who is who?

The plot and subplots were for me a bit confusing – maybe I am getting old – like a comic book detective talking his way through the scene, suddenly changing to the bad guy and his antics to bring down the hero. It might have helped if I read the book in one sitting, but my family expected attention and nourishment at intervals.

Can you have spies without violence?

There were scenes of violence, some seemed to stretch the imagination, and I wondered how certain movements were possible – however, I am not an expert in spy training.

Moments of humour

I enjoyed Jess Drew’s humour in the characters she carved out and could picture the somewhat crazy world of subterfuge. Did I see some pink hair streak by?

The dark side

A lot seemed to happen in the book with the most action centred on the final mission. It did creep me out a bit as I wasn’t expecting such dark happenings, but then there are nasty forces at play in this world. The Hood (from Thunderbirds) was tame in comparison.

Who would like this book?

Reading The Bachelor Missions has been an interesting experience. If you are looking for a different type of book for New Adults as Jess Drew coins it, that has a Christian bias in the spy fiction genre; then you may like this one.

Thank you, Jess Drew, for writing this book.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

About the Book:

 

Name of book: The Bachelor MissionsBachelor Missions

Author: Jes Drew

Genre: Christian speculative spy fiction

Release Date: February 18, 2017

The good-guys, the bad-guys, and the wild card- it’s the ultimate game of cloak and dagger…

Kristian Clark, private eye, thought his days as a special agent were behind him, but when he’s drafted into action, he finds himself reunited with his old team- and painful memories of why they broke up in the first place. But as he plunges into mission after mission- from a ‘holy heist’ to babysitting a young hacker to going undercover in a cult- Kristian find that everything he tried to leave behind is coming back to haunt him with a vengeance, and then some. First, there’s the mysterious woman who knows more about Kristian- and his past- than makes sense while using science fiction weapons that don’t make sense period. Then there are the shady powers-that-be who are responsible for drafting him back into this world to satisfy their own nefarious agendas. It’s all Kristian can do to keep from being pulled into their games as he tries to figure out who to trust and what to fight for, even as the trap put in place to destroy him is set with a ticking clock.
When did espionage get so complicated?
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 About the Author:

IMG_0231Jes Drew lives with her mom, dad, younger sister (the illustrious Nicki Chapelway), four younger brothers (yes, four), and two dogs. She is the author of both the Ninja and Hunter trilogy and the Howling Twenty trilogy. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, daydreaming, and her day job. There is also a possibility that she may or may not be a secret agent, but that’s classified. Still, you can contact her at http://pausefortales.blogspot.com/

Guest Post from Jes Drew

I began writing at a very young age. I don’t think I even started school yet when I came out with my first children’s titles. The Swan Princess and Flamingo Queen was followed by a sequel The Duck Prince and Unicorn King (because I thought it was unfair that only the mom and sister had to go through transformations), and Julian and Juliette had many reprints- all carefully printed and illustrated by myself before moving to their final destination: safekeeping in my mom’s possession.

Years later, I resumed my writing craft near the end of elementary school with two series of chapter books I wrote and then read aloud to my family. However, it was not until I watched Marvel’s Avengers that I found my true muse (Captain America, obviously). The story was so enthralling, I could do nothing but pick up the pen and compose my first published trilogy: The Ninja and Hunter Series published when I was sixteen. This was followed by the tree books of The Howling Twenties two years later.

But, no longer a ‘young adult’ I’ve moved on beyond that genre to the next age group: New Adult. That genre infamously known for its many vices and sins. However, we as Christians are called to “Take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5b), and a genre targeted toward twenty-somethings should be no exception.

So this is my first release in the New Adult genre. Kristian Clark might be a secret-agent-turned-private-investigator-turned-secret-agent again, but he still deals with the same problems all twenty-somethings face: adapting to a career, longing for a soul mate, and searching for deeper meaning in all the noise. With a little intrigue and cool gadgets on the side because, well, he is a secret-agent-turned-private-investigator-turned-secret-agent after all.

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Giveaway

e5f4939d-cd96-45de-b748-8fb15bc1a0afTo celebrate her tour, Jes is giving away a

Grand Prize of the Howling Twenties trilogy, signed, and a fifteen dollar Amazon gift card

and a
1st Place Prize of The Time I Saved the Day, also signed, and a ten dollar Amazon gift card!!

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Those who wait by Tanya Marlow how to be powerful

Book review by Margaret Kazmierczak for Those Who Wait by Tanya Marlow

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Those who wait

I longed for a second child, but nothing seemed to happen for such a long time and for those who wait the expectancy feels like a snail on holiday. Fortunately, I did not have to mark time as long as Sarah.

Book review by Margaret Kazmierczak for Those Who Wait by Tanya Marlow
Sarah
Are you a fidget?

It seems that those who wait for something, often try to fill their time.  I find it hard not to. It might be searching the internet for an answer or occupying my mind with what if’s. As Tanya Marlow says in her book there are the ‘little waitings’ to the ‘big waits’.

What I liked

What I like about this book is that it makes you think. To contemplate waiting. Beautifully portrayed through the stories of four people, Tanya Marlow beckons the reader in to understand waiting on a deeper level.

“The Clock – What are you waiting for?  On a blank piece of paper, draw a small clock.  Think about all the areas of your life where you feel ‘liminal’: in between, unfulfilled, in limbo.  Around the clock, write down everything in your life that you are waiting for. Keep this clock somewhere prominent while you work through this book, as a reminder of all you’re waiting for.”

Book review by Margaret Kazmierczak for Those Who Wait by Tanya Marlow

A personal journey

Consequently, “Those who wait” is a personal journey that you take alongside Sarah, Isaiah, John the Baptist and Mary. And the book works well if you take time to ponder, reflect and meditate on the subjects. It is a tremendous personal read for Advent to prepare you for the coming of Jesus. However, it can also be used in groups and for Bible Study as it would work well for them too.

Book review by Margaret Kazmierczak for Those Who Wait by Tanya Marlow
John
What I loved

I loved the story of Sarah, how it unfolded and could feel the weight of her disappointment.  And I too have laughed at the craziness that a promise will be fulfilled. Sarah is the epitome of waiting (and what woman/mum isn’t in waiting) and a great reminder that God can do all things. Oh, how I love Sarah, human, broken and yet still waiting. But her laugh can be heard through the generations now.

Book review by Margaret Kazmierczak for Those Who Wait by Tanya Marlow
Mary
What I didn’t like

Nothing – and for me, that is saying something! I know who I am going to give this book to as a Christmas present.

Would I recommend this book?

If you haven’t read this book then I would strongly recommend that you buy it for Advent or as a Christmas present. You will want to use it over again to go deeper into the process of waiting.

Thank you, Tanya, for writing this wonderful book.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

About the book

Everyone is waiting for something: a bus; a spouse; better health; a fresh chance; a true home. Ultimately, we’re waiting for Christ to return and the world to be put right. Waiting is hard. What if the Bible is more honest than we are? What if our struggle with waiting has spiritual value?

Follow the lives of four Bible heroes who struggled with waiting: Sarah, Isaiah, John the Baptist and Mary. Written like a gripping novel, we encounter the wonder of the Bible afresh.

Provides empathy, purpose and perspective for those mired in doubt and disappointment. Includes six Bible studies, plus creative exercises and reflective questions. Perfect for personal devotion or church group discussion.

About the Author

Tanya MarlowTanya Marlow is a writer, speaker and broadcaster on faith and spirituality. For a decade she was a Christian minister and subsequently a lecturer in Biblical Theology. Now housebound with severe M.E., she maintains a writing ministry from her bed and campaigns for others with chronic illness and disability.

Other books by Tanya

She is the author of Those Who Wait (Malcolm Down Publishing, 2017), Coming Back to God When You Feel Empty (2015) and a contributor to Soul Bare (InterVarsity Press, 2016). She writes honestly and compassionately on the Bible, the messy edges of life and finding God in hard places.

More about Tanya

You can find her a vicarage in Devon reading fairy tales to her son, or via her popular blog, Thorns and Gold, at tanyamarlow.com. Tanya Marlow is a writer, speaker and broadcaster on faith and spirituality. For a decade she was a Christian minister and subsequently a lecturer in Biblical Theology. Now housebound with severe M.E., she maintains a writing ministry from her bed and campaigns for others with chronic illness and disability.

You can find her at a vicarage in Devon reading fairy tales to her son, or via her popular blog, Thorns and Gold, at tanyamarlow.com.

 

 

Hope in times of trouble how to survive

Hope in times of trouble

“What are you talking about, there is no hope in times of trouble!”

Have you heard anyone say this recently? So many tragedies. Lives lost through fanatics declaring war on innocent people.

Why target the children? What’s the point? We may as well give up.

DON’T GIVE UP

Hope in times of trouble how to survive by Margaret Kazmierczak

“Many there be which say of my soul, there is no help for him in God. Selah. But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and lifter up of mine head. I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.” Psalm 3:2-4

Where is God?

People who have no hope doubt the power of a God who listens and hears.

“Where is He? Why doesn’t he do something?”

God uses us, our hands to “do something”. We are His instruments. It’s for us to do something with the courage of God in our hearts.

God’s call

There ARE people doing something, responding to God’s call. It might be through actions, reactions, compassion or prayer. What we must not do as Christians is sleep through the crisis, or give up.

Hope in times of trouble how to survive by Margaret Kazmierczak

 

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22

Even in the times of trouble, our calling is to bring hope and pray like the psalmist:

“I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.” Psalm 3:6-8

Our survival depends on it.

Be a beacon

If Christians give up hope in times of trouble then what hope have those who live in desperation?

The truth is:

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God. Psalm 146:5-6

These words are our survival kit, our shield against those that declare we should give up, that there is no God!

Hope in times of trouble how to survive by Margaret Kazmierczak

Start with believing in the little things…

I am so fortunate to know that God helps even in little things. In our household, the plea of “Where is my phone/credit card/keys/sports kit etc. has dogged my footsteps all my married life. Having five people lose items on a regular basis over the years led me to ponder on how I could train them to be organised! I have lost many hours trying to find the missing object. Finally, I realised that to keep my sanity I needed a higher authority to help.

Now instead of blowing my fuse and hunting for ages I merely ask God to reveal it to me. With a consistency that is equal to perfection, God honours my prayer unless it is not in the house. In that case, a thought occurs to me where it might be.

Having hope that God will answer my request for little things, I know that He will also declare His revelation in the significant battles of my life now and in the future.

…then move to the larger ones

In the grander scheme of life, God will also show up in the tragedies through our participation in His call as one body in Christ.

“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.” 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

Waiting for the answers?

In answer to the first question – Have you heard anyone say this recently? So many tragedies. Lives lost through fanatics declaring war on innocent people. Why the children? What’s the point? We may as well give up.

On our own the answer is impossible, and tragedies will continue. As a body united for the good of the world with God as our shield and saviour – all things are possible.

Why target the children? Because they are innocent and the impact is immediate to our hearts. But how do we respond, that is the question, are we sleepers, hearers or doers?

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22

“Where is He? Why doesn’t he do something?”

Oh, God answers – but do we hear and respond as a person, a government, country or universally? Do we unite in God’s answer, or just pursue our own ideas of what we think HIS answer is?

Many members, one body, united in God all working together to bring hope in times of trouble.

When trusting God is the only way forward

Trusting God

Trusting God or trusting others – I started making decisions for myself from an early age. My older brothers had built a wooden go-cart and talked to me about the thrill of freewheeling. With no brakes and only a piece of rope tied to the front wheels to steer the crude mode of transport, we found the biggest hill to try it out. “You coming?” they asked.

At four I loved excitement and decided to join my two brothers.  We jumped in and headed downwards on the road. All went well, the rush of wind blowing my golden locks all over the place. I squealed with delight, totally unaware of the danger.

Back in 1962, the roads were not as congested as they are today. You could count a number of cars on one hand that drove up and down that hill in a day.

Hurtling at breakneck speed, my brother saw a car turning right across our decent, with no breaks he swerved the go-cart to the left and hit the curb to avoid the car. I flew out and ended up slamming my head against a garden brick wall cutting open my head. I appeared to be the only one hurt.

Dragging the damaged cart, we walked back home. My brother carried me on his back all the way.

When we arrived, my parents were horrified to see my bloodstained face and quickly took me to the local hospital where I received stitches and a telling off.

Once home with the shouting finished, and the punishment dealt out, my father told me never to trust my brothers again. My mother, on the other hand, said that I must trust God in all things and that it was He who had kept me from a more severe fate.

My parents were opposites, one believed and the other didn’t just like Lydia’s parents. Read my penny’s worth further down of an incredible woman called Lydia whose trust in God led her to the truth.

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About the Book:

 

Name of book: LydiaLydia Cover

Author: Diana Wallis Taylor

Genre: Biblical Fiction

Release Date: October 3, 2017

Smart, strong, and a follower of the Jewish God, Lydia has nonetheless quietly conformed to the expectations of the wealthy Roman society into which she was born. Her father marries her off at age fifteen to a much older man whom she dislikes. Despite an unpleasant wedding and a marriage that doesn’t improve with age, Lydia remains a dutiful and faithful wife. When her husband is killed, years later, Lydia vows to remain single and returns to her father’s house in Thyatira with her twelve-year-old daughter.

There, a new life begins to emerge as she is trained in the family dye business. Lydia displays an aptitude for trade in the male-dominated world of first-century commerce. Her brother, who had chosen service in the Roman army rather than work in his father’s business, is at odds with his sister. Jealous of her quiet success as she learns the dye business, he’s especially befuddled by what he considers to be Lydia’s obsession with the Jewish religion. When their father dies, Cassius inherits the family’s home; Lydia inherits the business, and unbeknownst to her brother, a small villa in the city of Philippi.

Lydia flees with her mother and daughter to Philippi where she sets up shop. At the mercy of a patriarchal society, Lydia needs a man to serve as the public face for her business. She discovers the right person in the handsome face of Greek man she’d hired — an employee with whom she develops a close friendship. The plot thickens as Lydia meets a strange man named Paul the apostle who is stirring up crowds in town. When Lydia’s brother shows up in Philippi, determined to force her to sell the business, he discovers plenty of fuel to accomplish his goals.

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My penny’s worthBook review for Lydia - When trusting God is the only way forward

Lydia has a great love for Adonai, a gift from her mother who is Jewish. Her father, on the other hand, worships the Roman Gods, so conflict is very much part of Lydia’s life. What I like about this book based on the woman of Philippi is the inner struggle that Lydia and her mother face. They are under the rule of husband and father, as this is a time when women obeyed men in all things. However, their hearts cannot be ruled in such a way. In their belief is their freedom – trusting God rather than household Gods to show them the way.

After the battle between father and son which culminates in Lydia taking on a role usually fulfilled by a man, she thrives and prospers, but her accomplishment has to be kept hidden. However, as the plot unravels, Lydia realizes that all is not down to her talent but a more significant hand guiding her to a higher future.

This period history is fascinating as it is just after Jesus rose from the dead. The author gives meat to the bones of the life Lydia may have lived.

I felt the excitement of Lydia hearing about Jesus from Paul and watched her grow strong after their encounters.

Sometimes the dialogue duplicated itself as Lydia retold her story, something that could have been hinted at rather than going over it all again. Apart from that I enjoyed this book and journeying with Lydia as she lived through turbulent and uncertain times.

Lydia trusted her abilities but trusting God became her source of comfort and strength and opened doors to a mention in the bible. She must have been one remarkable woman.

If you like biblical fiction then in mho you may like this book for its gutsy depiction of a brave and strong woman determined to succeed in a man’s world.

Thank you, Diana Wallis Taylor, for writing Lydia.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

About the Author:

Diana Wallis Taylor is best known for her DianaWTaylorRedcreative stories based on women in the Bible. Thousands have read and enjoyed her books including Mary Chosen of God, Ruth, Mother of Kings, MarthaJourney to the WellMary Magdalene, and Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors with the San Diego Library naming her one of 12 “Writers to Watch” in 2017 for Mary, Chosen of God. Her books have received Gold and Silver Medallion Awards for Christian Fiction and she is a San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild “Writer of the Year.” Mary, Chosen of God is a 2017 Christy Award nominee. An inspirational speaker, Diana also leads creative writing and poetry workshops. She lives in San Diego with her husband, Frank. They have six grown children and ten grandchildren

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Giveaway

 

f26ca0e1-f700-4e7a-b1a1-f5bdad6c49ebIn honor of her tour, Diana is giving away

Grand Prize Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, “Give Thanks” painting on plate by Donna White for The Hearthside Collection, Inc., commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book (not in photo).

1st Place Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, abba Jerusalem pillar candle, cassia scented, commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book (not in photo).

2nd Place Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, abba Jerusalem Spikenard candle tin with lid!

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