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Here are some exciting events to anticipate–or things that have happened recently–in the lives of our CAN authors!

Snow on Bald Mountain by Linda Wood Rondeau with Elk Lake Publishing was released this past week. This novelette is a sequel to the critically acclaimed, Miracle on Maple Street. Ryan McDougal’s wife informs him she’s pregnant. To find better housing, he accepts a job as a caretaker for an eccentric, elderly woman. He wonders why she never leaves her home and seems fixated on three mysterious photographs that line her mantel. But pregnancy complications arise, Ryan finds himself on his knees one more time. Available now in print. Ebook to follow soon. For review contact Linda Wood Rondeau lindarondeau@gmail.com.

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Davalynn Spencer is teaching a writer’s workshop September 9 for the Colorado Springs, Colo., ACFW chapter. Workshop title: “Writing the Novella” or (How to Cram Your Whole Story into a Quarter of the Space You Really Want)

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On September 16, Davalynn is speaking at Christian Family Fellowship in Canon City, Colorado. Topic: “Do All Things Really Work Together?” A book-signing follows.

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Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar

 

My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily’s Dilemma

by Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar

Barbour Publishing

(Official release date = 9-1-17, but the e-book is available for download NOW.)

Amazon Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/My-Heart-Belongs-Shenandoah-Valley-ebook/dp/B071RNRT4W/ref=pd_ybh_a_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=151D1C8AJFP0CCZZFS5Y

Available in e-book and traditional print.

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Darlene Franklin is excited to share part of her review of Captive Brides from Deanne Patterson regarding her novella, His Golden Treasure. “I think this is the best Darlene Franklin story I have ever read.” (TBR from Barbour Publishing in Oct 2016).

 

 

Captive Brides Historical Romance Collection

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Congratulations to multi-award-winning Christine Lindsay on winning First Place in the Readers’ Choice Award for her historical romance Sofi’s Bridge. Christine’s latest romance is set in the beautiful Cascade Mountains of Washington State and focuses on the topic of grief. This is the second award that Christine has won this year alone. Her non-fiction memoir Finding Sarah Finding Me won Canada’s 2017 The Word Guild Award and was a finalist in the Selah Awards for life story.

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Craig von Buseck has taken a position as a Senior Writer with Inspiration Ministries near Charlotte, NC, which is the parent company of INSP TV. Craig will be helping to produce articles and courses for Internet evangelism and discipleship. He will be involved in other writing projects as needed. Craig hopes to expand the articles and courses available on the Inspiration Ministries websites to include outside writers. He will make announcements as opportunities come available. You can reach Craig at craigvonbuseck@gmail.com.

Dr. Craig von Buseck, Topics: Transforming Culture * Making Jesus Real * Excellence, Creativity and Spiritual Christianity *

Dr. Craig von Buseck

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Heather FitzGerald is excited and honored to be a double finalist at the OCW Cascade Awards in the Speculative Fiction category. Her first two books, The Tethered World and The Flaming Sword are in the running. Winners will be announced this Thursday, August 17th, in Portland, Oregon. Heather’s husband surprised her with the gift of a plane ticket so she could be there in person (from Texas)! ***This just in…The Flaming Sword won in the Speculative Fiction category! 

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BobHostetlerBob Hostetler here, offering another prayer for writers:

Lord, I lay myself down,
on this page,
in these words,
lines,
thoughts,
ideas,
hopes,
and dreams.
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Kathy Collard Miller

Be An Effective Mentor.

Hello from Kathy Collard Miller, writing in the very hot desert near Palm Springs, California.

One of the many goals of mentoring is helping our mentee identify her motive for the choices she makes. She may not realize it but all of us react, respond, and choose based upon what we desire and want. Or what we think will prevent some kind of emotional pain, maybe even physical pain. Helping our mentee to recognize what can seem well-hidden is a challenge.

My husband and I are lay-counselors and as we try to help people make wise and godly choices, we’ve seen the most long-rang change when there has been a heart transformation, not just mental assent or gritting their teeth (metaphorically) to force obedience. Because we also received counseling and have been in relationships where we were mentored, we have appreciated the mentor or friend who asked questions that helped us identify our motives and what we hoped to gain when we made a particular choice.

If you’d like to help others discover why they “do what they do,” you don’t have to be a “formal” mentor. Even in casual friends friendships, you can inquire into their heart’s motives. Rather than encourage them to grit their teeth and vow to be better, we want them to have a deep spiritual change where their motives are based upon greater trust in God—not self-effort.

Asking questions rather than giving advice helps your mentee/friend to get in touch with their motivations. If we only give advice, our mentee could depend upon us for their power rather than having a heart for God. But the difficulty is thinking of the questions to ask.

Here Are Some Questions to Use During Mentoring

These aren’t used in any order but can be used depending upon what the mentee is telling you. Then ask more questions based upon what the mentee replies.

What did the other person’s reaction seem to say about you?
What if you didn’t keep doing that? What do you fear would happen?
What is God inviting you into through allowing these circumstances?
What would you like to say to that person who hurt you?
Why do you believe that’s true when other people have told you it’s not?
What were you hoping or longing for?
What do you feel is lacking in your life?
What does that choice provide for you?
What were you saying about yourself during the time that hurtful thing happened?
How does your behavior leave out God in your life?
How does that behavior protect you from some kind of harm or pain?
Everything is a choice. Why are you choosing that destructive behavior: to gain something or protect yourself from something?
What does your choice say about who God is?
What does your behavior or choice indicate is your belief about God, life, or other people?

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Learning to use these questions may take time. And asking them may not bring instant change to your mentee. But the mentee’s new sense of self-awareness can be used by the Holy Spirit to reveal wrongly-motivated thinking and choices. That kind of heart transformation will have long-range benefits.

 

(These thoughts have been adapted from Never Ever Be the Same: A New You Starts Today by Kathy Collard Miller and Larry Miller)

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Holiness Feels Like…What?

Hello from Kathy Collard Miller in the Southern California desert near Palm Springs where I’m feeling the heat.

Have you ever wondered what holiness feels like? Malachi 4:2 expresses what God might like us to experience when we see the fruits of holiness that he is producing in our lives: “But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.”

Have you ever “leapt” in your spirit after recognizing that your trust in God had expanded to include forgiving someone who hurt you because you recognize how much you’ve been forgiven? Or giving grace by listening with understanding to a friend share a problem—even though she usually ignores you—because you’ve experienced God’s grace? Or resting calmly in a situation that normally drives you over the edge because you know God is in charge? Or being patient when your child spills milk at the dinner table for the third time because you know God has repeatedly been patient with you? We’re no longer fenced in and held in bondage by sinful patterns like worry, fear, selfishness, hate, resentment, and so many other binding things.

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BobHostetlerBob Hostetler here, offering another prayer for writers:

Abba,
I am a weak writer:
insecure,
inadequate,
in over my head.
But you chose Ehud because of his weakness.
You used him,
not to mention Moses, David, Jeremiah, Paul, and others
(though I did just mention them; see what I mean?).
So grant me the faith
to believe that you can choose me and use me too.
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