Marti Pieper

Cheri Cowell

Greetings from Mount Dora, Florida, where we’ve had lots of rain every day this week. And we’re not complaining, since drought conditions have led to increased fire danger. The subject of today’s interview, Cheri Cowell, has also had extra rain in her area. Since she’s one of my fellow Orlando-area CAN authors, when my home has rain, hers usually does, too!

Welcome, Cheri! I’m so glad to share this time together. My first question is one every author loves: Would you please tell us about your latest book, One Story, One Mission, One God?

This workbook-style Bible study is an overview of the whole Bible in two six-week studies. The Old Testament and the New Testament studies help readers see how the Bible is one story about the same God with a single mission from the beginning to the end.

I love that! So what inspired you to write this book?

I’ve heard people say they’ve gotten bits and pieces of the Bible but have a difficult time pulling it all together. I’ve also heard some say there appears to be an angry God in the Old Testament and a grace-filled God in the New. I wanted to help people see how all those stories come together to tell a story about God’s mission of grace, from the opening scenes in Genesis to the closing one predicted in Revelation.

That’s fabulous. And what was your greatest challenge in writing this book?

I think most people struggle with God’s instructions in the Old Testament to destroy whole groups of people. I discovered an answer to why that’s in there that stays true to the Scriptures and true to who we know God to be.

And to find out, we’ll have to dig into your book, won’t we? Cheri, how has being a writer impacted your relationship with Christ?

I love sharing what I’ve learned as I have sought answers and struggled with difficult Scriptures. I think a lot of people think those of us with seminary degrees have all of the answers, but we don’t. We struggle just like they do, and some of us are privileged to write about it.

Exactly. So what’s one thing about writing that you wish non-writers knew?

It’s a discipline. When some people hear I work from home, they think that means I am always available, but my husband says I work harder than most people he knows.

I know that’s true! Do you have an unfulfilled dream?

My husband and were born and raised in Florida, and it has always been our dream to move to the mountains of Tennessee. Well, that dream just came true, and so we will be snowbirds, living winters in our Florida home and summers in the Smoky Mountains.

I’m so happy for you. Congratulations! Cheri, what ministries are you involved in, and why?

I operate a publishing company that helps others get the words God has given to them out into the world. The profits from EABooks Publishing go to fund microloans through my 501c2, Living Parables, for start-up funding of Christian nonprofits. Our goal is to expand our reach by helping others succeed.

That’s amazing. Can you share with us your hobbies, activities, or passions outside of writing?

I don’t have much spare time, but I love nature, so we hike and travel to national parks. I also do scrapbooking to preserve those family memories.

You’re such a well-rounded person, Cheri. I know that’s part of what makes you such a wonderful author and friend. Can you tell us about your next book?

On my blog, I’m giving a sneak peek of my new Bible study: Wow! Women of the Word.

The title alone sounds intriguing, Cheri. Thanks so much taking time to share with our readers. Blessings!

Learn more about Cheri at her website and her blog.

 

For His Glory,

Marti Pieper

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Hi! I’m Kathy Ide. In addition to being a published author, I’m a full-time professional freelance editor. For CAN, I’m blogging about tips for writers based on the manuscripts I edit.

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Quilting Encouragement with Mary Tatem

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When I visit the Jamestown ship, the Susan Constant, which sailed from England to land in the wilderness of Virginia, I never fail to marvel at the courage of those who left the security of a known life style for the uncertainty of how they would secure the basic necessities. The 116 foot ship bobbed over the ocean for four months with seventy-one passengers crammed into the cramped spaces. I would hesitate to travel to the Bahamas on that  little ship, let alone across the Atlantic. In May of 1607 when they disembarked on mosquito infested land, the hardships of starvation, and death challenged them. They continued to worship God in the midst of their difficulties and even built a church where they sought God’s direction in the midst of their trials. Ultimately the settlement prevailed.

 

Today people involved in some industries can feel as tossed as those explorers on the tiny Susan Constant. Writers and retailers of physical books produced on paper are among those industries where technological advances have produced the equivalent of stormy seas and unknown terrain. Other industries as well require nimble adjustments to survive change. When we visit  historical sites, we often discover the common thread of praising God in the midst of challenging situations. Those of us in industries that roll and pitch in our times, can copy our ancestors and keep a thankful spirit toward God. He is able to help us negotiate the uncharted seas. His love is greater than turbulence that tosses us around. Cling to His love and watch for his guidance and peace. Psalm 31:3, ‘For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me and guide me.’ Thank you, God, that you care about the details of our lives.

 

Mary TatemMary Tatem is an author of story based devotional books which boost your spirits. Each devotion uses the craft of quilting or scrapbooking to touch the reader’s heart and show the love of God. Her every day examples of God’s involvement in our lives provide encouragement to rely on God.  She enjoys speaking to women and inspires them to trust God and His warm love. Currently, she is using her love of story to write historical novels.

As the mother of four and grandmother of fifteen, she finds life full of inspiring stories. Join her to read about God’s work in His people.

 

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Quilting Encouragement with Mary Tatem

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Lifting her feet high in order to run through the loose sand, the five-year-old girl’s face broadcast her delight in seeing me. She threw her arms around my legs. I bent to plant a welcoming kiss on her blonde curls, my heart awash with love for this precious child. Our faces beamed with smiles, and both of us laughed out loud at the joy of being together. In a moment she was back playing with her beach toys, but the bond between us was reinforced by that enthusiastic greeting. Her zeal wasn’t always so exuberant, when she was younger, there were times she clung shyly to her mother’s skirts.  We grandmas love regardless of the ability of the little one to respond.

If we faulty humans can love while we wait for our grandchildren to discover we are worthy of their trust and time, how much more patience does our heavenly Father, who embodies perfect love, possess? It’s easy to run with eagerness to embrace Him with praise when He delights our heart with successful undertakings. However, sometimes we are burdened with disappointment and we fail to seek Him out or even turn away from Him. I believe God’s smile is even broader than a grandma’s when we run to Him is those times of rejection and setbacks, even in writing. Better yet, He has the power to set things right when He bends to kiss our life. He’s always ready to receive us in good times and bad.

 

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Mary Tatem is an author of story based devotional books which boost your spirits. Each devotion uses the craft of quilting or scrapbooking to touch the reader’s heart and show the love of God. Her every day examples of God’s involvement in our lives provide encouragement to rely on God.  She enjoys speaking to women and inspires them to trust God and His warm love. Currently, she is using her love of story to write historical novels.

As the mother of four and grandmother of fifteen, she finds life full of inspiring stories. Join her to read about God’s work in His people.

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BobHostetlerBob Hostetler here, offering another prayer for writers:

 

I write today, Lord.
I will be using words, and some of them will be verbs.

Inspire them all, God, but especially the verbs.
Hover over them.
Speak them into existence.
Breathe into them the breath of life.

All my verbs come from you.
You are my “is.”
My “am.”
My “see,” my “know.”
You are my “laugh” and “cry,”
my “wake” and “sleep,”
“shiver” and “sweat,”
“think” and “speak,”
“jump” and “skip” and “dance” and “bounce.”

There is not an action in my day,
a movement of my bones,
a breath in my breast
or a word on my tongue
that does not come from you.

Let it be consciously so in my writing today.
And at the end of my day, with the final word on the page,
pronounce it good, in Jesus’ name, amen.

TRLPLBob’s latest book is The Red Letter Prayer Life, available now via Bob’s website or at fine Christian retailers everywhere. He is also the author of “31 Ways to Pray for Your Children,” an iPhone and iPad app available via iTunes.

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