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Encouragement Inspiration for Writers

Spark

 

Lord, today and every day,

spark my writing;

Make it electric.

Inject it with life,

and infuse it with flavor.

Make my thoughts clear,

my ideas sharp,

my words strong,

and their impact life-changing,

in Jesus’ name, amen.

Bob Hostetler
Bob Hostetler
The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional, by Bob Hostetler
The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional, by Bob Hostetler

Bob Hostetler is the author of fifty books, including The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional, and Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door (coauthored with Josh McDowell). He has won two Gold Medallion Awards, four Ohio Associated Press awards, and an Amy Foundation Award. He is the founding pastor of Cobblestone Community Church in Oxford, Ohio. He and his wife Robin have two grown children, Aubrey and Aaron, and five grandchildren. You can find out more on his website: http://www.bobhostetler.com.

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Encouragement

Rejection

 

Lord Jesus,

I guess if anyone knows how rejection feels,

you do.

I know it’s a part of being a writer,

hearing “not right for us”

and “not right for our audience”

and “not a good time”

or, worse, nothing at all.

Sometimes it seems so few and far

between acceptances.

I know, I know:

You set your face like a flint

even when you knew what lay ahead.

So, okay.

I’m not trudging to Calvary.

I’m not carrying a cross.

I’m learning to do better,

to write to the reader’s need,

to study the editor’s requirements,

to hone my craft

and trust your timing.

Help me to start again tomorrow,

and the day after, and so on,

while learning to find my acceptance

and my worth

in you.

Amen.

The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional, by Bob Hostetler
The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional, by Bob Hostetler
Bob Hostetler
Bob Hostetler

Bob Hostetler is the author of fifty books, including The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional, and Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door (coauthored with Josh McDowell). He has won two Gold Medallion Awards, four Ohio Associated Press awards, and an Amy Foundation Award. He is the founding pastor of Cobblestone Community Church in Oxford, Ohio. He and his wife Robin have two grown children, Aubrey and Aaron, and five grandchildren. You can find out more on his website: http://www.bobhostetler.com.

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Encouragement

A Writer’s Senses

 

Gracious God,

thank you for the smell of pencil shavings,

the elegance of a good fountain pen,

and the click-clack of ancient typewriter keys…

for the intoxication of creative juices,

the sweetness of a well-turned phrase…

for the creak of the office chair,

and the surprise of a catch in the throat

and the salty track of a tear on the cheek…

for the hum of a computer,

for the thrum of a printer,

for the agony of the blank page,

the ecstasy of the last line,

the terror of hitting “send”

and the fragrance of fresh ink on crisp new pages.

Thank you, Lord, for these gifts and graces,

and for the many others I am too dull to sense,

in Jesus’ name, amen.

The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional, by Bob Hostetler
The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional, by Bob Hostetler
Bob Hostetler
Bob Hostetler

Bob Hostetler is the author of fifty books, including The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional, and Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door (coauthored with Josh McDowell). He has won two Gold Medallion Awards, four Ohio Associated Press awards, and an Amy Foundation Award. He is the founding pastor of Cobblestone Community Church in Oxford, Ohio. He and his wife Robin have two grown children, Aubrey and Aaron, and five grandchildren. You can find out more on his website: http://www.bobhostetler.com.

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Encouragement

Forgive My Little Efforts

Bob Hostetler
Bob Hostetler

Bob Hostetler here, offering another prayer for writers:

Father God Almighty,
you inspired Moses, Samuel, and others
to write when their best tools
were papyrus and parchment,
reed styli and ink made from crushed berries and plants.

For millennia,
your servants have recorded
stirring and soaring works

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Devotional Inspiration for Writers

For Things Important to a Writer

BobHostetlerBob Hostetler here, offering another prayer for writers:

Abba, Father, Lord God,
thank you that I can type so fast,
that the internet makes research relatively easy (if dangerous),
that I can work at home or in a coffee shop.

Thank you that I can send manuscripts and galleys via email,
that I can quickly search a document,
that I can access, order, and download books online.

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Inspiration for Writers

Lay Down (A Writer’s Prayer)

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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Inspiration for Writers

A Weak Writer’s Prayer

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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New Releases

The Return and The Chamberlain Key by Bob Hostetler

The Return (Book #2 of The Northkill Amish)

by Bob Hostetler and J. M. Hochstetler

Publisher: Sheaf House (April 1, 2017)

ISBN: 1936438445

ISBN-13: 9781936438440

Book description: Historical Novel

After their home was destroyed and their family massacred, Jakob Hochstetler and his sons Joseph and Christian were taken captive, marched into the wilderness, and separated into separate clans and families. As their surviving family members in the Northkill Amish community try to learn where they are and have them returned to their homes, the captives wonder if they will ever see home again. Or if it even still exists.

 

The Chamberlain Key 

by Timothy Smith with Bob Hostetler

Publisher: Waterbrook (April 4, 2017)

ISBN: 1601429150

ISBN-13: 9781601429155

Book description: Nonfiction

In The Chamberlain Key, noted appraiser and conservator of artifacts and antiquities Timothy Smith manages to unlock doors that have been locked for centuries. Smith’s book is a stunning encryption and coded information in the oldest complete manuscript of the Hebrew Old testament, the Leningrad Codex. Rather than poring over old maps to find buried treasure, Smith uses the data calculation power of computer technology to show how Scripture is layered with meaning and insight—and holds a message of God’s redemptive plan.

 

About the Author:

Bob is the author of fifty books, including The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional, and Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door (coauthored with Josh McDowell). He has won two Gold Medallion Awards, four Ohio Associated Press awards, and an Amy Foundation Award. He is the founding pastor of Cobblestone Community Church in Oxford, Ohio. He and his wife Robin have two grown children, Aubrey and Aaron, and five grandchildren. You can find out more on his website: http://www.bobhostetler.com

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New Releases

The Return and The Chamberlain Key by Bob Hostetler

The Return (Book #2 of The Northkill Amish)

by Bob Hostetler and J. M. Hochstetler

Publisher: Sheaf House (April 1, 2017)

ISBN: 1936438445

ISBN-13: 9781936438440

Book description: Historical novel

After their home was destroyed and their family massacred, Jakob Hochstetler and his sons Joseph and Christian were taken captive, marched into the wilderness, and separated into separate clans and families. As their surviving family members in the Northkill Amish community try to learn where they are and have them returned to their homes, the captives wonder if they will ever see home again. Or if it even still exists.

 

The Chamberlain Key 

by Timothy Smith with Bob Hostetler

Publisher: Waterbrook (April 4, 2017)

ISBN: 1601429150

ISBN-13: 9781601429155

Book description: Nonfiction

In The Chamberlain Key, noted appraiser and conservator of artifacts and antiquities Timothy Smith manages to unlock doors that have been locked for centuries. Smith’s book is a stunning encryption and coded information in the oldest complete manuscript of the Hebrew Old testament, the Leningrad Codex. Rather than poring over old maps to find buried treasure, Smith uses the data calculation power of computer technology to show how Scripture is layered with meaning and insight—and holds a message of God’s redemptive plan.

About the Author:

Bob is the author of fifty books, including The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional, and Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door (coauthored with Josh McDowell). He has won two Gold Medallion Awards, four Ohio Associated Press awards, and an Amy Foundation Award. He is the founding pastor of Cobblestone Community Church in Oxford, Ohio. He and his wife Robin have two grown children, Aubrey and Aaron, and five grandchildren.

 

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Writing Business

Nouns (A Prayer for Writers)

BobHostetlerBob Hostetler here, offering another prayer for writers:

I use too many adjectives
and adverbs as I write;
I want the lift a good noun gives
to help a phrase take flight,
like dandelion, balustrade,
and cricket, poppy, trough,
and foghorn, meadow, cannonade,
assassin, scythe, and toff,
and more, I pray, from You who gave
each item, object, thing,
and every single noun I have
to make my writing sing.

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Bob’s latest book is The Bard and the Bible, available via www.bardandbible.com or at fine Christian retailers everywhere.