I’ve been going to church for ninety years. Of course I don’t remember much of those early years, but I remember the store-front German Baptist church in my early childhood. It was there at age nine I accepted Christ as my Savior and was baptized.
And I ‘ve been attending church every since — in Milwaukee, Wis; Cicero, Illinois; Johannesburg, South Africa; San Jose California; Colorado Springs and now Highlands Ranch, Colorado;
I’ve been aware that many, especially millenials , don’t find it necessary or desirable to attend church. So I wondered, why at 91 do I still go to church?
Here’s what I scribbled down this afternoon:
This is how I feel about the church: I love to worship even though I can’t sing anymore; I love to praise the Lord alongside my friends and neighbors; I need to identify publicly with the Body of Christ—I want to be known as His follower; I am still learning new things from His Word and from others who have learned to walk closely with Jesus; I want to be prepared for the persecution which is growing even in our own country; I need to be strengthened in my faith as I see others who are facing sorrow and testings remain strong. I love the Church with all its warts because “the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ who fills all things everywhere with himself.” Ephesians 1:23
How do you feel about the church?
Almost forgot. Daughters of Deliverance is free on Amazon through
My long hiatus is over. I haven’t written you since May 19 from Kenya. It was a God-given opportunity to live there with old friends while I wrote the story of the founding of Daystar University. Every day was a God-given experience– whether watching the monkeys trying to get into our garden, whooshing a ‘Shongololo’ out of my bathroom, or finding a twist of words that energized the story more. I worked with a team of gracious people, and we were able to finish the draft of Daystar Rising by the time I had to leave. But that’s for another time.
Today I want to focus on my new book. Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolina’s will launch my twelfth book, The Queen’s Daughters, on September 1, 2017. I wanted to introduce you to the beautiful cover. What comes to your mind when you see this lovely face? What do you think she’s pondering? I ‘ll be very interested in your thoughts.
And even more grateful if you would read The Queen’s Dauighters and write a review on Amazon.
Big day for my family. My grandson-in-law launched his book, Jesus Journey. I know the grueling hours this father of three put in. I couldn’t resist writing him this letter:
I know what this day feels like. The “baby” has been birthed—a relief and yet a bit of emptiness. Didn’t you grow with the people you wrote about, the insights you discovered, the creative challenge every time you sat down at the computer?
And you feel so proud of this “baby” but you don’t want to act proud. Yet in order to get the baby to grow, you have to talk about it – you have to SELL. You almost feel as though you are selling yourself.
It looks like you’ve had some encouragement from your publisher. I’ve received some new ideas about promoting my book, Daughters of Deliverance, myself today. I’ve wanted to do a Facebook author page, but don’t know how. I’ve struggled to write faithfully on my blog—and not very meaningfully either. But we try and God moves the book along because He wants people to read and learn and be blessed.
I was encouraged to receive this review just a few days ago from a woman who serves on the board of a well-known and impactful NGO:
Just finished reading Daughters of Deliverance and wanted to thank you for sharing the book with me. It was an incredible story that I had not heard before and of course it was so beautifully written. The theme of wrestling and listening for what God wants us to do next in life was powerful.
I had a pleasant shock today. Daughters of Deliverance rated ONE out of Amazon’s top 100 free Inspirational Fiction books. There’s still time for you to put Daughters of Deliverance on your Kindle for free through January 31. I check those numbers every day and there were days when it didn’t rank at all in the top 100.You can always buy either Kindle or print through Amazon books.
Publishing a book includes leaving yourself open not only to criticism but to undeserved praise. I’m so thankful for the more than thirty readers who’ve taken the time and made the effort to write a review on Amazon. ( I need more! )
Here’s an example which encourages me to do all I can to see that The Queen’s Daughters is published September 1,2017.
Although this is historical fiction set in the late 1800’s, the issues are as contemporary as today’s headlines. This is the story of Dr. Kate Bushnell, whose deep and authentic compassion for exploited women is matched only by her unflinching courage in the face of opposition. A good read. I’m eagerly waiting for the sequel, “The Queen’s Daughters”, which will complete the story of this extraordinary life.
I received a review that excited me several days ago which opens up a whole new readership I hadn’t expected.Since teen-agers are so worldly-wise these days,they would understand Kate’s passion to release women from sex-slavery.
While I was staying at my grandmothers house, I read your book ” Daughters of Deliverance.” I want you to know that I really like it and I think that you did a really good job writing that book. I can’t wait for the sequel. Henna, 16 years old. ”
Since teenagers are so worldly-wise these days,they would understand Kate’s passion to release women from sex-slavery.This opens up a whole new readership I hadn’t expected.
I have to admit my stomach was churning as I got ready for the launch of Daughters of Deliverance. My friend Dody helped me put invitations into cubbies here at Wind Crest. Daughter Sheila prepared the door prizes and decorated the tables. She walked into the Lounge where the Launch party was held, carrying a large bouquet of Proteas, the South Africa flower– a gift from my children. My son Mark came all the way from New York where he’d been on a business trip to celebrate with me. Two grandsons and their wives slipped in after we’d started, and my niece and her husband came. About fifty friends from Wind Crest attended.
But what really is a launch party? I’d never had one for my precious books. I finally realized it was a celebration for me.A card I received says it all:
You Worked Hard…REALLY, REALLY HARD…
Put in the hours, battled the frustrations…
Gave of your blood, sweat and tears,
And now finally it all paid off. Congratulations!
Reviews are slowly coming in on Amazon– which not only make me feel good, but hopefully will encourage you to buy and read Destined for Royalty. More about the book and the life of its heroine, Katharine Bushnell, another time. For now, I just want you to celebrate with me that the ten-year project of research and writing has finally been reached publication. You can read more about Daughters of Deliverance on Amazon’s book page.