Monday, July 21, 2014

In a Christian Writer's Life: Ways to promote church unity


[Note from Mary: Almost a month ago, I posed a question, which began a lively discussion that needed to be more than just highlighted here on the Christian Poets & Writers blog. The insightful comments of many of you in our ChristianPoets & Writers group on Facebook need to be retained for future recollection and ongoing inspiration and also passed on to Bible teachers, pastors, clerics, and other leaders in the church Body of Christ. May these words continue to be blessed in Jesus’ Name.]


In a Christian Writer's Life: Ways to promote church unity

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Waking Up to What God is Doing.


[Note from Mary: May God awaken our senses and ourselves to pray for and write about our oneness in Christ.]

Waking Up to What God is Doing. by Christine Sine

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

The View from down Here


[Note from Mary: May God give us the words to write, so we may bring healing to others as Christ has healed us.]

The View from down Here by John Peterson

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Bible Reviewer: Today’s Light Devotional Bible


[Note from Mary: This new edition of the ESV (English Standard Version) published by Concordia includes insightful comments by Jane Fryar for you to “Get the Big Picture” then “Sharpen the Focus” for each book and most of the chapters in the Bible. You can read and proceed however you like, of course, but you’ll find a helpful layout throughout the text and three checklists at the back of the book to guide your choice of a one-year reading plan, a two-year plan, or (what I want to try) a plan to read the Bible chronologically.]


Bible Reviewer: Today’s Light Devotional Bible

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Confessions of a Dying Woman: Excuses, Excuses!


[Note from Mary: These suggestions to show love to others when we do not feel like it also provide good guidelines for our writing.]

Confessions of a Dying Woman: Excuses, Excuses! by Jennifer Travis

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SPIRITUAL PEACE | 70pluswint


[Note from Mary: This timely word gives us much to think about, pray about, and write about in Jesus' Name.]

SPIRITUAL PEACE | 70pluswint by Gerald Staples


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Scan a poem. Write for kids. Overcome writer’s block. - Mary Harwell Sayler


[Note from Mary: Some of my articles on writing have become hard to find, so here are a few of the most popular posts.]

Scan a poem. Write for kids. Overcome writer’s block. - Mary Harwell Sayler

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Do It For Me | Sharon Brani


[Note from Mary: Hopefully, you have begun each new writing project with prayer then researched, written, and revised your poem or manuscript as well as you can. But what if no editor wants to publish your work and/or no one seems to read what you've written? Then what? Then, save and read this.]

Do It For Me | Sharon Brani

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Writing Tip Wednesday–Creating Characters | TIARAS & TENNIS SHOES


[Note from Mary: As this post shows, the more "real" the story characters are to writers, the more they are to readers too. If you know your story people well, you can trust them to carry on and even help you to develop a plot.]

Writing Tip Wednesday–Creating Characters | TIARAS & TENNIS SHOES by Lillian K. Duncan

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The Poetry of Tiwago: Manyness of One - Oneness of Many.


[Note from Mary: We're one family in Christ and at one with the One Lord God, our Heavenly Father. May we always take after Him.]

The Poetry of Tiwago: Manyness of One - Oneness of Many by Timothy Good

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Grateful For Those Before Us | Before The Cross


[Note from Mary: This post shows the importance of writings by other Christian poets and writers over the centuries, which gives a glimpse of the influence our poems and writings can have too! May God guide us and empower our words and our work in Jesus' Name.]

Grateful For Those Before Us | Before The Cross by Mike Mobley

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Literary Agents Who Represent Christian Authors | Michael Hyatt


[Note from Mary: Several of you in our Christian Poets & Writers group on Facebook have asked about literary agents, and this article not only lists them but provides hotlinks to their websites and contact info. However, do not contact any agent (or publisher, for that matter) until you have visited their websites and studied their guidelines. Once you see what they want and need, you will know if they're a good possibility for your work.]

Literary Agents Who Represent Christian Authors | Michael Hyatt

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Poetry Editor & Poetry: The Healing Spirit of Haiku


[Note from Mary: Haiku is typically considered the poetry of Eastern religions, but it can be adapted – and has been – to Western thinking and religions, which made The Healing Spirit of Haiku especially interesting to me – and, hopefully, to you. Not only did I enjoy reading this unusual book from Resource Publications by Wipf and Stock, but I deemed it an excellent example of a writing project to experiment with from a Christian perspective.]

Poetry Editor & Poetry: The Healing Spirit of Haiku

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I believe in you!


[Note from Mary: This post reminds us how words can uplift or tear down. As Christian Poets & Writers, we have The Word to give to others as we write in all genres and show God's love in Jesus' Name.

I believe in you! by Kurt Bubna


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Move From Blogger to WordPress - Why? Why Not? - Mark Gilroy


[Note from Mary: You all have heard me talk about the ease of using Blogger over WordPress, but this post gives another perspective. I eventually came to similar conclusions as Mark, but instead of going back to WordPress, I found Weebly gave me the best of both. Keep in mind, though, that I prefer paper and, not even a pen but PENCIL. Okay, my Fav is a mechanical pencil, but that's as close as I get to liking technology. :) ]

The Move From Blogger to WordPress - Why? Why Not? - Mark Gilroy

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http://www.lindasclare.com/2014/07/writing-unforgettable-characters.html


[Note from Mary: Give your story characters character! Here are some tips to help.]

http://www.lindasclare.com/2014/07/writing-unforgettable-characters.html by Linda Clare

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Sshh ….Do You Hear It?


[Note from Mary: Let's agree in prayer! This post by Marie Quick gets us started.]

Sshh ….Do You Hear It?

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The Body of Christ: What Does a Christian Look Like?


[Note from Mary: Christian Poets & Writers, this is what we're about as a Facebook group, and this is what our writing can accomplish: oneness (not to be confused with sameness) in the Body of Christ.]

The Body of Christ: What Does a Christian Look Like? by Karin Peavy

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Writing as a Spiritual Journey Revisited | April Yamasaki


[Note from Mary: I identified strongly with this helpful article from April and think you will too. Blessed reading for Christian Poets & Writers!

Writing as a Spiritual Journey Revisited | April Yamasaki

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Bible Reviewer: NIV Life Journey Bible


[Note from Mary; Many Bible resources help us to draw closer to God spiritually and physically, but the essays and “Insights” in the NIV Life Journey Bible help us to draw closer to God mentally too – and no wonder! They’re written by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend, authors of the bestselling book Boundaries, and will give Christian Poets and Writers fresh insights to research, develop, and write about in all genres.]

Bible Reviewer: NIV Life Journey Bible

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Steadfast Lutherans » Trinity: You’ll Have to Draw Me a Picture


[Note from Mary: This post discusses how different people learn and respond - an excellent word for Christian Poets & Writers to keep in mind as we speak to our readers in all genres.]

Steadfast Lutherans » Trinity: You’ll Have to Draw Me a Picture by T.R. Halvorson

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Road Signs for Living


[Note from Mary: Read what we need then pass it on as you write!]

Road Signs for Living by Joyce Powell

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In a Christian Writer's Life: The good about getting older


[Note from Mary: People often complain about getting older and question what’s good about it. A lot! See if you can find things to add to this quick list.]

In a Christian Writer's Life: The good about getting older

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Don't Believe The Lies | The Kingdom Life Now


[Note from Mary: This post responds with biblical truths for us to believe, receive, and pass on to our readers.]

Don't Believe The Lies | The Kingdom Life Now by Ava Pennington

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