During 2013, dozens of talented writers are joining me to cheer you on in your storytelling. These guest-writers will share a few helpful words with you right here every Tuesday night, to encourage you as you #TellHisStory. (Come back after midnight Wednesday to link up your God Storyby clickinghere. You are free to share ANY story that God lays on your heart.)
And now, I’m delighted to introduce you to my good friend, author Emily Wierenga.
More than conveying a message, I seek to convey a feeling through my writing.
And if that feeling does not revolve around peace or joy or contentment or praise, around repentance or conviction or forgiveness or compassion, if it is not inspiring a fruit of the spirit and instead, evoking emotions that could potentially lead readers to sin or temptation, then I believe I have failed as a writer who is a Christ follower.
As a believer in Jesus Christ, all of my words, whether scribbled down in my blog or in an article or in a book, have one responsibility, and that is to inspire the coming of the kingdom. This does not mean my book needs to be a Christian book, or published by a Christian publisher. It means my attitude, when writing it, and the main message of the story, needs to further people on their journey towards discovering the love of Jesus.
This week, we are giving away a copy of Emily’s new book, Mom in the Mirror: Body Image, Beauty and Life After Pregnancy. Along with the book, the winner will receive a ViBella Jewelry bookmark, made by artists in Haiti. (Bookmark pictured above.) ViBella artists are at-risk women in Haiti and Mexico who “up-cycle” discarded plastic and glass bottles, metal bottle caps and paper, transforming them into unique, handmade jewelry that is truly a work of art. All profits are invested back into the artists’ communities, which brings the transformation full circle.
For a chance to win the book and bookmark, simply tell me about one woman in your life who has positively shaped your perspective of your reflection? (Email subscribers, click here: )