13 Books on Preorder, the Launch Party, In All Things!

Updated since the launch party!

Last post I shared with you how ten authors of Christian Writers of Southern Africa, (CWOSA), took up my challenge to create a boxed set of 13  devotional books. Here’s some news about our amazing launch!

I now have very exciting news to share! ‘In All Things – 13 devotions from Africa’ reached #1 on Amazon in the New Releases: Spiritual Devotions category. What an exciting moment to see our boxed set boasting its little orange ribbon.

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Miriam Part II ~ Gifted Leader

Miriam ~ Gifted Leader

Meet Miriam, the gifted leader!

Most of us know about the little girl who watched over her three-month-old brother as he sailed in a basket boat on the crocodile-infested River Nile. Her story is told in Miriam Part 1 ~ Devoted Sister, which ends as the Children of Israel gather at the exit to Goshen, their home for many decades, and prepare for their trip to the Promised Land.

Miriam ~ Gifted Leader takes up her story at around eighty years old. Yet, as we will see, this was no fragile, elderly woman. She had far more energy than I have, and I imagine more than you. About to embark on an incredible journey that would take the rest of her life, she faced adventures and horrors of terrifying magnitude. Throughout that time, she showed herself to be a gifted leader. All this in a time when women were not regarded as capable of taking the lead.

This story commences as the previous book ends. I invite you to pick up your bundles and get behind our leaders as we prepare to take our leave of Pharaoh, the Egyptians, and the life of slavery. We will follow Miriam as she steps out of the shadow of her famous brother, Moses, and becomes a true leader in her own right.

If you recognize this elderly lady from the previous Miriam book, you are right. She’s the same person. She’s just aged as we all do!

Excerpt: The story commences:

The sound of the ram’s horn echoed across the land of Goshen. Egyptians crowded along the borders of their land to watch. Some cheered. Some jeered. Others, especially women, waved tearful goodbyes.

Miriam took her place at the front of the procession next to her two brothers. “I am so sorry for these Egyptian women,” she said. “They did nothing to bring this about.”

Aaron glanced at her. “No, this is all to be blamed on Pharaoh and his stubborn disregard for human life. Not that the men are in the clear. They didn’t need to exert such cruelty on our men.”

Moses turned to those around him. “Let’s go people. The Lord has spoken.”

Shouts of scorn and ridicule came to Miriam’s ears. She looked around and saw a mob of young Egyptian men yelling obscenities and negative statements at God’s people. She felt a rush of anger quickly followed by one of great joy. “The Lord the God of our forefathers goes before us,” she sang out. “I AM is Lord of All!”

She heard those around her pick up the song. She added more words which she sang alone, then repeated, “I AM is Lord of All!” The sounds of jeering faded as more and more of the slow-moving multitude joined in. The words came like echoes from the back of the crowd. As a massed choir beyond any ever seen on earth, the people took up the chorus. “I AM is Lord of All!”

Moses turned and spoke into her ear. “Well done, Miriam. God is going to use your gift of song over these next weeks. Music lifts the soul and brings encouragement to the downhearted and fearful.”

She grinned and reached up to speak into his ear above the singing. “It also drowns the noise of opposition.”

The time had come—at last. What excitement filled Miriam’s breast. God’s people were on their way to the Promised Land. Indeed, I AM was Lord of All!

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Miriam – Gifted Leader is the first in a growing series of books based on women in the Bible that lived under the shadow of some other person, location, or event. 

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What is an Author’s Street Team

Originally written in November 2017. Updated August, 2018.

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Would you agree?

That’s where the idea of a street team comes into being.

What is a Street Team?

It all began for me when my friend, Marion Ueckermann, mentioned the term to me during a Whatsapp call. I immediately asked if I could join hers to see how it worked. And, of course, I turned to Google to learn more.

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At iUniverse I found this: “A street team is a group of volunteers who band together to promote an author and his or her book. Members of a street team are motivated by their love of an author’s work to promote it to as many people as possible.”

I learned a good deal from various sources, but most of all from a guest post by Jennifer Probst, a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

In Jennifer’s words, “A street team is a dedicated group of readers who like your work and are interested in helping promote your books. These readers are interested in helping to promote your book because your relationship with them is mutually beneficial. They get to hang out online with one of their favorite authors and receive exclusive material, and you get help with promotion to share new releases, giveaways, and special events.” read more

Anthologies

At time of writing, I have had one or more stories or devotional messages published in 12 anthologies. In addition, I am the author of Strength Renewed, Meditations for Your Journey through Breast Cancer, and three Kindle Books: Naomi ~ Devoted Mother-in-Law; Eve ~ Mother of All; and Miriam Part I ~ Devoted Sister

 

(page 72) tells the story of the day an angel, unseen by my son but causing great terror to three thugs on a racing train, rescued him from certain death. Available from Amazon.com

Angels on Duty (page 72) tells the story of the day an angel, unseen by my son caused great terror to three thugs on a racing train and rescued him from certain death. Available from Amazon.com

Over 50 messages included in this Daily Devotional for Men and Women in the Workplace. Published by Marion Hill Publishers, South Africa.

I have over 50 inspirational messages included in this Daily Devotional for Men and Women in the Workplace. Published by Marion Hill Publishers, South Africa.

What’s Your Poison? (page 63) tells of the night our Alsatian pup made a meal of Fly Bait, and learned a tough lesson. Available from Amazon.com

What’s Your Poison? (page 63) tells of the night our Alsatian pup made a meal of Fly Bait, and we all learned a tough lesson. Available from Amazon.com

Over 50 messages contained in Your Friendly Daily Guide to a Meaningful Life, published in English and Afrikaans, in South Africa.

Over 50 messages contained in Your Friendly Daily Guide to a Meaningful Life, published in English and Afrikaans, in South Africa.

A Little Boy’s Prayer (page 7) tells of an amazing answer to the prayer of faith uttered by a little boy of 7. Praying from the Hear, True Stories of Extraordinary Answers to Prayer, is published by Guideposts, New York.

A Little Boy’s Prayer (page 7) tells of an amazing answer to the prayer of faith uttered by a little boy of 7. Praying from the Heart, True Stories of Extraordinary Answers to Prayer, is published by Guideposts, New York  and is available on Amazon.com.

Just One More (page 34) of this From Tragedy to Triumph, True Stories of Extraordinary Answers to Prayer, tells of an amazing miracle in a desperate situation. This book was published by Guideposts, New York.

Just One More (page 34) of this From Tragedy to Triumph, True Stories of Extraordinary Answers to Prayer, tells of an amazing miracle in a desperate situation. This book was published by Guideposts, New York and is available from Amazon.com.

An Unseen Protector (page 89) tells of an angel who rescued a young student on his way to write an examination. Expecting Miracles, another of the True Stories of Extraordinary Answers to Prayer, was published by Guideposts, New York.

An Unseen Protector (page 89) tells of an angel who rescued a young student on his way to write an examination. Expecting Miracles, another of the True Stories of Extraordinary Answers to Prayer, was published by Guideposts, New York and is available from Amazon.com

Prayer Warriors (page 1) is the first story, and A Feast of Miracles (page 214) is the final story in the last book of this series, True Stories of Extraordinary Answer to Prayer, published by Guideposts, New York.

Prayer Warriors (page 1) is the first story, and A Feast of Miracles (page 214) is the final story in the last book of this series, True Stories of Extraordinary Answer to Prayer, published by Guideposts, New York and available from Amazon.com.

One of the Family tells how our cat with an attitude joined us on a 3-day road trip across South Africa. This Chicken Soup book is available on Amazon.com.

One of the Family tells how our cat with an attitude joined us on a 3-day road trip across South Africa. This Chicken Soup book is available on Amazon.com.

War in Heaven, Out of Sight, and An Unexpected Answer are three humorous true stories in this book of 365 Inspirational Meditations to Brighten Your Day. Available from Amazon.com.

War in Heaven, Out of Sight, and An Unexpected Answer are three humorous true stories in this book of 365 Inspirational Meditations to Brighten Your Day. Available from Amazon.com.

Traveling Laptop (page 189) tells how God used many prayers and three hands-on people to send this machine halfway across the world. This book of over 50 real life stories is available from Amazon.com.

Traveling Laptop (page 189) tells how God used many prayers and three hands-on people to send this machine halfway across the world. This book of over 50 real life stories is available from Amazon.com.

Light for the Writer's Soul

When God Makes the Impossible, Possible (page 202) reminds us that God is not bound by man-made limitations. From an ocean-going craft in the desert to the publication of a specific book, He will make a plan. Published by Media Associates International and available on Amazon.com.

Writing to Publication

Writing – a Hobby

Writing was a hobby until the beginning of 2001. Then the Lord spoke to me through Scripture and the words of a meditation.

“Pick up your pen and write . . . Share the wondrous things I have done.” (Habakkuk 2:2; Psalm 118:17)

It wasn’t the first time He had brought these verses to my attention.

In 1997-1998, I went through radical treatment for aggressive cancer. While lying on my bed recovering from the latest chemotherapy treatment, I read both these verses. I believed at the time that God was saying I was not to keep my cancer diagnosis and the lessons I was learning a secret. That I was to speak openly. I also thought He wanted me to journal so that I wouldn’t forget.

Then a Calling

I believe both of these were true. But there was more, and in 2001 I understood. He wanted me to write for publication and to share all He had done with any who would read.

I have had hundreds, probably thousands, of articles published online and in print. Not all of them are devotional in nature, but they all speak from experience. The more I had published, the more I felt like a writer.

Then in 2012, Revell Publishers in America brought out my book of meditations for those on the cancer journey, Strength Renewed, Meditations for Your Journey through Breast Cancer. At last I felt like an author.

Since then I have had a number of books published which you can see under the heading Published Work on the menu.