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. 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!
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.
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
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
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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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.