Hezekiah’s Prayer

I recently saw a post on Facebook that said, HELP! Has anyone seen the first month of 2014? I seem to have lost it!

I am currently writing a series of devotions for Scripture Union, for their Daily Bread publication. I am enjoying the opportunity to get better acquainted with some of the kings of ancient Israel.

It was refreshing to read of the godly King Hezekiah who did so much to turn the nation of Judah back to God. However, the king became critically ill and was told by the prophet Isaiah that he was about to die. His reaction was to turn his face to the wall and pray to the Lord. God heard his prayer and granted him an additional 15 years of life. You can read this exciting story in 2 Kings 20 in your Bible or online here.

16 years ago, I received a diagnosis of cancer. My surgeon didn’t expect me to live as long as a year. God gave me an additional 15 years and I’m still doing well. Praise the Lord.

During those 15 years I have become a published author with many articles and stories in print and online, as well as my book of 90 devotions for those in the cancer valley, Strength Renewed. It has been a fruitful time, although I know I could have done more if I’d been better organised.

Unfortunately, Hezekiah did very little with his fifteen years. The one big thing he did do was very stupid. But you can read that for yourself.

Just over a month ago, we were all given 365 new days with the arrival of the year, 2014. Of course, we do not know if we will all get to spend all those days on earth, but is it the number of days that count? Or is it what we do with them that matter? At the time of writing, we’ve already used up 41 of them. Have you used them wisely? Do you wish you could have them back? I seem to have lost many of those days. Where have they gone? I think I would like to start over. But of course, that’s impossible.

Guess the question now is, What will we do with the next 324?

What is the one thing you wish to achieve during this year? Share it with us?

About the Book Strength Renewed

This entry is part 15 of the series Story Behind the Book

Why would you buy Strength Renewed, Meditations for Your Journey through Breast Cancer?

“Nothing can sap a person’s strength and hope quite like a cancer diagnosis – unless it is the energy-stealing radiation, chemotherapy and surgeries faced in the fight to survive. But one can find hope and strength in the pages of Scripture and in the experience of someone who has been there.”

So says the editorial blurb for Strength Renewed.

Corder_StrengthRenewed-3DStrength Renewed is an encouraging devotional by Shirley Corder for those living in the valley of cancer, whether as a patient or a carer.

What is its format?

Meditations combine Scripture and stories from the author’s own experience. Reader may choose to read the short chapters in sequential order, moving through a typical cancer journey from diagnosis through treatment. However, each devotion stands on its own, so readers can go directly to the entry that speaks to their need.
In addition to offering help to those traversing the traumatic valley of cancer, many have written to claim how this book has helped them face other types of crises.



You can preview the first chapters of this book, or purchase it direct from this page. Click on the relevant tabs below the image.

If you live in South Africa, the easiest and cheapest way to purchase the book is directly from me. Send me an email and I’ll get in touch with you. 

Where else to purchase the book:

Get it now at Amazon.com, print or ebook.

Also available at ChristianBook.comTakealot.comKoboBooksKoorong and the Apple Bookstore  (ebook version) and other online bookstores.

Book Launch with a Difference

This entry is part 11 of the series Story Behind the Book
I ended my previous post in this series with the question, “What Is a Book Launch?”
I also asked, “If you were invited to a book launch, what would you expect?”
 A few of you answered, and I’ve also asked a number of other people. The general feeling is that the one thing you have to have at a book launch is a book.
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Countdown to Launch

This entry is part 10 of the series Story Behind the Book



Up until now, I’ve been giving you the background story as to how the Lord took the germ of an idea and grew it into a book that will soon be available across the globe. I say the Lord. I’m hoping that if you’ve read through this story, you will see, as I have, that this has been no casual procedure. read more

Blog Posting, Keywords, Anchor Text, Tags, and Website Statistics


Every marketer knows the importance of article marketing – it’s an effective visibility tool and increases the user’s expert status. For individual websites, this is in the form of blog posting.

But, you can write an article that’s properly formatted, has a great title and amazing information and if you don’t use keywords, include tags, SHARE and Promote that article, you won’t get optimized traffic to your site. This can’t be stressed enough. read more

Looking at FaceBook


For the next few posts, let’s look at FaceBook. This is not going to be in as much depth as the Twitter sessions were, but if you’re a writer, you need to be on FaceBook. If you have family across the world, you need to be on FaceBook. If you like to communicate with your friends and like the thought of getting in contact with friends from long ago, you need to be on FaceBook.

So, let’s make a start. read more