Saturday, March 8, 2014

Guests: Writing Sisters: Face to Face



Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.
I Corinthians 13:12

There’s something magical about seeing your work published - and you never know when that moment of joy will come.  You stroll out to your mailbox one day, not expecting anything special; and voilĂ , there it is.  You rip it open and beam with joy.  After all that work, lots of ups and downs, struggles and triumphs, your initial idea has been transformed, and you are face to face with your words in print.
When we first begin a new writing project we are filled with excitement and hope and promise.  We have no idea what the finished product will look like, but we eagerly rewrite, get critiques, rewrite again and again - all the while watching a transformation take place. We eventually pass it on to an editor and illustrator, where more transformation occurs.  Then eventually, it is finished.
The Shepherd’s Song was like this.  When the idea came, we did not know what the final book would look like.  We had to have faith that our work would be shaped and used by God. We got glimpses of the final book along the way.  First the printed pages.  Then the cover art.  The bound galley.  A jacket proof.  Finally face to face we held the book.
Christian life too, is filled with ups and downs, struggles and triumphs, joys and sorrows.  Like a book, our lives are being written, editing and transformed.  We start with great excitement and hope and promise; then transformation begins.  It’s hard work, but slowly we are transformed more and more to the image of Christ. 

Best of all, there is a moment coming when all the work will be done, and we will see our Savior face to face.  It is hard to imagine what such a moment will be like - the magnification of joy and awe and wonder.  

Our experiences in this world teach us about God and transform us more and more into His image. 

Amazing!

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 

Galatians 6:9



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The winner receives a signed copy of their book, The Shepherd's Song. Leave a comment about the blog with your email address. In a week, I'll draw for the lucky winner.


About the Book:

Follow the incredible journey of one piece of paper—a copy of Psalm 23—as it travels around the world, linking lives and hearts with its simple but beautiful message.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures…

Shortly before a tragic car accident, Kate McConnell wrote down the powerful words of Psalm 23 on a piece of paper for her wayward son. Just before she loses consciousness, Kate wonders if she’s done enough with her life and prays, “Please, let my life count.”

Unbeknownst to Kate, her handwritten copy of Psalm 23 soon begins a remarkable journey around the world. From a lonely dry cleaning employee to a soldier wounded in Iraq, to a young Kurdish girl fleeing her country, to a Kenyan runner in the Rome Invitational marathon, this humble message forever changes the lives of twelve very different people. Eventually, Kate’s paper makes it back to its starting place, and she discovers the unexpected ways that God changes lives, even through the smallest gestures.

With beautiful prose evocative of master storyteller Andy Andrews’s The Butterfly Effect, this story will touch your heart and remind you of the ways God works through us to reach beyond what we can imagine.

About the Authors:

The Writing Sisters, Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers were born into a writing family, and began critiquing manuscripts at an early age for their mother, Newbery winner Betsy Byars.  They went on to become authors of more than thirty-five children’s novels. Their first book for adults is  The Shepherd’s Song,  Howard Books, March 2014.
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12 comments:

  1. So looking forward to reading The Shepherd's Song. I pray it will be used by God for His glory.

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  2. Betsy and Laurie, I've been following along since you first mentioned the book and I am so excited that it will be available in just a few short days! I know this has been a labor of love for you both and I am looking forward to settling down and reading it ASAP. Being part of the 30 days of prayer before the release has been a unique experience in that it made me really think about this book traveling around the world and all the people it will touch. God is using you both in mighty ways and I give Him thanks and praise!

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    1. Thanks, Kerry. Thanks especially for being part of the prayer team! We believe that prayer makes a difference and we have been so thrilled and grateful for the people who have come along side of us to launch this book. We also give Him thanks and praise!

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  3. What a beautiful book! I love the creative and intriguing story line. Congratulations to both of you, Betsy and Laurie! I'm excited to see how our God will use The Shepherd's Song in the lives of many.

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    1. Thanks Judy, We are excited too. It's hard to believe that launch day is almost here!

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  4. Thank you, Betsy and Laurie, for a beautiful post. And thanks all for your comments. I look forward to the coming week. :)

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  5. How exciting!! I'm looking forward to the book!!

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  6. Betsy, I saw that The Shepherd's Song had been released through a Goodreads update. I 'm so happy for you and wish great blessings on you and Laurie! I love the concept and look forward to reading it! In fact, I'll enter the Giveaway by leaving my email address here: mutinousboomer@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks! We are thankful for you encouragement! It is an exciting time for us.

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  7. And the winner of the giveaway is... Judy Gordon Morrow. Congratulations!

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