Monthly Archives: September 2012

Lesson Learned: First Shall Be Last

Remember today’s Gospel reading? I was in the Mustard Seed Christian Book Store in Rehoboth Beach yesterday talking to the owner, Amy Mitchell, and another author, John Ritchie, about doing a joint author book signing on Oct. 7 in the store. Amy Mitchell is the nicest person and was so accommodating – I was only at the beach for the day and she dropped everything to introduce John and I to each other and neet with us to discuss the upcoming event. It’s a small, quaint store off the main drag of Rehoboth’s shops that carries Christian books and gifts – one of three Mustard Seed stores in lower Delaware. Amy has never hosted a book signing before. Nearby is a much bigger, busier bookstore. I walked in to leave a copy of my book in hopes that they will sell it. I also asked about doing a book signing there. The manager told me not to get my hopes up – they are very busy, (didn’t I know they are the 7th largest independent bookstore in the country?), and they usually only host big name authors (including Jill Biden) – and didn’t have much more time to talk to me than that. I left frustrated – and wishing I could do a book signing in this busy store on the main drag instead. But after reflecting on the Gospel, I realized that I shouldn’t think like this – that God was sending me a message that I need to work with those to whom He leads me, who want to work with me, even if they seem to be “the least” or smaller in size; that this doesn’t mean anything in the grand scheme of things because this is His plan, and He’s steering the ship. And I need to get over my ego, just like the big bookstore, and be open and kind to all, just like Ms. Amy – and good things will come to pass! If you’re at the beach on Oct. 7, please stop into the Mustard Seed (across from Nicola Pizza) between 1-3 pm and see us!

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No Grey Area

I haven’t always been a “devout” Catholic – and by that, I mean believing and living by ALL of the principles of the Catholic faith. It is only through going through the RCIA process (as my husband’s sponsor and now as a team member teaching it) that I have come to an all  new appreciation of our faith and its teachings and am trying my best to live by them. I don’t mean to sound all “holy roller” – but I do believe in the right to life, the sanctity of marriage between a man and woman,  the chaste single life (so to spell it out, I’m against abortion, gay marriage and contraception) – you  know, the tough issues that are hard to “sell” to the world at large – and specifically to my five teenage and young adult children. And especially hard to defend in this upcoming election – because they are not “popular”. But in my heart I know I must defend them – and while I would love to attract all readers with my novels, I have to admit that my next novel coming out, The Peace Maker” is going to “turn off” some readers with its defense of some of these issues. It’s about a future presidential election – it has a Catholic candidate running for President – it’s about politics and God – because I believe it’s time to take a stand for what we believe. You may have noticed I used the word “grey” – yes, to catch your attention if you’ve read “50 Shades” – which I will not pass judgement on since I haven’t read it – but will offer you an alternative if you are trying to remain strong about not reading it if it is against your principles: try “The Faithful One” or “The Peace Maker” (due out Oct.10). They’re fast-paced, real-life drama (with some romance!) and since they’re based on Bible stories, carry a message from God. Thanks to all who listen. Search your heart and pray – you will find the answers – when it comes time to vote and in every day life. God Bless!

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2016

Just saw the movie this weekend – and if even a part of it is true, I am uneasy at best. As some of you may have gathered, my new novel, The Peace Maker, is based on a fictional presidential election – set in 2024. While it is based on the Bible’s  Book of Samuel 1 – in particular, the story of Abigail and David, the plot (featuring the David character as a candidate) deals with how the best leader is one who focuses on God’s Will – and a whole host of issues including the Right to Life, human trafficking, defending Israel, dirty politics, alcoholism and Al-anon and more. My hope is that I will help readers follow their heart – and their faith – in voting this election. See the movie, follow the news, read my novel (available  Oct. 1 on Amazon & Barnes & Noble), turn to the Bible, pray – but above all, talk to God – a lot is at stake this November.

 

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