3 Questions Wednesday ~ Ada Brownell

Good morning! It is my pleasure to welcome back Ada Brownell to the Inspired Prompt. Ada’s new book is What Prayer Can Do: A Collection of Articles. 

Good morning, Ada.

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Ada: Born again. Thinker. Mother.

Good words. Especially the last one. Next question . . .

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Ada: Colorado’s western slope. My family has lots of history there.

Stunning views and family history combine for a fantastic trip. 🙂 Now for your last question.

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

In The Garden. “And He walks with me, and He talks with me, and tells me I am His own!”

A lovely classic. Thank you for dropping by, Ada.

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What Prayer Can Do: A Collection of Articles

Does God still heal bodies, work miracles, and answer prayer?

Ada Nicholson Brownell’s latest book, What Prayer Can Do contains amazing testimonies of how God intervened in people’s lives when they prayed. Read about a blind man instantly healed, even after he learned Braille. A child with hydrocephalus healed after prayer.  A forest fire turned away. Sinful rebellious people changed in a moment. Marriages saved, and many other miracles.

Fifty-five chapters and wonderful testimonies written by Ada Brownell about What Prayer Can Do originally published in The Pentecostal Evangel.

WHAT HAPPENS IF A DESIRED MIRACLE DOESN’T COME? The book begins with an introduction from the author, “Why I Still Believe God Heals,” that explains why she knows God still does miracles even though she lost a daughter to cancer. The article was first published in the online version of Enrichment Journal, a magazine published by the Assemblies of God for Spirit-filled ministers.

Read the article on her blog:  http://www.inkfromanearthenvessel.blogspot.com

Buy the whole book, What Prayer Can Do here:  http://ow.ly/9CEI30h4IdL

 Ada Brownell has been writing for Christian publications since age 15 and spent much of her life as a daily newspaper reporter. She has a B.S. degree in Mass Communications and worked most of her career at The Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado where she spent the last seven years as a medical writer.

After moving to Springfield, MO in her retirement, she continues to freelance for Christian publications and publish non-fiction and fiction books. She occasionally writes op-ed pieces for newspapers.

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The Mystery of the Inspiring Author

by Tammy Trail

I am sitting in my office deciding which author I should choose to focus on for this month’s blog post. Too many to list. Do I pick a current favorite, or chose one from childhood?

We moved around a lot while I was growing up in the 70’s. I think being the new kid is the worst thing, ever. After spending a week or two in a new classroom you realized most of the kids sitting around you lived in the same neighborhoods, attended the same church together and shared the same classrooms from preschool to middle school. I absolutely hated middle school. You could not pay me enough money to relive those years.

Instead of being Miss Popularity (never even got close), I was the bookworm. I had a book with me everywhere I went (I still do). While my classmates were visiting before class, I would pull out my book and read. Once in awhile a teacher had to physically remove a book from my hands  to get my attention. I heard a familiar phrase during those years,  that while they appreciated my love of reading, I had to learn other skills too. So, in honor of that geeky, scrawny, metal mouth pre-teen I am going to choose Carolyn Keene, author of the beloved Nancy Drew mystery series. My favorite Nancy Drew book was “The Secret of Shadow Ranch.”  I imagined myself right there with Nancy as she searched for clues and dared to go against tradition and prove girls can achieve wonderful things just as well as boys can, or maybe even better sometimes.

While doing a bit of research I found that the name Carolyn Keene was a pseudonym for several authors. No one person came up with all of those page-turning stories, but several writers authored the Nancy Drew books. One was Mildred Wirt Benson who wrote under the pen name from 1929 to 1947. She wrote the first twenty-three books of the original thirty book series. I also was amazed to find that her second marriage to George A. Benson, an editor for the Toledo Blade, landed her in my home town of Toledo, Ohio. Mildred was a bit of an adventurer herself, and a fearless like Nancy Drew. She made trips to Central America, traveling through the jungles in a jeep and canoed down rivers, to scout out cultural sites. In 2001 Mildred Benson received a special Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for her work on the Nancy Drew series.

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I still like a good suspense or mystery story to read. If you are so inclined, feel free to indulge in my story. I wrote a historical romance, with a bit of intrigue for a compilation with three other authors. I hope you will find enjoyment from all the stories.Tammy Trail, Mary Vee, Pamela Thibodeaux

Major John Tennant has recently returned from his post on the frontier to find his home razed to the ground and his children in the care of strangers. He struggles to bring the man responsible for the murder of his family to  justice while providing for his children.

After her fiance is impressed into the Royal Navy, Elaine Henderson is willing to do anything to help her brothers fight against British oppression. For years she has carried a bitterness in her heart until Providence replaces it with two motherless children.

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How One Author Inspired Me

by Kate Lloyd

I have been inspired by many authors, both as mentors at writing conferences and in my critique group, and from reading a good book—be it penned 100 years ago or last week. Reading fine literature inspires me to improve my craft and to take new risks.

Book signing in a replica of a one-room schoolhouse in Lancaster County.

I’d better start by saying I have written five Amish novels (two are CBA bestsellers) but still feel inadequate when writing about the Amish. Each church district of about 200 people follows the teachings of the Bible but has slightly different rules called the Ordnung, so what is true of one church district may not be true of another. And Amish are admonished to not become entangled with what they call the English world. I was so nervous about my first Amish novel, that I asked an Amish couple and a Mennonite woman to read it before I sent it in to the publishing house and tell me if I was getting my facts about the people and culture straight. Meeting them was an answer to prayer.

I don’t know about you, but for me as a reader, fiction requires correct facts and information or the whole story loses its validity. Simply plunking characters into an Amish setting or anywhere else does not fly. Writing historical fiction might be easier than writing Amish fiction, as Amish people today read these books. I have asked several and they affirm I understand their culture. Very gratifying. Plus, they enjoyed my stories and characters. My goal is to write about relationships and forgiveness. Stories that will appeal to all lovers of fiction.

To accommodate the large congregation, attending church in a barn is not unusual.

One special author comes to mind when I recall writing my most recent novel, Starting from Scratch. For years, I had wanted to meet Amish author, Linda Byler, a proficient writer who speaks of salvation through Jesus. Knowing that Linda Byler is Old Order Amish and only went to the eighth grade, as is the Amish custom and accepted by the Supreme Court, I was fascinated by her superior writing style and vocabulary. Of all the authors, general market or Christian, I wanted to meet her the most, but knew I never would. She’s private, not on the Internet, and had no phone in her home. The odds were against me! How I came into contact with this Amish woman was more than a coincidence.

An Amish woman in the Midwest gave me Linda’s phone shanty number. I took the plunge, called, and left a message. I was pleasantly surprised when she returned my call. She told me I could contact her anytime and she would do anything to help me. How’s that for generous? Now and then I called her to verify facts. Since I had to leave messages on her phone shanty sometimes I waited a week, but sometimes she would be walking right by the shanty and answer. What a lovely woman, who ended up being a huge inspiration and encouragement to me.

Linda writes her books by hand as she is not allowed to use a computer. (I actually get some of my best ideas when writing longhand.)  I told her I was having a difficult time finishing a manuscript, which I’d promised the publishing house would be 100,000 words. Not out of the realm of possibilities for me, but my manuscript had seemed to end at 85,000 words and I didn’t know what to do. An author can simply go back and add a thousand or so more words to each chapter, thus inflating the word count. But I wanted to keep the pace of this book rolling.

Linda gave me great encouragement and inspired me to press on to my goal. I had no idea what was going to happen, but the story unfolded itself to completion in a way that surprised even me.

Late last fall my husband and I visited Lancaster County, PA, as we often do. Linda Byler invited us to come to dinner at her home a couple hour’s drive from Lancaster County. What did we talk about? Writing and good books we’d read. And family. The time we spent in her home was delightful.

One lesson learned is to pursue a relationship with a writer who inspires you. I did not have the option of sending her emails or becoming Facebook friends, as Amish are not allowed to use the Internet, except for some in business purposes, granted with special permission. But speaking to her on the phone and traveling that great distance was well worth the effort. I’ve found that most authors are generous.

Have you or would you take the chance to reach out and meet an author who inspires you?

I have been told you don’t need to be an Amish lover to enjoy reading my books. 🙂

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Author Kate Lloyd is a passionate observer of human relationships. A native of Baltimore, Kate spends time with family and friends in Lancaster County, PA, the inspiration for her bestselling novels Leaving Lancaster and its sequel, Pennsylvania Patchwork, and Forever Amish, the third book in the Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy. Her novel A Letter from Lancaster County released July, 2017. Kate’s most recent novel Starting from Scratch released April, 2018.
Kate and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest, the setting for Kate’s first novel, A Portrait of Marguerite. Kate has worked a variety of jobs, including car salesman and restaurateur. For relaxation and fun, Kate enjoys walking with her camera in hand, beach-combing, and playing with her two young grandchildren.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Dawn M. Owens

Good morning! Today, Dawn Owens is answering our three questions. Dawn is the author of Like Me Or Not: Overcoming Approval Addiction.  And don’t we all struggle a little with that? 🙂

Good morning, Dawn. Can you describe yourself in three words?

Dawn: Passionate. Compassionate. Vulnerable.

Great words. That vulnerable thing can be tough … Next question:

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Dawn: London. I love it and I know I would be inspired to write as the city always makes me want to come back again for more.

Oh, I would love to go to England but I want to explore the countryside. It would be inspirational. Final question . . .

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

Dawn: The first song that came to mind was Mandisa’s “Overcomer”. I have been through A LOT in my life. It can almost feel like I get hit with something new to learn how to deal with at least once a year.  But God says I am an overcomer and so I keep going. Regardless of my circumstances believing I am living to give glory to Him.

“Overcomer” is a wonderful song.  Readers, click on the link to listen.

Dawn, thank you for sharing your time and yourself with us today on Inspired Prompt. It was a pleasure talking with you.

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Like Me Or Not: Overcoming Approval Addiction 

Everyone craves approval, but when that desire becomes an addiction where nothing is ever good enough, it is time to step off the hamster wheel of people pleasing and seek the only approval you really need — God’s.

There is a difference between being someone other people like and being defined by what others think. Some people are so addicted to approval that their lives spiral out of control creating discontent, depression, and alienation. Recovering approval addict Dawn Owens identifies all the ways craving approval can negatively impact our lives, and offers sound, biblical strategies to overcome them. Using her own and other’s stories as relatable examples, Owens shares the journey to an identity found only in Christ.

Dawn is an authorspeakerradio show host and the Founder/Executive Director of The Link of Cullman County. When she’s not pursuing one of these roles she is totally content as serving her family which includes her husband Chris and wanna-be scientist son, Sawyer.