My Favorite Book of Bible Is…

The Holy Bible is made up of sixty-six books, including history, poetry, prophecy, the gospels, and letters…in three languages, written by numerous authors, inspired by God.

It’s called the Word of God. No other book has lasted as long, or sold as well. During the month of August, the Writing Prompts Crew will discuss their favorite books of the Bible. We hope you’ll join the conversation. Comment and ask questions. Tell us your favorite(s) – quote a beloved scripture – let us know why you love the passage.

My favorite book will come as no surprise to those who know me. Ruth is situated between Judges and 1 Samuel. The lead character is not Hebrew, she’s a convert to Judaism. She loves her mother-in-law, Naomi, like a mother–well enough that she takes Naomi’s faith and promises to stay beside her in one of the most quoted passages of the Bible.

But Ruth said, “Don’t force me to leave you; don’t make me go home. Where you go, I go; and where you live, I’ll live. Your people are my people, your God is my god; where you die, I’ll die, and that’s where I’ll be buried, so help me God—not even death itself is going to come between us! Ruth 1:16-17 The Message Bible

The calling of God was so strong in Ruth’s heart, she felt compelled to go.

Click to Tweet: She gave up everything to follow, but look what she gained in return. #BookofRuth #BibleStudy

Ruth’s story may seem like a romantic tale, but it’s so much more. It’s a foreshadowing, a type, both symbolic and prophetic. In Ruth, we see the story of God’s grace and redemption. When she found her way to the fields owned by Boaz (a type of Christ), the kinsman redeemer, he offered his protection. He invited her to drink of his servants’ water, and dine at their table.

Sound familiar? I’m reminded of the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus offered her living water. I’m reminded of the marriage supper of the Lamb. I’m reminded that you can’t always see what lies ahead. You can’t know that what you’re leaving behind is nothing compared to what God has in mind for your future. If you will trust Him, He will lead you to it.

This is the message of the book of Ruth. It’s a foreshadowing of the walk of faith–giving up our old lives for what God has planned.

I did a two-part study of the book of Ruth on my personal blog, if you’re interested: Beyond the Book of Ruth and Ruth’s Legacy.

Kinsman Redeemer The book of Ruth is the inspiration for my Kinsman Redeemer series, which includes Annabelle’s Ruth and Sutter’s Landing, and will continue in a third installment. Annabelle is the Naomi character in the story. Her daughter-in-law, Connie, is Annabelle’s Ruth. Because of my love for the story of Ruth, I thoroughly enjoyed writing this story.

I’ve continued to study the book of Ruth, and I’m amazed that with each new read, I learn something more. But that’s kind of standard with the Holy Bible, isn’t it?


Instead of a writing prompt, do you have a question about the book of Ruth? Have you read something in the book that inspired you? Who is your favorite character in the book?

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3 Questions Wednesday with Marji Laine

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday!

Marji Laine prefers mountains to beaches, dogs to cats, entrees to desserts, and Jaguars to any other vehicle. Her favorites include emerald green, Autumn, stargazer lilies and white roses, New York style pizza, and red velvet cake with cream cheese icing. From her website at http://www.marjilaine.com/about-marji

Question: What inspires you?

Marji:  I’m most inspired by setting. I know it sounds crazy, but I’m a mystery and suspense writer. Everywhere I look is a possible crime scene. And I can seriously see the tape partitioning off the area and the drape over the body in all sorts of crazy places. Once I saw a pair of boots, toes up, in a clothing-donation box and the whole story poured itself out.

That’s truly a gift. If I saw a pair of boots, toes up, in a similar situation, I’d probably run.

Just for fun–You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Marji:  I would be Sparkle, a pink-based color with a glitter element involved. I confess that pink isn’t my favorite color, but after being told again and again that it’s the best color on me, my girls started telling me to embrace the pink. So, pink it is. And the glitter is an absolute necessity. There’s nothing that delights my eyes more than shiny sparkles. They make me smile!

You say you’re not really a fan of pink. The color pink shows a gentle nature, maternal. But, I knew there had to be some special meaning behind the sparkles. So I looked it up: to give off or reflect bright moving points of lightor my favorite meaning: to perform brilliantly. I’m thinking that one fits you.

Final Question–As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Marji: I wanted to be a teacher. In fact, my neighbors and I would play “school” and I was always the teacher. There was nothing I liked better than to find a new way to explain something. I loved teaching in the public realm, loved teaching home-school co-op classes, especially for the high schoolers. And I still love teaching, high school Bible studies and children’s choir. I still get a charge out of seeing the light of revelation flash on in someone’s eyes.

One of my favorite things, too. Thank you, so much  for visiting 3 Questions Wednesday.


Marji Laine writes about hope and redemption. Her characters, tangled in desperate situations, rely on authentic faith in God to carry them through treachery, betrayal, and impossible circumstances.

She’s collaborated in five novellas over the last two and a half years with Write Integrity Press. The first, The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt, rose to best-seller status, catapulting all the authors to Amazon’s top 100 list. 

She’s begun her solo publishing career with the Grime Fighter series, five novellas following mysteries encountered by a crime scene cleaner. Currently available in e-book and print.

Her first full-length novel, COUNTER POINT, was the first of a series contracted by Write Integrity Press in January of 2016. (Released in November, 2016 and a 2016 Grace Award Finalist.) This series, set in the fictitious Texas town of Heath’s Point, begins with the question of how someone can survive when ultimate power wants them dead. Such could be the question for each of these four stories. 

In addition to writing, Marji is the executive director of Write Integrity Press and it’s non-fiction imprint, Pix-N-Pens Publishing. With over a dozen releases every year and almost two dozen authors working with her, Marji has her hands full. For more information, visit her website MarjiLaine.com.

Marji Laine’s Books on Amazon

Write Integrity Press

Pix-N-Pens Publishing.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Michelle Griep

Author, Michelle Griep

Welcome back to 3 Questions Wednesday, Michelle!

According to Michelle Griep’s website, she’s an author, blogger, and occasional super-hero (when her cape is clean). She does own a sense of humor. 🙂

She goes on to say, “Dare I be so bold as to call myself an author? Being that I’m one of those freaks who attended poetry workshops instead of summer camp during my formative years, yes, I will. While other teens busied themselves throwing parties when their parents weren’t home, I was the nerd holed up in my room with pen and paper.”

So, let’s see how she answers our latest 3 Questions–

Question: What inspires you?

Michelle:  Music. I make a playlist for each new book that I write. While I’m writing, I play that music. I use Spotify for those playlists. Great ideas for inspiring music are movie soundtracks, ethnic music, and classical.

Great idea–especially the movie soundtracks.

Next question–You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Michelle:  If I were a crayon, I’d be Wisteria for two reasons . . . first off, purple is my favorite color, so it’s a no-brainer that I’d choose something in that palette family. Secondly, Wisteria is one of my favorite flowers. I’ve actually got one just about to bloom climbing up my back porch.

“Lavender” people are witty, charming, and creative, according to my “favorite colors” site. I’m a big fan of Wisteria. It’s very nostalgic, and calming to me.

Final Question–As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Michelle: I wanted to be an astronaut when I was young. That didn’t pan out so well, though. I found out you needed to be good at math and science. Yuck and yuck. So I gave that up and thought I might be a pirate instead. Yeah . . . that didn’t work out either. So, I found the best of both worlds by becoming a writer.

Funny! I think you’re our first wannabe astronaut. Yes, a writer can be all those things–no math or science required. Just a little research so you can fake your way through.

Thanks, Michelle, for visiting 3 Questions Wednesday.

Click to tweet: Michelle Griep,  author, blogger, and occasional super-hero. #romance #amreading


Readers, Michelle is offering Out of the Frying Pan, a book she wrote with Kelly Klepfer, to one of our commenters. [Winner’s choice! Paperback, or e-book] So let us know you want to be included by leaving a comment below.*

*Ends at midnight 7/23/2017

Out of the Frying Pan

When the chef of Sunset Paradise Retirement Village ends up dead, life for sisters Fern and Zula Hopkins is whipped into a froth. Their zany attempts to track down the killer land them in hot water with Detective Jared Flynn. Should he be concerned about their safety or the criminal’s?

But there are deadly ingredients none of them expect. Drugs. Extortion. International cartels. And worst of all…broken hearts–especially when the Hopkins sisters’ niece KC arrives on the scene.

Before the snooping pair gain any headway with the case, it becomes crystal clear that the sisters share a mysterious secret that takes life from the frying pan and into the line of fire.

One Reviewer says…

“This novel couples over-the-top hilarity with Jessica Fletcher wannabes as murder occurs at a retirement community. I enjoyed the quirky older sisters-in-law and their niece, who all get involved with the detective assigned to the case. At times bizarre and also dangerous, this story keeps you flipping pages to see how it concludes—satisfactorily, of course. I don’t know if such people really populate the earth, but the authors make them believable and unique. The original plot is intriguing too.”

Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She resides in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op. Her latest release is OUT OF THE FRYING PAN, but historical romance is her usual haunt. THE CAPTIVE HEART releases in October. Follow her escapades at www.michellegriep.com or www.writerofftheleash.blogspot.com or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

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3 Questions Wednesday with EJ McCay

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday, EJ McCay.

EJ McCay lives in a small West Texas town with her husband, two daughters, and four cats.

When she’s not writing, she’s listening to music, watching the best movie ever, Princess Bride, or the best show ever, Chuck.

I loved Chuck!–And Princess Bride is a classic. Okay, down to business–first question

What inspires you?

EJ:   I’m inspired by different things, from things my daughters say/talk about, to television shows, or my own past experiences.

Our children often inspire, and without even realizing it. 🙂 In my opinion, life experiences are the very best. Makes it easy to “write what you know.”

Next question–You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

EJ:  I’d be ocean blue, because I love the beach.

Blue is a very relaxing color, and the beach is the best place for it, don’t you think? There’s something about water that automatically calms you.

Final Question–As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

EJ:  Ha! I wanted to be a stand-up comedian. A case of perpetual stage fright made that not such a lucrative career choice.

Uh-oh! Maybe you could use the stage fright as a platform. Humor is such a great way to communicate.

EJ McCay has authored three books, all available on Kindle. You’ll find more information about them here: Books by EJ McCay.

You can connect with her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/EJMcCay and Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ElizabethJMcCay


Broken Like Glass by EJ McCay

How is Papa supposed to set me free when I don’t even know what I need to be freed from?

Lillian Louis James tried to live a good life but her father had a knack for bringing out the worst in her. When a quick weekend visit with him turned violent she found herself on the wrong end of the law. Stuck in the small town she would rather forget Lillian was forced to attend therapy and try to figure out where it all went wrong. Her high school crush showing up on the scene didn’t help either as unresolved feelings bubbled to the surface. Will Lillian let Jesus heal her broken past before her chance at love is gone?

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A Month of Indie Publishing

I was indie published before it was popular—back when it was a bad, sad thing. At the time, they still referred to it as self-published, or “vanity” published, a choice for those who couldn’t get published the “right way”. So, I paid someone to publish a manuscript.

I had a whole list of reasons. Fear topped that list.

A few other reasons why:

  • I didn’t want anyone changing my “work of art”–*sigh*
  • Agents and editors told me the story would never sell
  • I had no idea what I was doing

These were not my only reasons, but I’ll stop there.

Indie Publishing is now a viable, respectable choice.

Years later, I removed those books, rewrote them, edited them, paid a designer to do eye-catching covers, and re-released them through a reputable company. You might be wondering how you find a good company? What other choices are out there? Can you do it yourself?

These are some of the questions we’ll explore and answer this month on the Writing Prompts blog. I hope you’ll join us for each one of our posts and discover what we’ve learned.

As always, if we don’t have the answer, we’ll find someone who does.

In case you’re wondering what happened with my writing journey, I met a woman who made a big splash in the Indie Publishing pond. Fellow Kentuckian, Hallee Bridgeman, heard my story. She and her husband were helping other writers get started. They were willing to help me.

Welcome to Sign of the Whale Books (an imprint of Olivia Kimbrell Press)!

Gregg Bridgeman took my humble manuscript and turned it into something beautiful with his interior editing. Graphic artist, Debi Warford gave each book a brand, spanking new cover that brought tears to my eyes. Their artistry and attention to detail far outstripped the writing in those first novels!

Make Your Story Shine

The best advice I can give, whether you choose to DIY-it, have a friend help you, or pay someone to publish it, is this:

  • Perfect your work
  • Get help from a critique group and/or use beta readers
  • Find a reputable editor and pay for editing
  • Find a good graphic artist and pay for an eye-catching cover. Cousin Lucy may not be a good choice—you want someone who will still speak to you afterwards, preferably not related to you.

We Need You

Join us here at the Writing Prompts blog as we talk about alternatives, pitfalls, and share our experiences. If you have questions or comments, please join the conversation. Let us know what you think of the industry.

Have we helped you? Let us know. If you have a comment or a question that doesn’t seem to fit the post you’re reading, use the contact tab above. We’ll do our best to get the answers you need.


Click to tweet: I was indie published before it was popular! #IndiePub #Writing

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