Is God Real? Prove it! A Child’s Defense by Pam Antoun

Today we’d like to welcome author, Pam Antoun, to the Inspired Prompt blog and introduce her new book. After her daughter was confronted on the playground because she was Christian, Pam wrote a children’s book, Is God Real? Prove It! A Child’s Defense to help children defend their faith.

Glad you could join us, Pam! Do you have any interesting writing rituals?

Pam:  For the past four years, my car has been my portable office as I chauffeur my daughters to and from school, martial arts and music lessons. There were many productive writing sessions in school car lines and during my daughters’ after school activities.

What is your book about?

Pam: How do you know God is real? Is it a mere feeling or a hope? Or is there something more you can point to that proves you are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of a loving and majestic God?

In Is God Real? Prove It! A Child’s Defense, two middle grade children, Amanda and Josiah are confronted with this very challenge. Nine-year-old Gavin has a difficult past that fuels his cynical attitude toward God and church; he craves love, acceptance, and meaning, but he struggles with distrust. When he sees Amanda and Josiah excited about an upcoming church event, Gavin is shocked anyone can happily attend church or believe in God. As Amanda and Josiah answer Gavin, another quick witted schoolmate, Sophia, joins in questioning, and sees something different in Josiah and Amanda – a warmth and peace she desires for herself.

Both Gavin and Sophia believe they are fine living without God.  Can Amanda and Josiah stand their ground without shaking their faith in God? Even more, can they share their faith and help their friends embrace the good news?

What is your favorite part of the book?

Pam: The way children speak honestly and directly about what they believe, the obstacles many children face to establishing a relationship with God, and how children can help others overcome their obstacles. This book could be read individually and can also be used in discussion settings. It includes questions and answers for each chapter along with Bible references explaining the answer source.

Is there a message in your book you hope readers will grasp?

Pam: 

  • God commands us to know the reason for our hope in Him and be prepared to explain it to others when asked. Over 70% of children are falling away from the Christian faith after entering high school and college. Children need to be equipped to defend their faith before entering high school.
  • God created us because He wants a loving relationship with us. The most important decision in life is whether we choose to establish a relationship with Him. The only way we can have a relationship with God is through Jesus Christ.
  • Certainty that God is real and increased confidence in speaking about why the reader is certain. God gives everyone clear evidence of His existence.

Where can readers find you online?

Pam: Here’s where you can connect with me on social media.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PamAntounAuthor

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/PamAntounAuthor

Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com/in/pam-antoun-author

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/PamAntounAuthor

Website: pamantoun.com (coming soon)

Click to tweet: Pam Antoun’s book asks: How do you know God is real? Is it a mere feeling or a hope? Or is there something more you can point to that proves you are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of a loving and majestic God?  #amwriting #children


Is God Real? Prove It! A Child’s Defense

Gavin, with a difficult past, and Sophia’s quick witted curiosity challenge Amanda and Josiah’s faith in God. Can Amanda and Josiah stand their ground without shaking their faith?

“Is God Real? Prove It!”:

– answers tough questions about God

– defends the Christian faith

– helps establish a relationship with God

– encourages spiritual growth

– includes discussion and reflection questions.


Pam Antoun

Author/Editor/Teacher

Pam Antoun has over 20 years of experience teaching children in Sunday school and Bible camp environments. After her daughter was confronted on the playground because she was Christian, Pam wrote a children’s book, “Is God Real? Prove It! A Child’s Defense” to help children defend their faith. She strives to draw people closer to God and equip them to defend their faith. In addition to writing, she enjoys raising her daughters, swimming, trips to the beach, and painting.

Prior to starting a family, Pam worked extensively in software engineering, quality assurance, and process improvement.

Favorite Bible verse: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (New American Standard Bible)

Professional Affiliations: Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Word Weavers International, Toastmasters International

Education: Master of Science/Systems Engineering, Bachelor of Science/Computer Science

3 Questions Wednesday with Jennifer Slattery

Good morning! It is a great pleasure to welcome back my friend, Jennifer Slattery, to Inspired Prompt. Jennifer has a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. She does this through speaking, blogging, and writing novels. I’m eager to learn even more about Jennifer. How about you?

Good morning, Jennifer.

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Jennifer: This is hard–largely because I’m not sure I can do anything in three words. ha! I had to ask my husband. He said energetic, talkative, communicator.

I totally agree. I’d add in loyal friend. But that’s two words. 🙂 Next Question:

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

Jennifer: Hmm … I think one of the beach towns in northern Washington, like LaConner or Cooperville, because I love the west coast and small, unique towns pregnant with history.

Washington is a beautiful state. Now…

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

Jennifer: “Never Once” by Matt Redman. God’s never, not once, has God forsaken me. 🙂

A great choice. Here’s a sample…

 

Click to Tweet: Jennifer Slattery is with us today on Inspired Prompt @InspiredPrompt #interview #giveaway

Readers, Jennifer is offering to giveaway a book to one reader, Kindle (Mobi or PDF, readers choice), so please leave a comment to be entered.


 Dancing in the Rain

On the verge of college graduation, Loni Parker seeks employment as a music teacher, but no one will hire her since she’s blind. Or so she thinks. To take her mind off her troubles, her roommate invites her to spring retreat at Camp Hope in the gorgeous North Carolina mountains.

Unbeknownst to Loni, Michael Ackerman, the director, is an ex-con responsible for the accident that caused her blindness. When Loni warms up to camp and wants to return as a summer counselor, Michael opposes the idea, which only makes Loni want to prove herself all the more. Though she doesn’t expect to fall for the guy. Still, her need for independence and dream of teaching win out, taking her far away from her beloved Camp Hope . . . and a certain director.

Camp director Michael Ackerman recognizes Lonie instantly and wants to avoid her at all costs. Yet, despite the guilt pushing him from her, a growing attraction draws him to the determined woman. She sees more with her heart than the average person does with his eyes. But her presence also dredges up a long-buried anger toward his alcoholic father that he’d just as soon keep hidden. When circumstances spin out of control, Michael is forced to face a past that may destroy his present.

Buy it here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CSH8F97


 Jennifer Slattery is a writer and international speaker who’s addressed women’s groups, church groups, Bible studies, and other writers across the nation. She’s the author of six contemporary novels maintains a devotional blog found at http://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com.

She has a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, (http://whollyloved.com) she and her team partner with churches to facilitate events designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.

 

 

Is Twitter a Good Tool for Authors?

By Jennifer Hallmark

Twitter is a part of social media and that, in itself, can be a useful device for authors. With Facebook, you often have local community friends to share your latest writing news and fun or not-so-fun things happening in your life. Instagram is a good place to also gather community friends and family and post photos and memes sharing your books and love for writing and reading. And Pinterest is just plain entertaining. The biggest thing to remember about social media is the word “social.”

Twitter is a bit different. If you go to the “about” page on Twitter.com, you’ll find these words…

Twitter is what’s happening in the world and what people are talking about right now.

I  find that true in my own experience. If there is something new going on and I want to know about it, I don’t go to Facebook or Instagram or even Pinterest. Twitter is my first stop because it’s all about breaking news and information going viral.

Twitter is simple. You join, set up a profile, and start tweeting. What’s a tweet? Simply a message you share with the world. One important part of this way to communicate is the use of hashtags. Hashtags identify messages on a specific topic.

Go to Twitter, type #write in the search box and it pulls up an avalanche of writing-related tweets. You need to add one to three hashtags per tweet for optimal effect. As a writer, some of my favorites are:

  • #amwriting
  • #amreading
  • #fiction
  • #writing
  • #WriterWednesday
  • #Fridayreads
  • #ACFW

So now you have a super simple introduction to Twitter. How can authors use this happening place to their advantage?

According to a Jeff Goins article I read, Twitter is a “networking event.” I agree. For me, my aim is to find people with similar interests and share information that I think might be helpful to them.

Note I did not say try to sell them everything I can.

The quickest way to be blocked from my Twitter friends is to constantly try to sell something. Or to be a single guy with a “fake” military pic or something romantic for the avatar. I’m not buying.

The Golden Rule works on all social media, just like in real life. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

I keep my tweets very specific. I tweet about:

  • Writing
  • Reading/books
  • Acts of kindness
  • Faith-based topics
  • Sports/mainly football

If anyone follows me, this is what they are going to find. Not 10,000 totally unrelated subjects. I’m intentional in my use of social media, except Pinterest. I’m very ecletic on the boards I have but with Pinterest, it works.

Because of my intentional topics, I’ve found my messages often shared or myself added to lists. Both are positive and help spread word about yourself and subjects of interests you enjoy. People trust you and then and only then can you occasionally mention a book or products you have to offer and make a sale.

That part is the same on all social media.

I’ve barely scratched the surface here but if you want to know more about Twitter, go to Edie Melson’s blog and type in Twitter in the search box. She has a slew of interesting articles filled with helpful information.

Or better yet, follow Edie on Twitter. Tell her I sent you 😊

Click to tweet:  If there is something new going on and I want to know about it, I don’t go to Facebook or Instagram or even Pinterest. Twitter is my first stop because it’s all about breaking news and information going viral. #write #Twitter

Writing Prompt: Jill grabbed her phone and started to chunk it out the window. But it wouldn’t help. She wanted the book she’d written to go viral on Twitter but instead…

Did the Inspired Prompt Say Something About Winners?


Why, yes we did! In fact, the month of May showered us with four winners. Who were they? Read on…

Davalynn Spencer offered an an e-copy of An Unexpected Redemption to Polly Delk. Congratulations!

Melissa Henderson won a copy of A Home For Fritz gifted by June Foster. Woo hoo!

Dawn M. Owens has offered an audio copy of her new book, Like Me or Not: Overcoming Approval Addiction, to LelandandBecky. Congrats!

Kate Lloyd graciously gifted Susan Collins‌ with a signed copy of one of her Amish books, readers choice. Yay!

And as always, a big THANK YOU to all our faithful readers for taking the time to stop by and comment. We appreciate YOU!

And continue to leave comments while you wait to see if you might be our next winner…

Connections: Social Media & Networking Techniques for Writers by Edie Melson

Social Media. Is it a curse or blessing?

Depends.

During the month of June, we’re going to take social media and dissect the rhyme and reason behind it. What is it? Which platform is best for you? Do you, as writers, even need bother? If you missed it, check out Ralene Burke’s article which posted here yesterday. It’s well worth the read.

Today, I have the pleasure of introducing social media expert, Edie Melson. She has the proven expertise to teach others how to plug in and reach their target audience without the restraint of physical boundaries.

Edie, we’re so glad you could join us. Tell us a little about yourself and your writing.

Edie: My mother would tell you that I’ve been writing since I could crawl to a white wall with a crayon in my hand. That may or may not be true. What is true is the fact that I process life by writing things out. I’m passionate about helping others find their voices and live their stories. That plays out in my fiction and nonfiction and in my passion to help other writers navigate the rocky and ever-changing path of social media, blogging, branding, and platform building.

And we appreciate the help! This month we’re discussing social media. What are your three favorite social media venues?

Edie: I love Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. I am on Facebook daily because I make valuable connections with my audience, but it’s not a platform that I enjoy.

There are so many different venues out there. Do you think Facebook and Twitter are here to stay? 

Edie: Yes. But I think they are evolving right now. The way we used them last year is not the way we’ll use them in the future.

That’s exciting and a little scary. Are there any new social media sites that our readers should know about?

Edie: I think all the changes and new guidelines on FB and Twitter are pushing users to try new networks and ways of interacting with readers. For me, even though it’s not technically a new site, I’m finding that I love Instagram. I’m on there as @Stop2Pray and have been able to connect with a different set of people than I’ve been interacting with on FB and Twitter. I’m also loving the growth I’m seeing on Pinterest.

I’m a big fan of Pinterest also. Now, I know you love to teach. Tell our readers about some of your classes.

Edie: I teach writers how to more effectively use social media to connect with their readers. Social media is a valuable tool, but we need to learn how to use it without spending hours a day on it instead of on writing. However, I’m also passionate about the fact that social media is a valuable part of our call to write. It’s not something we do that takes us away from what God has asked us to do. In truth, we can reach people through social media that may never read our books. AND we have the opportunity to impact the very dark places online with the light of Christ.

I also teach writers how to blog effectively. Blogging can help us connect with our readers, prove we have something valuable to say and provide incredible community building opportunities. Blogging isn’t a one-size-fits-all endeavor and I love helping writers find what works for their specific situations.

Blogging is a great way to connect. And we all want to make a difference. How can our readers sign up for one-on-one sessions with you to learn more about social media?

Edie: I offer a free evaluation and initial consultation for social media coaching and blog coaching. Then I’m available on an hourly basis or by purchasing specific packages. You can contact me through edie@ediemelson.com 

You can also get more information about what I teach on my blog: www.TheWriteConversation.blogspot.com

I encourage all of our readers to follow your blog. And at the end of her bio below, check out her latest novel, Maiden of Iron, just released.

Click to tweet: “In truth, we can reach people through social media that may never read our books. AND we have the opportunity to impact the very dark places online with the light of Christ.” Edie Melson, social media maven. #socialmedia #write

Now, a little more about Edie’s social media resource, Connections: Social Media & Networking Techniques for Writers.


 Connections: Social Media & Networking Techniques for Writers.

So how much time do I really have to spend on social networking?” It’s the question that plagues every armchair marketer. What is Social Media? How much time do I need to spend on Facebook and Twitter? Do I need Pintrest. What about my blog – who is going to follow it?

Social Networking can be overwhelming – yet, it is essential for a successful writer. Thankfully, with the right techniques, it can be streamlined and maximized to produce exactly the results you need. Written by prolific author, blogger, editor and My Book Therapy Social Media coach Edie Melson, you’ll learn everything you need to maximize your social networking to create powerful connections.

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Connections-Edie-Melson-ebook/dp/B00HV5BBVY/


Find your voice, live your story…is the foundation of Edie Melson’s message, no matter if she’s writing for non-fiction readers, parents, military families, fiction readers or writers. As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives.

In addition, as a respected expert in social media, Edie has the proven expertise to teach others how to plug in and reach their target audience without the restraint of physical boundaries. In her role as social media coach she’s worked with clients that range from authors and speakers to business and ministry leaders. Her bestselling eBook on this subject, has been updated, expanded and re-released as Connections: Social Media & Networking Techniques for Writers.

As a leading professional within the publishing industry, she travels to numerous conferences as a popular keynote, writing instructor and mentor. Her blog for writers, The Write Conversation, reaches thousands each month and has been named to the Writer’s Digest Top 101 Websites for Writers. She’s the Director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, Vice President of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and the Social Media Director for Southern Writers Magazine. She’s also a regular columnist for Just18Summers.com and PuttingOnTheNew.com. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.


Maiden of Iron: A Steampunk Fable

When Marion Ravenswood’s brother is killed in a duel fighting for her honor, their father, the Engineering Guildmaster withdraws refusing to speak with anyone. It’s now up to Marion to save the guild’s children and reclaim the family honor. But will a chance encounter with the prince of thieves be an answered prayer or will he just steal her heart and abandon them all?