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

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?

Articles, Articles, Articles! by Linda Gilden

Today we’d like to welcome my friend, Linda Gilden, to the Inspired Prompt blog. Linda has just released a new book on article writing and is an experienced writer, speaker, editor, writing coach, and Certified Personality Trainer.

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

Linda:  I don’t know if you would call it a ritual or not but I prefer to write in my pajamas. I have done this for so long that my family is quite accustomed to finding me in my pajamas late in the afternoon. If I greet them in my pj’s, they know it has been a good and productive writing day.

What are your books about?

LindaArticles, Articles, Articles! is appropriately named. It is about writing articles. Even if you have never written an article, this book will walk you through the steps of writing an article, enlighten you on the different types of articles you can write, and show you how to search for a market for your article. There are examples of article format, a query letter, and much more.

What is your favorite part of the book?

Linda: This is somewhat like asking which child is your favorite! There is so much material in the book that can help writers discover the exciting world of article writing and I love every aspect of this genre. But if I have to pick a favorite part of the book, I think it might be sharing new opportunities contemporary writers have to write. With the digital age, we can no longer just write for print publications, we can also write for websites, e-zines, blogs, and so much more.

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

Linda: I hope readers will be encouraged to share the messages that God has given them with others. Not every wants to write articles. But for those who do, I hope they will learn from the book and try their hands at article writing. Article writing is such an effective way to share with others and you can reach many times more readers than with a book alone.

The other thing I hope readers get from this book is that writers must write with excellence. We are writing to share the message God has given us and we must work to learn how to do that in the very best way possible.

Where can readers find you online?

Linda: My website is lindagilden.com and there is a contact page there. I have an Amazon author page as well as a Facebook page and am on Twitter.

Click to tweet: Linda Gilden’s new book on article writing. Article writing is a good way to begin a writing career because you learn to write tightly, meet deadlines, and stay within word count. #amwriting #freelance


Articles, Articles, Articles

Supplement your income doing what you love–writing. Do you want to expand the reach of your message? The answer to that question and many more lies in writing articles. Article writing is a good way to begin a writing career because you learn to write tightly, meet deadlines, and stay within word count. Articles reach more people than books. Articles supplement your income as you sell and resell them to many markets.

Articles, Articles, Articles! will help you: * Learn the basics of article writing * Develop your ideas into marketable articles * Know the difference between articles for print and the web * Explore different types of articles * Understand the rights you sell * Find markets that match your writing skills * And much more! Don’t wait another minute. Begin your adventure into the exciting world of articles today.


Linda Gilden is an experienced writer, speaker, editor, writing coach, and Certified Personality Trainer. Author of the popular Love Notes series, she is also the author of Mommy Pick-Me-Ups, Mama Was the Queen of Christmas, Personality Perspectives – Clues to Building Better Relationships, Called to WriteWhy You Do What You Do, Words to Live By, Called to Speak, and many ghostwritten books. With over a thousand magazine articles to her credit, she is a prolific writer who loves to share a great story. She speaks nationally many times throughout the year, is a frequent radio and television guest, and welcomes the opportunity to help others become better communicators.

Abide With Me by Shellie Arnold

Today we’d like to welcome author, Shellie Arnold, to the blog. Her latest book in The Barn Church series, Abide With Me, is a great Southern fiction read. But I’ll let her tell you a little more about herself and her book..

Glad you could join us, Shellie. Do you have any interesting writing rituals?

Shellie: For many years I struggled to write anywhere except at home in my office, when my family was gone. I think my “mommy” brain simply wouldn’t let me concentrate except under those conditions. Then I trained myself to use music as a device to create my writing “environment.” Now, I have a sort of Pavlovian reflex to a few different soundtracks—not kidding. A couple of worship albums, the soundtrack from the movie Solaris, and Islands: Essential Einaudi CD by Ludovico Einaudi. (I love Einaudi’s piano music) With my earbuds in, I can write almost anywhere. 🙂 I always start with worship music to get my heart and mind and spirit in the right place, then usually switch after about twenty minutes.

What are your books about?

Shellie: I write and speak about marriage issues. My passion is sharing everything I’ve learned the hard way about marriage. I want to support and give hope to marriages. My novels are about the “perfect storms” in marriage: what happens when my weaknesses hit yours head-on, and we’re both left wondering if anything can be salvaged.

Abide With Me is the third novel in my Barn Church series. Books one and two are: The Spindle Chair and Sticks and Stones. For this series, I created a fictional town in southern Alabama. In this small town is a church that’s a renovated barn. Each book in the series looks at a different marriage within that church body. I focus on one problem that can be present in a marriage—always an issue I’ve encountered or am still facing—and go deep into why the couple is where they are, and what God is trying to do in them and in their marriage.

Abide With Me is the story of Angelina and Nicholas Rousseau. They’ve been married ten years, they’re both believers, and their marriage is a disaster. Using both points of view, I look at what brought them to this place of unhappiness and discontentment.

What is your favorite part of the book?

Shellie: That’s a tough question! My favorite part of this book…well, without giving away the storyline, I think I have two favorite parts. The first would be the opening scene when Angelina attends a friend’s wedding in Las Vegas. Her heart and emotions have been so suppressed, so controlled, she’s unable to handle so much “happy” around her, even though she’s happy for her friend, the bride. Angie even stuns herself with her reaction, and I really like that image—the idea a wife’s yearnings are such a powerful force.

My second (and equally) favorite part would be when Nicholas is in jail, waiting in an interview room to speak again with his attorney, and he’s just seen Angelina for the first time in months. I take him to a really low place. He “hits bottom,” if you will, which is sometimes what it takes to get our attention, isn’t it? I really enjoyed writing how he begins to see not only the condition of his marriage, but what he contributed to its dysfunction.

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

Shellie: Yes! Honestly, I thought this book would be first in the series, but God had other ideas. Abide With Me is the message of my heart, the message I wish I could say to every marriage. That every time we say no to God, we’re saying no to our mate and our marriage. That’s a tough truth. One God has been teaching me for almost thirty-two years now. But I think it’s the bottom line, the litmus test for every action and decision in marriage: Is my behavior righteous? Am I doing what God wants me to do?

In our everyday lives, I think it’s easy to overlook our mate, or demand our own way, to withhold forgiveness, to hold a grudge—even without realizing. I wanted to highlight how easy that is to do, and what the consequences would ultimately be for two people who were extremely in love when they married, but ten years later have almost nothing to show for their marriage. I also wanted to show how God can redeem that marriage, or any marriage. I truly believe God can redeem, heal, and restore anything—I’m living proof of that. I believe any marriage can thrive when both parties listen to God.

Where can readers find you online?

Shellie: My web site: www.shelliearnold.com (find my blog, FREE e-cards gallery, sign up for my newsletter, view my events page, and learn of new products and teachings soon to be available on DVD)

Find me: Facebook, Your Marriage Resources, Twitter, Youtube: Your Marriage resources, Pinterest,

Link to purchase on Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/yad6j9ak


Abide With Me

After ten years of marriage to the only man she’s ever loved, why is Angelina so unhappy?

Angelina Rousseau pours all her emotions into her paintings. When she meets a handsome stranger at a friend’s wedding in Las Vegas, she believes she’s discovered why she’s so lonely—she simply married the wrong man. 

Nicholas Rousseau is a highly successful industrial engineer and has the Midas touch with his investments. Only in his marriage is he a failure. 

When Nick is arrested for real estate fraud, Angelina is as uncertain of his innocence as she is certain she should end their marriage. But the authorities believe Angelina is as guilty as Nick. To protect her own future, she must return to the opulent home she abandoned and sell her cherished possessions to finance Nick’s defense. Nick desires to reconnect with his estranged wife, but examining their emotionally bankrupt marriage proves more difficult than he imagined. And, even if they discover what went wrong between them, Nick could still spend the rest of his life in prison. 

Could “having it all” cost Nick and Angie more than they ever imagined? 


Shellie Arnold is a writer and speaker on marriage and family. She truly believes—despite baggage, neglect, or mistakes—if a husband and wife listen to God, they can live happily even after. Her passion is sharing how God is helping her do exactly that. She maintains a blog at www.shelliearnold.com and is the founder of YOUR MARRIAGE resources. Shellie is a mother of three and has home schooled for over twenty years. She lives in Ohio with her husband of thirty-one years.

Storms in Serenity Interview with Fay Lamb

Good morning, dear reader! Thank you for joining us on this lovely Saturday. I’m excited to have our very own Fay Lamb with me this morning. Fay is talking about the writing process and her new book, Storms in Serenity. Let’s begin with rituals.

Do you have any interesting writing rituals?

Is worry a ritual? Only kidding. I have a ritual of reading my work over and editing it as I go forward. As I read the earlier chapters, I am able to layer in details that have occurred later in the story.

What is Storms in Serenity about?

A tempest has been brewing for thirty years with one island in its path.

Serenity Key, Florida, has seen its share of hurricanes, but this time, one foul weather system is about to collide with another storm, and this one has nothing to do with atmospheric pressure.

David New has guarded his secrets for years, but when the sons of a ruthless man from David’s past arrive in town, he realizes God is about to open the lid on the truth. Soon after, David gets news that the daughter he’s never told anyone about has disappeared, possibly the victim of a heinous crime. Then the lives of many of the town residents begin to unravel in the gale force consequences of Jake’s past, and he has nowhere else to turn.

God is the only One who can calm the storms, but can David and the good folks of Serenity Key survive until He does?

Sounds interesting! What is your favorite part of the book?

That’s a hard question for me to answer. I’ve been writing the story for forty years, and the characters are such a part of me, but I feel that my favorite moment in the story is when the reader learns the truth about John Ryan. He is one of my favorite heroes because he’s just not that perfect—or is he? And that’s all that I’m going to say.

You have my attention. LOL. Is there a message in your book you hope readers will grasp?

The story is a modern-day retelling of the aftermath of King David’s sin involving Bathsheba. David has always been such a hero to me, a flawed hero, but nonetheless, he was a brave man in battle. He seemed to get into trouble when left to his own devices. As I studied that fact about this awesome king and as I wrote the contemporary novel, I realized that the truth was the same then as it is now: sexual sins are not private sins. We tend to think that what we do in private affects no one. God opened my eyes to how much all sexual sins can touch the lives of even the most innocent, and that’s what I hope the reader will see play out in the pages of Storms in Serenity.

So true! Looking forward to the release. Where can readers find you online?

All over the place. Here are some ways to connect with me, and I always welcome the connection to readers and friends. You can find me on my personal Facebook page, my Facebook Author page, and at The Tactical Editor on Facebook and on Goodreads. I’m also active on Twitter. And I have some blogs: On the Ledge, Inner Source, and the Tactical Editor.

Click to Tweet: We tend to think that what we do in private affects no one. Storms in Serenity #Interview with Fay Lamb @InspiredPrompt


Fay Lamb is an author, an acquisition editor, and a freelance editor. She also loves to teach workshops for fiction writers.

The last novel, Frozen Notes, in her Amazing Grace romantic suspense series released in September. The series also includes Stalking Willow, Better than Revenge, and Everybody’s Broken.

Fay’s popular The Ties that Bind romantic series includes Charisse, Libby, and Hope. Readers are anxiously awaiting the fourth novel in the series, Delilah, which will be released in mid-2018.

Her adventurous spirit has also taken her into the realm of non-fiction with The Art of Characterization: How to Use the Elements of Storytelling to Connect Readers to an Unforgettable Cast.

Fay’s third series contracted with Write Integrity Press is entitled Serenity Key, and the first novel, Storms in Serenity, released in March, 2018.