“Glimpses of the Savior” – Now Available

Final_Front_coverGlimpses of the Savior:
50 Meditations on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year expanded 2nd edition with 50 devotionals is available today!

In early November we get busy preparing for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year, and we often forget the real meanings of these celebrations.

Let’s guard against this by preparing our hearts to seek God as we focus on His Word. Thanksgiving is a time to give God thanks; Christmas is a celebration of the Savior’s birth; the New Year brings new beginnings. As we go about doing the things the Lord has called us to do during this busy time, while remaining focused on Him, we catch “glimpses of the Savior” and biblical truth in the things we experience and observe.

These devotionals are based on memories of holiday celebrations in Africa and America.

Today (Tuesday 9/4) only, get the Kindle version for just 99¢

The authors, Shirley Crowder and Harriet E. Michael, are lifelong friends whose parents served as missionaries in Nigeria, West Africa. Their friendship has spanned across two continents, myriad states, and many, many years.

Finding Jesus Among the Celebrations and Decorations

Available on Amazon in Print and Kindle versions.

Follow Shirley at: Through the Lens of Scripture, Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter
Follow Harriet at: Harriet E. Michael blog, Amazon, and Facebook

InspPrmpt-give-away

3 Questions Wednesday with Harriet E. Michael

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday!

As one of our contributors, Harriet Michael provides insightful posts, revealing her background in writing devotionals. But how will she answer our three questions? Read on–

What inspires you?

Harriet:  So many things inspire me—a good book, an encouraging speech, a great song, nature. But I think most of all, I am inspired by people who have overcome obstacles in their lives. I know many such people, some are even family members. Their stories of making it through tough times or overcoming tragedy, handicaps, hardships, trauma, or struggles both outward and inward and going on to become active, functioning people who contribute to society really uplifts me. It also makes me question what am I (who has overcome far less) contributing to the world around me?

Thought-provoking answer, Harriet. It’s as though you see past the surface into the hearts of those around you. Empathy like that is a true gift.

So, you’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Harriet:  Yellow. As a child and through my teenage and early adult years I would have told you pink or rose because these are the colors I liked in clothes. These days even my clothing choices have changed, and I go for the brighter colors. But I never wear yellow. It looks awful on me, frankly. It makes my olive complexion turn a bit sallow. And yet, I have learned that it’s my favorite color. Yellow makes me feel sunny and warm. I use variations of it on my walls at home. It’s funny, I can walk into two rooms that are nearly the same color—a neutral off white—and tell immediately if it’s a gray-based white, which sort of calms me but also bothers me a little, almost making me feel sad, or if it’s a yellow-based white, which lifts my spirits and makes me feel happy.

Yellow is the color of happiness, wisdom, and imagination. What a great color for you, even if you can’t actually wear it. 🙂

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

Harriet: I wanted to be a teacher. I used to play school all the time. I sat my stuffed animals and dolls in rows and stood in front of them writing things on my imaginary chalk board. I did not become a teacher, though.

I come from a medical family—my dad’s a doctor, my mother and both sisters are nurses. I worked in the hospital as a nurses’ aid the summer after high school, because it was an easy job to get with my connections. I liked it and decided to major in nursing. I worked as a nurse for several years but stopped when my youngest was born over 20 years ago and stayed home with him. When he was in kindergarten, I wanted to work part-time again, and applied to substitute teach at his Christian school. I have been doing that ever since and I love it! When I started writing a little less than 10 years ago, I discovered what I really love! So, these days I work a couple days a week in the classroom and write the other days and I’m as happy as a clam. I have finally discovered what I really want to be!

Well, you eventually got back to what you wanted to be as a child, and you have time to devote to writing. Happiness in your vocation is priceless!

Click to Tweet: Born in Nigeria, West Africa, as the daughter of missionaries, Harriet Michael is a writer, gardener, and substitute teacher, but how will she answer our 3 questions? #InspiredPrompt #interview


Readers–If this book seems familiar, it’s because the co-author,  Shirley Crowder, was interviewed here last Wednesday.  Harriet and Shirley first met as children in Nigeria. Here’s more information about the book:

Glimpses of Prayer – a devotional

God is looking for prayer warriors. • Start each day meditating on prayers in the Bible. • Strengthen your relationship with God through prayer. We have two primary means of communicating with God—the Bible and prayer. But what is prayer, really? This book of 50 devotions will help you look at many facets of prayer. Each devotion is centered around prayer and focuses on verses from the Old Testament and the New Testament that speak about prayer. We pray the Holy Spirit would work through these devotions to help you gain a better understanding of prayer and to ignite or deepen your passion to know Him better, resulting in you experiencing a richer more powerful prayer life.God is looking for prayer warriors. • Start each day meditating on prayers in the Bible. • Strengthen your relationship with God through prayer.

We have two primary means of communicating with God—the Bible and prayer. But what is prayer, really? This book of 50 devotions will help you look at many facets of prayer. Each devotion is centered around prayer and focuses on verses from the Old Testament and the New Testament that speak about prayer.

We pray the Holy Spirit would work through these devotions to help you gain a better understanding of prayer and to ignite or deepen your passion to know Him better, resulting in you experiencing a richer more powerful prayer life.

Buy the Book at Amazon


Born in Nigeria, West Africa, as the daughter of missionaries, Harriet Michael is a writer, gardener, substitute teacher, wife of over 36 years, mother of four, and grandmother of two.

She holds a BS in nursing from West Virginia University but has discovered her passion for writing. Since her first published article in 2010, she now has over a hundred and fifty published articles and devotions. Her work has appeared in publications by Lifeway, Focus on the Family, David C. Cook Company, Bethany House, Standard Publishing Company, Judson Press, and more.

Harriet is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Louisville Christian Writers. She has authored two nonfiction books and is working on more—both nonfiction and fiction.

Follow her on:

Website: www.harrietemichael.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/harrietmichaelauthor

Blog: www.whatHehasdoneformysoul.blogspot.com


Save
Sav
Save

Meet Newest Crew Member-Harriet E. Michael

IMG_5245Today we give a big shout out to our newest Crew Member, Harriet E. Michael!

(1)  Welcome to the Writing Prompts Crew. Tell us a little about yourself.

Harriet: God blessed me with an interesting life. I was born in the jungles of Africa, in the eastern part of Nigeria, near the Niger River Delta, where my parents served as foreign missionaries. I went from Africa to quintessential America when my parents came back to the states and settled in the mountain town of Bluefield, West Virginia. Graduating high school in the 1970’s gave me a taste of classic small-town American life including being a cheerleader for a state championship football team.

I met my husband at church one day and married him less than a year later. We have now been married for going on 37 yrs, have three grown sons, a grown daughter, and one grandchild (my daughter’s child.) One of my sons and his wife just announced they are starting the process to adopt so I will soon have another grandchild and I am so excited! My first grandchild has my heart wrapped around his little finger and I am sure my next one will too.

(2)  How did you become interested in being a writer?

Harriet: I always loved writing but had so much trouble with spelling and punctuation that I never saw myself as a writer. In high school I would receive two grades on every paper; an A+ for content and a C for writing mechanics. Tired of all the red marks, I majored in nursing in college. But a few years ago, in 2003, to be exact, a loved one suffered a trauma. Her situation drove me to a personal search of prayer as it is explained and portrayed in the Bible. This study took four years and I recorded my findings along the way. At the end of the four years, I had a manuscript written and had caught the writing bug.

I attended a writer’s conference in 2009 where I learned about freelancing small pieces so I came home and tried my hand at it. I sent my first submission in July of 2009 and had my first contract in November of the same year. I fell in love with freelancing nonfiction pieces—articles, short stories, and devotions—and just kept doing it. Today I have hundreds of published pieces and now speak at writer’s conferences about freelancing and devotional writing. I also speak at women’s conferences on the topic of prayer. I am hoping to expand my speaking ministry in the days to come as well as my writing ministry.

I currently have two books available on Amazon. One is a seasonal devotional I co-wrote with a childhood MK (missionary kid) friend, and the other is the manuscript on prayer. Released by Pix N Pens Publishing, it is titled, Prayer: It’s Not About You. I am working on my first fiction book which I hope will be out by the end of 2016. It has a “Call to Missions” theme and is a fictionalized version of my parent’s story.

(3)  Can you tell us three unique things about you that we may not know?

Harriet: I lived through a war when I was a child—the Biafran war, I have a bachelors in nursing, work as a substitute teacher at a Christian school, but my passion is writing. And my family is interracial. I have a Nigerian brother and sister-in-law who are now US citizens. Their daughter married a Caucasian a few years ago and just gave birth to a beautiful biracial child, who will be good company for my precious grandson, who is also biracial.


Born in Nigeria, West Africa, as the daughter of missionaries, Harriet E. Michael is a writer, gardener, substitute teacher, wife of over 36 years, mother of four, grandmother of one and soon-to-be grandmother of two.

She holds a BS in nursing from West Virginia University but has discovered her passion for writing. Since her first published article in 2010, she now has over a hundred and fifty published articles and devotions. Her work has appeared in publications by Lifeway, Focus on the Family, David C. Cook Company, Bethany House, Standard Publishing Company, Judson Press, and more.

Harriet is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Louisville Christian Writers. She has authored two nonfiction books and is working on more—both nonfiction and fiction.

3 Questions Wednesday with Sarah Rowan

sarah rowanToday’s 3 Questions Wednesday guest is author Sarah Rowan.

Welcome to the Writing Prompts blog, Sarah. Let’s start out with your reading interests.

Which author would you never get tired of, and why?

Sarah:   The author I would never get tired of reading would be Ravi Zacharias. He is a Christian Apologetic. He preaches and teaches people how to defend their Biblical Worldview in today’s culture. I have seen him speak 7 times in person and read countless of his books. His books are deep so you can always learn more each time you read them.  I love his writings because they make you think.

I love authors that make me think. Second question:

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Sarah: I’m not sure if I have a favorite fictional villain, but the one that I remember most when I was young that gave me nightmares and made me scared to go to sleep was Freddy Krueger! The movies scared me to death, yet I remember waiting for the next one to come out so  Freddy could scare me to death again!  This fictional villain still scares me and I’m pretty sure I couldn’t sit through a movie now with him in it!

Scary. I couldn’t sit through one of those movies either. Now, about yourself. 

What project are you currently working on?

Sarah:   I am currently working on Unspeakable Joy:  Devotions for the Slumbering Believer.  This will be my second book. I am naturally drawn to write devotionals. They are little life lessons from the Lord that relate to the real world. Writing my devotionals helps put some of my emotions and perspectives in their proper place. They help me keep God as my central focus.

Sounds like a great book. 🙂

Thanks for dropping by, Sarah. If you’d like a chance to win a paperback copy of Sarah’s first book, Authentic Happiness: Devotions for the Slumbering Believer, please leave a comment below.

sarah rowan bookAuthentic Happiness: Devotions for the Slumbering Believer

Could you be a slumbering believer in Christ and not even know it? Is it possible that you are physically awake but sleepwalking spiritually? Do you have the deep and growing Christian life God intended, or are you sleeping through it? The Lord tells believers to wake up several times in the Scriptures. What makes believers go to sleep in the first place? Once awake, how can believers stay awake? Authentic Happiness is a collection of personal journals of one slumbering believer’s journey of awakening. While the answers to some of these questions were less than desirable to hear, the truth that was revealed changed a life forever. Every believer should ask these same questions and seek the answers for themselves. This devotional encourages all believers to look at their own Christian lives a little closer to see how awake they really are in Christ. It may surprise you.

Sarah Rowan is a Speech Therapist by profession. She works in an inpatient rehab facility in Albany, GA. She started writing personal journals about 3 years ago, sending them out to friends and family. From there she was encouraged to join her journals together in a book. Those journals  became her first book titled Authentic Happiness  Devotionals for the Slumbering Believer. She enjoys teaching youth in her church, along with reading and writing.

Find Sarah at  www.sarahrowan.com and Facebook. Her email is srowanslp@yahoo.com.

First and Goal: What Football Taught Me About Never Giving Up By Jake Byrne and Holly Michael

IMG_1177Today, we welcome authors, Jake Byrne and his mom, Holly Michaelon the blog to showcase their latest release, First and Goal: What Football Taught Me About Never Giving Up.

Hello, Jake and Holly! So glad you could join us. First question:

Have you always wanted to be an author?

Jake: Writing a book had been in the back of my mind for a couple of years. As a type 1 diabetic, it took a lot of trial and error to manage the disease and compete in sports. I wanted to share my experiences to encourage others to never give up despite diabetes or other obstacles.

Holly: Of my three kids, I never imagined Jake would be the one who would follow the same path as me. I’m thrilled. My answer is also, yes, I also carried that thought in the back of my mind from my childhood. I loved reading and writing ever since my mom picked me and a Dr. Seuss book up and sat down. My writing career began as soon as I could form words to letters and scribble poems for my parents and siblings. The day I found out I was pregnant with Jake, I started writing letters to him in a hard-bound journal. I gave it to him when he left home to play football for the University of Wisconsin.

I love a mother-son writing team. 🙂

What do you love the most about writing, and what do you like the least?

Jake: The most? The finished project! Seriously, the process was fun, too. I enjoyed combining the anecdotes and stories with Bible verses and football terms. The least? Typing on a keyboard. Not my favorite thing. Thankfully, as a team effort, with my mom as the ghostwriter, we completed the project by deadline.

Holly: And I love to type! Just love how my fingers can fly over those letters when the words flow into my mind, or in this case from Jake’s mind. We were an excellent team on this project. I also love the editing process. What do I like least? I certainly don’t dislike any part of writing. But, for fiction writing, I dread the empty page before I begin a new chapter. I do love writing fiction, but as one who writes both fiction and nonfiction, I think nonfiction is easier for me.

An empty page is a scary thing.

How did you come up with the idea for this devotional?

Jake: During football season with the San Diego Chargers, my mom called and the topic of writing a devotional IMG_7155using football terms came up in the conversation. It sounded like a perfect way to get across a message of encouragement to never give up on dreams no matter what mountains have to be moved.

Holly: Yes, he was all in. And with the help of God, Jake moved a lot of mountains to go as far as the NFL with football. And I was super excited after that phone call with Jake. I was only a couple of days away from going to a Christian Writer’s Conference when we talked about the idea. We put our minds together and came up with a one-sheet that I presented to Kim Moore with Harvest House Publishers. Kim let me know right away that she loved it.  And within a short time we were offered a contract.

God works in wonderful ways! 

Do you blog? How often?

Jake: I just started my blog and am not as active as I should be, but am working on it. I’m also working for a Marketing firm as well as trying to get my foundation, Type Won, started. The foundation’s goal is to help support kids with Type 1 diabetes to stay active and healthy. And, I also recently got married. My wife Emma has been a real blessing and helper through all of this, someone who shares my dreams and goals.

Holly: I love Emma. She’s amazing and an answer to prayers for a perfect wife for my son. Jake’s always got big goals and he’s been working hard trying to fit the blogging in with everything else, including busy days surrounding the release of First and Goal. I also blog on my own blog at www.writingstraight.com about faith and family. A lot of Jake’s journey into the NFL was chronicled on that blog. I am also part of a blogging team on a couple of other blogs, including this one!

And we love having you here. ❤ Last question:

What fun fact would you like your readers to know about you?

Jake: I fear clowns and miniature ponies.

Holly: I can understand the clowns. I fear them, too. The miniature ponies…well, maybe Jake fears the ponies because he’s bigger than them and if he rode them he might kill them. Lol. Now he owns a Great Dane dog that’s bigger than a miniature pony. My fun fact: Ever since I was a teenager, whenever I drive alone at night I fear running into a row of aliens standing on the road, holding hands to block my way and abduct me. Ok, Jake, maybe the shetland pony fear isn’t so weird.

Clowns, ponies, and aliens. Sounds like a book in the works to me.

Thanks so much for dropping by, Jake and Holly. If you’d like to win a signed copy of First and Goal – What Football Taught Me About Never Giving Up, please leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win.

First and Goal: What Football Taught Me About Never Giving Up51bkshxQaxL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

Jake Byrne dreamed of playing professional football. He had the size, the talent, the drive…but at age 14, he found out he also had type 1 diabetes.

Still, Jake was determined to reach his goal. And God was determined to guide and empower him all along the way.

Jake’s journey to the NFL is the backdrop for this collection of inspiring devotions based on nearly a hundred football terms. Jake takes you to the weight room, practice field, and even across the goal line. You’ll feel as if you’re lined up next to him, facing a very large defender you’re about to take down. He also includes Scripture and then ties up each story in a way that feels real and encouraging. You’ll discover…

  • what to do when God calls an audible in your life
  • how to respond when God puts you on special teams
  • why prayer is never an incomplete pass

These quick daily readings will help you press through your own difficulties and experience God’s dream for you.

Jake Byrne grew up in Rogers, Arkansas. A type 1 diabetic since the age of fourteen, he has since been proactive combating the disease and mentoring diabetic youth. He played football for the University of Wisconsin as a tight end, and went on to compete in the NFL. Originally an undrafted free agent who signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2012, he has also been a Houston Texan, Kansas City Chief, and San Diego Charger. He and his wife, Emma, live in Dallas. Jake blogs at www.typewon.net.Facebook Page (Type Won): www.facebook.com/typewon1

Twitter: @sugarfreejb82

Instagram: Jakebyrne81

Email: typewonquestions@gmail.com

Holly Michael has enjoyed a writing career as a journalist, features writer, and a regular ghostwriter for Guideposts magazine before authoring novels and nonfiction books. Married to Anglican Bishop, Leo Michael, Holly has three grown children and lives in Kansas City. She blogs at www.writingstraight.com

Contact her at www.HollyMichael.com or on Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/AuthorHollyMichael  or Twitter: @HollyMichael

In First and Goal – What Football Taught Me About Never Giving Up, Holly Michael joins her NFL player son, Jake Byrne, in this football-themed devotional published by Harvest House, due for release in August 2015.