By Jennifer Hallmark
The month of November has been all things devotional at the Inspired Prompt and I’ve enjoyed reading each post. But I have a confession to make.
I can’t write devotionals.
Correction. I haven’t been able to write any that have sold. Why? One theory I have is that God has a plan and purpose for each of us and that’s not in my plan. I don’t have a lot of interest in writing them, though I LOVE reading them and always have one by my bedside. Maybe my purpose is to support devotional writers. Hmm. 😊
Anyway, there are wonderful resources out there to help you in your quest to be a devotional writer. I’ll share them with you and maybe one day you’ll publish your own book and I’ll have it on my nightstand.
Blog Posts to Read
How to Write a Devotional: The Definitive Guide (Jerry Jenkins)
Writing Corner: Tips and Tools for Aspiring Authors and Artists (Max Lucado)
Advice to a New Writer of Devotionals ( Amy Boucher Pye)
Places You Can Submit Your Devotionals (some pay, some don’t)
Writing for Lifeway
The Upper Room
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
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In lieu of a Writing Prompt, share any resources (in the comments below) that you know of to help the aspiring devotional writer. Thanks!
By Jennifer Hallmark
Do you know what Wemmicks are? How about little Hermie? If not, you probably haven’t read a Max Lucado book to a child yet.
What? You didn’t know that my all-time favorite non-fiction author of encouraging, inspirational books for adults also writes children’s books? Then let me share with you 5 reasons you need to read these books…
- The Wemmicks– There are at least 5 books featuring the Wemmicks, small wooden people carved by a woodworker named Eli. The issues and situations they deal with definitely mirror those we encounter daily. Max addresses these issues gently, displaying the grace of God.
- They touch your heart-One book I especially love is “Just In Case You Ever Wonder.” I cannot read this to my grandchildren without tearing up. We are so special to God and this book is simple enough for a child to understand, but deep in truth.
- Little Hermie books-They are extremely easy to read with bright illustrations children enjoy. And I love the way Max uses insects as the main characters.
- Christmas stories-Beside A Fruitcake Christmas, which is a little Hermie story, there is Itsy Bitsy Christmas: You’re Never Too Little For His Love, The Crippled Lamb, and one that I own, The Christmas Story for Children. Again, basic truth written for all ages.
- Parables, Love and Acceptance-The basic theme of all these books is grace. They resonate with the parable of the prodigal son’s message: If you cry out to God, He will hear and come running. You and your children will feel the one-of-a-kind of love the Father has for you through the sweet messages in Max Lucado’s books.
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Oh, and as for his selection of books for adults? I presently own ten, but would love to have them all. The first inspirational Christian book I ever read was When God Whispers Your Name. Someone at the church I had just started attending gave it to me, saying they felt like I needed it. They were right. It opened a whole new world of reading and drawing closer to God.
My favorite Lucado books are When God Whispers Your Name, In the Grip of Grace, On the Anvil, Facing Your Giants, and the mini-book, Give It All to Him. I buy that last one in large quantities and give them away. The parable within is a wonderful tool for witnessing to the lost or strengthening anyone who needs a little reassurance.
I’ve just purchased one of his latest, a novel titled Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café. I can’t wait to see what encouragement and surprises await me.
So why don’t you give those Wemmicks a try? You’ll be glad you did…
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