Everybody needs a hobby and writing is mine. When Mother gifted me her prayer journals the Christmas before she passed away, I realized her wisdom needed to be shared so I started a blog of family faith stories each ending with an entry from Mother’s journals.
I had no confidence in my abilities as a writer and was reluctant to put my name into the blogosphere so I wrote under the name of my imaginary childhood friend, Ann Cocktale.
For two years I blogged every day and eventually the blog posts became my first book, In My Mother’s Words. With the help of my best buddy, Don McLeary and life-long friend, Polly Spencer, we uploaded the book to Kindle. A few months later, In My Mother’s Words became available in paperback, and the lovely Leah Ashby held a book signing at The Potter’s Garden ( I miss her!)
Self-publishing made me an Indy Writer (independent) which meant I could “piddle” around on various internet author pages (Amazon, Goodreads) to check the sales stats and reviews.
It also gave me the opportunity to have a Twitter interview which was not only nerve-wracking but disconcerting as well. The # and @ along with short answers did me in. Before ending the interview and suggesting I stick to Facebook Q &A’s, the interviewer asked if I had other projects in the works.
Before her question, I hadn’t thought about another book, but on the spot I decided I did have a project in mind and replied, “Yes, I’m going to write a devotional book and use more of Mother’s journal entries”
I just finished that devotional book, Heart Whispers from the Old Testament. I intended to write an entry each day of scriptures all the way through the Bible for every day of the year and match each one with an entry from Mother’s journal, but I never got out of the Old Testament.
Like us, those folks were a hot mess. As in our society, God spoke to those who took time to listen. While I read the ancient scriptures, I heard whispers of hope I wanted to share. Heart Whispers from the Old Testament was written with my grandchildren in mind.
I pray the next generation will hold on to their confidence which is Christ Jesus and will listen as His Holy Spirit whispers hope through the scriptures.
If you would like a copy of Heart Whispers from the Old Testament, click on the link below.
Thank you and I pray you continue hearing His whispers.