Subject: Friend Your Newly Designed FaithWriters May 2013 Newsletter

FaithWriters - May 2013
"News & Information for the Write Brained Christian" 
Now Featuring Over 20 Member E-books.
Mount Hood in Oregon

 Portland Oregon Conference
Free Registration for one Lucky Member

Sign up before May 15th and your name will be entered in a drawing to have your conference fee refunded! Everyone who has registered so far and those who sign up before the 15th are eligible. WOW!
ALSO…We have extended the Early Bird discount through May 7th. This means there’s still time to SAVE with the early bird rate! 

Check out these fantastic scheduled sessions, taught by experienced writers, long-time FaithWriters members, and/or industry professionals. There is something for everyone!
  • I’m Not Funny ... Life is (I just write about it) Finding Humor in Everyday Life
  • All You Wanted to Know about eBook Publishing (but were afraid to ask)
  • Selling Power of Book Design
  • Believe in Your Story
  • Connecting the Arcs of Your Story
  • Choose Your Own Adventure - Publishing Panel (with Deb Porter, Amy Michelle Wiley and Rick Higginson)
  • Christian Fiction with a Twist: The Call to Write Outside the Box
  • The Power of Script Writing
  • Writing Inspirational/Devotional Articles that Hit Home - How to Avoid the Number 1 Mistake ... and a few other boo-boos as well
  • Critique is NOT a Dirty Word - It’s Good for the Critiquer and the Critiquee
  • Weaving an Intricate Web: Using the Right Bait to Lure the Right Clients
  • Marketing Tips and Trends
  • Basic Know-How for the Beginning Writer
  • Selling What You Write
  • Breathing Life into Your Writing
Join us on June 28th and 29th for a time of refining your gift and refreshing your soul.

Register or view the conference schedule here:
See you there!
Something Worth Reading      

E.E. Cummings style, FaithWriters member Jim McWhinnie entered the following poem in the Weekly Writing Challenge for the topic of “Outstanding.” Since taking first place in April, 2011, “this cathedral for boys, this cathedral of dreams has been read over 3,000 times. Take a moment to ponder this “outstanding” piece. Then click on the link below and leave a comment for Jim.
this cathedral for boys, this cathedral of dreams 

Jim McWhinnie 
in the summertime,
within the ivy-covered walls,
upon the sun-drenched grass, the green, green grass
where full grown boys lived out my dreams,
in nine inning shares of timelessness,
to hear the thunder of Ted Williams’ bat,
to watch the smooth, smooth stride of Willie Mays,
to sit in awe of lads once like me,
but who grew up somewhere to become so much more,
these mythic figures of a mythic game,
a game once began on sandy backlots,
now continued on fields in majestic ballparks,
they are all grown up these once little boys, 
grown-up beyond the reach of mortals who wear tailored grey suits as they go to work,
they live in realms of near perfection,
they walk in air beyond our own,
they are the best of the best there are
and maybe even,
oh, time will tell
the best of all who will ever be.
oh, how i love this holy place,
the sounds,
the crrraack of the ball sending the left fielder to the wall,
the pop of a Koufax fastball for a call, Strike Three!
the vendor pitching, ”Hot Dogs, Git your red hot, Hot Dogs!”
the rising roar of a crowd when the game’s on the line,
the out-of-tune singing when its seventh inning time.
oh, how i have loved this old, holy place,
this cathedral for boys, this cathedral of dreams,
this place most outstanding
of all places to be.

FaithWriters News

My Account Page
 now has a marquee (scroll down half a page) that displays the most recent articles taken from the Free Reprints. This will help you see what is being utilized, and by whom. Published articles are a big plus on your writing resume. We have articles picked up daily for use. If you’re willing to allow your work to be used for free, to build your writing resume’ and share the gospel of Jesus Christ, consider posting your articles in the Free Reprint section.

Regular Articles
 now have a "Report Article" link to report ads and inappropriate articles. This will help to greatly reduce the amount of spam on the site and keep FaithWriters a safe place for everyone!

Facebook LIKE button on all articles now. Please click LIKE when you read an article you like. Clicking LIKE on your own articles is the easiest way to post your articles on Facebook.

You can also like us on Facebook right now. We appreciate it.

Christian Focus Magazine 
will be working more closely with FaithWriters to secure material. They have already used us for articles. This is a print magazine.

We just received our April/May copy and it looks great and is filled with inspiring Christian material. Check them out and subscribe for yourself, friend or a family member.

Inside this issue we found articles from FaithWriters members Cheryl Zelenka, Darlene Edmondson, Rev. Michael Cochran, Jack Taylor, Rev. Dan White and Lynn Gipson. Congratulations to all of you!

God Speaks Contest    Continued beyond 5-1-13

How many things are more important than the Word of God?

You can help us promote God’s Word to the world and be in the running for paid writing work by the contest sponsor, plus $500 in Biblical library upgrades.
We would really appreciate your entry into this contest. It only requires up to 750 words, just like the Writing Challenge – completely doable! Please do not wait until the last minute. Enter today!  God Speaks is open until we have 25 entries or the sponsor or FaithWriters calls the contest.

An example to spark your creativity…You might write a dialogue in which one believer reads the Bible and one does not. The non-reader is constantly falling prey to false doctrine and does not understand why. 
Testimony Contest

We have raised the number of testimonies we’re looking for! We will now be awarding 40 entries a spot in the Testimony Book, to be published within a few months of the contest completion. We have also enlisted the abilities of one of our very talented members to write the beginning and end of the book. 

This will be a very powerful book that will seek the lost and encourage the found. Publishing is already set up and an aggressive marketing plan is in place.

You can also submit a cover idea for a chance at a $200 prize.

Testimonies selected will receive royalties, both here and in heaven. Someone out there will benefit from your testimony. Write it down and submit it today!
  Complete contest details: TESTIMONY CONTEST

Do you really want to people to find
and purchase your book?

Gravity is a free e-book written by Michael Edwards and is available at all of the large internet book sellers. Even though it is free and is running 4 1/2 stars at Amazon, it is still immersed in an ocean of books and invisible to many.

Most members publish their books themselves to save the initial cost of going with a self-publishing company. But it may be costing you more in the long run. I have personally discovered that even if you are on Amazon, and doing whatever you can to promote your book, free or not, it might as well be a sunken treasure at the bottom of that ocean of books. 

FaithWriters currently offers (free to Platinum members) one of the most expansive marketing programs available for the money. This should not be your entire marketing plan, of course, but it is a great way to send up some flares so people can find you. With Platinum membership, we heavily promote your book across our site with multiple ads, exposing it to readers who make up our 400,000 page views per month. Plus, we also promote your book on,
FaithWriters Magazine and FaithWriters for Kids, if applicable.

Shooting up flares has really helped my book. It has been downloaded tens of thousands of times on Amazon. Go HERE to learn more.

Have you written a "page turner"?

Calling all fiction writers! The Seventh Annual Page Turner Contest is something you must look into. All that’s required is the first chapter of your completed or just-started novel, along with a synopsis of the entire story. This could be just what you need to spur you on to finishing that book! Deadline is October 31st, and winners will be announced in December.

First Prize $800, Editing of Manuscript, and more!
For complete guidelines, visit the official contest page: PAGE TURNER

FaithWriters Membership like a gym membership?

Have you ever purchased a gym membership or a piece of gym equipment and not used it? I know I have! And I don't know about you but my lack of use led to never achieving the body I wanted.

Don't do the same with your FaithWriters membership! Take advantage of the equipment and encouragement we offer. 

One way to stretch those writing muscles is to check out (or get back into) the Weekly Writing Challenge. Silver members can
Taste the Challenge now too! 

Here’s what one longtime FaithWriters member and frequent Challenge entrant has to say:

"There's simply nothing like FaithWriters' Writing Challenge anywhere on the internet. You'll develop the disciplines of writing to a topic, writing to a deadline, and writing within a word limit--all in a safe and nurturing environment of fellow Christian writers who will encourage and mentor you while you hone your craft. " Jan Ackerson - Three Oaks, MI

Finesse Writing & Editing Service, used and recommended by FaithWriters.  Have you heard of Deb's Writing Challenge Ratings Feedback Report?  If not you should GO HERE and take advantage of at least one of these reports. They will really help you. Finesse can also service all of your editing needs.
The Great Multitude Daily Devotional
Written by Thousands, Inspired by Revelations 7:9-12

"After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

Working at FaithWriters and interacting with visitors from 217 countries (at last check) makes the world seem much smaller. It's a great reminder of the Great Multitude mentioned in Revelations. We are getting a small glimpse of believers around the globe. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ.

FaithWriter's Daily Devotional is displayed on a large 
 number of websites around the world. Not only does it honor God but it gives the writers worldwide exposure at churches and other Christian venues. It offers the writer a great potential to be picked up for other work. Postings now include a Hire This Writer Link.

We are currently accepting ready to post (EDITED) submissions from members for the Great Multitude. Non-edited material will be rejected. If you live outside of the USA we especially want a devotional from you. Click here for instructions and an archived list of the devotionals already posted: THE GREAT MULTITUDE DAILY DEVOTIONAL

Place The Great Multitude Devotional on Your Website.
Fishers of Men 

FaithWriters is unique in it's dual purpose. We accept fiction, non-fiction, poems, devotionals, Bible studies and other articles written from a Christian perspective. You will not find all of these articles on a site that is strictly evangelistic in nature. Therefore we may receive many visitors who would not go to a traditional evangelism site. Many may not even be looking for Jesus but he still meets them when they visit. In our experience, God tends to find people where they are at in their life. This may be while they are reading your article about marriage or divorce. It might happen when they read about struggles with sin or your fictional article. What we are saying is to keep on submitting your various pieces authored by you.

Men and women from over 200 countries are attracted to the FaithWriters site by your various articles on the end of our fishing pole. Many have no other way than the internet to find out about Jesus. They are able to learn a lot from our site and the various sites we have provided links too.

To date, at least 290 people have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior directly on our FaithWriters. We know it is not about just about numbers. We also know that accepting Jesus in their heart and confessing Him is where it starts. It is  honor to consider the fact that God would use us in this way.

We contact every person who leaves an email address, and provide them with more information. Sometimes we correspond with them several times. We even offer to place them in contact with another believer (FaithWriters member) in their country.

Watch this short two minute video on how Kimberly found God on the internet.

An email we received:

Site: FaithWriters
type of prayer : first time 
First name : Marcos
Postal code : 91977
Town : Spring valley
Country : United States
Please leave a comment. : Thank you for such beautiful prayer and helping me find my way back to God.

Thank you members for making this possible. We might all get to meet Marcos and others who came to Christ on the site in heaven. 
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Mike & Bea and the FaithWriters staff
Happy Mothers Day

"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb" - Psalm 139:13

It's certainly our prayer that Mother's Day is a time of celebration for you as you lavish love on your mom. But we realize there are some -- maybe many -- of you who will find it difficult to get through this annual holiday. Maybe your mother passed away sometime over the past year and you will be grieving your first Mother's Day without her. Maybe your mom lives hours away and you'll have to settle for a phone call instead of a hug. Or maybe you and your mom are estranged, or simply don't get along. Maybe Mother's Day brings up bad or hurtful memories or feelings. 

According to the verse above, before you took your first breath, God knit you together in your mother's womb, preparing you for a purpose only you can fulfill. Whether this day will bring you joy or sorrow, remember that God used your mother to bring you into this world. This month, take a moment to thank God -- and your mom if you're able -- for the precious gift of life.

Happy Mother's Day to all of our FaithWriters moms! May you realize the true treasure you are, and may your day be filled with laughter, love, and an abundance of chocolate.
Great Reads is a New Feature
We are Committed to Promoting Your Writing
This newsletter Goes to thousands of members.
  This Months FaithWriters Great Reads Selection
 We have some excellent writers and many topics to choose from at FaithWriters. Bless your fellow members by reading one or more of their books occasionally. Just imagine how you would feel if they did the same for you. Many of these books have multiple five star reviews at Amazon. Descriptions are unedited and taken from the Authors book page.

God in the ICU
Dave Walker
When an anesthetist started praying with his patients in the Intensive Care Unit, suddenly his practice was transformed. As he relates his story in the context, first of a South Africa transitioning to democracy and then in the Middle East you will hear stories of a God who responds to prayer in ways that are uniquely His. This has the drama of hi-tech medicine, the poignancy of lives that are hanging in the balance, the human touch of a doctor who is trying to understand a God who does not always respond as he would like Him to and above all the inspiration and encouragement of a God who loves us enough to hear us when we pray and to be with us in our moments of deepest need.
This Little Writer Went to Market Top Writer!
Lynda Lee Schab
For Christian writers who want to make money freelancing. Sections on greeting cards, magazines, anthologies, and online opportunities. Also a section on writing contests. Includes sample cover letters, as well as many links and resources to check out.
The Woman Who Wore Cat
Mindy Wood
The Woman Who Wore Cat is a short inspirational story about a strange old woman in a park. Considered by the towns folk to be more than eccentric, but less than insane, Rose Shipley is an outcast. Local christian pastor, Chuck Porter finds himself at the mercy of her mystery and wisdom.

Behind Enemy Lines Saved By A Secret Weapon
Danny Clifford
This book tells a very exciting and intriguing story of my experiences and relationships as a United States Army Ranger with the 75th Rangers in 1969 and 1970, performing recon missions behind enemy lines. You experience the physical war and the spiritual warfare that goes on daily for your soul.
Hippo in the Garden
Mark Trodd
In this sequel to Hippo in the Stable, Hector is captured by Roman soldiers after his cousins play a trick on him. Hector escapes and ends up in Jerusalem for the first Easter. He witnesses the crucifixion and hears Jesus forgive those who hurt Him. Moved by this, Hector decides to forgive his cou
Retirement Lane - How to Celebrate Life After 60
Lillian Rhoades
Learn How to Make the Most of Your Senior Years. Discover a new way of living when you read Retirement Lane - How to Celebrate Life After 60, a revolutionary non-fiction book specifically for seniors that discusses how to set goals, handle self-pity, grief, failure, regret, and more.
Bring Your Writing to Life  One of FaithWriters Best!
Amy Michelle Wiley
In this easy-to-use workbook, Amy Michelle Wiley shows you how to bring your writing to life. You will learn how to immerse your readers in the action so they experience it for themselves.
Galactic Light Verse   Only .99
Beth LaBuff
In "Battle-Starfish Galactic," Houston had a problem. When a lunar war escalated over starfish fishing rights in the Sea of Tranquility, an emissary was procured from Neptune. "Neither Asteroids, Nor Shooting stars," finds unrequited love due to a bungled routing code on a letter proposing marriage.
The Dark Forest
Mark Norris
Christian fantasy fun, and dread move readers in a thrilling page-turning race through The Dark Forest’s demonic regions, to the Second Coming of Christ and the Millennium on the other side!
The Warrior Poet    FREE
Rick King
These poems are written to hopefully bring a new desire into your heart and spirit to stand up and fight. For too long most of the Church has been silent. We are in a spiritual war that will take spiritual weapons to fight and win. For too long we have used carnal weapons to fight a spiritual war.
James Manning
All of us at one time or another come to those moments in life where we need a special word of encouragement, a word that will remind us of who we are and what we are capable of doing in the Lord Jesus, a word that catches us at those moments where we are about to sell ourselves out and settle for less.
Revival, Hallelujah!: From the Shoulder
Paul Juby
Out of the blue I started writing poems. Not beautiful ones, not pretty ones, but all with solid messages of hope and direction.These are messages from the shoulder to church leaders and passive Christians and poems to show the way to all seekers. These poems can be read to congregations to stir them into action. These poems can be read in the quiet at home. Almost all bring revival to the fore. Messages are aimed at the heart of every person.
Christian Dating: 20 Keys to Healthy Relationships
Karen Maloy-McDonald
The Bible says God's people will perish without knowledge, and when it comes to dating we are definitely at a loss. This book provides biblical principles which are necessary to build healthier relationships, and to approach your dating stage with confidence.
Things Every Christian Should Know
Dr. Henderson Ward
Successful living does not happen by chance but by the application of knowledge and skills under the Holy Spirit's constant inspiration. The Bible tells us, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" (Hosea 4:6) Some of this knowledge is here documented to assist believers as they journey along.

The Tick Tales
Pauline Brakebill
This is the story of a young tick and his family. IT also tells of a tick business that resulted in the creation of the tick family. You'll enjoy the spoof on words all through the story.
Resting In His Purpose
Wayne Mac Leod
Contentment is an art to be learned but one with which we often struggle . In this brief look a this important virtue, you will discover that contentment is rooted in humble submission to God and His purpose. The goal of this study is to help your rest in God's wonderful purpose for your life.
The 11:45 Call
Brenda Blakely
The 11:45 Call is an expository Bible study of the book of Jude. The call is issued based on the coming of the midnight hour, when we, Christians, shall be called home. Destination is determined by personal choice. There will be no turning back. But today "Hope is but a turn away".
Love Your Heart
LaVerne Iverson
“I once was blind and literally could not see for several weeks. I did not want to hear about God.” There are times in everyone’s life when we feel alone and discouraged. This book reveals how everyday actions connect to the highway and core of our inner being, the heart/mind. Help and hope for hurting hearts, for family and marriage relationships.
Mother Has Alzheimer's
Betsy Tacchella
I knew little about Alzheimer's disease, a devastating ailment afflicting over five million Americans, and I hadn’t known anyone who suffered from it. Then it became personal. My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Wake Up The Word: How To Hold On & Rise Higher When All Hell Breaks Loose  Only .99
Tashion Macon, PhD
Christian Inspirational book that shares spiritual strategies on how to “Wake Up The Word”. It is the first book in the series and provides unwavering techniques for readers to follow for seven (7) days to take on the mind of Christ, and transform their language and thereby their lives.

Silent Assassins of the Soul
Clifford Tate
The secrecy of pornography and especially internet pornography has riddled minds, torn apart homes, and destroyed marriages. Pornography has become one of the most powerful businesses in the world and the industry continues to grow. It is a multi-billion-dollar industry.
"Meet Lisa Jo"
Lisa Hudson
Lisa Jo is a little girl who has many questions and isn't afraid to ask them! If she doesn't find her answers, she always finds comfort in the promises of her heavenly Father. Adults and children alike may see themselves in this precious little girl.
Kid Help (Parents Taking Control)
Florence Simmons
Kids are raising parents; parents aren't raising kids. Would you like to know the solution to raise your child to obey you so that he or she can learn the important values of life? These insights will save you a tremendous amount of grief.
Walker's Vale
John Zelenski
James Cooper moved his family to Walker's Vale, Pennsylvania, in search of the ideal life. What he got was the just opposite. As this small town's eerie history is revealed and repeated, it's clear the devil is in the details and he's waiting for the Cooper's young daughter.

Soul Care, God's Way
Maria Egilsson
Caring for your soul takes time, energy and commitment. Spiritual growth doesn’t occur in a vacuum but it happens in relationship; with God and with others. Soul care, God’s way, is a life-long journey that will transform you from the inside.

A Message From The Throne Room
Anita Lahanmi
In these difficult times where there is so much pain, fear and disappointment, "A Message from the Throne Room" brings words of faith, hope and encouragement. Cast in the style of a daily devotional, this book teaches you how to stay anchored during life's storms and receive the promises of God.

Woodcutters Revival
Jerry Slauter
Set at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, Woodcutter's Revival is an intriguing and though-provoking story about life, love and leadership. You come to admire some characters and despise others. In just a few pages, you will find yourself caught up in this delightful tale.
The Jesus Mystery
Dr Tom Collins
We know who murdered him. Now, people are asking, “Where is Jesus’ corpse?” Crowds are staging demonstrations, demanding information.
Shield & Sword: The Kabe Legacy
Bryce Baker
The Kabe Legacy starts out with the first Joshua Kabe in the1860's as a bounty hunter. Generations later, the next Joshua battles the same foe as a WWll fighter pilot. The Legacy continues as the third Joshua fights the Evil One as a Texas Ranger in modern day.
The Protector
Sharon Balts
Anne Dutton was sworn to secrecy, never to reveal her true identity lest dangerous repercussions fall upon the uncle and aunt in whose home she lived. When danger threatens, a bargain is struck with fearsome Thomas Blackaby. But Sir Thomas can deal betrayal as deftly as he wields his famous sword.
Realize the Power of Your Christian Identity
Julie Ngwabi
One of the tragedies facing our generation is that of identity crisis. When everything else is stripped away from, who are you? What remains? How you answer that question determines how you live your life. If you don’t know who you are you will answer to anything and follow anybody.
Grace Trumps Guilt
Donna Cole
Tormented by your past? Insecure about future? Unable to forgive yourself for repeated sins? Think God will never forgive you?

Grace Trumps Guilt is the fascinating memoir of author Donna Cole's journey from debilitating feelings of guilt to triumphant gratitude in the wake of knowing personally the healing effects of God's grace. Ms. Cole's candid sharing of her own human failings and the deeply personal ways God revealed His abiding love for her along the way can't help but inspire readers to forge ahead in their walks with God, knowing that for them too, Grace Trumps Guilt.
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