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FaithWriters 
June 2014 

"News & Information for the Write Brained Christian" 
Today's Devotional and the Newest Member E-books Included







Dive into God's Ocean of Grace Today and Every Day
Feel it and let it overwhelm you and your problems.

FaithWriters for Kids recently held a homograph writing contest. It was open to any kids ages seven to fifteen. They had thirty days to write and perfect a 150- to 750-word story on one set of the following homographs: Spring (noun)/ Spring (verb); Wind (noun)/wind (verb); Lead (noun)/ lead (verb); Bow (noun)/bow (verb).

We had many wonderful entries and were so delighted with the depth and talent of these young writers. In first place, winning $25, was nine-year-old Owen Malcolm with his story, "The King's Journey." Owen is the son of FaithWriter's member Rachel and her husband, Kevin.

In second place, winning $15, was a ten-year-old writer with the pen name of Zielle with her entry "Lazarus' Bow."

Winning $10 and a third place ribbon was fourteen-year-old Emma Forbes for her story, "Helping Alexa."

All of the stories were a delight to read and each writer did a great job incorporating the topic words in their pieces. Below is Owen's story.


The King's Journey

Using the theme of the homographs lead/lead

By nine-year-old Owen Malcolm


It was morning. Tommy got up and ran downstairs for a story from his grandpa. Tommy sat on the couch next to the pile of boxes in the corner. “Can you tell me a story?”

“Yes,” said Grandpa. “Long ago there was a king....”

The king paced the floor. He was talking to a man. “Do you know who the most trusted man in the kingdom is?”

“ Yes,” the man said. “The mayor says I am.”

“Oh, I did not know that.”

“Well, what do you want with me?”

“I need you to lead me to the lead forest.”

“The lead forest is the most dangerous place in the world!”

“Yes. The next kingdom over there is threatening me. They say if I do not go to the lead forest and get a key somewhere in the forest, they would burn this kingdom to the ground.”

“But there must be someone else.”

“No, there is not.”

The next morning they got ready. They got twenty soldiers and twenty-two horses. They set off. Soon they came to the forest. The trees were lead. The leaves were too. They went up to it. There was a path. They went in. As soon as everyone was in... whap!

One of the men yelled, “The path behind us its closing up!”

Most of them ran back to the closing path and were never seen again.

As the remnant went on (ten solders, the king, and the trusted man), they saw traps set and caves and tunnels leading who knows where. Then finally there was just dark. Soon they came to a cave that was light. They saw a fire and a key.

“The key,” the king said.

But there was a rumble and a raspy voice said, “The key comes with a price—a fight.” The words of the dragon seemed to burn into their minds.

The king stood firm. “Draw your swords, men. Fight with the power of God.” Most died that day. The ones left were the king, three sword men, and the trusted man. It was sad but they had won, but not without the power of God.

When the dragon was dead, the king grabbed the key and started back. When they came to where the path was blocked, they were confused about what to do

Then the king thought and thought and finally said, “I've got it.”

He took the key and found a keyhole in a tree and unlocked it. The trees flew out of the way. They went on and returned to the kingdom, but before they got there, they thanked God for what He had done.

The people gathered when they got home.... ”Three cheers for the king! Hip-hip-horray!” They had restored peace.

“Now that's the end,” said Tommy's grandpa, “but I have something to show you.” He reached for his cane and wobbled over to the corner and got out a box. Bringing it back, he opened it. “Now this is the very key that the king got. I am the trusted man. The king gave it to me.”

Tommy felt startled as he looked at the shining key.

Copyright 2014 Owen Malcolm

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When Life Feels Like a Gamble  - by Abby Kelly

Psalm 16:5-6 “The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.”


“I shall never believe that God plays dice with the world.” Albert Einstein

Though believers in Christ know the truth that God is in control; we cannot help but often feel as if our lives are as unpredictable as a game of dice. I am married to a military officer. Our life could hardly get less predictable. The location of assignments, the length of deployments—sometimes the Army plays its cards close to the vest. Or, take my dear friend’s life. Everyday is a waiting game, a baited breath, a prayer that her husband keeps his job in the midst of ruthless layoffs. Then there is the little boy I met at the hospital yesterday. I could see in his mother’s eyes that the slow and painful chemo feels like a die, violently tossed and refusing to settle. What will the outcome be?

Psalm 16:5-6 brings an extra measure of comfort to those days when I’m so confused, tired or bewildered that I don’t know what to pray. God knows that our lives often feel like a gamble. But He promises in His Word that He holds our lot. The lines (otherwise translated as “lot” from the Hebrew) fall in pleasant places for those who love God and are called to His purpose. We can trust and be thankful because God has qualified us to share in a beautiful, heavenly inheritance with the saints in light (Colossians 1:12).

Follow Abby’s blog, or purchase her book, The Predatory Lies of Anorexia: A Survivor’s StoryContact
New Blog Contest - What's in Your Pocket?

Help us spread the news about the Pocket Testament League and you might win a paid 
writing assignment or two for this 120-year-old ministry. Spreading the Good News around
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FREE READS FOR REVIEWS PROGRAM 
Now offering $250 in CASH PRIZES to members who participate! All Members (Including Free Silver Members) are eligible to Enter!
   
We thought we would offer an incentive for participating in the Free Reads for Reviews program!

The official "entry" period started January 1st and will end at midnight on June 30th.

First Place: The member who reads and reviews the most books in this six month period will win $150.00. 

Second Place: There will be a random drawing from all members who submit reviews. The selected name will win $100. 

Each review you complete will enter your name into the drawing one time. Reading and reviewing more books in the Free Reads for Reviews program increases your chances. There is no limit to the number of times your name can be entered.

For complete information, go HERE and click on the Special Incentive link for FaithWriters members.

There are certainly many titles to choose from! You'll find e-books on several Christian subjects, as well as books that will help you improve as a Christian writer. There are even children's books, too. For those short on time, there are several quick and easy reads. You can find these and more here: http://ebooks.faithwriters.com/readsforreviewscurrentbooks.php

Fishers of Men

FaithWriters is unique in its dual purpose: We are writers and evangelists. On FaithWriters.com, you'll find fiction, non-fiction, poems, devotionals, Bible studies and other articles written from a Christian perspective; content you will not find on a site that is strictly evangelistic in nature, or on a general writing site. With so much variety, we receive many online visitors who might not go to a traditional evangelism site. Many may not even be looking for Jesus, but Jesus still meets them when they visit. In our experience, God tends to find people where they are 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 story. What we are saying is to keep on submitting your various pieces that could only be authored by you. You never know who will be touched and moved by your work.

Men and women from over 227 countries are drawn to the FaithWriters site by the various articles on the end of our virtual 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 sister-sites to which we have provided links. Many click on the sites we link to that offer in-depth information on Jesus because they are able to get more information in their native language.

Hundreds of readers have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior directly through FaithWriters. Plus, as mentioned, we refer many people to other sites to help answer their questions and accommodate their language. We know it is not about just about numbers. We also know that accepting Jesus and confessing Him is just 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. Consider how much time people --- especially kids --- spend on the internet these days. Watch this two minute video on how Kimberly found God on the internet.

Here is one unedited message we received this past month from a person who accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior:

"Me and my husband did gave our life to Jesus Christ. Its been some years now me and went back to Church. Me and my husband had back side back in to the world. Me and my family need pray. Me and my family is Strggling to get money get a house and pick money up for our daughter" No Name Left but God knows who this family is and we can pray for them.


Thank You, FaithWriters


Mike & Bea

The 2014 Page Turner Contest is open!

Calling all non-fiction writers! The eighth annual Page Turner Contest is now open for submissions! All that’s required is the first chapter of your completed or just-started non-fiction manuscript, along with a synopsis of the entire book. This could be just what you need to spur you on to fulfilling that dream of being a publishing author! You have plenty of time to enter, but now is a great time to start brainstorming, plotting, and outlining. Deadline is October 31st, 2014. Winners will be announced in December.

First Prize: $800 cash, editing of your entire manuscript, and more!
 
For complete guidelines, visit the official contest page: PAGE TURNER

Faithwriters Member Discounts 25% Platinum, 15% Gold, 5% Silver

CBM Christian Book Marketing offers discounts for FaithWriters Members. Here you will find great author-related services like book reviews, book review marketing, author press releases, submission and marketing, author article blasts, book trailer productions, and a whole lot more!
Christian Fiction Contest is Open

1) PLATINUM MEMBER CONTEST – Fiction entries with a sound biblical message

If you have completed a manuscript or have an idea for a fiction book with a sound underlying Biblical message, this contest is for you. Simply submit at least the first chapter by November 30, 2014. There will be one winning entry, and the author will receive a Xulon publishing package. Click on the following link for full details:


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More FaithWriters News 

Set Apart Church Blog Contest  WINNERS 

1st place - TEAR DOWN THE WALLS OF THE CHURCH by Wayne Cook - Wayne wins two paid writing assignments from Set Apart Church valued at $150.00!

2nd place - Something Larger Than Myself by Kathleen A. Trissel - Kathleen wins one paid writing assignment valued at $75.00!

Silver winner - It's never too late by Graham Keet - Graham wins a one year free Gold membership on FaithWriters!

Those who get involved at FaithWriters improve as a writer. Many end up winning or earning back their membership fee or much more in contests or paid writing assignments. Our advice is to get involved and become the writer God wants you to be. 


Many Members Hired for Jobs Posted on Private Messenger 

We want to thank the members who have told us they were hired for work posted on private messenger, we really appreciate it. In addition to many members being hired for writing jobs through private messenger. Several websites have committed to using our writers on a regular basis.

"The Bottom Line was launched on March 1, 2014. We are a website that writes Christian articles. We also provide salvation assistance and handle prayer requests. Since our launch, we have grown to a family of twelve writers; with ten of those writers being members of Faithwriters. In two and a half months time, our team has published over 350 articles. We have also expanded into TBL Ministries, which focuses on outreach and fellowship, and we are getting ready to expand to a third site, which will be a Bible question and answer site that will give our readers more of a chance to interact with our writing team. Without Faithwriters, it would have been very unlikely to have compiled such a highly talented team of writers. Thank you for what you provide and God bless." Joel B. from The Bottom Line Ministries

Thanks for your ministry and for all that you do. My Daily Armor wouldn’t be able to do what we do without you and your wonderful writers. Blessings To You And You Family, Scott Goldbach,CEO-Founder My Daily Armor Ministries

Many writers are also being published in the online magazine The Sentimental Christian Weekly http://www.thesentimental.com/home.html


Mixed Blessings Anthologies - Every story (over 400!) is selected From Challenge entries

Simple Pleasures, the first in the new Mixed Blessings anthologies, is compiled from the Editors’ Choice winners of the FaithWriters Weekly Writing Challenge. We are very excited to see the launch of this new series! For all the latest Mixed Blessings news, follow Breath of Fresh Air Press on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BreathOfFreshAirPress or Twitter https://twitter.com/BOFAPress

 
New Release - Our Favorite Christian Comedian - Timmy Boyle
Discovered in the Challenge - Click on the cover and get your copy.

Timmy has been a featured speaker at FaithWriters conferences and always a hoot. His entries in the FaithWriters Challenge caught the eye of Deb Porter and Breath of Fresh Air Press and you can see what has happened. Timmy -- and his unique and very funny mind -- has been unleashed on the world! Publication is another potential benefit for those who enter the FaithWriters Challenge.      





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At FaithWriters, we want to help you grow as a writer as we work together to spread the gospel. We really appreciate all of our members. However, like any business, we have website overhead, employees, and other expenses. Because most FaithWriters are free Silver members, please consider helping FaithWriters by UPGRADING to Platinum or UPGRADING to Gold. We promise to do all we can to give you a lot more than it costs. Another way you can help is by purchasing products through our Amazon links. They are found at the top of most site pages and are entitled Shop, Save, Support.  We thank you for your prayers and support. -- Mike & Bea and the FaithWriters staff
  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 on Amazon. Descriptions are unedited and taken from the Authors book page.




Books added to our bookstore in the last month as described by each author.


Biblical studies


LEGACY: Crafting Your Childs Future With Words
Tonja Taylor
Your Price: $7.77
As a believer, you are a king and a priest--and your word is power (Ecc. 8:4). What you say over and to your children powerfully impacts their lives, for good or bad. ALL proceeds from this book go to the American Bible Society project for Bibles for China!
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12 Titanic Lessons for Christians
Charles Hagan
Your Price: $4.95
12 Titanic Lessons for Christians is a rather clever guide in which the author uses historic facts concerning the sinking of the Titanic as parallels to biblical exhortations pertinent to 20th Century Christians.
The book is entertaining, accurate, educational and extremely uses for all Christians
from Amazon.com!

Devotionals


Mountain of Truth
Dr. Michael Cochran
Your Price: $5.99
Dr. Michael teaches a useful, practical understanding of God’s Word and of His Will that is not only refreshing but actually helpful in real life situations where a person fails or succeeds as a child of God in this world!
from Amazon.com!

Fiction


The Route
Jennifer R. Hamner
Your Price: $9.99
John returns home from the war to resume his former job as a mail carrier. Along his new route in the country he meets new friends, falls in love and reconnects with God in a powerful and supernatural way.
from Amazon.com!

Vietnam Redemption...Full Circle
Joe Baginski
Your Price: $4.95
In the telling of the Vietnam Redemption...Full Circle story, Joe takes the reader into his experiences of war and introduces Vietnamese characters who reveal their own injured souls and the personal experiences that caused them. He walks us through the biblical healing process to the soul.
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Available in more formats from:
Amazon.com

Non-Fiction


Prayers from A to Z
Barbara Caldwell
Your Price: $10.31
Barbara Caldwell is the author of 30 Days to Spiritual Enrichment. She earned an Associate Degree in Biblical Studies fromGrace Bible College in Morrisville, North, Carolina (non-traditional). She is a former student of Virginia Union University, in Richmond, Virginia.
from Amazon.com!

Free Reads For Reviews


Raised In His Ways
Mary Annthipie Bane
Your Price: $1.99
Raised in His Ways in written to outline the importance of teaching Christian values in the early childhood education preschool years.
from Amazon.com!

David's Ocean Journey
john miller
Your Price: $2.99
Join David on the adventure of a lifetime as he flies about the lake near his home and meets his friend Alexander, an angel. They enjoy flying together around the lake and then Alexander takes him for his first visit to the ocean.

David hears a mysterious song coming from the sea that captivates
from Amazon.com!

The New Sons of Thunder
Gerard Lee
Your Price: $2.99
A Christian themed comedy/adventure in graphic novel form. Two young princes are chosen by God to travel throughout the ages and across the lands as heralds of the Messiah. Unfortunately, they are not very good at it....
from Amazon.com!



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