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The Second Chance Series:Soaking Worship Explained.

On my Author page, I pondered or rather wrote whether I should tell people  what Soaking Worship is. Everyone knows what Praise and Worship is, but not that. In fact the first person left me nice three stars review because I disappointed her. I wrote very little about ranching ,  she never heard of  soaking worship and the rape scene was too long for her. I think she hoped my book would be a nice long book about ranching and romance. It is not a romance book, sorry to say.  She seemed happy I mentioned Chris Tomlin.

There is a difference between Soaking Worship and Praise and Worship. I think it is obvious. When you are in a bathtub, do you soak in suds and bubbles or do you praise it? Are you not immersed in the bubbles? Or do you dance and clap your hands in the bubbles? (Be careful you could slip and fall if you do) My questions reminds me of Paul when he said he sounded foolish because I sound foolish to you. I am trying to make a point. No, you don’t dance in the bubbles. I read in the article where it you lie  on your back and you just relax and just  immerse in the music being played. I listened to Graham Cooke Favor of the Lord on  a Sunday. It is not a sermon. He is speaking of the Lord’s Favor. We  are to receive it as we  open ourselves  to prophecy.  Most of soaking worship is prophetic. People like Corey  and Anna Ashbury and Graham Cooke or Heidi Baker. And there are some just instrumental like DappyTKeys or Kings Worship. None of those makes you want to stand and shout and clap your hands but they do draw you into God’s presence just as Praise and Worship do. The only difference is,  you are singing praise songs like Hosanna, or Our God Reigns, songs by Hillsongs, Passion, etc.  Please educate yourself. There are websites on the subject of Soaking worship. I posted one  on my author page on Facebook Madison Books.  There are tons of soaking worship videos on youtube so you don’t have to spend money on a cd and no I am not trying to get you to  or forcing you to buy my book.  My book isn’t about Soaking Worship but it is mentioned a few times in both of them because it has become part of my main character’s life.

The Second Chance Series and Soaking Worship

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I have written two books and took the risk of introducing something new to my readers: Soaking Worship. I tried my best to immerse my readers into it, but they still scratch their heads.

Unlike Mass, and liturgy, Soaking Worship hasn’t been part of church history for a long time. You might say it is obscure. The question asked is, “What exactly is Soaking Worship?”

My character says in a scene to her husband, “Christian inspirational music.” It is music that inspires you to worship. Of course, I’m sure all christian music should inspire us. But there is something about the music that just draws us into God’s presence. I read at website that it “Soaking worship means that we are simultaneously focused on both giving and receiving. At first glance, this appears to be a contradiction”  4 Benefits of Soaking Worship

So if you are of an older generation. please read up before you read my book. Thanks.

 

My Cat and My Characters

I post about my cat Henry quite a bit on Facebook. I’m seeking compassion and sympathy, but most importantly understanding. It is not happening. I can understand coming from another cat owner or lover how they would respond when you tell them the joys of owning of a cat, but when it comes to your expectation of  your cat, forget it!

“Cats are persnickety!”

“Mine likes to play with in boxes!”

“Cats are independent.”

And it goes on.

There are no woes from  my friends. I don’t hear, “Me too, Ruthie. I wish my car would appreciate what I do for him or her too.” But I get no sympathy. I guess they love their cats more than I love than mine. You can’t change them right? Cats are cats right?  You have to accept them the way they are. That means if Henry eats food from the floor its okay. If Henry rather   sleep on my  lap than in bed with me, its okay. Because he is a cat.

So here is my point. Read carefully. I am an author. I create characters. Everyone of them is unique. Just as the clay have no right to ask the potter why did you make me this way? Neither does the reader have the right to complain about my characters.  As an author. we give our character a personality and it offends me when a reader says that one of my characters is controlling when he is not. That reader is judging my character and I will not change my characters’ personality (just as a cat will not stop being a “cat”) just because the reader doesn’t like it.

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Book Spotlight: Snowflake Tiara: A Christmas Novella Duo

The second book I spotlight this week is just right for the season. It is called Snowflake Tiara by Valerie Friesen Comer.

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This  ebook  covers two eras na dis a Christmas Novella duo:

The Debutante Queen by Angela Breidenbach ~ 1889 (Helena, MT): Calista Blythe enters the first Miss Snowflake Pageant celebrating Montana statehood to expose the plight of street urchins. But if her hidden indentured orphan is discovered, Calista’s reputation and her budding romance with pageant organizer, Albert Shanahan, could both unravel. Will love or law prevail?

More Than a Tiara by Valerie Comer ~ 2014 (Helena, MT): Marisa Hiller’s interest in competing in Miss Snowflake Pageant for the city of Helena’s 150th anniversary is at zip zero zilch when she discovers the official photographer is Jase Mackie. Can Jase make amends for past mistakes and offer her, not only a tiara, but a partner in her crusade to help needy children and families?

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About the author

Valerie Comer’s life on a small farm in western Canada provides the seed for stories of contemporary inspirational romance. Like many of her characters, Valerie and her family grow much of their own food and are active in the local foods movement as well as their creation-care-centric church. She only hopes her creations enjoy their happily ever afters as much as she does hers, shared with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters.

Valerie writes Farm Lit where food meets faith, injecting experience laced with humor into her award-winning Farm Fresh Romance stories.

http://valeriecomer.com

http://valeriecomer.com/tiara

(has links to all e-retailers)

Valerie Comer
Where Food Meets Faith… and Fiction: http://valeriecomer.com
Farm Fresh Romance Series: Raspberries and Vinegar (A Word Award Winner!), Wild Mint Tea, and Sweetened with Honey!   
Snowflake Tiara: 2 Christmas Novellas set 125 years apart (with Angela Breidenbach)
Fantasy: Majai’s Fury

What is Farm Lit? http://farmlit.com

 

An Excerpt from Purify My Heart

Darlene worked as a writer for the Addison Review to help
pay her bills. When she had no work to do, she would quietly work10588606_896981380315702_1943827341_n (1)
on her manuscript, which she hoped would be a novel someday. After
many submissions, she received rejection after rejection, but she never
gave up.
Darlene’s marriage to a Marine made her life lonely, as her
husband was away a lot. As a result, her heart drifted to a charming
and alluring man named Diethelm, who came into the magazine
company looking for a business deal (or so he said). He saw Darlene
and felt drawn to her beauty and innocence.
“Hello. Is your name ‘Bella’?” He smiled. “Because you are
beautiful indeed.”
She blushed. “Thank you. My name is Darlene.” His
compliment caught her off guard, but she quickly remembered where
they were. In a more businesslike voice, she asked, “What can I do for
you?”
Diethelm smiled. “I completely forgot when I saw you.” He
put a finger to his chin, pretending to think. “Oh yes, I am here to
see your Editor. Is he in?”
Darlene wondered where that first line had come from.
“She,” Darlene corrected, and wondered if he’d made up the answer
on the spot. “And she is out. Her assistant is in.”
“Would you care to have lunch with me?”
Wow! This guy moves fast!
Darlene blushed and smiled. “I’m a married woman.”
“What harm is having lunch with a new friend?” He flashed
his charming smile at her again.
“I would be glad to, as long as you don’t make passes at me.”
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“I would not dream of it.”
What he did dream about was touching her and holding her
close. It was what he’d wanted for a long time, way before he’d even
entered the building.
“Okay,” Darlene said nervously, not knowing how to answer
this handsome stranger. He was so forward and so sure of himself.
And she had been lonely for far too long.
“Great! I look forward to seeing you again.” He picked up a
piece of notebook paper and scribbled an address. Then he handed
her the note. “Why don’t we meet at the Illuminate Me Diner?”
Illuminate Me Diner? Isn’t that—Oh the thought of going there!
She shuddered.
Diethelm saw her discomfort and understood the reason.

Purify My Heart Reviews

Christian Fantasy

 Do you like fantasies? When I wrote Purify My Heart, I thought it was  paranormal, but it isn’t. C.S Lewis wrote the Narnia Chronicles. In one of his books, there is a witch.  Harry Potter isn’t paranormal either–Rawlings writes Fantasy too. Thank to Amanda Marie she made it clear to me just by labeling it as fantasy. So I present to you, my very first Christian Fantasy “Purify My Heart”. 

Darlene, a military wife becomes entranced by a dark and mysterious man known as Diethelm. He reveals to her later they are connected to each other and she must fulfill her destiny–to become a witch like him and  to become his wife. Darlene  already weak in her faith succumbs to his seduction, but when she realizes what she has done, she fights for her life! She seeks forgiveness from God.  Can God deliver her from the claws of death or is it too late?

 

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
 
 
5.0 out of 5 stars Purify my Heart August 26, 2014
By Ella
Format:Paperback
This book took me a while to get into, but once I was able to get into it kept me guessing until the last page. Purify My Heart was not a typical romance story, it is a mixture of Christian faith verses the Wiccan lifestyle. Challenging each to see which one has a stronger hold on the soul. There were several twist and turns in the story I wasn’t sure what to expect, which was nice not being able to know a quarter to half way into the book they way it would end. But thru all the trails and challenges that where presented. I think that The Ruthie Madison did a wonderful job balancing faith and paranormal.

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Format:Kindle Edition
Sometimes, when a handsome man invites you to lunch, it is wiser to refuse. When the lonely young wife Darlene is invited to go to a restaurant, by the very handsome and mysterious Diethelm, accompanying him was a very unwise thing indeed to do. She set a series of nightmarish adventures in train, that would take her from her quiet life in California to gilded captivity in Germany as the intended bride of her witch suitor.
Darlene is not the only one in her family to be dragged into danger. Her husband, Dylan, also becomes enmeshed in the intrigues of Diethelm’s family coven, when he is kidnapped from his Marine base in Afghanistan by the pagan sex siren Tasha.
As its title suggests, this is a book with a very strong Christian ethos. But it is not just a good book in the strictly biblical sense. While the great love that God has for all of us shines out from the pages, it in no way diminishes its effectiveness as a really exciting and suspenseful story. It might be a Christian book, but it will keep people of all faiths and no faiths on the edges of their seats. I absolutely recommend it to one and all.
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Book available at Amazon.com and Smashword.com

 

Struggling Authors

I know what it is like not having the finances to hire a good editor.  It’s the pits. I have struggled with this in my life. But the Lord had blessed me. Only one time did I ever have to take huge chunks of the little I get each month ti edit my first book–A Second Chance at Love. Well, guess what? That editor was more like a copy editor. She didn’t help with my story line at all. And to make it worse,  even my proofreader didn’t help much either yet I didn’t pay her because she wasn’t  a professional. You see, I don’t have a day job where people can say to me “Don’t quit your day job.”  I am unemployed and  I get under 100 dollars a month which  goes to giving to church and paying for cat food and bus fare. Those are the basic three. I do have money left over but sometimes unexpected expenses comes up in which I need to have some money on hand.  Good editors at a low-cost are hard to find. Many of them are very business minded. “Sorry I have to make a living so I can’t do it for  free.” It’s understandable for unbelievers to say that. They haven’t  read the Bible nor do they live by God’s Word.

That’s right. God’s word. There are scriptures that says “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”, or scripture that says that we should help our brother or sister in need. Sad to say but even Christians dismiss that and go right to the one  verse: “A worker is worthy of his wages.” Too bad. There are more scriptures about blessing others than about “Thou shall pay for all work done for you.”

Even authors who  are financially strapped are struggling. Where is the help and encouragement if all you get told is: “You need help!” They don’t even offer to help them! It’s like” tough luck! Maybe you shouldn’t be writing!”

In the future when I am  making money from my books, I plan to offer a very low-cost book cover designing business because I believe that people should  be able to follow their dreams without  having to worry about costs. My source comes from God, not people’s wallets. By that time I should be doing  so much better at designing covers that it will look good! I have already done a cover for my second book in a series called Baby Blues. I want to help people because I believe that if I do, people will help me. I also want to help people because  I would  want the same for me.

I’m not putting  people down. It is their choice whether they feel generous or  not.  Maybe they don’t think they have the means to help others–to bless others. Jesus says “Whatever you think you have” will be taken away.”  Jesus has called us to make  good use of our talents. And people have, but they don’t  have the heart or willingness to help a struggling author.  Maybe it is because they feel if they bless someone, everyone else wants to be blessed to.  They could just offer a low-cost if they don’t want to do it for free.