Friday, September 14, 2018

WRITING FROM THE TRENCHES By MaryLlu Tyndall






How Writing from the Trenches was Born

By MaryLu Tyndall

Who in their right mind would attempt to create a writing instruction book with nine other authors? It’s hard enough to co-write anything with two different personalities. But nine? Especially because most authors—well, how do I put this gently?—we are an eccentric bunch. It goes with the creative territory, I suppose. We all tend to hear voices in our heads, and most of the time we aren’t even present in this world, but drifting in another time and place, constantly creating worlds and characters in our minds. Try to corral ten people like that and get them to focus on a single task!  Honestly, I don’t know what came over me.

The truth is, I’ve read many writing instruction books over the years from many different authors, and I’ve learned a great deal. But I noticed that everyone’s advice, style, and instruction was different. Sometimes they even contradicted each other. So, I thought, why not get a bunch of fabulous authors together to give their own advice on a variety of writing topics and put it in one book? A one-stop shop for the best advice out there on writing! 

Hence, Writing From the Trenches was born. Then, to gather the authors, which ended up being much like gathering and leading cats, I might add. I wanted to get a variety of authors—some successfully published in the traditional market, some who’d made a success as Independent authors, some who did both, some with name-recognition, some without a whole lot, but ALL great writers who had won awards or been on best-selling lists. Those were my criteria, so I went about sending out recruitment emails!  Surprisingly nearly everyone I contacted was excited to be a part of this book.

Working with nine other people is never easy, but I was fairly surprised at how great this group got along, how quickly we came up with the topics we wanted to cover and who wanted to write which ones. We divided up the tasks we needed to accomplish—writing, editing, formatting, printing, cover design, marketing, etc—and then set a timeline. I have to say, everyone has been wonderful to work with, everyone got their chapters done on time, and everyone is contributing to the final product. Truly a miracle has occurred!

Since I was the one pulling all the chapters together and creating the book, I had the privilege of seeing how it was all coming together through the entire process, and the more I saw, the more excited I became. This book is like no other writing book out there. Nowhere can you get ten different authors’ advice on how to write a best-selling novel. No other book provides you with ten different perspectives on the best way to plot or what marketing techniques work the best. We start the book with plotting your novel and end up with marketing, including a section on whether to traditionally publish or go Indie. Each chapter is written by an author who is an expert in that particular area. This is a rare jewel in the writing instruction treasure chest, and not one to be missed by any writer serious about taking their writing to the next level!

ABOUT THE BOOK:

TEN-HUT! Gear up for your writing with tried-and-true tips from the trenches. Ten award-winning authors share invaluable tips and secrets they’ve gleaned the hard way, offering a broad range of insights and opinions on the best way to tackle subjects such as the following:

Plotting Techniques
Research
Characterization
Villains We Love to Hate
Dynamic Dialogue
Sigh-Worthy Heroes
The Right Heroine for the Job
Hooking Your Reader in the First Chapter
Scene Endings to Lead Your Readers On
Creating a Movie Set
Making your Readers Cry
Deep POV
Copyediting your Manuscript
Indie Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing
Marketing for Those Who Hate Marketing

At last … a writer’s tool that provides the experience and expertise of ten authors who’ve been on the front lines of publishing and lived to teach about it: Connie Almony, Lynnette Bonner, Hallee Bridgeman, Louise Gouge, Michelle Griep, Julie Lessman, Elizabeth Ludwig, Ane Mulligan, MaryLu Tyndall, and Erica Vetsch.






Sunday, September 9, 2018

Instruments to Praise God -- Corrected format




INSTRUMENTS TO PRAISE GOD

By Ada Nicholson Brownell



“’Four thousand praised the Lord with the instruments I made,’ said David, ‘to praise, therewith’” (1 Chronicles 23:5 KJ).



I had no idea how one would go about making a musical instrument until my brother, Dr. Joe Nicholson, who headed the Evangel University music department for many years, showed me and a crowd.

He demonstrated how to make a trumpet. He took 4 ½ feet of tubing, actually garden hose, and a funnel for one end and put a brass mouthpiece in the other. Then he blew. It sounded almost exactly as the brass instrument as he played a short tune. Then he used 9 feet of hose for a trombone or baritone. The sound deepened. For a tuba it took 18 feet and the notes he played were way down there.

People have been known to make music with reeds picked along a river. The ancients made sounds with leaves and blew on ram’s horns. Rhythm instruments can be made of most anything, including gourds to shake and jugs to blow. Kids often play tunes on a comb and paper.

David’s instruments probably were more sophisticated. He could engage metalsmiths to make brass instruments, and use various talented folks to create stringed instruments out of wood or other materials.

But musical instruments go back as far as Genesis and Adam and Eve. Where the couple’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are listed we’re told, “And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ” (Genesis 4:21).

I wonder if the word “Jubilant” was penned after him. Jubilant means “showing great joy, satisfaction, or triumph; rejoicing; exultant.”

The next verse names Zillah, one of Adam and Eve’s great-granddaughters. She bare Tubalcain, an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that he made trumpets as well as tools.

Quite a lot of difference between what the Bible says and what the textbook claimed about the beginning of music when I was in college. “A monkey came down out of tree and made an instrument,” the book said and I laughed.

Music is used in worship to the only true God who created the heavens and the earth in the beginning.

When David was chosen to take his rightful place as God’s anointed king, David not only went after the ark but worked diligently to re-establish the form of worship among the people that David knew was true worship. That included joyful music and singing.

 But before they could properly play, sing, and combine their voices they needed to be organized. The Levites needed to dust off their talents and divided into groups according to their ministries because during Saul’s reign they had brought in idols and neglected worshiping God as they should.

David wrote, “Praise him with the sound of the trumpet; praise him with the psaltery and harp, praise him with timbrel and dance; praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:3-6).

So they praised the Lord all the way as they carried the Ark home.

PRAYER: Lord, I praise you for breath, for music, and for who you are, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, my Savior, and my soon Coming King. 


Monday, September 3, 2018

SEE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE CREATOR


Viewing Ourselves Through the Lens of the Creator By Tessa Emily Hall

When you look in the mirror, do you see a perfect reflection? You might not believe so. After all, our society has brainwashed us into believing that the definition of perfect is equivalent to having white teeth, a dark tan, and an unblemished face. Because of this, we may always find something “wrong” with us. Something we need to fix.

God’s definition of perfect, however, is different than that of the world’s. All of creation reflects His beauty, perfection, and order. Scripture says that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (see Psalm 139:14). But as long as we’re viewing our reflection through the lens of the world, we’re never going to feel “fearfully and wonderfully made”. And as long as we attempt to jump through the hoops that the world has given us, we’re always going to fall short. It’s an impossible standard and a never-ending, exhausting cycle.

This yearn for approval can only be fulfilled when we receive God's love. Our desire for human acceptance will diminish as we see ourselves through the eyes of Christ. When we recognize that our every trait was designed by the Master Artist with a purpose. Rather than highlighting our flaws and convincing us we need to be "fixed", He sees them and still says we were perfectly created. And guess what?

It’s this love--the perfect love of Christ--that gives us the power to love ourselves as well.

So the next time you’re tempted to point out your flaws, ask yourself, “Am I viewing myself through the lens of the world or the lens of the Word?” Here’s how you can tell the difference: When you view yourself through the lens of the world, the result will be a distorted, imperfect reflection.

Yet when you view yourself through the lens of the Word? That’s when you’ll see the same result your Father sees when He looks at you: A beautiful creation of the Creator. A reflection of His image. A piece of artwork that He’s proud to claim as His own.

These are the only lens that can be trusted to produce the perfect reflection that we long for.



Back Cover Copy

There's something special about spending time at a coffee shop with a friend--engaging in a meaningful conversation, then leaving refueled and ready to tackle the rest of the day. What if your quiet times with God energized you the same way?

Coffee Shop Devos offers a warm atmosphere that will inspire you to discover your God-given purpose and live to your greatest potential. Choose your devo flavor in the Menu of Contents based on your current need. Then lean into deeper intimacy with Christ through reflection and prayer. Along the way, you'll pick up tips and recipes for making your own coffee-shop beverage--regular or decaf--to enjoy while you read. And don't forget to share your journey with your friends! #CoffeeShopDevos

Each of the 180 challenging and motivational devotions will leave you feeling refreshed and reinvigorated--almost as though you've shared a steaming pot of brew at a coffee shop with your Creator.




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Author Bio:



Tessa Emily Hall is an award-winning author who writes inspirational yet authentic books to show teens they’re not alone. Her first teen devotional, COFFEE SHOP DEVOS, will release with Bethany House September 2018. Tessa's passion for shedding light on clean entertainment and media for teens led her to a career as an Associate Agent for Cyle Young at Hartline Literary Agency, YA Acquisitions Editor for Illuminate YA (LPC Imprint), and Founder/Editor of PURSUE Magazine. She's guilty of making way too many lattes and never finishing her to-read list. When her fingers aren’t flying 116 WPM across the keyboard, she can be found speaking to teens, decorating art journals, and acting in Christian films. Her favorite way to procrastinate is by connecting with readers on her blog, mailing list, social media (@tessaemilyhall), and website: www.tessaemilyhall.com.


Friday, August 31, 2018

WHERE DOES FAITH COME FROM?

By Ada Brownell

Excerpts from the book, FACTS, FAITH & PROPAGANDA


ada@adabrownell.com


FAITH IS A DECISION
By Ada Brownell


I wasn’t surprised when atheists responded to tweets about my book, Facts, Faith & Propaganda.
They usually want to argue. I always tell them “argument only proves who is best at debate.”
In several of my books that speak about faith and in all my writing I emphasize we decide what we believe.
 You can’t prove whether God exists, and atheists can’t show he doesn’t. There’s a reason for this—faith in God is necessary for salvation. We can’t please God if we don’t have faith. We’re told in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall have eternal life.”
 The Bible also says, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
I met a woman from Sweden in the airport and we discussed faith after my husband told her I’m a writer and gave her my card and a bookmark.
“I don’t worry about whether I believe in God, and I’m letting my children grow up and make their own decisions,” she said. “I’m a good person, and that’s all that’s necessary.”
She was nice, but as her daughter lay nearby reading I explained, “Belief in God is a decision. As he traveled the world, Billy Graham called people to the altars to ‘make a decision for Christ.’ If you ignore God, you decided not to accept His sacrifice for sin so that you could live forever. It’s the choice you already made, and rejecting Him is the most serious sin of all.”
I talked to her about evidence for faith and the need to choose Jesus as Savior.
She smiled. “You’re messing with my head. I’ll need to think about this.”
Here are some facts about faith.
What is faith? “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and confident of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1).
God has given each person a measure of faith (Romans 12:4). Often people who don’t think they believe cry for God’s help spontaneously in crises.
Faith comes through hearing the Word—the gospel (Romans 10:17).  Because faith is necessary to be redeemed from sin and to have our name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, God “breathed” truth into writers He chose to pen His love message to humankind. It is through that love letter—the Bible—we gain knowledge of Him and why He allows us (anybody) to accept it and love and obey Him.
 We must voice our belief. “It is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:10-11)).
Our brains may be made to believe in God. In a CNN report by A. Chris Gajilan on April 4, 2007, Dr. Andrew Newberg, neuroscientist and author of "Why We Believe What We Believe," says the human brain is affected during prayer and meditation. He suggests brain scans may prove our brains are built to believe in God. Because of this God-shaped place within, nearly every person worships something, even if they create it themselves.
Faith comes through the will. We decide whether to believe God’s Word, a false religion, or atheism. Everything about who we are, why we are here and where we are going takes faith. Yet it takes a leap—a decision.
Jesus is our only hope.  “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name given among men whereby we must be saved” (Acts:4:10-12).
Salvation is a Gift we receive:  “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ his Son” (Romans 10:9).
©Ada Brownell


Facts, Faith and Propaganda


By Ada Brownell

                Scripture: For we did not follow cunningly devised fables”2 Peter 1:16

Everything about who we are, how we came to be, and why we are here, is settled by faith. Evolution is taught as fact only because it is so widely accepted. Although scientists claim evolution can be proved, changes in any species is still the same species.
Yet evolution isn’t the only propaganda out there. There is much more that can destroy you  spiritually..

This book, written by a journalist who studied and interviewed college professors, ministers, neurologists and other physicians, supplies evidence for faith in God—and reveals forgeries designed to destroy belief in Him such as the Piltdown man, missing evolutionary links that DNA proved aren’t links, and a newer theory than Darwin’s, punctuated equilibrium.

See how to separate propaganda, false science and skepticism from truth. The secular world attempts to destroy faith in God with spinning the truth and brainwashing. You’ll be surprised at this author’s deduction of it all.



   


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Where do you want your name to appear?




By Ada Brownell

My name became public when I was 15 and wrote ideas for a national youth magazine. Other publications soon printed stories with my byline and later it appeared almost every day in a newspaper with more than 50,000 circulation. Now with the internet and my blog, my name goes throughout the world.

What about your name? It first appeared on your birth certificate and a tiny wristband.

For the most part, your name reflects who you are and what you do. For instance, Joseph is remembered today, several thousand years after he lived, because of the great man of God he became.

That brings us to an important book where you want your name to appear--the Book of Life, the “Who’s Who” of who is going to live forever in heaven.

Jesus told his disciples to rejoice that their names were written in heaven (Luke 10:20). The last book of the Bible, Revelation, has multiple references to the “Book of Life.”

Our names are written there when we make a decision to believe Jesus rose from the dead, repent of our sins and accept the redemption and abundant life, Jesus promised (Romans 10:9.

That’s when your name becomes special.



"If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire" (Revelation 20:15).




Monday, June 11, 2018

Why Do I Worship Him? Guest post by June Foster


Why do I worship Him?

By June Foster

I gazed at the cloudy sky and pondered the question. A simple question yet profound. Why?

I worship Him because He created me and gave me eternal life. I had a beginning, but He didn't. He's always been. He's the great I am. He lives in unapproachable light.

I worship Him because He's perfect. I can trust Him and He doesn't change. He'll always lead me in the Way of Truth if I'll only listen and wait for Him.

I worship Him because He is Deity. There is no one else like him. No one more powerful or able. No one more loving or gracious. No one more merciful.

Though I am a flawed, sinful person, I worship Him because He opened a Way to His presence. In myself, I can never please Him, but God doesn't see my sins any longer. Jesus is the Way. God sent Him as a substitute, to received the punishment I deserve.

I worship Him because when I leave this earth, it's only the beginning. I will spend all eternity in His presence. In delight, in joy, and in worship. And how long will that be? I can't fathom it. I just know it is for all eternity.

As I pondered these thoughts, it became more clear. I attend church generally every Sunday and Wednesday and the reason is clear. I worship One who has made all the difference.

"For God so loved the world, He gave His only son. That whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16.

Summary for A Home for Fritz



All Brooke Cantrell wants is two weeks to live Brooke Radcliff's life. But the one person who knows the truth resides in the room next to hers at Sunlight Peaks Guest Ranch. When Brooke falls in love with the handsome wrangler who works on the ranch, will her employer's daughter tell him the truth Brooke hides?

Garrett Bowman has finally found peace under Wyoming skies at Sunrise Peaks Guest Ranch. Never again will he return to the demanding corporate life in Seattle, Washington. But will the guests recognize him from the incriminating newspaper and magazine articles eighteen months ago?

When Garrett's dog, Fritz, is in grave danger, an intriguing guest helps Garrett get his golden doodle to the vet. As Fritz heals, he whines and begs until he can lay his head in Brooke Radcliff's comfortable lap. Fritz has fallen in love, but so has Garrett.

If Garrett discovers Brook's secret, will he walk away from her?

If Brooke learns Garrett's true identify, will she turn from him like all the others?

MEET JUNE FOSTER 


An award-winning author, June Foster is a retired teacher with a BA in education and MA in counseling. Her characters find themselves in tough situations but overcome through God's power and the Word. She writes edgy topics wrapped in a good story. To date, she's seen seventeen contemporary romances and several short stories published. Find June online at junefoster.com.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

WHEN YOU THINK NOBODY CARES






By Ada Brownell



I stared out the kitchen window of my mobile home looking at the pile of uranium tailings and shacks that sheltered various aspects of the small mill.

Down the dirt road was the acid plant. As I washed dishes at the sink, I hated Thompson, Utah, a tiny town on the desert populated with 100 people, but a metropolis of rattlesnakes and rabbits. There were a few comfortable homes but more dilapidated buildings, a schoolhouse, a motel, hotel and three bars. The only place to buy groceries was in the bars.

My husband, a telegraph operator for the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, had been “bumped.” That’s how we left our church in Fruita and the large extended family in the area around Grand Junction, Colo., and became stranded in a world surrounded by sagebrush, cactus and blowing dirt—and no friends.

Mama had passed away six months earlier. After raising eight kids of his own, Daddy married a woman he had just met and none of us knew. She had two teen-age children.

My husband and I discussed our loneliness. The whole town seemed to gather in the bars on weekends while we sat at home. Who would care if we turned our backs on the Lord? My brothers and sisters had careers and families of their own. We had been driving 38 miles to a Moab, Utah, church and as yet hadn’t met anyone who seemed to care about us.

Have you ever felt no one cares about you? Three things helped me when I dropped into that pit.

            I remembered God in the past.

            A special relationship started for me when I learned “Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so” as a toddler about the time my family came to the Lord. Although it’s a children’s song, the truth never changes.

            During my teens God set my soul on fire with the Holy Spirit. I prayed privately every day, studied the Word, and a burden for souls took hold of me. I was elected president of the youth group at age 15.

            I knew God loved me and had a plan for my life, and I believed He did the same for others.       The youth group grew and prospered, but my work there came to an end when I got married and we moved.

            God reminded me He is in the present, too.

            Jeremiah, known as “the weeping prophet,” was so sorrowful one of his books in the Bible is named “Lamentations.” Jeremiah wrote, “This is why I weep and my eyes overflow with tears. No one is near to comfort me, no one to restore my spirit” (Lamentations 1:16).

            Often when we are discouraged our problems loom larger than they are, or we forget our all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present loving God.

             It was good for me to remember Jeremiah whom God lifted and set his feet on higher ground. The wonderful hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” was inspired by Jeremiah’s writings. He wrote: “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, and his compassions never fail. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).

            So I remember God has been faithful until this day and I thank Him because He will be faithful tomorrow.

            In Thompson, God touched my heart and I asked Him to send me a helper. He sent a fine Christian woman my age to town within a week and we started a Sunday school in the school house. Before she died, my mother had given me a box full of Sunday school materials.

Before long, we made friends in Moab. Interesting our closest buddies were new to Moab, and were searching for friends also.

 God was in the present, but I was reminded God is in my future, too.

When we read the Word we realize God will be with us forever. He said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6 and Hebrews 13:5).

            We know God has an exciting future for us. He’s preparing a home in heaven (John 14), and the first thing he’s going to do after He catches away the church is celebrate with a big dinner (See Revelation 19:9).

            We will have new bodies for the occasion according to 2 Corinthians 5:4: While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life.”

            The experience in Thompson is years ago now, but God taught a valuable lesson. God was with me yesterday, He’s with me today, and will be in all my tomorrows.





Saturday, May 26, 2018

MEMORIAL DAY: MEMORIES AND REUNION EXPECTATIONS



I always wish I was in San Jose, Calif. on Memorial Day. That's where our beautiful daughter Carolyn Brownell Coney is buried. Yet I rejoice. Jesus said, "Who ever lives and believes in me will never die." (John 11:26). She's been with Jesus since she was 31, and when the trumpet sounds and Jesus returns, she will be united with her body-- changed--in a moment in a twinkling of an eye. And we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with her and others coming from the graves and meeting Jesus in the air! What a day that will be! (See 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).

Saturday, May 19, 2018

A RETIRED MEDICAL REPORTER ASKS: WHAT WILL YOU BRING INTO YOUR MARRIAGE?


WILL YOU BRING A SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE?

An excerpt from the book, IMAGINE THE FUTURE YOU

By Ada Brownell



 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour” 1 Peter 5:8.



A high school human sexuality teacher who is a Christian did this experiment for me in a class I taught at our church’s Dunamis Academy.

She gave paper and pencils to everyone. Before class, she marked an X on the back of one of the papers, but none of the kids knew it. She instructed students to shake hands with other teens and have them sign each other’s papers. They shook hands and gathered signatures for five minutes, and then returned to their seats.

“Turn your papers over and see if there is an X on the back,” she told them. A girl found the X and raised her hand.

The teacher told her to stand up. “She has Virus X. Who signed her paper?”

Five hands went up, and those kids stood.

“Now these five have the virus. Who signed their papers?” Four more got out of their seats, also contaminated by the fictional “virus.”

Six more admitted their fate.

Eventually all remaining students were “infected.”

“This is how sexually transmitted diseases spread,” the teacher said. “When you have sex with someone, you are essentially going to bed with every person that individual had sex with, because once a sexually transmitted disease is shared, it is contagious until the disease is cured—if the disease has a cure. You might be intimate with only one person but be exposed to multiple diseases.”

Some STDs, such as herpes, cause severe misery and are incurable, but they don’t kill. But the HIV-AIDS virus isn’t the only one that kills. Both hepatitis B and C affect the liver and can take your life. Human papilloma virus (genital warts) sometimes causes cervical cancer. Chlamydia and gonorrhea, left untreated, can affect joints and heart valves and cause pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, and even blindness.

 A story by Lawrence K. Altman published in the New York Times on March 12, 2008, said the first national study of four common sexually transmitted diseases among girls and young women found that one in four is infected with at least one of the diseases.

IMAGINE YOU—CLEAN!

 But the federal study could have pointed out three out of four do not have the disease. I imagine a large number of them were virgins.

When my husband and I were married, couples took blood tests to check for STDs. When a virgin discovered she was set to marry someone affected with a disease, there was time to call off the wedding. Of course, my husband and I had nothing to worry about, and the test came out negative.

I would guess in my day most of us were virgins, and I knew my beautiful white satin gown testified to that fact.

According to Kelsey McIntyre in From Times Past, white has been accepted as the preferred wedding dress color since Queen Victoria married her cousin Albert of Saxe-Coburg in 1840. Godey’s Lady’s Book in 1849 reported, “Custom has decided, from the earliest ages, that white is the most fitting hue, whatever may be the material. It is an emblem of the purity and innocence of girlhood and the unsullied heart she now submits to the chosen one.”

A wedding gown probably is the most beautiful dress most women wear in their lives. Even the least expensive are exquisite.

Young men, too, probably will never be more handsome than the day they stand at the altar waiting in a tuxedo for the beautiful bride.

Children often like to play “bride and bridegroom,” and during their growing years, many girls dream of the day when they walk down the church aisle, dressed in white, as the wedding march fills the sanctuary.

In 1953, about half of all women were married by age twenty, and half of all men by age twenty-two. In 2002, the average age for the bride was twenty-five and bridegroom age twenty-seven.

Today, thousands of couples are living together without being married, and multitudes of young women give birth to babies without being married. In addition, approximately fifty million babies have been killed by abortion in the United States since abortion became legal in 1973.

Something happened. A large number of young men don’t bend a knee and extend a tiny box containing a diamond and ask their beloved to marry them. Instead, many just want to rush the girls off to bed somewhere and perhaps live together.

Some folks blame the lack of finances and needing to wait to earn a college education as the reason to delay marriage, but it doesn’t make sense. You can get a marriage license for a few bucks. A pastor will marry you for free, but it’s customary to pay him one hundred dollars or so. A couple can live cheaper than two single people, and you can get your education after marriage. I did. Thousands of people earn their degrees later, and most of the people did from generations before us.

But there is something else—and it’s huge. Young women and men are giving away their virginity as if they are dropping a penny on the sidewalk and leaving it there. Guys who already have a sexual relationship with a woman won’t hurry to get married. A woman who gives away her virginity before marriage risks never being married—especially to him!

 

MEET ADA BROWNELL


Ada Brownell has been writing for Christian publications since age 15 and spent much of her life as a daily newspaper reporter. She has a B.S. degree in Mass Communications and worked most of her career at The Pueblo Chieftain in Colo., where she spent the last seven years as a medical writer. After moving to Springfield, MO in her retirement, she continues to free lance for Christian publications and write non-fiction and fiction books.

She has been married to her husband, Lester, for 64 years.

Twitter: @adellerella
Blog: http://inkfromanearthenvessel.blogspot.com Stick to Your Soul Encouragement
Amazon Ada Brownell author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KJ2C06

IMAGINE THE FUTURE YOU
A motivational Bible study by Ada Brownell
Ready or not, you’re going into your future.
If you continue to do what you do now, what kind of future will you have? This Bible study will help you discover evidence for faith in God; how to look and be your best; who can help; interesting information about dating, love and marriage; choosing a career; how to deposit good things into your brain you can spend; and how to avoid hazards that jeopardize a successful life on earth and for eternity, all mingled with true stories that can make you smile.
Review:  How I would have loved to sit at Mrs. Brownell's knee when I was a teen. This wholesome book resounds with sage, Godly advice and could be picked up again and again as needs arise. Worthwhile for parents too. Much fodder for family discussion.
            Also available in Audio. Read or listen to first chapter free! #Teens #Family #Devotions