Christ Is for Us Featured in Author Week

Seven days, seven authors–I’m excited to be part of Cara Meredith’s Author Week!

My Interview

Cara asked me and each of her selected authors the same six questions:

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself, will you?
  2. What, in a nutshell, is your book about?
  3. What was the inspiration behind it?
  4. How do you hope readers will be changed by reading your words?
  5. How have YOU been changed by writing the book?
  6. Since you just finished writing (and publishing!) a book, what encouragement or tips would you offer new writers who are just dipping their toes into the water, so to speak?

Here are my answers to her last two questions:

How have I been changed by writing Christ Is for Us?

I’m more naturally drawn to the stories of Jesus, but in writing this book, I gained a new appreciation for the ​writing of the apostle Paul, especially the book of Romans. I gained a new appreciation for studying Scripture in community as I met with a small study group during the time I was writing this book, and included some of our discussion. Now that the book is out and Lent has begun, I’ll be meeting with another small group where we hope to deepen our experience of Christ is for us, and strengthen our sense of community together.

What encouragement can I share with new writers?

Many writers benefit from writing every day, from writing first thing in the morning, or writing a certain daily quota of words, or developing other good writing habits. But that doesn’t work for everyone, and you don’t have to write that way. Write when you can, where you can. Follow your passion. Find what works for you. If your dream is to write, be encouraged by these words of Henry David Thoreau: “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”

This is the graphic that I created for Cara’s Author Week, and you can read my whole interview on Cara’s website.

A Community of Writers

I’m glad to be part of this community of writers that Cara is featuring this week, and I hope that you’ll check each one out. For a chance to win a free copy of any of these books, click over to Cara’s site and leave a comment. The draw for free books takes place on March 15:

Dorothy Greco, Making Marriage Beautiful – I love Dorothy’s book and featured it as part of her book launch in my post, How to Make Your Marriage Beautiful.

Lee Wolfe Blum, Brave is the New Beautiful – Isn’t that a great title? I’ll be reading Lee’s book and writing my own review soon.

Kristen Kludt,  A Good Way Through – A journey from disappointment to hope. As Kristen says, “We all experience darkness. I offer you mine in the hope that you might find within it light to guide you in your own.”

Katherine Blessan, Lydia’s Song – A novel about child-sex trafficking in Cambodia seen through the eyes of Lydia, a British teacher living in Phnom Penh.

April Yamasaki, Christ Is for Us: A Lenten Study Based on the Revised Common Lectionary – My own modest entry in this wonderful list of writers and their books.

Erin Wasinger and Sarah Arthur, The Year of Small Things – two authors and their families share about their year of choosing one area of faith (e.g., debt and budgeting) to work on together each month for an entire year.

Catherine McNiel, Long Days of Small Things – I enjoyed hosting Catherine on my blog for Lenten Reflections of a Weary Mother, and am glad to see her featured in this author week too!

Writing/Reflection Prompt

What’s on your reading list these days and why?


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