Monday, September 7, 2015

The Treasured Woman Book of The Month Club Week Two Reading Schedule

I hope you're enjoying the The Treasured Woman: Profiles from Proverbs 31 by Christa Bryant. I know I am. There has been a lot of discussion on several posts about the book.

If you haven't gotten your copy of the book yet it's not too late. It's available in print, , Ebook, and audio book. You can even get the Kindle app for free here: - Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices

Christa has been writing back and forth about the study, too. So make sure you take the time to post. I'm sure she looks forward to your comments as do I.

Week Two

We are reading chapters 3-6 this week. I will post a discussion over the chapters on Friday, so be looking for it.

Thanks for participating!


What has been your favorite part of the book so far?

When Shovels Break by Michael Shank

This is just one of those books I had to share. If you haven't read When Shovels Break you need to. It was written for Christians who have fallen away, and it is moving mountains getting the erring to come back to Christ.

When Shovels Break: (sequel to Muscle and a Shovel)

"This is a true story about John - a Christian man who is at the brink of suicide. Struggles, discouragement, and John's improper expectations of what God was "supposed" to do for his life caused John to leave his faith and the Lord's body, the church.

John went back into every form of sin imaginable: alcoholism, drug abuse, adultery, and pornography - just as a dog returns to its vomit. John's shame and guilt, his failure to provide for his family, and the loss of all hope that God could ever forgive him brings John to a terrifying moment... holding a shotgun to his chin. He starts to pull the trigger...

Can God forgive this wretch of a man? Is it possible for John to be restored and to be able to return to Jesus Christ? This raw, gritty, true story grabs the reader from beginning to end. It is a story about the real life of a discouraged Christian, and it is a story of hope, love, and the redemption found through the grace of God!

Be prepared – this story will shock you. When Shovels Break is the sequel to Muscle and a Shovel. It is a true, candid, and raw story about a Christian couple who falls away from the Lord, their faith, and the Lord’s church; returning to a world of sin far worse than before their conversion. This true story, written in novel form, addresses the seriousness of Christians who fall away, the possibility of God's love, His grace and His incredible forgiveness!" (Amazon)

From Church of Christ Women Authors

It's easy to see that the world is in a mess. We must open our hearts and teach others the gospel of Christ. We must. Sometimes teaching our family and friends is extremely difficult, but it can be done.  Michael Shank wrote his book Muscle and a Shovel as a tool to convert people to Christ, and it works. I am planning to buy several of them for my family members for Christmas this year.

I have a friend back home who studied the book with her mother, and yesterday her mother was baptized for the remission of sins. It is a beautiful, soul-searching book, and it is a MUST read! I couldn't put it down, and I hope you don't either!

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Have you read either of these books?

Meet the Author Cynthia Evans

Meet the Author Cynthia Evans

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I decided to be a writer when y daughter left home and went to college. That was in 2006. This gave me time to concentrate on my writing.

How long does it take you to write a book?
It takes me about a year to write a book. I have to set aside time to write.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I must write in the mornings. I have my freshest ideas in the morning. I spend about 30  minutes to an hour writing. Most of the time I can get on a roll.

Do you have an interesting writing quirk?
I'm not sure if this is a quirk, but I read the book out load to myself while I'm writing. It's strange to someone else [who] happens to overhear me.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I get my ideas from listening to people and their concerns. I believe that everything that we face in our Christian lives is covered in the Bible. I use only scripture for my books.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
A few years ago my daughter and I started a ladies ministry called, "Titus 2 Project." We bring older and younger ladies together in seminars to discuss today's issues using the word of God. The ages for our seminars range from 13 years to 80 years old.

What would you tell other Christian women who want to write?
Please do so and step out on faith. We need more Church of Christ sisters sharing the word of God to others.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I have written two books. I can's say which one is my favorite. I find pleasure in both. You and God: The Parenting Partnership is my first book.  The first one is always special. My hope and prayer is that it will help parents [with] biblical help.

The Ultimate Family Reunion is very personal to me because it accounts of my earthly Powers family reunion to our spiritual reunion. It's personal because I want my earthly family members to be a part of the heavenly family reunion.

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Listen...listen to the spirit within you guiding you in what you need to write. Listen to what others around you are talking about. Do NOT listen to negative feedback from people that don't think you can do it. I am very selective in people that I tell about the books I'm writing.

What do you like to read?
I read the Bible and blog information on the subjects I'm covering. I'm selective on the sermons, blogs and other writings I use.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I love to travel. I wish I could have a job where I was paid to travel.

What are your tips for ignoring negativity when writing?

Black Tears by Andrea R. Piper

About Black Tears

"Nadine cried black tears that the whole world turned a deaf ear to….

Nadine Crawford was the neighborhood eccentric. She was peculiar and distant from everyone else in the urban life she led in Brooklyn. She hardly spoke to anyone, rarely came out of her apartment, barely lived. But what her neighbors didn’t understand was the pain Nadine had to deal with for years…
Nadine endured the emotional struggle of living as a family of seven in that tiny, shabby, Brownsville apartment. A woman in her thirties, Nadine felt completely at ease taking up residence with her parents and siblings as if she was still a child. If she didn’t have her family, she didn’t know what would happen to her…
Set in Brooklyn, in a time when the youth ruled the streets, Nadine Crawford struggles to survive against the crime-filled culture of that era. Getting through the next tragedy was her only goal…" (Amazon)

Category: Urban Fiction

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