Plot, Pray & Play’s 2014 Retreat

  Plot Pray & Play’s 2014 Retreat Earlier this month, I got back from a very special retreat. Every year, for a dozen years, a group of writers have gotten together to Plot, Pray, and Play. When we get together, we spend our time talking, laughing, praying, and plotting each others’ books. Since we’ve been meeting together for so long, we know each other well. We also keep up with each other during the year through a private loop. We are {Read More}

July’s Instagram Round-Up!

I’m a pretty avid Instagram-er.   So I thought I’d share some photo highlights from the past month of summer travels and fun with the Goyer clan. If you’re on Instagram too, let’s connect! Family Photo at the Dixie Stampede! The Girls Love Exploring Iva’s Farm Summer Days Swimming with Goggle Friends! From Our Trip to The Living History Museum – Dress Up is So Much Fun! I Loved Catching Up With Joanna Weaver! A Beautiful Montana Rainbow! From our {Read More}

The Best & Hardest Part of Being a Writer is The “Undoing.”

The Best & Hardest Part of Being a Writer is The “Undoing.” To do my best, I must give my all. All authors do.   I have many writer friends and I don’t know a single one of them who writes the first sentence of their new novel and knows the whole story, knows it will be wonderful, and has confidence in every word. Instead, we question, struggle, have doubts, and turn to God in ways greater than we ever dream possible. And {Read More}

God’s Mission & Tool Chest for Moms

The assignment: confirmed in the moment by the Holy-Spirit via telepathic communication. The command: given by the High Chief to Love One Another (Matthew 22:39). You close your Bible and check the leather binding to make sure it’s not one of those self-igniting editions. It’s not. And that’s a good thing too, it’s your favorite exhaustive, study edition. You snap open your super-secret tool chest. (So secret in fact, you have yet to use some of the apparatus.) Inside the chest, next to the {Read More}

Books to Movies: With God All Things Are Possible

Books to Movies With God All Things Are Possible   When I became a novelist there was a comment that I received often, but one I didn’t expect. “Wow,” readers would tell me. “This novel would make a great movie!” That’s something a novelist likes to hear, but it carries as much weight as when your son hits a home run for the first time. “Wow, your boy’s going to be in the Big Leagues.” It’s a nice dream, but {Read More}

5 Things I Learned from Writing ‘Moms’ Night Out’

Do you have a dream that you don’t dwell on long because the idea of it coming true seems so unattainable? I’ve had a dream like that. It’s seeing one of my novels make it to the big screen, and on May 9th that’ll be happening! Well, to clarify, I wrote the novelization of Moms’ Night Out. That means they sent me an “almost complete” copy of the movie, and I wrote a novel from it. Yet even though I {Read More}

Congrats to the Winners of The Kissing Bridge Giveaway

Congrats to the Winners of The Kissing Bridge Giveaway Thank you to everyone who entered my “Beautiful Bridges and Special Kisses” giveaway. I loved reading about your favorite bridge and your most special kiss, both on your blogs and in your comments! The five winners of a collection of ten Amish novels are . . . Amy Bateman: Amy shared her favorite bridge, which is in Omaha, Nebraska! It crosses the Missouri River, so you can technically be in two places at once: {Read More}

3 Steps to Finding the Grace to Chase a Dream | Guest Post by Cara Putman (Plus a Giveaway)

3 Steps to Finding the Grace to Chase a Dream | Guest Post by Cara Putman Once there was a fourteen-year-old who quickly realized her favorite authors simply could not write books fast enough. Because she was young, she decided she could write books, too. Her mother smiled and allowed her to write as part of her English. Slowly two novels grew on an old computer, paragraph by paragraph, page by page. She loved creating ideas, research, writing. The process {Read More}

The Books Authors Read | Shelley Shepard Gray

What was your favorite book as a child? My favorite book was Alice In Wonderland. It’s still one of my all-time favorites. Right there with Little Women. What book did you read that first made you want to be an author? Boy, I can’t remember a particular book. I have always been a voracious reader and still do read a lot. I wrote my first page during my lunch hour when I was teaching sixth grade. The only reason I {Read More}

Spring Cleaning for the Soul | Guest Post by Liz Curtis Higgs

  Spring Cleaning for the Soul Here’s what I love about stories: They let us step inside someone else’s shoes and, in the process, take an unexpected journey of our own. In my new novella, Mercy Like Sunlight, Mary Margaret Delaney is coming out of a long season of depression and discouragement, only to find her neglected house needs a lot more than just a spring cleaning. When the mother of her pastor offers to help, Mary is afraid of {Read More}

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