Several years ago, I attended a writers conference at a Baptist university in Texas. The town may be small, the college may be small, but the speaker and guest list included some heavy-hitters in my field. In visiting with these authors, aside from attending their classes, I couldn’t help being a bit star-struck and more than a bit jealous.
Although I enjoyed every minute of the conference and the entire experience of spending a couple of days with peers, talking of the one thing we all have in common, I came home under a cloud of sadness. I want God to use me like He apparently does those other authors. I want to be a tool for Him, to glorify Him, to help others realize how precious He is.
But I write mostly romance. Fun little stories intended to entertain.
Self-doubt is a wicked thing. It steals your confidence, leaves you questioning your very worth as a person sometimes. In the days following the conference, I spent quite a bit of time in prayer, everything from is my work worthy, Lord? to am I being arrogant to want more? to am I even doing what You want me to do?
Then, I saw this, from a dear sister in Christ:
Feeding the Poor
Feeding both body and spirit—complimenting someone, listening, caring, writing stories that feed the heart and mind with God’s love.
See that? “Writing stories that feed the heart and mind with God’s love” is feeding the poor, both in body and in spirit.
Authors of Christian romance pen not just stories about love between a man and a woman. We write about a love that is to be treasured and based on more than physical attraction. We write about hope and forgiveness and second chances and first loves and last loves and long-lasting, till death do we part love. We provide a glimpse of what the marital relationship should be according to God’s greatest scheme and gift—a God-centered relationship of loving and being loved in return.
There’s far more to it, of course, but really—how can you beat that?
So, let me introduce myself: I am Linda Yezak, blessed to be an author of Christian Romance.
Over twenty years ago, after a decade of life as a "single-again," author Linda Yezak rediscovered God's love and forgiveness when He allowed her a second chance at marital happiness. She is now living her greatest romance with her husband in a forest in East Texas. After such an amazing blessing, she chooses to trumpet God's gift of second chances in the books she writes. Linda's novels are heart-warming hallmarks of love, forgiveness, and new beginnings.
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/GivetheLadyaRide
777 Peppermint Place: http://lindayezak.com
Linda is offering a giveaway prize to one lucky entrant! As pictured, the prize includes a signed print version of the series, a 16-ounce Christian cowboy mug, a horseshoe picture frame, a Ph. 4:13 stretch bracelet, a cute set of magnetic page markers, and a Texas Rubiks cube just for fun. All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment.
The more posts you comment on during my tour, the better the chance you have of winning the drawing! If you'd like to play along, the next blog to check is on Monday, July 23, where she is being interviewed by author Sarah Ruut. And to check her blog for links to past posts,
The winner will be announced Monday, August 6, on Linda's blog, 777 Peppermint Place.