In this newsletter: Heart Chocolate
Holiday Recipe
Insider Info
Protecting Our Kids
Spreading the News
Ways to Pray


Welcome to the Defenders of Hope community! Thanks for joining me. This edition, we’ll be dipping into some Heart Chocolate, sharing one of my favorite fall recipes from first grade, and talking about a tip for keeping kids safe that’s near and dear to my heart.

I’d be honored if you’d pass this newsletter along to friends and family and encourage them to sign up and join the fun! Check out the Subscriber Specials section below for a sweet treat incentive.

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Heart Chocolate

Remembering
 

Heart ChocolateDuring the holidays or long seasons of physical or emotional pain, many people struggle with depression, why questions, and wondering where in the world God has gone.

I’ve been there. Often.

If you have, those times are probably easy to recall. But even if you haven’t, statistics declare the reality that you most likely know someone who is struggling.

This year my life has included a long bout with intense pain that I’m still working through. Shoulder surgery has helped, but the recovery is slow. At one point during this process a dear friend and one of the folks in my prayer group sent me a list and suggested I pray through it.

The list was thirteen names of God. Some I knew. Others were new to me. All of them powerful. But what hit me most was a little phrase at the end: “As I began to understand more of WHO God IS, my prayers were empowered.”

This is a life lesson God keeps taking me back to school to learn. I can sum it up in one word: Remember.

Remember Who HE is.

Remember the Truth.

Remember the Word.

Remembering won’t take away the trials or make them end sooner. But knowing more of who God is will help you survive those hard, dark times holding onto what matters most.

The God who loves you more than you can imagine.

Here are some of the names of God my friend sent. I pray they speak to your heart and give you a place to secure an anchor for life’s tough times.

Jehovah-rapha ~ the Lord who heals
Jehovah-nissi ~ the Lord who is our banner (He goes before us in battle)
Jehovah- ra-ah ~ the Lord is my shepherd
Jehovah-tdiskenu ~ the Lord is our righteousness
Jehovah-Elohim ~ the Lord God
El Elyon ~ the most high God
El Olam ~ the everlasting God

Remember Him as the leaves turn color, as the holidays come, and when life hurts. He daily remembers you—with a loving smile and much rejoicing that you are His.

Daddy,

You are El Elyon, our most high God, and yet you draw near to us with a smile and outstretched arms, longing for us to see you, to see the truth, to know Your love. Your Word makes it clear painful times will touch our lives, but You’ve asked us to remember You are with us every step. Every tear You know. Every shout of rejoicing. Every in-between day. You’re God of each and every one. Help us remember Your smile. Remember Your love. And remember this is not our home. Soon we’ll see you face-to-face and know You just as we are perfectly known by You right now. Thank You for loving us so well and so much. We worship You today.

Amen.

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Holiday Recipe

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This recipe is over thirty years old and very special to my family. It’s my one and only “special family recipe” to pass along to my children courtesy of my first grade teacher. The title, written in very poor handwriting, (thank you Lord for computers!) is: “Witches Mugig nut cake.” But my family just calls it Harvest Bread. It’s perfect for chilly evenings and a lot of fun to give away. Hope you’ll join my family this fall in making a warm batch of this great treat!

Harvest Bread

Ingredients

3 eggs
1 pound can of pumpkin
¾ cup vegetable oil
½ cup water
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups sugar
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1 ¼ tsp salt
¾ tsp nutmeg
¾ tsp cinnamon
1 cup yellow raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  • Beat the eggs, pumpkin, oil and water together in a large mixing bowl
  • Mix together all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl
  • Add raisins and walnuts to dry ingredients
  • In small amounts, add the dry ingredients to the liquid and beat together
  • Pour into greased baking pan and bake at 350 for an hour to one hour and fifteen minutes

Enjoy!

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Nothing is Ever Wasted
 

Three white sheets.

Recognize those lines? I sure hope so. They’re connected to one of the hardest scenes I’ve ever written—the prologue of Ransomed Dreams.

I’m often asked why I would write something like that and also how in the world I managed it. The simple answer is because that scene was pivotal for the story world of Ransomed Dreams.

A more complicated answer delves into my heart, theology, and calling to write.

I’m a firm believer that God never wastes an experience or trial in our lives. Never is that more clear then when I have the privilege of teaching, speaking, or writing. It’s in those places—a classroom, a crowded meeting room, or at my desk—that I watch God use the painful times in my past to connect with people.

That’s how I wrote the prologue to Ransomed Dreams and some other challenging scenes in Healing Promises. I opened my heart up and let the Lord have free reign. I kept in mind the people who would one day read these words as well.

My mentor calls it “bleeding into your work.” A graphic but appropriate description. Oftentimes it feels exactly like it sounds.

I’ve never seen my child in a morgue, but I’ve been with them in an ER. I’ve lived through a car accident. I’ve watched family members die. I know what it’s like to lose a baby.

None of those tears were wasted when I let the Lord use them as I wrote Ransomed Dreams and Healing Promises. As I’ve shared with women’s groups and readers. As I’ve held crying friends and family members. As I’ve let the Lord be my comforter and hold me close.

If we’re willing to be honest and open about where our lives have taken us, first with the Lord and then with others as He directs, there is great potential for hope and healing and seeing the redemptive hand of God at work.

Powerful words draw people into a place where they’re more open to hearing the Lord and letting Him heal their hearts. Whether they’re spoken or written, those words give us an entrance into another’s world.

Those powerful words are born out of our willingness to embrace our experiences and allow God to use them for His good.

Consider your story. Ask God to use it. He will.

There are people waiting to hear the words only you can uniquely share. And I pray that as you share, you’ll see that nothing in God’s loving and compassionate hands is ever, ever wasted.

 

What's New
 

November 17th I’ll be teaching with Cindy Woodsmall and Creston Mapes in Mobile, Alabama on The Art of Fiction Writing. Check out my events page for more information on times and directions.

Healing Promises is edited and will be on its way soon to the typesetter~ praise the LORD!

Here’s the back page blurb to whet your appetite:

Facing a new threat.

When FBI Agent Clint Rollins takes a bullet during a standoff, it might just save his life. But not even the ugly things he’s seen during his years working in the Crimes Against Children Unit could prepare him for the overwhelming powerlessness of hospital tests revealing an unexpected diagnosis. If only Sara weren’t retreating into doctor mode…he needs his wife now more than ever.

Frozen in fear.

Sara Rollins is an oncologist with a mission—beating cancer when she can, easing her patients’ suffering at the very least. Now the life of her tall Texan husband is at stake. She never let the odds steal her hope before, but now the question of God’s healing promises is personal. Can she hold on to the truth she claimed to believe?

Faith under fire.

As Clint continues to track down a serial kidnapper despite his illness, former investigations haunt his nightmares, pushing him beyond solving the case into risking his life and career. Clint struggles to believe God is still the God of miracles. Especially when he needs not one, but two. Everything in his life is reduced to one all-important question: Can God be trusted?

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Protecting Our Kids

Teaching Our Kids About Safety
 

The holidays are fast approaching and provide a natural way for all of us to say thanks to the men and women who work hard to keep us safe. Police. Fire Fighters. Emergency personal. Our military.

If you know any “first responders” or military, consider directly sending them a special letter, card or email to let them know you appreciate their service. If you don’t have personal contact with any of these folks, there are other ways to share. We’ve participated in care packages for the military through Adopt-A-Platoon.

You can also visit a local fire station or police precinct and drop off a note of thanks. Some of these people are apprehensive about receiving food from strangers, but cards made by kids or notes written to share your prayers and thanks are always appreciated.

We’ve found they often like chocolate chip cookies too. ;-) Especially when it’s a child bringing them with a card and a smile.

Whatever you do—from prayers to cookies or anything in between—including children (your children, nieces, nephews, and other children close to you) is an awesome way to teach them about service and help them get familiar with those who will assist them in case of emergencies. Not only will you be modeling love in action for the children, but you’ll also be giving a precious gift to the men and women who keep us safe.

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Spreading the News

And the winner is…

Defenders of Hope Mug

November’s gift pack includes a very cool Ransomed Dreams puzzle and a signed copy of Ransomed Dreams. Plus, a special holiday treat…a fun evening with good food and great coffee at Starbuck’s all wrapped up in a cool gift card!

November's winner is Angela Rogers! CONGRATS, Angela!

 

Subscriber Specials
 

With every newsletter (now four times a year: November, February, May, and August) we’ll draw a winner for Ransomed Dreams (and soon Healing Promises) gift packs from our newsletter subscriber list. These will include a combination of books, mugs, Starbucks gift cards and puzzles. Plus, in February we’ll do the annual Godiva chocolate gift—one of my favorite things to give away!

Please let your friends know about the Defenders of Hope newsletter too! If one of the friends you referred wins, let me know and I’ll have a special gift for you too. Think chocolate! Really, really good chocolate! ;-)

 

More ways you can help spread the news
 

Here are three very powerful and effective ways you can easily help promote Ransomed Dreams:

1)     Are you part of a book club or do you know someone who is? Is there one through your church, school, library, homeschool group, or work?

If so, please let the group leader know about Ransomed Dreams and that I’d love to give them a complimentary copy to review and possibly include in their schedule for the upcoming year.

Also, I LOVE talking to book clubs. I’ve done a few this past year and it’s been one of the most enjoyable experiences of my book related adventures. So if you’re part of a book club, please mention to the leader that I would LOVE to answer questions via speakerphone or in person (if your group is close by) if your group chooses Ransomed Dreams!

2)     The second thing I’d SO appreciate you doing is calling your local library and asking if they’d carry Ransomed Dreams. Libraries often order multiple copies of a book and it’s a great way to meet new readers.

A great place to check and see if your library already has Ransomed Dreams is http://www.worldcat.org/ (just type in Ransomed Dreams and you’ll see a list of all libraries carrying RD)

Here’s the information you might need to either request Ransomed Dreams through your online library system or if you call and speak to one of the staff members:

Ransomed Dreams
By: Amy Wallace
ISBN: 159052747X
Publisher:  Multnomah Fiction

3)     This last suggestion is in honor of the holidays. Books make AWESOME gifts. Especially personally autographed ones! Here’s an easy way to order a signed copy of Ransomed Dreams for Christmas:

http://www.signedbytheauthor.com/1275.html  This link will take you to the Ransomed Dreams page where you’ll see links that explain how Signed by the Author works and the easy check out process. If you have a special autograph request beyond just a name, please email me and I’d be happy to personalize a copy just the way you’d like it!

Thank you SO MUCH for helping me spread the news about the Defenders of Hope series. From personal recommendations and writing an online review to calling your libraries and being part of a blog tour, every bit of your help is amazing and so appreciated!

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Ways to Pray

Knowing there are people praying for me as I walk this writing journey is a huge encouragement to my heart. Thank you for lifting these requests to the Father!

  1. Please pray that Ransomed Dreams would continue to reach the hands and hearts of those who need this story.
     
  2. Please pray for my continued recovery from shoulder surgery. The surgery went well, and I’m healing~ praise God! Thanks so much for covering that event with your prayers.
     
  3. Please pray for God’s leading as I finish writing book 3 of the Defenders of Hope series. That I will hear the Holy Spirit’s whispers and be obedient to tell His story the best possible way.
     
  4. I’d also appreciate your prayers as I start work on another suspense project. Please pray for wisdom and favor. Also, that I’d follow the Lord’s direction every step.

 

A prayer for you:

Jesus,

You have created each one of these precious people reading this note. You know them by name. I pray You’ll open their eyes and hearts to see anew how passionately and completely You love them. Help them see nothing in their life is wasted in Your hands. Help them remember You are with them. Always. Thank You for loving each and every one of us. You are good all the time. Help us hang on to You no matter what.

Amen.

Abundant Holliday blessings,

Amy Wallce
Amy Wallace
Psalm 91:2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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