Winner Announced from Shelley Shepard Gray’s ‘The Gift’ Giveaway

November 22nd, 2017

Shelley Shepard Gray, author of The Gift, is pleased to announce the winners from the 5-book giveaway.

Congratulations to the winners:

Joy Taylor
Evangeline Gober
Anne Berger
Barbara Corbin
Carole Smith

Please email your mailing address to caitlin {at} litfusegroup {dot} com read more »

The Story Behind ‘Pass It On’

November 22nd, 2017

Create a legacy of wisdom and faith to share it with your children and grandchildren with Champ Thornton’s Pass It On, a Proverbs journal for the next generation. There are many different kinds of legacies we can leave, but sharing yourself and your faith with the next generation will always stand the test of time. Through showing himself and his wisdom in the book of Proverbs, God has also left his legacy with us and relies on us to share it with our children and grandchildren. But before we can share that wisdom, first we must grow in our own understanding and knowledge and record, reflect, and consider what we have learned. Pass It On is an innovative resource to strengthen families and help them grow in their love for God and each other.

Read our interview with Champ below to learn more about Pass It On!

Tells us a bit about… read more »

Shelley Shepard Gray’s Christmas Favorites

November 21st, 2017

We’ve turned another page in our calendars and can’t believe how quickly the holidays are approaching. Shelley Shepard Gray joins us today to share some of her holiday favorites! Plus, today is the last day to enter to win a copy of her latest release, The Gift. Click here to learn more and enter. 

What is your favorite Christmas tradition? When and how did it begin?

My favorite Christmas tradition is getting everyone who stays at our house during the holidays pajamas from Ernie the Elf. It all started when our kids were little. I’d get them new pajamas to open on Christmas Eve morning. I used to wrap them up kind of messy and would write in a black sharpie marker from Ernie the Elf. I never thought I’d still be getting them pajamas 20 years later! Now the best part is bringing extended family and friends into the tradition. We have a… read more »

The Christy Awards Wrap-Up

November 21st, 2017

Audra and I had the pleasure of attending the PubU conference, The Art of Writing conference, and the Christy Awards gala earlier this month in Nashville, Tennessee. It was a great time of networking and learning from our fellow industry professionals, and we would highly recommend anyone involved in the industry making the trip next year for all three events.

If you missed the big news, we had the opportunity to live-stream the winner announcements on our Instagram during the night of the gala. It was wonderful to see and meet many wonderful, talented authors, their editors, their agents, and more.

We were honored to be a part of publicizing and spread the word online about a few of the winners (Becky Wade’s Her One and Only, Jocelyn Green’s The Mark of the King, and… read more »

The Story Behind ‘World View’

November 20th, 2017

If we reacted to our common culture with not just biblical facts, but also grace and compassion, what would our world be like? Marvin Olasky explores the answer to this question and more in his new book, World View. While regular readers of World Magazine may remember some of the columns contained in World View, never before has a collection of Marvin’s work over the last 25 years been curated like this. These 60 columns cover a wide variety of issues that remain relevant today, ranging from political issues such as immigration and welfare to social issues including homosexuality and racism. Marvin also touches on everyday conversations such as movie reviews, career paths and the impact of Millennials. While reading his commentary, readers will learn a new way to consider and respond to any situation in a way that lives out all biblical virtues, including mercy and grace as well as… read more »

The Reality of Parenting by Champ Thornton

November 19th, 2017

There’s no doubt about it . . . parenting is complicated. In the midst of the wonderful busyness of raising children, Champ Thornton challenges parents to remember a simple instruction—help your children live in reality. Keep reading to find out what this looks like and how the Proverbs can help! Plus, be sure to grab of copy of Champ’s latest book, Pass It On!

“Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children. Now I have six children and no theories.”

This quip supposedly comes from 17th-century author John Wilmot, but most any parent could echo its sentiment. Parenting is complicated. Every child is made in the image of God, unique, and multi-faceted. The complexity grows as each additional child enters the family.  And complications multiply as the relationship between each child and every other family member also requires attention. No wonder parenting is one of the… read more »

What Happened When I Finally Opened the Gift by Lucinda Secrest McDowell

November 17th, 2017

With the holidays coming up, don’t miss out on opening the most important gifts. Lucinda Secrest McDowell joins us today to about share about the ordinary graces waiting for you each day. Plus, celebrate the release of Lucinda’s new book, Ordinary Graces,  and grace your holiday season with a $75 Etsy gift card giveaway! Click here to learn more and enter.

From his fullness we have all received grace upon grace~ John 1:16

“Sometimes I blurt out words that hurt other people. In trying to hide my insecurity, I become bossy, controlling and impatient. With ears tickled by the praise of others, my mood can fluctuate from joyful to despondent on the whim of someone’s opinion. But I don’t want to be this way! I often

wonder if anyone will ever really love me.”

* * *

I was “that girl.”

Striving. Enslaved. Rigid. Yes, a Christ-follower. Carrying around God’s… read more »

Story Spotlight on ‘Murder in Disguise’

November 15th, 2017

A story of murder, a rumored secret life, and anonymous threats—don’t miss book three, Murder in Disguise, of Donn Taylor’s Preston Barclay Mystery series! Visiting professor Preston Barclay decides to investigate the department chairman’s mysterious death. The more Press questions, the more dangerous the threats against him become, and the more determined he grows to clear his friend’s name. Can Press’ stumbling efforts prevail against the entrenched forces of the police, the campus radicals, and an unseen but powerful criminal organization that increasingly puts lives in danger?

Keep reading to learn more about Donn and get a sneak peak at what he’s working on next! Plus, be sure to grab a copy of Murder in Disguise!

Donn Taylor’s Writing Favorites

What are your ideal writing conditions?

They are internal rather than external, and they are not entirely within the control of the writer. There are times when the mind is hitting on… read more »