Overcoming Adversity with Chasity Strawder

Chasity Strawder

Interview with
Inspirational Author:

Chasity Strawder

 

 

Interview:
Your story is such an inspiration. I think that there are a lot of people who are facing some of the extreme challenges you faced and will see you as a role model for overcoming challenge.

I think the best way to tell your story is to first talk about how things went wrong and then how you triumphed and made things right.

Can you share with us the events that caused you to face some of your darkest days?

After becoming pregnant with my second child, I was diagnosed with gastroparesis in pregnancy. My symptoms were pretty extreme to the point of severe abdominal pain, vomiting, and dehydration. I spent all of my pregnancy in the ER or being admitted as a patient to the hospital. The medical expenses were overwhelming so my husband and I became homeless. A year later, my husband was laid off his job, and we became homeless again. I overcame this obstacles by keeping my faith in God and never giving up in spite of the odds that were against me. I determined in my mind that I would be an overcomer.

 

When things were at their worst, what kept the light of hope lit for you?

Worship my light of hope. I just cried and embraced God’s amazing love for me. I knew that he would eventually bring me out.

 

When people survive such overwhelming challenges, there is a point where there is a shift and things start to change for the better. What was it for you that helped to get your life on a road to recovery?

Being accepted as a graduate student into my master’s program was a huge victory for me. There was a process to go through, and I was tearfully joyful upon receiving my acceptance letter.

 

When did you start to aspire and work toward becoming a teacher and school leader?

I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher since the age of about twelve so everything about my life surrounded accomplishing that dream from that point on. After resigning as a teacher in 2007, I took some time for myself to regroup and renew my focus on what I wanted to do in the future. After going through my near death experience, the timing just felt right to go after it.

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How and why did you decide to share your story and write your book, Broken For The Promise?

And what is the significance of the title? Earlier this year (2014), I started to think about and journal the details of that very challenging time in my life. I felt like God was telling me to turn all of this into a book. I stepped out on faith, and got it published. The significance of the title describes the process of what I went through to bring forth some amazing things in my life, the birth of my son and my master’s degree to become a principal.

 

Your life is a model for happiness. You’re married with 2 sons and have a thriving career. What was the most important reason that you were able to get from a place of despair to where you are now?

The most important reason for me to get through all of that was to help somebody else. I want someone to look at me and say, “Because of you, I didn’t give up!”

 

How do you hope your book, Broken For The Promise, will help others?

I hope that my book will renew the strength and faith of others. There is really purpose in pain. God can create something wonderful out of pain & devastation.

 

If someone is in your shoes right now, and they have lost their way and their faith, what do you want them to know?

I want them to know that God loves them. Never stop believing and holding on to him with everything in you. He will see you through until the dawn!

 

 

Connect with Chasity:

Author Website: http://www.chasitystrawder.com/

Chasity on Amazon

Get: Broken For The Promise

Chasity’s Blog: http://princess1075.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chasity.washingtonstrawder

Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/BrokenForPromis

 

 

Book Launch News:
Christian/Inspirational by Sandee Hemphill

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Seeking Through Soaking:

The Purposeful Pursuit of His Presence

by Sandee Hemphill

 

 

Get Your Copy Now!

 

WOULDN’T YOU LIKE TO GET MORE OUT OF YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD?
This easy-to-read guide shows you exactly what to do to get it!

You’re doing all the things that make a great relationship…
— Reading the word of God
— Praying for yourself and others
— Attending church regularly
— Loving your neighbors

Yet you feel as if something’s missing. Could there be more, you ask yourself? If this has been the cry of your heart, you’ll find the answers you’re looking for here.

Seeking Through Soaking is all about reaffirming your relationship with God. It’s about pursuing Him and the various methods you can use to find Him. More than anything else, this book is about being quiet and still in His presence.

Stillness is a key to intimacy with God, and it is one of the main goals of pursuing Him. Stillness is a goal in the natural and a destination in the Spirit. This book creates a step-by-step plan for attaining this goal.

Seeking Through Soaking teaches you how to intentionally pursue Him rather than merely stumbling upon Him. You’ll learn what to do when you find Him (or when He finds you), and how to respond to His presence.

This book will show you:
— How to embrace soaking for your daily Christian development
— How to make soaking an integral part of your relationship
— How to embrace and develop a soaking mindset
— The various paths that lead to your Father’s heart

Seeking Through Soaking is a book you’ll want to revisit as often as possible. Get ready for the journey of a lifetime! Don’t put it off any longer… order your copy today!

 

Meet the Author: Sandee Hemphill

sandee_hemphillNon-fiction authors get to write what they live. There’s an element of reality in their writings that brings their stories to life. Sandee Hemphill fits this bill. She doesn’t spare a detail in relating to you the awesomeness of her encounters with the Lord.

Sandee is an authorpreneur who understands both the writing and promotions side of the publishing process. She works with authors across all genres, from poetry to children’s books. In 2010, she launched Jeremiah One Nine Publishing. She recently launched a blog, “Authors, Get Noticed,” and is expanding her readership.

 

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Sunrise Sunset – 52 Weeks of Awe & Gratitude

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52 Weeks of Awe & Gratitude

by Kim Weiss

 

Have you been looking for a simple way to unwind and reflect on the natural beauty of life? A magical way to do this can be right at your fingertips through a stunning new book by acclaimed publicist and photographer, Kim Weiss. Sunrise Sunset – 52 Weeks of Awe & Gratitude, shares glorious photographs of the morning and evening sun captured from the same vantage point—the 14th floor terrace of Ms. Weiss’ South Florida high-rise from which she can see the sun rise and set each day.

 

Click here for more information about the book, bonus gifts and ordering!

http://helpmewithmybook.com/sunrisesunsetbook

 

 

 

FREE RESOURCE:
The Backsliders Guide to (self) Organization

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The Backsliders Guide
to (self) Organization

by Brandi J. Roberts

Give yourself Permission to Live an Intentional Life

 

 

FREE Oct. 20-24

Click HERE for FREE Copy

 

 

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The Backsliders Guide to (self) Organization will help you explore how you manage your time, your mind/body connection, your home and other environments, your money, and your relationships. We are going to see how all these facets of your life play into you living a more intentional and proactive life through the theme of being a more self-organized person.

Your actions reflect your priorities.
What are your actions saying about you?

This book focuses on the process of raising your standards by living intentionally, with purpose, drive, commitment, and passion. This involves becoming self-organized person in mind, body, and practice. We are trading chaos for order while choosing self-awareness and commitment to living an intentional life. Living an intentional, organized life not only allows you to be/do/have anything you desire out of life, it helps you proactively adapt to what life may throw at you.

Topics include:

• WHAT IS (self) ORGANIZATION
• TIME
• MIND/BODY
• HOME
• MONEY
• RELATIONSHIPS
• YOUR NEXT CHAPTER

If you feel a bit frazzled, disorganized, or a bit empty at times – this is the book for you. The Backsliders Guide to (self) Organization will walk you through various exercises and self-reflections that help guide you to living a life full of intention, purpose, and grace.

 

 

Booklaunch News: When You Get There by Jennifer Carroll

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In her new book, When You Get There, former Florida Lieutenant Governor, Jennifer Carroll, shares penetrating insights into how she was able to break down barriers and rise to the top of male-dominated cultures within the U.S. Navy and Florida state politics. As she encountered greater resistance the higher she climbed, Mrs. Carroll relied on her family and strong faith in God to overcome numerous private and public attacks. This included unsubstantiated media reports that openly questioned her character and honesty while serving as Florida’s Lieutenant Governor. In addition, you’ll learn that bad news need never be the final chapter in your life. Through When You Get There, you’ll realize that the toughest of times can be gateways that lead to something better than you could have ever imagined for yourself.

Click here for more information about the book, bonus gifts and ordering!

http://jennifercarroll.com/book/

 

 

Interview with the Inspirational Christina Lockett

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Interview with
Minister and Educator

Christina Lockett

author of:

Love Lost, My Story
A Message of Hope

 

 

INTERVIEW:

You wear so many important hats as a mother of teenage sons, an ordained minister, choir director and Science teacher. When did you realize that being an author was also within you?

A few years back before I experienced the second divorce I wanted to share my experiences. Looking back I am glad I waited because I did not expect my life to turn upside down. It is still difficult to embrace author as a title because I really just want others who are going through what I went through not to feel hopeless and give up. The best way to share my story and message of hope was to put it in a book and now I am a author.

 

Your book “Love Lost, My Story” is a message of hope. Who is it this message of hope for?

The message of hope is for women and men. People who have experienced failed relationships, disappointments, and unexpected life challenges. The message of hope is for anyone who had to start all over again after a trial or heartbreaking situation.

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Was it a difficult decision to share such personal experiences, despite the comfort and inspiration this would bring to others?

Yes it was difficult because I had to be totally transparent if I really wanted someone to be helped. It was also difficult because I knew some of my family and friends did not know all of the details surrounding my divorces. Many have read the book and shared that they were shocked mostly because I always tried to stay positive and they had no idea how much I was going through.

 

Your Christian faith appears to be at the core of strength and positivity. What advice do you have for those who are struggling spiritually?

I advise those who are struggling spiritually not to be mad at God for their current challenges. Take comfort in your spirituality. Look beyond yourself and know that when the storm is over you will be able to help another person with similar challenges.

 

As you prepared this book as an inspirational resource for others, did you experience any additional catharsis or personal healing?

Yes, I shed a few tears while writing and thinking back but I was proud of myself. I was glad about how far I have come spiritually and mentally. I realized how powerful forgiveness was as well.

 

When people experience repeat disappointments in their life it is difficult to maintain a positive outlook. What advice do you have for those who find having a hopeful outlook to be very difficult?

The main thing is not to beat yourself up and blame yourself. Take a self-evaluation and make necessary changes. Surround yourself with people who will be honest with you and most all positive and encouraging. It is difficult some times to remain positive but if you have positive people around you it will make a difference.

 

Many people who have experienced life challenges like you may also aspire to writing and sharing their ordeals and revelations to help others. What advice would you have for those who have a message but are apprehensive about the publishing business?

If you are truly truthful about the situation it will be a little easier to share. You have to ask yourself the hard questions. Will sharing my personal business keep a person from committing suicide because they feel hopeless? Do I expect others to have a life changing moment because I shared my personal business? If your answer is yes to the hard questions it is worth sharing and you cannot hold back. Go for it!

 

Now that you have experienced the power of written words to minister to those in need, do you have any additional plans to continue your inspirational writing?

Yes, I want to continue writing so I guess I have to embrace my new title..Author.

 

About Christina Lockett:

The youngest and only girl of four children born to Conrell and Beatrice Lockett. A native Houstonian and former resident of Four Corners, Louisiana. A single mother of two teenage sons named Donald and Derrick. A licensed cosmetologist since 1996. A licensed and ordained minister, a prophetess. A choir director and Sunday School Teacher of Holy Trinity Church.

A college graduate of Texas Southern University with a Bachelors of Science in Curriculum and Instruction Interdisciplinary Studies. A certified 5th Grade Math and Science teacher with a heart to inspire and encourage people of all ages.

Author Website:  http://www.christinalockett.com
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/rcchristina7
Amazon Order Link:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MX40SOO

 

 

Unwavering Strength: Stories to Inspire You through Challenging Times

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Discover the inner strength and courage to overcome grief, loss, phobias and trauma

Unwavering Strength: Stories to Inspire You through Challenging Times is the first in a series of highly inspiring books by Judy O’Beirn and friends. It is a moving collection of inspirational stories from 32 gifted authors that include, Daniel Parmeggiani, Jeanne Henning, and Dr. Terry A Gordon. It opens with a moving foreword by New York Times bestseller author, Peggy McColl, which beautifully establishes the tone for the stories that follow. Unwavering Strength shares real-life experiences that will help you find strength and comfort in the journeys others have taken through grief, loss, trauma and heartache. As you read this book, you’ll realize we are defined by our ability to rise up from our lowest points and reach into our hidden potential for incredible growth, love and compassion. A percentage of the proceeds from Unwavering Strength book sales are being donated to cancer recovery programs. Click here for more information about the book, bonus gifts and ordering!

http://unwaveringstrength.com/book/promotion/

 

 

 

 

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In the Blink of an Eye: September 11th Stories

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In the Blink of an Eye:
September 11th Stories

By Brittany Tenpenny

 

*99¢ SALE*

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Four planes. Three thousand victims. Two towers. One morning. September 11th 2001: the day that changed America forever.

Imagine waking up and getting ready for yet another day of work. You put on your best outfit, grab a cup of coffee and swing by the local bakery for a last minute breakfast. When you finally arrive at work, you settle into your desk and prepare for the day ahead. Then, barely an hour into your shift, the unthinkable happens: your office goes up in flames.

This was reality for the people who died on that fateful Tuesday morning. Some were in the towers, others in the Pentagon and the rest thirty thousand feet in the sky and digging through the smoldering rubble below. America watched in horror as the world was engulfed in flames. Our country crumbled to the ground. But from the ashes rose a new nation, one united in grief, despair and a longing for justice.

“In the Blink of an Eye: September 11th Stories” immortalizes that day in vivid detail. The short story “And Then He Smiled,” tell the heart wrenching tale of a mother’s grief over losing her child with a supernatural twist and the poem “One Dark September Morning,” champions hope even in the darkest of times. Filled with moments of joy and despair, of faith and disbelief, of life and death, Brittany Tenpenny’s “In the Blink of an Eye: September 11th Stories,” is a literary anthology destined to touch the heart and inspire the soul.

For the first month of the book’s release (Sept 1-Sept 30), all proceeds will be donated to the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York City.

Author website URL: http://brittanytenpenny.com/

 

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Interview with Inspirational Author: Glory S. Davis

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Interview with Glory S. Davis

Author of:

Sometimes I Look at Sinners:
A Collection of Short Stories

 

 

Available on Amazon

 

 

Glory you have had an amazing career of over 43 years as an educator. During any of that time did you consider any writing projects?

 

Yes, off course. I was an English and speech teacher in secondary school. I wrote many skits, plays, and speeches for students. But, I was too busy to do anything professional.

 

When did you realize that there was a writer in you yearning to express herself?

 

Near the end of my career, I attended the South Mississippi Writing Project Summer Institute at the University of Southern Mississippi. Because I was complimented and encouraged, I caught the bug there and decided that whenever I got the chance, I would try my hand at it. After retiring, I was so bored that I started writing meditations. From there, I wrote eight stories which I published.

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Today we will be discussing your book:
Sometimes I Look at Sinners: A Collection of Short Stories.
Is this your first published book?

Yes, it is.

What was your inspiration to write this book?

Many people look at America and worry about the economy; I, however, looked at America and worried about man’s separation for God and his propensity to sin. I thought that I would try to do something to put America back on the course toward being the religious country that it was in the beginning… for which it was founded.

 

Tell us what readers can expect to find in:
Sometimes I Look at Sinners: A Collection of Short Stories.

 

My readers can expect to fine eight delightful stories with religious themes. They can also expect to learn or be reminded of religious truths about honesty, dying, lost hope, deception, fornication, and many other forms of sin.

 

What do you hope will be the impact on readers after they read your short stories?

I hope that they will find the lessons presented in a funny and entertaining way. However, I want the readers to take the stories seriously, to recognize and to internalize each of the themes. It is my wish that my stories win souls for Christ.

 

Do you have your next writing project in the works?
If so, can you give us any hints of what comes next?

 

I have completed a book of meditations, Outside the Gates of Heaven, which I plan to publish by the end of this year. I have also completed a self-help book, Escape for Mothers of Prisoners. I plan to publish it soon after my second book. After those books are published, I am going to write sequels to several of my stories.

 

What advice would you give to other writers who are in a sense “waiting to retire” to pursue their writing passions?

 

I would advise them to read, read, read and read some more. It is also helpful to keep a journal, not only a reflective one, but one in which they record descriptions of people, places, and interesting conversations. The journal will be very helpful, especially when writing fiction. Lastly, I would advise them to learn the business of publishing and of promoting books.

 

Get Your Copy Here

Connect with Glory Here

 

 

Ricochet: Riding a Wave of Hope with the Dog Who Inspires Millions

 

Ride a Wave of Hope with the Surf Dog Who Inspires Millions
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In her new book, Ricochet: Riding a Wave of Hope with the Dog Who Inspires Millions, Judy Fridono shares the emotionally-moving story of Ricochet, the beloved golden retriever who went from puppy prodigy to service-dog dropout before becoming an inspirational phenomenon and Internet sensation. It wasn’t long before Ricochet became the world’s only SURFice dog™, participating in numerous charity events that changed the lives of a sea of very grateful people. Through her extraordinary gift of surfing, Ricochet has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities and those in need. With every wave she rides, she heals hearts and transforms lives by teaching people to believe in themselves and follow their heart. The story of Ricochet is one of purity, synchronicity, our interconnectedness and opening ourselves to life’s ‘paw’sibilities. It will motivate your spirit to make the most of the gifts hidden within you—so you can shine your light on the world and paw it forward!

 

 

Click here to learn more about the book, bonus gifts and ordering.
http://ricochetthesurfdog.com

 

 

 

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