Monday, February 10, 2014

illian Duncan's "virtual gift basket"



Anointed To Write?
Christian writers are different than secular writers.
Most of us worry about whether our writing is a call from God or simply a selfish desire on our part because we love to write, but we wrap it up as Christian fiction to make it more acceptable. The worry doesn't necessarily go away after that first coveted contract. 
In fact for me, the worry intensified even more.
Writing before contract takes time and commitment. Writing after contract takes more time and more commitment and more time and more time….well, you get the idea.
I spend a lot of time writing and rewriting to make my stories as entertaining as they can be. And then there’s the time involved in marketing. Time that takes away from my husband, my church, my family, and my community. 
Perhaps, God wants me to spend my time on something else—something more serious—something more important? After all, it’s just fiction! As much as I love writing, I worried that it might not be what God wanted me to do.
I was diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors in 2012 and have been having all sorts of issues because of them and their treatment. I am not and most likely will never be quite as healthy as I was pre-brain tumors--unless God chooses to intervene which I pray He does. But that's up to Him.
I've had memory issues all my life. I once completely forgot about a trip to North Carolina through the Great Smokey Mountains. Now, it's even worse! I'm sure it's noticeable to others, but maybe not as much as to me as I struggle to remember the simplest of words or the name of people I know.
Along with the memory issues, I spend a lot of time in a sort of far-away-being-in-a-bubble feeling. It's sort of hard to explain, but it's there. But an amazing thing happens when I sit down to write, whether it's for a blog such as this or for the current story I'm working on. 
The fog clears--the words come-the details are remembered! I feel like my old self as I write. I have clarity about what I’ve written as well as the vision for where the story is going. The story God has put on my heart.
I was explaining to someone how I was still able to write this past weekend when it came to me like a flash of lightning on a dark stormy night. It showed the blazing brightness of God's glory and His power.
I am anointed by God to write!
What an amazing and awesome revelation for me or for any Christian writer!  I feel humbled and blessed that God still has a job for me to do in spite of all my health issues and my limitations. And not just any job, but I job I love.
Wow! God is so good!
And just to show you how good God is—a lot of the being-in-a-bubble feeling has gone away as well in the past few weeks.  Thank you, God.
BETRAYED by Lillian Duncan
BACK COVER: 
Witness Protection Program claims they can keep anyone safe if only they follow the rules so Maria follows the rules--every rule. She's given up everything--her friends, her family, her past, even her name to ensure her daughter has a future. 
Reborn as Veronica Minor in the sleepy little town of Sunberry, Ohio, she struggles to rebuild their life amid the beauty of her flower shop. A life where her daughter can have a happy normal childhood. A life where her daughter will never know that her father was a monster. 
When a child disappears, Veronica prays it has nothing to do with her past, but what if she's wrong? Not knowing who to trust, she trusts no one...and that's her first mistake.

 BIO: 
Lillian Duncan…Stories of faith mingled… with murder & mayhem.
Lillian is a multi-published writer who writes the type of books she loves to read—suspense with a touch of romance. Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.
To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit: www.lillianduncan.net.  She also has a devotional blog at: www.PowerUpWithGod.com  as well as her personal blog, Tiaras & Tennis Shoes at www.lillian-duncan.com 

2 comments:

  1. Wow - first one here. I would love to win this. jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

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  2. I have BETRAYED on my reading list. Wonderful to meet you Lillian.

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