“Write what you know” is the sage advice offered to aspiring writers.
My friend Nan McCullough has taken that track and written a book showcasing her expertise and experience.
She has earned her Butterfly Wings SHOUT OUT with her book Entertaining For Eternity—With Heavenly Hospitality.
Nan shares her launching point: “Understanding the difference between the two words "entertaining" and "hospitality" will set you free and help you relax so you can kick your front door open and begin to truly enjoy having people over. ENTERTAINING often says: "Come on over to my house and let me impress you with what I have or how I do things." HOSPITALITY says: "Come on over just as you are and be part of our family. Kick off your shoes. There's always room for one more. Make yourself at home here."
Nan maintains that we live in a world of people starved for connectedness and real caring relationships. Our homes, no matter how humble, are a place where we can share the love of Christ with others. She wants to motivate the Christian reader to prop open her front door, put out the welcome mat and start asking her neighbors, work associates and casual acquaintances in for some real caring over a cup of something yummy or maybe a simple meal. In so doing, we can and need to turn our world upside down like the early believers did in the book of Acts.
Her attractive, full-color book is packed visually with all sorts of easy, creative decorating ideas, recipes and centerpieces for every holiday and season and venue. You can focus on your guests rather than be a slave to entertaining. Having people over should be fun not a burden.
Wherein lies her expertise and experience? Nan has a unique, continuing ministry to governors' wives.
Widowed in her midlife, she would like to write a book about her widowhood journey and the surprise romance with which God has blessed her—finding her “prince charming” and starting a second new life. In fact, she is looking for a co-writer to wax creative and write a Christian romance novel to inspire widows of any age who may feel that it is a given that life has ended with the onset of their widowhood.
The Lord asked the Old Testament Moses, who was making excuses when God called him, “What is that in your hand?” It was a simple walking stick. God infused it with His power and used it for His glory. What we have “in our hand” might be a story God wants shared with others about His work in our lives.
Let's search and pray for the right genre to bring that story to life to bless and encourage others—not to exalt ourselves but to point others to their sufficiency in Christ.
Butterfly Brief #18 Submitting short stories
10/20/2018 10:28:00 AM by: Leona Choy
Butterfly Briefing #17 Announcing Contest
9/12/2018 7:19:00 PM by: Leona Choy
Butterfly Briefing # 16 NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH?
9/10/2018 9:57:00 PM by: Leona Choy
EXCITING NEW HAPPENINGS!
8/22/2018 12:57:00 PM by: Leona Choy
Butterfly Briefings # 15 Five Drafts!
8/11/2018 12:29:00 PM by: Leona Choy
Butterfly Briefings # 14 CLOSET POETS
8/7/2018 8:03:00 PM by: Leona Choy
Butterfly Briefing #13 Me too, Habakkuk
8/2/2018 12:24:00 PM by: Leona Choy
Butterfly Briefing #11 Writing From Adversity
7/30/2018 5:12:00 PM by: Leona Choy
Butterfly Brief # 10 Writing With Imagery
7/28/2018 11:24:00 AM by: Leona Choy
Butterfly Brief #9 Writing Memoirs
7/27/2018 12:00:00 PM by: Leona Choy
Opportunity for Inspirational Writers
7/25/2018 3:18:00 PM by: Leona Choy
Butterfly Brief #8 Traditional or Indie?
7/24/2018 9:26:00 PM by: Leona Choy
Butterfly Brief # 7 PUBLISHING SCAMS
7/23/2018 3:44:00 PM by: Leona Choy
AUTHOR SHOUT OUT: Write what you know
7/19/2018 3:57:00 PM by: Leona Choy
NOT TO PUBLISH? Shout Out
7/16/2018 11:50:00 AM by: Leona Choy
The Joy of Literary Midwifery
7/11/2018 2:26:00 PM by: Leona Choy
Butterfly Briefs #6 Free Self-editing
7/10/2018 5:16:00 PM by: Leona Choy
SHOUT OUT FOR MY NEW BMW!
7/10/2018 3:14:00 PM by: Leona Choy
BUTTERFLY SHOUT-OUT: Golden Morning Publishing author
7/2/2018 1:14:00 PM by: Leona Choy
Butterfly Brief #5 “Selfie Writing”
6/22/2018 1:33:00 PM by: Leona Choy
Butterfly Briefs # 4 DESIGNER JEANS OR BERMUDA SHORTS?
6/21/2018 2:32:00 PM by: Leona Choy
Butterfly Briefs # 3 How to Capture and Develop Writing Ideas
6/20/2018 3:29:00 PM by: Leona Choy
Butterfly Briefs #2 The Fantasy of the First Draft
6/19/2018 3:28:00 PM by: Leona Choy
Butterfly Briefs #1 Launching Pad to our dreams
6/18/2018 5:25:00 PM by: Leona Choy