Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
This month, I'd like to salute some of the authors whose books I've read, loved, learned from and changed with. The first and my favorite is Beth Moore. Lately she's been featured on Life Today with the Robinsons and she's dynamic. Secondly, I'd like to acknowledge Joyce Meyer who is equally anointed and dynamic.
Now, some of the others may not be as well known, but they are just as excellent. I've been watching Alton Gansky, Joyce Anthony and Marvin Wilson, Michelle Sutton, Lacresha Hayes and Lynn Austin, and many others. Their books are good and their messages are powerful. Some of them are hidden, some blatant, but always there. Support your local Christian authors because they are the lifeline of our beliefs, bringing us the things we need to excel in our walk.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
From what I'm told, the book will be available for sale through all the major book retailers by November 17, 2008. Keep this book and the author, Jeanette Patindol, in prayer and hope that it can help children deal with this travesty in the body of their moms.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
My mother and I spoke on the phone. She said that the power of words are found in the heart of the person who is speaking them, whether it's God's Word or ours. Remember to make your words count.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Mr. Copeland, tell us a bit more about you?
My name is Jimmy H. Copeland III. My father is a retired Lt. Colonel and practicing psychologist in Virginia. My mother is a practicing social worker in Virginia. I'm married to Tiffany, who is a Independent Beauty Consultant and Freelance photographer. I have two girls, Essence and Trinity and a little one on the way. I received my Bachelor and Masters degree at Texas A&M University-Commerce. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications and my Master’s Degree in Secondary Higher Education. I also obtained my certification in Special Education in the state of Texas. I am certified to teach Early Childhood through 12th grade. I consider myself blessed and fortunate to have an opportunity to encourage others wherever I go in life.
What was you inspiration behind Life is a Game?
While working in the prison system, I noticed how inmates and staff become desensitized to the violence all around them. It’s a normal day to see someone stabbed to death or to see 6 people kick a person in the head, arms, and torso repeatedly for 5-6 minutes at a time. Its normal for a person to run at the drop of a dime, to assist a staff member being assaulted 100 yards away. It is also normal to hear the ground shake underneath your feet because grenades are going off around you and shots of an M-16 shotgun are rattling your ear. In my job, it is easy to be plagued by fear. You have to be positive yet aware of your surroundings. My goal is to inspire people to take back control of their lives. You can use fear to make you stronger or fear can destroy your life. God has blessed me with a gift of exhortation. I love to encourage people and exhort people in achieving God’s best in their lives. I woke up one morning last fall, and started typing. It was like a flood being released within me. Thoughts and ideas came to my mind and I wrote them down as fast as I could.
What do you hope to accomplish with this book?
I pray people are exhorted and motivated to get up and be all that they can be. I hope that this book gets them on their feet in pursuit of their passions in life. My goal is for people to be encouraged and sharpen the tools (gifts and talents) that are within them. I long for people to stop looking down in their lives at all the problems and situations that surround them. We all will have problems and situations. The question is what are we going to do about them. Somethings in life we can’t change. However, we can reduce our anxieties and worry by not focusing on the things we can’t change but on the things we can. Our choices dictate our world. What choice will we make in life? I hope people regardless of where they are and what they are doing are motivated to make good choices that don’t simply help themselves but impact generations to come.
How did prayer play into the book?
I believe that God answers prayer. I also believe that God can use people to do his will. All He asks for is a willing vessel and obedient spirit. God laid this book on my heart, and I sought God on what to do and how to do it. To be honest, when I finished writing the book, I sought to simply print it out, self publish and give it away. I just wanted people to be blessed. A question was posed on why don’t I get it published, so I sent the manuscript out on the internet to publishing companies to see what happened. Living Waters Publishing Company liked the manuscript and agreed to work with me. It gave me joy to know that I was backed by a company who lifted me up in prayer and was equally dedicated to my vision and cause.
Do you have any other works in the making? Tell us about them.
Currently the book Life is a Game is almost finished with its revision. I pray that this revision touches even more lives and encourages people to maximize the passions of their life. The revision expounds on Life is a Game by exploring the different aspects of through segments called Winning Life’s Battles and Living Victoriously. Winning Life’s Battles explores the battles that we face in life and how to be victorious. It allows us to look at what kind of person we are and what is needed to be a champion. Living Victoriously will catapult the reader into I can and I will, versus I might, maybe, and I’ll try.This will all be in the revision.
I am also working on a piece called, Where’s the Love? It is a letter to the church. The design is not to condemn or judge, but for believers to do a self check. The Bible says to judge yourself. Sometimes in life we get so caught up in the world that we lose track of who we are really serving. The question is posed, "Do we really love God." I believe this book will be a dynamic life changer which will cause believers to get back to the basics within their faith and hopefully out of the snares of traditionalism and religion.
Take a moment to speak to our readers from the heart.
I appreciate your support and investment. My goal is to inspire you to be successful in all your endeavors. This book is for everyone, however, I have a special message for young people, teenagers and pre-teens alike. I do understand how hard it is to find yourself. I know how it feels to be forgotten. I know how it feels to be alone, and trying to fit in. Through my trials and transitions, I found that the harder I tried to fit in, the more I lost myself. When I say losing myself, I mean I lost my identity. I was so busy trying to fit in that I became more like them for acceptance and less like me. I slowly began to see through negative and positive choices that all I need is within me, and all I have to do is to be myself. Being who God created me to be is all that is necessary for me to have joy and peace in my life. There is nothing wrong with being an individual. All great men and women in the past had to stand alone for a season. After standing alone, people gravitated to them. People gravitate to strong people because they have something that they need. You have what they need, so be that trendsetter and strong person.
Give us some contact and purchasing information.
The book is available at Books-a-Million, Borders, Target.com, Amazon.com, and Powell's.
I would encourage the reader to purchase it from the publishing company because it is cheaper there. At this time it is on sale for $8.95. I really want readers to get the book in their hands so they can be motivated and encouraged. The publisher’s website is www.livingwaterspc.com and their store site is http://store.livingwaterspc.com
Please feel free to learn more about me at www.jimcopeland.org.
Jimmy H. Copeland III, M. Ed.DOJ-Federal Bureau of Prisons
Special Learning Needs Coordinator
Assistant Team Leader Crisis Support Team
SCR Crisis Support Team
Friday, August 22, 2008
I was very happy about this interview with Sabriena Williams, author of the upcoming book, Wait on the Lord, I Say Wait. She's a true inspiration to women and to Christians.
1) What inspired your latest work?
The inspiration behind Wait on the Lord, I Say Wait was my hasty decision to choose a mate for myself without waiting for God to send me the man he ordained for my life. In 2004, I was going through a period of loneliness and depression. I was struggling with low self-esteem and didn't know who I was in God. I had a strong desire to be married and fulfill my fleshy desire of being a bride. I thought that if I had a man, I would be complete. I thought the feelings of loneliness would subside, but it didn't. It got terribly worse. I took God's Word in Proverbs 18:22 lightly. "He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord"
In my search, I found someone who did not have the ability to make me whole. The lesson I learned was Jesus is the only man that can complete you. I was trying to cover some emotional wounds. I was trying to appear normal. I was trying to beat my biological clock. I was in a mode of wanting to please the flesh. As a result of me being disobedient to God, my marriage lasted only 8 months and the experience was really painful.
2) How do you expect this book to speak to the Christian population?
This book will speak loud and clear to the Christian community. This book deals with church issues, family issues, work issues and of course relationship issues. There is not one christian that won't be able to relate. I really would like the single christian woman to know that even though the spirit of loneliness and depression may try to suffocate her mind into believing that God had not heard her prayers for a mate, He has. Women have to realize that singleness is not a curse. It is a time to spend time with Christ and prepare for the ministry of marriage. This book will show the walk of faith. As a Christian, you have to be ready for a uphill faith walk.
3) Tell us about your writing process. What was the most difficult and what was the easiest?
I am a self-taught writer. I have been writing since grade school. As a child, I enjoyed writing short stories, plays and poetry. I'm not a classroom writer. I never took any creative writing classes or anything. My weakest areas are grammar, punctuation and all that technical writing stuff. Thank God for professional editors.
God gives me a clear vision when writing so the easiest for me is developing the characters, though it isn't always that easy to do. I can see each character come alive right before my eyes. This was my very first book published that included characters and I am very excited about that.
4) What role did prayer play in your writing?
I prayed through each and every chapter of the book. There were many times when I wanted to give up. I was struggling with developing the characters, but God continued to remind me that he was with me every step of the way. I also had praying friends and family that offered tremendous support. I'm now asking God to make provisions for this book to be placed in major bookstores all around this world. The word and vision God imparted into me for this book will be a blessing for all.
5) Is there a Christian witness in your book? If so, is it obvious or hidden?
There is definitely a witness in this book. She tries to live a godly life and share her love for Jesus with others on a daily basis. Throughout the book, she holds on to faith and prayer. In this book, you will see God move.
6) Tell our readers about the beauty of saving themselves for marriage.
The beauty of saving yourself for a God ordained marriage is the assurance that God will bless it. God gave marraige as a gift to Adam and Eve. They were created perfect for each other. Marriage is instituted by God. Anything that God creates has a purpose. The beauty of waiting for God to bless you is all the time you can devote to God basking in his marvelous glory.
As single Christian women, we have to position ourselves to be found. We have to get our spirtitual houses in order. We can't expect God to send us anything we aren't ready for. We have to let go of jealousy, cut the cord on selffishness, divorce pity and shame, release depression, bury that lust spirit, evict our past and press forward to the destined place God has ordained just for us. God hears your prayers and wants to bless you, but you must be ready. My advice to all is Wait on the Lord.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Children, like adults, have questions about God's existence and how they can find Him. This book shows children how to relate to God in everyday life. Candy O'Donnell shows great promise as a new author. Illustrated by Rosemarie Gillen, each illustration adds to the overall effect of the book.
I highly recommend this cute little read for your adorable tykes.
Title: Where is God, Grandfather
Author: Candy O'Donnell
Illustrator: Rosemarie Gillen
Publisher: Living Waters Publishing Company
Purchase now at http://store.livingwaterspc.com
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Availability: Available anywhere books are sold!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
GoodReads ~ www.goodreads.com
Shelfari ~ www.shelfari.com
WPM ~ www.wpm.weebly.com
LibraryThing ~ www.librarything.com
I'm finding that my favorite reads are never on Amazon.com's top picks. They are always down in the hundreds, even thousands. Still, I'll never stop being a Jane Austen fan.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
They feel it is great and they are very proud of me and what God is doing in my life. My two sons are very proud of me and my accomplishments. There was some doubt I would finish Dare to Dream after the death of my Ryan, but my sons encouraged me to write on a daily basis as well as others.
6. Has writing a book made a difference in your life?
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
1. It Had to Be Us by Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence http://www.bettyjotucker.com/
2. Susan Sarandon: A True Maverick by Betty Jo Tucker http://www.bettyjotucker.com/
3. Confessions of a Movie Addict by Betty Jo Tucker http://www.bettyjotucker.com/
4. Death By Candlelight by Billie A. Williams http://www.billiewilliams.com/
5. Knapsack Secrets by Billie A. Williams http://www.billiewilliams.com/
6. Storm by Joyce A. Anthony http://joyceanthony.tripod.com
7. Conduct Unbecoming by Nina M.Osier http://www.geocities.com/nina_osier/
8. Redemption by Judith Rochelle http://www.judithrochelle.com/
9. Shepherd’s Pie by J. D. Webb http://www.jdwebb.com/
10. Heal and Forgive: Forgiveness in the Face of Abuse by Nancy Richards www.healandforgive.net
11. Cherry Blossoms in Twilight: Memories of a Japanese Girl by Yaeko Sugama Weldon and Linda E. Austin http://www.moonbridgebooks.com/
12. I Romanced the Stone by Marvin D. Wilson http://inspiritandtruths.blogspot.com/
13. Different Roads by Joyce Sterling Scarbrough http://www.authorsden.com/joycelscarbrough1
14. True Blue Forever by Joyce Sterling Scarbrough http://www.authorsden.com/joycelscarbrough1
15. Gentle Journey by Elaine Lyons Bach http://www.shoutlife.com/profile_view.cfm?uid=39176
16. Angel’s Dance by Lynn C. Johnston http://www.lynncjohnston.com/
17. Bank Roll: A Max Stryker Mystery by Janet Elaine Smith http://www.janetelainesmith.com/
18. Dakota Printer by Janet Elaine Smith http://www.janetelainesmith.com/
19. The Rape of Innocence by Lacresha Hayes www.authorsden.com/visit/viewwork.asp?id=22774&AuthorID=73926, http://learntofeelpretty.blogspot.com
20. Becoming by Lacresha Hayes www.authorsden.com/visit/viewwork.asp?id=22774&AuthorID=73926, http://lacreshahayesfanclub.weebly.com
21. The Feeling Soul: A Roadmap to Healing and Living by Mark Linden O’Meara http://www.healingresources.org/
22. Crazy Thoughts of an Online Romance by Epstein LaRue http://www.epsteinlarue.com/
23. Arpetta Honor by Annette Snyder http://annettesnyder.atspace.com/
24. The Kahills of Willow Walk by S. K. Hamilton http://www.skhamilton.com/
25. Beyond Dancing by Anita Bloom Ornoff http://beyonddancing.tripod.com/
26. One Frog Sang by Shirley Parenteau http://www.shirleyparenteau.com/
27. Curley and Q and Me, Too Baby Album by Marcia Trimble illustrated by Kim Spanaugle http://www.clearblogs.com/kimsponaugle
One lucky winner will get a box that includes all the books on this list!!! In addition, there will be numerous additional drawings for a copy of one of the books, so the chances of winning a prize are numerous.
To enter the drawing, you can do one of two things:
a. Go to http://paypal.com and buy as many chances as you wish, using the email address : firstname.lastname@example.org. Every one dollar donation gets you one entry in the drawing.
b. Contact Joyce Anthony at email@example.com and I will send you information on where you can send a check or money order for your chances.
The drawing will be held on July 1, 2008 and winners will be notified by email by July 5, 2008.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
280 pages, 5th printing, Copyright 1997, ISBN 1577940261, Harrison House Publishers
Joyce Meyer reveals powerful truths from God's Word that will help you learn to manage all of your emotions in the right direction. She challenges readers not to allow their feelings to determine their destiny, but manage them for a joyful, victorious life.
Friday, May 23, 2008
April Robins is one of the greatest authors I've had the pleasure to research on the web. What made me choose her as my "Author of the Month" pick is how detailed her website, http://www.robinfalls.com/, is and the drawings and paintings. It is very family-oriented and wholesome. I just love her spirit and her writings. If you are in the market for new children's books soon, then definitely stop by and give this great woman's site a spin. I think you'll be more inclined to purchase from her. She's a literary jewel. Godspeed, April Robins.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
We do what we do for the sake of the Kingdom of God. Our goal is to impact the lives of women so that they can go out and do the same. You can say we pay it forward. If you're interested in being a part of our support circle, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our group leaders are:
We'd be delighted to help you in any way possible.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Books preserve history. They teach lessons that are sometimes hard to explain otherwise. Books teach values, strengthens character and much more.
Please come along on my journey with me to promote the messages that our children need today.