Author: renee

#FaithbookofGod Releases Today

[This is just a short break from our Christmas guest post series so that Renee could share some news. “The gifts God has given you” will resume tomorrow!] As the Founding Editor of DevotionalDiva.com, I’m excited to announce #FaithbookofGod, my sixth book releases today. Owning 

The 3 People You Need to Meet

The 3 People You Need to Meet

[Maggie is on vacation so I thought I’d jump on and encourage you all with the three people you need to meet to achieve your dreams. My newest book, Dream Devotional, just released this month. Pick up a copy on Amazon for only $2.99!] Dreaming 

Celebrating My Next Chapter {Literally}

celebrating my next chapterI, Renee Fisher, asked Maggie if I could share my exciting news with you all today! Don’t worry, she’ll be back next week to continue her journey here on DevotionalDiva.com.

Today I am celebrating my next chapter {literally}. Today is my 32nd birthday and I have three B-I-G news to share!

First, I am officially no longer working with MacGregor Literary Agency. That means I am going it alone without my amazing agent, Amanda Luedeke.

I decided it was time for me to write my next chapter {literally} as a self published author. I enjoy the creative process so much, and can’t wait to see where God may lead.

Plus, if publishers are requiring authors to do all the work — why not own the rights too? Am I right?

Second, you can now purchase Loves Me Not and Dream Devotional directly through me on Amazon. And, I even lowered the price to $2.99 each!

To those who wrote beautiful reviews of Dream Devotional, would you please resubmit your kind words on Amazon? If you don’t remember what you wrote — don’t worry I saved them, and will email them ASAP.

Third, Dream Devotional will be available for purchase IN PRINT in time for the Launch Party on July 13th! {View the open invite here}.

I am jumping out of my skin of excitement. I still can’t believe the timing of  everything, and on my birthday nevertheless.

If you are still doubting your dreams, I hope you dream.

It’s okay to lean only on God. 
He is strong enough to save you when you fall.

I was reminded of a verse God gave me when I started Devotional Diva. I shared the verse along with an encouraging word on Facebook:

I wish our culture celebrated SMALL beginnings instead of idols, BIG breaks, or fame. Zechariah 4:10a says, “Who dares despise the day of small things?”

As I am transitioning into a new season with ReneeFisher.com, it hit me last night when people at the San Diego Book Awards Association recognized from Devotional Diva. And yet, looking back 5 years ago, I never thought I would make it this far.

I am most grateful for where God has me. I refuse to be ASHAMED, and I especially refuse to compare myself to others who are further along or experiencing a BIG BREAK. (I am also applying this to all my friends who are having babies or just had babies).

If you find yourself in transition — rejoice in the place where you are TODAY. God has plans for you. And you know what? Maybe they’re even BIG plans!!! Until then, continue to walk daily with Him hand-in-hand. He’ll promote you at the ripe time (Gal. 6:9).

I wanted to close with a poem by my good friend Teryn O’Brien entitled there must be dreamers.

there must be dreamers
in this sad, dark world,
dreamers who believe
that peace and unity and love
still exist,
dreamers that hold a candle
which shatters the darkness
of hatred and pride,
walking into the great unknown
of what might be possible.
dreamers ask,
could we?
could we love?
could we share?
could we agree?
could we agree to disagree?
could we raise above the pettiness?
dreamers are scoffed at,
but all that is good in this world
has been founded
on dreams
that once were not, but
through blood, sweat, tears,
laughter and scorn,
were drawn into existence.
dreamers are mothers and fathers,
bearing children of light into a barren world.
life only comes through
the hope,
the pain,
the joy
of dreaming.

Enter to win a $50 Giveaway to The Rusted Chain on ReneeFisher.com to celebrate. Click here to enter. A winner will be chosen by the end of the week.

Dream Devotional Releases Today!

Dream Devotional Releases Today! Dream Devotional is a 40 day devotional of hope for people who have fallen on hard times.  I dedicated it to all the dreamers. I can’t wait to go through it with you all over the 40 days. I will be 

10 Tips for Blogging + Giveaway

It’s hard to believe 2014 marks my 10th year of blogging. I am celebrating by doing a blogiversary giveaway! Apparently you give tin for a 10 year anniversary. I found a cute set of tin tea lights & tin/glass holders on Etsy (pictured above). Leave 

Top 10 Christian Speakers for Women's Events

christian speakers

After speaking for almost 5 years, I (Renee Fisher) thought it was time to make a top 10 list of the top 10 Christian Speakers for Women’s Events!

Some of you may not know, but I used to book Christian Speakers through Outreach Events. I worked with top notch quality speakers such as Kirk Cameron, Josh McDowell, and Lee Strobel.

Unfortunately, I was told early on that I wouldn’t book many women speakers. I was dumbfounded when my boss was right. People would call, but they couldn’t afford to pay to host speakers such as Bethany Hamilton, Sheila Walsh, or Lisa Whelchel. It also saddened me that churches would pay the same amount to host a man speaker, but not a woman speaker.

I make this list because I know these women personally. I have either heard them speak LIVE or via the Internet. I know they are top notch and affordable.

It’s also important to consider:

+ Is she a women of integrity?
+ Does she actually care about you–the listener?
+ Does she stay away from gossiping or slandering other Christian speakers?
+ Is she accessible on social media to make you feel a part of her ministry?
+ Is she connected with her local church?

I don’t what attracts you to listen to a speaker, but it is definitely not the amount of money paid to host them. There are plenty of amazing women speakers who don’t cost an arm and a leg and would be honored to speak at a church women’s retreat or women’s event.

 

1. Pam Farrel (traveling from San Diego, CA)
Website: http://www.love-wise.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PamFarrel
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bill-and-Pam-Farrel/64685369332

She travels more than 200 days a year, so if you want to book Pam to speak at your women’s event — you’ll have to ask in advance! She and I will be joining ChristianMingle and their Los Angeles Board Members in 2014. She is also my mentor, and I love her.

She would make a great Christian speaker for women’s events, MOPS groups, and marriage retreats.

2. Arlene Pellicane (traveling from San Diego, CA)
Website: http://arlenepellicane.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArlenePellicane
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arlene.pellicane

She is a fellow Harvest House author and the author of 31 Days to a Younger You, 31 Days to a Happy Husband, and is almost ready to release her new book 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife. She is an amazing Christian speaker for women’s events! I have listened to her in person plenty of times.

She would make a great Christian speaker for women’s events, MOPS groups, and marriage retreats.

3. Sarah Raymond Cunningham (traveling from South Central Michigan)
Website: http://www.sarahcunningham.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sarahcunning
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarahcunninghampage

Sarah is multi talented and has spoken in many different types of venues. A few years back she helped me launch Throw Mountains, a speaking event for the 20/30-somethings. She now works with Story Conference in Chicago and just released The Well Balanced World Changer with Moody.

She would make a great Christian speaker for women’s events, MOPS groups, and church leadership events.

4. Mary DeMuth (Traveling from TX)
Website: http://www.marydemuth.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaryDeMuth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMaryDeMuth

Mary is an amazing resource as she has written over 15 books and been speaking for many years. She is a versatile Christian speaker who would make an amazing addition to your event whether it’s to women or writers.

She would make a great Christian speaker for women’s events, writers groups, 20/30-somethings, and church planters.

5. Sarah Francis Martin (Traveling from TX)
Website: http://liveitoutblog.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sarahfmartin
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liveitoutblog

Sarah and I go w-a-y back to the days before we were both published authors. I am so excited that she is now working on her second book (her first is Stress Point with Thomas Nelson, a Bible study for 20-something women). She’s super friendly and loves speaking to women. She would love hearing from you!!

She would make a great Christian speaker for women’s events, MOPS groups, 20/30-somethings, and singles events.

6. Crystal Renaud (Traveling from Shawnee, KS)
Website: http://crystalrenaud.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/crystalrenaud
Facebook: http://facebook.com/crystalrenaud

Crystal recently hosted the WHOLE Women Conference, an online event for women. She would make a great addition especially on the topic of singleness, relationships, and overcoming addictions.

She would make a great Christian speaker for women’s events and singles events.

7. Nicole Unice (Traveling from Richmond, VA)
Website: http://www.nicoleunice.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nicoleunice
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicole.unice

Nicole and I have known of each other before we both became published authors. It was a pleasure to meet her at the Story Chicago Conference, and her book She’s Got Issues is amazing (I should know I endorsed it). She is launching her first ever women’s conference in 2014. She is a spitfire Christian speaker for women!

She would make a great Christian speaker for women’s events, MOPS groups, 20/30-somethings, and singles events.

8. Tracy Steel (Traveling from Albuquerque, NM)
Website: http://onedegreeministries.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tracy_steel
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OneDegreeMinistries

Tracy is just about one of the sweetest ladies ever. I can’t wait to finally meet her in person soon. She would make an amazing addition to your women’s speaking event. She describes herself more as a speaker and less of a blogger. She is an IN PERSON woman who loves getting personal and encouraging women face-to-face!

She would make a great Christian speaker for women’s events, MOPS groups, and singles events.

9. Jaimie Bowman (Traveling from Los Angeles, CA)
Website: http://jaimiebowman.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jmebowman
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jmebowman

Jaimie and I met at the Re:Think Conference and I quickly realized how amazing she was. She writes on ministry and motherhood and just released her first eBook for mothers. She couldn’t be more authentic about both!

She would make a great Christian speaker for women’s events or MOPS groups.

10. Ronel Sidney (Traveling from San Diego, CA)
Website: http://www.ronelsidney.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonelSidney
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rmsidney

Ronel is a woman who goes hard after God. I have had the pleasure of knowing her for quite a few years in person and online. I love how transparent she is–even when she is not doing what she wishes she was doing. She is the Vice President/National Director for Praise and Coffee and has been speaking at women’s for many years.

She would make a great Christian speaker for women’s events or MOPS groups.

Honorable Mentions – Top 31 Christian Speakers for Women’s Events

Because I certainly couldn’t stop with 10–I decided to list, in NO particular order, women also worth connecting with to speak at your women’s event. I am listed last or 31st (also my age)!

If I forgot someone or you would like to add someone to the list–please leave a comment below. Thanks!

11. Lisa Velthouse (CA) – http://www.pickyourportion.com
12. Addie Zierman (MI) – http://www.addiezierman.com/
13. Lisa Whittle (TX) – http://www.lisawhittle.com/
14. Rayni Peavy (CA) – http://www.raynipeavy.com/
15. Kimberly Davidson Campbell  (AR) – http://www.kd316.com/
16. Rachel Berry (CA) – http://www.perseveringdreams.com/
17. Brenda Rogers – http://www.triplebraidedlife.com/
18. Laurie Coombs –http://lauriecoombs.org/
19. Dabney Hedegard – http://www.dabneyland.com/ 
20. Annie Downs – (TN) http://www.anniedowns.com/
21. Sarah Markley (CA) – http://www.sarahmarkley.com/
22. Paige Omartian (TN) – http://www.paigeomartian.com/
23. Tricia Davis (TN) – http://refineus.org/
24. Bethany Jett – http://www.bethanyjett.com/
25. Anne Marie Miller (TN) – http://www.annemariemiller.com/
26. Tiffany Dawn – http://www.tiffany-dawn.net/
27. Ava Pennington – (CO) http://avawrites.com/
28. Dawn Marie Wilson (CA) – http://upgradewithdawn.com/
29. Marcia Ramsland (CA) – http://organizingpro.com/
30. Jo Saxton – http://weare3dm.com/josaxton/
31. Renee Fisher (CA) – http://www.reneefisher.com/

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Top Ten Devotional Books

Top Ten Devotional Books

Can you believe Christmas is only 58 days away? As the “Devotional Diva,” I (Renee Fisher) wanted to share my recommendations for my top ten devotional books for 2014. My life changed forever when I started reading the Bible every day. Since I was 15, 

November is National Writing Month

November is National Writing Month

November is national writing month. Why? Because the world needs your novel. Some of you may think that writing is your hobby. Some of you have already participated in NaNoWriMo, an online movement meant to help you finish your novel in 30 days. And some 

Top 10 Blogs for Christian Women

Top 10 Blogs for Christian Women

Top 10 Blogs for Christian Women

After blogging for almost 10 years, I (Renee Fisher) thought it was time to make a top 10 list of the top 10 blogs for Christian women!

Every year there are a few websites that list the top Christian blogs, but they’re usually based on how much traffic you receive. That may be what attracts you to read a blog, but that is NOT what attracts me.

For me, it goes much deeper than that.

+ Are they women of integrity?
+ Does she actually care about you–the reader?
+ Does she stay away from gossiping or slandering other Christian blogs to get more hits?
+ Is she accessible enough on social media for you to feel like you’re a part of her journey & online ministry?
+ Is she connected with her local church?

These are all questions I prefer to ask instead of HOW MANY STATS DOES HER WEBSITE HAVE?

After checking out their sites, and have questions on how to start your own blog–check out ALL my writing tips here.

Not only have I had the pleasure of connecting with them, but I have collaborated with them at some point. Feel free to say hi, I’m sure she won’t bite!

Renee Fisher
Website: https://www.reneefisher.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reneefishercnc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reneefishercnc

Now that I am no longer the editor of Devotional Diva, please visit my new site!

1. Pam Farrel
Website: http://www.love-wise.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PamFarrel
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bill-and-Pam-Farrel/64685369332

She may not always be updating her blog, but that’s because she’s one busy lady. She writes about two books a year, and travels full time with her husband Bill as they speak at churches and ministries across the country. She is my mentor and I love her.

2. Arlene Pellicane
Website: http://arlenepellicane.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArlenePellicane
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arlene.pellicane

She is a fellow Harvest House author and the author of 31 Days to a Younger You, 31 Days to a Happy Husband, and is currently working on two more books (oh, and she is married with three young children). What an amazing lady she is!! BTW Her husband sold Marc and I our home.

3. Ashleigh Slater
Website: http://ungrind.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ungrind
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ungrindwebzine

Ashleigh is a home school mother of four girls PLUS she finds time to write for StartMarriageRight.com, manages Ungrind.org, and OH SHE’S WRITING HER FIRST BOOK! Crazy awesome woman!

4. Wendy van Eyck
Website: http://www.ilovedevotionals.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wendyvaneyck
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wendyVeyck

Wendy is from South Africa and runs the website ilovedevotionals.com–so what’s NOT to love? Seriously though. She’s a newlywed who has stood by her husband while he went through cancer. Her first book releases shortly, and I can’t wait to announce it on my blog on September 12th! Stay tuned!

5. Sarah Francis Martin
Website: http://liveitoutblog.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sarahfmartin
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liveitoutblog

Sarah and I go w-a-y back to the days before we were both published authors. I am so excited that she is now working on her second book (her first is Stress Point with Thomas Nelson, a Bible study for 20-something women). She’s super friendly and would love hearing from you!!

6. Crystal Renaud
Website: http://dirtygirlsministries.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wholewomenmin
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DirtyGirlsMin

Crystal is hosting the WHOLE Women Conference, an online event for women on Saturday, September 7. Speakers include Annie Lobert, Dannah Gresh, Lisa Whittle, and myself! Register for free here.

7. Nicole Unice
Website: http://www.nicoleunice.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nicoleunice
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicole.unice

Nicole and I have known of each other before we both became published authors. It was a pleasure to meet her at the Story Chicago Conference, and her book She’s Got Issues is amazing (I should know I endorsed it). Check out her ministry!

8. Tracy Steel
Website: http://onedegreeministries.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tracy_steel
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OneDegreeMinistries

Tracy is just about one of the sweetest ladies ever. I can’t wait to finally meet her in person soon. She is the kind of girl who will pray for you over the phone. You can’t get more real than that. Plus we were once both single FOREVER so we have that in common too. Plus she likes the Spice Girls–should I continue?

9. Jaimie Bowman
Website: http://jaimiebowman.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jmebowman
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jmebowman

Jaimie and I met at the Re:Think Conference and I quickly realized how amazing she was. She writes on ministry and motherhood and couldn’t be more authentic about both! Give her a follow, why don’t ya?

10. Ronel Sidney
Website: http://www.ronelsidney.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RonelSidney
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rmsidney

Ronel is a woman who goes hard after God. I have had the pleasure of knowing her for quite a few years in person and online. I love how transparent she is–even when she is not doing what she wishes she was doing. I think we can ALL learn from her!!

Honorable Mentions – Top Blogs for Christian Women Continued Below

Because I certainly couldn’t stop with 10–I decided to list, in no particular order, women also worth connecting with. If I forgot someone or you would like to add someone to the list–please leave a comment below. Thanks!

11. Ruth Rutherford – http://ruthrutherford.wordpress.com/
12. Rachel Berry – http://www.perseveringdreams.com/
13. Mary DeMuth – http://www.marydemuth.com/
14. Lisa Whittle – http://www.lisawhittle.com/
15. Brett Wilson – http://www.amanworthwritingfor.com/
16. Mara Rose – http://www.wordsbymara.com/
17. Emily Miller – http://www.emmillerwrites.com/
18. Rayni Peavy – http://www.raynipeavy.com/
19. Julianna Morlet – http://juliannamorlet.blogspot.com/
20. Samantha Krieger – http://www.samanthakrieger.com/
21. Kimberly Davidson Campbell – http://www.kd316.com/
22. Addie Zierman – http://www.addiezierman.com/
23. Marie Osborne – http://mrsmarieosborne.blogspot.com/
24. Sundi Jo – http://www.sundijo.com/
25. Brenda Rogers – http://www.triplebraidedlife.com/
26. Jenny LaBahn – http://www.mydoubleportion.com/
27. Laurie Coombs –http://lauriecoombs.org/
28. Various Authors – http://www.ibelieve.com/
29. Various Authors – http://www.startmarriageright.com/
30. Various Authors – http://www.girlsusingtheirstrengths.com/
31. Various Authors – http://www.pickyourportion.com/ {BRAND NEW, Launches Sept. 1}
32. Dawn Wilson – http://www.upgradewithdawn.com/
33. Marcia Ramsland – http://www.organizingpro.com/
34. Lisa Copen – http://www.restministries.com/
35. Dabney Hedegard – http://www.dabneyland.com/ 
36. Suzanne Eller – http://www.tsuzanneeller.com/
37. Kathy Moore – http://delivered2thrive.wordpress.com/
38. Teryn O’Brien – http://www.www.identityrenewed.com/
39. Krista Pettiford – http://www.kristapettiford.com/
40. Angela McNeil – http://www.weightedfaith.com/
41. Lindsay Morgan – http://www.puttingthepencildown.com/
42. Annie Downs – http://www.anniedowns.com/
43. Sarah Markley – http://www.sarahmarkley.com/
44. Paula Hendricks – http://www.paulawrites.com/
45. Renee Fisher (me) – http://www.reneefisher.com/

[Photo: Helen, Flickr]

Host a Small Group on Forgiveness

I recently recorded Chapter Videos to go along with my new book “Forgiving Others, Forgiving Me” for those of you who want to host a small group on forgiveness. They go along with the Discussion Questions at the back of the book (pages 175-178). You