#FaithbookofGod Releases Today

FaithbookofGod

[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 your faith while surrounded by a faithless culture is difficult.

But.

As evidenced in my soon-to-be released book Faithbook of God, it is possible. I wrote the book, which has 366 daily devotional readings, in order to equip Christians to grow in a world that doesn’t want them to.

By addressing the Christian’s needs, challenges, and fears, Faithbook of God prepares readers to live the lives to which Christ has called us. As a speaker and author of six books, a certified Christian life coach, and a social media consultant, and I would be honored to guest post on your blog about my new book. I’m also available for interviews about the book on daily devotions, or about kicking off the New Year on the right path.

If you’d like to be a part of the Faithbook of God blog tour, please let me know. I’m happy to send an electronic copy for your review. You can order a hardcopy or eBook at http://www.faithbookofgod.com.

When I moved from DevotionalDiva.com and launched ReneeFisher.com this time last year, I wrote that my dream died. I was lost. I wasn’t sure where my writing career was headed.

With the help of my then agent, Amanda Luedeke, I made the tough decision to rebrand — and I’m so glad I did because shortly after I launched ReneeFisher.com, Tyndale contacted me to let me know that they were buying NavPress and returning the rights of Faithbook of Jesus back to me.

I was stunned.

Faithbook of Jesus was my first book–my baby. I quit my day job to pursue my dream job as a writer because of that book over 5 years ago.

And now?

I have the opportunity to revise, update, and rename it to suit all ages–not just 20-somethings. I’m so excited to release Faithbook of God just in time for the New Year.

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Thanks again for all your support for me, DevotionalDiva.com, and my ministry. 
I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I hope you’ll pick up a copy of my newest devotional Faithbook of God, and get into the Word daily.

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The 3 People You Need to Meet

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 together is important because we are designed, commanded, and encouraged into a loving relationship with God and each other.

I’ll never forget the day I was sitting at the front desk as the office receptionist when a woman walked in for an interview. She thought I was pregnant–say what??–and asked me when I was due.

I was completely shocked and mortified. She felt really bad too when she found out that I was in fact, not pregnant. My boss and I joked that she probably wouldn’t get the job because of her comments, but I’m so glad she did because it wasn’t until after she got the job that I found out she was a Christian and had heard a word from the Lord for me on why she thought I was preggers.

She told me, “God wants to birth a ministry through you — if you’ll let him, not to say that your future husband isn’t important.”

Ouch.

Anyone who knew me when I was single, knew how important my future husband was to me. I desperately wanted to be married, and for whatever reason God prolonged that dream until I was almost 30.

God knew the plans and purposes He created specifically for me. He knew if He brought my future husband into my life too soon — I wouldn’t have risked so many dreams with Him.

Friends, God created you for an individual and unique purpose as well. You have a divine destiny that only you can fulfill.

Don’t believe me? Just read the Scriptures full of men and women of faith who entrusted their lives to God in the most courageous circumstances. Sometimes, we don’t see until afterwards why God gives us the dreams and visions He does because He doesn’t want to scare us or hinder us from fulfilling our mission.

for such a time as thisIt wasn’t until afterwards that Joseph realized why he so arrogantly shared his dreams to all 12 of his brothers…after he was thrown in prison (not once but twice)…and after he was summoned into the courts of Pharaoh — did he see why God placed him in his prison cell for such a time as this.

Friends, you may be the catalyst for someone else’s dreams. If it wasn’t for the many brave women in my life — I wouldn’t be where I am today!

If you are currently experiencing the death of a vision or a dream — I encourage you to partner up with people who believe in you. Seek out trusted partners and ministry relationships to foster the dreams God has placed on your heart because they are strong enough to save not only your souls, but the lives of many others (James 1:21).

If you are wondering what kind of relationships I am talking about, I want to encourage you to connect with three different kinds of relationships to accomplish your BIG dreams:

1. A Mentor in the business — someone who has been there, done that, and can help guide you through the obstacles to become a expert person of business and integrity.

2. A Life or Dream Coach — someone who believes in you even if others including your family does not believe in you. Someone who will stand by you and lift your arms up like Moses when the battle becomes too weary.

3. Prayer partners — someone who can pray for you when you can’t pray for yourself. I never endeavor to write any books or speak at any function without asking for prayer covering. Prayer is the most powerful form we have against spiritual attack, so use it (James 5:16!

I feel like I am at a point in my life right now where I can look back and see God’s hand and His many answered prayers.

Question: Who cheerleads your dreams? Who’s dreams are you currently cheerleading?

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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.

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Dream Devotional Releases Today!

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 sharing a daily picture quote on social media. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest to stay connected!

You can get your copy of Dream Devotional for only $3.99 on Amazon here

I find it interesting that I’m not the only one writing about my own frustrations about dreams coming {or not} coming true. Recently, singer and songwriter Phil Wickham wrote about losing his voice on his blog. His story touched me so deeply because I could relate to feeling lost. He said,

In the unknown of what was to come my reaction was one I wouldn’t have expected. I would have guessed fear, or frustration. Maybe even desperation. But it wasn’t those things. I felt lost.

I realized right then how closely I tied my own worth with my voice. My worth as a provider. My worth as a leader. My worth as a person. Though now it sounds a bit melodramatic, I sat silent alone in my hotel room that night wondering, “What am I worth without a voice?” “Who am I without it?”

That’s kind of how I felt when things didn’t go so well with the launch of my last book Forgiving Others, Forgiving Me. It was through that process of feeling lost and losing my identity of a writer that I wrote Dream Devotional. Maybe you’ve seen your dreams come true only to watch them die. Or maybe you haven’t seen them come true yet. Maybe you’re still waiting. I encourage you to keep dreaming.

“Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; but he who keeps the law [of God, which includes that of man]—blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he” (Proverbs 29:18, AMP).

Now it’s my turn to help you dream!

That’s why I released Dream Devotional this Easter! What are you waiting for? Grab your copy for $3.99 today, and watch God bring your dreams back to life!

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10 Tips for Blogging + Giveaway

10 tips for blogging

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 a comment to win. A winner will be chosen at random on January 8.

I also wanted to share 10 tips for blogging that I learned the past ten years of blogging on three different platforms: Xanga, Blogspot, and WordPress. Be encouraged!

1. Accidental Author – I didn’t set out to become a writer or dream of the day I’d make a living as an author. I actually wanted to teach high school math. I’m so glad I obeyed God’s nudging into writing because it turned out to be something I love.

Question: What is your number one passion?

2. Spur Others Forward – My number one passion is encouraging others through writing (1 Corinthians 14:24-25, Hebrews 10:24).

Question: What is your missions statement?

3. Publish His Deeds – The moment I believe writing is for me or to bring me more name recognition — I am humbled (and reminded) that I write because of what Jesus has done for me (Psalm 96:3).

Question: Why do you write?

4. Suffer With Those Who Suffer – One of the fruits of the Spirit is long-suffering (Galatians 5:22, NKJV). It’s easy to follow those who have everything going for them, but a real friend is one who can stick close during the hard times. I write for them!

Question: Who do you write for?

5. Writing Is Worth It – If you’re looking for a wider audience to reach others with your writings I urge you to find a writing mentor, get into a writing critique group, and attend multiple writers conferences. If you feel writing should be your business/calling/whatever then it’s worth making the investment. I spent a couple thousand dollars to rebrand myself, which helped to catch the eye of my first publisher, NavPress.

Question: How much can you invest in your writing career?

6. Pay Your Dues – You may feel compelled to write on a certain subject, mainly your story, but to make it in the writing business you’ve got to be versatile. Pay your dues so one day you can write about what really matters to you! I feel like I am finally able to write on subjects that matter to me personally (and that’s after four published books).

Question: What subject matters to you most and why?

7. Choose Family & Friends First – Build your audience with your friends and family first. Don’t be afraid to ask for their feedback before you publish something. I still remember emailing my devotionals to my family and friends before I learned how to blog!

Question: Who are your closest family and friends, and how can they help you pursue your dreams?

8. Never Surrender – I can personally attest to the fact that writing is one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever had. Writing my first book put me in the hospital with panic attacks. I continue to write because of the things God teaches me in every day life, and because I’d die inside if I couldn’t express those Truths that transform not only my life, but for others as well.

Question: What is most difficult about writing for you, and how can you ask others to pray for you through it?

9. Write For Yourself — When I recently took some time off from writing I was able to rediscover my love for writing. It was so nice to write for me and only me. Writing (like running) gives me time to think. Writing is one of my favorite ways to process, and no matter if I publish another article or book again — I will always write for me!

Question: When was the last time you took time to write for you?

10. Be Vulnerable — There is a time and a place to share intimate details of trials and temptations. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable and share from the heart. Don’t be afraid to wait to share these details until the time is right. It took me many years to talk about sexual harassment and my struggle with anxiety/mental health.

Question: What do you struggle with the most, and how can you share vulnerably to encourage others?

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Top 10 Christian Speakers for Women's Events

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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, I made a promise to God to spend time with Him daily through devotions. Sometimes I read through a One Year Bible, and sometimes with no Bible reading–only daily devotional books.

Every year before Christmas, I am asked which devotionals are my favorite. Since DevotionalDiva.com will be on a break for November and December, I decided to share this as my last blog before I go on a holiday break. If you would like to submit a guest post and share your story in 2014, here are the writing requirements.

I encourage you to check out these top ten devotional books, and purchase AT LEAST ONE immediately to spark your spiritual growth or for a Christmas gift for a family member or close friend!

1. The One Year Bible NLT. If you haven’t yet, you should read through the entire Bible. My favorite and easiest translation is the New Living Translation. I’ve read through the Bible many times thanks to this book, and am now am reading through the One Year Bible NIV on Kindle. Purchase on Amazon here.

2. Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman. This is the only devotional that my grandma, my mom, and I have all read. This is the devotional I have given to my friends more than any other. Also, I have read this multiple years because it is just that good. Purchase on Amazon here.

3. My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers. This is another one of those devotionals I’ve read multiple times. Very deep and very encouraging. Purchase on Amazon here.

4. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. I can’t believe it’s taken me until now to read this book. I just recently started and every day it speaks to me in a way that I need. Each daily reading is short and sweet and leaves you with a few Bible verses that will just nail you! Purchase on Amazon here.

5. Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby, Richard Blackaby, and Claude King. When I was a teenager, I read this devotional back to back years. I especially loved that it had writing space next to the devotional. For someone who is just starting out having a daily quiet time, this is a great starter book! Purchase on Amazon here.

6. Seize the Day with Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Charles Ringma. My husband Marc bought this for me for Christmas the first year of our marriage. I loved reading this and was challenged by Mr. Bonhoeffer, an amazing man of God and martyr of the Christian faith. Everyone can learn from him. Purchase on Amazon here.

7. Sparkling Gems from the Greek by Rick Renner. My dad recommended this to me years ago, but I always had chosen a devotional before I remembered. I’ve been going through it this past year, and have loved how Mr. Renner picks a greek word (or a few) from a passage of Scripture and explains it throughly. This is a great read for someone who wants to know the Bible in a deeper way, but doesn’t know where to start. Purchase on Amazon here.

8. Daily Reflections on the Names of God by Ava Pennington. Every day, Ms. Pennington uses a name of God and writes a devotional about it. It challenged me, and showed me how little I truly know about God. If you’re looking to get to know more of God, His character, and His names–this devotional is for you! I also have had the pleasure of getting to know the author personally. That’s always a plus! She’s an awesome woman of God! Purchase on Amazon here.

9. Unto the Hills by Billy Graham. One of the most recognizable Christians, his devotional does not disappoint. I read it a few years back, and because I quoted it so much–I had to keep it!! Purchase on Amazon here.

10. Faithbook of God by Renee Fisher. This list wouldn’t be complete without listing mine! Faithbook is my first published book, and will always be one of my favorites including one of the hardest things I’ve EVER done. I recommend this for people of all ages. Purchase on Amazon here.

I would love to know your list of top ten devotional books. Feel free to leave me a comment below and let’s keep adding to the list!

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November is National Writing Month

writeyourstory

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 of you might still feel lost when it comes to writing.

I am here to let you know the time to start is now.

Below are writing tips I’ve previously shared, which I am sharing to encourage you, once again! Don’t delay. Start writing today!

8 Tips to Write an eBook

Tip #1 – Start With an Outline. Open Microsoft Word and start typing your ideas for chapter titles. This will get the juices flowing. Over time you can expand and actually start writing certain chapters, or copy and paste them where you think they’d fit better. An outline is supposed to be messy. Sometimes I sit on a book title and/or outline of a book for a year (sometimes even years) before I get the inspiration and courage to follow through.

Tip #2 – Follow Through. If you say you’re going to do something then you need to do it. Write and keep writing. Write until you get sick to your stomach or feel weak in the fingers. Write until you break a pencil and your heart. Write until the words don’t stop flowing and you feel at peace. Write when you know your schedule is too busy and write when you’re procrastinating. Write when you’re wanting everything to be perfect and write when everything is a mess. The writing process, as ugly (or clean) as it may be, is part of the fun. You have to start somewhere. Never despise small beginnings.

Tip #3 – Search Amazon. Most eBooks are sold on Amazon. Start searching titles to see if yours is unique or if there are over hundreds with the same title. Keep keyword searches in mind. For instance, if you want to write about relationships like I did, keep your title relevant to keywords or phrases regarding relationships. This makes it easier for people who have never heard of you to search and find your new book.

Tip #4 – Set a Budget. There are plenty of people who are willing to take your money. Want to know how much I paid to self publish my eBook? I paid $269. Not $2,699 or $20 but $269. I paid $200 for editing and $69 for graphic design including the picture I bought off Shutterstock.com. This is not the time to start skimping or refuse to hire a professional. If you want to sell many copies than it needs to act and mimic other books that are professional (see: not self published). Let’s face it–there are many ugly and hideously cheap looking covers and words out there just waiting to bombard you. Make sure yours stands out. Take the time to get it right the first time. You only have one chance for your book cover to make a first impression. Also the first few sentences of the first paragraph of the first chapter are very important, and so on and so forth!

Tip #5 – Don’t Do it all Yourself. I want like to clarify that I did not upload Loves Me Not, my eBook, to Amazon, Smashwords, or Barnes and Noble. Since MagGregor Literary Agency represents me, and this is a service they provide for their authors–I went for it! This is also one of the reasons why I switched agents and literary agencies because as an author I want to make sure I am staying current with the trends. I also know my limits when it comes to formatting and technology and this is definitely something I did not want to attempt myself. That said, maybe you are gifted and maybe you don’t have an agency who will do it for you. Ask around. Hire someone if need be–otherwise here are the uploading and formatting requirements for Amazon and Smashwords. If that doesn’t help you can always Wiki the answer.

Tip #6 – Pricing Matters. You don’t want to price your book too high or too low. Did you know that Amazon takes 65% of books sold between $0.99-$1.99 and 30% between $2.99-$9.99? If you’ve never published with a traditional publisher you might not know how many pages would equal a certain dollar amount. I wouldn’t recommend self publishing an eBook for more than $4.99. An eBook is meant to be easily accessible, downloadable, and purchasable. You want to add value to your name, brand, website, etc–not ask for too much from people. See below for pricing and word count suggestions:

+ $0.99 – 5,000 words or less (for instance a Chapter, a teaser, a booklet, or a giveaway for your blog/website)
+ $1.99 – 5,000-10,000 words
+ $2.99 – 10,000-20,000 words
+ $3.99 – 20-000-30,000 words
+ $4.99 – 30,000-40,000 (plus) words

Tip #7 – Marketing Matters. Just because there are lots of crappy eBooks out there doesn’t mean if you follow these tips and make the most presentable, most professional eBook known to man are you guaranteed to sell a ton of copies. The great thing with eBooks is they never go out of print! Times have changed and sometimes it can take a book a while to catch on. With traditional publishing, they have sales reps who sell mass quantities (wholesale), that juice up your stats. When my first book, Faithbook of Jesus, released on March 8, 2010 the entire print run of 5,000 copies had already sold out. This is not the same with eBooks. There are no “limited” quantities or numbers of print runs. Please don’t be discouraged if your book doesn’t sell well in the first week or weeks. My literary agent, Amanda Luedeke just released her first eBook, The Extroverted Writer and in it she gives all sorts of amazing tips on how to market yourself (not just for eBook only authors, but for all authors). I suggest you buy a copy for yourself. She also said if you sell 400-500 copies in a month or the first few months you’re doing alright.

Tip #8 – Celebrate with friends, family, and food. It can be so easy to get caught up in the lonely life of a writer. Don’t neglect your family and friends. When you take the time, money, and effort to get that eBook out there–it’s time to celebrate and never look back! You can market all you want, but at the end of the day the people you’re living with mean (and should matter) the most. Even if that means sacrificing some key marketing time or writing one last article. If you’re a writer who wants to be around for the long haul you’ll quickly learn that it’s a marathon not a sprint. I tried that and got burnt out. Don’t get burnt out! Have fun and remember to enjoy the process and smell an iPad.

10 Tips to Start Writing Now

1. Follow Through. You may not feel you’re the smartest or most savvy writer/blogger/author, but that actually doesn’t matter. The ones who write and keep writing are the ones who succeed. My former boss actually told me that I wasn’t the most qualified for the position, but because of my follow through (sending emails, leaving voice mails) and not giving up–he gave me the job. That was the job that turned everything around for my writing.

If you have a burning passion then USE IT! Follow through and then keep following through, and after you’ve followed through then keep following through. Seriously!

2. Practice Makes Perfect. Most writers I meet are perfectionists. THIS DRIVES ME CRAZY. I have the type of personality where I am constantly asking myself, “when can I start?” Most people don’t have this strength. I realize that God has gifted me with not being afraid to mess up or be perfect to encourage others–especially other writers. There’s something about the permanent written word that causes the introverted perfectionist to stop practicing. WHAA? The focus becomes more on being perfect than the craft itself. If you are this person–PAY ATTENTION!

Want to be a great writer? Don’t be afraid to get your pen dirty and start writing now.

3. Don’t Hate Blogging. I’ve met a lot of writers both established and brand new who really don’t like blogging as a platform. You either don’t have enough time, don’t know how to make it purdy enough, or get easily frustrated at the lack of comments or blog love. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Each writer at some point needs to come to terms with the fact that publishers REQUIRE authors to have a blog and a platform. The economy and lack of area book stores push more readers online. The bigger your blog–the more readers you can reach. This is why I have found most bloggers to be the most friendly people around.

I started my first blog in 2004 and wrote a recent post on things I’ve learned in the past eight years of blogging and what you can learn too.

4.  Create An Online Community (Tribe, Following, Etc). Find 2-4 people you like, trust, or blog similar messages to you and form an online community. Read their blog. Comment on their blog. Learn what works for them and try it on your blog. Yes, it’s time consuming, but get over it. If you want people to care about you and read your blog–then you need to read others too! Not because you WANT something from him or her or them but because you actually care.

Building a tribe takes time, but the good news is social media including blogging, Twitter, Facebook, and websites are here to stay. Plus, you never know how many lifelong friends you can make through this arduous process.

5. Write Your Manifesto. What is your purpose for writing? Is it to share your story? A piece of your heart to encourage others? I write to spur others forward (Hebrews 10:24, 1 Corinthians 14:24-25).

If you don’t know your purpose as a writer you WILL become easily discouraged when other writers publish faster or become greater than you.

If your focus is to become famous then you’re writing the wrong manifesto. If your aim is to share the broken pieces of you to encourage others into wholeness and a deeper relationship with God THEN expect to experience the same kind of brokenness you’re writing about. The best writers are the ones who have been tested and found true.

Writing is a tough business. But the good news is–no one else has your story. Learn what you truly value and stick to it through thick and thin, through the good parts and the bad parts. This is what makes writers great!

6. Set Your Writing Business Now! This–I would have to say–is the most important tip I can share with you. It is also my GREATEST pet peeve. Most people do not believe in themselves enough, or have the confidence (balls, guts, etc) to start their business. But I’ve got news for you!

Turning your writing into a business isn’t as hard, scary, or difficult as you think!

Going back to #2–don’t let perfectionism STOP you from making a wise choice for you and your finances. I’m actually going to write a separate blog post on this tip because I believe in it so much. I will go into AS MUCH detail as I possibly can so you can start your writing business now!

7. Grow Your Platform. Don’t be afraid to grow your platform–and not because you have to, but because you want to become a better author. Start blogging consistently then add guest posts and articles. Once you have 3-5 articles, start a new page on your website. Just think at the beginning of 2012 I had ZERO articles written because I was always afraid I didn’t have what it takes. After you get comfortable writing for other people–then start a monthly newsletter and consider writing a short eBook. You can then offer it on your website to encourage people to sign up and subscribe to your monthly newsletter.

8. Finish Your Book Proposal. Shh! Want to know the secret to getting published? Finish your book proposal. I know it doesn’t sound glamorous or anything, but you’d be surprised how many people email me, message me, or want to meet with me in person without a book proposal to show me. How did I figure out what was an acceptable book proposal format? I asked another author who had already published a book. He was my friend and I wasn’t afraid to be audacious and because of my bravery–he helped me finish mine. I’ve also had the pleasure of helping others finish theirs–and even get them published.

The best way to find and acquire an agent is to have a solid book proposal–and a finished one at that!

9. Establish Brand Consistency. Brand consistency is key. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve spoken at writers conferences, workshops, or consulted with individual authors on keeping all branding consistent. If your name is one thing on Twitter, another on Facebook, and also different on your website–HOW ON EARTH WILL PEOPLE REMEMBER? 50% of people find me by googling me. I make it simple by keeping my branding consistent and memorable. For instance, you can have everything be the same–but if it doesn’t make sense then you’re not utilizing marketing the right way.

If you’re struggling to choose the right branding don’t be afraid to reach out to other authors to see what’s worked for them and how picking the right branding can work for you too!

10. Keep A Clean Website/Blog. Want to stand out from among the competition? Keep your website uncluttered. Keep it organized. Keep it snazzy. Keep it minimalistic. THERE ARE SO MAN BLOGS OUT THERE! The madness will never end. I recommend using WordPress.org. Go through Bluehost or whomever you feel comfortable with.

If you can create a cozy, comfortable, and relaxing atmosphere online–the more people will come back and keep coming back. THIS ALSO INCLUDES PUBLISHERS AND AGENTS!!

5 Tips to Start Your Writing Business

Here are 5 simple tips to start your own writing business today. 

  • Step #1 – Set up your Fictitious Business Name (FBN) at your local County Clerk’s office. It cost me about $35 plus another $20 to advertise in the newspaper (part of the FBN requirement).
  • Step #2 – Set up your Business Checking, Savings, Debit & Credit Cards. Bring your FBN to show proof of your new business name to open up your free business checking and savings. Also, for those of you who need to travel and might get paid at a later time, this is when having a business credit card will come in handy.
  • Step #3 – Set up your Business License at your City Hall. It cost me $45 per year. If you plan on working from home, you need to have a business license.
  • Step #4 – Keep track of your business receipts. One of the best and most exciting things (okay I’m weird) as a self employed person is being able to write off everything pertaining to the business including a portion of my mortgage and utilities. Consult a certified tax accountant to begin doing this properly and accurately (including how to measure the square feet of your office). Trust me it’s worth it and legally you kind of have to anyway.
  • Step #5 – Brand your website. Before setting up your fictitious business name, make sure that your website and social media outlets (like Twitter or Facebook) ALL MATCH. Do a search at godaddy.com orbluehost.com and see if your business name is available as a domain name. For instance, when I set up Devotional Diva, I made sure the domain was available. If you’re going to set up a freelance business as your name, make sure your name or a variation of your name is available. This step is probably the most important because everyone is trying to get noticed. Keep it simple (stupid). The more confused YOU, are the more difficult OTHERS are. Plus, how will they be to find and hire you if you have 5 different names?

I recently heard that Barnes and Noble fired its CEO, and might be headed towards bankruptcy after its Nook failed. In the next 10 years, Amazon will outsell Wal-Mart in the market place. WOW! Moving forward, this means 99.9% of books will be bought and sold online. No more Borders. No more Barnes and Noble. Who knows what will happen to Family Christian Stores, Lifeway, and other Christian bookstores. With the trend moving towards eBooks, here are a few articles to stay informed–and what that means for you as an author.

3 Tips to Start Journaling

1. Start with, “Dear God” instead of “Dear Journal” or “Dear Diary.” As I said in the video, life is busy and there isn’t a lot of time to write fluffy things or draw hearts and rainbows in your journal. Use your journal instead to be intentional during your quiet time or devotional time with God.

2. Journaling Brings Healing. I didn’t start out to be a writer or published author. In fact, I wanted to be a high school math teacher (algebra). It’s kind of cool to look back and see God’s fingerprints through the pages or my journal. Through journaling I was able to establish my relationship with God, discover my love for words, and my passion to find healing in its pages.

3. Find what works for you and be consistent. As I also said in the video–maybe journaling isn’t your thing. Then find what works for you and try repeating it every day for a month! Maybe it’s sitting down at an empty park or a crowded Starbucks. It’s not always easy to add a new routine, but if you can be consistent for about 30 days then it becomes a permanent habit.

Question: What is it that you need healing from and how can you be consistent daily in prayer and/or journaling to find what God is trying to say to you?

10 Tips to Start an Online Magazine

Tip #1. Launch a self-hosted WordPress blog in 20 minutes. Michael Hyatt, former Chairman & CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, created a step-by-step video that I highly recommend watching and following. I recommend using his affiliate link to go through Bluehost.com (the #1 recommended WordPress hosted site). A year’s worth of hosting will run you about $60 (give or take).

Tip #2. Buy a WordPress Premium Theme. If you google “wordpress premium themes” it displays over 34 million hits. Premium themes can run you between $39-109. It is well worth the investment and allows you to fully customize your site. Expert tip: Make sure to buy a responsive layout, which includes a mobile version that is compatible on any SmartPhone, iPad, Kindle, etc. Girly Tip: Want a cute or girly theme for WordPress? TryBluChic.com.

Tip #3. Decide Which Widgets To Add. There are a few essential widgets every blog or online magazine should have: Social Media buttons (including Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and/or Instagram), Categories (there should be 3-6 in total), ans Subscription or Newsletter Sign ups. Expert Tip: Use MailChimp.com for all sign-ups including the HTML code to put inside a text widget. If you already use FeedBurner you can simply transfer them over to MailChimp (google a tutorial if you need too).

Tip #4. Where To Find Good Stock Photos. A photo really is worth a thousand words, but is it worth that much money? Chances are if you’re blogging you’re poor (hey!) and don’t have the time and/or money to search for expensive photos. Expert Tip: Search CreativeCommons for FREE photos (or CreationSwap.com for more “churchy” photos), and don’t forget to give photo credit in the blog (*see below). If you prefer buying your stock photos try: ShutterStock.com or iStockphoto.com.

If you’re terrible at PhotoShop like me, consider buying a year subscription to PicMonkey.com for about $30 bucks. You can create Facebook banners, add text, and create photo collages. The best 10-step tutorial on how to use PicMonkey.com is on Mary DeMuth’s site.

Tip #5. Use Your Browser Bookmarks. Your bookmarks are your friend. I love Firefox because it has a Bookmarks Toolbar. I have:BibleGateway, Gmail, Google Docs, My site (including WordPress Login page), Hootsuite, Twitter,Facebook, Creative Commons, Pinterest, PicMonkey, MailChimp.com, and more. Expert Tip: Bookmark every site you use to make a blog–that way you won’t forget when creating your blog.

Tip #6. Decide Which Plugins To Use. To keep your site running smoothly and efficiently, don’t install more than 10 or so plugins. Activate these plugins: Akismet, JetPack by WordPress.com, WordPress SEO, and Social Media Widget. Expert Tip: Learn how to use WordPress SEO. It keeps you from using more than one keyword in your title, post, picture, etc. It might be frustrating at first, but once you see the green light you know you’ve got it. (Don’t be afraid to ask others for help or google around until you find a tutorial).

Tip #7. Ask Others To Guest Post. It’s okay to ask other people you know and love you to guest post. It gives other like-minded writers the chance to share their story. However, I have noticed that sites can quickly become a click or closed off to new members. Obviously certain sites can’t respond to all new inquiries because of size or volume. Expert Tip: Stay open and inviting by creating monthly themes in advance and placing writing requirements for submissions.

Tip #8. Advertise on Blogs or Online Magazines. This requires a 150×150 or 300×250 logo. Create one in PicMonkey (like I did). Don’t be afraid to ask, bargain, or beg. Also this can later become a badge for people who post on your site. A great example of this is (in)courage.me. Every time they accept submissions they send you a sweet little button to post on your site to let others know that you guest posted for them!

Tip #9. Check Your Stats Weekly. Chart your progress of how many stats you currently have to what you would like to have. Maybe there’s a keyword people keep typing in to find your site. Consider turning that word or phrase into a monthly series, individual post–or ask someone else to write on the topic if you’re not comfortable. Expert Tip: Use Google Analytics or JetPack (a WordPress plugin) to track weekly stats.

P.s. It’s okay to cry if your stats and/or comments aren’t where you’d like them to be. Every author needs encouragement to know they’re on the right back. (Hugs).

Tip #10. Pick Daily, Weekly, or Monthly Themes. If your website is all about bananas you probably shouldn’t pick apples as your theme. For instance, I try to pick themes most 20/30-somethings would be comfortable reading and talking about. You might feel like you’re the only one, or you may feel like you’re one of many–but the key is to stay consistent.

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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/

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Host a Small Group on Forgiveness

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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 can cover each chapter a week for seven weeks or space it out as you desire. Since forgiveness isn’t a fluffy topic, but weighty and often times difficult–hear me when I say this–feel free to go at your own pace.

Without further ado, here is the first Chapter Video, and the rest can be viewed at http://www.forgivingme.com.

Ch: 1 Video & Chapter Discussion from Renee Fisher on Vimeo.

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