Saturday, October 18, 2014

Facing Fear, Finding Freedom: A Review

In preparation to speak on my topic, Overcoming Writing Fears, for a local writer's group, I reread the e-book: Facing Fear and FindingFreedom, Unleash the Power to Live Your Dreams by Reba J. Hoffman. You met Reba on this blog last year, when she attempted her bicycle ride across the country. Although injury sidelined the complete trip, she was out there by herself encouraging others to live our their dream.

As I read through her book again, I was inspired by her no nonsense way of showing us how fear is a common thing to all of us, and that we experience it whenever we try to pursue something worthwhile. She reminds us:

“You won’t totally eliminate fear from your life, but you can break free from the shackles holding you back from living your dream.”

In this short e-book of seven chapters, she shares experiences from her life and examples of how to walk through your fears. Some of the chapter titles: What Fear Is, What it Isn't, The Fear of Getting Started, Fear of Failure and Fear of Success.

I met Reba through My Book Therapy, an online writing community started by multi-published author, Susan May Warren. Warren credits Reba with encouraging her as she launched MBT, a craft and coaching community for novelists.

Another quote about our fears and dreams: 

"My hope and prayer is that you'll be set free to enjoy your gifts and talents, and put them to use changing your world. After all, not only does the world need you to change it, but your dream is to important to remain unlived." 

Reba J. Hoffman, Ph.D., is founder of Magellan Life Coaching. She uses her skill and experiences to encourage others to safely transition from where they are today to where they want to be in life. Right now, Reba is living another one of her dreams. She always wanted to drive a big rig truck. Although that might not be your dream, it was hers, and she went for it and now has her own truck, driving across the country, delivering goods, encouraging and blogging along the way.

How about you? 
Do you have a dream, but fear is holding you back?

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A Devotional for Boys

I believe there is a generation of kids who need the positive influence of Christ followers in their lives. In addition to spending time with these kids, getting great printed resources into their hands, is also a great way to guide them.

I admire authors who are able to write so as to engage the tween market (ages 8-12). Today, I feature an author who has done just that. 

Carol McAdams Moore has written a devotional book for boys and also one for girls. Today I feature the one for boys. The title is: Dare U 2 Open This Book. 

The book consists of 90 two-page devotionals. Each one begins with a scripture, similar to adult devotionals. But, the similarity stops there. After the verse, Carol asks the kids, "What if . . . " What if they were in the situation the scripture poses. Such as what if they were David and were standing in front of Goliath? What would you ask Jesus if he came walking on water in front of you? 

But, they are not only asked to answer the question, but to draw, doodle, write or however they feel they can best answer the question. The pages are in black and white and on newsprint paper which is easy to write on. The pages are also creatively designed to attract tween kids, with ample space to record their thoughts.

If you are looking for a resource to give to your child, grandchild, nephew or another young man, consider this devotional.

Next time we will feature Carol's devotional for girls. 

Carol McAdams Moore writes for children and youth in the Christian and general markets. Her writing credits include work for David C. Cook; Urban Ministries, Inc.; Christian Education Warehouse; Clubhouse; Clubhouse, Jr.; Lifeway magazines; and The Christian Communicator. Her desire is that every child will answer Jesus’ call and discover God’s purpose for his or her own life. You can find Carol at: