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Love Without Borders - A Poetry Collection

My upcoming poetry book, Love Without Borders, Book Three in the Without Borders Inspirational Series, is a collection of inspirational poetry scheduled to be published this month.  The cover art is by award winning author, David Sandum, and the foreword was written by my friend, supporter and mentor, Pastor Johnie Butler.  It has been a journey to put this book together, as I have a compilation of poetry from different stages of my life. As an added bonus, I have included a very special section of poems by family and friends, some of them first time authors with this publication.  May this poetry book touch, bless, encourage, and inspire you in many ways. 

Faith Without Borders - Book Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway Faith Without Borders by Virginia Martin Giveaway ends September 30, 2017.
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Finding God when you need Him most - Book Review

Pastor Chip Ingram uses his own personal stories, as well as those of people he has encountered, to talk to us about God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. He uses inspiring Psalms to bring home the message of salvation, repentance, hope, and faith, among other things. I highly recommend taking this spiritual journey to get to know the loving God we serve better or to encounter him for the first time.

Update: Faith Without Borders Devotional Study Guide

Working Book Cover for study guide

New book cover for devotional

God recently put in my head to change the cover to the devotional I wrote, Faith Without Borders. The change was to make the book cover softer and more appealing.  I am pleased, and I believe God is too, with the result.  Part of the proceeds of the sale of the devotional benefit my local church.  My plan is to do a study guide for the devotional titled, Walk In Faith, to be published in November, 2017.

The study guide will go into each chapter more, and will have questions to prompt reflective thought about the topic of the chapter.  I will have new bible verses and quotes for inspiration and encouragement. My plan is to hold a four to six week study at home once the guide is published. I have participated in the Women's Ministry at my local church as a co-facilitator for a few bible studies, and I find that I enjoy the fellowship and sharing of God's word.  

Below are some bible verses and inspiring quotes that …

Book Review: Control by Laura Marie Altom

Ella Patton works at a local Walmart in a small town, far  away from a loveless marriage and abusive husband. She lives one day at a time, though she feels half of her is dead, the half that knew how to love. Now there are only deep scars and a resolve not to let any man hurt her again.   That is until she meets the handsome, and charming, Liam Stone.

Liam Stone is used to having control over everything, especially women. His money buys him anything he wants, and he uses it to offer Ella a proposition that she cannot resist.  This starts them on a steamy, rollercoaster relationship, where falling in love is not an option.    Can Ella finally find love again in Liam? Will Liam let his defenses down long enough to realize he cannot live without Ella?  In an unexpected turn of events, they find that you can only run so fast from your past, before it catches up with you.  
This was an enjoyable, entertaining, fast read romance.  You cannot help but root for Liam and Ella to get their act…

Hope Without Borders: Goodreads Book Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway Hope Without Borders by Virginia Martin Giveaway ends March 12, 2017.
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Hope without Borders is a guided inspirational journal that opens your spiritual soul to reflective thought with quotes and questions that also encourage you to record life as it happens.

Reflective thought leads you to understand that each day is valuable, full of lessons to learn, kindness to show, and words to encourage.  A reflective person no longer walks aimlessly, or stands by while life passes them by. They are present, engaged in the moment, enjoying what makes them come alive.

Living a reflective life stems from having a spiritually rich soul. You have an awareness and a deep understanding of who you are, acknowledging that the challenges, experiences, and the highs and lows of life allow for your personal growth and maturity.

A Writer's Voice - Guest Post by Author B.J.Tiernan

The question is: How do you know what your writing voice is?  Does voice lead to writing ability and writing style or vice versa?

First, we need to understand what our 'writing voice' is.

Your 'writing voice' aka 'writer's voice' is as personal to you as your fingerprint. It is a direct reflection of your personality and what makes you unique and different from all other writers.
Each one of us has a unique style of speaking, a personal attitude, and a certain tone or inflection when we speak. When it comes to tone, you can hear it in two ways - the tone of your voice when you speak out loud and the silent tone you hear in your head. Both of these tones can vary, depending on the situation you find yourself in. Listen closely to both tones, for they make up your 'writer's voice.' 
When you write, you want to allow your personality to shine through and write what feels comfortable and natural to you. In other words, you want to write the same way you…