publishing, Writing

When did you first start writing?

Mina’s Minutes – June 30, 2019

When did you first think about being a writer? Do you remember the first time you wrote something that wasn’t for a school assignment? Was it a personal journal? How old were you?

I have one friend who told me she put out a family newspaper as a child in elementary school. Another friend was always writing stories as a young person. Then, I have one friend who published her first book when she was in her late 60’s.

I only wrote for school until after my divorce. Then I began with a personal journal, which led to a personal Bible study, which led to writing for the church newsletter, which led to writing for newspapers, which led to other paying opportunities. I self-published my first book in 2009, started my own book company in 2014, and recently published my second book through my publishing company and re-released my first book through the same publishing company. Recently, I had another author contact me about possibly publishing his book. Last, but not least, my youngest granddaughter wants to learn how to write a newspaper as a school project.

What’s the takeaway? It doesn’t matter how young you are or how old you are. If you have a desire to write, it’s possible to make that dream happen. What it takes is the desire to learn how to write well, and to learn the publishing and production process to put out a quality product. Then, you have to be willing to promote your own work, regardless of whether you go through a traditional publisher or whether you publish it yourself. But, that’s a discussion for a different day.

So, how old were you when you first started writing?

 

 

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Book Review, Christian Testimony, Declaration of Faith, Fear, healing, wholeness, Witnessing, Writing

Book Review – Breaking the Fear Cycle: How to Find Peace for your Anxious Heart by Mina R Raulston

I am so grateful to Revell Books for the ability to participate in their Blogger Book Review program. They provide me with a list of books to choose from and I write an honest review of those books. Most of the time I can give a positive review. Unfortunately, I cannot do that with this book.

The author, Maria Furlough, speaks about fear from her personal experiences. She has evidently lived a life overwhelmed with the spirit of fear, a fear that grew from simple worry to outright panic. It was also compounded by the diagnosis of her unborn child with a syndrome that would cause his death within minutes or hours after his birth. I can’t imagine the pain she endured during her pregnancy and delivery, followed by his death.

But, I do know that her method of fighting fear is not workable for me. She searches countless scriptures about fear, which is fine by itself. But her battle tactic is to read the scriptures to herself and journal her fears in detail. I was taught to fight the devil and his minions with the Word of God directly. When Jesus was in the wilderness and Satan taunted him and tempted him Jesus set the example for how to fight the devil off. He spoke the Word of God back to him. An example is in Matthew 4.

In II Timothy 1:7 it says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Then, in James 4:7 it says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

I grew up with a mother who was the embodiment of the spirit of fear. If I had given voice to my fears through journaling and speaking about them I would have been overtaken by them. But by learning to rebuke the devil and the spirit of fear I have been able to overcome that fear. Does it still attempt to attack me? Yes, on occasion. But, then the Holy Spirit reminds me of the full Armor of God and how to fight the devil with the Sword of the Spirit.

If this battle tactic works for Mrs. Furlough then I pray she becomes adept at it. I would never tell someone to stop fighting in a way that helps them. I just know the more direct approach works for me.

Book Review, healing, wholeness, Witnessing, Writing

Adamant – Book Review by Mina R Raulston

I have read Lisa Bevere’s books for many years. Her Bible studies are insightful and challenging for women of all ages. Her current book, Adamant is no exception. The subtitle, Finding Truth in a Universe of Opinions, gives a hint as to the content of the book. The definition of adamant means immoveable and unyielding, among other things. In ancient times it was believed to be a stone that hadn’t been discovered yet and for a time was compared to a diamond in its hard and impervious substance. In her book, Ms. Bevere teaches that adamant was not a rock yet to be discovered, but Jesus who is the stone that the builder rejected our cornerstone. Her study is in-depth while at the same time she comes across as personable and vulnerable. I would encourage any woman seeking a serious study of the word to take advantage of Adamant, Finding Truth in a Universe of Opinions.

Book Review, Writing

Oath of Honor Book Review

Author Lynette Eason weaves wonderful, suspenseful stories with strong characters who always seek to bring about justice. For Oath of Honor, the first book in her new series Blue Justice, she does not disappoint. Izzy St. John lives a life that is the definition of suspense. She comes from a law enforcement family. She and her siblings grew up with her partner Kevin and his brother Ryan are also law enforcement. When her partner is killed unexpectedly, she and his brother team up to find his killer and solve some major crimes in their city that have baffled the police long term. Enjoy the read while you try to solve the crimes right along with Izzy. Experience the twists and turns, the unexpected solutions and surprises along the way as Eason begins her new series.

Disclaimer: My thanks to the publisher Revell for providing the book to me in exchange for an honest book review.

Book Review, Uncategorized, Writing

Dangerous Illusions Book Review

I really enjoy Irene Hannon’s books. They each tell a riveting story with surprises all the way to end. And Dangerous Illusions does not disappoint. Step into the life of Trish Bailey, daughter of wealthy parents who chooses to become an art teacher in an inner-city school. She is struggling to deal with the sudden passing of her critically ill mother, only to be told by the police that the death is suspicious and she is the main suspect. Enter Detective Colin Flynn whose job is to learn the truth of whether the woman’s death was an accident or worse. Join them in the intense investigation, with all its unexpected twists and turns, to the final conclusion. An exciting read from beginning to end.

Disclosure: I am pleased to receive free books from the publisher Revell Books in exchange for posting an honest review of the book.

Blessings, Book Review, Christian Testimony, Declaration of Faith, Witnessing, Writing

Book Review

As a mother and grandmother, I am always on the lookout for a good devotional for mothers. I found just that in, Praying for Girls, Asking God for the Things They Need Most, by Teri Lynne Underwood. She offers a devotional and prayers for a daughter’s identity, heart, mind, relationships, and her purpose. She then speaks a little wisdom to mom for herself and how to speak to her daughter whether she’s a little girl, middle girl, and older girl. She finishes it off with two special sections just for Mom, something many devotionals don’t consider. I’ll be gifting this book to my own daughter and her little girl.

speech writing, Uncategorized, Writing

Public Speaking

Public speaking is said to be one of the greatest fears of the average person, more so than even fear of heights. But, part of the fear of public speaking comes from not knowing how to put words together in a manner that will get and keep the audience’s attention. Some speakers are talented writers and prefer to write their own speeches. Some are talented writers but may not have the time required to write their speeches amid their other responsibilities. Others may be charismatic speakers but they are not experienced writers.

Regardless of where you fit in this description, you can rest in knowing there are talented speech writers who can provide you with the words you need, in the manner you need them, in a timely manner, at a reasonable cost. Giving a speech is telling a story. There are several ways you can tell the same story. A speech writer’s job is to take the facts you provide and create a story that will evoke a desired response in the audience.

I have been a freelance writer for more than twenty years and specifically a freelance speech writer for more than four years. I have written speeches for weddings, memorials, retirement, graduation, birthdays, business presentations, and keynote speeches. I have written speeches for clients in the United States and around the world.

Contact me at my email address m_raulston@hotmail.com or call me at 614-507-7893 to request more information about hiring me to write your upcoming speech.