Have you ever wondered what spiritual resources were available to the apostle Paul before he starting his writing career? Or think of the apostle Peter, with his two masterpieces, and the apostle John, with three letters of great significance to us today.
When the Evangelical Publishers Association introduced the Kenneth N. Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award at its spring 2016 Seminar, they had no idea that at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference one of Dr. Taylor’s early associates, Les Stobbe, would also receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in Publishing. For both awards to be featured in the same ECPA Rush to Press calls for a snapshot of their publishing life together.
I was 40 years old when I began acquiring fiction for Moody Press. My background included six years buying fiction and selling it in bookstores, four years of visiting Christian booksellers and interviewing them on why they were successful, and helping a fiction writer gain a publisher for a series of suspense novels.
Monday night, May 23, I was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Close to an hour of comments, written, vocal, and video from people I helped in their publishing career: Jerry Jenkins, Dennis Rainey, John Maxwell, and many more. My wife Rita and Lillian, our granddaughter, thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved seeing my wife laugh and laugh and just enjoy being with me as the positive comments kept coming.
by Cheryl Williford
This is the second novel in the Pinecraft Series. Everyone turns to Molly Ziegler for help in the tiny tourist town of Pinecraft, Florida. Busy making other people’s dreams come true and not her own, Molly finds herself unmarried at 21. Considered an old maid by her New Order Amish community, she’s not so desperate for a husband and children that she’ll make do with an arranged marriage to the only man who’s asked for her hand in marriage.
I’m constantly amazed by the fixation of fiction writers on novels, as if that is the noblest expression of the art of fiction writing. Yet there are a variety of other opportunities to employ fiction to present the life-giving message of Jesus Christ. Let me illustrate with my experiences.