Friday, December 13, 2013

Putting on the Spirit Review

I recently had the opportunity to read through Putting On the Spirit: Ten-Minute Devotions for Busy Moms by Katie Hornor. This devotional is, just as it's title suggests, designed for moms who are busy but want to spend time with God in a meaningful way.

The devotional goes through the fruit of the spirit and takes from two to three days to go through each fruit. The entire devotional takes one month to complete. 

I know that ten minutes doesn't sound like a lot of time, but we have all heard the phrase "It's not the quantity, but the quality that counts." Each ten minute section left me thinking for hours after about what I had read. To this day, I can't shake what I learned in the lesson from Day 3, specifically this point:

"It’s time to stop hiding behind the cape of “gotta cross everything off my list today.” It’s time to put on love (an action) and take time to read that book or play that game with your child."

Katie is a wonderful author, but before that she is a missionary wife and homeschooling mom. As part of being part of the launch team, we were priviledged to ask Katie some questions. Here are a few of the questions and Katie's answers to help you get to know her a little better.
What inspired you to write your first book?

I have always loved to write. I was one of those kids who had a gazillion note pads and packs of stationery hoarded away growing up. I have filled countless notebooks and diaries with my thoughts, poems, short stories and writings. I even wrote a letter to President Reagan once (but never mailed it). I always dreamed of becoming a published author, but it wasn't until recently that the digital technology and self publishing options have to made that dream a real possibility. 

At the beginning of 2013 I set several goals for myself including one about a book: I wanted to do the research and preparation this year so that I could publish an ebook in 2014. Well, on March 30th, I actually published on Amazon "Loving You Long Distance", followed by "Divine Design" on May 7th. I am very humbled and grateful that the Lord is blessing me to accomplish this goal of an ebook early and with more than one! 

"Loving You Long Distance" came out right before Easter and is meant to be a help to those families like my own who find holidays painful because of the distance separating us from relatives. We try very hard to keep our family ties strong and we wanted to share those ideas with others who may be wondering how to do it. 

"Divine Design" is a short Bible study that I wrote based on a couple of devotional talks I did for a group of ladies last year. And "Putting on the Spirit" started out as a couple of thoughts in a few blog posts that grew into a full fledged month long Bible Study. I'm SO very excited that the Lord is also giving us the opportunity to have these Bible studies translated into Spanish as well! 

With all of the duties that you juggle, when do you fit in the time to write a book?

The ideas usually come easily, it's fleshing them out that takes time. I am blessed to have a very supportive husband who encourages my writing and willingly critiques what I write. He is my biggest fan and my Hero. Most of my writing is done between the kids' bedtime and midnight :) but occasionally when a big project is needing some attention or approaching a due date, we will arrange a way for me to have a few hours of no-kid quiet or even a day to myself to concentrate on the project. 

Is there a particular scripture that gets you through those times when things are crazy and the world is going too fast?

I'm trying to dwell on I Thess 5:24 - Faithful is HE that calleth you who also will do it. - Narrowing down what is his job for me today, and trusting him to help me through it in spite of all the overwhelmed, pregnant emotions swirling around me at the moment.

I am excited that this ebook is it is also available in Spanish! 
As part of this review, I have been given permission to give away 3 copies of this ebook (English copy)!
To be a part of this giveaway, in the comments below leave your name, city and state. 



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