Becoming a Stay-at-home Mom Again Led to Writing

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Guest Blogger: Christina Weigand

First I’d like to say hi to all of Janelle’s and Rob’s followers. Second I want to take this first post to introduce myself to you.

My name is Christina Weigand (Chris). I could tell you my whole life story, but it would probably bore you, so I will just pick up where my writing journey started.  Fifteen years ago I gave birth to my fourth child, a baby girl. Her siblings were already in college or finishing high school. I was seconds away from the empty nest syndrome when we discovered I was pregnant.  I was married and would celebrate my twenty fifth anniversary when my fourth child was two years old. I had pretty much finished raising my three children, gotten my BS in Interior Design and worked at a couple of jobs in and out of the industry although for the most part I had been a stay-at-home mom for most of my adult life. 

So here I was, having a new baby almost seventeen years after her older sister, and my husband and I decided that I would be a stay-at-home mom again. The problem with that plan, although it really wasn’t a problem, was that I was a little restless. I had spent the previous years going to school and then working while raising and juggling family life and now the work and school were gone and all that was left was the family life, not that I have anything against it, but I needed something more. So after some soul searching I took an online writing course.

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Over the next few years I did the exercises and took care of my baby while watching the rest of the family grow and continue on with our lives. I started out writing for small children, but my stories were always too long for the younger read-to-me’s. Then I played around with writing inspirational articles for women, and although I enjoyed that I still didn’t feel satisfied. It was then that I started writing Young Adult.  I found my niche and the stories flowed out. Fast forward a few years and a few books and it was time for a new challenge. So while continuing to write Young Adult I decided to try my hand at Middle Grade. Passion expanded.

So now that you know how I got here, I’ll tell you a little bit more about me and my books. When I started writing my YA trilogy it was at the time when the Twilight series was all the rage. My youngest daughter and oldest granddaughter were hovering near the tween years and all the girls were reading books like Twilight. I read them and while I do not fault any author for writing their passion, because I would not want someone to do it to me, I wasn’t impressed with Twilight and some of the other books for young adults that were being published at the time. I didn’t like the ideas and images that were being promoted to our young people through those books. Well if I didn’t like the choices being presented to our young people then I had better see to it that there was something else for them to choose. So I wrote the Palace of the Twelve Pillars trilogy.

My mission statement that can be seen in its entirety on my blog www.weigandchris.com  states:

To provide to middle-grade and YA readers

a balanced reading palette. While they may be

reading vampire books and the like I also want them

to see God’s side and to have a fuller, more well-balanced

vision of what is out there, so they can make

informed choices in their lives.

To help young writers explore and embrace their God given talent.


Something for my blossoming teenage daughter and granddaughter…

I wanted something that my blossoming teenage daughter and granddaughter could read that showed positive relationships, young people not afraid to stand up for what they believed and there were consequences to the choices that you made be they good or bad.

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Like I previously mentioned I recently started writing Middle grade for the 8-12 year olds and my goal has stayed the same, to give them options, something different from the books that are out there for them to read. In my MG books, since the audience is a little younger, my stories are not as sweeping or as complex as the YA books. They tend to focus a little more on a single issue with a few minor subplots that support that issue. 

It is a challenge to write for these two age groups in that they are still molding and developing the ideas that they will carry into adulthood and they turn to peers more and more as they rely less and less on their parents ideas about things. So the goal is to show them the way to grow without turning them off.


Inspiration for Adults

I also still write inspirational things for adults. Here is the part of my mission statement that addresses that:

To promote hope and encourage women and men in their faith journey. Show that in spite of all the darkness in today’s world that we can still find the light of God’s love to guide us through the darkness into His glorious love.


So that’s me.

I am a daughter of God, a mother of four, a wife to one and a writer/author. I have a YA Fantasy Trilogy; Palace of the Twelve Pillars, Palace of the Three Crosses and Sanctuary of Nine Dragons.

Recently the first book in a six book MG Series The Galactic Safety Ambassadors was published; Sir E. Robert Smythe and the School Bully.

And finally Women of the Bible: A Study that explores how twelve women’s lives are still relevant in today’s world.

As time goes on and for as long as Rob and Janelle will tolerate me I will explore my stories and my writing process. Thanks Rob and Janelle for this opportunity.


Christina Weigand’s a writer, wife, and mother of four and Nana to three. Through her writing she strives to share God and help people realize His love and mercy.

www.weigandchris.com

Nathan and Paul have a bully problem. Billy, the school bully, has chosen them to be the target of his aggression. Paul, along with Sir E. Robert Smythe of the Galactic Safety Council, discovers the root of Billy’s issues and strives to convince the bully to change his ways.

When Billy runs away from home, Paul goes after him. Billy’s dad, the cause of Billy’s anger, finds the boys and threatens them. They are rescued but not before each are injured and Billy’s dad escapes.

During their recovery they learn more about each other and face Billy’s dad once again. Can they overcome their differences and confront the bullying going on in their school before someone gets seriously hurt?  Click here for your copy.


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Teachings from God: Greeting Your Soul and Revealing the Divine Within

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Teachings from God:

Greeting Your Soul and Revealing the Divine Within

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Book Description:

The essence of the work that is being launched with Teachings from God is to uncover our true nature, the divine within, that once discovered will launch every person on a path of empowerment. The teachings help seekers to find, discover, remember the limitless aspects of human capacity so that we can attain more freedom in our daily living. Free from limiting beliefs that hold us back from our potential. Free to create outcomes that we dared not imagine previously. Free to live unencumbered, for those who dare to lift the veil. Unveil your Soul. Live Free.


Courtney Amundson

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Courtney Amundson began her path as a seeker at a young age, progressing to the point that these teachings began to flow through her, effortlessly and with complete love and joy, starting at age 16. In the beginning, the wisdom was received for her own evolution and understanding, but after a short time she was guided to share it with as many people as possible through Teachings from God. Since then, she has worked single-mindedly on getting these teachings out to the public, not only through the work of the book, but expanding into sharing her insights through publishing articles and speaking.

In addition to her dedication to the advancement of the teachings, Courtney is actively progressing toward qigong healing certification, as well as craniosacral therapy certification. And as a classically trained violinist, she is engaging her passion for music in new, more free expression.

Teachings from God has given Courtney the inspiration and tools to create the life that excites her, and more than anything she wants to inspire you to do the same!

Learn more at www.teachingsfromgod.com.


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Peace and Love,

Rob and Janelle

 

 


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Operation Cosmic Teapot

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Operation Cosmic Teapot

Dylan Callan

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Book Description:

“A virgin birth? A virgin? Her?” God shouted at Freud while recalling his one night stand with Mary. Freud snorted another line of cocaine in celebration, believing that this story would help Nietzsche in his quest to fire God from Heaven Inc. Nietzsche, however, had other problems: the Norse gods were running amok on Earth, his board of directors were in a constant state of chaos, and syphilis pushed him into a past life that he would rather forget.

 


The Mastermind behind Operation Cosmic Teapot:

Dylan Callens

Dylan grew up in Delhi, Ontario.  From a young age, he showed an interest in writing; however, in high school, he focused more on creating music.  Dylan moved to Sudbury, Ontario to attend Laurentian University.  While attending, he wrote for the university paper, Lambda, as a columnist, then news editor.  His first book, Operation Cosmic Teapot, is available in paperback and digital download.

Learn more at www.cosmicteapot.net.

 


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Write Right From God

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Write Right From God: You, Words, Writing And Your Divine Purpose

 

Tom Bird

Book Description:

Did you ever wonder why, at times, words just poured out of you or why you feel mysteriously drawn to write a book? If so, this book is for you. It answers all of the questions about why we are really meant to write. And, as you will find, the real reason we are drawn to write has way more significance than to just sell a few books or to make a name for ourselves. In this ultimate book for all authors and aspiring writers; Best Selling Author, legendary literary mid-wife and renowned author oracle, Tom Bird, shares it all. And in doing so, Tom frees us to finally succeed in all areas of writing. If writing is something you feel pushed to do or is something you want to do, this is a book not to be missed. It will change your life and forever alter the way you look at the world and your role in it.


The Mastermind behind Write Right From God

Tom Bird

Best-selling author and author whisperer TOM BIRD has led tens of thousands to the successful completion of their books. An innovator by nature, his most recent breakthrough is his Write Your Publishable Book in a Weekend Retreat, where over 98 percent of those who have attended in the last few years completed the writing of their books.

Learn more at TomBird.com


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French Kissing God

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French Kissing God:

A Journey to Enlightenment

Lyric Benson

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Book Description:

French Kissing God: A Journey to Enlightenment is a Rumi-esque mystic poetry book for lovers of spirituality, God, Being, Mother Nature (or whatever term you choose to call all-denominational Divinity.)

This revolutionary book offers inspiration and insights, gives guidance, and provides encouragement for spiritual seekers. No matter your religious or spiritual tradition, you will find this book eye-opening, heartening, humorous, and boundary breaking.

French Kissing God brings a message of peace, love and Divine-realization while awakening the hearts of anyone seeking a truly mystical existence. The book’s exuberant, pulsating, passionate and visceral verses are the hallmark of author Lyric Benson Fergusson, whose words let us join her on a journey to enlightenment—from the beginning days when she was seeking God to experiences of unimaginable Divine Union and bliss. This powerful collection successfully brings the concept of piety back “down to Earth” in the modern-day playground of spiritual awakening.

French Kissing God: A Journey to Enlightenment has been endorsed by bestselling authors: Oriah Mountain Dreamer, Jeff Brown, Marci Shimoff, Barnet Bain, Dr. Norman Rosenthal and many others.

Testimonials:

“Here is a lover of God and through that a lover of humanity —the world should welcome this wonderful soul to join the great voices of Rumi and the other mystics—let us celebrate our shared humanity with Lyric and the gift of her beautiful verses.” ~ Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Kalduhn Chair of Islamic Studies at American University, Former Pakistani High Commissioner to the Uk and Ireland and Author of Journey to Islam

“These are startling poems—bold and unafraid—that abandon the conventional politeness we use to approach the deity. This is a pragmatic and earthy love for the creator of Earth. This is the Song of Solomon sung to a modern melody and it deserves your attention.” ~ Bill Prady, Executive Producer of CBS’s The Big Bang Theory and ABC’s Dharma and Greg

“We human beings have a great forgetfulness, and poets like Lyric Benson are the voices that remind us again and again of our deepest longing for union with God. Through her words and here images Lyric ignites again the longing that will take us home.” ~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer, Bestselling Author of The Invitation


The Mastermind behind French Kissing God:

Lyric Benson Fergusson

Lyric Benson Fergusson is a spiritual teacher and author of the book French Kissing God: A Journey to Enlightenment. Lyric grew up in Hollywood,  lived in NYC during the attacks of September 11th, and in 2004 witnessed a dear friend murdered in front of her. These circumstances spurred her to seek God within. At 22, Lyric became a celibate yogi-monk—spending 8-10hrs a day in meditation or prayer. During these transformational years she composed her poetic mysticism.


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Interviewed by God

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Interviewed by God,

A Journey to Freedom

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Book Description:

Interviewed by God is an account of Beth Banning’s journey of spiritual awakening—her conscious connection with God and the lessons she’s learned along the way.

From a very young age, Banning experienced phenomena that could only be called extraordinary: she’s received messages from spirit animals, felt kundalini energy awaken in her, and experienced dimensional shifts in her awareness that have allowed her to witness what only a few have seen.

She was visited by totem animals, took ritualistic baths, and visited shamans and healers; she experienced ecstatic states and received messages; her ego mind began to battle against her higher mind. As she experienced her spiritual journey, a small voice within guided her. With doubt as her constant companion she continued to follow her inner promptings, which led her to higher levels of truth about her connection to herself and the world and reality as we know it.

Written in a format in which the author is “interviewed by God,” the book is meant to be a mirror for the reader to reflect their own experiences back to them, and a gentle guide for those who are at the precipice of an extraordinary adventure and are either scared to jump or who hunger for answers and understanding. 


The Mastermind behind Interviewed by God:

Beth Banning

Beth Banning is a best-selling author, inspirational speaker, and spiritual catalyst who lives in California with her husband, their cat, and their six pound poodle. She has published numerous books including, “Interviewed by God, A Journey to Freedom”.

She also wrote the Meditation for Life Series and co-authored several consciousness shifting seminars.  These seminars serve as a catalyst for participants to emerge with a whole new way of relating to themselves and to their world.

Learn more at BethBanning.com.

 


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The Gift: A Parable of the Key

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The Gift: A Parable of the Key

Kathryn Elizabeth Jones

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Book Description:

After the death of their only child, it was time for Virginia and Richard to truly act on the power held within the five stones.

But their healing was taking a long time, and, quite frankly, proving to be an empty vessel needing to be filled.

Would they ever have a child of their own?

Would the old key help in their search for the truth? Joy was in their lives once again, a homeless teen with an alcoholic mother, still managing the journey to Just Desserts for another pink cupcake.

Was Joy the answer? And if so, what was the truth locked within her heart?

Travel with Virginia and Richard as they make their journey with God. Seek. Knock. Open. Find. Discover for yourself how an open heart – heals.


The Mastermind behind Conquering Your Goliaths:

Kathryn Jones

Kathryn Jones has been a published writer since 1987.  She graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Mass Communication and a minor in Creative Writing. Her studies included work in creative writing, public relations and journalism. In 2012, she opened the doors to Idea Creations Press, a publishing services company that caters to writers and their writing, publishing, and marketing needs. She has published 8 books – including Christian fiction, nonfiction, middle reader, and mystery.

Learn more at http://www.ariverofstones.com and http://www.ideacreationspress.com


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New Prophetic 2016 Almanac

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New Prophetic 2016 Almanac

Bill Jenkins

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Book Description:

The New Prophetic Almanac is an insightful and interesting book that will take you on a spiritual journey, helping to reveal the plan of God in your life for 2016. From important dates to impactful knowledge, and a prophetic word for all 50 States, this is a book full of information, inspiration and divine revelation.

In this book you will learn:

• The prophetic plan of God for 2016
• How the number 16 is connected to your success
• What important numbers, colors and names to watch for during the year
• Biblical knowledge that will rekindle your fire for God
• What it means to be born on the 16th day of the month
• Scriptures that will elevate you to another level of favor
• Fun facts concerning the number sixteen
• The 2016 Spiritual Forecast for all 50 States in America


The Mastermind behind The New Prophetic Almanac 2016:

Pastor Bill Jenkins

Pastor Bill Jenkins is the founder and senior pastor of the church of acts as well as a television and radio host. Rapidly becoming known as an apostle of God with a prophetic voice, he works to release a message of hope in our world. With deep spiritual revelation and insight from  God’s word, Pastor Bill takes the toughest passages of scripture and  explains them in a practical and interesting way. He is the “go-to-guy” when it comes to understanding the biblical numbers and their spiritual significance. A devoted husband and father, his passion is for others to become successful as they apply the principles of Christ.

Learn more at www.churchofacts.org.


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The Fabric of Eternity: A Scientist’s View of the Works of Providence

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The Fabric of Eternity:

A Scientist’s View of the Works of Providence

Istvan

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Few questions have vexed humanity more than how did we come to exist? How can we reconcile the Big Bang Theory with the monotheist belief in the wonders of creation? The Fabric of Eternity: A Scientist’s View of the Works of Providence is scientist István Kolossváry’s personal view of the Universe that allows for science and theology to exist in peaceful unison. It is neither new science nor new theology; it is a humble attempt to lower the language barrier between these two disciplines in hope for a better understanding, appreciation, and gratitude to the Universe and her Creator.

In this debut nonfiction, Kolossváry makes the argument on scientific grounds that there are only two ways of thinking about the workings of the Universe: We either realize the continuous loving care of God, or we go it alone, reject God, and insist upon a self-contained existence with no reason or purpose.

Science can only offer these two fundamental alternatives but cannot decide between them in the lab. In a scientific experiment involving humans, however, Kolossváry argues that the “go it alone” theory may be proven false. In an experiment the reader can personally do, Kolossváry shows that the “go it alone” theory makes predictions that contradict human nature. Those who choose to go it alone shall be bound — on scientific grounds — to deny commonly accepted traits such as free will, honor and human dignity. It is the reader’s call: does the experiment verify or refute the “go it alone” theory?

With over 25 years as a scientist, Kolossváry has privately grappled with the chasm between science and theology. The Fabric of Eternity: A Scientist’s View of the Works of Providenceseeks to eradicate the wall that divides the two disciplines and bring a fresh perspective to believers in both.


The Mastermind behind The Fabric of Eternity:

István Kolossváry

István Kolossváry is a scientist and professor specializing in drug discovery research and biochemical systems simulation.He holds degrees from Budapest University of Technology and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. István has been a researcher at Columbia University and most recently a private New York research organization. He has grappled with the chasm between science and theology, and in The Fabric of Eternity, he shares results from scientific inquiry into the works of divine providence.

Learn more at http://www.istvankolossvary.com.


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OMG! How Children See God

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OMG! How Children See God

MonicaParker

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Book Description:

OMG! is a magical window into how children view God. Its humor is timeless and satisfying and rich with insight.


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Such a wonderful conversation to start with your kids no matter your spiritual beliefs or lack there of.  I, Janelle, specifically asked our 8-year-old son what he believes God is after we talked to Monica. Though he opted not to do a video to share with her he did share a fascinating perspective, which we emailed to Monica later.  Talk to your kids and, if they are okay with it, send Monica a message and/or video via her website.


The Mastermind behind OMG: How Children See God:

Monica Parker

Monica Parker is an actor, writer, and producer in theatre, television, and film, most notably All Dogs Go to Heaven. Monica’s insightful and hilarious one-woman show, Sex, Pies & A Few White Lies, spawned her successful speaking career as well as her bestselling, humorous, nonfiction anti-diet book Getting Waisted: A Survival Guide to Being Fat in a Society That Loves Thin. Monica has an extensive list of both acting and writing credits. She is currently writing a romantic comedy for The Hallmark Channel and has a recurring role on SyFy’s “Defiance.” www.omgkidsbook.com  and www.monicaparkerproductions.com


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