The Writer’s Heart: Friends, New & Old

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“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly:

and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”

Proverbs 18:24, KJV

Old friends aren’t necessarily old in age. They are those who have proven themselves through their stick-to-itiveness, honesty, encouragement, and their sharing of knowledge and wisdom. We may not see these old friends often, but we find ways of keeping in touch and sharing each other’s joys and sorrows. We continue to learn from each other.

Lately, I’ve been visiting some old friends of the writing world, Bodie and Brock Thoene, by rereading their work, specifically, the A. D. Chronicles. Other favorites from them  are the three connected series of The Zion Covenant, The Zion Chronicles, and the Zion Legacy. The historical setting of these three transport the reader into the period just before, during, and following World War II. Warning: If you start reading one, you won’t quit until you finish them all.

The Thoenes have never heard of me, but they became my old friends. Their writing introduced me to my favorite fictional genres—biblical and historical. They have taught me much simply by reading their work. I could say I aspire to write like them, but that would be wrong.

The Thoenes have their place in the writing world. They have stayed true to their style, to the historical information they share, the encouragement included in each book. They have successfully shared their knowledge, wisdom, and talent with a multitude of readers. Their example encourages me to strive to do the same. But I will never be them. I’ve learned from them what good writing is, and I do aspire to follow their example. I must remember my writing has a purpose defined by God, even as their writing does.

I don’t know what God’s plan for my writing includes. As I follow him, he will bring it to completion, and it will bring him glory. Hopefully, along the way I will make more new friends who turn into old friends.

My next read from the Thoenes is a nonfiction title, Writer to Writer. I didn’t know it existed. Being written in 1990, I expect it to be a little dated as far as technology, but not according to the actual craft of writing.

Before I close—my favorite old friend is still the Word of God. It is filled with instruction, examples, truth, writing prompts, and themes galore. It also includes the best teacher sent to us by our best friend.

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost,

whom the Father will send in my name,

he shall teach you all things,

and bring all things to your remembrance,

whatsoever I have said unto you.”

John 14:26, KJV

God, the greatest author of the number one best seller for hundreds of years, continues to be my greatest inspiration. He sticks with me, guides me, and encourages me in this journey. He has called me his friend.

“but I have called you friends:

for all things that I have heard of my Father

I have known unto you.”

John 15:15b

He makes known to me what I need to know through his word, his example, the Holy Spirit, and others who have made this journey. I’m thankful for the old friends God has put in my path and the new ones who are teaching and encouraging me now. I do hope I can do the same for others.

Who has influenced your writing journey?


A Writer’s Heart: Prayer

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“Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and,

What thou seest, write in a book …

Write the things which thou hast seen,

and the things which are,

and the things which shall be hereafter;”

Revelation 1:11a, 19, KJV

The beloved, old, apostle John received writing instruction directly from the mouth of the Lord. The Lord’s story needed finished, and he gave the task to John. Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, angels, and visions guided John’s pen to finish God’s love letter to those who would read it and receive it.

As Christian writers of today, our instructions remain the same as John’s. We write in a book—

  • What we have seen: the love of God displayed on a cross to forgive our sins.
  • What things are: The world is full of trouble, but Christ has overcome the world.
  • What is to come: Christ in us our hope of glory.

We do not have Christ before us as John did nor a bevy of angels and visions to speak the stories we’re to write. We do have the Holy Spirit to teach us as Jesus taught his early disciples. We need only to ask and the Holy Spirit will give us what we need to write to the glory of God.

A Writer’s Prayer:

Heavenly Father,

All praise, glory, and honor belong to you.

You give your people work to do—tell the story of your love and show it in the lives we live. Thank you, for giving us all we need to spread the story of you and your kingdom.

As we write, direct our thoughts, our imagination, our stories and our words of encouragement. May all we write, whether fiction or nonfiction, reflect a true image of Jesus Christ. May our printed words be used of you to bring increase to your kingdom.

For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

The Writer’s Heart: Encouragement

The Writer’s Heart: Encouragement

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Writers travel a long journey to publication. We have to believe what we pen is worth our readers’ time—that our words give value to the readers. For we are giving of ourselves to them, as we seek to encourage them in day to day living.

But who comes alongside the authors when doubts of the worth of our work begin to needle our minds?  To the early church and the apostle Paul, the Lord provided Barnabas as an encourager, even as He has placed us here to do the same.

“Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11, NASB

We understand the Lord God is our ultimate encourager in the work He has given us, whether it’s in writing or some other ministry. But He uses his people to speak that encouragement or perform an uplifting deed. For writers and authors, we find great encouragement in one another when we share our struggles and successes.IMG_3582[1]

Today, I want to encourage Heather Greer, author of five contemporary Christian fiction romance novels, two of which are Selah Award finalists. Her newest success, Love in the Squared Circle released April 19, 2022. You will love the author’s characters, Trinity, a widowed single-mom, Jay, her eight-year-old “precocious but precious” son, and Blane, the handsome, larger than life pro-wrestler, plus the varied supporting characters.

I encourage you to check out Love in the Squared Circle on Amazon or Barnes & Noble on line. You can connect with Heather Greer at


The publisher I am with, Elk Lake Publishing, Inc. considers its authors a family. I’ve heard others speak of being a tribe. Whatever the term, it means we are in this together, to encourage one another through prayer and the different avenues we have been given.

May each keep on keeping on.

What is your latest success? Share it in the comments. How will you encourage someone today?