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Book reviews and thoughts on blogging.

Promoting the Message

2015~~~I can't believe it has been a year since my book was published. Is it really that time of year again? With Thanksgiving 2015 in the history books and Christmas Day 24 days away, the Gates Family is already celebrating the best time of year. The nativity and Christmas tree went up on Thanksgiving Day and dare I say we began Christmas music a little earlier this year? Maybe before Thanksgiving?!!!  The following was written a year ago. Just a reminder how I feel about promoting something I've done, and that Confessions of a Farmer's Daughter is still available for purchase. It would make a great gift for stocking stuffer.  Happy December 1!!!!! I thought writing a book was hard work and it is. I then thought editing and formatting was the hardest thing in publishing. And it is!!  There's a very good reason people are professional editors. But even harder than all that is the marketing and promotion of a book I've worked on for six years. A message I believe in 100%. But promoting my book feels like I'm saying to the world
Hey, look at me, now buy my book.
And that is not me at all. Even writing these sentences brings a bit of discomfort because I'm trying to tell you I'm a humble person and not 'pompous and self-centered', as I write about promotion. I am relieved to find promotion is shed in a positive light as I looked up the definition before beginning this post. According to promote means
to help or encourage to exist or flourish, to promote world peace; education, to put ahead to the next higher stage or grade of course; to encourage the sales, acceptance, etc. of a product especially through advertising or other publicity.
I like the word encourage!!!
 If you have read my book, I would love to have you write a review and post it on Amazon. On the page where you buy the book is a place you can write a review.  I did receive the highest compliment this week from my daughter Kelsey. In my opinion it is the highest compliment an author can receive. Am I an author? I don't know if I can call myself that yet. What is the definition of author?
Anyway, Kelsey sent me a text this past week saying
I think you are a fabulous writer and really pull the reader in with the way you explain everything and just create a picture with your words.
She makes me blush!

Tuesday Trivia

My mom has come and gone. Her visits are always too short, but we pack them full. Shopping, Lauren's volleyball game, a fall party on the mountain, and apple picking. I think she went home to rest!! 0ctober1 october2 unnamed

This not a picture of anyone I know, just random guests at Beak and Skiff Apple Orchard. Look how blue that sky is! Yes, this is New York!!

Kelsey came for a couple of days to spend time with us and her grandma. She took something of mine, so I made a quick trip to Albany over the weekend. But that's another post. Gotta love daughters!!!

I recently became a blogger for B & H Publishing, receiving Jesus~~Little Words Matter. This hard bound book full of pictures children will love and relate to, telling the story of Jesus' birth and resurrection with one word for each picture. The colors are bright and inviting. I have two copies I would like to give away. Just leave comment and you will be entered to win. I was given this book free of charge from B&H Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thoughts are my own.


Most mornings after I have taken Lauren to school and walked at the park, I sit down with hot steaming coffee, my Bible and prayer journal. The minute I sit down, a thousand things...well maybe not a thousand..vie for my attention. There are emails to return, errands to run, and my thoughts can go in so many directions. Because I am easily distracted these days; does that have anything to do with getting older?

As I begin my reading, meditating and studying, I have started the practice of keeping a piece of scratch paper nearby to quickly jot down notes, keeping myself in the chair. The computer work will wait, the urgency of what's next will wait too. Since I want to love God more everyday, I need to know Him. And the only way to know Him is to ready His living Word. (Luke 10:27)

This is an example of one of my days. As you can see, I'm a doodler. Is that a word? I also write down a Bible verse I want to dwell on throughout the day, and prayer requests I want to remember more than once.  monday musingHappy Tuesday!!

Are You Afraid to Ask?

I haven't used this space over the past seven years(blogging since 2008) to talk about a very important part of married life. I hesitate to talk about marriage, because I know I haven't arrived and who am I to give any advice or even write on  the topic? There are so many resources for marriage, from books, conferences and radio programs. Will my few sentences make a difference? All questions I've pondered for a very long time. As the wife of a pastor who has taken care of the flock of four churches, I have seen the demise of way too many marriages. I 've seen many struggle with trying to stay married. In the hushed whispers of privileged conversations, I've heard gut wrenching sobs of ruined lives because of a marriage that could not stay the course. It is with those things in mind that I wade into the water of sex in marriage. I recently was accepted to help launch this book, 25 Questions You're Afraid to Ask about Love, Sex and Intimacy. I also helped launch Pulling Back the Shades earlier this year. Both of these books are written by Dr. Juli Slattery who is with Authentic Intimacy. Now, mom, if you're reading, don't blush! But this is such an important aspect of marriage I cannot be quiet anymore. I have not read this book yet, but trust Dr. Juli and her team  and Moody publishers, enough to know what she writes is God centered and based on the Word of God. You can head over to the web site to read the first chapter and some of the questions posed and answered. You can follow me on Instagram, Twitter, or friend me on Facebook where I will be spreading the news about this book in the coming weeks. It hasn't been released yet, but it will be one you will want to add to your library! How would I answer questions about this important subject? You will have to stay tuned for more thoughts on the subject of sex between a husband and wife. It was God's idea in the first place,(Genesis 4:1) so I'm guessing it's ok to talk about. No worries, I will be tasteful. (Genesis 2:25) 25 questions#25Questionsbook