Questions About Sexuality that Got Me Uninvited from My Denomination



https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Z28W12N/

Click on any conservative Christian denominational website, and you'll find stories and images of all kinds of people finding hope through the efforts of the denomination. But are pastors, churches, and denominations committed to revolutionary hope? Or are they committed to tribal rules? "Questions About Sexuality that Got Me Uninvited from My Denomination" is an insightful, concise disclosure of how one pastor in good standing found answers to those questions.

The book and the included companion discussion guide acts as a code unlocking healthy ways to approach the six passages out of 31,000 verses in the Bible that deal specifically with homosexuality. Along the way, you'll wrestle with questions about the beauty of non-sacrificial love and its relevance to all people, including LGTBQ+ human beings.

Rise Up! (Author Interview)




‘Rise up!’ looks like a great book Christian motivational book.  Any plans to release similar books or turn it into a series?  

I am in the process of finishing my second book, but it will be geared more towards my life coaching business. I do not plan to making “Rise Up “ a series.

How did you come up with the concepts and ideas in ‘Rise up!: Be a Saint not an Ain’t’

I came up with the concept for “Rise Up” when I realized that so many people (including myself at one time) who call themselves Christians are just mean and show no love (the “Aint’s). They make it hard for people who may want to come into the faith or are new to the faith to stay in the faith. When I came to understand that we are supposed to mirror the example that Christ himself lived while He was on the earth, my whole life changed. I started to understand that love covers a multitude of sins and that when broken people receive love their world begins to change as well. Saints are simply people who have a heart to be love and give it to those who may have none.
           
What will readers get out of your book?

Since the book is geared toward Christians, my hope is that they will come to see when they are acting Ain’tish and get back to treating people the way they want to be treated, stop being judgmental, and show the love of Christ and get back to loving the lost and help them get on a path to right living.

What inspired you when writing ‘Rise up!’?   

I was inspired to write “Rise Up” because I saw too many people being discouraged, too many people left hurting, and too many people turning their backs on Christianity, because the so-called Saints were running them away because of their dogmatic approach to the bible. I saw that people in the church forgot that they too were once lost and did not have it all together. Everyone is an ex something, so I wrote this for us to remember just that, that there is no perfect people in the world, not one.

When did you decide to become a writer?

My love for writing started way back in the 3rd grade, but I did not start to take it seriously until I around 2008 when I wrote my first magazine article for my church. From there I challenged myself to complete a book and I did. It is one of the biggest accomplishments of my life.

When writing ‘Rise up!’ did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  

The most challenging thing with writing was being disciplined to sit down and do it. It took me 9 months to finish this book as it was truly a labor of love. I have since learned my lesson and now my second book is nearly complete. I just have to have it edited, because that is another difficult task for me as well.

What do you like to do when not writing?
I love watching movies and listening to jazz. I am next going to challenge myself to write a screenplay so watching movies is no longer a guilty pleasure of mine, but a necessity. I also love to travel.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

More information can be found about my book on my website shannonowenspdc.com and on Amazon and Kindle.



Diary of a Divine Relationship: Jack & Kelly



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Diary of a Divine Relationship looks like a compelling Christian story.  Any plans to release similar books?
I’m currently working on a sequel to answer so many questions about some of the characters in the first book. This book will tie up loose ends and I think readers will feel satisfied. I will also work to bring Diary of a Divine Relationship (Jack and Kelly) to the stage as a play and one day onto the big screen Now that would be a dream come true.  


How did you come up with the story in Diary of a Divine Relationship?  
I think the story of Cinderella may have something to do with it, lol, but seriously, I like taking underdogs and changing their lives for the better. God will use anyone that allows him to use them. He takes the perceived ordinary, misunderstood and seemingly strange or different person and uses them for the extraordinary. He uses the humble and those who offer their faithfulness and willingness in saying, “Yes, God I agree with you.”   
           

What will readers get out of your book?
The main message of the book is that we are all flawed, whether it is very apparent to the eye or hidden behind the clothes, image or personality. We can do and be more, no matter what we perceive as limitations if we trust in Him. We should not let others influence our destiny.  God is the only one who determines our value and worth. They will also get a lighthearted and funny, yet serious story of a couple and their struggles as they come together for God’s purpose.


What inspired you when writing Diary of a Divine Relationship?
I’m someone that resonates with the underdog. For lack of a better word, this is how Kelly perceived herself but she fought that title and I and Jack wanted her to see herself differently.


When did you decide to become a writer?
I had no idea I would be an author.  I used to dabble and scribble with writing thoughts down about my life, and I even attempted to put together an essay, but I did not finish that.  I believe this book was divinely inspired because of certain things I was going through at that time in my own life.


When writing Diary of a Divine Relationship did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
Yes, the storyline as to what happens to Kelly Sanders and where should I take the story. I really struggled with that.  Believe it or not, I’ve had anger directed toward me regarding the ending.

My Visions of Reality (Author Interview)



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My Visions of Reality looks like a great personal poetry book.  Any plans to make it into a series?  
Yes, because of it how we live our lives daily and how our perspective is in life. It will either make you or break you in life however, it can be a treaty because we can be deceiving on the things we can't seem to control. 

What will readers get out of your poems?   
Readers will get out of this poem, is by seeing something bigger within themselves. That their not alone and that, they can make their dreams into a reality. The traumas, the trails, the pain, and the struggles, they can come to a realization with my poems and making the right decisions in their life.  I believe that the readers will find themselves as a masterpiece because God made them as a masterpiece and be for who they are. Not feeling afraid, and not feeling like an outcast, because I want the readers to figure out for who they are, or find out their talent they can use by not going to the wrong pathway or something that makes them happy. Having love for themselves can help them love other people and will see the positive side of their life. Knowing that, the readers are not alone, because God love them for who they are, because I want them to think there's always a blessing and miracles in their life, because they haven't seen it yet, but by God grace it will be shown and praying, because a church once said, our life is not a duty, but devotion, not legalism, but love. 

 What inspired you when writing My Visions of Reality?   
What inspired me to write my visions of reality, the of 15 years old, I was in a trauma situation. I was suicidal, felt alone, felt like an outcast, fear, depression, and anger every emotion I felt that could of kill me and just give up. I started writing my feelings and pain in a journal because that's the only way that I can cope through because I didn’t have anybody to vent to. I thought it wasn't something I was serious about to publish and share to people because I had fear within me, not only that I was young didn't know what to do. I'm now 28 years old, As I gain more trials in life, and faith, I told myself, I want to make a difference though, the youth's, and young adults because I feel like they felt the same way I did. I want to connect and relate my trials, my faith, and trauma through the readers who's been the same situations as me. I can be someone who can be an influencer by taking action to save souls and making a difference. Or somebody that can be influenced on what I write about and they can learn from it. As a believer, I believe there hope in every life and God brought me to do my book because I can make a big impact through someone life and changing their perspective with their lifestyle. 

When did you decide to become a writer?  
When I was 27 years old I’ve been wanting to be a writer, but never pursued it because I wasn’t in a stable place and didn't believe I could do it. As I pray to God, go to church, and do bible study, God enlighten me to pursue my book the year of 2019. Knowing that I can make a impact on people lives and making a difference, and knowing that I’ve been through a lot with my health, my faith, and family had given me to write about my life. Especially the trauma I’ve overcome and I want to put it into a book, because as I surround myself with youth’s and young adults, giving them the best advice I can give, I’ve realized I want to put my pain, feelings, my faith, happiness, and people in my book.

Anna's Song (Author Interview)




Anna’s Song looks like a great time travel/Christian romance.  How far a long is book two?
I am about 6 chapters in on book two, and three chapters of book three. Several scenes overlap so am writing those together to make sure I keep my facts straight.

What do you think makes a great romance book?
True love is so much more than heart throbbing emotion, while that is a fun and exciting part. Love is the willingness to sacrifice yourself to protect and care for the one you love. Aside from her twin, Anna doesn’t know what it’s like to be loved. Then she meets Jacob. Her past prevents her from accepting him until it’s too late. Or is it?
Anna’s Song combines a great blend of dealing with personal trauma, romance and suspense. I am told it will make you laugh, cry, and gasp in surprise. Not all at the same time, I trust.

What inspired you when writing Anna’s Song?
Anna’s Song started off as a word race with my son and daughter. We’ll challenge each other to see who can write the most in a set period of time, and still be interesting. That’s how my first chapter was born. The night before, I had the coolest dream where I sat looking into a glass of chilled wine. My reflection smiled back at me from the droplets condensed on the surface. Reaching with a finger to wipe off those droplets, I found myself falling through a vortex of time and landing in the middle of the Civil War. When I awoke, I knew there was a story there. These two plus some interesting Civil War family history, and Anna’s Song came to be.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?  Full time?  Part time?
There are at least two books left in this series, and several others partially written that deserve completion. The ideas keep coming. I write part time and will keep pouring into it as long as God sees fit!

Whatsoever Things (Author Interview)




Whatsoever Things looks like a great inspirational book with beautiful illustrations and formatting.  What type of readers did you write the book for? This little gem will easily and truly appeal to an established Christian audience but could be a spark to anyone looking for a spot of positivity, beauty, and inspiration.

What do you think makes a great faith based inspirational book? I think there are two kinds of inspirational writings. There is the motivating, self-help type with good advice for improvement upon oneself, one’s life or one’s faith. And then, there is what I call “contemplative,” work. It’s more like a painting, or a song that you just enjoy. You find its beauty or some aesthetic quality to it almost mesmerizing, thus inspiring at some deep, intrinsic level. It helps you to connect with things you didn’t realize you were even missing. These kinds of projects are authentic displays of the human heart, its struggles and joys, and its best creativity to cope with it all or to try and make some kind of sense of things.

What inspired you when writing Whatsoever Things?My grandmother had a proverbial museum – I mean house, strewn about with poetry and art books. She also subscribed to bird magazines, like the Audubon Society, and other periodicals that celebrated the gentle beauty of the natural world. Many of these were laced with lovely, classical poetry or in the least, themes of prose that waxed poetic. I just remember perusing these for hours – and sometimes even copying down my favorite quotes or poems. I would trace the little scenes, especially the birds – I just found them all so lovely and inspiring. It really stuck with me as a tender memory of my childhood.

Fruit of the Spirit "Love"



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The book is about an adventure of two young children who are free and able to use self
expression in their play. It is very important for young children to have self expression as
they are growing. That enables them to know their likes and dislikes and to learn about themselves.
Their adventure takes them through many facades of nature which they find enjoyable. 
The book ends with them both displaying love to one another as God shows love to us.

Hope Refreshed: Modern Parables Collection (Set of 6 Short Stories) (English Edition)



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Bible parables taught by Jesus provide tremendous guidance and wisdom today, although for some they may be hard to relate to or difficult to understand. In Hope Refreshed those parables come alive again as easily understood, modern stories of grace, hope, and love.

Each retold parable is transformed into a relatable, contemporary story with dramatic plots and compelling characters in present-day predicaments. The Prodigal Son, The Good Samaritan and other famous parables from Jesus are reborn with their messages of wisdom in the twenty-first century.

All readers, whether you are an avid reader of Scripture or have never opened a Bible, will be captivated by the messages of hope, love, and redemption that have stood the test of time for over 2000 years!

In “Judgment Day,” political party leader John confronts a major decision when he must choose between what his fiancĂ©e says is right and what his political allies need him to do.

In “The Good Sport,” angry football fans gravely hurt Kyle, and when even his friends aren’t there for him, he begins to wonder if anyone will help.

In “One in a Hundred,” public school teacher Natalie introduces religion to a grieving student and is shocked at how poorly her good intentions are received.

In “The Bad Cop,” alcoholic Officer Gomez suspects a respected religion professor of a crime, but will his own checkered past hinder him from doing his job?

In “Debt Forgiveness,” Zack is a savvy, financial guru that will stop at nothing to prove a childhood bully wrong.

In “The Happy Dishwasher” Alex abruptly leaves the family restaurant business on bad terms and wonders if his father will ever forgive him.

Liberty: Out of a Clear, Blue Sky




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Liberty: Out of a Clear, Blue Sky

A Christian novel, Liberty: Out of a Clear, Blue Sky is about Ernest and Liberty, one an atheist and the other a Christian.  Throughout their relationship, they discuss weighty subjects in great detail on both sides of a topic.

Subjects include evolution, the Creator’s relationship with humanity, intelligent design, and generally, science and religion. The mystery of the origin of life is discussed among other topics. If you liked the Left Behind series, this is similar and something you would enjoy.

It’s an unusual book in that controversial subjects are given detailed explanations and discussions from characters with opposite views on the divine and science.


There are lots of statistics and controversial issues broken down to the basics in minute detail. The book is interesting no matter which side you stand on. It is appropriate for teenagers on up.

The Spirit of Truth Is Power: Reviving Faith in Jesus Christ (Foundational Faith In Truth Series Book 1)



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This is a book that explores the truth about the message of Jesus in the Bible, not a sentimental approach to the truth, but one that allows readers to seek the paths of God in honesty and sincerity of heart. 
In the author’s words, it is about “Truth that is scripturally verified; Truth that is sound in Holy Spirit revelation; and Truth that should be prayerfully received.” This is an inspirational book that comes across as a gift to be received in faith.

“As I read through these pages, I felt inspired, admonished, and greatly encouraged to continue the path of seeking God’s truth. I didn’t doubt for a moment that Joan Jessalyn Cox has a wonderful gift of faith and that she communicates it with simplicity and authority. Her writing is infused with the knowledge and wisdom of one who has listened attentively to the word of God and who tries to translate it into their life. She makes ample use of scriptural references, helping the reader discover the hidden life that flows through the scriptures, and unveiling truths that readers will love to contemplate, embrace, and use to transform their lives. The writing is friendly, and the core message of the book can’t be mistaken. The Spirit Of Truth Is Power: Reviving Faith In Jesus Christ is a powerful book, a reflection that readers need, especially in this day and age when what arrests our attention most are falsehoods crafted by the media to manipulate readers."
The Spirit Of Truth Is Power: Reviving Faith in Jesus Christ is the book for readers who want to take their spiritual and moral lives seriously, following closely in the path of Jesus and making a difference in their community. The book is well written, and readers will love Joan Jessalyn Cox’s eloquence and wisdom while navigating the beautiful path she creates in her work. A gift to pass on, indeed!
I imagine this will be an often reread and much highlighted body of texts. Part of the series Foundational Faith in Truth Bible Study Books, The Spirit Of Truth Is Power by Joan Jessalyn Cox ministers to those looking to serve Jesus Christ and be transformed. It provides a great first step to a most enriching relationship as we begin the journey of increased faith in the Foundational Faith In Truth Bible Study Series. "Five Star Review By Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
The book is available on Amazon, and Barnes & Noble or ask for it at your library