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I have discovered that attending writers’ conferences throws you onto a unique roller coaster. You pack your hopes and dreams and writing samples. There are moments you know exactly what God wants you to do, and you realize you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be. Unfortunately, those other moments happen when you feel like a complete fraud— ready to pack your bags and quit writing altogether. All these emotions over the course of 5 days!
My first year at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference (in 2009), I was one of those “deer-in-the-headlights” first time attendees. Mary DeMuth was my Writer’s Boot Camp teacher. It was a divine appointment. I walked into that first conference thinking I knew a lot about writing and was a pretty good writer. Ha! I quickly learned how much I needed to learn. I still use so many of the notes I took during Mary’s class.
I’ll never forget the last morning at that first conference. In our little boot camp classroom with 40 or so people, Mary played a worship song. Actually, every time it comes on the radio, I think of her. She unabashedly led us in praise to the song, From the Inside Out.
It was obvious to me that Jesus was her everything.
This book inspired me.
It challenged my view of God.
It allowed me to let go of some warped beliefs.
Here’s the book review that I posted on Amazon:
As a longtime follower of Jesus, I was challenged and inspired by Mary DeMuth’s book, Everything. Having grown up in church, I often find myself getting complacent about the familiar messages of Christianity. This book rejuvenated my faith and challenged me to see the Gospel in a renewed light. DeMuth’s words deepened my understanding and view of God while allowing me to let go of some warped beliefs about community, failure, and self-sufficiency. If you need an infusion of energy into your spiritual life, grab this book!
And here’s the book trailer (that I love and keep watching):
You know that recommendations from me on this blog are fairly rare, but I highly recommend that you read this book!
P.S. If you’re a fan of fiction (like me), check out some of Mary’s fiction books as well. I got absolutely hooked on her Defiance series (hooked to the point of staying up all night to finish reading one of them!)
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