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Guess the Photo—Earth Psalms Contest!

In her new devotional, Earth Psalms, beloved author Francine Rivers invites readers to explore God’s creation through nature. Each of her reflections is accompanied by stunning photography, Scripture excerpts, applications, and prayers. Read some reflections from Francine below; then enter to win a devotional prize pack that includes a copy of Earth Psalms to give to a friend.

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Francine writes:

Before now, I’d often considered writing a devotional, but I knew I wanted more than my limited view and personal insights. Tyndale graciously connected me with Karin Buursma, who has enriched my offering with hymns, quotes, reflections, and applications for connecting with God.

I had worked with editors and agents who have offered much-needed advice and instruction, but I’d never worked with a collaborator. Joining forces with Karin on Earth Psalms was a new experience, and a very pleasurable one.

One of my greatest pleasures has been looking for lessons in nature. Sometimes the lessons don’t make sense to anyone but me, but then, God does speak to each of us as individuals with our own needs. I think God points out things all the time if we’re just willing to look and listen. I know He does it when I’m in His Word. I may have read a particular passage countless times before, but then it pops out with new meaning under new circumstances. Imagine all the wonderful things we miss when we’re constantly rushing through life.

What I loved about working with Karin was the opportunity to concentrate on the subject of the earth psalm, whether it was a bird, animal, reptile, plant, or worm. (I read an entire book about worms! They’re fascinating.) Anyway, I was searching for the lessons God had for me. Karin was able to broaden that focus and write enrichment questions that will have readers thinking more deeply about what lessons God has for them. She also added in additional information and hymns that enhanced the lessons. Now that all the work is done, I can go back and think about the questions Karin has presented. And those questions will also help me as I look for other earth psalms in the days ahead.

Karin and I weren’t the only ones working on this project. We were both blown away by the pictures Jennifer Ghionzoli found for the book. They show the glory of God’s creation. And there is one particular picture that just makes me smile every time I look at it.

If readers enjoy this devotional as much as I enjoyed writing my part of it, I hope I have the opportunity to work with these two amazing young women again.

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It’s giveaway time!

Guess which photo in Earth Psalms makes Francine smile every time she sees it and enter to win a devotional prize pack that includes a copy of Earth Psalms for you to give to a friend.

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Prizes include . . .
Earth Psalms
The One Year Chronological Bible Expressions
Belonging
Journal
Travel Mug

How to Enter the Giveaway:
Open your copy of Earth Psalms and find the photo you think would be Francine’s favorite! If you do not yet own a copy of Earth Psalms, don’t worry. You can still enter. Find a copy at your local bookstore, or at your local library. Purchase is not necessary to enter to win.

In the comments below, guess which page contains Francine’s favorite photo. Then use the Gleam widget (at the end of the blog) to enter with your Facebook sign-in or your e-mail address. Please note: Leaving a comment does not automatically enter you in the giveaway. You must complete the widget form for your entry to be officially counted. You will receive a confirmation e-mail once your entry has been submitted.

Additional Information: US entries only. By entering this contest, you are agreeing to receive monthly e-newsletters from the Tyndale House Crazy4Fiction team. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Good luck!

 

Guess the Photo—Earth Psalms Contest!

Just Read! Giveaway

Morning, readers!

With so many things vying for our attentions, we are very excited to tell you about the Crazy4Fiction giveaway that urges you to be still and marvel at the beauty around us.

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Millions of readers have been transformed and inspired by Francine Rivers’ bestselling novels Redeeming Love and A Voice in the Wind. Now, in this weekly devotional, the beloved author invites you to join her in seeking the Creator through the marvelous natural world we live in.

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Francine shares observations she’s gathered over a lifetime of exploring―abroad and in her own backyard―and reflects on how they might apply to your daily life.

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What do the majestic redwoods, the persistent woodpecker, or a glorious sunrise reveal about our artistic and generous God? How could that change your outlook or the way you handle adversity?

Learn more about Earth Psalms.  

Be encouraged. Be challenged. Be comforted.

God’s power is immense; His attention to detail in precise; His love for you is vast and unfailing. The proof is all around you.

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Enter through the Gleam app below to win Francine’s debut devotional along side this beautiful pillow cover (shown below).

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Possibilities List for 2016— New Year Thoughts from Francine Rivers

A guest post by Francine Rivers

After the excitement and joy of Christmas, I begin to ponder the coming year—and my possibilities list. A wise friend once told me “resolutions” has a legalistic sound to it, a “must do” that puts stress on one to achieve everything put down on paper. Anything less than perfection would be failure. I like the slogan “progress, not perfection.” Hence—I went with her suggestion: possibilities!

Every New Year’s Eve, I spend the evening going through a pile of notes, articles, and my calendar. It’s important for me to have a plan for the coming year. It’s on paper, not chiseled in stone. God is free to redirect me anytime He pleases. I’m open to His leading. But it doesn’t hurt to have some ideas about things I’d like to do—or get done.

I have seven categories in the following order:

Spiritual—Anything that will nurture my faith in Jesus Christ and help me grow as a Christian. Examples: Reading the One Year Bible, attending Bible Study Fellowship, keeping our home group Bible study going.

Family—Rick and I start our day by reading devotionals to one another, then praying. It’s also important to plan activities together, as well as with the family. Golf, anyone?

Work—Finishing a manuscript and considering what might come next. Maybe I’ll try script writing.

Finance—Everything that comes in comes from God. Hence, we need to be responsible in how we use those resources. They aren’t just intended for our personal use. Rick and I work together in this area, making decisions about intentional giving and saving.

Travel—It doesn’t cost a penny to dream or have a bucket list. I have categories within this category: local spots to visit, places in the state, out-of-state, and international. The more we see, the more we want to see. I’ve done a lot of armchair traveling this year, too.

House—Last year, we worked on downsizing. Rick has Parkinson’s and I’m a klutz with arthritis. Stairs will one day be a problem. We went through everything with the thought of a possible move to a smaller, single-story house. Well, we changed our minds. So this year, I’ll be focusing on minor repairs. I have a list for a handyman. All I need to do is find one.

Personal—Physical, mental, and emotional “upkeep.” Exercise, reading, time to reflect, spending time with friends (girls’ nights out).

While making my list of possibilities, I consider the following:

  • It’s never too late to do/try something new.
  • Keep relationships central. God, family, friends (old and new).
  • Work hard, but make time to have fun.
  • Small changes over time make a big difference.

Happy New Year!!

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What about you readers? What does your possibilities list look like for 2016?

 

Ringing in the New Year—Questions that Form Story by Francine Rivers

Happy New Year’s Eve, readers! As we look forward to a promising new year and all the blessings that are to come, it is important to reflect on all that God has done for us as 2015 draws to a close. Sometimes, it is easy to follow His path but often times, we question where He may be leading us only to end up somewhere more wonderful than we could have ever desired.

          As believers, we all ask questions of the Lord. Author Francine Rivers uses these questions as the seeds in which to grow all of her stories. Read below as Francine takes us through the questions she asked of God as she prepared to begin a new story.

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Almost every story I have written since becoming a Christian has come from a question that regards a struggle in my own faith walk.   The plot centers around the different ways that question can be answered by “the world” – but the quest is to find God’s answer.

Here is a list of my novels with the questions that started each story:

A Voice in the Wind:  How do I share my faith with unsaved family members and friends who have no desire to read the Bible or hear me talk about my faith?

An Echo in the Darkness:  How many times are we called upon to forgive people who hurt us deliberately — and (in many countries) would like to see us dead?

As Sure As the Dawn:   How do you deal with anger – especially when there is “good” cause?  What is “righteous anger” and how does it look?

The Scarlet Thread What does “sovereignty” mean in man’s relationship with God?  If He is in control of everything, what does that say about the bad things that happen to people?

 

The Atonement Child:  Is there complete forgiveness and restoration for a woman who has aborted her child?  Does abortion have any effect on the woman and the man involved in the crisis pregnancy?  Does it impact people around them?  (This was my most painful and personal book because I needed to face and deal with my own abortion experience.  The character of Hannah is based on my story; Evie is based on my mother’s.)

 

The Last Sin Eater What is the difference between guilt and conviction?  This book came out of The Atonement Child.  What I learned:  guilt kept me imprisoned for years.  Conviction sent me to my knees before the Lord where I received forgiveness and experienced His love and grace.

 

Leota’s Garden:   Are abortion and euthanasia connected?  Is euthanasia merciful or an act of murder?  This novel also came out of my work on The Atonement Child.  While studying the abortion issue from all sides, I realized the arguments for abortion are exactly the same as those for euthanasia.  While going through a post-abortion class with other women (one a nurse), I learned that the elderly are already at risk.   One scene in the book continues to shock people.  I wrote it for that purpose.  I want people to understand life is precious.  The movement toward legalizing euthanasia continues to gain momentum (and has less to do with “mercy” than saving money for care).

 

And the Shofar Blew: What is a church?  How do you build it?  During my travels around the country and speaking at various churches, I saw many struggling through building projects and massive programs to draw more parishioners.  Size of building and number of people in the pews seemed to define success or failure.  Like a government out of control, the “church” (in many cases) has forgotten its foundation and purpose.   Christ is the cornerstone.   Believers meet together to study the Word of God, worship Him and encourage one another – and keep their doors and hearts open to those seeking God.  Unfortunately, too many congregations have left their first love (Jesus Christ) and turned to idolatry (placing a building/drawing a crowd/being “politically correct” above a relationship with the Lord).

 

Her Mother’s Hope / Her Daughter’s Dream:  What caused the rift between my grandmother and mother?   When my grandmother had a stroke, my mother raced from Oregon to the Central Valley of California to be with her.  Grandma died before she arrived.  My mother was heart-broken and said, “I think she willed herself to die just so we wouldn’t have to talk things out.”  I have wondered since:  What causes people (even Christians) to hold grudges?   What might have brought resolution and restoration to these two women?  Could my grandmother have loved my mother without my mother understanding it?

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Happy New Year! 

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