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My book, Where Dreams and Visions Live, an anthology of stories, poems, and essays about dreams and visions, will be FREE May 15-19, 2017.

You should get this one as it’s packed with great writing from several authors from all over the world. Lots of bang for your buck (except you won’t actually have to spend anything).

Go here on those dates to download your free copy, and as always, try to write even a short review on Amazon. Thanks, you’re the best ❤


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New Book Coming!

It’s still in development stages, but I have an idea for a new novel. I think I will be posting chapters here if you’d like to read along!

It’s from an idea I had to look at characters in artwork and write them into a story. More soon including first paragraphs.

Here’s a clue. Who is she? How does she live her life? Stay tuned.


Book Review: His Glorious Love


His Glorious Love

His Glorious Love, by Thomas Gabriel, is a book to help you grow in your spiritual walk. It contains many pertinent and beautiful lessons on God’s love and also acts as a devotional telling the story of our promise from Christ providing for our salvation from eternal damnation and death. Because we cannot as sinful beings abstain from sin, we would be doomed were it not for Jesus Christ. Appropriate for any age, it would be especially suited to young teenagers and younger children, because of ease of understanding the text, as well as the appealing drawings which appear on every page. Chapter headings include His Holy Light, Path of Life, Our Father’s House, Light of Salvation, Challenge of Sin, Law of Christ, Spirit of Promise, Gifts of Life, Cup of Fellowship, and His Glorious Love. Detailed explanations are given for each chapter, and each chapter closes with supporting scriptures to back up the points made in the text.

All in all, His Glorious Love by Thomas Gabriel is a delightful book that I personally will read again and again to strengthen my faith. Having grown up in the church I have heard much of this before, but Gabriel has a real gift of putting this information in writing and making it approachable. The paragraphs are short, but this is not to say that he skimps on his material. There is a lot of material but it was made very understandable. I must stress again it’s a very worthwhile book for any Christian, for anyone you hope will become a Christian, and for your children.


Guest Post: On the Camaraderie of Friends

On the Camaraderie of Friends

by Robin E. Mason

I’m one of the new kids on the block. The block of Indie authors and writers.  Of authors and writers, period.  (I’ve a confession to make: I didn’t even know what “Indie” was or meant until recently.  #cheeksflushed #embarrassed!)

And yet, there is no struggle to fit in, to be accepted; we all have our own niche, our own brand.  Our own signature style.  I’ve been greeted with open arms, even if cyber.  I know three, count ‘em, three, personal friends who are also authors.  In-the-flesh friends, in-the-flesh hugs.  At last count, however, my circle of cyber writer friends had surpassed 50, and is now more likely at or near 100.  Probably past that by now, even.  And I get to count, within this cyber-circle, some authors who were favorites before I realized my own gift and calling to write, Eileen Goudge and Coleen Coble to name-drop two good names.  That’s a heady notion to interact with people you have so admired for several years!  And to be counted as a colleague?  I’m still in dumbfounded awe!

This is my second stint at guest posting; Mary and I became friends over her upcoming anthology, to which I naturally submitted.  😉  Dialogue was initiated between us, and a more personal bond was established.  Cyber yet, but one-on-one interaction nonetheless.  And I count her as my colleague-friend.  My first guest post is done, but not slated to “air” until November.  Another one of my colleague-friends (whose book I’m now reading incidentally) who is a nurse and writes about medical stuff.  I focus on psychology stuff, and she asked me to contribute to her blog.  It’s still kinda heady stuff to me!

When I first launched myself into this cyber community, I really was naïve about it all.  I only got serious about writing my novel a year ago, and created my Author & Artist page on Facebook.  Didn’t do anything with it at the time; it just sat there, collecting cyber dust.  When my novel released digitally I promoted the heck out of it, posting multiple times (ad nauseam) on my page and a few writerly pages.  I started blogging.  Not much happened.  Weeks passed.  Months went by.  I submitted queries to agents, and have pecked away at novel #2.  Three rejections.  Sigh…

I’m not sure what triggered this thought other than Papa God.  But it occurred to me to repost others’ posts on my author page.  And by repost, I mean Twitter too.  I soon added LinkedIn, and changed my profile there to reflect my author persona.  I lagged and joined the Google + gaggle although I’m still not sure what that’s about.  (see #cheeksflushed #embarrassed)  I’ve joined a couple more Facebook writer groups, too.

And a funny thing started to happen.  As I commented on and shared others’ posts, I began making friends!  Isn’t this true in the “real” world, though?  When we notice others, show genuine interest in them, in who they are, and their interests, then they take notice of us in return?  Isn’t that really what the Gospel is about, even?  Didn’t Jesus Himself come to tend to our needs, and wants, and hurts?  Did He do anything solely for the purpose of drawing attention to Himself?  To salvation, yes, of course.  [obviously]  But not to Himself as a person, a man.  He came to minister to us, to pay attention to us.  To love on us.

Am I comparing my reposts to Christ ministering to my needs?  Not really.  But then again, maybe in a way, yes.  Does He not say that the least of our concerns are in His hand?  Does He not tend to those?  And if I may, does He not use us to do so?  At the very least, is this not our example?  Perhaps commenting on a blog post isn’t sharing the Gospel.  Per se.  But perhaps, the connection made by commenting, is.  Isn’t the Gospel, and the Kingdom, all about connections?  Divine connections?  Personally, I count every connection as a God connection, either to build myself, or the other.  Or as a stepping stone on the way to another connection.

So, this Circle of Camaraderie of which I speak?  I’m loving every minute of it.  Yes, even the moments I was rather harshly critiqued for my work, that’s part of it.  That’s part of any relationship; without it, there can be no relationship.  Without freedom to speak honestly and openly to another, relationship cannot flourish, but withers.

I have joined an Elite Society.  Exclusive by definition, and yet without defining.  One who is not an artist cannot grasp the process of art.  It is foreign, an alien thing to the non-creative mind.  We creative types see things differently.  And we seek out and cling to like-minded others.

Like Mary.  And me.  We have connected via writing.  Even better, we have connected via our faith.  And that’s the greatest camaraderie of all, that’s the greatest connection and community.  The Camaraderie of Christ.  And that’s not exclusive to anyone, but open to all.



Book Review: Christian Poet’s Musings About God, Spirituality and Stuff Miscellaneously Presented

Christian Poet

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading Christian Poet’s Musings About God, Spirituality and Stuff Miscellaneously Presented, by John Patrick Gatton. This is a collection of thoughts; reflections, really. They are meant to provoke ones thinking about spiritual matters, and I must say that they accomplish their purpose. Not a book to be read once quickly, but rather something to read selections from on a random basis and then digest them. It’s even suggested to use Musings as a group activity, perhaps in a Bible study group or among like-minded friends. Gatton refers to the Musings as Brainteasers at one point, which I think trivializes the depth of the writing. More than just riddles, the Musings are at their core designed to inspire one to view situations and relationships in a new light, not the least of which is ones relationship with the risen Christ. By discussing in a group, all can have greater understanding of some of the mysteries of their own life, and also about life in general.

For instance, fear is treated as a lesser option, to be used only in emergencies. What does fear say to you? Especially when discussing fear of the unknown, how does one know that the expected event is anything bad? Here we are urged to remember the Creator who has all things under His control and has full knowledge of what we are experiencing. True believers need fear nothing, knowing that Christ is the most important thing in our lives and even when we die, however it happens, we will be with Him. Consider also credibility. Who is to say who is credible, and are they credible themselves? Who gave them that authority?

Christian Poet’s Musings will change your life if you let it.

Book Review: The Richness of the Catholic Faith-A Poet’s View


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The Richness of the Catholic Faith: A Poet’s View, by John Patrick Gatton is a delightful small volume. Gatton desires to share, as the title suggests, the richness of life available through a relationship with Jesus. Looking at this matter from various viewpoints, you can imagine what Mary might say to you, or how she might describe raising Jesus and experiencing his life and growth during his time on earth. You can imagine Peter’s thoughts and feelings as he describes his experience following Christ. Jesus’ life is even apparent in our marriages, relationships, children, hopes, and dreams. God’s creations, the flowers and the sunshine and the wild animals, all are created for our pleasure. Many illustrations are used in The Richness of the Catholic Faith to show how far reaching and indescribable the love of God is. By seeking him and allowing him a greater place in our lives, we can gain greater peace and healing for ourselves and those around us.

John Patrick Gatton describes himself as a poet, but the stories in this book are not typical rhyming poetry. Rather, they are written in a lyrical poetic way. At the same time, several principles of Catholic faith are explained. Forgiveness and prayer are keys to a relationship with the Godhead—even the Lord’s prayer says “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Peacefulness in all our relationships is something to be highly prized. We are to “be Jesus” to those around us and help others, love others, and serve others.

I don’t think one needs to be Catholic to enjoy this book. It can bring peace to any Christian and potentially bring any person to Christ.

Reviewed by Mary DeKok Blowers. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and the views expressed are my own.

Book Review: The Power of Right Believing

Right Believing

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The Power of Right Believing: 7 Steps to Freedom from Fear, Guilt, and Addiction, by Joseph Prince. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audio book. While many recent books promote success through building and accessing your own power, the real power is in Jesus Christ. Without Him we can do nothing, but with God all things are possible. This album is a power-packed ten hours of Scripture from the Bible, and Joseph Prince’s interpretation and expansion of the principles. I believe it’s totally Biblical and not the hype that is so often seen.

The Power of Right Believing builds a strong foundation by explaining the nature of Christ and his love. He loves us so much that He endured great pain and scorn and gave His life to save us from eternal separation from God, which was our due since we could not on our own attain the perfection God requires. As His forever sacrifice for our sins, past, present, and future, He has a vested interest in our lives and happiness. Even addictions fall short when compared to the power of God. Prince advises to saturate our consciousness with messages and music about Jesus and get to know him. Since the Bible is His living Word, listening to and reading it will have a dynamic impact in your life. It can overcome the negativity and addiction in your mind and restore you to wholeness. Jesus states that we need only ask Him for what we need. Peppered throughout the audio are testimonies of those whose prayers were answered. There is healing, reversal of addiction, and peace of mind. Won’t you try it?

Reviewed by Mary DeKok Blowers for Readers Favorite.

Book Review: The Daniel Cure

Daniel Cure

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The Daniel Fast book and program has been successfully and aggressively marketed to very high acclaim. Now comes the sequel, The Daniel Cure, which is the “maintenance” version of this popular eating for spiritual growth plan. In the Bible, where the story of Daniel is the origin of this health plan, Daniel and his friends ate herbs and water, and worshipped God, and became healthier. I may be the only one, but I got a bit confused by this book. The Daniel Fast, though I did not read it, supposedly excludes all processed food AND animal products (eggs, milk, etc.). They DO include all plant materials; beans and legumes, whole grains, and coconut, to name a few. The Daniel CURE includes such items as powdered protein supplements and meat. How does in any way relate to a fast, or to the original Daniel’s strategy?

I have done a great deal of study on nutrition and health topics and while there is a lot of health information presented in The Daniel Cure, it was not new to me. I do agree with the authors that many of today’s prevalent diseases—including diabetes, heart disease, and obesity—can probably be prevented to some extent through nutritional and lifestyle choices, and I am always happy to see that message portrayed. But the Daniel Fast list does include processed food (veggie burgers), items believed to be harmful by many nutrition experts (soy), and items known to have a high rate of mold toxins (peanuts and peanut butter). Saying it excludes processed food is a confusing premise. Also, the spiritual aspect of the Cure did not come through strongly enough in my opinion. It’s almost as if Susan Gregory and Richard Bloomer assumed that readers are well-read Christians. It would be nice to present this program as a way for seekers to begin with God. I would give this 3 stars overall.

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Book Review: The Lamb’s Agenda

lambs agenda

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I read The Lamb’s Agenda by Samuel Rodriguez and caught the vision from the very beginning. The introduction describes a wonderful time and place where stores and golf courses are empty on a Sunday morning, and hospitals have only minor injuries to attend to rather than shootings and other crimes of terror. A state prison has been repurposed into classrooms. What a beautiful vision, I thought. Churches would be full and everyone would be living the dream of peace on earth. But it would take Christians seriously pursuing God and also reaching out to their fellow man in Christlikeness.

Many dark forces rise against this utopian idea. There are agendas everywhere, not just from political parties but also from denominations, false gospels, and spiritual apathy. Groups discriminate against other groups because of race, sexual orientation, income, and appearance. But instead we are to follow the cross—look vertically to God and look horizontally to our neighbor. In the utopia described above, Christians would never neglect the needy, or their families. They would never sin. But since we are human, and have all fallen short of the glory of God, we do sin. Our humanity is no excuse. If we were truly seeking God with all our hearts, and really cared about His will, the world would be a better place. Rodriguez gives several examples of leaders who saw the need for this shift.

The Lamb’s Agenda challenged me. We must pray for a revival, a third Great Awakening. Frightening things are happening all over the world in opposition to Christianity. We must develop a passion for God and the things of God. How often do we go to church and call it good? How often do we complain of not having time to read the Bible or go to church? Samuel Rodriguez calls us to a higher standard, a better agenda—The Lamb’s Agenda.

Reviewed by Mary DeKok Blowers. The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through BookSneeze®.