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Let’s talk about the elephant in the room…

If people who struggle with bad eating habits read my book, “Elephant in the Room,” they will find hope and wisdom from the Bible to change their unhealthy attitude about food, to take practical steps to defeat gluttony, and to find love and satisfaction through God’s gift of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ.

 

Dear friends – In November 2015, I accepted a challenge to write a novel – 50,000 words in the 30 days – with the encouragement of a free on-line writing community, NaNoWriMo.

Writing a book is one thing.  Getting it published and promoted is another thing altogether.  There are so many options for submitting manuscripts, and I found great ideas and instructions online from Michael Hyatt along with his book Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World to publicize my book through social media.

I am pleased to announce that my Christian fiction novel “Elephant in the Room” is NOW AVAILABLE in print and e-book formats from Dove Christian Publishers.

CLICK HERE TO BUY “ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM” BY KRISTEN HARPER

For more information about my book, please check out the section about it.  There are a few blog posts about writing a story with a difficult issue, too.  If you want to keep updated about the book and follow this blog, please sign up below.

By the way, I took the challenge again and wrote another book in November 2016, and I plan to write again this year.  Have you ever thought about writing a book?  Do you want to join me this November in the challenge?  Let me know in the comment section below.

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Give Thanks!

Dear Friends –
I posted this short Bible study of Psalm 100 a few days ago on SundaySchoolTeacherBibleStudy.wordpress.com.  I thought you all would enjoy it as you get ready to give thanks on Thursday, but remember, we have something to be grateful to God for every day! Please let me know if you use this study, or if you try to memorize Psalm 100 this year.

Sunday School Teacher Bible Study

This is a Thanksgiving Morning Bible Study of Psalm 100 to get yourself into the right frame of mind – Gratitude! – before the busy day begins.

Do you have your Thanksgiving To-Do list ready?  Here’s one for a quick study of Psalm 100 to get ready to give thanks!

1. Open your Bible and read Psalm 100. Don’t be shy – read it out loud!

2. Print out a copy of Psalm 100 to mark on with highlighters or colored pencils. I made a free one for you to DOWNLOAD AND PRINT HERE, or you can type it out and choose your favorite font.

Psalm 100 study with Bible

3. Mark it up:

  • Green for the verbs – This is your action to-do list for the day.
  • Orange for adjectives or adverbs (-ly words) – Check your attitude with this list.
  • Purple for the attributes of God – Make God…

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Plan for Thanksgiving – Feast Your Mind on the Bible

Are you already planning your Thanksgiving feast?  Do you have your grocery list itemized?  Have you sent out invitations to family and friends? Here’s a quick list to remind you to spend time with God, filling your soul with the wisdom from His Word, so that you are ready to minister to the family and friends you spend time with over the holiday season. Continue reading

How to Make a Gift Bag for the Needy

Many people have asked me about the Gift Bags that the Harvey family put together to give away to needy people (described in Chapter 21 of my book, “Elephant in the Room.”).  I’ve been making them for years with my daughters and friends, so I’m happy to share some instructions with you.

Rather than try to write out detailed directions to assemble the bags, I have made a four-minute video with my friend Charlotte showing you How to Make a Gift Bag for the Needy!  CLICK HERE to view the video.

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Charlotte and I had a fun time together making a video about How to Make a Gift Bag for the Needy!

I hope you find that video helpful so that you will try making Gift Bags and give them away at the next opportunity.  For more information, I have also provided some free printed documents that you can download (just CLICK on each item below):

  1. a list of supplies, non-perishable food and hygiene items to fill the bag,
  2. sample information about services from our local Rescue Mission, and
  3. a copy of John 3:16 for children to color and tuck into the bag for encouragement .

Please comment below if you make and give away some Gift Bags.  Or share your ideas of how you can meet the needs of hungry and hurting people in your community.