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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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Natural Disasters: What Can You Do?

Hurricanes.  Earthquakes.  Fires.  These natural disasters have dominated our attention lately.  Because they have hit close to home, those of us who dwell in safety right now are looking for ways to help others.

KH with Liana 1 far with book

That’s me – Kristen Harper – with the former Volunteer Coordinator for CHF, Liana Hofer.

I would like to highlight my favorite charity: Children’s Hunger Fund.  It was the model I used to write about food distribution to the needy in my Christian fiction novel, “Elephant in the Room.”  Since 1991, 97% of all donations have directly supported programs that serve suffering children and families.  CHF has received a score of 100% from Charity Navigator for accountability and transparency. (Source: childrenshungerfund.org/disasterrelief/)

Children’s Hunger Fund has an ongoing ministry to deliver hope to suffering children by equipping local churches for gospel-centered mercy ministry.  They accomplish this by distributing food and care items in Food Pak boxes to churches whose members personally deliver them to families to meet their physical needs, along with the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ to meet their spiritual needs.  In the wake of the recent natural disasters, CHF has activated its already-established ministry networks to deliver food and care items in the affected regions of Mexico, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Florida and Texas.

So, what can you do?

1. Volunteer: give time.  If you’re near Chicago, San Antonio, Dallas or Los Angeles, please consider spending a couple of hours at Children’s Hunger Fund.

2. Donate: give money.  Here’s a link to CHF’s Disaster Relief fund.

3. Collect: develop a habit of redistributing your resources

  • collect coins in a CHF Project Coin Pak;
  • clean out your closets to donate clothing and household items;
  • buy extra non-perishable groceries to share with others;
  • always have Bible tracts available to give away.  (My favorites are available from Living Waters.)

You might be feeling fearful in these uncertain times.  Just like all of the victims of these disasters, someday you will die.  (See the video 10 Out of 10 People Die.)  Now is the time to consider what you will say when you die and meet God at His judgment throne.  If you take the Good Person test, you will know that you are guilty and deserve to go to hell.  But God is offering to you the free gift of salvation. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23). Read your Bible to find out more.  Then live like you know that you’re going to heaven!

With all this attention on the global disasters, we don’t want to overlook people in our communities that need help, too.  Next week, I will share a video about how to make gift bags for the homeless.

Ray Comfort Writes (Some) Fiction

Ray Comfort is best-known as a Christian evangelist who not only creatively and enthusiastically preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ to as many people as he can, but he also teaches and equips other believers to do the same.  His ministry, Living Waters, provides a variety of resources:  movies and training videos such as The Way of The Master evangelism series; helpful books and “The Evidence Bible”; and a wide variety of gospel tracts that are fun to use.  But did you know that Ray has penned a few fiction novels? Continue reading