Christian Resources & Biblical Encouragement
Crosswalk.com – One of the best sources for Christian devotionals, newsletters, spiritual life and Bible study tools.
Biblegateway.com– Look up any Bible passage here in various translations.
The Archaeological Study Bible – If you enjoy “digging” into the background history and factual information behind biblical people, events, customs, etc., this book will make your studies and reading come alive. I love using it for studying and teaching. Buy at Amazon.
The One Year Chronological Bible – A great way to read through the Bible. By seeing the events in chronological order, you’ll gain a clearer picture of God’s story. Buy at Amazon. Buy at Christianbook.com
Mornings with Jesus Daily Bible – Written in the Christian Standard version, this Bible produced by Guideposts includes encouraging devotions from the writers of Mornings with Jesus devotionals, many of which are mine.
Books and Periodicals on Writing
Christian Writer’s Market Guide – by Sally Stuart – No Christian writer should be without this book. It’s the best Christian resource for freelance writers/authors with hundreds of listings for book publishers, specialty markets, greeting card companies, periodicals with updated information to help you sell your writing. Includes lists for agents, writer’s conferences, and much, much more. Buy at Amazon. Buy at Christianbook.com.
Writer’s Market – Another good resource book for writers that includes both secular and religious markets, with scores of freelancing opportunities. Buy at Amazon.
The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style – Zondervan publishes this extremely helpful style book. Although you want to check with your publisher to make sure what manual they prefer to use, this one is a great tool for Christian writers. Buy at Amazon. Buy at Christianbook.com.
14,000 Quips & Quotes by E. C. McKenzie – If you need quotes for speaking or writing, you’ll find a wide collection of them in this book–both religious and secular. Buy at Amazon. Buy at Christianbook.com.
Book Fun Magazine. Check out this free online resource for book clubs and readers as well as read about the latest non-fiction and fiction books. Find your favorite authors in the latest issues of this wonderful magazine here and also at the Book Club Network, Inc.
Greeting Card Resources
How to Write and Sell Greeting Cards, Bumper Stickers, T-Shirts, and Other Fun Stuff by Molly Wigand. You can still find a few copies of this helpful book. Buy at Amazon.com.
You Can Greeting Cards by Karen Ann Moore -Another good resource still available in some places. Buy at Amazon.com.
RhymeZone Rhyming Dictionary and Thesaurus – an online resource for rhyming words and thesaurus for choosing just the right word.
The Penguin Rhyming Dictionary – A great tool for writing verses that rhyme. Buy at Amazon.
Blogs on Writing
Steve Laube’s blog and entire website has tons of writing resources and valuable information available. Steve is also my literary agent.
Author Media – by Thomas Umstattd has lots of helps for writers on technology–blogging, social networking, etc.
Advanced Fiction Writing – Randy Ingermanson has lots of helps for fiction writers, including a great blog.
Weekend to Remember Marriage Conference – A great conference with Family Life – a great investment for your marriage.
Resources for Women
Just Between Us – Jill Briscoe’s magazine and encouraging helps for women with a heart for ministry.
The Power of a Praying Woman – series of books by Stormie OMartian that offer great encouragement through the power of women’s prayers.
Woman of Confidence – by Pam Farrel – Great resource for women of all ages. Buy at Amazon.
Touching the Clouds – Fran Sandin’s book filled with women’s true, encouraging stories. Buy at Amazon.
LifeOvers – Gracie Malone’s book on the “upside down” teachings from Jesus – a great study for group or personal use. Buy at Amazon.
The Total Money Makeover – Dave Ramsey’s exhaustive book on manging your finances – a great resource for women and families – one of the best books I’ve read on financial matters. Buy at Amazon. Buy at Christianbook.com.
Living Rich for Less – Ellie Kay offers good advice for women and families for handling your finances and making the most of your dollar.
Other Good Book Reads
I’ll be listing many more of my recommended good book reads on Goodreads.com in the coming days.
When I Lay My Isaac Down – Carol Kent’s powerful testimony of her son’s ordeal that has completely changed their lives – Check out her other books as well.
Grieving Forward – Susan Duke’s own personal testimony as she walked through the grief of losing her own son – and the power of moving forward.
Heaven – Randy Alcorn’s powerful book on heaven will make you see this magnificent “New Earth” as never before and make you long for heaven in a new way. A powerful book! Buy at Amazon. Buy at Christianbook.com.
Surviving One Bad Year – Nancie Carmichael’s book–encouraging with loads of true stories and examples of people who have walked victoriously through disappointment and trials with God’s help – and seven spiritual strategies to help you survive any loss.
Victory Over Darkness by Neil Anderson – These two books will change your life and set you free as you discover the truth about yourself–and God’s power to overcome the darkness. Buy at Amazon. Buy at Christianbook.com.
Speaker Service & Training
Speakup Speaker Services – Fantastic speaker service with founder and president Carol Kent, along with Speak Up with Confidence seminars. Extensive listing of available speakers and training opportunities for those who would love to speak. Carol Kent is one of the most godly women I know. I received speaker training from Carol years ago.
The Maker’s Diet – This is not just a healthy, biblical diet–it’s a lifestyle. Even if you can only change over to some of the principles and add one supplement, particularly for your special needs, it has the potential to greatly improve your health. Buy at Amazon. Buy at Christianbook.com.
http://www.carbonite.com – Worried about computer crashing? A great way to back up your entire computer, along with free trial. E-mail me and I’ll send you a link that will get you a month free: (firstname.lastname@example.org) I love this service!
WordPress for Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson – I couldn’t have completed my website without this great tool for “technically challenged” writers like me. Buy at Amazon.
Samaritan’s Purse – A great ministry with Franklin Graham and worthy of your support. His shoe box ministry and gift catalog are two of my favorite ways to participate in this organization. This ministry literally touches people around the globe.
Campus Crusade for Christ – Another great ministry that spreads the message of Christ worldwide–worthy of your support.
Michael Gott International Ministries– International ministry that is reaching thousands for Christ in Eastern Europe – also worthy of your investments. My husband has been on one of Michael’s evangelistic trips.
Greater Europe Mission – A Colorado-based missions ministry that does great work.
Wycliffe Bible Translators – This group provides Bible translations for people groups worldwide.