Posted by: Author | May 16, 2011

Special Guest, Inspirational Writer, JoAnn Carter

Today I have JoAnn Carter, an inspirational writer with Desert Breeze Publishing. She’s celebrating the release of her book named Paradox. It’s a great cover. Check it out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOANN: This morning while I was lying in bed in the early pre-dawn I heard a bird singing out a beautiful melody. Normally, this would make my heart happy, but then I’d just turn over and try to catch a few more moments of rest. But not today. Today was extra special. Why? Because crazy as this may sound, this little birdie was lifting it’s sweet praises in the midst of a thunderstorm. Amazing! God used two rather “ordinary” things to create and extraordinary experience for me—God showed me something awesome and real—a perfect picture of peace. Thunderclouds rolled in, lighting flashed across the dark gray sky, and rain teamed down the windowpane yet this bird was secure. In fact, it was more than secure, it was full of joy, willing and wanting to sing.

This sends Goosebumps up my spine as I think about it. It’s a paradox and truly a God thing. Especially since this word, paradox, has been near and dear to my heart. In fact, I kid you not; this is the very title of the book that I wanted to share with you today. Yet, perhaps paradox is not a word you’re familiar with, so let me explain. Paradox is flowers on snow, joy in the midst of trials, compassion for others as your own heart breaks. It’s what many of us just celebrated, Easter– Jesus laying down his life for me, someone sinful and undeserving. It’s victory and life born out of death and suffering.

Through this experience, God reminded me that He delights in using those ordinary things to accomplish His marvelous purposes. And that’s super news! If He can use Fishermen, tax collectors, birds, and thunderstorms, I know He can use me—a very average, ordinary person to do extraordinary things for Him. Perhaps you’re feeling “ordinary” today. Take heart, it’s through that very thing that God can show His creativity, His power, and even His love just like He did for me in the midst of this early mornings storm.

 A CONTEST TO HELP ME CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF PARADOX:

Win a gift box filled with goodies! (A paperback copy of Teacher’s Plans, a gift certificate, a mug filled with a package of Green Mountain Coffee, pen and a Tee-shirt.)

How? Help me spread the word about Paradox by sharing the link to this post on your FB, Twitter, blog, etc. then e-mail where you posted it to joannwrites@gmail.com with “Blog Blitz” in the subject line. A winner will be drawn 5/26/11.

JoAnn Carter writes stories that will encourage your faith through inspirational fiction novels and novellas. She resides in Vermont with her wonderful husband and four children.

JoAnn is available for speaking engagements to book clubs, reader groups, library groups, women’s ministries events, school events, and church retreats.

Find her here:

Visit JoAnn’s Web site

Connect with JoAnn on Facebook

JoAnn’s Blog

I hope you’ll be able to pick up a copy of Paradox today @ http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-168/JoAnne-Carter-Paradox/Detail.bok

You can watch the trailer here ~ http://youtu.be/mnOQeNeQuUE


Responses

  1. This was a great blog to read after just finishing with the Survivor finale on television. I’m not sure if you watch it, but faith in God’s plan is what kept one of the survivors, Matt, going. I, being someone who leans to the scientific, LOVE that you have created an inspirational story using a title that has both faithful and scientific connotations. Well done! And best of luck to you, JoAnn.

    • Glad you liked JoAnn’s post, Laurie. I think JoAnn’s book sounds awesome, too.

  2. I love inspirational. As a matter of fact, that is what I originally attempted to write. 🙂 I’m afraid that didn’t work out well. That’s okay, I love what I write and I still love to tread inspirational. Congrats on the release, JoAnn. I’ve tweeted this and will go check out your blog. Happy Monday!

    • Thanks for the tweet, Ciara! I, too, wish I could write Inspirational- it takes a special voice to do that.

  3. Laurie thanks so much for your sweet comment!

    Ciara, what do you write?

    I forget to mention, I’m having a release party on my blog this morning from 9-12 (Eastern.) Please feel free to stop by and have some fun!

    http://home.comcast.net/~jo.glenncarter/site/?/blog/category/3/

  4. Yes, I watched Survivor last night too and Matt was an inspiration that not only touched his fellow survivor’s but had them talking about it on Television. I’m happy that we have so many really wonderful Inspirational Writers.

    I love the Cover and name Paradox, JoAnn. Congratulations on it’s release and Wishing you many sales.

  5. Lavada, thanks for stopping by. I didn’t get to see Survivor last night, but it sounds like I missed a winner.


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