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March 2018 Around the Web

Sandra Ardoin @SandraArdoin

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I read many blog posts every month. Some stand out to me, and I include them here. Others stand out, but I can’t include them all. 🙂 I hope you’ll find inspiration from the ones below.

INSPIRATION

“The finished work of Christ has provided for my son and his safety.” Are you facing a fearful situation? What a great testimony to throw into the face of worry. “We Face It; He Graces It” by Ann Cooper McCauley

Seven reasons “Why We Need to Sing in Worship Even When We Don’t Know—Or Like—the Song” by Chuck Lawless. Yep!

“God isn’t looking for perfect people with perfect children, perfect marriages, and perfect lives.” What an inspiring story of “How to Be Enough, When It Feels Like All Eyes Are on You” by Sharon Jaynes on Ann Voskamp’s blog.

READING

I’m fascinated by the process in designing book covers, so I enjoyed “Ask BHP: How Do You Decide on Covers?“. It outlines the procedure Bethany House uses to come up with their gorgeous covers.

I loved this creative way of showing off book covers in a post! “Top Ten Tuesday: Cover Love, Spring Edition” on the Reading is My Superpower blog. Which color…uh…cover contains the story you can’t wait to read? For me? It’s the second book in Elizabeth Camden’s series—all the way, baby!

Audiobooks are on the rise. For those of you who love statistics, check out this Pew Research study into the ways people read. When it comes to your method of consuming a story, is it digital, audio, print, or a combination?

WRITING

“Christian publishing, like the rest of life, is all about relationships.” From Bob Hostetler’s post on the Steve Laube Agency blog, “It’s Not What You Know; It’s Who You Know.” 

Peter Leavell, a regular contributor to the Seriously Write blog, always has inspiring and challenging things to say in his posts. “Encouragement for the Downtrodden” will get you thinking about how, “[w]e write our pain, knowing our readers can never exhaust the story’s wisdom.”

As writers, we want our work to appeal to as many people as possible, don’t we? In fact, having a large platform is preached to us over and over. Well, what if our stories are meant for only one? I’ve often considered that question, so Marcia Lee Laycock’s post “Swimming in a Small Pond” on Novel Rocket spoke to me.

What post topic has inspired you the most this month?

Sandra Ardoin engages readers with stories of love and faith. She’s the author of heartwarming and award-winning historical romance. Visit her at www.sandraardoin.com. Subscribe to receive her updates and specials: http://eepurl.com/Xjqwr. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and BookBub.

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