Psalm 46

Psalm 46

Last Sunday I sat in the pew next to my husband and youngest son. The two story stained glass panels dwarfed the teacher at the pulpit and transfixed me as I tried to listen. It was a very long week in the days prior and I could finally relax and take in the beauty that surrounded me in the presence of love.

 I wanted to stay forever.

Psalm 46 was sung by the choir situated in the loft at the back of the long barn shaped sanctuary. The words filled the air around me and hugged tightly to my body.

                The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.  

The Lord of hosts is with us; God is with us; He is with me. How often I assure myself with these words. He is not only with me he is my stronghold. Though those words were not visible, they pressed against me like a shield.

Even now as I write this blog post I can close my eyes and feel His presence. Daily I forget though. Daily life gets more complicated and I run from before sun up until well after dark.

I cut out the section of the bulletin including Psalm 46 and taped it to my monitor stand as a reminder.

Not sophisticated but it works.

So does reading books that remind us of his truth. Art creates a space for God. That is one of the things that I love about fiction. The truth can stand in it.

I hope that you have had a chance to read the Texas Trails series. The November release is Long Trail Home by Vickie McDonough. In it you will see a loving and faithful God who never leaves or abandons the main character: God as a stronghold.

Truth can be found in the pages.

~Deb

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Scary Story Contest

First of all, we would like to thank all of you who submitted a story for our contest. There was not a clear winner in the end, so we are going to send all participants a gift card for a cup of coffee. Thank you for taking the time and courage to write. I will contact those who submitted via email to get your address and send your card along.

Keep an eye out for future contests. We really enjoy reading what you write and would love to continue getting to know our audience even better. Have a safe weekend!

Thank you again!
~Brittany

Interview with Christy award winning author—Chris Fabry

Interview with Christy award-winning author—Chris Fabry

Chris Fabry is the winner of multiple Christy awards, has his own daily radio show, and is the author of adult and children’s titles alike. And now he has teamed up with Gary Chapman, the New York Times Bestselling Author, to write A Marriage Carol. Sure to become a Christmas favorite, this Dickensian tale will take you on a journey of discovery where snow has the power to illuminate choices and it’s never too late to get a second chance.

Chris shares his writing life journey including what has led him to write this story so check it out!

 

Buy this perfect Christmas gift at your local Christian bookstore or one of our participating vendors:

Amazon, CBD (Christian Book Distributors), and Family Bookstores.

For more information on the Author’s radio shows and other titles go to Chris Fabry’s or Gary Chapman’s websites.

The radio broadcast of A Marriage Carol was just completed last week and is still in production. It should be airing on Moody Radio around the holidays. Stay tuned for dates and times!

5 Terrific Things for Tuesday: Must Dos for Fall

Good afternoon Fiction Friends!

Our post is all about fall today! What are some things that are nonnegotiable for you when this cool season rolls in after summer? We asked around the office and came up with the top 5. Drumroll please………

1) Apple picking for fresh homemade apple sauce made the Italian way with plenty of butter and saffron.

2) Switching out your summer and spring clothes in your closet for your fall and winter pieces. Make sure and organize them by shirts, jackets, sweaters, pants, and skirts, then you can just grab things and put an outfit together, no shuffling through the closet.

3) Stepping on every crunchy leaf you can find and sipping a pumpkin spice latte while you do it.

4) Going to a pumpkin patch that has everything, and I mean everything. I want a wagon to carry my pumpkin that I choose, I want pumpkin spiced donuts, I want a corn maze with scarecrows, and I want a petting zoo where I can feed the animals. You aren’t supposed to feed the animals in the city. Take me out to the country where I can feed the animals.

5) Boots, boots, and more boots. I love seeing all of the different styles of boots that come out when fall starts. There are brown ones, black ones, grey ones, purple ones, Cowboy boots, tall boots, short boots. I love boots and the different ways you can wear them.  Boots scream fall to me.

What do you absolutely have to do when fall starts?

~Brittany

P.S. Don’t forget the scary short story contest that is going on right now. There is still time to submit a story.

Scary Story Contest: Get Published Here!

Hello Fiction Fans and Writers!

We are smack dab in the middle of time of year where the leaves are changing and falling, the weather is getting crisper, and we are all looking for where we stored our fall jackets. When I think of fall I think of a great warm drink, candy corn, and scary stories being told around a warm fire. River North is looking for the best scary short story you have. Keep in mind that the audience is Christian women and we are looking for about 2500 words.

Submit your story* to rivernorthfiction@moody.edu before noon on October 25th and we will announce the winner on the 27th. The winner will have their story published on the blog and we will promote it on our social media sites. If you are not already following us on twitter or facebook check out our Connect Tab and get started. The winner will also receive a very valuable Dunkin Donuts gift card so they can grab some cider donuts and a pumpkin spiced beverage. Good luck, we look forward to reading your stories!

*in submitting your story you are agreeing to let River North Fiction use your story and publish it in any capacity we deem appropriate.

Stay warm,

Brittany

5 Terrific Things for Tuesday: What is your Fall Beverage of Choice?

Hello Fiction Fans!

I got our team together to discuss a very important topic: What do you have to be sipping on while you are settled in and reading your book?

1) Holly said her favorite beverage in the fall is mulled cider and it must have whipped cream on top, that is not negotiable.

2) Tracey enjoys a hot pumpkin spice chai when she is curled up with her book (she has given up coffee for the month).

3) Michele likes a good ‘ole Diet Coke and prefers it in a pumpkin mug, you know, for the season!

4) Deb digs an Earl Grey tea with a soy topper and two natural sugars, whew, that is a mouthful, and I bet it is delicious!

5) Myself, I prefer a skim latte, plain and simple. I love it when they can make it rich and creamy enough that it tastes like they used whole milk!

What is your preferred fall beverage to curl up with when you are reading? We would love to know!

Happy beautiful leaf changing day, folks!

~Brittany

5 Terrific Things for Tuesday (yes, we know it is Wednesday…) ACFW Conference

Final thoughts on ACFW Conference (That stands for the American Christian Fiction Writers) 

By Deb Keiser

 

Okay, it is not Tuesday. . . again. Unfortunately I’ve spent a few days clutching a box of tissues with my head propped up in bed. So, my schedule is shot at this point, but I wanted to make sure that I shared the highlights of my trip to St. Louis for the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference. 

1. The best part of the whole conference is the opportunity to have one-on-one meetings with fantastic authors at every stage of their writing life from aspiring to seasoned. 

2. Agents were excited to hear about our vision for River North fiction by Moody Publishers and shared with me information about authors who would be a good fit for our line. Publishing is a dance often orchestrated at the onset by a knowledgeable agent.  

3. Everyone doesn’t get it—the love of created characters making merry in one’s mind. But it is a wonder to me when I can be in a crowd of hundreds of people who do. It is God’s mercy that I get to share life with likeminded folks. 

4. Now my whiteboard is full of ideas that were planted at the conference. I have more proposals than I can keep up with and a fresh way of looking at some things. Best of all, there are a few ideas that really have some traction and the potential to end in a really good finished piece of fiction publishing.  

5. My anxiety was relieved when I got to the hotel and spied the Starbucks in the lobby. The reports that there were no coffee makers in the hotel rooms turned out to be true. But the hotel staff graciously supplied my needs when I called. My wonderful husband asked me a very silly question, “Why don’t you just throw on your sweats and go down to the Starbucks? Coffee in the room is usually not very good anyway.” Can you believe that? Go to the lobby with foggy eyes and bed-head. No way. Very glad I didn’t have to.