Friday Faves

Chin-Grabbers for Everyone:

  • Why Santa Claus Gets on My Nerveslby Jill Kemerer

    I’m not anti-Santa. I even think the dude can point to Jesus. But Jill so eloquently explains why this jolly red man makes me want to cringe at times. “Christmas, to me, is about saying ‘thank you, Jesus,’ not, ‘I want….'”

Chin-Grabbers for Writers:

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Friday Faves

Chin-Grabbers for Everyone:

  • Confessions Behind the Mask, a new blog by Betsy St. Amant

    In this day and age of social media, it’s all too easy to hide our real selves behind a facade. By picking and choosing what to share, we can basically be whoever we want to be. Which is fine and dandy, until we start looking around at all our Facebook and Twitter friends, wondering how they have it all together while we’re still a raging mess. If you’re tired of feeling alone in your inadequacy and hurt, this is the place to go for encouragement.

  •  The Difficulty of Being a Work-at-Home Momcby Jody Hedlund

    I found this post particularly timely, as I’ve had many epiphanies about this reality as of late. In fact, I’m posting about it on Monday. Working from home definitely has its tricky bits.

Chin-Grabbers for Writers:

  • Five Ways to Build a Thriving Communityiby Jeff Goins

    Are you trying to build a growing, active community on your blog or Facebook page? (Who isn’t?) Here are some must-read tips from Jeff. 

Tell me something fun! What’s been happening in your world this week?

Friday Faves

Chin-Grabbers for Everyone:

  • When the God of Heaven Sends You to Hell  by Kelli Standish (@KelliStandish)

    Talk about powerful, spirit-soaked, truth-filled words–this is an honest-to-goodness must read. I guarantee you will never look at Jonah the same.

  • Four Ways to Make the Most of your Season  by Sarah Markley (@sarahmarkley) on (in)Courage

    “Comparison will steal your passion, chase away your joy and kill your soul.” Such a refreshing read for any person who calls themselves human. Seriously.

  • The Power of Touch  by Jamy Whitaker (@JamyWhitaker) on Encouragement Café

    I just found this site. The devotionals are short and sweet with some applicable take-aways.

 Chin-Grabbers for Writers:

  • Do Agents and Editors Expect Novelists to Blog  by Jody Hedlund (@JodyHedlund)

    Jody goes straight to an agent and an editor for the answer. Just remember, this is only the view of one agent and one editor, albeit well-respected ones in the industry. I think the comments are worth reading, especially the first one from Jody.

  • The Seven Stages of Publishing Grief  by Robin LeFevers (@RLLAFEVERS) on Writer Unboxed

    I think every writer experiences these stages differently (I didn’t experience all of these or in the way indicated), but even so, the stuff she writes before she gets into the stages resonates. Especially the bit about Amazon’s new author rank. I am steering clear!

  • Big Dreams vs Realistic Expectations  by Rachelle Gardner (@RachelleGardner)

    Great thoughts on how to pursue big dreams, but guard our hearts against the emotions that come when reality is a little smaller.

 Let’s Talk: Any blog posts you’d like to share? Cares, concerns, celebrations? I love reading them!

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