Friday, July 20, 2012

Bookshelf Friday - The Blessing Seer by Paula Mowery

I am so happy to show off my friend, Paula Mowery's, debut! Paula and I met when I first joined ACFW a year and a half ago. She's a fellow homeschooling mom who shared the dream of being published. On July 6th, Paula got to realize that dream! I am beyond excited for her.

The Blessing Seer is truly unlike any book I've read before. It's a novella written in first person and here's a short blurb:

When God sends Addy a special messenger who challenges her to step from her comfort zone, she isn’t sure she’s up to the job. She feels inadequate to take on the task of encouraging others, and when she starts seeing visions, she worries she’s losing her mind.

Yet, Addy wants only to be used by God, even if that means seeing visions and risking relationship with family and friends. By stepping out on a limb, can Addy really accomplish something significant for God? What affect will her surrender to His will have on those around her? And, what affect will it have on her own life? 

What was so unique for me was while this book is fictional, I felt over and over again as I read it like I was sitting with someone, listening to them tell me their personal story. It didn't read to me like fiction book, but rather a testimony from a friend. And she challenges you in many ways. To listen for God. To be obedient to Him. To move outside of your comfort zone. To deepen your faith.

Now I've got to admit, I always am interested in what inspires a person to write the stories they do, and this time I just had to ask. Paula happily shared her story:

One evening I was thinking on an illustration I hear pastors use sometimes. A man went to Heaven and was touring with one of the angels. They arrived at a warehouse filled with beautifully wrapped gifts. The man asked what they were and the angel said: “These are all of the blessings God wants to grant but haven’t been asked for.” I continued to contemplate the story when I went to bed. Not to sound mystical or anything, but God suddenly “downloaded” the whole outline for THE BLESSING SEER into my mind. I had to get up and write it down. Throughout the writing God has taught me what it means to leave my comfort zones and do something significant for Him. I don’t ever want to miss out on blessings God has in store because I didn’t ask or didn’t obey His directives.

One last thing, The Blessing Seer is also intended for use by Bible study groups. Paula's included instructions and questions at the end of her book, and she'd love to chat with you all either here or at her blog--you'll find the link below.

Blessings to you all and have a fantastic weekend, friends!

Paula Mowery is a pastor’s wife and a homeschool mom. She has always been an avid reader of Christian fiction. She began writing in the area of nonfiction creating three Bible studies which were self-published. However, she crafted fiction stories which she shared with friends and family. When one of her readers encouraged her to pursue publication, she joined American Christian Fiction Writers, learning more about the world of fiction. Her debut work of fiction is a novella published by Harbourlight, a division of Pelican Book Group – THE BLESSING SEER. Learn more about Paula at her blog – paulamowery.blogspot.com Read more of her writing in her monthly columns on ChristianMagazine.org.

10 comments:

  1. Ooh, that book sounds awesome. You give me so many new books to read on Fridays, Susan. I love it!

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    1. Just returning the favor:) Have a great weekend!

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  2. Sounds intriguing! Thanks for sharing, Susan! Love your Friday reads!

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    1. Why you are so welcome:) Glad to see you on the First Timers loop - I thought you'd gone to this conference before. It'll be great to see you!

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  3. Thanks, Susan for helping me get the word out about by debut novella. Though we've never met face-to-face, you have encouraged me in so many ways.

    Melissa, I hope you'll check THE BLESSING SEER out and let me know what you think.

    Jessica, I hope Addy's story intrigues you.

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    1. Paula, the feeling is very mutual, friend:) So glad to help!

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  4. Congratulations, Paula! Your book definitely sounds intriguing, and I'm thankful that Susan has shared it here. :)

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  5. Thanks, Michelle. Readers have already been encouraged in their faith through the book. How could I ask for anything more than that? To God be the glory!

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  6. Thanks for sharing Paula's book, Susan! I'm constantly challenged to move outside my comfort zone. Don't you love how the Lord works? Heading over to visit Paula's site - have a blessed weekend!

    *It's always such an encouragement to read your comments over at Life Lessons. Hope your kids are feeling better today. So neat that Kregel is in your town - found out my Mom has been to their store too. If I get up that way, I'd love to meet you!

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  7. Hey Maria! Thanks for stopping in at my blog, too. Just writing this book God made me deal with many of my comfort issues. Will I ever learn His ways are best, and He's going to make up for all my shortcomings? I hope so!

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