Review ~ Becoming More than a Good Bible Study Girl

Review of Becoming MoreKathryn’s Review

Becoming More 
than a Good Bible Study Girl

by Lysa TerKeurst

Lysa TerKeurst has written a timely message to Christians to help them grow in their daily walk.
In an engaging, heart-felt, transparent style she encourages a deeper walk with Jesus and God.
She supports her message with scripture passages that resonate and challenge the believer to step to a higher level of commitment.
Not just to read and study, not just to be a “Sunday Christian” but to do and act.
And in acting and trusting, to be prepared for a closer, more intimate walk with God.

Her examples of her struggles and how she applied scripture and biblical truths to her own life were inspiring.


September is Conference Time!

ACFW brochere

Conference guidebook

I just returned from the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference that was held this year in Dallas, Texas. It was a whirlwind of workshops, being updated on the publishing industry, re-connecting with writer friends and meeting new ones. Fresh new faces and voices are making their way onto the scene which is always exciting.

My Harlequin books do not carry a faith thread, but I find the ACFW conference a fantastic resource. I also feel most comfortable with this wonderful group of writers.

Barbara & Kathryn in historical garb

Genre dinner night

The first evening a genre dinner is held, where authors are encouraged to dress the part of one of their characters. It is a fun ice-breaker and conversation starter. This is a picture of me in a Victorian shop-keepers garb–a character from my new Western coming out in December. (Familiar Stranger in Clear Springs) Perhaps the hat is a bit too fancy with the netting…I’m beginning to think I have very little fashion sense (and my current hairstyle does not lend itself to the 1800s!)  The woman standing with me is a good friend and writes Biblical fiction and so is dressed in B.C. style.

Panel with Seymour Agnecy sibs & Mary Sue Seymour

Panel discussion on What to do when your manuscript is rejected

I participated in a panel with my agent, Mary Sue Seymour, and a few other Seymour Agency authors. At first I balked…the books I have had published are historical western romance–not Christian fiction–and because of that I didn’t think anyone would want to hear what I had to say. But the topic was what to do when your manuscript is rejected and I do know something about that. Although a few authors have the first manuscript they submit accepted for publication, that is not the norm. I came the “normal” route, and had a few pearls of wisdom that I could pass on to new writers. A lot of it has to do with persistence and continuing to refine the craft of writing. It is always a comfort to hear the “war stories” of bigger writers…J.K.Rowling and John Grisham…and know that their first manuscripts were also rejected a number of times.

Friends at conference

Enjoying friends at conference

I was happy to learn that Westerns are as big as ever in this crazy publishing business! Readers love them, publishers want them, and the writers who enjoy writing them have a wonderful future! How is that for good news! There is just something about the American West, the cowboy, and wide-open spaces that calls to people. In an industry where things come and go (remember Chick Lit?), Westerns are here to stay.