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Overview With more than 184 Christian writer's groups and 155 conferences, thousands of writers are looking for encouragement and insight. Yet, every Christian who writes faces the same issue: finding daily inspiration and creativity. Designed to be both encouraging and practical, "Writers in the Spirit" guides writers from the novice stage to becoming dedicated authors, something that Carol Rottman achieved when she put aside all other "paying work" to write full time. Included in these pages are insight and practical tips on such topics as: Writing Realism:"Take yet another scroll, and write on it all the former words that were on the first scroll ..." (Jeremiah 36:27). Popular media have romanticized writers' lives to be devoted entirely to making beautiful stories. Writers in the Spirit explains the practical issues that writers face and shows how it is possible to overcome dry spells, endless revisions and even self-doubt. Writing with Fervor:Much of the Apostle Paul's writing was done in prison. Paul's passion to win people to Christ overcame any obstacle. While many new writers feel restrained, Writers in the Spirit shows how to find the passion that fuels the writing process. Writing in the Spirit:"This is what we speak, not words taught by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Spirit ..." (1 Corinthians 2:13). Rottman shows that a personal relationship with God is the best source of inspiration. Mediating on God's word will yield creativity from the Creator. "Many of us are called as witnesses to the life-experiences God has entrusted to us. If your witness takes the form of the written word, this book will go with you as a trusted companion traveling the same path." - Former President Jimmy CarterAuthor, Statesman, and Thirty-ninth President of the United States "'Writers in the Spirit' helps connect me to God while reminding me that writing is a gift from Him and a calling to be both treasured and nurtured."- Sally Stuart, Editor, Christian Writers' Market Guide
Publishers Description With more than 184 Christian writer's groups and 155 conferences, thousands of writers are looking for encouragement and insight. Yet, every Christian who writes faces the same issue: finding daily inspiration and creativity. Designed to be both encouraging and practical, Writers in the Spirit guides writers from the novice stage to becoming dedicated authors, something that Carol Rottman achieved when she put aside all other "paying work" to write full time.
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Studio: FaithWalk Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.64" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.56" Weight: 0.52 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2004
Publisher FAITH WALK PUBLISHING #883
ISBN 1932902430 ISBN13 9781932902433
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At Last! A devotional-type book exclusively for writers. Sep 26, 2005
There are dozens, if not hundreds, of devotional writings out there, from the periodicals such as Upper Room, to full-size books for everyone from dieters to caregivers and general books such as Daily Guideposts. We all have one or two, or an assortment. But Writer's in the Spirit is, I believe, the first one specifically for writers. And it is excellent.
Sally Stuart (Christian Writer's Market Guide) wrote: "Writers in the Spirit helps connect me to God while reminding me that writing is a gift from Him and a calling to be both treasured and nurtured." This reviewer agrees. Reading this book has been a unique experience and a book I will probably reread over time.
Carol Rottman writes with a fresh voice, providing inspiration and introspection with each paragraph. In places, the book reads like a journal, revealing discoveries about herself and her writing journey. Chapters are written as mini-essays and never fail to drive home a point to the reader. Doesn't matter what type of writing you do, there is something here that is bound to bless, encourage, inspire, and even admonish.
The book is divided into eleven topical sections such as "Nourishment," "Understanding," "Realism," and "Creation." No, that last is not about God's creation - the sub-caption says "Writing is creating. No writer writes like anyone else; each voice is unique." Each of these topical sections consists of several short essays that delve into the topic, followed by tips, hints and advice, and a writing challenge.
Says Rottman: "Writing for me is a form of meditation. I love the discipline of writing everyday using the ever-changing experiences in my life. I've discovered that God has equipped many of us with a desire to share our understanding of life through the written word. I agree with Jerry Jenkins, who once said, `I don't sing or dance or preach. I have been given one gift, so I feel obligated to exercise it in the work of the kingdom.' I treasure the awesome gift."
WRITERS IN THE SPIRIT is a great book, and would be a wonderful gift to another writer in your life, and definitely for yourself, too. Christmas is right around the corner. Get your copy now.
Side bar: Writers in the Spirit was one of only six featured books in the quarterly publication, Christian Retailing. The author, Carol Rottman, was also chosen to lead a discussion on the national teleconference for the Association of Christian Writers.
A Book for All Writers Feb 11, 2005
WRITERS IN THE SPIRIT is a well-organized tool to both inspire and educate aspiring writers of all skill levels. Author Carol J. Rottman, Ph. D. has developed this book to encourage and teach Christian writers how to find the fullness of experience through our spiritual selves and translate that into words through all types of writing.
Rottman encourages writers to embrace life, learn from it, immerse themselves in it and then share that life through words put to paper.
Eleven chapters are divided into essays that further explore each facet of a writer's life, both physical and spiritual; a writer's prayer and tips, hints and advice; followed by a writing challenge.
WRITERS IN THE SPIRIT acts as a guide for the journey writers must take to fully realize their talent. Rottman has shined a light on the Christian writer's path and that light can illuminate the works of art inside us all
Throughout this unique book for writers are in-depth explorations of topics such as opening up God's incarnational spirit, taking nourishment from God to provide fruit that will outlive the writer, and writing with fervor to overcome our self-imposed limits.
Rottman doesn't stop there, though. She shares her personal experience of applying each concept to her life and illustrates how it then translates into discovery of one's self, which can then better express the words residing within us.
Searching for the meaning of our lives through writing is addressed with a reminder to return to the Bible and explore famous writing incidents such as the handwriting on the wall and the creation of the Ten Commandments. As we ponder the inspiration of the storytellers who recorded the biblical events, how then do we open ourselves to that same inspiration?
WRITERS IN THE SPIRIT is not a book to be read once then set aside to gather dust. Instead, it is a book to be digested, pondered and treasured for the long journey.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and I find myself returning to different sections as I come upon a challenge in my own writings.
A New Angle Nov 5, 2004
This book is a much needed new angle on writing. Instead of a mechanical guide to the elements of writing, Christian author Carol J. Rottman offers hope and inspiration to writers.
This is a very personal and practical book, offering examples from the author's own life experience. What makes this book distinct, however, is its spiritual perspective. It draws its principles from the bible and applies them to the real and often painful world of writing.
I found that this book does not just guide its readers. It motivates and inspires them. I found myself captivated as I read each chapter. Well worth reading.