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Friday, July 29, 2016

Ex-posed: A Place to Heal and Share

Will your story inspire others? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others?

EX-POSED was created by husband and wife Erika and Cedric's journey from trauma and pain to healing and hope.It is a platform used to share their personal story and provide a safe place for anyone who might have a story to tell. 

"Whether you are at the beginning of your process, or have the wisdom of years behind you and can share your encouragement with others, this is the place for you."

To find our more check out the website here.
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Uplifting Reads with Phil Mitchell Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of the Phil Mitchell Long Beach Book Tour 

13. Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published? 

14. Can you tell us about your upcoming book? 
No plans.

15. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? 
The whole book is based on real life experiences.

16. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?  
The quote that “God will touch you and mold you like a moving orchestra”  is my favorite part.  I can’t explain what it is like to write a symphony knowing God moved your hands over the piano or to explain something that is incredible that you saw.  You just don’t come out the same person after seeing something like that.  You don’t walk through the world a lone.  There is strong presence wherever you go.

17. How did you come up with the title? 
My friend who inspired me had a company called Intimate Creations.  He gave me a mug for coffee.   This book is about my closeness with God.

18. What project are you working on now? 
Marketing my book.

19. Will you have a new book coming out soon? 

20. Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with? 
I would like to spend more time on writing about prayer.  Every time you say a prayer you come to God with a heart that is closer.  Something happened and you can’t wait for your next conversation.

21. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment? 
I need to find more avenues to get my book out.  People say I come up with good stories and quotes.  I just tell them it is my faith.

22. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers? 
Write from your heart and journey.  It is much like putting a song together.

23. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans? 
This is a book that you should pray with and reflect on your own journey.  There is a spiritual battle going on between good and evil.  You don’t always see it all the time.  The state of your soul is very important.

24. What brought you to write this book?  
People will now know if God exists if we don’t tell them our story.  The book is a guide for the spiritual life.  I actually met a co-worker who prayed every morning before work.  I later found out he had cancer and he wanted to spend the rest of his life bringing his faith to others.  He helped encourage me to write the book.

25. Why spend years of your life writing it? 
God has given me a lot of inspiration and words in my life that I needed to share with others.

26. What are you trying to achieve with this book?  
Help people in their spiritual life or on their pilgrimage.

27. What got left out in the final draft? 
I came up with another quote that “Miracles bring life to the journey.”  Jesus had over 30 miracles happen in his life. His journey was very important. Why do some people have miracles and other don’t?  I believe it depends on your journey. I met a priest who was cured from 3 brain tumors.  A miracle happened and I told him my quote.  He loved it.  You just don’t know who you will meet on the journey and encounter God’s presence.

28. Where there alternate endings you considered 

29. What’s next for you? What are you working on now? 
I am working on becoming a better public speaker

Thank you for joining us for the Long Beach stop. If you would like to keep in touch with Phil, please visit his website Uplifting Reads: Intimacies with God

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Uplifting Reads with Phil Mitchell Part 1

Welcome to the Long Beach, CA stop on the Phil Mitchell book tour. 

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 
I am a composer, author, and musician.

2. What do you do when you are not writing? 
I am a musician and composer of 3 albums.

3. Do you have a day job as well?  
I am a teacher and CDL Driver.  I enjoy being with kids and talking to passengers.

 4. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book? 

 5. How did you choose the genre you write in?  
Things in my life evolve around my faith.

 6. Where do you get your ideas? 
Seeking the truth and what God shows me.

7. Do you ever experience writer’s block? 
Yes, it is not easy coming up with the right words on a quote.  What is God saying?  Do these words reflect how he sees the world?

8. Do you work with an outline, or just write? 
I just write.

9. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult? 
I have read all the spiritual classics but also enjoy all the great books.

10. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published? 
Not easy, you have to be an established author first.

11. If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change? 
No, it was important to me to have the book available to everyone.

12. How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre? 
You have to be knowledgeable of social networking.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

31 Days to a Simple Life the Amish Way

A common question now in America....How can I become Amish? 

"Answer: If you admire our faith, strengthen yours. If you admire our sense of commitment, deepen yours. If you admire our community spirit, build your own. If you admire the simple life, cut back. If you admire deep character and enduring values, live them yourself." 

Karen talks about how this 31 day guide to simplicity will discuss the Amish ways of frugality, downsizing, ideas for gatherings, keeping in pace with nature and much more. After thirty years, she's still gleaning secrets to a simpler life from her Amish friends.  She says, "I can see why "off the gridders" to spiritual enthusiasts are flocking to them for plain and simple advice. I'm so blessed to have learned so much from the Amish. I hope you'll be inspired as you read this book, finding a path a bit less chaotic."

Check out 31 Days to a Simple Life The Amish Way on Amazon now.

Karen Anna Vogel is an Award-winning author of a dozen Amish books, including the popular Amish Knitting Circle Series
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