When and why did you begin writing?
I was a very shy child so the only way that I could express myself was with a pen. I excelled in classes that were graded based on writing skills. I had a vivid imagination and would create elaborate stories. I promised myself that one day I would write them all. Over the years, I have written many stories but Growing into Greatness with God: 7 Paths to Greatness for our Sons & Daughters is the one that I had to give birth to before I could publish the others. It was inspired by my experiences growing up in a small, relatively poor town in St. Thomas, Jamaica. This book is a “thank you” to God; it is an acknowledgment of how he blessed and sustained me in good and bad times, and a testimony to other children that he can do the same for them.
What was the inspiration for your book, Growing into Greatness with God?
In the book, Growing into Greatness with God, the words of wisdom that accompany the stories are inspired by all the advice given to me by my mothers, grandmothers, aunts, uncles, cousins and all the “old souls” that entered my early years. I grew up in a house where family, faith, good food and hard work were celebrated. A two bedroom house was home to three generations. It wasn’t unusual for an 11 year old to walk 1/2 mile to fetch water before school, walk home, get ready for school, walk at least 1/2 mile to school, be respectful and attentive, participate in field day, take the long walk home with friends (not forgetting to stop and say hello to all the neighbors), pick fruit or dig yams for dinner, complete homework assignments, and end the day by having dinner and fellowship with family. That was my daily life growing up in Jamaica. I didn’t fully appreciate it back then, but I certainly do now. I want children to have confidence in the fact that they are unique, amazing, born with greatness and can overcome any obstacle.
What is your spiritual background?
I gained my confidence in a little church in St. Thomas, Jamaica, called the Hampton Court Seventh Day Adventist church. That church was the cornerstone of the community and it was where I learned and recited bible scriptures, sung gospel songs and recited poetry. It is where I made some of my best childhood friends, picked cherries from the best cherry tree in town and listened to the sermons that inspired me to keep God the center of my life. Love the Lord God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself is my guiding principle in life. My family currently worships at a beautiful Episcopal church in Florida.
Your book is titled, Growing into Greatness with God. How do you define greatness?
We are all unique beings, so greatness will mean something different to each person. I think greatness is finding your natural talent, fueling it with passion, planting it in well nourished soil, and toiling in the garden until it breaks through the earth and reaches for the stars. You must then use everything that you have achieved to serve others. Service is the heart of greatness; for me, there is no greatness without service.
Growing Into Greatness with God by Janet Autherine
Growing into Greatness gives kids the courage to handle any challenge.
Genre: Christian Inspiration, Children, Juvenile Non-fiction
Every child is created in the image of God, and every child carries this amazing gift of greatness inside himself or herself. But children hear mixed messages on a daily basis—about life, about the world, and about themselves.
In Growing into Greatness with God: Seven Paths to Greatness for Our Sons and Daughters, author and mother of three boys Janet Autherine encourages kids to see themselves as unique and amazing—already blessed with what they need to succeed in life and achieve their dreams.
Readers learn how to grow in love, faith, courage, leadership, happiness, gratitude, and confidence through the inspiring stories of Bible heroes such as Abraham, Sarah, David, and Ruth. Each chapter includes a brief summary of two Bible stories, with reflections on each, and concludes with three action-oriented suggestions on how to put the lesson into practice. The book ends with a letter that will inspire and empower readers, and questions for study and self-reflection that can be used by parents and teachers to help their children continue on their journey to greatness.
Dreams are essential to life, and kids need to be inspired and encouraged to live life to the fullest. Growing into Greatness with God offers biblical examples of how people have nurtured what God has planted in them and teaches kids how to do the same in their own lives.
Reader Reviews on Amazon
“Growing Into Greatness with God is a very inspirational and motivational read.” -Gladis G.
“The book weaves the stories of the Bible into practical advice for our children.” -Joseph R.
“This a beautiful sweet book that provides an opportunity for all to have a discussion with their children of any age about spirituality and the importance of developing a sense of greatness within!” -Sarah S.
Janet Autherine is the author of Growing Into Greatness with God, 7 Paths to Greatness for our Sons and Daughters. She was born in a small town in Jamaica and moved to Philadelphia at age 12. Thanks to God’s grace and a hardworking mother, she weathered many storms to follow her dreams and works to inspire others to do the same.
Her book, Growing into Greatness with God: 7 Paths to Greatness for our Sons & Daughters, teaches kids to recognize the greatness they were born with and to grow in love, faith, courage, leadership, happiness, gratitude, and confidence. It shares the message that “Every child matters. Every child is unique. Every child is born with greatness.”
Janet is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Boston College Law School and Georgetown University School of Law. She is the proud mother of 3 wonderful boys who provide daily inspiration for her writing.
Bible Believer’s Archaeology by John Argubright
No book provides more evidence that supports the Bible then this one.
Genre: Bible History
Come along on a journey back in time and watch the historical events and men of the Bible be proven before your very eyes. Evidences compiled from ancient history and archeology reveal the accuracy of the Bible. Evidences for Jesus Christ, John the Baptist, James the brother of Jesus, the high priest Caiaphas, Herod Agrippa, Moses and Pharaoh, Joshua, the prophet Balaam, King David, King Hezekiah, Jeremiah the prophet, and many others. “The Bible really is true!”
The intent of this book series was to document and present the greatest historical evidences that prove the accuracy of the Bible.
Over the years the books have been used by churches, Bible study groups, Christian Schools and evangelistic outreaches
John Argubright is a researcher and author of the three volume series “Bible Believer’s Archaeology.”
The intent of this book series was to document and present the greatest historical evidences that prove the accuracy of the Bible.
Over the years the books have been used by churches, Pastors, Bible study groups, Christian Schools, home schools, evangelistic outreaches, as well as for personal study. The content in the books cover over 15 years of his research and contains information that you would be hard pressed to find in any other books on this topic. The books are written in a manner that just simply presents the evidences, and compares it to what the Bible says.
Ever hear people say the Bible is just a bunch of made up stories? This book series proves otherwise. It also introduces the reader to the Author of history. History is His Story, the story of Jesus Christ.
A Dream Fulfilled by r. William Rogers
Not everyone who settled in the South Park Basin came for the gold.
Genre: Christian Western/Historical
Life on the eastern Kansas plains in the 1850’s was tenuous at best. Add to that, marauding bands of thieving Comanches, and a fella would start having notions of moving his clan the heck out of there.
With the biggest part of his cattle having been taken by the thieving redskins, Jacob Clarkson and his family load as much of of their household belongings as they can into a couple of prairie schooners and set out on a journey in hopes of relocating the once prosperous cattle ranching endeavor to the high mountain grasslands of present day Colorado.
The journey proves to be fraught with dangers, some of them of the harsh weather and high water variety, while others turn out to be of the manmade variety.
The journey becomes even more difficult after the rescue of a young lady who had been taken captive by a trio of banditos. Their intent had been to trade her to the Utes, who freely roam the South Park Basin, but first they have to get her back.
Through all of this, the Lord remains in charge and adds to the mixture, a helping of tender romance and true love between Becky and one of Jacob and Emily’s twin sons, Seth.
Not to be outdone by his brother, Sam manages a romance of his own after a mixup in homestead filings plays a major part in bringing him and Liz together.
While all this is going on, their families remain steadfast in their struggle to gain a toehold in the savage land that is the previously unsettled grasslands of the South Park Basin.
March 12, 1859, Western Kansas Territory, outside a small settlement along Tarryall Creek.
The rushing waters of the creek felt cool and refreshing on Sarah’s feet as she languished with her back against a sizeable boulder and the warmth of the late afternoon sun gently pelting her face. The bottom edge of her dress had fallen into the creek, but she didn’t much care one way or the other. She only smiled, figuring that the garment was just as deserving of the beneficial aspects of the soothing respite, as were her feet.
“Sarah! It’s time to go!”
The words were not ones she wanted to hear, but she accepted them as a necessary evil and sighed heavily before pulling her feet from the relaxing comforts of the creek. She had brought along a towel, and after retrieving it from where she had been using it as a pillow of sorts, went about drying her feet as she looked up at the approaching figure. She smiled at her husband, waved her greeting, and returned her attention to drying the feet.
Will squatted on his haunches beside her and was unable to resist the solitary flat pebble that was not only within easy reach but was just begging to be skipped across the surface of the water.
“You would think that a gal could have a bit more than just a brief minute or two all to herself,” she offered around a delightful smile that said she had thoroughly enjoyed the solitude she’d been blessed with that afternoon.
“In case you’ve been sleeping, I’ll let you know that your brief minute or two has been nearly an entire half hour.”
Her smile widened. “Yeah, I know. Isn’t it wonderful?”
She reached for a stocking while he repositioned himself onto his backside right beside her. He leaned toward her and began nibbling on her ear.
“You stop that right this instant,” she protested feebly, as she placed a partially restraining hand against his muscular chest and quickly glanced around. “What will people think?”
“What will mother and father think?”
“Who cares?” he offered again. He leaned forward and helped himself to yet another nibble.
Again, she pushed him away, but this time with a bit more intensity. “Will Swanson…you stop that right this instant! This is neither the time nor the place!”
He smiled that wonderful smile of his. “Sez who?”
“You just said yourself that it was time to go.” She went back to putting on her stockings and shoes, being sure to allow him a glimpse of her undergarments in the process.
He moaned softly.
“You two about ready?”
They turned at the sound of the words.
“See…I told you,” she whispered. “Hi, Pa!” she offered and extended a hand upward so that Will could help her to her feet.
“Hi, sweetheart,” pa offered in return. “You about done with your lollygaggin’?”
She smiled. “Are you offering me the option?”
Originally from central California, I successfully made the transition to Colorado in 1981, and have remained here ever since.
I first began writing fiction in 1997 while on a bowhunting trip to the majestic Sangre De Cristo Mountains of beautiful central Colorado. The desire to write that initial novel just kinda flared up after having read a few books by Author/Evangelist, Al Lacy. I wrote that first novel, MUSTANG JUSTICE, on a notepad with a pencil (well…a few pencils really). After receiving the usual rave reviews from the wife and family, I decided that I was a writer and steadfastly began entering the book into the computer.
The next logical step was to have someone other than family read it. Boy, did that ever turn into a chore. Although that initial “outsider” liked it as well, her initial reaction was: “Where did these people come from?” That question was answered satisfactorily after completing what had began as a tedious task at best, but quickly transformed itself into the exciting and joyous experience of writing the first three books in the Arkansas Valley Series: TOWARD A NEW BEGINNING, UNCERTAIN TIMES and SHATTERED DREAMS; MUSTANG JUSTICE turned out to be the fourth in the series.
Of course this entire adventure had to have been Al Lacy’s fault, because he lit a fire somewhere deep inside my soul after having consented to going to lunch with me. Shortly after having made that initial contact with the menu, and certainly prior to the last sip of coffee having been comsumed, I picked his brain unmercifully until I found myself armed to the teeth and anxious to locate a sharpened pencil.
Can you imagine what it would be like, if we had to live a full week; as though it was one day? Even though we may see this, as something crazy and not likely to happen; we still live this way, by the way we think. Let me ask you a question today…how many days are you living at this time? Confused? Well…I have come to see that we can be living for today, while our thoughts are attempting to live in days that haven’t even come into existence yet. In Matthew 6:34, we read… “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
I remember a time, when I first began to serve God and as the ministry began to grow; I got into a bad habit of looking into other days ahead and my thoughts were so deeply implanted into days that hadn’t even been fashioned by God; that I began to feel drained and overwhelmed with anxiety and frustration. As time passed; God taught me that I needed to look at each new day, as one new footprint…designed by Him; for me to walk in. When I came to see that all I had to do was step into that one footprint each day; then I began to slow down and walk in sync with God.
It’s so easy to want to get ahead of God but we find that these moments only allow us to walk into unknown territory; where Satan can have his way with our minds and hearts. In the Bible verse I shared with you; Jesus is saying that we have enough to deal with in one day; so do not worry or be troubled about the days to come. You know, when we think about it; it’s as if we are walking into darkness, when we move ahead of God; since these moments have not yet been designed by Him. Why do we attempt to live in moments that have never been brought into existence? How many times, do we find that the moments we worry about; never even happen, in the way we first thought? We must remember that when we live in unknown moments; then worry begins to set in…along with many other negative thoughts and feelings; which only allows us, to drift away from the presence of God.
What are we thinking about right now? Are we pursuing this day only or have our thoughts begun to enter days that God hasn’t even thought of Himself? Life can be much more at peace and closely connected to God, when we step into one footprint or one day at a time.
I was raised in a small town in Michigan and was born with a congenital problem in both knees. I went through many surgeries, trying to correct the problem but there was never really a cure. Little did I know; that God had “branded” me at birth, for such a moment as this. Many in this world grow up and go to school or college, to get their education but that’s not what God had in store for me. My education for writing came from twenty-one painful knee surgeries, heartache from sexual abuse as a child, and the loss of many things in my life, including the loss of children. As each painful moment came and as each loving desire left, God was taking all the brokenness in my life, and He was piecing it together, so I could have the heart He desired…a heart that could understand and care, for others, who live in despair.
As of this year, I have ministered to many in need, for over 12 years and God continues to open new doors for me to walk through. Now, I am serving God full-time, as I continue to reach out to others in need, through my writings and the Diane K Chamberlain Ministry. One thing that God has taught me over the years; is that no matter what we lose out on or experience in life; He will always be there to pick up the broken pieces and fill the empty voids in our lives. At the most difficult and heartbreaking moments of my life, I have come to see; that God never abandons His own but rather, He exchanges the painful moments, for the true plan He has, for each of our lives.
A Collection of Writings; Inspired by God by Diane K Chamberlain
Jochebed, A Mother’s Decision That Saved a Nation by Joyce Tilney
Her faith was tested and her decision saved a nation!
Genre: Christian Living
As a mother, you have the opportunity to mold minds, nurture growth and develop potential, like no one else. You are a mother! Jochebed raised three leaders. She was a housewife, living in slavery, yet she trained and led her children into the purpose of God for their lives. God brought miracles to earth through the lives of her children. Her life speaks through her children, Moses, Aaron and Miriam; and she is listed with the “heroes of faith” in Hebrews 11. The world she lived in was different in many ways from ours and our fore mothers, but we are dependent on the same God, have the same enemy and fight the same battles. We can learn much from Jochebed!
Joyce Tilney is wife, mother and grandmother. She lived in Scotland for 11 years and traveled throughout Europe and Asia. At this time she lives near Philadelphia, PA where she continues to travel teaching the faithfulness of God.
In her new book, Why Diet’s Don’t Work – Food is Not the Problem, she shares her personal struggles with weight. You don’t have to be captive in your body.
There is an epidemic in America today and it is obesity. In her new book “Why Diets Don’t Work goes to the core of the problem. This book can heal the emotional scares of the brokenhearted and the “weightier issues of life.” She explains how people become the servants of their choices. Anger, hurt and shame are major issues of obesity and they don’t have to be.
This is not a diet plan, it is a battle plan!
Champions of the Eternal Flame by T.D. Ajayi
Genre: Young Adult / Scifi
Samantha, aptly gifted, can’t recall the last 5 yrs. Can a Priest help?
Book Description (From Amazon)
Smart. Athletic. Beautiful and poised. The ideal qualities you’d find in your average high school’s popular girl is everything Samantha Ross possesses; however, the basketball champ is more an outcast than anything. Her eidetic memory– the ability to accurately recall images, sounds,and objects–leaves her somewhat powerful and gifted but in reality she cannot remember the last 5 years of her life. After being attacked by a behemoth she begins to discover her ability to heal rapidly, unlike other human beings. In a quest to get a better understanding of her past and special powers, she teams up with a traveling clergyman on a journey that will introduce her to other skilled youths like herself. Tumaini, Jana, and the Manning siblings join them as they encounter different battles with enemies that are sent to destroy them because of their gifts. Throughout the journey, they discover more about themselves, their abilities, and the secret of the Eternal Flame.
“One being the Sci-Fi element, as I am very into that genre of movies/books.” -Tswilli7
“I look forward to more from this author.” -Pamela S.
“I thought it was interesting that as the characters change, their powers evolve.” -J. Huang
T.D Ajayi became a storyteller sometime after he learnt to hold a crayon and definitely before he grasped a pen. He wrote snippets before harnessing the courage to complete the Fantasy saga that had been playing in his subconscious for the last fifteen years. An avid fan of all things Tolkien, insightful articles on the blogosphere and of course, the “Whedonverse”, he has lent his editing and writing chops to budding writers and just about anyone who was willing to benefit from it. He is finally one novel away from completing his ultimate opus – the Champions of the Eternal Flame trilogy. He is driven by a desire to explore the world beyond the simple and ordinary because he believes that only by dreaming of the possibilities, do fantasies become a reality that enriches all who can travel the many realms of the imagination.