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JULY, 2008

FaithWriters.com news and information for the write-brained Christian!

"And without question, the person who has the power to give a blessing is greater than the one who is blessed." – Hebrews 7:7 (NLT)

The Bible talks again and again about how blessed we are when we give. You probably have wonderful testimonies to this truth in your own life. I know I do! In fact, one of the greatest examples I can think of is right here at FaithWriters. While FaithWriters.com is a blessing in itself, many members have testified to how the blessings increased even more than they could have imagined when they joined the FaithWriters 500. Some received fabulous writing opportunities, some new friendships, and still others discovered that one of their stories touched someone in a profound or meaningful way.

There is no doubt that FaithWriters.com is a place where blessings abound. And we couldn't be more honored to be used by God to heap some of His blessings on you through the various tools and resources we offer to help you in your writing aspirations.

At the end of this newsletter, be sure to read what other members have to say about the things they love most about FaithWriters.com!


*Beginning July 1st, the Private Messenger Service AND the EZ Site Builder monthly fees will increase by $1.00 each. This is the first price increase we've made in the last five years. But keep in mind that BOTH of these features are included FREE with your FaithWriters 500 membership!

*GOOD NEWS! The FaithWriters 500 fees will NOT increase.


When the FaithWriters 500 was introduced two years ago, our original goal was five hundred members (hence, the name "FaithWriters 500"). This was the initial number of members we needed simply to maintain the basic expenses of the site and be able to continue to offer tools and resources that help Christian writers to grow and develop their God-given skills and talent.

But with the ever-increasing costs of maintaining a site of this magnitude, and in order to continue to provide the exceptional service our members deserve, we need your help!

From July 3 - 31, FaithWriters will be holding a four-week 500-drive. We are asking members to prayerfully consider partnering with us in our ministry. By supporting FaithWriters.com, you are helping to keep the writing dream alive for thousands of other aspiring writers like you. But that's not all! To thank you for your generosity, we include many exciting perks and benefits with your 500 membership. Including the three just added, there are over fifteen features exclusively for 500 members. Check the out here:

We're hoping that the new changes will encourage members to sign up for the FaithWriters 500. And for current 500-members, we are thrilled to be able to offer even more to say THANKS for your generosity!

And there is yet ANOTHER exciting reason to join NOW! At the end of each week of the 500-Drive, we will be selecting, at random, one name from all entries received that week to win a FREE 500-membership for one year! The winner will have a choice to either receive a full refund for any money paid upon sign-up OR to sponsor another member. How cool is that! YOU could receive one of FOUR FREE MEMBERSHIPS that are given away during the FaithWriters 500 Drive!

One more thing…Watch for a new post each day in July from members who have been blessed by the FaithWriters 500. You'll definitely want to check out these inspiring and heartfelt testimonies!

We look forward to an exciting month of NEW GROWTH and LOTS of FUN!


Yes, the results are in and a new Best of the Best Champion has been crowned!

Drum roll, please… The 2008 winner is…….

JAN ACKERSON for her entry, Sniggles, entered for the topic "Confused." Jan wins a $300 cash prize and the official title of BoB! CONGRATULATIONS, JAN! Read her winning entry here: http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-article-level4-previous.php?id=17755

Also, big congratulations to second place winner, Sharlyn Guthrie, for her entry, "O Come Let Us Adore Him." Sharlyn receives a $100 cash prize. Read her entry here: http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-article-level4-previous.php?id=18779

Third place (and $75) goes again to Jan Ackerson for her entry, "A Poet Rests in the 131st Psalm."  Read it here: http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-article-level4-previous.php?id=18468

So there you have it! Join me in congratulating these two ladies on their awesome accomplishment!

A new quarter (and a new year) of Challenges begins on July 10. Be sure to enter for YOUR chance at being crowned the next Best of the Best!


There are two NEW forums on the FaithWriters message boards! BOTH of these forums were created to help writers with writing particulars.

Jan's Master Class – Want to know how to write like a pro? Would you like to increase your chances at placing in the Weekly Writing Challenge? Learn from regular Challenge winner and current Best of the Best winner, Jan Ackerson, as she offers her insight and know-how on important aspects to help you in your writing. Jan's lessons include topics like flashback, characterization, climax, and dialogue. Once the lesson has been posted, the topic is open for discussion. You won't want to miss it! http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=67

Ann's Jots and Tittles – Another seasoned Challenge champion, Ann Grover, will teach you writing essentials, like parts of speech, grammar, and other basic elements that are sure to whip your articles, stories and poems into tip-top shape. http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=69

Thanks to both of these wonderful ladies for sharing their knowledge and expertise with us!


There's so much to love about FaithWriters! But, when asked what they loved most about this wonderful place, the overwhelming consensus was the community itself. And when it comes down to it, that's what it's all about, isn't it? Here's what a few members had to say:

"I think one of the best things about Faithwriters is that it's someplace I can come where people understand what it is like to feel a God-given drive to write." – Rick Hoomis

"What I love about FW is the Christian spirit and love amongst the members. The laughter and encouragement brings sunshine into many dark days." – Norma-Anne Hough

"My fave thing about Faithwriters is the way everyone just sort of 'envelopes' you. Everyone's a writer and you just sort of fit in and everyone's helping everyone else." – Sara Harricharan

"It's more than a writer's forum. It's a safe place for growth, constructive criticism, and change." – Lori Thomas

And on that note, don't forget about the exciting changes happening at FaithWriters.com! Again, we hope you will prayerfully consider joining the FaithWriters 500. We look forward to providing the wonderful tools and resources to help you hone your writing talents and bring you closer to realizing the dream God has placed in your heart. With your help, we'll be able to do that for a long time to come.

Thank you for choosing FaithWriters.com! You are a blessing!


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