FaithWriters.com news and information for the write-brained Christian!
"On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh." – Matthew 2:11 (NIV)
Some believe the practice of Christmas gift giving began when the wise men brought Jesus their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Others are convinced it started in Rome with the generosity of St. Nicholas. However the tradition originated, giving Christmas presents is a fun way to bless those in our lives who are special to us, and also bless those not as fortunate as we are. Of course, the most precious gift of all is Jesus, the reason we celebrate Christmas at all. Can't top that gift, can we?
Be sure to check out the Out of the Mouths of FaithWriters section at the end of this newsletter as some of our fellow members share their most memorable gift.
PAGE TURNER RESULTS
So right about here you're expecting me to post the names of the annual Page Turner contest winners, right? Um, I would, except, uh…there's been a slight delay. Judges are hard at work, reading all of your fabulous stories, but due to the massive amount of entries, they need a little more time to…well….judge. Results will be announced soon -- December 19, to be exact -- so you don't have much longer to wait. We apologize for the hold-up, but we do plan on revising the guidelines for next year and beyond to give us a little more time for judging. If you entered the Page Turner and are anxiously awaiting the results, we thank you for your patience!
In the meantime, satisfy your contest itch with…
THE WRITING CHALLENGE
Have you been participating in the Writing Challenges lately? What do you think of the new bi-weekly format? If you've been out of the loop, there's a fun theme going on right now. Topics so far have been "Search Engine," "Blog," "Spam (not the meat)," and "Download/Upload." Any guesses on the theme? Easy to figure out, huh? Well, it should be just as simple to come up with something to write about. After all, we FaithWriters.com members are pretty familiar with all things Web-related. So, I hereby challenge you to enter the Challenge this quarter! It will feed your creativity, it's fun, you'll get great feedback, and you may even place in the top ten and have your entry published for the world to see! Oh – and if you leave feedback on other entries, you'll be in the running to win a complimentary ratings feedback report on your own entry!
For complete Writing Challenge information, visit the official Challenge page: http://www.faithwriters.com/writing-challenge-intro.php
UPGRADE YOUR ACCOUNT
The Page Turner contest is a perk exclusively for Platinum 500 members, and offers a wonderful prize package, including $800 cash! The Writing Challenge is included in the Gold Membership package, and gives you a chance to win cash and other prizes. But the benefits of upgrading your account don't start and end with these two fabulous features. There are many other benefits, like large discounts on editing and publishing, exclusive weekly articles on writing by successful freelance writer, Glenn Hascall, free e-book selling, free advertising, discounts on Writer's Digest magazine and the FaithWriters conference, and much more!
For a list of all the benefits that come with your upgraded Gold or Platinum membership, visit this page: http://www.faithwriters.com/finish-signup.php
And don't forget, an upgraded membership makes a great gift! Bless the writer in your life (or give yourself a nice Christmas present) with a gift that keeps on giving the whole year long!
OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF FAITHWRITERS
Last month, FaithWriters members were asked the following question:
WHAT IS THE MOST MEMORABLE GIFT YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED?
Here are just a few of the answers received (note: yes, most are longer than the 1-2 sentences that they're supposed to be, but I couldn't resist including these heart-felt responses.)
"My most memorable gift following my salvation was my miraculous deliverance from smoking pot and drinking alcohol. That was 30 years ago!" – Elona Harkins
"In 2005, I had sent out an email to friends and family asking them to send me promotional points from a fast food chain to obtain two free round trip flights, so I could visit family over two thousand miles away. My friend Judy went above and beyond, sending me the total amount required, which arrived just a couple of days before I learned that my father had terminal esophageal cancer. I was able to visit him while we could still enjoy time together, and return for his memorial service." – Holly Westefeld
"When I was five years old, my mother gave me a poodle brooch. It had a little dangling heart around its collar. I thought it was the most beautiful thing I ever received. At five years old, it probably was. I cried when I opened it and my mother thought I didn't like it. I was too young to express it verbally, but it made me feel very grown up to own my very own brooch and that made me feel, at five years old, very respected." – Laurie Brantley
"I opened the mailbox on my birthday one year to find a manila envelope from my older sister. Inside it were the memoirs of our paternal grandfather - journal pages and detailed letters describing his experiences of emigrating from England as a boy and settling with his family in California. Included were sepia photos I'd never before seen, causing a profound growth spurt to the branches of my family tree." - Anne Warden
"My first Christmas gift from Sam. A three-book set: Jacque Cousteau's Whales, Dolphins, and Sharks. I was perplexed when I opened it--until he explained that he'd bought it because I loved scuba diving. I still have it over 25 years later." – Lisa Mikitarian
"A diamond ring!" – Isolda Irwin Whitworth
WHAT GOAL(S) ARE YOU SETTING FOR YOURSELF IN 2012?
Send your brief (and creative) response to FaithWriters.firstname.lastname@example.org. Please keep your answers to 1-2 sentences. Check back next month to see if your answer was selected to appear.
WISHING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS AND A BLESSED NEW YEAR!