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01/23/10
I enjoyed your story very much. It was great use of the word "oops" and very believable, unfortunately.
01/24/10
Very clever and challenging, for we never pray for those we gossip about, and never gossip about those we pray for. Well written.
01/25/10
Well done. Clever way of packing one big oops too many of us have given in to, and then we end up making a huge mess. Humorous piece and the dialogue is realistic. Nice job!!:0)
01/25/10
Nice use of the growing snowball to parallel the growing gossip and its use to help foreshadow the details and ending.
01/25/10
Ah, yes, how often this actually happens. Well written, and a great take on the topic. Well done!
01/25/10
I often think the prayer chain in my church is often used for gossip. What a wonderful reminder for prayer chains everywhere. Your story had a great moral without being too preachy. Good job.
Shann
01/26/10
This is an awesome way to deal with a very real subject. Excellent.
01/26/10
Accidental speech is a crime! Prayer chains is a good practice without the wrong information. However, once a wrong information starts, it can snowball into a size beyond repair. The danger of gossips that lead people away from the church and sometimes from the Lord! May we hold fast our tongues to tame it always (James 3:1-18)! Nice approach on the topic with a message that tells it all.
01/26/10
What a good take on the topic. it reminded me a little of Chinese Whispers. Sadly, gossip often takes over from prayers. Well done.
01/26/10
I really like the way you parralled the snowball, to the snowballing gossip.
01/26/10
Very clever! A well-written analogy, and, unfortunately, true about the damage gossip can cause.
01/26/10
Too bad there aren't more like Millie, unwilling to pass on the gossip.
God job, well written.
01/26/10
A very unique and effective take on the topic! How insidious is gossip--the snowball grows when we don't even consciously intend it. Well done!
01/27/10
What a commentary this is! How often do we try to get away with gossiping using prayer? Enjoyable piece with a fantastic reminder to keep our mouths shut more often :)
01/27/10
This was really good. Gossip add the snowball have an unmistakable tie. Very well done!
01/27/10
Let me add my "well done!" to all of the previous comments!
01/27/10
I like the message of the story, just not everyone saying "oops, did I say that?" that did not ring true to me. Overall good job.
01/27/10
Very well told! Good reminder of the fine line between gossip and sincere care. Enjoyed it!
01/28/10
Well written and great message.
01/28/10
Congratulations on winning 2nd place! Loved this piece! Should be entered in church papers everywhere!
01/28/10
Hi "Old Friend." I didn't know you wrote on FW. And CONGRATULATIONS for your Second Place Win. You deserved it. This story is a great lesson, and well named. We all need to be careful of the Snowball Effect of gossip...Helen
01/28/10
Great job! Congratulations on your EC!
01/28/10
Prayer chain gone awry! Love the parallel of the two separate story lines. This is way too true. Congratulations! (loved it!)
01/29/10
Congratulations on your winning placements with this very true-to-life story. Too bad the tongue is so hard to tame--but thank God for the "Millie's" among us.
Your writing flowed at a nice pace and held my interest from start to finish. Great job.
07/15/10
Well, I didn't realize that my good friend Susan Gurney was a writer in FaithWriters! I just read your very good story, "The Snowball Effect." What a good object lesson for us all. How gossip can turn so easily into "The Snowball Effect."...Thanks for sharing. And I shall add you to my list of "Trackers." Helen