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"A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society." - Billy Graham, Christian Evangelist
These days, it seems a good father is hard to come by. Many children have dads who abandon, abuse, neglect, or are simply unavailable to them, either physically or emotionally. Broken families abound. This month, let's pray for those who, for various reasons, may not be able to celebrate Father's Day. And for those who perhaps find this holiday to be one of the most difficult days of the year to get through, due to their personal relationship (or lack of) with their own father.
Remember, however, no matter what your circumstances, you have a heavenly Father who adores you more than you can imagine. Cling to your real Daddy this month and never - ever - forget how much you're loved.
If you have a good and honorable earthly father…you are blessed.
Be sure to check out the Out of the Mouths of FaithWriters section at the end of this newsletter to read some of the fond memories our members have of their fathers.
WEEKLY WRITING CHALLENGE
Another year of Writing Challenges is about to bite the dust! Only a couple more topics remain until each of the number one entries from the past twelve months is judged for the title of Best of the Best. This crown is presently worn by 2009 winner Rachel Burkham, for her entry, The Composition (http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-article-editors-previous.php?id=28807). Check out all of the previous winners and their masterpieces here: http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-best-of-the-best-archives.php
For a complete list of this year's contenders and links to their #1 entries, visit this forum thread: http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=26250.
In the meantime, be sure to get in on the last couple Challenges. Your name could be added to the list and you could walk away with the title of Best of the Best, not to mention a wad of cold hard cash! Enter now: http://www.faithwriters.com/writing-challenge-intro.php
Want to upgrade your account so you can participate in the Challenge? I don't blame you! For complete details on becoming a GOLD or PLATINUM member and gaining access to the Challenge, as well as several other perks and features, click here: http://www.faithwriters.com/finish-signup.php
2010 CONFERENCE INFO
Hopefully, you've taken advantage of the Early Bird discount and have already sent in your registration for the 2010 U.S. FaithWriters conference to be held on August 13 and 14 in Livonia, Michigan. If not, you still have a couple days. Early Bird registration ends on June 5th. But, even if you don't get in on the discount, the FaithWriters conference is very affordable. In fact, you probably won't find a writer's conference anywhere that's packed with so much value for such a minimal price. In addition to the classes and sessions listed below, for the first time, you'll even be able to pitch your story to an agent's assistant! Here is more information on the wonderful teaching that will be offered this year:
*How Not to Get an Agent - The Do's and Don'ts; the In's and Out's taught by Linda Glaz, Editorial Assistant to agent, Terry Burns of Hartline Literary.
*Writer's Survival : David Ian's Writer's Discipline presented by FaithWriters own funny guy, David Ian.
*Trends in Publishing - What's Hot and What's Not. Deb Porter shares her knowledge on the reality of the publishing industry.
*Can I Speak Frankly? Tips from an Editor that will Save You Heartache…and Save Her Sanity taught by Deb Porter.
*Exercising Your Creativity - Limber Up Your Lifestyle. Dub Wright teaches on how to put emphasis on the physical aspect of writing, protection of health and overall sense of well-being.
The elective classes to choose from include:
*Writing isn't for Wimps - Finding the strength to overcome obstacles in the path of your passion
*Clearing the Blog Fog - Everything you wanted to know about blogging but were afraid to ask
*Self-Publishing- Taking the plunge without drowning
*Nuts and Bolts for Better Writing
*I'm not Funny, Life Is - Finding Humor in Everyday Life
*Theater and Fiction - Bringing a Character to Life
*Don't Put a Robot on a Windswept Moor - Genre Matters
*This Little Writer Went to Market - Where and how to submit your work & possibly get paid for it!
For full details on all of the workshops and sessions, visit this link: http://www.faithwriters.com/conference-forms/Conference-Session-Outlines-2010.pdf
For complete conference information, visit the main conference page and click on the appropriate links: http://www.faithwriters.com/conference.php
To jump in on the conference chatter, visit the message boards: http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=49
FAITHWRITERS "DOWN UNDER" CONFERENCE
There are many FaithWriters members from the Australia / New Zealand area, including our precious and indispensable Deb Porter. We are pleased to announce that a date has been set for the annual "Down Under" conference!
Mark your calendars for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2010. This one-day conference will be held at Panthers' World of Entertainment, Mulgoa Road, Penrith, NSW.
Watch the conference page for more details, coming soon. http://www.faithwriters.com/conference.php
OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF FAITHWRITERS
Last month, I asked members to send in their response to the following question:
What is one memory you have, either from your childhood or more recently, of a special time you shared with your dad?
I was inundated with replies and I am only sorry I couldn't post them all. I encourage you to start a Father's Day thread on the FaithWriters forums and share some of your fondest memories. Here are a just a few of the many sweet and heartwarming responses:
"When my dad was in the Army, he would get up at 4 AM to get ready. I would get up as well and drink a cup of coffee with him before he went to work. Since everyone else slept in, it was our special time together. He died 22 years ago, and I still miss him terribly." - Hanne Moon
"I usually spent my birthdays shopping with my mom, but on my 13th birthday, Dad took me instead. We went out for Chinese and he kept me in stitches with his endless jokes and one-liners. Then he presented my present - a purity ring - in the Galyan's parking lot. (Only my dad would take his daughter to Galyan's on her 13th birthday.) It is one of those things that remind me that no matter how different we are, Dad's and daughters can still have a great time - even while doing otherwise boring things such as inspecting tents or analyzing backpacking equipment." - Rebekah Snyder
"Although I have many wonderful memories of my father, he always reminded me of the father from "The Waltons" - a silently spiritual guy who felt more at home near a pool of water than amongst a sea of people dressed up, and a man who never prayed with his family. A few months ago, he suffered from a burst aneurysm in his abdominal cavity; my fear was that he had not accepted Christ as his Savior. The sweetest moment in all of his struggles was when my father and I prayed together; that is something I will treasure the rest of my life." - Rebecca Jones
"Those of you who have/had earthly fathers who loved you are truly blessed. I have few memories that are good, but I just thought of the time when my family went fishing and dad ran into the water trying to catch the one that was getting away. We laughed about that one for years." - Mary Posey
"I was privileged to grow up as a preacher's kid! My dad baptized me when I was about 16 years old and I remember he was proud of me as he lowered me into the water for immersion. He smiled as he said, " I baptize you my sister, as well as my daughter"... as he prayed for me, he also held me in a close hug of love!" - Diane Buie
Here is the question for next month:
What is the best or most memorable vacation you've ever taken?
Send your brief 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 ALL OF THE FAITHWRITERS DADS A WONDERFUL FATHER'S DAY! KEEP WRITING FOR THE KINGDOM!