Wednesday, February 8, 2012

GUEST BLOGGER ROSEANNA WHITE (AND GIVEAWAY!!)


Hi, Julie here, and I met today's guest about six years ago at an ACFW conference. She was pregnant at the time, and we struck up a conversation in a line, and I gotta tell you—a wonderful friendship was born that day along with a beautiful newborn not many months after. I was privileged to endorse her first book, A Stray Drop of Blood, a haunting and powerful story of how a drop of Christ’s blood changes a slave girl at Golgotha, and then her second novel as well, Jewel of Persia, the story of Queen Esther with a remarkable twist. Not since Francine Rivers' Mark of the Lion trilogy has biblical fiction captured me so completely, and it is my absolute pleasure to welcome the very talented Roseanna White to Seekerville today. Enjoy!

Word Fall, by Roseanna White

As a writer, I’m always aware of the importance of words. As a writer, I pay attention to any mention of them in the Bible. As a writer, I cringe when I realize how carelessly those precious, life-giving syllables are often used. Not just in writing, but in speech. In life.

We all know the beginning of the gospel of John.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was Life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
It’s a beautiful throwback to Genesis, where God spoke creation into being. A poetic illustration of how Christ fulfills the promises set forth in the very beginning. A fine example of how powerful words, the
Word, really are.

Words create. But conversely, words can destroy. Why are lies so dangerous? Why is bearing false-witness one of the big Ten? Because words are one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal, and the Lord wants us to use them wisely.

“Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” Colossians 4:6
When we use words with the express goal of damaging others, we’re not pleasing God. He wants us to edify each other, to encourage. Even if we’re calling out someone’s mistakes (something we’re definitely told to do), we’re given strict instructions on how to do it. Why? Because it matters. Because God knows that if we just go up to our friend and say, “You’re such an idiot,” then we’re going to be hurting, not helping. Our words need to be a stepping stone for others, not a stumbling block. And so we need to take care that when we speak, it’s with the love of the Lord shining through us.

I think this is a pretty simple idea, and one that most people understand on some level. They know very well that the old “sticks and stones” rhyme is about as false as it gets. And yet, how often do we speak things we later regret? How often do we send a rash, nasty email and then wish for the backspace key? How often to do we make a dire prediction about someone, rather than going to them and lovingly admonishing them?

Are we then surprised when our predictions come true?

“As we must account for every idle word, so we must for every idle silence.”
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack

One of the ideas presented in the book of James that always struck me the most is that we’re not just held accountable for what we do and say, but for what we know we ought to do and say but don’t. God judges our hearts, our motives. That means that if the Spirit whispers Go talk to her, but we hem and haw and stay put, afraid of “not coming off right,” then we’ve done something wrong.

It’s tough, right? We don’t want to hurt people by speaking amiss . . . and we’re never quite sure we’ll say things right. We don’t want to be held accountable for using words to hurt someone . . . but then He tells us that we’ll also be held accountable for not saying or doing things? Um . . . little help, God!

“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good WORD and work.” II Thessalonians 2:16, 17

God doesn’t leave us floundering after giving us these commands, thank heavens. He gave us a whole Book to help us. Jesus came to help us redefine. And then the Spirit was given to “teach you all things, and to bring to your remembrance all things I [Jesus] said to you.”

We can do this. We can use our words as He ordained. Whether you’re a quiet, introspective person or an exuberant extrovert. Whether you write epics or only the occasional email. We’re still all held to that standard.

As one of those people who writes countless emails a day, who has written thousands of pages of fiction over the years, who is partly responsible for choosing which books WhiteFire Publishing produces, I think about that standard a lot. I know the fear of words being taken wrongly by readers, of
them being misused, of being judged harshly for them. I know the fear of not writing things as I ought, of it being more about me than God, of getting carried away with my wisdom and so not fulfilling my ultimate goal of sharing His. That’s why I bathe my work in prayer. Day in, day out, I beg Him to help me write His words. Yes, I know they won’t hold a candle to the Word He’s already inspired in His writers so long ago—but if I can help expound on the truths laid out in the Bible . . .

“This will be written for the generation to come, That a people yet to be created May praise the Lord.”
Psalm 102:18

About a year ago, a reader emailed me. She said that as she reads, she keeps a notebook handy, and when something strikes her as true, encourages her, or helps her understand a gem of the Lord’s wisdom, she writes down the line from the book, the title, author, and why it spoke to her. I was touched deeply to learn that I had a page in this notebook of hers. She shared with me how important she feels words are, how powerful, and how much she admires writers for living by them. And I thanked her for the enormous blessing she bestowed upon me by letting me see that the books I sweat and cry over have an effect. This is what God wants us to do with our words—to mutually build one another up. To encourage, to edify, to be a blessing.

“Sing to Him! Sing psalms to Him! Talk of His wondrous works!” Psalm 105:2

Have you ever noticed how everything in the Bible ends in praise? Read the Psalms. Even the ones that are lamentations end in hope, end in glorifying the Lord. With a few exceptions, each and every song written by the psalmists will show a heart poured out and then given over to the Lord’s
will, which by nature requires praise. In the epistles, the writers will admonish, direct, guide . . . and end with prayer and praise. Why? Because that is what our words are meant to do. We are to shine for the Lord, to glorify Him through the words of our mouth, just as He breathed life into us with His.

He guides us. He calls us. And when we say in response, “Here I am, Lord,” then we are fulfilling our potential.

My ultimate prayer is that I can be like Samuel.

“So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.” I Samuel 3:19

Lord, let my words never fall to the ground. Let them all fly heavenward to You, for You . . . that through them You may shine.

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ABOUT ROSEANNA:
Roseanna M. White grew up in the mountains of West Virginia, the beauty of which inspired her to begin writing as soon as she learned to pair subjects with verbs. She spent her middle and high school days penning novels in class, and her love of books took her to a school renowned for them. After graduating from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, she and her husband moved back to the Maryland side of the same mountains they equate with home.
Roseanna is the author of two biblical novels, A Stray Drop of Blood and Jewel of Persia, both from www.WhiteFire-Publishing.com">WhiteFire Publishing, Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland from Summerside Press, and the upcoming Culper Ring Series from Harvest House beginning in January 2013. You can visit Roseanna at her website at Roseanna White.
She is the senior reviewer at the Christian Review of Books, which she and her husband founded, the senior editor at WhiteFire Publishing, and a member of ACFW, Christian Authors Network, HisWriters, and Colonial American Christian Writers.

GIVEAWAY!!!
Leave a comment or a question for Roseanna and your name will be tossed in the hat for winner's choice of any of Roseanna's books, including her latest release, Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland.

LOVE FINDS YOU IN ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND:

In 1784 peace has been declared, but war still rages in the heart of Lark Benton.
Never did Lark think she’d want to escape Emerson Fielding, the man she’s loved all her life. But when he betrays her, she flees to Annapolis, Maryland, the country’s capital. There Lark throws herself into a new circle of friends who force her to examine all she believes.
Emerson follows, determined to reclaim his betrothed. Surprised when she refuses to return with him, he realizes that in this new country he has come to call his own, duty is no longer enough. He must learn to open his heart and soul to something greater … bef
ore he loses all he should have been fighting to hold.

162 comments:

Lane Hill House said...

Yes!! Another opportunity to find Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland arriving in my mailbox down by the road from our hilltop!!! Thanks...
lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

Melanie said...

Oh, I've seen "Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland" on so many blogs and I've been wanting to read it! I really hope to win!

Melanie
frequentreader19 (at) gmail (dot) com
My blog: http://christianbookshelfreviews.blogspot.com/

Melissa Jagears said...

We are indeed as a culture too careless with words, it saddens me sometimes. Stemming from the don't think before you speak, and for some reason, it's even more careless in a public forever place like the internet.

Cathy Shouse said...

What a great reminder, Roseanna. Words are so powerful. I think about their influence in a child's life, both for good and for evil.

I'd love to win your book.

Andrea Strong said...

The careful use of words is a lesson I've been learning lately. My speech generally suffers from saturation and inflation. Like an economy with too much paper money floating around, I spew out so many words that none of them are worth much, I'm afraid.

Loved this post. Thank you Roseanna.

I'd also love to read any of your books. Every time I see the title "A Stray Drop of Blood" I'm reminded of the scene at the end of Ben Hur when Jesus is bleeding on the cross, in the rain (which was likely artistic license, but I like it). The rain mixed with the blood and ran down the hill where it touched the two women, healing them of leprosy.

I love the powerful physical image of what the blood of Jesus will do for us, body and soul, if we allow it to flow over us.

andeemarie95 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I would love to win. My name is Angela and I am from KY

angelac@mchsi.com

Mary Cline said...

Amen.

Mary Cline said...

Amen.

karenk said...

Hello Julie and Roseanna,

A fabulous posting...I loved every word :)

Thanks for the chance to read Roseanna's latest masterpiece. I enjoyed her first two novels.

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Julie Hilton Steele said...

As a lover of words and also as a girl who grew up in Maryland, this post made me smile. We often talk about words but are rarely reminded of the scriptural basis of our use of those powerful combinations of letter. Thank you.

Please enter me in the giveaway.

Peace, Julie

Roseanna White said...

Thanks so much for stopping by, everyone! I wrote this post nearly a year ago with Seekerville in mind, and it's hovered at the back of my mind ever since. =) At the time, I was thiiiiiiis close to finishing LFY Annapolis and oh-so-aware of how each word went onto the page. Now, just after it's release, I'm praying those words are well received, received in the manner that will point folks to the Lord.

Roseanna White said...

Oh, and a big thanks to Julie for having me!

Roseanna White said...

Andrea, that's the sort of power I was alluding to with my title, for sure. =) I grew up in a church whose anthem was "Power in the Blood," and it was something I began thinking about a lot as a teen. The idea for that story was birthed when I was 15 and carried with me a looooong time.

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Carol Moncado said...

Hate to be a drive by commenter but headed to the hospital forthe plstic surgeon to fix my nose in just a couplle minutes.

I <3 Roseanna's first towo books and would LOVE to win the third!

Hopefullly will be back when I'm coherent and spelling properly.

It's too early for either... ;)

Sandra Leesmith said...

Welcome to Seekerville, Roseanna. What a great post and one to truly think about. You are so right. Words are important and they always reflect where the heart is.

Thanks for sharing. Best wishes for your day today. You will enjoy Seekerville. Our friends have lots of encouraging words. smile

MaryC said...

Good morning, Roseanna,
Thanks for stopping by Seekerville with such a lovely, inspiring post.

I'm halfway through Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland right now. It's been my subway book read to and from work this past week and it makes the commute so much more pleasant.

I have to say, as much as I love the story, what I find most uplifting about it is the character of Edwinn. His faith through adversity and his actions in the story are so inspirational.

I have some idea at this point which man Lark will marry, but you've set up an intriguing situation such that I could be happy with either.

Thanks for such a great read.

Mary

MaryC said...

Good luck today, Carol. I'll be keeping you in my prayers all day.

Roseanna White said...

Praying all goes well for you, Carol! And spelling before 7 a.m. totally gets a pass. ;-)

Roseanna White said...

Thanks for the welcome, Sandra! My first visit as a poster, but not my first visit. =) You have such amazing followers here!

Roseanna White said...

MaryC, so glad you're enjoying Annapolis! I love Edwinn too--he was the one who really made me think through what it meant to participate in a revolution, on a personal level. I think you'll be pleased with how things turn out for him. =) Thanks so much for the encouragement this morning!

MaryC said...

Oh, Roseanna, I also meant to tell you how much I'm looking forward to the Culper Ring series. The very first book I ever tried to write was set during the Revolution and involved all sorts of spies. One of these days I hope to dust that mss off and see what I can make of it now.

Roseanna White said...

It was such a fun period to write in, Mary! I'd been intrigued by the Culper Ring since I first heard of them and really enjoyed diving into research of them. So interesting to learn about the "roots" of American espionage! I bet you'll have a blast dusting that MS off when the time's right. =)

Jackie said...

Thanks for sharing with us today. What a powerful testimony to what our words can do. In my morning devotionals, I once again asked God if all the work I'm doing (I'm not published) is really honoring Him.
What a great confirmation for you that your words do honor Him when a reader writes your words in her journal!
Take care, and I hope your books continue to touch many for
God's glory.
Joyfully,
Jackie
joyfuljel@gmail.com

Jackie said...

Carol,
I hope your procedure goes well!
Jackie

Roseanna White said...

Jackie, that reader email brought me very near to tears--and made me all the more determined to keep my focus on Him. It's tough before we're published to see the effect of all those words we labor over, but don't underestimate their power even then! Even if no one else reads them, they shape US. And there are definitely MSS in my file that I believe were for my husband alone, or my sister, or my mother. Sometimes those are the readers that matter most.

Naomi Rawlings said...

Roseanna!!! How fun to see you here! And what a lovely post about the importance of words. Thanks for the spiritual encouragement and practical advice about our own words, both the ones we write and the ones we speak.

And whoever wins your copy of Annapolis is in for a treat!

Roseanna White said...

Hi, Naomi! It's a real treat to be on Seekerville today. =) Glad you enjoyed my article-post-thingy-ma-bob. ;-)

Carrie Pagels said...

Roseanna, I enjoyed your post about words on Colonial Quills the other day, too! This is a very touching article, and so true. As a psychologist for so many years I found how powerful someone's words could be in impacting a young person. The book of James is one we should all take to heart. In the writing world it often seems to me, as you said, that people "should" communicate something to someone and there is fear involved based on the person's worldly position rather than simply obeying what God tells you to speak/write to that individual. Blessings!

Jessica Nelson said...

I was just checking out WhiteFire publishing yesterday. Your books sound intriguing and the cover for the Love Finds You is very pretty. :-) Great post about the power of our words!

Cynthia said...

Thank you for the very convicting post. Yes, words are a very powerful thing in our lives whether it be the written or spoken word. Thank you for also reminding that what God wants us to say is just as important--especially if we do not follow His calling.

Roseanna White said...

Thanks, Carrie! I don't have the counseling experience I know you do, but that's certainly something I've seen just in my life and the lives of friends and family.

Roseanna White said...

Hi Jessica! WhiteFire specialized in intriguing, LOL. We're doing the books with a twist that makes them a little too unique for the other publishers, and that is SO much fun for us!

And thanks, on the cover. =) I was sooooo happy when I saw it! And I recently learned that lovely model is the friend of someone at Summerside, which makes it even more fun. =)

Audra Harders said...

Welcome to Seekerville, Roseanna!

What a lovely, inspirational message. You touched my heart and believe me, that's pretty hard to do this early in the morning!!

Your message of careful word-use is so important to understand and hold close. Words are our best allies or worst enemies. Oh how right you are about God recording each word we choose to use and holding us accountable for our choices.

Regrettably I admit, I haven't always made the wisest choices, but I keep trying. And praying. And hoping.

Thanks for joining us today!!

Roseanna White said...

Cynthia, I'm glad the post spoke to you. It's certainly something I try to keep in mind!

Missy Tippens said...

Roseanna, welcome!! And what a beautiful post about our words. I'm touched by your words! :)

Roseanna White said...

Audra, I can say with all certainty that we've ALL failed at this! But so long as we keep hoping and praying, we can make that positive difference. =) Thanks so much for your encouraging words--especially this early in the morning. ;-)

Roseanna White said...

Aw, thanks, Missy! Hearing that touches me--lovely how it all works together, isn't it? Maybe someone should write a post about that. Oh, wait! ;-)

Jeanne T said...

I so appreciated your post, Roseanna! I, too, have seen the beauty and the destruction words bring about. I like how you described the nuances of silence as well as words, and the accountability we have before God. I've never heard that quote by Benjamin Franklin before: As we must account for every idle word, so we must for every idle silence.”

The other verse that comes to mind for me is Psalm 19:14: "Let the words of my mouth, the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you O, Lord, rock and my redeemer."

I loved your post today, you've given me much food for thought!

Roseanna White said...

Great Psalm, Jeanne! Adding that one to my prayer journal. =)

Jamie Adams said...

What an inspiring blog. Great way to start the day. Thank you. I loved Love Finds you in Annapolis, Maryland. It's such a good book. There's a review on my blog. After reading today's post I now understand why the book is so well written.

Roseanna White said...

Jamie's was actually the first review of Annapolis that went up. =) Thanks for that, and for the encouragement. Glad I could help start your day right!

Rachelle Rea said...

Hi Roseanna!!

Okay, question: How did you come up with Lark's name? I just love it.

Blessings,
Rachelle

Debra E. Marvin said...

I have been known to be blunt but I think I will most regret things I DIDN'T say. Words of kindness and words of God's Grace...

We know, because we are convicted afterward for lost opportunities.

A wonderful post and desire of your heart, Roesanna!

I've already read LFY in Annapolis...and loved it!

Hey, if anyone is in desperate need of this book and has a kindle, I would be happy to LOAN it to you (if you can't buy it and don't win it.) But let's make sure you aren't supposed to BUY it instead! ha ha!

I need to learn how to loan kindle books so this is a good idea for me.
(Yup it's that amazing Kindle I won from Seekerville!, so it's my responsibility to share.)

Rachelle Rea said...

Whoops. Forgot my email. Here ya go:
biblioprincess15 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Roseanna White said...

Thanks, Debra! And I hear the LFY books are popular library loans too, so that's a way to check it out without the cost too. =)

Roseanna White said...

Rachelle, funny you should ask, LOL. When I originally had the idea for this, I'd named my heroine Forsythia. But upon, you know, looking it up, I discovered that the Forsythia tree/flower hadn't been named yet at this time. Sigh. So I started perusing census results for that time and made a list of all the names that popped out. Lark was on there, and as soon as I saw it, I just fell in love!

I also love coming up with unique nicknames for my characters (comes of my sister calling me Pooky, I think, which has made me Aunt Pooky to my nieces), and Lark led so well to Larksong, which gets lots of comments. =)

Nancy Kimball said...

I already know Whitefire has some great titles. In the past month I've read Sandi Rog's Walks Alone and Dina Sleiman's Dance of the Dandelion and... WOW.
I would love to be in the drawing. A Stray Drop of Blood has been on my wishlist for a while now.
Roseanna, I was surprised at the depth of passion, realness and full out struggle and fail with temptation that Dance of the Dandelion had and even though there were moments I thought... I can't believe they (the editors and publisher) let her keep this in, I LOVED IT. Absolutely loved it. Thank you for that.

Melanie Dickerson said...

GREAT post, Roseanna! Glad to see you here in Seekerville! I've heard raves about your Annapolis book! And congrats on the Culper Ring books coming out next year!

Roseanna White said...

Nancy, I'm of the opinion that sometimes things just need to stay put in order for the point not to be compromised. =) So proud of Dina's and Sandi's books!

Roseanna White said...

Thanks, Melanie! It's a real honor to be here today. =)

Kirsten Arnold said...

Roseanna,

Thank you for such a moving and convicting post. If your books are anything like this post they must filled to the brim with beautiful prose. I definitely have to pick them up.

Words are so important, and I hate when I use them as a weapon not a tool. I always think of that scene in "Miss Congeniality" where the pageant coach says "One brief shining moment and then that mouth."

I live in Annapolis, so your book is a must read.

--Kirsten

pol said...

Good to meet ya Rosanna, I am a big-time reader so words are very important in my life. enjoyed your post today.
I would love to be entered for your book giveaway, thanks for sharing.
Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

Digging for Pearls said...

Welcome Roseanna. I loved your Jewel of Persia.

Thank you for the food for thought this morning. At a ladies retreat this past weekend, the speaker mentioned the words we utter to ourselves. Often we choose to concentrate on the stresses we are facing, instead of having our utterances be about the Lord. I'm working on having a constant conversation with the Lord throughout the day. I pray my writing will show the results of this communication.

Blessings,
Jodie Wolfe

Janet Dean said...

Welcome to Seekerville, Roseanna! Your books look and sound wonderful!

You're a very busy gal. Any secrets on managing it all?

Thanks for reminding us of the importance of words, those we speak and those we don't but should. And, the additional responsibility entrusted to us as writers.

Janet

Roseanna White said...

Thanks so much, Kirsten! And I lived in Annapolis for 6 years, during college and afterward--such a lovely place! (I attended St. John's, across from the Naval Academy.)

Roseanna White said...

Love meeting big-time readers, Paula. I was much more big-time before I had writing deadlines, LOL. ;-) Happy reading!

Roseanna White said...

Jodie, that's so true--we do tend to mutter to ourselves rather than focusing our internal or under-the-breath words on positive things. A great reminder for me!!

Roseanna White said...

Janet, my secret is simple: neglect the housework. ;-)

Janet Dean said...

Jodie, I need to watch my self-talk, which sometimes runs to the negative. Best cure for that is to talk to God, like you say, throughout the day.

Janet

Amanda said...

Roseanna, so great to see you here! What an amazing post!! And I so agree with Julie, that your fiction is certainly captivating!

And as so many have already said this morning, the person who wins LFY in Annapolis is in for a real treat!

Janet Dean said...

Roseanna, neglecting housework is a timesaver. If only we could figure out how to avoid cooking.
Trouble is, I love to eat. :-)

Janet

Eileen said...

Roseanne: Thank you for touching our talents...as writers, we all need reminding about the importance of what we do. WE can influence people, the way they believe and think, just by using God's gift to us. That is powerful! But, we can also sting, damage and pervert...scary. I will reflect on all that as I write (re-write after the comments from Great Beginnings).

Dina Sleiman said...

Just waving at Roseanna and saying awesome post. Please don't enter me. I own it and helped critique it. I think I might hold the distinction of being Roseanna's #1 fan, although I'm sure I'll have lots of people vying for the title now that her work is available to a larger audience :) One way or another, like you, Julie, I definitely got in on the ground floor of the fan club with Stray Drop.

Cara Lynn James said...

Words truly are important so as writers we have a great responsibility.

Welcome to Seekerville, Roseanna! Your books sound wonderful.

Roseanna White said...

Thanks for the wave, President Dina. ;-)

Janet, I do my best to avoid cooking too, but alas--I too love to eat! LOL

Amanda, so glad to see you! And awwww, thanks. =)

Roseanna White said...

Eileen, I find that scary too--I've always prayed my words would make it into the hands of those they could help, but in the last year or so I've also been praying they will NOT reach the hands of those they may hinder!

Roseanna White said...

Thank you, Cara! Or do you go by Cara Lynn? Either way, thanks, and yes--they're SO important to us!

Julie Lessman said...

YIKES ... the blog hostess stumbles from the bed to rise from the dead!!

ROSEANNA!!! Forgive me for being so late to the party, ESPECIALLY since I am responsible for the cyber-brunch. My apologies -- Marcy and Patrick had me up LATE last night, the little stinkers, writing their prequel, even long after the lights went out!!

WELCOME TO SEEKERVILLE, my friend and goodness, 64 comments before nine fifteen in the morning -- you're in for a busy day, girl, but you are truly the guest hostess with the mostess, judging from your responses.

In the spirit of Roseanna's new book set in Colonial times, we have a brunch of dried beef, a variety of boiled puddings, boiled apple dumplings, boiled plums and walnuts, scrapple, clabber (yogurt), clapboard or griddle cakes and apple butter. And, of course, plenty coffee with just a smidge of tea since we Americans overwhelmingly shifted to coffee after the Boston Tea Party to make a point, something we -- and your blog today, Roseanne -- do quite well.

Hugs,
Julie

Roseanna White said...

=), Julie! Pass me one of those apple dumplings, will you? Here we've been chatting without nourishment--I'm famished! (Okay, so I just finished off my daughter's egg/ham sandwich and have had cereal already too, LOL.) And I think that coffee will go nicely with it!

Mary Connealy said...

Hi Roseanna, thanks for being on today. Great blog.

Digging for Pearls said...

Janet,

I understand what you mean about negative self talk. I'm trying to break free and retrain my mind to be more focused on God than my worries or stresses. The speaker had us list the 'voices' on an index card that we listen to each day - doubt, worry, insecurity, etc. Then we went forward and dropped those cards in a large jar and the speaker put a lid on it. Great physical reminder of the need to stop those voices and instead retrain ourselves to be communing with God.

Sorry didn't mean to go on and on, but am bursting at the seams to share it with someone. :)

Blessings,
Jodie

CatMom said...

Great post, Roseanna--thank you for sharing with us today. What excellent reminders of how powerful words can be, and also how the Lord wants us to use our words to honor Him. ~ Blessings as you write for Him, Patti Jo :)
p.s. Bringing some Georgia Peach muffins this morning---Enjoy! ;)

Christina B said...

This topic is one I've been thinking about a lot lately and I love that you wrote a post about it. :)

I'm especially aware of how easily written words versus spoken ones tend to be misconstrued, because we can't hear the tone behind them. So while I think writing, emailing, texting, blogging, etc. are absolutely wonderful, I believe they come with an added responsibility to be extra careful with our choice of words and phrasing, especially toward others.

On a lighter note, I just finished A Stray Drop of Blood-loved it-and would be psyched to read your other books as well. I'm also really looking forward to your new series next year!

Blessings to you on your future writing ventures, Roseanna. :)

hammyflirt@hotmail.com

Julie Lessman said...

ANDREA SAID: My speech generally suffers from saturation and inflation. Like an economy with too much paper money floating around, I spew out so many words that none of them are worth much, I'm afraid.

LOL, Andrea -- move over, girl!! As a purveyor of 500+ page books, guilty as charged, but somehow I have problems seeing you that way, or at least not as bad as moi!!

But apparently you CAN teach an old dog new tricks because I am excited to say that I went from writing 170,000-word books in the Winds of Change series to just 115,000 words for book 1 of The Cousins McClare, so I am quite proud of myself. Who would have thunk???

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

ROSEANNA SAID IN REGARD TO OUR WORDS: "Even if no one else reads them, they shape US."

WOW, excellent point, Roseanna, and SO in line with Scripture, which says "For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks."

LOVE your explanation of why you wrote about the impact of the Blood of Christ in A Stray Drop of Blood, pointing out that you "grew up in a church whose anthem was "Power in the Blood," and it was something I began thinking about a lot as a teen."

Oh, man ... goosebumps!!!

Hugs,
Julie

Jan Drexler said...

Wow, what a great post! And it's so nice to meet you, Roseanna - thank you, Julie, for inviting her.

One of my favorite verses is Luke 6:45 - out of the overflow of our hearts our mouths speak. Our words, not only what we say but how we say them, reveal our innermost thoughts and where our hearts really dwell. Your post helps remind me to keep my heart with God, and the words will follow.

I haven't read any of your books...yet :). I have to look for A Stray Drop of Blood - I love that period of history, both biblical and secular.

Julie Lessman said...

CAROL M. ... Saying prayers for you, sweetie!!

Hugs,
Julie

Susan Anne Mason said...

Lovely post, Roseanna!

You sound like one busy woman!

Thanks for the inspiration and helping us put the focus of our writing back where it should be!

Cheers,
Sue
sbmason at sympatico dot ca

Roseanna White said...

Thanks for the welcome, Mary!

KC Frantzen and May the K9 Spy said...

Wonderful post.

Roseanna you said, "Have you ever noticed how everything in the Bible ends in praise?"

Yes, I think so, but not consciously. Thank you for YOUR words to bring that out of the unnamed concepts and to the forefront!!!

Would love to win - please enter may at maythek9spy dot com

All the best to you and your family! Congratulations on following His leading...

And thanks Julie for letting us know about Roseanna!!

Roseanna White said...

Jodie, share away! I love your thoughts on all this. =)

Roseanna White said...

Thanks, Patty Jo! And lovely cat--we got two kittens for Christmas, which are keeping us busier than ever!

Roseanna White said...

Oops, I spelled your name wrong, Patti Jo. Sorry!

Christina B., that's so true--I think we have that problem in email/social networking posts especially. Those don't tend to get edited as much as a work of fiction, but often need it more!

So glad you enjoyed Stray Drop, and thanks for the well wishes! I'm super excited about the Culper Ring series. I get giddy just thinking about it, LOL.

Roseanna White said...

Julie, we are such kindred spirits in our . . . well . . . verbosity, LOL. =) I too had to learn how to pare those books down. I manged 85K on Annapolis--and it was TOUGH! LOL

JAN, that's a wonderful verse too! And you'll find that I combine biblical history with secular history in all my biblicals. Love putting them together and seeing how they mesh. =)

Roseanna White said...

Thanks, Sue! And yes, busy is one word for me. Crazy would probably apply just as aptly. ;-)

Roseanna White said...

KC, I noticed that when reading the Psalms in a college seminar class, with an assorted body of students ranging from Jewish to Christian to Hindu to atheist. Amazing what strikes you when in mixed company! =)

So glad to "meet" you today!

Laura Frantz said...

Beautiful words by a very wise woman:) If only I'd been half so savvy at that stage of the journey! Everything you've said and believe in really comes across in your books, too, Roseanna. So blessed to know you and call you a friend! Hello and hugs to Julie, too!

Roseanna White said...

Aw, shucks, Laura. Coming from one of my most favoritest writer ladies in the world, that means a lot. So glad we got to meet last fall!

Digging for Pearls said...

One final thought on words before I sign off for a while. At the retreat I attended they encouraged you to have a word for the year - an area where God wants to teach and show you some new insights. The 'word' I've been impressed to study is peace. I came across the following nugget in a Bible study by Calvin Miller called Peace.

"Authentic peace is a natural by-product of a believer's relationship with God. Where there is no peace, there is a flaw in that relationship.

God's peace isn't the absence of strife but rather the presence of God in the midst of our strife."

When we experience and live out His peace, He gives us the word to share.

Enjoying the conversations this morning. I'm off to enjoy the snowfall we are finally having. I'm a snow girl at heart.

Blessings,
Jodie

Connie Queen said...

Great subject, Roseanna.

I KNOW I need to work on the words I use.

It's not that I use foul language, I just don't put thought into my word choice. In writing or speaking. And it's not that I don't try to be nice and polite, I just don't explain myself well. I like simple words. And I don't want to think about the way I phrase things. This can make writing a novel difficult.

But I'm working on it.

Roseanna White said...

Connie, one of my favorite quotes is from Pascal, who was an absolute genius--but knew the value of simple words. It's loosely translated as "Think with deep motives--but talk like an ordinary person." Simple words can be just the thing to reach people!

Roseanna White said...

Jodie, "peace" will make an excellent study! My word for the year was "thirst." Amazing what verses have jumped out at me with that one in the last month! =)

Enjoy your snow! We're getting some flurries, but I don't know if it's going to add up to anything . . .

Lyndee said...

Powerful post, Roseanna. I'm fascinated that you've written Biblical-era stories. To me, that's a unique ministry.

One of the blessings in my life was a trip to Israel where I walked the purported area thought to be Golgatha. I had such a difficult time 'finding Christ' in most of those places along the tour route, until we arrived at the Sea of Galilee because there, no one could charge admission, the lake couldn't be altered or moved, and there were no crowds jostling. I found it to be the most peaceful place and there the Lord filled my heart for a lifetime.

Power in the Blood - My grandmother's hymn too. Learned that one while sitting at her knee as she taught me to crochet. :)

Blessings...

Heather Day Gilbert said...

Roseanna! I'm a West Virginia girl, too! My question: where in the mountains are you from? My parents live on top of a mountain there. I used to want nothing more than to move away from there, now I want nothing more than to move back! God bless you in your writing!

Roseanna White said...

Lyndee, I've never been to Israel, though one of my critique partners (she passed away this summer) had been several times. I can certainly see your points though--most everything is "purported," but there's no mistaking the sea!

Roseanna White said...

Heather, I'm from the part of WV right across the Potomac from Cumberland, MD. And now live in Cumberland, MD, LOL. Such a beautiful area to call my home! I lived in Annapolis for several years but we moved home as soon as we had kids. Nothing in the world like it. (Though this time of year, I wonder why we don't all live in Hawaii, LOL.)

Myra Johnson said...

Thank you for a truly inspirational post, Roseanna!

And you're so right about that old "sticks and stones" adage being so far from the truth. Words CAN hurt and often do. And once they leave our mouths (or our outbox), they can't be retrieved.

I was also reminded about the endless talks we had with our daughters when they were growing up, often to the effect that, "It isn't always just what you say. It's how you say it."

That's why we have to be even more cautious with the written word. The same statement can come across as kind and encouraging in one context, cutting or rude in another. In e-mail there is no tone of voice or body language to interpret!

Stephanie Queen Ludwig said...

Beautiful post, Roseanna, and I know it will keep me thinking for a while.

As a journalist, I use words all day as I write news stories. Believe me, I've gotten a nasty letter or two! I remember one from a year ago, regarding an article I wrote about a crime that had happened in town. The suspect was caught, and I wrote an article about what had "allegedly" happened (you use words like allegedly, since we don't know the full story, only the police report). I got a nasty, anonymous letter from someone stating that I didn't know what happened, and that my words had hurt the suspect. I remember they closed the letter with "remember the power of your pen."

While I believe they were incorrect in their letter, it made me much more vigilant when writing up the crime beat. Since my words are read by a community of 8,000+, I need to be careful of what affect they have. Thanks for the reminder.

BTW, would love to read any of your books! I love their covers!

stephludwig at hotmail dot com

Virginia said...

WOW! These all look so good! Eventually, Seekerville must come to terms with the fact I'm buying every single book that shows up here... Wait? You say it's my faunt?? Oh, okay... maybe.

These look incredible and thank you for the beautiful essay on 'words'. As a linguist, I'm all about the words. :)

Roseanna White said...

So true, Myra! I used to hate all the little winky face, smiley face, LOLs, etc. used in emails, but I eventually started to use them JUST so I could try to convey the tone in which I say something. Because the "how" is definitely as crucial as the "what"!

Roseanna White said...

Wow, Steph, journalists definitely have to deal with this on a whole different level! I can imagine how you felt after that letter--you knew you hadn't been wrong, but still, the thought of your words hurting someone...yep. Hurts right back.

And thanks! I adore all my covers. =) And they all have such fun stories behind them!

Roseanna White said...

Virginia, you gave me a good chuckle. Okay, perhaps it was laugh of maniacal delight--go, my pretty, buy, buy! ;-)

And it's so great to see a linguist around! I took four years of translational Ancient Greek and Modern French so studied language as a whole, its nuances and rules, more than vocabulary. LOVE language!

Anonymous said...

Roseanna, this is such a beautiful post. I've been struggling with my attitude toward a few relatives whose words are hurtful to another relative. Even if some of the words were true, they were mean and spiteful and I hurt for this other relative. It was hard not to come to jump in the mix, but I knew my additional words would only make things worse even if they were well-intentioned. Your post has given me direction to pray for all involved.

Christina Rich

Roseanna White said...

Christina, that's always such a tough situation! But yes, prayer is certainly the best use of our words. I'm saying one for your family now, too. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Christina said...

Carol, I'm praying for you!

Christina said...

Thank you, Roseanna!

Joanne Sher said...

Super, SUPER reminder, Roseanna. Beautiful.

And even though I own every book you've published (and ADORE THEM, as you know LOL) - I wanna enter so I can donate one to my church library.

nmetzler said...

Oh, Rosanna! I've had your books on my list "to get" for so very long. I'm so glad you had a guest post here- because now I'm going to go and buy A Stray Drop of Blood. (my book money is burning a hole in my pocket anyway!)

Many, many blessings!

Eva Maria Hamilton said...

So nice to see you here Roseanna! Your post read like a prayer to me :) you juggle a lot of work! What are you itching to write next?

Eva Maria Hamilton at gmail dot com

Naomi T said...

Wow, your new book looks really interesting!
nrtnfamily(at)gmail(dot)com

Dawn (Renkenberger) Crandall said...

What a beautiful cover! I have to admit, covers often make me interested in a book or not of I'm unfamiliar with the author. ;)

Crandallberries at gmail dot com

Roseanna White said...

A worthy reason for entering indeed, Joanne. =)

Nmetzler, I can't keep book money in my pocket either! And a big, enormous, THANKS! Hope you enjoy it!!

Thank you, Naomi T!

Dawn, I often select books by their covers too, LOL. You'll get no blame from me! ;-) (Yes, especially since I have pretty ones, tee hee hee.)

Roseanna White said...

Eva, right now I'm working on a book set in Savannah of 1861, when the war was just beginning. It has a whimsical heroine determined to pen her own love story, and a hero not so sure he can be a hero anymore after a friend betrays him and the Confederate cause within the first days of the war. I've got another 20K or so to go on it, then I get to dive into my second Culper Ring book which, I grant, is making me itchy. =) It's going to combine a typical Regency heroine reeling from a tragedy with an American privateer gathering intelligence for a certain Senator you'll meet in the first Culper book as a military officer. (wow, long sentence, LOL) REALLY looking forward to that one!

Lisa Sandoval said...

Honestly,I have never read one of your books before.
I enjoy reading historical novels when they encourage my faith, even more reasons to read.Thank you for writing something I can read at the bus stop and use as a conversation starter

Carol Moncado said...

Book monet is supposed to stay in your pocket?!

Dh went to the store bc we have no food etc. He asked what else I needed and had to bite my tongue so I wouldn't say 'Mary connealy's new book if it's there or Roseanna whites if it's not'. But I didn't.

I'm home. I'm drugged up (so blame misspellings on that and an iPhone this time) and still in pain. Dh said it looks way better even though it's swollen with stitches. But half my face is numb (not like the right or top half - no various spots). Have you ever had numb EYELIDS? Now THAT'S weird!

I did skim this but will go back again on less drugs! Thanks all for your prayers. They are much appreciated!!

Roseanna White said...

Lisa, it's an honor to get to write Christian fiction. =) And I do like to start conversations with mine, LOL. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Carol, I'm glad you're home! But definitely don't envy you the numb eyelids--that would feel SO WEIRD!

Mesu Andrews said...

Beautiful words, as always, my friend! A wonderful reminder of the weight we hold at our fingertips. Love and blessings your way!

Stephanie Morrill said...

Wonderful insights, Roseanna! Thank you for sharing.

Roseanna White said...

Thanks, my lovely Mesu and Stephanie. =)

The Doves said...

THe Blood of Christ was shed for all of us - Your word Roseanna White rekindle the desire to look within and be thankful for the love we were so freely given. I would be honored to win your writings.
Jennifer

jdovefamily @ gmail dot com

Gwendolyn Gage said...

A wonderful post, Roseanna! We do need to be careful with our words. Your books sound amazing. I can't wait to get my hands on one!

gwen[dot]gage[at]gmail[dot]com

Andrea Strong said...

Carol~ I'm glad you're about and mostly coherent. I cant' spell on my phone half the time when I'm not drugged, so if you're posting from yours you're surely on the mend.

I have a quote that is very on topic.

"Fill my mouth with worthwhile stuff. Nudge me when I've said enough."

My step-dad likes to say this, but doesn't often apply it =)

I have other computer work to do before I go get my girl from preschool then head out to the new house for more painting.

Andrea Strong said...

JULIE~ I'll definitely move over if you're gonna sit down next to me. And if my wordiness puts me anywhere near you in any category, I'll say it's good for something.

Eva Maria Hamilton said...

Sounds great Roseanna!

Missy Tippens said...

Carol, I'm glad your surgery went well and that you're home!

Roseanna White said...

It was indeed, Jennifer. Glad my words could help remind you of that today! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Roseanna White said...

And sheesh, I'm typing one reply and more comments come in! ;-)

That's a fun quote, Andrea! Have fun with that painting--my hubby, dad, and BIL will be doing some of that at church tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by, Gwen!

Linnette R Mullin said...

Hi, Roseanna! Thanks so much for the amazing reminder! I needed to hear this today. I think I need to print part of this out and keep it handy for when I write.

Please include me in the giveaway. I'd love to sample your work! The tone of your writing in this post is healing. I want to know what your novel writing is like! :)

Roseanna White said...

I've needed to hear it a few times this past year too, Linnette, and have broken out the saved post to read it and remind myself. =) Thanks so much for stopping by!

Anne Payne said...

Since I first read A Stray Drop of Blood I knew that you had a phenomenal gift with words. Today your words have given me pause, and caused me to look deep in my heart and recognize my own words have not been as they should. I am thanking the Lord right now for using you as an instrument in my life and praying for Him to be glorified in all my words.

homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

Roseanna White said...

Anne, you're bringing tears to my eyes! So glad these words that came to me so long ago are helping you today! Wow, God's amazing. LOL.

Judy said...

Roseanna, you write Christian fiction books. What inspired you to do so and have you always known you wanted to be a writer? Would you ever consider going outside of Christian fiction? By the way, I love Christian fiction. (I was only asking the question because I was curious).

Blessings!
Judy
judyjohn2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

Anne Payne said...

I forgot to mention I want to read your new book too ;)

Tammy said...

I am excited for the opportunity to read this book!

Thanks for the opportunity!

In Him,
Tammy Nischan

Roseanna White said...

Judy, I've known I wanted to be a novelist since I was in primary school, and Christian fiction has always been my mainstay. I've written a few mainstream books that will likely sit on my computer forever unless the Lord nudges me to pursue them. I won't dismiss it as a possibility, but for now He's been clear about building my career in the Christian publishing world, and I am SO glad of that! It's a wonderful family to belong to. =)

Lana Packer said...

I am quite anxious to read this novel! I have heard great things about it! Sign me up!
lanapacker(at)me(dot)com

Have a great day!!

Jeanne T said...

Been running since my feet hit the floor today, so I haven't had time to read, but hope to later. :)

Carol, been praying for you. I hope your recovery is speedy!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Roseanna, thanks so much for coming to Seekerville today!

Sorry to be late to the party... busy at work today, but so glad to be here now.

Please tell me there's food left. ;)

Apple dumplings???? Suh-weeet!

I'm going to spare you my wordiness today because A.) it's late and B.) you said it beautifully!

Grabbing a glass of sweet tea as I enjoy these dumplings!

Sharon said...

Roseanna - Thank you for sharing your heart with us.
Sharon
smoore at tcq dot net

Terri said...

GREAT post, Roseanna!!! Love ALL of your books and thrilled to know more are on their way!

Barbara Shelton said...

Roseanna has a creative talent like no other. I have read many of her books and hated for them to end. I adore words in general. I dislike profane utterances with a passion. Anyone can utter swear and dirty words...but it takes a little more thoughtful intelligence to speak with wholesome and understandable phrases. I'm off my soapbox now....LOL...and want to say that I'm ready to read another Roseanna White's story as soon as I can. Thanks for the giveaway and the opportunity to win a treasured gift.

Blessings,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Roseanna White said...

Hope you enjoyed your digital dumpling, Ruth! I know I did. =)

Sharon M., it was truly an honor to have the opportunity to share my thoughts with everyone here today.

Terri, as always you make me smile. =)

And Barb, I agree--and thanks so much for stopping by!

Many, many thanks to everyone who visited today--er, yesterday--and took the time to leave me a comment!

Cindy W. said...

I love the Love Find You books and LFY in Annapolis, Maryland is on my list to read. Haven't found it in the stores around me yet but hopefully I might win a copy. :)

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

by Pegg Thomas said...

I am currently reading "Jewel of Persia" and loving it! Thanks for the chance to win another of Roseanna's books!
twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

Cathy Gohlke said...

What a beautiful, uplifting post, Roseanna, and a great reminder of how we're to use this gift of words. I'll be more mindful of mine this day, thank you!
I'd love to be entered in the drawing for your book!

Cindy Regnier said...

Thanks for a great article Roseanna. I love the idea of the notebook to jot down things as one reads. I'm going to start that. I'm really intrigued by Jewel of Persia. I can't wait to read it. I have written a little Biblical fiction but only in short story format. Would love to read your account of Esther!

Kd Fleming said...

Beautiful. Your words and the reverence you show through them to honor God reflect a pure and honest love of their use and power to touch others.

Roseanna White said...

Kd, your observations is so humbling! I pray I live up to that purity of heart. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Cindy, isn't that an awesome idea?? I haven't started one yet, but I so should. Assuming I could manage not to lose it from one book to the next, which is debatable, LOL.

Cathy and Pegg, thank you so much! Pegg, I'm very glad to hear you're enjoying Jewel of Persia. =)

And Cindy W. I'm glad to know you've been looking for it! =) Best of luck in the drawing!

Krista said...

Thank you for a wonderful interview. Sadly, I have never read one of your books, but I am very intrigued now! :)
And I love the idea of keeping a notebook by your side while you're reading. I think I might start doing that.
God bless!
krhmoseslake(at)gmail(dot)com

Sylvia said...

Roseanna, I'm really looking forward to reading "LFY in Annapolis Maryland". I know that one is colonial time period and that you have some Biblical fiction as well. Are those your two favorite time periods about which to write? Do you have other time periods that you eventually plan to use?

nina4sm/at/gmail/dot/com

marybelle said...

I have LOVE FINDS YOU IN ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND on my wish list. It does look like a great read & I appreciate the research done.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Marissa said...

Great post! I love the LFY series, and this one looks exceptionally interesting!

marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

4readin said...

Thank you for doing the interviews and giveaways!!

I really look forward to reading your books. I am super excited for the next series you're doing. I love historical fiction!!

Thanks again for the giveaway!

ks4readin@yahoo.com

Carla Gade said...

A beautiful post, Roseanne! Thoughts near and dear to my heart.

wfnren said...

I hope I'm not too late, I so want this book.

wfnren(at)aol(dot)com
wrensthoughts.blogspot.com

PatriciaW said...

Words are powerful, perhaps more powerful than weapons. Although they may not destroy the physical being, they can completely destroy the inner being and unlike when one is physically destroyed, you have to live with inner destruction, day in, day out.

I am becoming nuts for Biblical fiction so I definitely am adding Roseanna to my must-read list.

Roseanna White said...

Krista, happy to intrigue. ;-)

Sylvia, great question--Biblical settings will always have a special place in my heart, but I've discovered that I just plain ol' love history! I always get attached to whatever era I'm writing in and think I'll never leave it . . . then end up in another era and fall in love with that one, LOL. Right now I'm working on a manuscript set during the Civil War, and the third book in my upcoming series from Harvest House will also be Civil War. Next one out, though, will also be Revolutionary, and I hope to revisit the Colonial era again, for sure. Brainstorming another Biblical, too. =)

Roseanna White said...

Marybelle and Marissa, thank you so much! Glad you stopped by!

4readin, I'm really excited about the next series, too! =) Nothing like historical fiction, is there?

Carla, good to see you!

mamadoveonabox said...

Just another blessing to an author with God's penmanship all over it. Time to start waling through your words and eyes.

Jdovefamily at gmail dot com

misskallie2000 said...

Hi Roseanna, I loved a "Stray Drop of Blood" and would love to win LFY in Annapolis, Maryland. I love the LFY books and have read several. Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us.

Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

apple blossom said...

oh, I love the LFY books thanks for sharing with us today on Seekerville

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com