Everyone’s Story welcomes back foremost (at least for me) a dear friend and inspirational author, Connie Almony. I’ve known Connie for several years now, blessed to have roomed with her at 2 writing conferences. A caring and generous woman, check out both Connie’s message and her TOTALLY AWESOME BookGiveaway for **6** lucky winners. We’re both looking forward to chatting with you.
Connie is offering 1 Kindle copy of either the Crossroads collection or the Smoke and Mirrors collection to 6 randomly chosen commenters. The winner will be announced here on Friday, November 4th between 5-6 PM EST.
** For Giveaways: email contact information typed within comments is no longer required–I receive it privately.
Description of Crossroads:
Six clean-read New Adult contemporary romance novels by Amazon best-selling Christian authors (including USA Today best-selling author, Staci Stallings) in one collection. Prepare to go on a journey to the crossroads, where pasts fall away and new lives begin. There will be romance, suspense, and real issues facing women today. Novels include …
ONE NIGHT WITH A ROCK STAR, by Chana Keefer
CHRISTMAS STAR SAPPHIRE, by Hallee Bridgeman
ONE AMONG MEN, by Connie Almony
PRINCESS, by Staci Stallings (USA Today Best-selling author)
HARD TO FIND, by Traci Tyne Hilton
SHATTERED ROSE, by Tammy L. Gray
Description of Smoke and Mirrors:
What do a woman who runs a re-purposing boutique, a surrogate mother, a Russian boxer, a small-town librarian, a first-lady, an Alaskan state trooper, an Alzheimer’s-riddled murder suspect, and a senator’s son—phew!—have in common?
They’re all fighting for their lives in this action packed, multi-author Christian Romantic Suspense collection, including …
THE LONG VIEW by Connie Almony
TAKEN by USA TODAY Bestselling Author Sally Bradley
ON THE ROPES by Hallee Bridgeman
OUT OF CIRCULATION by Heather Day Gilbert
DANGEROUS ALTERNATIVE by Kelli Hughett
IDENTITY THEFT by Alana Terry
OBSESSION by Rachel Trautmiller
SCENT OF DANGER by Alexa Verde
What Does It Mean to Live the Body of Christ? By Connie Almony
If you’ve ever met me or read much of my writing you will know I am obsessed with Paul’s idea of the Body of Christ. I love the notion that God made us all unique so we would perform different functions of the same Body in order to achieve the same goal. In doing so, God encourages us to work in communion with each other.
Many people give lip service to this idea and yet they still don’t understand a person’s lack of one skill, giving credit for the gift of another. They seem to want people in their lives to look like them, talk like them, and minister like them. Yet Paul tells us this is not how we were made.
Though I have always been intrigued by the Master Creator’s integration of many gifts into a whole, my greater zeal to speak and write about it was inspired by my son. My son has a form of autism, which makes it impossible for him to speak as a typical person would. He cannot communicate through words. And yet he is an expert at communicating LOVE in ways that are more meaningful—doing special things for them, sitting with them when they are sad, even pushing my husband and me together (so he could hug us both at once) when my husband had come home from a long trip. My son is my teacher. I hope I do justice to his lessons.
Many would call this sweet young man deficient. But what does Paul say about those members of the body we call “weaker?”
They are indispensable!!! (1 Corinthians 12:22)
What about people mentioned in the Bible? We often think of them as lone actors who were mighty and great. But if you look closely, you will discover, they too were flawed and in need of Body-of-Christ style assistance.
For instance, did Moses really speak to Pharaoh all by himself, in a booming Charlton Heston voice rumbling from his broad chest, bellowing, “Let my people go?”
Or did he need Aaron to go with him?
Though I have no idea if either man spoke in a bass or a baritone, or whether or not their pectoral muscles were pronounced, one could almost guarantee, Moses didn’t sound like the big C.H. In fact, he describes himself to God as a man slow of speech with faltering lips. He was so uncertain of his ability to persuade the mighty Egyptian king, even after God reminded him who made his mouth God gave him Aaron, who was a gifted speaker, to do it for him.
God made use of this relationship, telling Moses (Exodus 7:1), “I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet.” God knew the image of a silent leader flanked by a mouthpiece would give the impression of great authority.
So, did Moses ever speak to Pharaoh himself? Many of the exchanges in the Bible state, “Moses and Aaron said …” Does that mean they stood side by side, speaking the words in unison, or is it just shorthand for “God told Moses, who told Aaron what to say,” as God describes He will do earlier in scripture. My guess is the latter. Yet further into Exodus we do read “Moses said to Pharaoh.” So, evidently, Moses eventually spoke on his own.
I LOVE this example because it demonstrates many things. One, that we don’t have to be perfect at everything ourselves. Two, we were created perfectly for the work we are called to. Three, it’s okay to ask for help where you feel deficient. And Four, as we work with others, we will grow stronger in a larger variety of skills.
Even as an author, I am reminded how God calls us to work in communion with others. I cannot write a story and expect others to read and enjoy it without the help of my many author friends who critique, proof, and even help promote those novels. These relationships have been invaluable.
This past year, I’ve been particularly blessed to be part of two specific author groups, which have helped me share my stories with readers. The Smoke and Mirrors Romantic Suspense collection, in which I’d contributed a brand new novella, entitled The Long View, and the Crossroads collection, in which I contributed the first of my Maryland State University series, entitled One Among Men. Being part of these collections has helped me refine ideas, hone my skills, promote collectively, and share more stories with more readers. A win-win both for the authors and the readers!
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Connie Almony is trained as a mental health therapist and likes to mix a little fun with the serious stuff of life. She was a 2012 semi-finalist in the Genesis Contest for Women’s Fiction and was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Winter 2012 WOW Flash Fiction Contest. She is the author of At the Edge of a Dark Forest, a modern-day re-telling of Beauty and the Beast about a war-vet, amputee struggling with PTSD. Other titles include, One Among Men and An Insignificant Life (the Maryland State University series), and Flee from Evil about a pastor with a past who uses his underworld connections to try and save the child of the woman he wronged years ago.
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