Connie Almony: Lessons Learned While Writing With Others

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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.

 

BookGiveaway:

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?

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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!

Connie’s Ah-hahs To Tweet:

Author @ConnieAlmony asks: What Does It Mean to Live the Body of Christ? #BookGiveaway (Tweet This)

Check out @ConnieAlmony’s amazing #inspirational #BookGiveaway for 6 lucky winners! (Tweet This)

What did @ConnieAlmony learn while co-authoring a multi-author novel collection? (Tweet This)

Author’s Bio:

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.

Places to connect with Connie:

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Pinterest

Amazon

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On Sale on Amazon!

Kindle $.99

Print Edition $9.99

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Connie and I look forward to your comments.

 

 

31 comments to Connie Almony: Lessons Learned While Writing With Others

  • Anne Rightler

    Each of us is important to God the Father and because of that we each have value, value to Him and to His body, the Church, the community of believers. Thank you for sharing. Would love to win a copy of Crossroads (I have Smoke and Mirrors and enjoyed it a lot.)
    Thanks again!

  • Elaine, thanks, as always, for having me on. It’s always great to catch up with you. Can’t wait to give away some books this week!

  • Agree with Anne that God calls His people to work together to further His kingdom. The Church cannot work unless we work together, each person contributing their part to the whole. And the smallest member with the smallest job is important! Good post!

  • Bonnie Roof

    Beautiful post, Connie – thank you!! Don’t enter me in the drawing, I already had ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ and ‘Crossroads’ and just purchased ‘Always With You’, Elaine. Just wanted to say “hi” – love Connie’s writing, she’s such an inspiration!!

    I shared this post on Facebook, as well as ‘Smoke and Mirrors’, ‘Crossroads’, and ‘Always With You’.

  • Thanks for stopping by Patricia!!! Yes, the smallest and … strangest part too. I always love to watch how God uses people who are so different, working together. All my sisters and I are each very different. We always thought the other didn’t GET us. One sister only became a Christian over the past few years. It’s amazing how opposite we are, but now that we both are after the same goal of furthering the kingdom of God, how aligned we feel. Our gifts are incredibly different, but extraordinarily complementary. We are closer now than I’d ever have imagined we’d be.

  • Marilyn R

    A wonderful post by Connie. The body of Christ definitely has a variety of individuals who are important no matter their role in the body. I love Paul’s illustration of the church body compared to our human body. Connie’s stories sounds like they’ll be interesting books to read and more to add to my TBR list. God bless.

  • Thanks for stopping by Marilyn. Yes, Paul’s illustration is a great one. Imagine a body with all legs or all mouths or whichever part we think is most important to us. It couldn’t function as well. And yet, we sometimes expect this of people in our lives, that they be “like us.” I am so grateful to have friends who are very different from me. They fill those gaps I have in my life in very wonderful ways. God is just a genius in how He created us in these ways :o).

  • Ann Ellison

    Enjoyed the post. I love Connie’s books. Do not include in the drawing because I have read and enjoyed these.

  • Connie Saunders

    I am so glad that you shared these thoughts with all of us. Just as all of us have special talents and certain jobs to do, we also have different seasons. Where I once was active in most aspects of church activities, I now serve in other ways.

    • elaineadmin

      Yes, Connie S., I agree… and great perspective and segue on Connie A.’s feature: we’re individually valuable because together we can glorify God and our individual talents, especially combined, must be a lovely symphony to His ears.

    • Great points, Connie! Sometimes God calls us to church ministry and sometimes He calls us to personal ministry!

  • Enjoyed this thought-provoking post – thank you Connie and Elaine!

  • elaineadmin

    Everyone’s Story sends cyber hugs and thanks to the wonderful Connie Almony. Connie, it’s been a thoughtful and fun week with you and I’m so glad you’re returning to this blog for the week of December 16th-23rd!!

    Thanks too for the extraordinary BookGiveaways of the Crossroads collection or the Smoke and Mirrors collection.

    The winners are:

    Anne R., Pat B., Marilyn, Connie S., and Laura. Wow! Do you have a lot of awesome reading ahead of you. Enjoy. Both Connie and I will contact you via direct emails.

    Blessings to all.

  • Thanks for having me, Elaine!!!

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