I am a Christian writer and speaker. I have authored two books and my work has also appeared in numerous publications; magazines, anthologies,and devotionals including, Focus on the Family, The Upper Room, The Secret Place, David C Cook Company, Lifeway, Celebrate Life, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and many others. Visit my website at http://harrietemichael.com
"Success comes to a writer, as a rule, so gradually
that it is always something of a shock to him to look back and realize the
heights to which he has climbed." -P.G. Wodehouse
I began my writing adventure in
June of 2009 when I attended a writer’s conference. Prior to this I had never
formally written anything. I had, however, written an unpublished manuscript.
You see, some years earlier at a
time of great concern for someone I loved, I started journaling my thoughts on
prayer. After three years of searching the scripture and recording my findings,
I had so much information that I compiled it into a manuscript about prayer.
This began my quest to become a published writer. My hope at the time was to
someday have my manuscript published.
So, in June of 2009, I attended
the Kentucky Writer’s Conference where I participated in a wonderful workshop
by Lettie Kirkpatrick Burress on freelancing small pieces. I decided to try my
hand at it. I sent my 1st submission out in August and received
my 1st contract in November of that same year. The money I was paid
for that 1st piece covered the cost of the writer’s conference and I knew it
had been money well spent.
Today I have so many published pieces
that it’s hard to keep count. I have over 75 published devotions in the
following publications: The Upper Room, The Secret Place, Open Windows,
Reflections, and Word Aflame. I also have articles and short stories which have
appeared in publications by Lifeway, David C Cook Company, Focus on the Family,
Standard Publishing Company, Bethany House, and more.
But did I ever get my manuscript
published? No, not yet. However, I did enter it into a national competition,
the 2011 Women of Faith Contest; where it was named one of only 30 finalists
out of over 750 entries. So now I have decided to self publish it as Bible
Studies. I only have half the manuscript re-written as Bible studies and for
sale as e-books so far. I hope in time to get the rest listed for sale too. If
interested, my e-books can be found on Lulu self publishing site. Put ‘Harriet
Michael Prayer Warrior Guide’ in the search on that site and you will find them
listed for $2.99 each.
This summer I will reach a new
high in my writing career. I have been asked to lead workshops at the Kentucky
Christian Writer’s Conference in Elizabethtown,
KY. Here is the link. I’m excited
and humbled to have been asked and I give God all the glory.
Isaiah 28:21 says,
“The Lord will rise up.He will be
rousted to do His deed; strange is His deed. And to do His work; alien is His
work.”(ESV)Strange & alien
indeed!We often find ourselves
believing that when God works, things will run smoothly, when the truth is
God’s work often seems strange and alien to the way we think things should
go.But the good news for writers is
that God’s strange & alien work makes great stories!
“Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarm -leaning,
leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.”These words were penned by Alisha Hoffman in 1887.Where in the Bible did Alisha get her
inspiration? Where do the words, “the everlasting arms” appear? They appear inDeuteronomy 33:27 which says, “The eternal God is a dwelling place and
underneath are the everlasting arms.”
The book of Lamentations is poetry based on the Hebrew
alphabet, which consists of 22 letters. Chapters 1, 2, and 4 of Lamentations
have 22 verses, each starting with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
Chapter 3 has 66 verses with each Hebrew letter repeated 3 times before moving
onto the next letter. The last chapter, chapter 5, is written free style. An
interesting note: Chapters 2, 3 and 4 reverse the order of the Hebrew letters ayin
and pe so only chapter 1 follows the usual sequence precisely. Why?
Perhaps only God knows.
Good Advice: In
Nehemiah 5:7, Nehemiah says, “And I
consulted with myself...”When I
first read this verse it struck me as funny.But the more I thought about it, the more I thought it was wise statement.In the prior verses, Nehemiah is
distraught.As he contemplates what to
do about his situation, he consults with himself…good idea!Perhaps if we spent more time consulting with
ourselves and less time acting without thinking, our lives would run more