WOW Blog Book Tour for Karen Brown Tyson

Hello Bookworms;

It’s time for another blog book tour from our friends at WOW (Women on Writing).

Today’s guest poster is Karen Brown Tyson, author of Time to Refresh: A 21- Day Devotional to Renew Your Mind After Being Laid Off, Fired or Sidelined.

I read some of it (I didn’t get a chance to read all 21 days but WILL be finishing it) and it’s very inspirational. It really makes you take time to pray, hear from God, and plan your next steps.

Today’s guest post is called “Balancing Career, Home, and Ministry “. Ms. Tyson will share he perspective on work/life balance and time management. I will also be publishing an interview with Ms Tyson on December 7th, so please come back to read and comment. Here’s the schedule for the remainder of the tour and as always, make Ms Tyson feel and feel free to ask her questions you like:

November 29th @ The Frugalista Mom

Visit Rozelyn’s blog where you can read her review of Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

http://thefrugalistamom.com/

 

November 30th @ Amateur Twin Mom

Visit Jonelle’s blog to read what she has to say about Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

https://www.amateurtwinmom.com

 

December 3rd @ Beverley A Baird Blog

Visit Beverley’s blog where Karen Brown Tyson talks about how to improve your writing life.

https://beverleyabaird.

December 5th @ Break Even Books

Stop by Erik’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about how to build your personal brand.

https://breakevenbooks.com/

 

December 5th @  Jill Sheets Blog

Stop by Jill’s blog today where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about how to improve your writing life.

https://jillsheets.blogspot.com/ 

December 6th @ Beverley A Baird Blog

Visit Beverley’s blog again where she shares her thoughts about Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh. 

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/December 7th @ Bookworm Blog

Visit Anjanette’s blog again where she interviews author Karen Brown Tyson about her book Time to Refresh.

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December 8th @ A Storybook World

Visit Deirdra’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about fearless writing.

http://www.astorybookworld.com/ 

December 9th @ Reducing Overload

Stop by Peggy’s blog to read author Karen Brown Tyson’s post about journaling and stress management.

http://reducingoverload.com/

December 13th @ Memoir Writer’s Journey

Visit Kathleen’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about fearless writing.

https://krpooler.com/

 

December 13th @ M.C. Walker’s Blog

Visit M.C. Walker’s blog where she interviews author Karen Brown Tyson about her and her book Time to Refresh.

https://seeminoltawrite.com/

December 14th @ Strength 4 Spouses

Visit Wendi’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about having faith during difficult times.

https://strength4spouses.blog/

 

December 15th @ Jessica’s Reading Room

Visit Jessica’s blog where you can read her thoughts on Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

http://jessicasreadingroom.com

December 16th @ 12 Books

Visit Louise’s blog where she shares her opinion on Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

http://www.12books.co.uk/

 

December 18th @ Look to the Western Sky

Visit Margo’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about parenting.

https://www.margoldill.com/

 

December 20th @ Strength 4 Spouses

Visit Wendi’s blog again where you can read her opinion about Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

https://strength4spouses.blog/

December 20th @ The Faerie Review

Visit Lily Shadowlyn’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about journaling.

http://www.thefaeriereview.com/ 

December 21st @ The World of My Imagination

Visit Nicole’s blog where she shares her thoughts about Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com 

December 23rd @ Look to the Western Sky

Be sure to stop by Margo’s blog again where you find out what she had to say about Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

https://www.margoldill.com/

December 23rd @ Coffee with Lacey

Visit Lacey’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about journaling.

http://coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com 

December 24th @ Coffee with Lacey

Stop by Lacey’s blog again where she reviews Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

http://coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com 

December 27th @ The Frugalista Mom

Be sure to visit Rozelyn’s blog again where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about change management.

http://thefrugalistamom.com/

Introducing Karen Brown Tyson:

Balancing Career, Home and Ministry

By Karen Brown Tyson

It’s a juggling act.

You have so many relationships to manage, so many work projects, so many ministry activities, so many commitments.

How are you supposed to prioritize? How are you supposed to get anything done?

One week, you think you have it all figured out, and the next, you’re confused again. It’s crazy! With so much going on all the time, you wonder if you will ever get a handle on everything.

I have news for you:

You are not alone. As a wife, mother, author, communications coach, blogger, and ministry leader, I know what it feels like to have a lot going on. In managing ministry, career, and family, I know exactly how to deal with everything.

Know your objective

In my role as a Christian leader, I have learned to take care of God’s business, while He takes care of my business (Matthew 6:33). When God sends ministry assignments my way, He supplies everything I need to ensure a balanced, peaceful, stress-free journey. But when I pile on unnecessary projects, that’s when life gets hectic.

To avoid being overly busy in ministry, know your objectives. Are you taking on an assignment God wants you to work on or do you have a problem letting other people pitch in to help? I always ask myself if what I am doing is what God wants or my attempt to please people. Instead of accepting everyone’s invitation to help, I look for opportunities to train other church members who are sitting on the sidelines.

Know your limits

Have you ever had to wrestle with an overstuffed suitcase? You either struggled to fit one more thing inside, or you took things out of your suitcase to lighten the load. Our schedules are just like the suitcase.

For example, when my son was in elementary school, I volunteered in the library after school; I helped the teacher make copies for the class; I supplied treats for the class; I went on every field trip. Sounds great, right? The only problem was I tried doing all of this within the same school year… while working a full-time job. I finally had to admit I had an over-packed schedule. I picked one assignment and resisted the urge to do everything.

Know when to set boundaries

When I worked in corporate America, I traveled for work every six to eight weeks for 13 years. But I set boundaries. For example, since I had flexibility around my travel dates, I usually left home on Sundays after church to avoid disrupting family time on the weekends. While I was away, I set aside time each night to help my son do his homework over the telephone. Setting boundaries allowed me to balance my work-life, ministry assignments and family commitments.

Know how when to breathe

Before I learned to unpack my schedule and set boundaries, I sometimes felt rushed and overwhelmed. Not a good feeling. So, I taught myself how to take a moment to breathe.

Every day, I take a few minutes to pray and express my gratitude to God. I reflect on what’s going well and remind myself that everything will be fine if I operate within God’s plan for my life. These few precious moments help me stay focused on what matters.

It’s important to remember that God calls every believer in the body of Christ to serve. But no one area of our lives can take up all of our time. We must take a balanced approach to manage our ministry assignments, family commitments, and career.

Karen Brown Tyson is the author of, Time to Refresh: A 21-Day Devotional to Renew Your Mind After Being Laid Off, Fired or Sidelined.

Karen works online, in person and by phone as a communication and writing coach. Karen helps her entrepreneurial clientele focus on business and nonfiction writing.

About the Author:

For the past 25 years, Karen Brown Tyson worked for Fortune 500 companies in the fast food, pharmaceutical, and telecommunication industries. Today, Karen is the founder of Constant Communicators, a lifestyle business that helps people improve their business writing skills. Time to Refresh: A 21-Day Devotional to Renew Your Mind After Being Laid Off, Fired or Sidelined was released in August 2018. Karen lives in North Carolina with her husband and son.

You can find Karen at –

Personal Website – http://www.karenbrowntyson.com

Blog: https://karenbrowntyson.com/blog-2-feed/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KBTWrites

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Write-to-Inspire-385353048666490/

WOW (Women on Writing) Blog Book Tour for Author Leona Stucky’s “THE FOG OF FAITH:MY IMPOTENT GOD

Hello Bookworms;

Welcome to another blog book tour with our friends from WOW  (Women on Writing). Today’s guest author is Leona Stucky. The work we are posting about today is her memoir,  The Fog of Faith: Surviving My Impotent God.  The subject for today’s post “Recognizing Evil-An Underbelly Job”. Ms. Stucky will be stopping through. Feel free to talk with her and make her feel welcome. Enjoy…

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Recognizing Evil – An Underbelly Job

Blog by Dr. Leona Stucky, www.thefogoffaith.com

Seldom can human evil be fully known before it slashes its wrath across the soft underbelly of human constancy. Evil causes immense suffering and yet it confuses us.

Evil is “gift” that keeps on giving. One patient told me that since terror struck her she thinks double and contradictory thoughts simultaneously. They circumscribe her mental and emotional movements. If danger persists, so does the anguish that surrounds it. The soft underbelly thickens. Evil has to be considered. We guess and re-guess. We are not free to set aside the slashes and live as if they had not happened and will not strike again. We are not free to banish troubling thoughts. They come unbidden. We think and fear them before we can consciously understand or attempt diversions.

Evil eviscerates the safe-harbors of our well-being and leaves scars that won’t allow our soft underbellies to stay placid and playful. We lose our innocence, trauma unfolds, and memory membranes, scattered asunder, must be recollected as if sense can be recreated.

Evil and Good Together?

Evil, it turns out, is ubiquitous, as is good. And it would be a mistake to fully separate those two characteristics. Usually human intentions are mixed, and the results of those intentions are also mixed, but when evil is imposed, suffering is the predominant result.

To find evil, we must listen deeply to any clarion cry for help, look intensely into suffering, and be wary of jumping on the bandwagon of public blaming – for many people will point the finger at other’s evil while practicing their own. Here, careful discernment is required.

  • Are the people pointing the finger the people who are suffering the most?
  • Where does our empathy find an authentic landing place?
  • In which position would we need to stand to feel the evil slashes across the soft underbelly of our constancy?

The first place to explore evil is within ourselves. If we can understand our own evil intentions and actions, often enacted against ourselves, we will know the fundamental essence of being human and will be able to grasp the magnitude of the problem of evil in our lives.

How We Deceive Ourselves

Ron, in my memoir, The Fog of Faith: Surviving My Impotent God, thought his needs and his divine right to subject me to his desires were justification enough. He was an ordinary guy, in his assessment, not an evil one. He felt entitled to his minimal pleasures and survival necessities, no matter what suffering his requisitions caused for another person —quite similar to first world inhabitants feeling entitled to the resources and means of production that leave a muted holocaust for millions of others working long hours without enough to sustain their families.

We can and should be enraged at the evil of many Nazis, who blindly did what they thought was right—followed orders without thinking for themselves about the consequences of their death-to-millions actions. Sometimes we might also wonder about our propensity to silently brush by the causes and effects of global warming or deadly militaristic answers, as if blindly following the dictates of capitalism is the only choice we can make. Many people have no trouble denying culpability. Some don’t empathize with those who suffer and seem oblivious to the anguish their beliefs and actions cause.        Our human minds quickly and naturally collude with others’ pre-rationalized dictums to avoid culpability. Compromised by political, cultural, religious or psychological diminutions of our responsibility for the sometimes devastating effects of our actions, we seldom recognize our own evil. In the instances when it ricochets and devastates our own lives, blaming others is a likely response. I know of no country or human who surpasses these tendencies, including myself.

Final Thoughts

Perhaps claiming full responsibility for who we are and how we act is a faculty we humans have not yet mastered, especially when the harmful effects of our actions are not directly experienced or observed by ourselves. Evolutionary biologists tell us that we have not evolved to care about distant others as much as we care about our own family or tribe. This is not offered as an excuse for people, but an awareness of how powerful a foe, cold and unthinking evolutionary forces, we must engage to learn how to operate differently than the format evolution has prescribed.

I guess we will live in an entirely different way, in an entirely different world, when and if humans learn the lessons of recognizing evil and imposing it on no one, including ourselves. I, for one, hope we don’t destroy ourselves before we learn those lessons!

Ms Stucky has a Facebook page, is on LinkdIn, and her book can be found on Amazon.com

 

 

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Christianity But, Felt Too Stupid to Ask!! Volume 1

In celebration of #NANOWRIMO, I’m posting a shameless plug for my first published work (especially since I’m current working on Volume 2 for #NANOWRIMO). Not only is it a great read, it is also an excellent evangelistic tool and stocking stuffer).

Product details

  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449966209

Available at Amazon.com , Barnes and Noble, Thriftbooks, and other online retailers.

 

 

 

Highlights from the Women of Color Novel Writing Party to Kick Off #NANOWRIMO

Theme: As iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens [and influences] another [through discussion].Proverbs27:17(AMP)

Hello Bookworms;

Today you get two posts on the same day. Here are<—- the highlights from the NANOWRIMOlaunch party at ZORA’sHOUSE.

As you can see we’re having a good time fellowshipping together and being “iron sharpens iron” for one another.

I will be posting information whenever there is another follow up party to check in with each other. Come on out if you get the chance.

Love y’all