I have many writer friends actively engaged in blogging and writing books, and I’m thrilled to be able to share their writing with you! I’ve learned new information about every single one of them as I’ve prepared these short bios, which has been delightful. This has given me an even greater appreciation for their work than I already had! I hope you’re enjoying their words and the insight they bring to you, the reader.
Once more, I’ll indicate a each author’s bio and information by sharing a tiny typewriter that replicates the typewriter in the picture in the heading.
Meet Ava Pennington, Bible Study Leader, gifted writer, and author. One of the qualifications of Ava’s that I find most impressive is her endorsement from Kay Arthur. I am a trained Precept Bible Study Leader, and I know the amount of Biblical knowledge and savvy required to obtain that type of endorsement. Congratulations on that confirmation, dear Ava!
All About Ava
Ava Writes about her ministry:
“Applying truth is not always easy these days. People and circumstances often seem to conspire against our desire to live out our faith.
“As an author, speaker, and teacher, I have a passion for sharing inspirational messages that apply truth to deepen faith. Having worked in the corporate financial services world, I understand the importance of being anchored in a biblical world view while navigating the contours of our culture.
“Equipped with an MBA in Executive Management, I worked in corporate Human Resources in New York City for 20 years. While I enjoyed my vocation, my desire to teach and write motivated me to earn an Adult Bible Studies Certificate from Moody Bible Institute.
“I left the corporate world and began speaking as well as writing books, articles, and devotions to encourage others to apply truth and deepen faith. I also teach a Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class.
“I’ve written for organizations such as Focus on the Family, Christianity Today, and Haven Ministries. I’ve also been published in 30 anthologies, including 25 Chicken Soup for the Soul books.
Ava’s first book, Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional, is endorsed by Kay Arthur, founder of Precept Ministries, International. (Find it HERE)
Check out Ava’s website page full of information about her book HERE.
Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional is a one-year devotional on the names and attributes of God, Formatted with three individual devotions for each name and attribute from three perspectives:
- Who God is
- Who I am in relation to Him
- How this changes my relationship with others
Ava has also co-authored two children’s picture books, Do You Love Me More? and Will I See You Today?
Ava writes: “A few more things about me…
Ava is “a freelance editor, a mentor with Word Weavers International, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), the Christian Author’s Network (CAN), and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA). And speaking of speakers, I love to connect with audiences through relevant, challenging, and enjoyable presentations.
Ava writes: “My wonderful hubby and I were married for 40 years before his graduation to heaven. Now, when I’m not teaching, speaking, writing, or editing, I’m playing with my 2 too-smart-for-their-own-good boxers in sunny Florida!
You can find everything pertaining to Ava’s ministry by looking at her website, which you can find HERE. You’ll find links to each of her blogs, her about page, as well as any information you would need to have her come to speak at your event.”
A powerful, recent blog post on Ava’s site is Has Your Caught Up (to Scripture)? Find the entire blog post HERE.
A friend recently shared a tender prayer request, then closed our conversation by saying, “I just want my heart to catch up to what Scripture tells me.”
That conversation occurred two months ago, but her statement has stuck with me.
“I just want my heart to catch up to what Scripture tells me.”
Read that again and take a moment to let it sink into your spirit.
Ever feel that way? I have . . . more often than I’d care to admit. I know what the Bible says. And I know what the Bible says is true. But when life happens, my heart can lag behind what Scripture tells me.
My faith and trust can lag. But interestingly enough, I don’t have to work hard to lag behind when it comes to giving in to fear, worry, and anxiousness. And I also don’t have to work hard to lag behind when it comes to feeling frustrated or angry at circumstances beyond my control.
Remember what the apostle Paul wrote? “For I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate” (Romans 7:15 NASB). Ugh!
Yup, that’s me. Can you relate? . . . .
Find the rest of this powerful post HERE.
If you’re interested in connecting with Ava or in finding her blogs or her books, follow the links provided in this post. Check out her website and subscribe to her blog, where you’ll always find encouragement.Meet @AvaPennington, gifted writer of solid #Biblical content, #Author of 2 children's books and Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional, endorsed by Kay Arthur. Read Ava. You'll be blessed. Click To Tweet
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Joshua J. Masters
Joshua J. Masters is a pastor, author, and speaker. His book, American Psalms, was a finalist in the Serious Writer Book of the Decade contest. Josh has been featured on CBN Television, HIS Radio, and the Light Radio Network. You can read his spiritual advice to writers in his monthly article for the award-winning writers website, The Write Conversation.
Joshua has also been published in Refresh Bible Study Magazine and with One Christian Voice. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), Josh has also worked both in front of and behind the camera in the film industry.
Take a look at his website HERE. You’ll find his connections with the film industry, connections with the writing world, CBN Television, and recovery group counseling there.
Pastor Masters has a Blog and a Podcast, which you’ll find in the header of his website. He also has experience on the stage and the screen (SAG/AFTRA member).
He is a contributing author for Feed Your Soul with the Word of God by Lighthouse Bible Studies and is a regular teacher and speaker. Joshua lives with his wife, Gina, and their dog, Franklin the Pup, in South Carolina where Josh serves as a Care Pastor at the Brookwood Church.
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Donning the Cowl of Salvation, the Utility Belt of Truth, and wielding the Batarangs of the Spirit, The Bat Pastor fights injustice and bad theology. Behind the cowl, the Bat Pastor is an author, pastor, and speaker who has a love of Geek-culture.
Most of his speaking engagements are as his non-billionaire secret pastor identity (okay, It’s not that secret), but The Bat Pastor is available for opening prayers or speaking at your geek or superhero related events.
If you’ve met The Bat Pastor/Pastor Masters or have serious questions about the Bible or faith, you can connect with him on his website.
I’ve read Joshua’s posts every week for this last six months or more. We “met” via social media connections with other writers. His posts are uplifting, encouraging, and filled with solid Biblical and faith content. I enjoy reading him and finding out about the variety of ways that he reaches his community with the Good News. His words have always been a blessing and an encouragement to me, and I know you’ll enjoy reading his content.
Look for @TheBatPastor on Twitter, at Comic Cons, or other events.
Joshua is the author of the book “American Psalms.” Just click that link.
His bio is full of information and great pictures. Find it HERE.
Take a look at Joshua J Masters’ most visited blog post, “A Short Prayer of Sincerity,” by clicking HERE. Read the opening. . .
Have you ever been in a small group or meeting where you had to pray in front of other people? It can be stressful.
Sometimes we think a “good prayer” has to be complicated and flowery. In fact, sometimes I feel that way when it’s just me and God alone.
I love crafting words in written prayer, using language to worship Him.
I feel joy in the poetry of prayer and the creativity of calling out to Him in verse. But creativity is not the measure of prayer. If used without examining our hearts, it can actually become the measure of our resistance to real communion with God.
The truth is, God doesn’t need complicated prayers; He’d much rather have prayers of sincerity. You don’t need to have a history degree, been to Shakespeare workshops, or have attended seminary to have your prayers heard by God.
Consider the words of Charles Spurgeon who said . . .
Find the rest of this blog by Pastor Masters HERE.
If you’ve enjoyed reading about Pastor Masters and want to find him on social media, his blog, for recovery counseling, or for speaking engagements, follow the links in this post. Visit his website for a wealth of information about all he does.Meet Pastor @JoshuaJMasters, @TheBatPastor, regular contributor to Feed Your Soul with the Word of God, Lighthouse Bible Studies, and to The Write Conversation. #Author. #Speaker. Teacher. #Recovery Counselor. Click To Tweet
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If you’ve enjoyed meeting Ava Pennington and Joshua J. Masters, please visit their websites and follow their blogs and other writing. You won’t be disappointed. These two writer friends are superb writers who always produce powerful spiritual content that is a great blessing to all. I’m glad to have met them both and look forward to reading them as often as possible.