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Summer Reading – Week4 Blog Holiday

Summer Reading – Week4 Blog Holiday

Taking time to read good fiction books. I love summer reading.

At Write!Canada I picked up a few books. Didn’t know what they were going to be like. I was pleasantly surprised.

Julianna by Mary Bentley-Lloydsummer reading


A well-written story of history and romance set in the days of arranged marriages. I couldn’t put the book down and I read at night – so needless to say later night than normal. I got caught up in the action, the faith and the characters. Social issues also dominate the story. A great read.

In Search of Truth by T.L. Wiens

summer reading

What a delight to find this book at Write!Canada. I know the author, a former poster from Under the Cover of Prayer. I couldn’t put this book down either. I finished it tonight as I sat outside in our new gazebo. A tale of a young girl driven to living on the streets through misconception and misunderstanding. I love the way she fights back to regain her love of God and her self-worth. Very interesting study in how the church can empower people rather than glorify God. A tale of truth. Loved it. You can find out more on her website. In Search of Truth.

What have you been reading this summer? (tweet this)

 Connect With Janis

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In 2001, Janis gave her life to Christ. She started journaling as a way to organize her thoughts, feelings, and prayers. She is a member of two cross-Canadian Christian writers’ groups, The Word Guild and Inscribe Christian Writers Fellowship.

In 2012 she published an award-winning children’s book, Tadeo TurtleHer new book, The Kingdom of Thrim, was published in June 2016.

She podcasts on Hope Stream Radio, an Internet radio station. Her talk Growing Through God’s Word can be heard each Tuesday.

Janis loves to tell others about what God has done and is doing in her life.

Janis can be reached on her website, Growing Through God’s Word and on FacebookPinterest and Twitter.

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Just a quick update

Just a quick update

I attended a writer’s conference last week. Lots on my mind. No time for Creative Tuesdays but if you have enjoyed following the link, here is it: Creative Tuesdays – Aqua.

We met our team from Hope Stream Radio for a photo-opt. It wasn’t easy getting us together but we did it. We kept losing someone. I have a podcast every Tuesday and sometimes on Saturday.


Kimberley Payne interviewed me for her podcasting venture. She has developed a program called BEEP – Bible, Exercise, Eating, Prayer. She interviewed 4 of us to find out how we do “BEEP on the road”. Below is the link to her interview on YouTube.

See you at Sunday Stillness.


OPPORTUNITY – Five Minute Fridays


“A favourable junction of circumstances” – that’s opportunity.

I believe God brings us opportunities. I also believe that we sometimes say no, due to fear, worry and circumstances.

Grace Fox’s Bible study, Moving From Fear to Freedom, is breaking down some of those barriers for me.

For a long time I would tell myself that I am not good enough to write. I would say the same thing about my painting.

Then opportunities happened –

The Word Guild runs Write! Canada, a conference for all writers at any stage of development, who are accepted and encouraged in their writing. You can read an interview from Wendy Nelles about the wonderful opportunity that awaits you if you sign up.

I took watercolour classes in Arizona where the instructor took the time to show me how to “see” my pictures.

Prayer from my fellow Bible study women for me to just “do it” brought me to the point where I have published my first children’s book (6 of them to start), to bring to Write! Canada and see where God wants this to go.

There are opportunities out there for writers, painters, speakers, and whatever else you desire.

I see requests for articles from Christian magazines. I have been published a little. But I haven’t worked at it.

The opportunities are there. I needed the PUSH. I hold back. So my prayer is for God to help me move through my fear and go for it.

Time is up.

What opportunities do you have waiting in the wings? Where has God been nudging you?

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.

We write because we love words and the relief it is to just write them without worrying if they’re just right or not. So we take five minutes on Friday and write like we used to run when we were kids.

On Fridays we write with gusto, unselfconscious and flat out.

What can you write in five minutes flat? {—> click to tweet}.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on:


Simply Saturday

On Saturdays I write for only 5 minutes – the topic today is Write!Canada.


At the time of your reading this post I will be on the last day of my writers’ conference, Write!Canada held in Guelph, Ontario.

I have attended this conference for the past seven years and each year get more excited than the last.

If you live in Canada and are interested in writing – this is the conference for you.

This year, with some trepidation, I am taking the final version of my book, A Better Way, to show to agents, friends, and publishers. We will see what God is going to do with this. I have left it in His Hands.

I am a perfectionist and have held off doing anything with my draft for three years. This is the year. I am stepping out in faith and putting my work before humanity.

Writing a book is a little like blogging but in blogging we are freer to express ourselves. Although we try not to make mistakes, if they occur we can quickly fix them. In a book – that is not possible (until a second printing).

When I did my trial print run (3 books), I thought I had all the “bugs” out. I didn’t. It was humbling to have silly mistakes found. But it was also a blessing.

Well that’s all for my five minutes today. Can’t link to Gypsy Mama as I have to write this before I head to Guelph.

Under the Cover of Prayer

I started out blogging a few years ago – trying to find out what God wanted me to talk about. I wrote Shining His Light and Spirit-Filled Canada which I have now closed for lack of time.

Last year at our Writers’ Conference, Write!Canada, God put upon my heart to blog about prayer. I was faithful. I started Under the Cover Prayer at the end of June 2010. Today we have 18 guest bloggers and myself writing for UTCOP. We also repost from other sources.

I write on Fridays for UTCOP. So I encourage you to slip over and see what we are all about. There are no comments allowed on the prayer blog. It is a blog for contemplation and prayer.

I encourage all writers and want-to-be writers to check out Write!Canada. Have no fear – we are a fun-filled, spirit-filled group of men and women who are Christian. There is something for every level and passion. The bookstore is awesome. You can meet up with editors, writers, publishers, and agents – all under the same roof. Worship on Friday and Saturday morning is awesome. The classes and workshops are top notch. If you have questions feel free to ask me – I will tell you what I know. You can reach me either in the comment section or by email.