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Looking back on your earthly years…Living Backward by Angelique Cooper McGlotten launches today!

Imagine looking back on the sum total of your earthly years . . . and realizing that your reasons to rejoice are far greater than your regrets.

 

Isn’t that a powerful statement!
 Living Backward by Christian author Angelique Cooper McGlotten.
That’s from my friend Angelique Cooper McGlotten, talking about her brand new book, Living Backward:

 

Living Backward is your invitation to discover the powerful gift of future-oriented hindsight and reap the incredible rewards it offers. As we grapple with today’s fleeting problem or tomorrow’simportant choice, the ability to “live backward” provides us with not only a new perspective on our lives but also a powerful tool for creating true joy by fulfilling God’s plan for us. We desire to matter, and God knocks on our hearts, beckoning us to open the door to a life of eternal significance.

 

I’ve gotten to know Angelique (at least online) through a writers’ group and an online prayer group and know her beautiful spirit and how much she loves God. So I’m honored to have her here on Launch Day for Living Backward!

 

I asked Angelique to share an excerpt from Living Backward with us, and she agreed. (And I love that it features a C.S. Lewis quote!)

 

Excerpt:

Each of us is on a path that is taking us somewhere. What path are
you walking? Where are you today as you come to this book? Maybe
you’re searching for the right path. Or maybe you realize that the path 
you’re on isn’t getting you nearer to where you want to be. Maybe you haven’t given much thought to where you’re headed. Or maybe you do recognize that you are not on God’s path for your life. Regardless of which camp you find yourself in, take heart. It’s never too late to discover God’s path. No matter where you begin, you can grow in your relationship with God and start seeking His direction. You have not come across this book by accident or chance; you are reading it by God’s sovereign design. I’ve prayed that God’s gift of encouragement to me and the things He has taught me would bless you.

God extends to each of us the same gracious invitation that He
offered the Israelites long ago: “This is what the LORD says: ‘Stop at
the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk
in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls’” (Jeremiah
6:16, New Living Translation). This good way (as another translation
refers to it) is in contrast to the path of our self-empowered choosing.
Therefore, we can heed this verse only after we’ve acknowledged that
the road of life traveled without God’s guidance leads to a dead end. It results in a fruitless, empty, and ultimately bankrupt life. Indeed, this is the opposite of the purposeful and fulfilling lives that we desperately yearn for and that God zealously desires us to have.


C. S. Lewis wisely said, “We all want progress. But progress is
getting nearer to where you want to be. And if you’ve taken a wrong
[turn], then to go forward doesn’t get you any nearer.”
1 So I pray you
will choose to say, Lord, I desire to walk in the good way! I desire the

path that is pleasing to You and that leads to my greatest good. But
I’ve discovered that many sincere followers of Christ have the same
struggle I once had. Namely, how do I practically walk out God’s plan
for my life? What does a Christ-exalting life look like? How do I grow
from who I am into the person God created me to be? And how do I
go about building a life that really matters? My purpose in writing this
book is to address these very important questions.


1. C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: HarperCollins, 2003), 28.

Christian author Angelique Cooper McGlotten launches new book, Living Backward.

 

Angelique Cooper McGlotten, originally from Liberia, West Africa, holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia. Having woven the gift of future-oriented hindsight into her own life, she knows firsthand its power to both shape our purpose and infuse our lives with joy and meaning. Through a variety of venues, the author has mentored (and continues to mentor) hundreds of adults and young adults alike. Angelique regularly speaks at women’s retreats, women’s groups, and conferences on various topics pertaining to the Christian faith. She is also the author of a book of poetry titled The Weaver’s Thread. Angelique resides in northern Virginia with her husband and the three children entrusted to them by God.

By way of word pictures, analogies, and personal anecdotes, Living Backward facilitates head-to-heart understanding, helping us internalize key biblical principles so we can truly experience their life-changing power. Only then can we achieve genuine success, weave enduring significance into our lives, and make the most of the precious time we’ve been allotted.

Keep up with Angelique and her writing at these links:

 

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A visit from Amy C. Blake, author of new adult suspense Whitewashed

Author (and pastor’s wife) Amy C. Blake has just released a new adult suspense novel called Whitewashed. I’ve already snagged my copy and can’t wait to read it. Meanwhile, Amy is visiting here and answering questions about Whitewashed, writing, and life!

Amy Blake, author of Whitewashed.

Hi, Amy. Welcome!

Readers love to know about writers, so tell us a little about yourself, family, dogs, cats etc.

I’m a pastor’s wife and homeschooling mother of four from Columbus, Ohio, and we have a spoiled, 11-year-old English Springer Spaniel named Chrisgo. I earned my BA and MA in English from Mississippi College, the place on which Verity College in Whitewashed is loosely based. My husband and I met at Mississippi College and argued against each other in Argumentation class. We still debate about who won the argument because the teacher voted for him while the class voted for me (which, of course, means I won).

What are some of your favorite activities?

I love to read suspense and YA fantasy, along with other genres. I enjoy playing games like Spades, Rook, Euchre, and Dutch Blitz with family and friends. I also like cuddling on the couch with my kids watching good movies.

What made you want to be a writer?

I’ve always loved to read, though for years I never had enough self-confidence to believe I could become a published author myself. Eventually, I took a couple of writing courses, attended writers’ conferences, and decided to give writing a try. I started with short stories, articles, and devotionals and was encouraged when some were published. Then I moved on to books. My first novels were pretty bad, but they helped me learn how to write. Now I’m glad I stuck with it through the discouraging seasons.

If you could do anything that you are not doing now, what would it be?

 Right now, I’d love to be sitting on Poppa and Grand’s porch in Mississippi soaking up some sunshine. These Ohio winters are too cold!
Amy Blake's new adult suspense novel Whitewashed.

Tell us about your new book. What age range is it for? And with female protagonists, I’m guessing it’s mainly for girls, or is it for both genders?

Whitewashed is primarily for girls, especially those in the older teen/younger twenties range who are transitioning into adulthood. However, I’ve had a few male readers tell me they enjoyed the book, and many women all the way into their senior adult years tell me they couldn’t put it down.

What’s the novel’s theme? Or what do you want readers to take away when they’re done?

Whitewashed has several themes interwoven into the plot, but I’ll just tell you about one. Patience is a real stickler for truth, so much so she sometimes can’t see people. She’s even been known to scream truth in the faces of people she loves, and in so doing caused much more harm than good. I want the reader to learn, along with Patience, that truth and mercy go hand-in-hand. Just as God is a God of truth who is merciful to His children, we should be people of truth who also show mercy to others.

Whitewashed is book 1 in the On the Brink series. The other stories feature Patience’s sisters, correct?

Actually the other two On the Brink books feature Patience’s two best friends, Nat and Christy, who are also homeschooled. Christy’s story is set in Buckeye Lake, Ohio, and ties into the 1920s when Buckeye Lake–with its amusement parks and nationally-known ballrooms–drew huge crowds. Nat’s story is still in the works, though I’m pretty sure it’ll be set in Washington DC.

 

Thanks, Amy!

About Whitewashed:

Eighteen-year-old Patience McDonough has a plan. Despite her parents’ objections, she will attend Verity College in Hades, Mississippi, and live with her grandparents. She’ll complete her degree in record time and go on to become a doctor. But things at the college are strangely neglected, her class work is unexpectedly hard, Grand gets called out-of-town, and Poppa starts acting weird—so weird she suspects he has Alzheimer’s. On top of that, she has to work extra hours at her student job inputting financial data for the college—boring! But soon her job gets more interesting than she’d like: she finds that millions of dollars are unaccounted for and that something creepy is going on in the Big House basement. She discovers secrets tying her family into the dark beginnings of Verity, founded on a slave plantation, and she is forced to question the characters of people she has always trusted. Finally, confronted with a psychotic killer, Patience has to face facts—her plans are not necessarily God’s plans. Will the truth set her free?

About Amy:

Amy C. Blake is a pastor’s wife and homeschooling mother of four. She has a B.A. and an M.A. in English from Mississippi College. She contributed to Barbour’s Heavenly XOXO’s for Women,Book Lover’s Devotional, and Every Good and Perfect Gift. Amy wrote short stories and articles for Focus on the Family, Mature Years, Significant Living, Vista, Encounter, and other publications. She won awards at St. Davids Christian Writers Conference and West Branch Christian Writers Conference. The Trojan Horse Traitor quarterfinaled in the 2011 ABNA contest. Her juvenile fantasy novel The Trojan Horse Traitor, releases in November, 2015, and her new adult suspense novel, Whitewashed, released February 15.
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