Monday, April 21, 2014

May 2014 Speaker: Steve Reynolds

Capital Christian Writers Presents:
Pastor Steve Reynolds
May 12, 2014
“Turn Your Life Into a Book!”

Steve Reynolds, busy pastor of Capital Baptist Church, lost 100 pounds and started preaching a sermon series about it entitled Bod4God. The Washington Post ran a full-page feature on the “Anti Fat Pastor,” and people were soon encouraging him to write a book about his experience.

Reynolds used an editor to transcribe his sermons into book form, then self-published Bod4God in 2007. Regal Books/Gospel Light picked it up and expanded it in 2009. That sold so well, he then filmed a companion video series in 2012. His second book Get Off the Couch was published by Regal in 2013, and he’s working on his third book now.

Come hear his publishing journey and give some thought to the struggles you may have fought in your own life, and how you might be able to encourage others by getting the word out there.

Steve Reynolds has served as the senior pastor of Capital Baptist Church in Annandale, Va., since 1982. He is also the creator of the Losing to Live Weight Loss Competition. Steve is a graduate of Liberty University and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Debbie, have three children.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

April Fellowship Night

April Fellowship
Monday, April 14, 7 p.m. 

Join fellow CCW members and friends for some fellowship on Monday, April 14, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Panera Bread in the heart of Fairfax City (just a block from Truro at 3955 Chain Bridge RdFairfaxVA 22030. Parking is free in the garage next to the complex, which also has the Wine House, Bollywood Bistro and Potbelly's).

Come share what you're working on, talk shop and generally have fun! We'll try to snag the long table, so if you get there first and see it empty, please reserve it for us!

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Dr. Harry Kraus 
March 10, 2014 
 “Ten Things I Wish I’d Known When Starting My First Novel” 

 The best-selling author of 19 books (16 novels and 3 nonfiction works), Dr. Harry Kraus is a board-certified surgeon and his signature is the authentic medical stripe that runs through his novels. His books have been finalists for the Christy award, American Christian Fiction Writers’ book of the year, and book of the year for the Faith, Hope, and Love section of Romance Writers of America. His novel, Could I Have This Dance? was the Christian Booksellers Association’s number-one bestseller for the contemporary fiction category for 2002. He divides his professional life between Virginia and East Africa.

 Come hear Dr. Kraus reflect on more than 20 years in the publishing business, and get rejuvenated on writing your own fiction or nonfiction work.

His books include novels Lip Reading, An Open Heart, A Heartbeat Away, The Six-Liter Club, Salty Like Blood, Perfect, Serenity, The Chairman, The Stain, Lethal Mercy, Fated Genes, Stainless Steal Hearts, and The Claire McCall Series (Could I Have this Dance?, For the Rest of My Life, and All I'll Ever Need); a youth novella (A Zebra Tale), and the nonfiction works Domesticated Jesus, The Cure, and Breathing Grace: What you need More than Your Next Breath.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Member News

Rejoice with CCW member Joyce McConnell on the sale of her story, “Of Course You Can” to Under His Shadow magazine. She writes that the title of the piece was what a journalism teacher told her “when I wasn't sure I could cover a story he assigned me.”

Joyce says, “I was really thrilled to sell a story again! It has been quite a while and it encourages me to get on the ball and write up some more stories which I have been putting off because of one thing or another.”

Congratulations, Joyce!

If you have a writing-related praise to share, send us an email so that we can celebrate God’s goodness to you.

Monday, February 3, 2014

February Fellowship
Monday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m. 

Join fellow CCW members and friends for some fellowship on Monday, Feb. 10, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Panera Bread in the heart of Fairfax City (just a block from Truro at 3955 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030. Parking is free in the garage next to the complex, which also has the Wine House, Bollywood Bistro and Potbelly's).

Come share what you're working on, talk shop and generally have fun! We'll try to snag the long table, so if you get there first and see it empty, please reserve it for us!

Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Finding Your Audience, Group Participation Part 2

Joyce McConnell is a freelance writer who has written down some of the surprising answers to prayer the Lord has blessed her family with over the years. She originally gave her book to her family as Christmas gifts, but then discovered that other people enjoyed reading her stories also and has been marketing her book since 2010. When you read A God of Surprises, you will discover that our Lord delights in answering His children's prayers. His answers are unique. Sometimes unexpected. Often unusual. And many times fun! You will see why our Lord truly is A God of Surprises!

Joyce writes: I would appreciate any comments or suggestions you might have for me. My paperback book is only 85 pages long, is a very easy read and some people use it as a devotional. I also give all the proceeds from the book to our wounded veterans and I give the address in the preface in case anyone would like to give to our veterans also. I think my book appeals to anyone interested in knowing how God answers prayers and it can be any age group, male or female. At my last book-signing , which was at a craft fair, a 10-year-old boy got very excited about reading my book. He didn't have enough money, but he made a deal with his mom who was at another table selling jewelry who agreed to give him the money and he would pay her back when he got home. As it turned out, it was a strong Christian family and we got to know each other during the day. Craft shows are fun!

Let's help Joyce find more people to reach with her book! 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Finding Your Audience, Group Participation Part One

At last night's meeting, we ran out of time to comment on our own work. Over the next few weeks, CCW members and friends will post their current work-in-progress to this blog and we'll comment on the summary and offer suggestions for how the poster can reach his or her audience. Comments should be encouraging yet helpful, remembering Ephesians 4:32: "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you."

First up is Stephen Hiemstra!

Summary of work: 
A Christian Guide to Spirituality is a devotional study in 50 reflections focused on the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Apostle’s Creed. Each reflection is treated with a scriptural reference, biblically focused reflection, prayer, and questions for discussion. The target audience is the committed Christian wanting to dig deeper during Lent or Easter season. The book is complete and the total length is about 34,000 words.

About his audience: 
Since I volunteered to be an elder in 2002, I have been teaching adult Bible studies.  The past two years I have taught a bilingual class which is mostly in Spanish.  Most of my students are believers wanting to understand their faith better.  Oftentimes, my classes have been young adults and professionals who have never attended a Bible study and only came because I invited them.  Some came to church for the first time as adults.