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How to Love the Addict in Your Life

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Addiction is in my family. My father was an alcoholic, so were my grandfathers, and uncles. Two of my siblings have struggled with addiction. My oldest brother has been in the grip of drug addiction for decades. It has taken everything from him. He has been homeless most of his life. In and out of jail, rehab, and even prison. When I see one of his mugshots it takes my breath away. I have been praying for my brother for years, and I will continue to do so until he gets set free and fully surrenders his life to Jesus Christ.

I am no expert on addiction, but I do have a lot of compassion for the addict and their loved ones. There are wonderful people out there fighting the good fight for the addicted. Jeannie Delahunt is one of those special people. I am honored to have Jeannie on my blog.

Jeannie is an author who wrote out of love for her heroin addicted son. She is a Jesus loving woman with a strong faith, and hope for the addict. Please welcome Jeannie and read a little of her story. You will be blessed.

Jeannie’s Story

I wrote my two books, Tough Loving My Heroin Addict, A Lesson from the Parable of the Prodigal Son, and You’re Not Alone, the Prayer Journey of a Heroin Addict’s Mother, first for my own sanity, then, in the hopes of supporting other parents enduring the same or similar anguish.

Writing has always been a coping mechanism for me.

When I first found out how all-consuming my son’s addiction was, all I could do for two weeks was sit on my couch and stare out the window.  I hardly ate or slept.  I just couldn’t believe this happened to my son, to us, his brother, our family.  I felt as though I had entered the land of never-ending tombs.  

I remember saying in my mind, because I couldn’t really pray at the time, “If You don’t do something, this will kill me.”

Fortunately, a dear Christian sister checked on me every couple of days.  She didn’t lecture, or preach, she just asked, “Can I do anything for you?  I’m praying for you, your son, the situation.”

Somewhere, during those two weeks, it came to me to write.  I do believe that came from God.  

I wrote.

It didn’t take any form at first. I just wrote whatever came to me.  In time it took form.  Actually, it took form after another perspective from the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-24).  

I focused on the dad in the story.  

Then I knew with the help of the Holy Spirit, I needed to let my son go and place him in the care of the Lord.  In no way, shape, or form, could I protect my son, enable him.  He would need to suffer the consequences of his own actions. I suffered, too. 

Everyone who loves an addict, alcoholic, suffers, too.

The second book I wrote to support those parents or loved ones praying daily, all through the day, and even into the night- time.  Those sobbing into their pillows, some, perhaps, having to go to work in the morning, trying to muster all the internal strength they had just to get through the day.

I wanted them to know that someone else understood their sufferings and prayed for them. My greatest hope with that book, for the reader(s) to hold on, and trust.  For each day could mean a knock on the door from the authorities.  A knock signaling the death from overdose, or any other drug-related reason.

Unfortunately, there aren’t enough services out there.  And our culture is a drug-oriented culture.  Just look at the passing of recreational marijuana recently.  Now, we not only have to cope with drunk-driving, but stoned, and drunk-driving.  

Marijuana, for instance, might have its place – but under the strict supervision of the docs, not for legal sale on the street corners.  Our culture holds many double-messages.  We advertise the dangers of smoking cigarettes but endorse the smoking of pot.  Go figure.

To date, my son struggles with sobriety.  I praise God and believe some day; God will set every cell in his body free from this oppression.  I pray for all who love an addict, alcoholic and for deliverance of their loved one.

Connect with Jeannie at her website.

https://jdelahunt.club/

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Q & A with Author Leah Meahl

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Please welcome my friend, and fellow author, Leah Meahl to the blog. Leah and I met last year through blogging, and connected immediately because of our shared faith. She has been very kind and supportive of my writing, and even invited me to contribute as a guest on her blog. 

Leah is a talented, accomplished writer with two books to her name. Her first book, The Threshold, debuted last year. Students at North Greenville University turned Leah’s book, The Threshold, into a film. How cool is that! It’s a powerful story. Here is the link: https://youtu.be/VW1rRDSF9gk  Leah makes a cameo in the opening scene. 

Her new book, Pebbles: 31 days of faith-enriching parables, releases September 25th on Amazon. Please go to her website to find out more about her books and blog. I’m going to stop talking, and let Leah tell you about her new book. Without further ado, the talented, kind, lovely, Jesus loving author, Leah Meahl! It’s a pleasure to have you on my blog. Thanks for sharing with us. Take it away, Leah.

Thank you, Meghan for having me on your wonderful blog! I’m so thrilled to share a little bit about me and the process of writing my latest book Pebbles: 31 days of faith-enriching parables.

  1. What made you write Pebbles?

I originally wanted to write a comprehensive guide to everyday faith. I guess it’s no surprise that it was more complicated than I thought. I happened to write a parable for my blog one day and the thrill of it eventually sparked the idea to write a series of parables. Parables are a fun and creative way to get to the heart of a matter rather than just spelling it all out. Writing about certain aspects of faith became easier for me because I could layer them with relatable events, characters, and qualities. 

  1. What do you hope to accomplish with Pebbles?

I want readers to have a fresh devotional that they can connect with emotionally and spiritually. I want the illustrations to grab their attention and rest in their minds long after they read them. Most importantly, I want this devotional to give readers a chance to examine the faith they already have and challenge it to a new level in their lives. 

  1. What do you like about writing parables?

I enjoy the process of crafting a concise and poetic story. They don’t take long to write and yet they still pack a punch. I love it! I will definitely be doing more in the future!

  1. What was the most challenging part about writing the parables?

31 individual stories ended up being a lot more than I thought and sometimes I lacked inspiration. I had to learn to let the ideas come organically and not rush myself. Some parables took a couple hours to write, others took a couple weeks. No matter how long they took me to figure out, I’m really pleased with how they turned out. 

  1. Which one of Jesus’s parables do you connect with the most?

I really love the parable of the pearl. The merchant finds a pearl and sells everything to get it. The parable is one or two lines, yet it has always struck a chord with me because of how outrageous it is. To give up everything for a pearl that on the outside doesn’t really do much for you, really reveals how precious the kingdom of God is, even if it doesn’t look like it on earth. 

I’ve had an awesome time writing these parables as well as commissioning the original artwork to go along with them. I can’t wait for readers to sink their teeth into them September 25th

Bio:

Leah Jordan Meahl is a northern girl raised in the south. She has many passions including belting showtunes and drinking too much coffee, but none of them come close to the love she has for God and for writing. She loves fiction and devotional writing, but she also writes a blog for the average growing Christian. Her debut novella, The Threshold, was published in 2019, and she’s gearing up to release Pebbles: 31 days of faith-enriching parables. Feel free to connect with her! 

www.meahltime.com

www.instagram.com/leahjordanmeahl

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Authors, Joey Flynn's Extraordinary Tale

My Author Interview on Novel Thoughts

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Hello,

I hope and pray you are doing well. Just wanted to pass along my recent author interview. My friend and fellow author, Sharon K. Connell, included me in her monthly newsletter. Sharon’s newsletter, Novel Thoughts, is filled with all sorts of good information like poetry, art, writing tips, funny stories and recipes. One of my recipes is also included in July’s newsletter. So, I’m very blessed to have such an opportunity.

Sharon is an accomplished author with quite a few books to her name. Her genre is Christian Romance Suspense. The links to her books are included in Novel Thoughts.

Please go to the link and read all the great content Sharon has in her newsletter. Also, you can read my interview and find out about my writing process, and a few other fun facts about me.

Thank you!

Meghan

 

Novel Thoughts, July Edition

https://mailchi.mp/1873f80052ae/july-edition-of-novel-thoughts

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Black Friday Giveaway

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I’m giving away a copy of my book Joey Flynn’s Extraordinary Tale and I want that winner to be you! It’s my debut Middle Grade Novel. Perfect for ages 8 and up. Both kids and adults have loved my little book. It’s a fun, adventurous story that happens to have a deeper message. To trust God.

But that’s not all. I’m giving away a T-shirt too! As you can see from the picture, the T-shirt has the theme of the book. It’s an adult size medium, and is unisex. It would easily fit an older child or small adult. My husband’s friend Adrien made these T-shirts for me last year, and my friend Nick designed them. The blue is actually much more vibrant than the picture is showing.

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If you want a different kind of children’s book that will encourage your faith, and maybe teach your kids something new about faith in God, then enter my contest. It will cost you absolutely nothing. Joey Flynn’s Extraordinary Tale makes a great gift, and a fun read aloud with your kids.

How to enter the contest:

It’s that easy to enter the book and T-shirt giveaway.

The winner will be chosen and notified next Friday, December 6th.

 

It is my pleasure to share Joey Flynn’s Extraordinary Tale with you and your children! It was a labor of love. I never wanted to write anything, let alone a children’s book. God asked me to write, and you can learn more about why I wrote here: Why Did I Write A Children’s Book?

You can listen to an interview I did with Kid’s Stuff Podcast here: http://kidsstuff.libsyn.com/interview-with-childrens-book-author-meghan-white

 

Enter my contest today! It will cost you nothing and you may be the lucky winner!

P.S. I will sign the copy I giveaway. That’s right. You will have the signature of a famous author. OK, that’s not even close. You will have the signature of an unknown author.

 

 

 

Love you all,

Meghan

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Kid’s Stuff Podcast Interviewed Me!

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So I wrote this kid’s book, Joey Flynn’s Extraordinary Tale. I don’t share it often. Honestly, I don’t like promoting myself. I’m just not comfortable with it. As an author you need to promote your work. I’ve been stretched in this area. There’s a link on my blog home page to my book, and I pretty much leave it at that. I know, that’s not great promotion. That’s awful promotion. I would much rather sit down and talk with you in person and tell you exactly why I wrote this story.

I got the chance to do just that when Kid’s Stuff Podcast reached out to me asking to do an interview. What an exciting opportunity for a little unknown author like me. I jumped at the chance. This is my first interview ever for my book. Kid’s Stuff is an award-winning, kid friendly podcast run by Gale and his thirteen-year-old son Owen. These guys are so kind and easy to talk to.

Owen read my book before the interview, and I am pleased to announce that he loved it! This is a huge stamp of approval that I humbly accept as a gift. I love getting feedback, but especially from kids. I wrote this book for kids first, so their opinions mean everything to me. Owen had some great questions for me specifically related to the story. It was fun to answer those.

Owen also asked me the meaning behind John 15:5, that I write on signed copies. Great question, but this didn’t make the final edit which is fine, since there wasn’t room for everything. I love that verse because it reminds me what I can accomplish without Christ, nothing. I can do nothing apart from the vine, Jesus. At least nothing that really matters. He is the vine and I am just a branch. When God asked me to write this book I needed to rely on Him to complete this huge task. That’s why I add that verse to signed copies.

Our recording lasted over an hour, but Gale had to edit it down to thirty minutes since that is the maximum allowed for their podcast. He did an excellent job editing all that and squeezing in the pertinent book and author information. Owen and Gale are kind, lovely people. And bonus, they are Christ Followers too. Pretty cool for us to have that in common. Please check out their podcast. They have all sorts of fun, educational topics that of course, are kid friendly.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you will be able to listen to my interview where you can hear why I wrote this book and the message God gave me for kids. Thank you for your support!

Love you all,

Meghan

 

http://kidsstuff.libsyn.com/interview-with-childrens-book-author-meghan-white