Ghostwriting: The Murphey Method (Christian Writers Institute, 2017)

Cecil Murphey gives the new writer an easy-to-read book about ghostwriting know-how. His years as a book writer-ghostwriter along with his wisdom and integrity contribute to expert insights for the growing writer. An incredible range of information is packed into this book. Murphey shows pitfalls a ghostwriter can avoid through knowing what to expect and what to do in a variety of situations.

I appreciate Mr. Murphey’s advice as he instructs using personal experiences and lessons learned from his own writing journey. He was the collaborator for books like Gifted Hands and Think Big by Ben Carson, and 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper. Cecil Murphey’s faith is a thread that ties his personal beliefs to his work endeavors, which makes his book a double-win for me.

Cecil Murphey was a minister, a professor, and he is an overcomer.  In addition, he is well-respected in the writing community as an author, ghostwriter, and presenter. He blogs at and has a blog for male victims of sexual abuse at Shattering the Silence.

Mother’s Day

Power is in a Mother’s Prayers.

Saint Augustine and the man he would become, was the direct result of his mother’s persistent and multiplied prayers. Monica was vigilant in advocating for her son through daily prayers.

Never give up. As a youth, Augustine was influenced by the rhetoric and cults of the day. His mother, much concerned, sought audience with God. He gave her audience. Her son converted.

Heart to Heart

Two Women, Two Conversations, Two Circumstances

The Easter Sunrise at my brother’s place on the hills of Red Bluff is special. We sit on folding chairs or on blankets strewn on the ground on a hill with oak trees interspersed around us. People draw stadium blankets around their legs and arms to keep warm. It is a beautiful morning. Crisp and cool. The birds are singing profusely. We face the east to watch the sunrise. My brother and wife have invited the neighbors. Many have come. I’m there with my family and a friend.

My brother says a few words and then three readers read messianic passages.

We sing a song led by my sister-in-law and her sister, as she plays the guitar, then three passages of Jesus’ words are read. We sing again, and then one more layer. The sun is coming up. We end with Morning Has Broken, one of my all time favorite songs. The sun is a full orb on the singing of the last verse. It is right on schedule. Thrilling. We appreciate the array of lavender to purple wildflowers resplendent among the grasses on the hill. There is a quietness in the air. We follow the trails down to the house where we will share a communal meal.