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 cecilmurphey.com and has a blog for male victims of sexual abuse at Shattering the Silence.

Silent . Sacred . Space: The Secret Joy of Time Alone with God

Preface

Her eyes alight in awe as she gazes into the globe. It is magical, like a winter snow scene in Toyland. The coordinated moving parts of each tiny figure, delight her. The train, as it moves in a figure eight, blows it whistle and chugs its pattern. She follows its movement as she takes it all in: the falling snow, the street lights, the horse and carriage, a church with carolers in muffs, top hats, scarves and waist-coats and singing Christmas cheer. The scene is from a different era and it is enchanting. Her parents, watching her, smile with matching delight, transfixed with the beauty of the moment as they watch the child’s wonderment. The moment is surreal, precious, one to be remembered and cherished.

One could cry.

The child remains transfixed by the mesmerizing scene. Her childish thoughts take her to that place inside the glass sphere where all is peaceful and quaint. Like entering a Thomas Kinkade painting, she wishes she could step into its scene to play in the snow, sing carols with the carolers, sit in the white-steepled church, stroke the horse’s mane, look up at the street lamps, and feel snowflakes dampen her face. The girl’s long sandy-colored hair falls forward in gentle wisps, resting on the curved glass as she remains still. Her winter nightwear is cozy, warm, soft to the touch. It is evening now and bedtime for her, but she can’t bring herself to leave the spot where her feet are anchored; not now, not with the magic in the globe calling to her, beckoning her into its silent joy.

Book Review: “The Meeting Place” by Rich Lewis

A Contemplative Book

Rich Lewis appreciates a contemplative walk with God. The kind spiritual living which includes daily times set aside for listening in silence with God. Through Twitter he and I connected because of “Healing the Divide: Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Roots” (RCMR) by Amos Smith.

Rich is a part of the RCMR mystic movement, which highlights Christian truth through the spiritual discipline of meditation. He has written a book on centering prayer, a practice that is helpful in developing a centered spiritual life.

This week Rich shared a review of my book. Here is part of his review and a link to his post. I hope you will check out some of his other blog posts and his free ebook, Centering Prayer. It is a practice I highly recommend.

Writing is About Passion

Is writing about making money or is writing about communicating a message? Writing is not all about making money, creating a name for yourself, or building a following. I think not.Those things are part of the deal but not the most important element.   

Writing is about passion. It’s about having something to say that is worth saying, that the writer believes has merit and meaning. It has an objective. Writing is communicating big ideas in carefully crafted wordings. Writing is speaking with a musicality endearing to the reader, causing them to want more. Writing with substance is to take writing to a level of purposed endeavor which will influence and create something with value for its intended audience.  I believe if we only write to make money, then we have missed the point of the greater reason.

If it is only about dollars and cents, writing will be of a temporary quality with little lasting value. Cranking out volumes of text to print for this purpose only–to pay the bills–in itself is not what writing, in its pure form, is about. Writing which captures ideas to bring them to life, and incorporates understanding of human foibles, errors and triumphs, will endure and become legendary.