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Volume 4, Issue 1 - September 2007

"Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still;
teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning."

~ Proverbs 9:9 NIV~

Hello and welcome to the September Issue of FaithWriters' Magazine. As always, there's plenty of great reading to inspire and encourage you right through the month.

Of course, for many readers, this month marks the start of a brand new school year. Whether you are a parent or a student, it's usually a time of excitement and growth, mixed together with a little bit of nerves and uncertainty-and nothing sums up those new school year jitters better than our front page feature story by one of FaithWriters' favorite writers, Lynda Schab. I'm not going to say another word about it. You'll have to read Be Afraid...Be Very Afraid for yourself. You won't be sorry you did.

Be Afraid...Be Very Afraid
By Lynda Schab

Lisa's lip trembled but she refused to be a crybaby. She was a big girl, for goodness sake.

She held her hands out and saw that they were shaking. In fact, most of her was shaking. "Stop that!" she demanded through clenched teeth. But her hands wouldn't listen, and neither would her legs, which at the moment felt like two strands of spaghetti.

She hated that she was so nervous! So what if this was her first day; lots of people had first days. She remembered her first day of fourth grade-it hadn't been that bad. Maybe sixth wouldn't be that bad either. Lisa leaned against a nearby locker and for several moments tried to convince herself there was nothing to worry about.

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Lynda's story is bound to give you a smile, but don't stop there. We have plenty of other lighthearted stories and articles this month.

First of all, for something quite different in our Ripe for the Harvest section, we have a fun story by Brad Paulson-a writer who is an absolute treat to read. Brad's story White Water Snorkeling shouldn't be missed. I found myself chuckling from start to finish, but in the midst of the humor, Brad managed to bring home an important message about evangelism at the same time. I think you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

Of course, when we think of humor at FaithWriters, we tend to automatically think of the Rev. James Snyder, who found many new fans after speaking at our recent FaithWriters Conference in Detroit last month. His weekly column is always guaranteed to lift the readers' spirits, while giving glory to God as well. So head on over to We are the Church, and get ready to find out why James says I Don't Go to Church Without Being Paid. (Don't worry-he hasn't turned mercenary.)

Doing the grocery shopping with children can be a challenge at the best of times, but when it's your first time alone, it can be overwhelming. Julie Arduini did a great job getting inside a father's head in her Joy of Family story, Dad's Grocery Run. It's a messy, funny, heartwarming story with a cute ending that will leave you grinning.

Actually, the last thing I'd do is point a finger at Julie's main character. I remember being terrified at the thought of taking my baby out for the first time alone. After a couple of weeks, my mother and sister finally came and took me (sulking) to the shops so I'd see it wasn't so bad-and surprisingly, it wasn't. The "baby" is now 22 years old and married, and you'll be pleased to know that I quite happily take her out for lunch every Monday.

Then there was the time I accidentally left our second baby, newborn Matthew, at the donut shop...but that's another story altogether. He's 20 now and seems to like both donuts and me, so I guess he didn't hold a grudge.

Anyway, back to the September line-up...

We have a brand new section for you this month, and it's such a special one. All Creatures Great and Small is for the animal lovers out there, and I can't think of a better author to get things started than Teri Wilson. Teri is a much-loved FaithWriters friend who manages to slip an animal into almost every story she writes. No matter what the topic for the weekly FaithWriters' Writing Challenge, you can almost guarantee that Teri's entry will have something to do with animals-and they are always a joy to read. Her story Confessions of a Reluctant Canine Midwife is no exception. Enjoy!

On a more serious note, Janice Ramkissoon poses a very challenging question in Straight Talk for Today. She asks Why is Sex a Taboo Subject in the Church? Speaking from her own personal experience, Janice aims her article at pastors and church leaders, in the hope that they may provide avenues for sensitively teaching and discussing this most intimate of subjects. In doing so, Janice believes many Christian married couples will avoid the problems that she herself has faced in this particular area. Her article is straightforward and well worth consideration.

Still on that more serious side, Joanne Sher's short story The Company We Keep is also thought provoking. It's one of those great mixes of a good story with an excellent point, and most definitely worth reading.

And also worth reading are Ruth Ann Cornelson's challenging article, Of Converse and Coaches, Debbie O'Connor's fun family message, Everyone's Weird, and Bonnie Derksen's absolutely beautiful and inspirational poem, The Banks of If Only. Each of these ladies has written a gem, and it's a delight to be able to share them with you.

Last of all, we have another FaithWriters' Gold Seal book review for you in our Well Read section. This month's review is of Gene Ingram's civil war novel, Private Logan's Revenge. Our reviewer was the delightful Shari Armstrong, who was very impressed by Mr. Ingram's first novel. The great news is that Gene is working on a second novel at the moment, so I know Shari and I will both be looking forward to that. I hope you will too.

Well, that's our September Issue all wrapped up, and this marks the third anniversary of FaithWriters' Magazine. Thank you to all the authors who have contributed over these last three years, and a big thank you to all our readers-particularly those who have been with us from the beginning. It has been a joy to serve you in this way.

So have a wonderful month, and until next time, happy reading and God bless!

Deb Porter
Editor, FaithWriters' Magazine