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You’re Beautiful Now Available

Posted by Julie on January 7, 2018 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender, Writing |

 

You’re Beautiful Now Available

This series was inspired by our teenaged daughter Hannah after a tough transition to junior high. Instead of giving up and becoming bitter, Hannah decided to take the lessons she learned and create a series for girls her age. Julie (Hannah’s mom,) has a passion for mentoring. As she listened to Hannah create characters, Julie realized there was a message in Hannah’s work for women, too.

Each book in the Surrendering Stinkin’ Thinkin’ Series uses the theme of letting go of a lie the characters believed. There will be two key characters in each book. One, a junior high student, and the other, a woman out of school. It’s our desire to see girls of all ages (even grandmas!) to read these books and find freedom and hope in them.

Hannah created the storyline, character names and traits, plot points, and conflict. She had the vision for the cover, and directed Julie in the design. Julie wrote out Hannah’s vision and managed the writing and publishing process, staying true to Hannah’s creation. You’re Beautiful is a work of fiction, but a message of hope for you.

 

About You’re Beautiful:

Hayley Atkinson withdraws from her friends and new opportunities with the new mentoring group, Linked, after she is told a lie that she believes is true about herself. Sabrina Wayson is a mentor in Linked who feels she can’t help encourage girls because she’s struggling as much as they are. Can they surrender the lies and find freedom?

 

You’re Beautiful is now available for all eReaders. Print version is coming later this month. Stay tuned!

 

Hannah and I believe in this message because we’ve lived it, and chances are, you have as well. Please read, if you like it, write a review, and tell others to do the same. Thank you!

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Sherri Stewart: A Day in the Life of a Fool

Posted by Julie on January 4, 2018 in encouragement, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |

A Day in the Life of a Fool

Remember that verse in I Corinthians 1: 27 where God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise? I am so glad God chose me as one of His little fools.

It was colder than most January days in Calgary, Alberta—so cold that I was reluctant to drive my old Volvo too far from home, but I hated to miss the first day of the new semester. After dropping my son off at the babysitter’s, I decided it would be safer to take the subway, something I had never done before. A small voice inside reminded me that whenever I do something for the first time, I make mistakes, but I told myself that taking a subway wasn’t rocket science, was it?

I bought my ticket, but knew I would have to transfer downtown to another train that would take me to the university. I wasn’t sure how to do that, but surely someone would help.

When I arrived downtown, I jumped off the train and was waiting for the corresponding one to arrive when a thought struck me. I had left a pot of potpourri simmering on the stove. Great. Why hadn’t I thought to turn the stove off? It had been two hours, and soon the water would evaporate, the pot would catch on fire, and we’d lose everything. I thought of my poor dog as I dug a quarter out of my purse to call a neighbor with a key to my house when I realized my purse was missing. (this was before cell phones). I’d left my purse on the train. No car, no keys, one quarter.

I prayed for God’s help.

Taking a deep breath, I called my next-door neighbor who wasn’t home, but my husband was in town, which was rare since he worked for a hockey team that was always on the road. Bobby was gracious as always and didn’t reprimand me for being an idiot.

While I waited for him to pick me up, I stopped the conductor of an arriving train and told him about my purse. He said he would alert the other drivers to be on the lookout.

As Bobby and I raced toward our house, I scanned the sky for rising smoke in the northeast. Bobby reminded me that we would have to cancel our credit cards and get a locksmith to unlock my car since we didn’t have an extra key.

No smoke billowed out of the house, but I didn’t wait for the car to slow down before I jumped out, opened the garage door, and ran into the kitchen. The red light on the stove was still on, the burner under the small pot was red hot, but the potpourri floating inside the pot wasn’t simmering. I dipped my finger in the brown liquid. It was ice cold. ICE COLD.

The same God who parted the Red Sea and made the sun stand still made the liquid on a red-hot burner ice cold.

But that’s not all. A few hours after I cancelled my credit cards, I received a call from the transit company. They found my purse in a plastic bag. Someone had taken the cash, but left everything else—my passport and visa, my checkbook, credit cards, keys, and driver’s license. I called the bank to see if they would disregard my request to cancel my card,s but knew it was a lost cause. The woman at the bank said that the system had gone down after I called so my credit cards were still good.

I made a lot of mistakes on that cold January day, but God didn’t reprimand me. I was doing enough of that myself. He made simmering water cold and made the bank’s system stand still for a few hours for me. Instead of being the worst day of my life, God gave me a story to tell.

 

 

 

Newly retired from teaching, Sherri Stewart is transitioning into full-time writing and editing, but she makes time for her other love—spending time with her family, especially with her 89-year-old mother. She also enjoys travelling to locations to research her books. Israel is her next destination, a trip she has looked forward to for years. Sherri lives with her husband, Bobby, with whom she is celebrating her fortieth wedding anniversary. Son Joshua works at Disney and keeps her laughing. She hones her craft through organizations such as Word Weavers International, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Christian Pen.

 

Social Media Contacts

www.stewartwriting.com.

Amazon Author Page

https://www.amazon.com/author/sherristewart/

Email

sherristewart2@yahoo.com

Website

www.stewartwriting.com/blog

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/sherristewartauthor/

Twitter

https://twitter.com/machere

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/758893.Sherri_Stewart/blog

 

Books by Sherri Stewart

Come Out of Hiding

Romance on the Run

A Well-Founded Fear of Death

Stranded with Pearls

Get Your Kiss on Route 66

Très Chic

Inn Danger

Last Chance Island

The Good Little Nurse

Call Me Jane by Sherri Stewart

Call Me Jane

Her feet are wet from walking on water. Why is she still wearing her shoes? That was her first question when the fugue cleared. But she has more pressing questions, such as —who is she, where does she live, and how did she end up on Peachtree Street on a cold November night wearing nothing but a nightgown?

With Officer Kyle Rossi’s help, Jane, as she prefers to be called, begins the journey to discover her identity. But the more she learns about the real Aubrey Sutherland, the more she realizes she can’t trust anyone, especially those closest to her, but Jane also learns that a concussion might be the best thing that ever happened to her.

 

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2017 Favorite Pictures

Posted by Julie on December 31, 2017 in About Me, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Nature, photography |

Most biographies don’t allow enough words to share everything about yourself, especially in a guest blog post or something like that. Of the many things I’d love others to know, one is that I enjoy taking nature pictures.

I share them on Instagram and Facebook. My mom suggested I make sure I have hard copies of the pictures. I have only used my phone camera, so the pix have always been my Galaxy at the time, or currently, my iPhone 8. Each Christmas I present her with the year’s worth of pictures I took.

While I organized them for her, there were a few that stood out. I thought I would share them here.

August 2017, Highway Tabernacle in Youngstown. I finished up a book club meeting on the property and turned toward the church. The sun was setting, and this just is peaceful to me.

This was the eclipse in NE Ohio. I closed my eyes and took a series of pictures. I couldn’t believe any turned out. This is in between the trees.

My kids know if there is a good picture and I’m driving, they take it for me. This is my daughter’s handiwork, and I love it. A perfect visual of rural life.

Hydrangeas from our yard. I feel like I could reach out and touch them.

This is my hometown, Corning, NY, and historic Market Street. I love the lights and snowflakes.

This year I wanted to get a couple fog pictures. This isn’t far from our neighborhood.

I feel like I captured the fog!

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2018: Word of the Year

Posted by Julie on December 29, 2017 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

A few days ago I posted my thoughts on 2017 and my word of the year, transformation. I teased that I knew my word for 2018, but said I’d share it later.

It’s later!

This is a word that came to me in late summer. I usually know it’s meant for me when it comes up again and again. That’s what happened, and I tucked it away, knowing I’d pay more attention as 2018 came into view.

The word?

My 2018 Word of the Year.

Most of you know I am terrible at taking each word of the year and trying to guess what it means. Even worse, I will force a definition. I think I know how things are going to go when it comes to that word and the coming year.

Boy, did 2017 teach me to not do that!

I admit I don’t quite know what abide means, so I haven’t had the opportunity to make a mess of it.

 

 

 

Here’s what Webster has to say:

transitive verb

1a to bear patiently tolerate 

  • cannot abide such bigots
b to endure without yielding withstand 

  • abide the onrush of the enemy
2to wait for await

  • I will abide the coming of my lord.
  •  —Alfred Tennyson
3to accept without objection 

  • will abide your decision
intransitive verb

1to remain stable or fixed in a state 

  • a love that abode with him all his days
2to continue in a place sojourn 

  • will abide in the house of the Lord

abider

noun

 abide by

1to conform to 

  • abide by the rules

2to accept without objection to acquiesce in 

  • will abide by your decision

Wow. There’s a lot to chew on.

It’s tempting to force that definition, but I’ll at least share what’s jumping out at me.

My core might not be made of rock hard abs, but it is chiseled in prayer. It’s not something I wave a flag and announce, but if you ask me to pray, I’m on it. Over the years I’ve watched miraculous things from a healing of a knee to pregnancy. Financial breakthrough. I’ve also lamented when nothing changed, or, it got worse.

So to see this aspect of abide, “to endure without yielding : withstand”

 

  • abide the onrush of the enemy

That’s got the hair on my arm standing straight up. I know enough about 2017 that I felt like I yielded a lot. That I didn’t endure very well. God’s showing me a lot, and as I learn lamentation, I don’t think I was weak or hardened as much as grief-stricken and keeping it inside. As I’m taking baby steps to lament that grief—verbalize it, speak the emotions out to God even if it isn’t all lollipops and rainbows, He is healing me. As I heal, maybe, just maybe, abide in this connotation is going to be a huge thing.

But maybe it won’t have anything to do with that at all. Only God knows, and I will do my best to journal throughout the year here what I’m learning.

Now it’s YOUR turn. What do you think is your word of the year? Share in the comments, or e mail me at juliearduini@juliearduini. As always, I’m on FB, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, G+ and Snapchat as @JulieArduini.

 

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2017: Year of Transformation

Posted by Julie on December 27, 2017 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

How was your Christmas?

Ours was wonderful. We spent time with family, and although not a lot of snow, it was a white Christmas.

Now it’s time to reflect.

That’s what I do each year after Christmas. I think about accomplishments, goals, adversities, the tears, laughter, pictures, I take it all in. I consider the word of the year and how it played out, and what word is coming up in the new year.

2017.

The word was transformation, and my theories were naive and superficial. I knew I had an eye appointment in January and my thought was I would be wearing contacts full time. As far as I knew, my biggest decision would be how I would wear my hair. Curly? Straight? Keep growing it? Cut it?

Turns out, this was probably the one area where there was no transformation at all. I learned my vision is so bad that they can’t give me an accurate prescription for contacts. Without sharing that with me, they gave me contacts that I can’t wear.

So it’s back to glasses.

I’ve worn it curly. I’ve worn it straight. I wore it up, realized it was not working for me, and had it cut. Then I’ve been busy and haven’t had it cut in awhile. I end the year with no idea what I’m going to do. I love the red color, though.

I knew the year was about kids in school and we were aware that both of our Wisconsin kids were expecting their first babies. We end the year as grandparents to two boys. It’s surreal, I remember when their parents were tweens and I knew them better than their dad. Funny how time marches on.

As for the school kids, I didn’t know how rough the year was going to start for them both. I’m all about building people up and in our daughter’s circle, it seemed almost everyone in her daily routine was tearing her down. To watch her joyous smile disappear as she withdrew, it was one of the hardest things I’ve had to watch. It was one of those times I felt so helpless.

It was the same for our son. He went from main campus, to satellite campus. His grades were good, but the stress was high. One of his core relationships changed, and I never saw it coming. Another episode of feeling so helpless. He was part of a retail establishment with high traffic, no leadership, and a terrible part of town. He was involved in a car accident that wasn’t his fault, but the driver tried to pin it on him. There was season where the attacks on him seemed relentless. I didn’t think transformation meant our kids would change from happy and full of faith to dead inside. That was my fear at least.

Another transformation wasn’t my own, but one I’ve asked every day with no real answers as I a family dynamic will never be the same. The tragedy so avoidable if people had been smart enough to deny someone a license when clearly they were not able to drive in this country. I don’t understand, no one does. And now this family has to re live the memories, good and unbearable.

We enjoyed transformation watching our son be the big boy at the campground, while our nephew was the new one to show around. The nostalgia for our son was fun to watch, right down to him wearing the very same style shirt he did ten years ago.

We visited Wisconsin twice, holding new babies and watching our oldest son become a homeowner and new dad.

Writing wise, I not only published Engaged, the last in the Surrendering Time Series, but also wrote a companion devotional to go with the series, Finding Freedom in Surrender. I started blogging for Inspy Romance, and the first book in my next contemporary romance series, Anchored. It was our daughter, during her struggles, that had an idea to encourage girls of all ages when people use negative words, and that idea became a three book series she plotted. She created the characters, guided me on the cover, and approved the manuscript. You’re Beautiful, Book 1 in the Stinkin’ Thinkin’ Series, should be out in January. There’s also a new Facebook group, 180Encouragements, aimed at building a community where positive words are spoken. That’s a transformation to be excited about.

My faith walk is an ongoing transformation. I feel like the last few years have hardened my faith, and I have been quietly grieving that, not sure what to do about it. I started reading a book, No More Faking Fine, and decided it was a book on authenticity that I’d love to share with others through discussion. Once I started leading that book it hit me it is more than transparency. It’s a book about lament, something new to me. Something I had no idea I needed. Now I’m going through the process. Something tells me what God has in store is the biggest transformation of all.

 

Now comes 2018. I have my word.

But that, my friends, is another blog post.

Thanks for reading!

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Entangled FREE eBook December 26, 27, 28

Posted by Julie on December 26, 2017 in About Me, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

Entangled, Book 2 in the Surrendering Time Series, is a FREE eBook on Amazon December 26, 27, and 28.

About ENTANGLED:

Carla Rowling has been given her dream of attending cosmetology school. The gift is so generous she feels unworthy because of choices she made as a teen. The pressure mounts as Carla juggles school, is a single mom, helps her best friend Jenna plan her wedding, spends time with boyfriend Will Marshall, and deals with the fact that her son’s father is back in their lives.

Will Marshall is the one Speculator Falls resident everyone can count on. His truck deliveries are reliable. He’s the first to help friends like Ben Regan with boat work or be a card partner with Bart Davis. Will’s ready to settle down with Carla, loving her is natural. He’s bonded with her son, Noah. But when Carla starts cosmetology school, she puts emotional distance between her and Will. 

Can Carla release her past and create a future full of highlights, or, will she burn her options worse than a bad perm?

Book 1, ENTRUSTED, is a FREE eBook at juliearduini.com.

Book 3, ENGAGED, is also on Amazon.

 

A great way to fill your new Amazon device! (Did you know your Alexa device can read my books to you?)

 

Grab your copy of ENTANGLED now!



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