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From the Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose

Posted by Julie on July 13, 2017 in encouragement, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose by Debra Gray Elliott

Forty years ago, at the age of sixteen my life changed and I found myself in the ashes of pity. My life took a dark turn when my father passed away several months before I turned sixteen. My mother decided she did not want to live in our home state any longer and moved me across the country. This is where my life took a wrong turn.


Except from the book:

From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose by Debra Gray Elliott


The year was 1977, the month and date: November 4th, I was sixteen; technically a teenager, but still a child.   I was taken for my abortion.  I have tried to block out the memories, but I cannot forget the cold metal table where I had lain or the baby being sucked from my womb through a vacuum tube. My eyes fixated on the fluid and blood sucked into the glass canister. All I could see were the demons that had taken over my life instead of the love I deserved. The painful, horrific memories are forever seared in my mind, thoughts, and soul.

 It was in my pain and grief through post-abortion recovery, I started writing about my journeys and how God led me through the ashes into beauty. The end result of my grief was hope and healing. It is hope and healing that I want to give to other women who are experiencing pain and grief.

From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose brings emotionally charred women out of the pits of fire, through the ashes into the beauty of purpose. With the direction of God, hurting women weather through the painful journeys, become women of spiritual beauty, find God’s purpose, and learn to live again.


You are altogether beautiful, my darling there is no flaw in you. Song of Solomon 4:7 NIV



Christian author and speaker Debra Gray Elliott began writing at the age of fifteen after the death of her father. She began writing poetry as a way to cope with her grief. At the age of sixteen, Debra once again experienced grief when she was forced to have an abortion. It was in this grief that she found herself in the ashes of pity. Forty years later, Debra found her beauty of purpose.


From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose is Debra’s first non-fiction Christian self-help, inspirational book to help women through the ashes of pity into the beauty of purpose after having an abortion.


Debra is currently working on a devotional for grieving parents. The loss of her daughter four years ago, has led Debra to want to help other grieving parents through their grief into hope.


She resides in Alabama with her husband and family.




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How to Receive TWO FREE eREADs from Julie Arduini

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

When ENTRUSTED was re released last year, I asked a group of authors what the best method of marketing was. Their answer?

Write more books.

That took me awhile to comprehend, as easy as it was. Yet, I see the brilliance of the answer.

How to Receive Two Free eReads from Julie Arduini

I have a ways to go, but in one year:

My heart is to get to know readers and connect with them. Since I started writing for publication, I’ve seen social media change. Facebook has had several transformations. Snapchat didn’t even exist. Email? That doesn’t change.

As I keep writing, I want to make sure we don’t lose touch.

If you visit my website, you have the opportunity to receive ENTRUSTED as a FREE eRead. If you do, I have a second FREE eRead ready for you. I don’t take readers for granted. So be ready to enjoy ENTRUSTED and MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN!

Back to writing!

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COTT: As a Shield by Danny and Wanda Pelfrey

Posted by Julie on April 22, 2017 in COTT, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Writing |


Danny and Wanda Pelfrey are
longtime writers of non-fiction books in the educational and inspiration
markets. They have for most of their lives been avid readers of
mystery/suspense. AS A SHIELD and a previous mystery title are the
result of a desire to entertain themselves and others as well as drive
home important spiritual messages. Their passion is now “mysteries with
a message.”

AS A SHIELD is one of four planned Davis Morgan mysteries set in a small
North Georgia town. Davis, a pastor for almost twenty-five years,
returns to his hometown after the death of his wife, to operate a rare
and used bookstore. He is promptly appointed chaplain of the small
police department and recruited by city officials to write a history of
his home town. Mystery and romance seem always to be lurking around the
corner for the popular bookseller.The reoccurring characters such as
Charley Nelson, young police officer; Amy Morgan, Davis’s young daughter
who is an English teacher; her roommate Deidre, who Davis is more and
more drawn to as time passes; Miss Helen, the local historian and a host
of others add to the fun and excitement.

A visit to little Adairsville, Georgia will surely be a memorable
event for anyone who chooses to drop-in. In AS A SHIELD, Davis, through
his encounters with two strange villains, comes to experience for
himself the truth of Psalm 5:12, “For surely, O Lord, you bless the
righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.”

About the Authors: Danny and Wanda Pelfrey are a husband/wife
team who in the past were active writers of non-fiction material,
having, between them, cranked out several books. They are both graduates
of Point University and Danny has a Masters from Kentucky Christian
University. Danny has spent most of his adult life as a pastor and Wanda
as a teacher.Their interest at present lies in the creation of mysteries
with a message.

Danny and Wanda are the proud parents of two daughters and five
grandchildren. They reside in a little Cape Cod style cottage in the
small town in North Georgia that is the setting for their mysteries.

About the Book: Davis Morgan, having left the ministry after the
death of his wife, returns to Adairsville, Georgia, his hometown. There
he operates a used and rare bookstore while being appointed chaplain of
the police department. He and Charley, a young policeman, after
discovering the body of a tattooed man find themselves in a serious
battle to bring justice to two strange villains who are threating the
safety of Davis’s daughter. While all this is going on, Davis is
struggling with interpreting his relationship with a young history
teacher who happens to be his daughter’s roommate.

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COTT: Truth Be Told by Justine Johnston Hemmestad

Posted by Julie on August 21, 2016 in encouragement, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |


Justine Johnston Hemmestad

In 1990 my car was broadsided by a speeding city bus as I turned out of
a parking lot – I was in a coma and had sustained a severe brain injury.
I was paralyzed when I woke up from my coma, though I worked hard to
walk again within a few months, and to relearn how to perform the basic
functions of life.

I began to write when I was carrying my first child Megan, less than two
years after my accident, as tool or a way to cope with feeling so alone
in my disability and misunderstood. Writing, throughout the darkest part
of my recovery—when everyone looked down on me and I had no one to talk
to or relate with me—helped me to get my thoughts in focus, to learn new
things, and to remember what was important to me. I felt bullied, my
thoughts and perception were skewed, and I felt emotionally alone,
isolated by my personal lacking (my speech was slurred; my reactions
were slow, etc.).

But writing was my Savior. When I was so afraid and so filled with guilt
for being disabled, writing offered me a safe and comforting place to
go, where I could cry and feel loved. Writing was my confidante and gave
me hope when the world was crushing me. Writing even helped me find out
who I was, since everything about “me” seemed to have melted away with
my TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). Writing helped me find my words to
speak again. Writing was my purpose, and writing was my healing.

My novella, Truth be Told, is essentially the story of my
recovery wrapped up in fictional characters in a different time and
place. Everything is symbolic in my novella because symbolism itself
taught me how to travel deep inside my thoughts and search until I found
the answers. Symbolism aided my memory by the weight of its meaning.

The old man in my novella is symbolic of God, prayer, love of my
children, and the inner truth I found when I dug deep, the challenges
that stretched my mind and that I knew I had to face when I wanted to
give up on life completely.

The Lady is the aspect of my recovery in which I felt lost, even to
myself—I didn’t know who I was—but in prayer and meditation I learned to
focus my mind, calm my thoughts (which were drowning in the guilt I felt
for being disabled) and listen to God’s answer…what defines me?

The knight is the aspect of my recovery that was assaulted by PTSD. Not
only was I recovering, but I was recovering amidst a torrent of fear,
pain, and false persecution. He represents the survivor’s guilt I had
for living as brain-injured, and the part of myself that felt I deserved
the lies that people told about me simply because it was easy to lie
about me. I illuminated my purpose— the purpose that any recovering
person needs to be able to climb out of the darkness—symbolically as
Jesus. When people lied about me, writing defended me and made the truth
immortal. My purpose, as writing, was the well within me; writing saved
me and gave me direction in life (even when I no longer had any sense of
direction due to my TBI). There were people who tried to point me in the
wrong direction, but my prayer, and written prayer, was always brimming
with truth.

My purpose in writing raised me out of the darkness and set me on a new
path. As my characters in Truth be Told founded one of the first
Universities in Europe, my purpose led me to enter into college, to
study tirelessly, and to set goals and reach them. For a person with a
TBI, these things stretched my mind to the breaking point. And yet my
savior, writing, was always there, so much that my purpose and my goals
became intertwined. Every class I’ve had brought me new challenges;
every professor’s pushing has helped me more than they were ever aware.

My husband and I now have seven children and I’m still writing, for both
have truly been essential to my recovery. I’ve also earned a BLS through
The University of Iowa and am now working toward a Master’s Degree in
Literature through Northern Arizona University. I’m grateful to have
written a book that I felt so strongly, all along, could be of help to
survivors, for them to recognize themselves in the characters and to
know that they’re not alone. I would have recognized myself in this
story and it would have given me hope. My mission now is to give other
survivors hope.

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Why is Loneliness So Hard to Talk About by Cherie Burbach

Posted by Julie on September 24, 2015 in encouragement, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

Why Is Loneliness So Hard to Talk About?


In writing about relationships for over a decade now I’ve noticed a few things that continually stand out: people wanting more friends in their life, people wanting to understand what makes that friend of theirs tick, and people trying not to look too desperate for friends.

I think all of these things are related and pretty universal. People want friends but they are afraid to be too vocal about it. They have a hard time admitting that sometimes (or more than sometimes) they’re lonely. That’s a shame, because I think people who understand what’s missing in their life and have a desire to change it are brave and should be applauded. But we don’t usually do that as a society.

I have a lot of great friends in my life but at one point I went through a period of time when I was very lonely. My husband traveled for work, some of my closest friends moved, and suddenly I just found myself without the particular types of friendships I most desired. And that’s the key with loneliness. It isn’t necessarily about having lots of friends, it’s about having the close connection you crave.

I write about relationships and I’m pretty comfortable admitting things, so I told a family member that I was struggling with loneliness. And you know what she did? Snorted some snotty response about how she wished she had time for loneliness! She was too busy to be lonely!

I was busy, too. Being lonely doesn’t mean you don’t have enough to do. And that’s when it hit me, that there are people who experience loneliness and aren’t as comfortable talking about it as I am, and this is the type of response we (their closest friends and family) give them. Some snarky response that is meant to make them feel worse than they already do.

So when I wrote this book, I wanted it to be for people who might just want a few new friends (maybe the ones you have just aren’t giving you the types of connection you want right now) or those that need to meet a few people. Maybe they are feeling lonely right now. Maybe they just aren’t totally happy with the state of their relationships right now.

100 Simple Ways to Have More Friends is a handbook of sorts, with “meeting people” tips interspersed with “nurturing your friendship” type tips. It’s a book you can go back to occasionally or one you can read right through and try out the various suggestions as you absorb them. Friendships are fluid and even when you have long time friends that have been in your life forever, you might still need a few more who get you. It’s as simple as that.

In 1 Peter 5:7 we read “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” I want people to know they are never alone, even in the dark, lonely times. Even when the rest of the people in your life don’t get where you’re coming from. He is always there keeping us company and encouraging us. He puts the right people and situations in front of us to help us through.


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The more friends you have, the more you’ll have the right people in your life to give you the support and connection you desire. Having more friends means you’ll consistently connect with new people and also keep the good friends you already have. If your friendships don’t seem to stick, you’ll be making friends and losing them quickly. The key to having more friends is increasing the number of people you meet on a regular basis and holding on to the great pals you already have.


This book contains one hundred suggestions on how to make new friends and also strengthen the friendships you already have. The tips are varied, with suggestions on how to meet new people interspersed with ideas for nurturing your new and existing friendships. To purchase, click here.


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Cherie Burbach is a poet, mixed media artist, and freelance writer. She’s penned 17 books and has written for, NBC/Universal,, Christianity Today, and more. Whether it’s writing articles or creating art, all of Cherie’s work centers on relationships and faith. She includes book pages, music sheets, and other fabulous random things in her art to create something that celebrates a hopeful message. Visit her website for more info,





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