Another excerpt from manuscript I’m working on:

When I started to travel in church circles as an adult it never entered my mind that I needed to think about whether the church I was attending was healthy or not healthy; whether the leaders were committed to serving God or fulfilling personal agendas; and whether or not they were truly preaching the good news of Jesus Christ, that is, the new covenant. I naively assumed that church bodies and church leaders were committed to serving God and operated with integrity. This false assumption and my failure to consider the above factors led to my being deeply wounded by church leaders.

As I’m reading over what I have written so far in the manuscript I’m currently working on, When the Glass Ceiling is Stained, I feel moved to share this excerpt:

Though I am continually challenging the rigid gender inequality I see all around me, I have no illusions that I will lead a political or social movement which will result in full gender equality. I also have no illusions that gender equality will become a reality in my lifetime. Rather, I am hoping to plant seeds for change in some hearts. I keep the following story front and center in my mind as a reminder to keep my focus clear and my goals realistic.

The Starfish Story (author unknown)

One day a man was walking along a beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and throwing it into the ocean. The man walked over to the boy and asked, “What are you doing?” The boy replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up, and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.” The man said, “Son, don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!” The boy bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it back into the sea. Then, smiling at the man, he said, “I made a difference for that one.”

If anyone is looking for a good devotional, I highly recommend this book. It is a devotional based on the psalms. As there are 150 psalms, there are 150 devotions in chronological order.

Each devotion starts with a verse from a psalm. It is then followed with the author’s reflections of that psalm, sometimes including an explanation of the situation or circumstance the psalmist was facing when he wrote it. The author then wraps up with a brief statement of how that psalm has impacted him personally.

Many of these devotions impacted me personally. The impacts ranged from comforting, encouraging, challenging, to reminding me of truths I hadn’t thought about in a while. There were so many verses and excerpts that touched me it was difficult to choose a few favorites, but I did my best and here is what I came up with:

  • There are going to be things that happen in your life that will bring you disappointment, hurt and sorrow. God’s word consistently says to be thankful in, but not for these things.
  • As you make being thankful a lifestyle, it will change your mindset and your life.
  • Learn to trust Jesus with the bumps and roadblocks you will face. His wisdom will be yours as you learn to listen for and hear his voice, which will bring you peace. While on your path, stay close to Jesus—only he has joy that sticks.
  • Life without trust is a tragedy…Trusting Jesus means that there are going to be times when you have to choose to believe his promises and his words, even when you can’t see evidence right in front of you… Those are the times that are going to bring you so much closer to Jesus.
  • Peace—everybody wants it, people chase after it in so many ways. People are willing to try nearly anything to get peace. Permanent peace is God’s gift to you. It is secure and on-going. You have what the world is desperately chasing after.
  • You can find God in the grocery store, at work, at your kitchen table, or in your church building. Any place where you bow before the Lord and worship him becomes a sacred place.

That’s it for the excerpts. If you choose to give this devotional a try, I can’t imagine that you will not be blessed. Here’s the link:

After a hiatus from writing, I am now getting back to a writing project I started a while ago and then dropped, a second edition of When the Glass Ceiling is Stained. When the Glass Ceiling Is Stained: Who’s the Architect? by Mary Detweiler | Goodreads

I wrote the first edition in 2014 and published it through Tate Publishing Company. Tate went out of business in 2017, so this book is no longer in print. The second edition will be published through Credo House Publishers, the company who has published my last five books.

Excerpt from second edition: Women challenging gender roles to serve God is not a new phenomenon. As early as the 12th century courageous women heard and obeyed God’s voice, fulfilling the calls he placed on their lives. The first of these women was Hildegard of Bingen (1098 – 1179). She was followed by, among others, Bridget of Sweden (1303–1373) and Catherine of Siena (1347–1380).

In conjunction with continuing to donate copies of Exit Strategy to assisted living/personal care facilities, I have started working on a new manuscript. It will be a 2nd edition of When the Glass Ceiling is Stained, published by Tate Publishing Company (no longer in business) in 2014 and no longer in print.

Excerpt: “Though tremendous strides have been made in cracking the glass ceiling in business, politics, medicine, law, and other professions, the same cannot be said of religious organizations, in particular the Christian church. This is particularly heartbreaking in light of the reality that Jesus and the early apostles and disciples cracked the stained-glass ceiling wide open in the first century.”

As stated in my previous post, I am trying to get my new book, Do You Have an Exit Strategy? into the hands of as many individuals in the final season of life as possible. To that end, I have been donating copies to assisted living/personal care facilities in my area. If any of you are willing and able to help me in this endeavor, please email me (marydet@ptd.net). I will happily mail you copies to donate to facilities in your area.

Thank you in advance for your help.  

next season’s purpose

“If you were to examine my life, you may or may not see it as successful. Though my lifestyle allows me to live comfortably, I am far from wealthy. I am not powerful or famous, and I do not occupy a position of status. I am, however, committed, to the best of my ability, to live a life of purpose.” (Excerpt from my book When Success Isn’t Enough)

The purpose for the next season of my life is to get my new book

(https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1625862008/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i3)

into the hands of as many people as possible, particularly those who are in the final season of their life. Excerpt:

“I don’t pretend to know all the reasons people choose not to believe in God. I am going to throw out a few possibilities, though. Maybe one of them will fit you.

My new book, Do You Have an Exit Strategy?, is now available on amazon as both a paperback and an ebook.

Excerpt:

Individuals in the final season of life tend to look backward, either with regret or pride or peace. This book encourages individuals in the final season of life to look forward, to what will happen to you when your physical body passes away. Death is inevitable and, whether or not you’re in the final season of life, it is wise to prepare for it by developing an exit strategy for where you will spend eternity.       

Some of you reading these words disagree. You don’t believe there is more to us than our physical bodies, you don’t believe in God, and you don’t believe in an afterlife. Take a chance and read this book anyway. It is written for you.

Some of you reading these words do believe in God and do believe in an afterlife; however, you either don’t know where you’re at with God or don’t understand what that means. This book is written for you too.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1625862008/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i3

I am putting the finishing touches on a new manuscript. Here is the Dedication and Introduction:

Title: Do You Have An Exit Strategy?

DEDICATION: To individuals in the final season of his/her life. I wrote these words for you. I hope that as you read my words and the words of others you will realize that when your physical body dies, you still exist. Further, you have the power to choose where you will exist.

                                                            INTRODUCTION

                                    For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.

                                    A time to be born and a time to die. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2)

No one is going to get out of this life alive. No matter how much we may not want to think about this, it is an undeniable truth. Since death is inevitable, it is wise to plan for it.

            By planning for it I am not talking about preparing a will, designating powers of attorney to make decisions for you when you are no longer able to do so, filling out medical advance directives, leaving enough money for your loved ones to pay your final expenses, and so forth. Though these things are good things and important things, I am talking about having an exit strategy for what will happen to YOU when your body dies.

            When that happens, you are released from your body’s physical bonds into eternity. You have no choice about this. You do, however, have a choice as to where you will spend eternity. Your home for eternity is entirely in your control. It will be determined based on where you’re at with God when you die.

            Now I know that some of you reading these words already disagree with me. You don’t believe in God, you don’t believe there is more to us than our physical bodies, and you don’t believe in an afterlife. If this is you, I urge you to hang in there with me and read this. It is written for you.

            Some of you reading this book do believe in God and do believe in an afterlife, however, you either don’t know where you’re at with God or you don’t understand what I mean by that. If this is you, the first two chapters may not be necessary for you to read (unless you want to, of course). You can pick it up at chapter three. The rest of the chapters will pertain to you and I encourage you to read them carefully and thoughtfully.

            Finally, since I never NOT believed God existed, I find it difficult to communicate with atheists in a way that may open their hearts to believe in him. Therefore, I leaned very heavily on the words and experiences of others in the first two chapters.

            Since I believed in God’s existence long before I had a relationship with him, the remainder of the book consists primarily of my own words, as well as my own experiences and struggles to enter into a relationship with him. I am sharing my story in the hope that my experiences and struggles will resonate with some of you and will encourage you to take the leap of faith to put your life in God’s hands. They are the only hands, in my opinion, that will hold you safely and lovingly in this life and in the life to come. I hope this becomes your exit strategy.