I have been in hibernating/writing mode for a good part of the winter. I am working on a new manuscript about the differences between the world’s view of success and God’s view of success. The title will be When Success Isn’t Enough, Purpose is Plenty. Excerpt:

Success is our choice; purpose is God’s choice.

Though we may choose our definition of success and choose how to measure our success, we do not choose our purpose. God chooses our purpose and then calls us to it. God created each of us for a specific purpose and he designed us, thereby equipping us, to fulfill that purpose. Though we don’t choose our purpose, we do choose whether to answer God’s call and fulfill the purpose he assigned to us.

I would like to update you re: a new endeavor I will begin in the new year. I will be volunteering for She’s Somebody’s Daughter, an organization in Harrisburg PA dedicated to coming against the sex trafficking and pornography industries.

In order to be an effective volunteer I needed to educate myself. I accomplished this by reading the following 4 books: Somebody’s Daughter, The Hidden Story of America’s Prostituted Children and the Battle to Save Them by Julian Sher; The White Umbrella, Walking with Survivors of Sex Trafficking by Mary Frances Bowley; The Johns by Victor Malarek; and Surfing for God, Discovering the Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle by Michael J. Cusick. Before I begin my volunteer work I am going to read one more book, Girls Like Us, Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not For Sale by Rachel Lloyd. Needless to say, none of these are light reading.

I read these books and will be doing this volunteer work because in 2014 God lit a fire in my heart to set His daughter’s free. My first response to this prompting was to write When Going with the Flow Isn’t Enough. Volunteering for She’s Somebody’s Daughter is my second response.

Excerpt from When Going with the Flow Isn’t Enough:

“When an individual gives his or her life to God, that individual becomes part of God’s family. The Holy Spirit then comes to live inside that believer and endows him or her with spiritual gifts… Individuals are given spiritual gifts to equip them for the purpose God chose for them and designed them to fulfill…” Paul discussed spiritual gifts in his letter to the church in Rome (Romans 12), his letter to the church in Ephesus (Ephesians 4), and his letter to the church in Corinth (1 Corinthians 12). Important Point: There is no reference in any of Paul’s letters to gifts being distributed according to gender.”

Link: https://www.amazon.com/When-Going-Flow-Enough-Upstream/dp/1625860714/

Excerpt from When Going with the Flow Isn’t Enough:

“God anoints. Human beings ordain. When God anoints someone to do something it is very different than someone deciding to go into professional ministry and being given the seal of approval, i.e. ordained, by human beings to do that work…It is important to understand that someone can be ordained by human beings to do something and not be anointed by God to do that same thing. It is also possible that someone can be anointed by God to do something and not have the approval or blessing of human beings to do that.”

Link: https://www.amazon.com/When-Going-Flow-Enough-Upstream/dp/1625860714/

Excerpt, When Going with the Flow Isn’t Enough:

Question: Where do women belong in the twenty-first-century church?
Answer: Wherever God places them.

God has carved out places for every one of his daughters in his church, and he wants us to occupy the places he chose for us. Whatever spiritual gift or gifts you were given, you were given for a reason and a purpose, and he wants you to use it for the purpose he chose for you. He does not want you to hide it. If you choose to hide your gift(s), God is displeased. In his book The Purpose Driven Life Rick Warren states “You don’t bring glory or pleasure to God by hiding your abilities or by trying to be someone else. You only bring him enjoyment by being you. Anytime you reject any part of yourself, you are rejecting God’s wisdom and sovereignty in creating you.”

Link: https://www.amazon.com/When-Going-Flow-Enough-Upstream/dp/1625860714/

This was a Facebook memory from 2014. Decided to share it here.

I did not sell any books at my book signing yesterday. I bought one instead. As a store employee was setting up the space for the book signing a book caught my eye. It was titled A CALL TO ACTION: Women, Religion, Violence and Power by Jimmy Carter. I have already read the first four chapters and it has really grabbed hold of me. Here is an excerpt from the inside front cover: “A Call to Action addresses the suffering inflicted upon women by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare. Key verses are often omitted or quoted out of context by male religious leaders to exalt the status of men and exclude women.”

Perhaps rather than selling books God had a higher purpose in mind for me at that bookstore yesterday.

Excerpt from When Doing Isn’t Enough:

Waiting is not popular in our modern society. Immediate gratification is popular. We want what we want now, and we do everything possible to get whatever it is we want now and avoid waiting…God appears to like waiting and seems to require it of anyone who will be used by him, particularly those who will be used in a significant way. When studying the lives of individuals in the Bible who have been used by God to accomplish extraordinary tasks there certainly seems to be a correlation between waiting and serving God in the extraordinary ways they were called to serve.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/When-Doing-Enough-Waiting-Plenty/dp/1625860838/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1508523850&sr=8-3&keywords=books+by+mary+detweiler

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