by Tracie Miles
At COMPEL Training, we are excited to announce our spring COMPEL Book Club pick Seated With Christ: Living Freely in a Culture of Comparison starting on May 6th.We will be joined by the book’s author Heather Holleman, as well as Moody Publishers’ Senior Acquisitions Editor Judy Dunagan for four weeks of tips and teachings on the wisdom of writing and the process of publishing.
This COMPEL Book Club is unique in that it’s not merely a discussion about a selected book, but rather a study of how the author wrote a book, including writing styles and techniques, editing wisdom and publishing tips and advice. It’s a place where writers are able to connect and engage with authors and editors, with the goal of improving their own writing and advancing their publishing dreams. We’ve included a message from Heather Holleman below so you can hear directly from her about what she plans on sharing with you during the next four weeks.
A message from Heather Holleman
For the month of May, I’m thrilled to join the COMPEL Book Club to showcase my two passions: connecting women to Jesus and training writers to develop excellence in their craft. I spend my days in central Pennsylvania as a wife, mother of teen daughters, college instructor, author and speaker. I’m known as a lover of vivid verbs (I keep a growing list of my 500 favorite verbs) and one of the most enthusiastic professors around (I’ve been called a walking exclamation point!). Over the past 20 years, I’ve developed a particular method of helping others develop as writers that I cannot wait to share with you.
You’re about to become the writer you knew you could be.
But the best part of COMPEL Training this May isn’t only the writing instruction; you’re also invited to experience profound transformation in your spiritual journey as we read Seated with Christ: Living Freely in a Culture of Comparison. I wrote this book after an encounter with a single verb in scripture that God used to change nearly everything about me. In Ephesians 2:6 we read that “God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” By exploring that tiny little word, “seated,” I realized I never lived as if I had a seat at the table. Everything about my life was fighting to belong as the seat I thought would finally bring me happiness. I wanted the table of beauty, wealth, and fame. I wanted attention. I wanted belonging. I wanted life to finally begin for me. I lived with so much comparison and jealousy that it poisoned my soul. I was like the woman described by psychologist Lauren Slater who said, “I ache for something I cannot name.”
I ache for something I cannot name.
After understanding that I already had a seat at the Greatest Table with the Greatest King, Jesus healed the ache in me and sent my life on a supernatural adventure that He’s beckoning you for as well. Readers from all over the world have discovered a fresh encounter with Jesus—and a new way to shape their lives—after reading Seated With Christ, and I’m praying God uses this book powerfully in your life, too.
Along the way, this COMPEL Book Club sets you on a path of confidence, creativity and increasing success in your writing life. During our month together, I plan to share all my advanced writing classroom secrets as well as my best writing assignments to hone your skills. With techniques I’ve tested over the last 20 years, I’ll guide you through easy, fun and effective writing strategies that correspond to each chapter we’ll read in Seated with Christ. Here’s a glimpse of what I’ve planned for you.
You’ll learn the following 10 skills:
- How to create a problem to solve to keep readers engaged
- How to bolster your authority as a writer
- How to ask questions to a reader to engage their logic
- How to respond with relevance to the culture
- How to create a mood in writing that makes a reader feel something
- How to transport readers using strong verbs and sensory detail
- How to generate a written voice using advanced grammar and varied sentence patterns
- How to employ special tricks like italics, repeated first words, and isolated sentences
- How to understand the effect of pronouns on a reader
- How to craft a story of transformation to invite change in the reader
Do you want to join us on our journey to writing wisdom?
The COMPEL Book Club is hosted on Facebook and is free and exclusive for all COMPEL members. CLICK HERE to learn how you can join COMPEL Training for invaluable information on mastering the craft of writing and exclusive access to our COMPEL Book Club. We hope you join our COMPEL community as as a way to learn from bestselling authors, powerhouse speakers and master communicators on how to creatively and expertly share the message God has placed on your heart.
If you’re a current member and want to join the COMPEL Book Club, you can find the link to the private Facebook group and the password to join in the Weekly Word or you can always send us an email at [email protected] and we will be more than happy to help you!
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