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Arkansas Author: Erin Keeley Marshall

By: 14 November 2010 One Comment

Erin Keeley Marshall

Meet Erin Keeley Marshall, who lives in Lowell. She’s written two books, one that is a devotional book for the 20-something crowd and the other a devotional for people of all ages who have a desire to get to know God more via the Bible.

Let’s read what Erin has to say about her two books:

Title of Book: Navigating Route 20-Something

Publisher: Harvest House

Target audience: For both Christian and outer-market readers in their 20s who are open to non-threatening, non-preachy insights from someone fresh out of those years

Tell us about your book, what’s it about?

Description: A devotional book that motivates 20-somethings to live thoughtfully and purposefully to make the most of those defining years and avoid common regrets

Overview: “Shoulda, woulda, coulda.” We’ve all got our share of those statements. Catchy phrases, but no one wants a life marked by the bygone hopes they embody: “Shoulda taken more risks, woulda been more frugal, coulda made more of my time.” We emerge from the teens facing ten years chocked full of greater privileges, potential and promise than we’d known during childhood. But those years are often also laced with less glorious experiences, such as greater fears, greater expenses, and greater mistakes as we learn firsthand how to work this thing called adulthood.

With levity and thoughtfulness, each devotional is jumpstarted by a memorable one-line insight that encourages readers to develop the lifetime attitude of purposeful living as they establish their place in the world. Following the readings, personal application questions partner with more Scripture to prompt even deeper consideration of each theme.

Tell us about the process you went through to write this book including research, time, etc.:

This book took a lifetime to research, several months to flush out, a few days to outline, a couple of months to get a contract, and four months to write. Overall, the majority of the work happened over six months or so. During the writing time, I gave birth to my first baby, so those insights as a new mom come through in the text. I felt as though I gave birth to two “babies” at once!

What was the inspiration to write this book?

The twenties were a pivotal decade for me as far as growth, change, life experience, facing childish thought processes, looking toward the future, entrusting my hopes to God in deeper ways, and learning to rely on him as never before. The truths I learned in that decade really are applicable to any stage of life. I have a heart for people in this stage of life, and I hope to ease some of their anxieties as they face similar challenges in this decade of huge questions and life-changing decisions. I’ve always wanted to be an author, and I spent many years wondering what would be my first published book. I absolutely love that this one is it! Seems so appropriate to me; it’s really an unveiling of my heart and a launching point into the future.

What was your goal in writing this book and what do you hope readers gain from it?

In addition to my hopes stated above, I hope that the book will draw readers to a vital relationship with Christ. The 20 truths will appeal to believers and seekers alike without compromising one’s relationship with God as the focal point of life.

Where is the book available to purchase? I have copies available at a discounted rate of $5 each, plus shipping.

And now for her second book …

Title of Book: The Daily God® Book

Publisher: Tyndale House

Target audience: Anyone with a curiosity to know more about God and the Bible

Tell us about your book, what’s it about?

Get to know God’s character through his word. The Daily God Book is a daily devotional that develops the habit of reading and applying the Bible as God’s personal message to us. Sometimes we read the Bible without hearing the words as direct from God’s mouth to our hearts and minds. But he wrote it to each of us, to glorify himself and to help us know him more personally. Beginning with a nugget of truth from God, each reading trains our ears to listen for and connect with the Lord daily in his Word: “I create worlds of promise from nothing”; “My ways are best for you”; “I put my hope in you”; “You will find beauty and freedom in my ways”; “I am holding you in the silence.” Several paragraphs of text bring home that truth, followed by a brief response to prompt a prayerful conversation with the Lord. An inspirational quote or set of lyrics caps off each day. Entries are based on Scripture, organized canonically, all pointing to God’s worth and sovereignty.

Tell us about the process you went through to write this book including research, time, etc.:

As a long-time editor for Tyndale House, I had edited numerous books in their best-selling One Year® line, so I was familiar with the structure and process (and huge amount of work!) that writing a year’s worth of devotions required. The idea of writing my own daily devotional intrigued me, and I specifically wanted to draw readers to read the Bible with the mind that God wrote it to each of us. I first outlined the entire book by selecting the Scripture readings for every day and then pairing them with the message my heart gained from each day’s Bible reading. The actual writing took four months; I began writing it when my first baby was eight weeks old, and I completed it when he was seven months, so five months total. That schedule was grueling, particularly because I was dealing with the stress of learning to be a mother and having to pull three solid devotions out of my soul each day during naptimes. I truly believe God carried me through the process, and that reality makes the book all the more special to me. I think the fact that the nature of the book required me to go so deeply into God’s Word helped me rely on him every second to get it done.

What was the inspiration to write this book? What was your goal in writing this book and what do you hope readers gain from it?

I love the Bible. The more I read it, the more I yearn for others to know this amazing God who loves us more than we can fathom. His truths really are new every day, and there is simply no end to what he wants to reveal to us through his precious Word. However, it seems many people go through life missing out on the treasures he wants us to discover in it. That is a tragedy, and I hope The Daily God® Book will bring to life the very personal messages God is communicating to anyone who will listen for him.

Where is the book available to purchase?

It can be purchased through bookstores or through Amazon.

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