Tuesday, April 26, 2011

with Marty Girardier

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Marty!
We would love to get to know you some. Tell us about your family.

My husband John and I have been married thirty five years. We live in Chesapeake, Virginia with our spunky dog Mocha. As retired military, we feel fortunate to have been in the Tidewater area since 1978. Our two sons are grown and married with families of their own. Our oldest son Darrel, lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Amy-Jo and our youngest son Robert, lives in Moyock, North Carolina with his wife Emily and our two grandsons Jacob and Will.

What prompted you to write this book?
The only answer for this is the Holy Spirit. Once I stepped down as the coordinator of the Cupboards for Christ ministry, I sensed the Holy Spirit prodding me to write down how He had guided and directed me to organize the food pantry. I am so glad that I listened because the information was still very fresh in my mind. Now others can benefit from what God taught me as they too read the book and seek God for direction on organizing a food pantry ministry that can benefit their church body and community.

Was there anything you discovered or learned while working on this book that surprised you?
Yes! Even though I had all the mechanics of the book written by the fall of 2008, the Lord had more to write about the subject. My husband and I felt led to change churches during the summer of 2008, while I was in the process of writing. Little did I know the little church we now attend would be a huge part of the story that God wanted to share. February 2009, our new small church and our former church became partners and now work together to provide food, money and volunteers that are needed for this growing food pantry ministry. In the book I share how God brought our churches together to work as a team and how it has benefited both churches as a result of us working together.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
The biggest writing obstacle for me is staying focused. Looking around my home, I can always find other things to do that allow me to be distracted from sitting down and writing. But when I pray and ask the Lord to help me stay focused and clear blocks of time for me to write, he always comes through.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I enjoy reading Christian autobiographies mostly. I get so inspired by ordinary people who have risen to new heights in living and serving God. To me these books are current day Bible stories that are fresh and new, helping you and me realize that God is at work transforming lives today.

Are there certain foods or snacks that keep the words flowing for you?
A Starbucks tall, café Mocha light does the trick for me.

What lesson is the Lord teaching you right now or recently taught you?
Currently I am doing the Bible study, Jonah by Priscilla Shirer. Wow! For me the lesson that has spoken volumes is we all are or have been a Jonah at one time or another. God is so gracious and so merciful that He gives each of us second chances in life. Thank you God!

What are you currently writing?
Currently I am a weekly contributing devotional writer for Our Circle of Friends website in Sugarcreek, Ohio along with writing the blog, Pantry of Praise which I update twice a month. After recently attending the Florida Christian Writers Conference in Leesburg, Florida, I was inspired to begin writing articles and greeting cards as well. I am currently praying and seeking God for direction and know He has a plan for the future of me writing and sharing His goodness with others through these writing projects.

You can purchase How Shall We Feed Them? from Amazon.

Marty is giving away a copy of How Shall We Feed Them?. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Jo said...

I would love to win this book to give to our church. We are trying to get a food pantry started. Our church meets at a performing arts center and about 6 months ago finally got a office outside of the Pastor's home so we can now have a food pantry.


ann said...

I would like the opportunity to win and read your book. Food banks are very helpful to the poor and I appreciate anyone who works to provide these for the people

Joanne Sher said...

Would LOVE to read this one. Please enter me :)

Jackie said...

First, let me say, you don't look old enough to have been married 35 years and to have grown children!
Our church has what we call Manna Ministry, and we're up to feeding the community once a week.
Your book sounds great!
Thanks for the contest!

Meredith said...

Thanks for passing on your experience with food pantries for others! I'd love to read this!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

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