Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Welcome to Cheri Swalwell

Cheri, your book certainly sounds intriguing. Hopefully, we'll learn about it in this interview!

Tell us, is there a story behind A 40 Day Habit Between Friends: Taking it to the Next Level?

This devotional is a collection of posts from my blog which was created in October 2011. Because of the positive feedback I received, and the suggestion to compile some of the devotions into a book, in November 2011, God allowed the doors to open and my first book was released.

That's interesting. What started you on your writing journey? 

God did. I had been writing off and on for almost twenty years, and had partially written my second fiction book, but laid it aside, when three years ago, God plainly told me, “Finish your book.” I argued with Him several times and then finally agreed to just obey. I have been walking the path of obedience ever since and am amazed at where it is taking me. 

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?  

I love to read almost more than I love to write. I love nonfiction inspirational books (Unstoppable by Nick Vujicic is one I just finished reading and couldn’t put down), as well as most Christian fiction: Amish, contemporary, suspense, medical drama - to name a few. Sharon Shrock is a relatively new author and has written Callie and has Terri, the second in the series releasing soon. I was hooked with Callie and can’t wait to read all four in the series. Candace Calvert (medical drama), Jordyn Redwood (suspense), Mary Ellis (Amish) are also authors that I love. I could keep going - I have learned so much from reading each genre and enjoy each

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud? 

My children. I absolutely love being a wife and mother and thoroughly enjoy all of their differences. We have so many inside family jokes - it would take me hours to explain them all. 

I agree. What is your favorite season of the year? 

Fall - even though I’m not fond of winter and cold weather that soon follows; I absolutely love everything about fall. The colors of the leaves, the cooler temperatures at night but still warm during the day, the smell of burning leaves or woodburners in the air, apple cider, pumpkin farms and apple orchards. I even love raking leaves together as a family. We have so many great memories that we celebrate each year as a family.

Fall is my favorite although I love spring too. Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc? 

With three very active kids in our home and two jobs working from home, there isn’t much time (or many places) to escape to myself. However, when I’m really stressed out and need time to refocus on God and the important things in life, our family will pile in the car and go for a long hike. We have a few favorite places close to where we live and after a couple of hours of communing with nature, communicating with my family, and having a running dialogue with our Heavenly Father about the beauty that He gives through nature, I come home much more relaxed and ready to tackle whatever needs to be accomplished. I’m happiest in the fresh air surrounded by God’s beauty and my family. 

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)  

I have so many, but one I would love to share is Psalm 37:4: “Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (NIV) I used to just focus on the end of the verse (the part where God gave me something) but as I get older, I love the beginning too. I love to take delight in God. To me that means obeying Him with every area of my life - standing before Him as blameless as possible, showing Him with my actions how much He truly means to me. And “the desires of my heart” to me now means that if I truly love God as much as I claim, then He will either grant me the desires that I already long for or He will change my desires to be what He wants for my life. I have experienced times of both, and they are equally rewarding because they come with His peace which is priceless. 

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

I am almost finished with a nonfiction book tentatively titled, Empy Arms, Heavy Hearts, offering hope through Christ after infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, or death of a child. It’s a compilation of thirteen different people, men and women, who have somehow felt the loss of a child but yet offer hope to those who are walking that path presently. God laid this book on my heart six years ago when we lost a child ourselves, and I promised Him then I would someday write the book that I needed to read back then. God is showing me now is the time.

 
Sounds like a winner, Cheri! Thanks for chatting with us.

 

To buy the book, go here:

http://www.amazon.com/40-Day-Habit-Between-Friends/dp/1481033069/ref=&tag=cheswaficfrot-20

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About the Author:
Cheri Swalwell is a wife, mother, and avid reader, but first and foremost she is a Christ follower. She has a degree in Psychology and has been blessed to be a guest on a variety of blogs including Christiandevotions.us, Circle of Friends, and Crosswalk.com/family. She is a regular contributor to Book Fun Magazine. She enjoys reading and reviewing a variety of fiction books in genres of Amish, women’s fiction, mystery, suspense, medical drama, contemporary, and historical to name a few. She also enjoys many nonfiction titles including devotionals and other inspirational type books.

If you want to hear more about the heart she has for marriage, parenting, and relationships from a Christian perspective as well as read reviews from various new and well-known authors, feel free to “like” her on:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/cheri-Swalwell

She loves to interact with her readers, so she would love to connect at: clSwalwell99@gmail.com


Cheri is giving away a copy of A 40 Day Habit Between Friends: Taking it to the Next Level. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.








Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown
 

2 comments:

Loree Huebner said...

Great getting to know you better, Cheri! Congratulations!

Your books sound wonderful. I love the titles.

Fall is my spring. I love fall the most of the four seasons. I get most of my inspiration during that time. Maybe it's because I'm born in October...

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this book of inspiration :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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