Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Welcome Devotional Author Rose Chandler Johnson

Hello Rose! I love the cover and title of your devotional book. Is there a story behind God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea?

I was reading some of my old journals recently and I came across an entry from 1979.  It was a prayer in which I told the Lord I wanted to write a book that was relevant and encouraging and that would “point others to the heart of God”. I believe that the Lord gave me that desire and that God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is a realization of that desire.

What started you on your writing journey? 

I always wanted to be a writer.  I received my first undergraduate degree in 1977 in English.  In the late 70s and 80s I wrote a little, but motherhood, work, life in general got in the way of that dream.  I only began writing again in 2008.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?

I’m somewhat hyperactive which has worked to my advantage having to multi-task as a way of life with six children and a busy teaching job.  So, if I’m not alone with some peace and quiet, I get distracted by all the activities/dramas in my everyday life.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading? 

I admit I do love the classics.  I can read Jane Eyre every year.  To me, it’s the most wonderful novel. But, I actually  read more non-fiction than anything else. I’ve recently read Thomas Merton’s The Seven Storyed Mountain, and Severe Mercy by …..  I loved both of these books.  I’m usually reading  2 or 3 books at once.

Let's have some fun. What is your strangest habit?

 I love to walk around in my backyard in the early morning and listen to the wind in the trees.  My children say I’m a “tree-hugger”.  

Loving nature is a good thing. What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?  

Just about anything.I  like to laugh at myself and my own jokes.  My children used to like for us to watch comic movies so they could laugh at me laughing.

Laughter makes a home so much more filled with love. What is your favorite season of the year? 

 I think autumn is my favorite, but summer and spring are a pretty close second.

Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?  

I do love Paris.  I also like to travel and explore historical places.

Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?

Yes, definitely.  I’m writing a novel and most of the places in the story were inspired by my travels.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends? 

My favorite meal is Thanksgiving dinner.  It’s my favorite time.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?   

I like to write about practicing the presence of Jesus and the reality of the Holy Spirit.  I also like to write about His mercy.

Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?

Usually, I escape to my bedroom.  I have a favorite corner in my backyard where I like to escape as well.

Could you share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you?

That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.
1 John 1:3-4 NKJV

This verse is special to me because it is the reason I write my devotions.

Why did you write a devotional?  

When I decided to make Jesus the Lord of my life, in 1977, I starting reading a devotional every morning.  It was just what I needed to help me focus and structure my time. I’ve incorporated devotional reading in my quiet times with God for decades. I think most people could benefit from that format.  So, I think that comes back to my desire to be relevant and encouraging.

Do you have anything else you are working on?

Yes, I am writing devotions every week, and I am also writing a novel.

We'll look forward to hearing from you again! Thanks for sharing.

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Rose Chandler Johnson is giving away a copy of God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice—once on each Spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.


apple blossom said...

oh, I love devotionals and ones written from the heart. this sounds ever so good thanks for chance to win a copy

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Rose Chandler Johnson said...

Apple Blossom, what a delightful title. Thanks for reading and commenting. I believe you would love this devotional. I hope you'll read it. You're included in the drawing. Blessings to you...

Linda Cox said...

You got me with the title! Love it! Sounds like a great devotional and one I need right now! God's blessings always

Linda Kish said...

I also love the cover and the title and I could use a bit of "pointing".

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Hello Rose. Good to meet a new author. I do love that Title. And, he cover also. The title is real enticing to me tho. I need to start reading more Devotionals, and I have a friend to share with. I would love to win this book. May GOD continue to bless you and your writing.
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

Martha Sturm said...

Always looking for another devotional to use. Like something new from a different author's perspective.


squiresj said...

I love devotionals. Will read it, review it and pass it on.
jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

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