Thursday, March 01, 2012


Janet Chester Bly
Janet Chester Bly
Copyright 2008

Our little country church built a fence with low grade boards that had been donated. Within months, the boards twisted into crooked shapes. I hated that fence and it seemed to take forever to get it fixed. Each time I drove up to the church parking lot, I winced.

Then a friend remarked, “When I look at that fence, it’s a prod to me to pray about all that’s wrong--every out-of-whack relationship and our neighbors and church members who suffer from some pain or trouble.”

I followed her lead. When I spied the bent boards, I interceded for burdened folks. I even took a photo of the fence for my prayer journal. 

Now that the fence is straight again, I’m reminded to praise God for His many answers to my prayers.

Praying for others is the most unselfish thing we can do. To bring hope, help and healing to countless people you know. You might not be able to aid them in other ways, but you can give them the gift of prayer. To get you out of yourself and focused on someone else. You invite God’s purpose and power into the situation.

“This lifts us out of the puny reasons for living that we humans invent apart from Him,” says Ruth Myers in her book 31 Days of Prayer.

31 Days of Prayer
We become partners with the Lord of the Universe to impart miracles into mayhem, instill exciting, fresh possibilities into sterile circumstances.

For whom do you need to pray today?
How long will you commit to pray for them?

(taken from “31 Days To Personal Peace,” available as a free download at

   You can read the whole story of how my 3 sons & I finished Stephen Bly's last novel. Can a committee write fiction? We had the passion to find out.
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    Also, in this issue a special feature on Margaret Daley, as well as on newly released novels by Tracie Peterson, Siri Mitchell, DiAnn Mills, Kay Marshall Strom & others.
    Pass this news along to your fiction lover friends & family.

Stuart Brannon's Final Shot
Coming March 2012 -- hardback & ebook -- Paperback edition by summer.
Stuart Brannon's Final Shot, by Stephen Bly
with Janet Chester Bly, Russell Bly, Michael Bly & Aaron Bly

Finishing Dad's novel was a family affair.

It's 1905. Two orphans flee Oregon's Tillamook Head. One of them is branded a hero. Do they tell what really happened & risk a dangerous man's wrath?
Meanwhile, a retired lawman searches for his missing U.S. Marshal friend & grapples with the game of golf on behalf of a charity celebrity tournament.
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"Stuart Brannon's Final Shot delivers and reminds us what we'll miss most about the beloved author." Jerry B. Jenkins, NYT Bestselling novelist & biographer
"(Stephen) Bly throws his readers into the fray from the first page and never lets up. . .I've loved (Stuart) Brannon since his first appearance many books ago, and though I know he eventually had to hit the trail, he will be missed." Award-winning author Kathleen Y'Barbo

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