For a purveyor of words, nothing rings like publication. It’s a sort of affirmation that what we’re doing is pertinent enough for someone to read and maybe even give up hard-earned dollars for the privilege.

Yee-haw! I am excited to announce the existence of a book with my name in it. It’s a book of stories, a compilation of… Well, here’s the publisher’s blurb:

New anthology from G.IS.G Heavenly Publications:


Stories of Praise and Redemption

Edited by Sara Saint John

The world is a hard place to live and no one gets out of it alive.

Between these pages, fiction stories and poems speak the truth of grief, pain, sin, and horror. Yet, despite that truth, the authors herein show us the blessing of hope. All we need do is let God take control.

Spiritual Awakenings was released in paperback May 10, 2013!

This will be available as an e-book on Amazon beginning June 3, 2013.

Spiritual Awakenings Book Cover Coming May 10, 2013!

Spiritual Awakenings Book Cover
Coming May 10, 2013!

My contribution to the anthology is a story called “Sister Jenny’s God.” It’s a fictionalized account of a true story my grandmother told of a woman miraculously healed of rabies, back when Oklahoma was still called Indian Territory.

Here’s a small taste:

Tom let out a low whistle. “Shucks, Miz Jenny, that’s bad luck! You alright?”

“Oh, I’m just fine.” Sister Jenny bent over her ample belly to put the hen in a cage. Then she wagged her wet finger at the burly teen. “You know there ain’t no such thing as luck, Tom. Your mama taught you better. ”

She dried her hands on her apron.  “Jesus watches over them that put their trust in him. The Lord be watchin’ over me. And just ‘cause he let the tempter come to lie, steal and destroy, that don’t mean I been having no bad luck.”

Tom grinned at her, then lowered his eyes and shook his head.

The screen door banged as Jenny clomped into the house. Tom waited in the dusty yard.

She came right back out, a bulging paper bag in each hand. She met Tom’s eyes as she offered him the parcels. “We all have trials and temptations, boy. Just some of us let the Lord help us with them.”

“If the Lord be helping, how come he lets bad things happen?” Tom’s eyes flashed dark. “How come he let my mama die? Left Ruby Lee without no one to raise her? Left Daddy so mean with hurt?”

Get your copy from Amazon HERE. Or eBook for Kindle reader HERE.


About janets123

Children's writer, newspaper columnist, essayist, poet, storyteller
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9 Responses to Yee-haw-ing

  1. Congratulations, well deserved.. Good feeling, isn’t it?

  2. Becky Wright says:

    Thrilling news! I’ve enjoyed your writing for 30 years now, and am so excited that many more people will also enjoy that blessing! ! Very proud of you, and praising our faithful God!

  3. Mamasava says:

    I’m so glad for you!! Can’t wait to get it!

  4. Congratulations JANET – a very excellent introduction to our inputs to the new anthology “SPIRITUAL AWAKENINGS”. Looking forward to reading the book very soon by God’s grace, AMEN!!!

    Remain blessed and beautiful sharing God’s Christian love through your writings.
    “Dio te benedica!!

    Ciao love from Evangelist Daniele

    • janets123 says:

      Thanks for commenting, Daniele. I’ve read a few lines of your story, Lighthouse the Giant, and can’t wait to get back to it. Great writers, all. I think our book will amaze us…because God is in it.

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