You can win a copy of “Write for Him.” Read below for the instructions.
Do you know of a young woman or teen who loves to write? Then you’ll especially be interested in my post today.
Because I recently became aware of a unique and wonderful book called Write for Him: The Story of GGFG
. It tells the story of how God brought together an online community of girls, bound together by a hobby of writing. The 25 young ladies featured in this book represent 10 different countries and many different backgrounds. They put their trust in God to overcome addictions, put away distorted views of God, learn how to cope with losing a parent, deal with bullies, face their fears about the future, and trade the messages of this world for the Truth.
When they wrote these devotionals, fictional stories, testimonies, poems, and quizzes, they ranged in age from 11 to 24. Each writer desires to glorify God and encourage others by sharing a part of her life.
Hillary Beth Koenig is the creator of the idea and founder of Godly Girls For God Webzine and author/editor of Write for
Him: The Story of GGFG. You can find the book here: www.amzn.com/1300504730
Currently, GGFG has 30 or so Site Writers ages 11-26. They write devotionals and stories, which we post every Friday. Some of the past and present writers have been featured in our book,Write for Him: The Story of GGFG
. Our site is www.godlygirlsforgod.com
Here’s an interview with Hillary Beth Koenig:
When did you start writing in general?
As a very young child. In kindergarten, I started a journal that my mother encouraged me to write in daily, and I stuck with it through my teen years.
When did you start writing for GGFG?
We started GGFG in 2004. I was 15 by the time it really took off as a Webzine.
How have your experiences influenced your writing?
I loved the quiet mysteries of our backyard in Florida, and was often inspired to write because of those moments I felt God was near. I experienced some very trying times in my family. I was, at times, very depressed as a teenager, and could not think clearly. Writing helped. I would even write out my prayers sometimes.
What has God taught you through writing?
He is working all over the world in hearts, and that we are far more alike than we realize as true believers in Jesus. We are not alone. We can find others going through very similar things. Satan’s biggest lie is that no one else could possibly understand me. It isolates us so that it’s hard for us to open ourselves up to God and others in healthy ways.
Do you have a favorite part of this book?
My favorite parts are where the Gospel changes lives… and the sweet innocence of pure faith in God.
What would you like to accomplish by writing?
I want to make sure every girl knows that they are not too young to serve the Lord, and are not alone serving Him, no matter what their family, school, or other life situation.
What does the butterfly symbolism in the book’s graphics mean to you?
The butterfly represents new life in Christ, and has been our mascot all along. The purple often represents royalty. it reminds me that we are called to become more like our King, Jesus. The world on the cover reminds me of the many countries represented within GGFG. Our faith in Jesus unites us in an absolutely amazing way. And the hands remind me that God is holding us all.
When did you decide to start the book?
I was backing up a copy of the website on my computer. I felt like God was telling me it was time to try a book. It had been in the back of my mind… I turned to my husband and said, “I’m going to write a book.” It was November 2011. May 1st, 2013, I held my first box of books in my hands! Since then we’ve had several speaking opportunities, book signings, and conversations where we could share the Truth with others.
What’s your favorite page on GGFG’s site?
I have always been madly in love with the Hard Q’s page, because I treasure having a safe place to ask questions. I always loved the devotionals page, too, which holdfs the majority of our articles.
What encouragement would you like to give to other writers?
Write daily – or at least often. Read a lot. Don’t be ashamed to let others read your work. Take criticism in stride. Only you can say what you have to say… God has put you in the situations in your life so you can glorify Him, and encourage others. Don’t keep things to yourself just because you are afraid. God can do great things through you if you are willing!
To put your name into the drawing to receive a copy of Write for Him, make a comment on my blog. I will draw the winner on Saturday, Feb. 21st 2015.