Monday, October 15, 2018

Basket of Courage Giving Away Two Copies of "Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo!"



Would you like a free copy of Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo: A Hopeful Response to a Hard Reality? Do you know someone with a terminal or chronic illness who would be encouraged by A Hopeful Response to a Hard Reality?

Thank you to Wanda Draus and Basket of Courage for their encouragement to cancer heroes by giving away two copies of Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo. To enter, please leave your name or the name of someone you know who is a "hero" on the Basket of Courage Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/basketofcourage/ 

In Wanda Draus' words:

"Good Morning, everyone. We are doing something we’ve never done before, we are giving away two copies of Elaine Miller’s book “Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo.”

Although a book about cancer this little gem will encourage anyone with a chronic illness. Each chapter starts with a scripture verse and ends with a prayer, a song, and a ribbon for your heart (my personal favorite).

All you have to do is leave your name or someone you think could use some hope right here https://www.facebook.com/basketofcourage/ or PM. The drawing will be next Monday, October 22,  and we will contact the winners for addresses.

To read more about Elaine and this great book go to Amazon.

Let’s send some hope and love to someone who just might need it. Have a happy week! Wanda"

 
 Basket of Courage is a non-profit organization whose purpose is the bring encouragement and hope to anyone with cancer through their baskets. Please join them as they fight the fear that cancer brings with the love that comes through Christ. For additional information or interest in volunteer opportunities, please email them at basketofcourage@gmail.com or see their website, www.basketofcourage.org. 


 

Sunday, October 7, 2018

My 70th Birthday Surprise!


Celebrate with me the gift of life, health, and a new book God gave to me on my 70th birthday! One miracle after another!

 "I will praise the Lord at all times.
I will constantly speak his praises.I will boast only in the Lord;
let all who are helpless take heart.
Come, let us tell of the Lord's greatness;
let us exalt his name together.
I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.
He freed me from all my fears.
Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;"
Psalm 34:1-5

Let us exalt his name together! What are you praising the Lord for today?

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Monday, October 1, 2018

It's My 70th Birthday and God Gave Me a Gift


Happy Birthday to me! Oh, I love my birthday and I especially love this birthday—my 70th!

Twice in the last two years oncologists indicated I would not see my 70th birthday. But, here I am!!! Alive! Well! Blood counts normal! Praising the Lord! Doctors telling me I should live many more years! Hallelujah!!! Thanking Him for the gift of life. For my 70th Birthday!!!


 "The length of our days is seventy years—or eighty, if we have the strength."
Psalm 90:10

I've got the strength!!!

God also gifted me with a new book! I prayed Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo would release  on my 70th birthday. Impossible, if you know the publishing business. But God did it for me. His gift to me and to those with cancer and to those who love someone with cancer. 

Celebrate with me the release of Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo: A Hopeful Response to a Hard Reality. I need your help to spread the word to your network of friends. We all know people with cancer. For my birthday would you consider gifting me by:

Praying for a cancer patient today.

Praying for oncologists and cancer center employees today.

Praying for cancer research—for a cure.

Posting Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo on your social media pages.

Posting a review of Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo on Amazon.

Buying a copy of Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo.

Gifting Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo to someone with cancer.

Please join my team encouraging cancer warriors and those who love them to see cancer not as an obstacle, but as an opportunity to love deeper, live fuller, laugh louder, sing sweeter, and shine brighter.  Please help me show cancer patients there is A Hopeful Response to a Hard Reality.

If the Lord leads, please copy and paste the following address on your social media. Costs you nothing, and blesses many. Thank you!!!  https://www.amazon.com/Praise-Lord-Pass-Chemo-Response/dp/1945976012/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1537661399&sr=1-1&keywords=praise+the+lord+and+pass+the+chemo



Praise the Lord! And pass me another piece of birthday cake! Happy Birthday to me!!! Each day is a Happy Birthday to all cancer warriors everywhere. We are family. I love you and God loves you too. He will never let us go.

My love and prayers always that each day is a splash of serenity as we rest in Jesus' Arms,



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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Worst of Times—A Child Has Cancer

"Two thoughts came to mind when I heard my diagnosis,

First, for the glory of God.

Second, I'm thankful I have cancer and not one of my children. 

"Having cancer takes courage. 
Watching your child suffer takes surrender."

 from the chapter,


                                "The Worst of Times—A Child Has Cancer" 


in my book,

Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo: 
A Hopeful Response to A Hard Diagnosis.

If your child has cancer, my heart breaks for you. I know a little of what your family is going through because my baby brother had cancer. Nine months old. Six months to live. I was sixteen.

 Kaboom! 

Our family exploded in shock and grief. Don't give up hope. Although you are experiencing every parent's worst nightmare, there is a hopeful response to the hard reality of childhood cancer. 

I devoted the longest chapter in my new book, 
Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo: A Hopeful Response to a Hard Reality, 
to the hard realities of childhood cancer. 
Although hard, there is hope. 
The hopeful response comes from my own testimony of the good that God brought to our family because we knew pain. 
In this chapter I share wise words from brave mothers 
whose babies lived and some who died with childhood disease. 
These  moms know suffering we know not of, and have wisdom that comes from God.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. If your child has cancer or any disease, or if you know of a family watching their child suffer, please gift them with a copy of Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo: A Hopeful Response to a Hard Reality. 


Coming soon to this website, but available on Amazon now at https://www.amazon.com/Praise-Lord-Pass-Chemo-Response/dp/1945976012/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1537908119&sr=1-1&keywords=praise+the+lord+and+pass+the+chemo 

The American Childhood Cancer Organization says, "A diagnosis turns the lives of the entire family upside down." https://www.acco.org/childhood-cancer-awareness-month/

Childhood disease puts great stress on every aspect of a marriage. Never before have husbands and wives needed each other, but never before have some of them felt so distant as they suffer privately instead of together. I suggest gifting the couples with We All  Married Idiots: Three Things You Will Never Change About Your Marriage and Ten Things You Can. They'll have a few laughs and share some unexpected kisses, which will bless their lives as well as the life of their child.


Available on this website or on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/We-All-Married-Idiots-Marriage/dp/0984765522/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1537907841&sr=1-1&keywords=we+all+married+idiots

Praying for Splashes of Serenity on families who suffer,


Saturday, September 22, 2018

"Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo: A Hopeful Response to a Hard Reality" Available on Amazon


What a surprise! Dan and I were away for our 48th Anniversary month-long celebration 



when I heard from my publisher,




"Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo
 A Hopeful Response to a Hard Reality 
is ready to be published."

I am thrilled with the beautiful cover and thank Bob at EABooks Publishing for designing a cover according to my instructions: "Make the cover joyful and light because there is enough dark in a cancer patient's life." Music notes showed up because singing makes people happy. The reader is encouraged to sing out and breathe in the precious truths and powerful promises of the old hymns. A hymn is printed at the end of each chapter. Purple ribbons are the universal color for all cancers, because this book is for all cancer patients and for those who love them.

The back cover tells you more:


Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo is available at Amazon on the link below:
https://www.amazon.com/Praise-Lord-Pass-Chemo-Response/dp/1945976012/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1537661399&sr=1-1&keywords=praise+the+lord+and+pass+the+chemo

Available also at your local bookstore and major on-line stores.

Autographed copies will be available on this website soon.

Not many babies are born at anniversary celebrations, but we praise God for the early and the healthy delivery of Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo: A Hopeful Response to a Hard Reality. 

Please join Dan and I in prayer for so many suffering with cancer. May this book bring joy and hope and peace that comes only from our Lord Jesus Christ.


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Elaine W. Miller's Book on Cancer Releasing in Fall 2018

Dearest friends and cancer warriors,

Cancer surprised me! I was thrown into the cancer community—not by my choice, but by God's plan. Little did I expect to receive some of the greatest lessons of my spiritual life as well as meet cancer heroes whose faith would increase mine.

God placed a desire in my heart to write a book encouraging cancer patients and those who love them to consider:

Cancer is not an obstacle in life, 
but an opportunity
 to love deeper, 
live fuller, 
laugh louder, 
sing sweeter, 
and shine brighter.

I am pleased to announce my new book (cover and title to be revealed in October), releasing in time for Christmas. 


Signing a publishing contract with Living Parables of Central Florida Books.

The book is in the capable hands of the publisher. Thank you to all who prayed me through the book-writing process. You are my heroes, lifting my arms when I had no strength to stand.

Tomorrow Dan and I leave for various locations to rest, love each other and our extended family, and celebrate our 48th anniversary—another anniversary we thought we would never see. How we thank God for His goodness to us and His sweet spirit of peace dwelling within us.

I'm doing great! My blood counts are normal and my heart beats for Jesus! Enjoy every moment, dear ones!

Life is worth living.
People are worth loving.
Smiles are worth smiling.
Laughter is gold.

May splashes of serenity fill your days,


Friday, August 17, 2018

Edit, Edit, Edit, and Then Edit Some More


If four eyes are better than two, then twenty eyes are near perfection. Except there is no perfect book. Some reader, somewhere, will find the misspelled word.

Ten people blessed me and blessed cancer patients when they volunteered to read my book searching for typos, stupid errors, and grave mistakes. I read my book over and over and over. No book is perfect, but every book can be improved. We owe ourselves and we owe our readers the time and the hard work of editing. Our goal is to produce the cleanest and clearest copy possible. Thank you for all who helped me achieve that goal.

Dianne Barker, friend and author of eight books, was my books eleventh read. Wow! She poured her heart and her expertise into my book. When she sent her edits, I felt like I was attending a college writing course, as she not only sent suggestions, she told me why.



If you would like to contact Dianne to edit your manuscript, I give the highest recommendation.

e-mail: diannebarker@embarqmail.com

Here's a sample of Dianne's work:

I wrote: "Too stunned to react, I sat silent knowing that in a moment of a test result life had changed forever."

Dianne suggested: "Too stunned to react, I sat silent. In a moment, a test result had changed life forever."

Dianne packed power into those words, yet didn't change my voice. My appreciation of her is immense.

Editing is tough, yet necessary. Don't sell your book short (literally).

 Edit, Edit, Edit, and Then Edit Again.

Some tips for surviving the editing process:

1. Let go of your pride. 

The editor has one goal: to make your book better. Be happy, not devastated or embarrassed when the editor changes the sentence you spent three hours perfecting. The book belongs to you. You choose whether to accept or reject each edit.

2. Keep your voice.

"Write the way you speak." Thelma Wells said at an Advanced Writers and Speakers Conference. So, hold on to your voice. An editor may change your "do not" to "don't" to make the sentence more conversational, but if you say "do not" and rarely say "don't," then not a good idea to change.

3. No two readers or editors think the same.

One editor said, "You don't like commas do you?" She filled the manuscript with perfectly placed commas to enhance the readability of my book. I sent the comma-laden script off to another editor who removed most of them. When in an English-usage quandary, check your heart, and discern which read makes more sense to you. Both of these editors are award-winning authors. They know the punctuation business. I trust them both. But, they are human so they think differently.

One reader loves a paragraph. Another says to get rid of the beloved words. Again, use your discernment.

4. An editor does more than find typos. 

They make your work shine. Shine for Jesus, dear author, shine!

Have a Splashes of Serenity Kind of a Day!