Wow, do we have a jam-packed day today! First up: Linda Goldfarb…
Friends, you can’t imagine how excited I am to introduce Linda Goldfarb to you! As you’ll see in the interview, we go wayyyy back to our much earlier days of writing and speaking. We’ve both experienced the joys and sorrows of living the writer/speaker life…and we wouldn’t trade it for anything!
Be sure to leave a comment for Linda and you’ll be in the drawing for a free copy of her new Bible study, Loving the ME God Sees. Don’t forget to check back next week to see if you’re the winner!
Okay, let’s get started! Linda, welcome to the Christian Writerâ€™s Den. You and I go way back to the Glorieta Christian Writerâ€™s Conference days, also as trainers with CLASSEMINARS Inc., and I was a guest on your radio show, Not Just Talkinâ€™Â the Talk, many years ago. Weâ€™ve sharedÂ a lot of road on our journey and nowÂ youâ€™veÂ released your first Bible study. These are exciting times!
Ha ha, yes we have so many stories we could talk about for sure, Vonda! Thank you for the opportunity to be here with your readers, itâ€™s an honor for me to be on the other end of the interview especially with you as the host!
What inspired you to write a Bible study for women on Relational Transparency in Loving the ME God Sees?
Seriously, I never had the intention of writing a book, let alone a Bible study. Iâ€™m one of those speakers who writes magazine articles, online columns, personal/professional blogs, and yes, I have co-authored an eBook with Kim Garrison called, The Art of The Interview: Before, During, and After the Interview Strategies for Writers, Speakers, and Leaders, but a Bible study was never on my radar.
If itâ€™s okay with you Vonda, Iâ€™d like to touch on two concepts leading to my book; our fear of exposureâ€¦or being transparent, and Godâ€™s will for our best.
Transparency is something we usually run away from, and being truthful, I ran from it with style. As a professional speaker/actress, I had the knack to disguise hurt, pain, shame, and low self-esteem with humor, a quick wit, redirection and if need be, withdrawing from situations that made me vulnerable to exposure. Youâ€™re a great actress yourself, so Iâ€™m sure you know where Iâ€™m coming from.
I knew there were things in my life, my past, that I had to face or let go of, but covering it up and using humor seemed more Christian-likeâ€”I became very comfortable with the phrase, â€śIâ€™m fine. Everything is good. No worries.â€ť Over the years of speaking and coaching I realized women around the globe suffered as I didâ€¦especially women in the church.
SeveralÂ years ago, Godâ€™s will brought me face-to-face with our mutual friend, Georgia Shaffer. Without going into a lot of detail concerning our discussion at a CLASS Seminar event, Georgiaâ€™s words,Â â€śLinda, until you allow others to see your pain, you areÂ limitingÂ Godâ€™s impact on their lives and yoursâ€ť struck me hard.
My gut reaction to her words put me in aÂ defense mode,Â â€śSeriously Georgia, people donâ€™t want to hear about my hurts, my pain, my challenges. They want to laugh and be entertained. People really donâ€™t care.â€ť
I walked away from our meeting with an unpleasant taste in my mouth and anÂ unsettling feeling in my heart. Georgia was right. You see, in truth, I was very afraid to be real. Afraid of what others might think. Iâ€™m a professional; I should have it all together, right?
Iâ€™ve found Godâ€™s will is most evident in the scary moments of our lives. When we’re asked to step out on that unseen bridge of faith trusting Him more than we fear the world.
Would you share with my friends the story of how the book came to be published?
In September of 2009 during my morning quiet time, God prompted me to write a Bible study. What transpired over the next two months is too long to share during this interview, letâ€™s just say I had a two-by-four spiritual awakening to Godâ€™s best for me.
I began writing and teaching, at that time the study was called Walking Faith-Full, based on the Book of James. God literally provided seven women who met with me faithfully over the course of 13-weeks to complete the study. After that we opened the study to my church. At one point the women attending asked for the study title to be changed, as walking faith-full didnâ€™t quite hit the mark. The result was Loving the ME God Sees.
In 2014, I approached our friend Cheri Cowell of Living Parables Inc/EABooks.Â about publishing the study as a POD and eBook. Her team worked with me all through the process and I love the results.
My encouragement to your readers: donâ€™t allow your fears to overshadow Godâ€™s best in your life. If His will is for you to write a book, an article, a Bible study or whatever, be alert to life and He will affirm your calling. Then walk boldly through the door He opens trusting He has His best waiting around the cornerâ€¦ never give up.
I just love that story! And I love Cheri Cowell, too. đź™‚ A two-by-four moment, isnâ€™t that just like God? Now, before we go, would you tell us whatâ€™s next for you?
Iâ€™m still speaking at retreats and emceeing events as the Lord allows. As a board certified Christian life coach, Iâ€™m blessed to work with women, couples, and parents helping them grow from good living to Godâ€™s best life. My hubby, Sam and I co-teach Parenting Awesome Kids in our church each week and Iâ€™m also writing a couple more books. One for my sisters-in-Christ called, His Warrior Sisters: Standing Strong for Faith, Family & Freedom, and the second is the I CARE Guide for Parents: Bite-sized Child-caring Principles for Busy Parents.
Thanks for being with us today, Linda. And readers, don’t forget to leave a comment and you’ll be in the drawing for a free copy of her book, Loving the ME God Sees. Just check back next week to see if you’re the winner!
BIO: As a national speaker and board certified life coach, Linda Goldfarb empowers women, parents & grandparents to move forward with hope & possibility when life changes. Linda is the author of Loving the ME God Sees: Peeling Back the Layers to Experience a Heart of Transparency. She has over 200 published articles covering physical, relational, and spiritual wellness. Linda is the mother of four adult children, Maw-Maw to six-grandies, and wife to her incredible partner in ministry, Sam. She is the Womenâ€™s Ministry Director at First Baptist Church of Universal City, Texas, and founder/instructor of Parenting Awesome Kids. Linda loves her life in the Texas hill country where she and Sam reside with four country dogs! www.Lindagoldfarb.com email@example.com
It’s time to celebrate YOU with our Christian Writer’s Den Kudos!
Congratulations to the following CWD friends who’ve been doing the work and finding success:
1. Cheryl Barker (KS): My article â€śFrom Generation to Generationâ€ť appeared in the December issue of War Cry. Also, my article â€śVerbs of the Proverbs 31 Womanâ€ť was accepted for publication by Evangel, and my article â€śPropelled by Mother Loveâ€ť was accepted for publication in the upcoming spring issue of The Lutheran Digest.
3. Dr. Michelle Bengtson (TX): Michelle is offering a free webinar, “10 Tips to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues” on Tuesday, January 27 at 7:30pmCT. Click here to register for “10 Tips to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues.”
4. Sheri Levy (SC): Sheri’s YA novel, Seven Days to Goodbye, was released in the fall. (I’m so sorry I apparently missed including this earlier. Please forgive me!) You can read more about the book at Sheri’s website and here’s a link to her book trailer
Congratulations, Cheryl, Brenda, Michelle, and Sheri! And friends, if you need help finding success in publishing, be sure to return next week when I’ll be sharing writing opportunities and conferences with you!
And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for . . . Who won the 2014 MoGo7000 Challenge?
Well, before I announce the winner, let me share some exciting statistics with you:
- Would you believe over half a million new words were written on book projects and reported by Christian Writer’s Den friends in 2014? The grand total was 517,772 words!
- Nine writers participated in the 2014 challenge.
- I know several books came out of these months of writing, but I don’t know how many.
- And I know one writer is going to be $100 richer. đź™‚
Congratulations to all the writers who worked hard and made progress in their book projects this year!
So, are you ready to see who won $100 to spend as desired? Drum roll, please…Random.org says the winner of the 2014 MoGo7000 Challenge is…
Woo-hoo, Joan! Congratulations! Now, I just need you to contact me with your snail mail address and I’ll get that check right out to you!
Don’t forget–the 2015 MoGo7000 Challenge is now underway! You could write a book this year and possibly win $100, too!
That’s right, the MoGo7000 Challenge is open to everyone, and it’s free! Check out the page for complete details, but the bottom line is I want to help you write your book this year, and one of the best ways I know to do it is to entice you with cash. đź™‚
It’s easy, it’s free, and it’s all for you. Check out the MoGo7000 Challenge details and then get to work. Every month you can win an entry. The more months you meet the challenge, the more entries you receive.
So what are you waiting for?
Well, that’s it for another Celebration Tuesday. I hope you’ve been encouraged today to write the words you were created to write!