Thursday, March 19, 2009

Elizabeth Ludwig on Dreaming Dangerously - WIN A BOOK!

A big welcome to today’s guest blogger, author Elizabeth Ludwig!

The Year of Dreaming Dangerously

It is possible to dream big, to have aspirations so high they take your breath away. Like most people, I feared setting my sights on such scaly heights. What if my dreams were never realized? What if one by one, they were trodden beneath the weight of rejection? And so I set my goals lower, at more attainable levels: Placing in a writing contest, having an editor request a full manuscript, sparking the interest of an agent. These were reasonable requests to lay before my Lord and Savior. I felt confident in asking that He help me see these dreams realized. Except. . .

Attainable goals have never interested God.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. -Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV)

God proved this scripture to me in 2008. I asked that an editor would request a full manuscript. Instead, in April, I held my first novel in my hands. I asked that an agent would show an interest in my work. Instead, I signed with Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary. I asked that I might place in a contest. Instead, I was named IWA Writer of the Year. True to His promise, God gave me ABUNDANTLY above what I dared to ask or think.

Even now, my heart is overwhelmed at all God has done in my life. I am brought to tears as I think on how little faith I put in the ability, and power, and awesomeness of God. Yet He desired to prove to me how great and able He is. I don’t suppose I will ever understand why the God of the universe takes such an avid interest in one humble servant. I only know that God is who He says, and He does what He promises.

I encourage you to dream dangerously in the coming year. Establish your goals and then lay them before the throne God. He does not want your attainable dreams. He wants your lofty ones, the dreams of your heart. Most of all, He wants to show you, as He did me, how exceedingly able He is to do beyond what you ask or think.

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Elizabeth Ludwig graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hart High School in 1985. She received a scholarship to Michigan State University in 1986 and went on to study English and Journalism. She spent several years learning both music and theater arts, and has performed in numerous community projects. She is an accomplished speaker and dramatist, having performed before audiences of 1500 and more, at local community groups, and before judges for Forensics Meets across the state of Michigan. She works full time, and currently lives with her husband and two children in Texas.

ABOUT THE BOOK – Where the Truth Lies

Casey Alexander refuses to believe her aunt committed suicide. Her personal investigation makes some people uncomfortable enough to want her dead.

As the main suspect in Casey's quest, Luke Kerrigan does some searching of his own. What he finds has him doing a little more digging that leads him to doors he may not want opened.

The secrets unearthed will turn lives upside down and threaten the peace in their small community.


If you’d like to be entered to win a copy of Where the Truth Lies, just leave a reply to this blog. I’ll pick a winner at random on March 26th. Please leave an email address so I can contact you if you're the winner. (To prevent spammers from trolling for your email, please use this format with the brackets--you [at] yourmail [dot] com--or something similar.) Good luck!


tetewa said...

Love a good mystery, count me in!

mez said...

Please include me for Where the Truth Lies. I've read several of the Heartsong Mysteries and they're wonderful.

Elizabeth Ludwig said...

Glad to hear you've enjoyed the mysteries, mez!'re a gal after my own heart. I LOVE a great mystery!!

Jo said...

I love to read a good mystery and this sounds like a good book. Please count me in!


Bonnie Calhoun said...

Lisa writes great fun mysteries. You go girl!

LOL...but I just came by to support a ctitique sister, no need to put me in the drawing. I have a ton of books to get read!

Bonnie Calhoun
Owner/Dir - CFBA
Owner/Publisher - CFOM - Christian Fiction Blog Alliance Website - CFBA Blog - Christian Fiction Online Magazine - NorthEast Zone Director - ACFW

windycindy said...

What an inspirational lady!
I appreciate her words.
Please enter me in your book drawing.
Many thanks, Cindi

Elizabeth Ludwig said...

:-) Thanks, Bonnie. You're awesome, gal.

And Jo, good luck to you!

Elizabeth Ludwig said...

Thank you for your encouraging words, Cindy. Good luck in the contest!

Maureen said...

This looks like a story I would enjoy.

Ane Mulligan said...

I'm going to have to claim that. LOL It's funny, but this year I feel expectant. And no, I'm NOT pregnant. :D

Love, loved, LOVED Where the Truth Lies! Don't put me in the drawing, but I had to stop by and say hey. :)

Anonymous said...

Your essay on dreams was great, incredibly encouraging for those of us just discovering our own dreams.

Jennifer AlLee said...

Today's winner is Maureen! Thanks to everybody who stopped by to find out more about this great author!