Wednesday, August 29, 2018

End of August Thoughts

I sit here writing this post with excitement mixed with some fear. I have built a website for my writing ministry. I chose to do this in order to further establish my branding as I try to build my writing platform.

My website is entitled Cecelia Lester Author; its web address is I have been working on it off and on for a month, trying to add sections to it that are attractive and informative about me and about my writing. I have cross-posted a few of my entries from here. I have to decide on a posting schedule.  I hope and pray that you will visit my new home as you can.

In September, I have two speaking engagements at area institutions, a nursing home and an assisted living facility in my immediate area. I also have contacted a couple of other places in search of finding opportunities to share God’s word. I will be using some of my blog posts and the columns I have written for another site.

In November, I will be giving a “Children’s Moments” message at our church. I haven’t done anything like this in quite a while (think years). Our Children’s Ministry Director has some added stresses with family illness.  Some of us know the stress she is under doing both and wanted to relieve a bit of it.

Monday, August 27, 2018

A Visit from a Humor Writer

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Today, we have with us one of my favorite authors, Jeanette Levellie, who happens to be a friend. She comes to share with us about her book, The Heart of Humor which is going into a second edition. Let’s get started.

Quiet Spirit: Welcome Jen! Can you give us an overview of The Heart of Humor?

Jeanette Levellie: By all means! Here is the back cover copy, which took almost as much time and thought to write than the entire book:

Welcome to a vacation from stress, worry, and global whining. Learn the secrets of how laughter can help you:
©      live healthier & longer
©      deepen your relationships
©      trust a God with the sense of humor that gives a 90-year-old lady a baby.

 In her sassy yet down-to-earth style, award-winning author and speaker Jeanette takes readers on a fun trip through 45 short stories with titles like: An Outhouse to Celebrate, Confessions of a Jailbird, and Swimsuit Shopping Stress. Accompanying the stories are comical drawings by a professional animator, articles, and lists revealing the superpowers of humor such as Got Pain? Laugh it Away, Everybody Loves Dummies, and Ten Ways to Help Yourself Laugh.

QS: How did the idea for this book come about?

J L: I’d been writing humor columns for a Christian magazine for five years. I had so many on file, I decided to compile the best ones into a book. After writing articles about the benefits of humor and compiling lists of humorous quotes and the best funny movies, The Heart of Humor was born. In this second edition, we’ve added 8 cartoons and a new cover, which has a laughing redhead who looks suspiciously like me!

QS: What other books have you written? Can you share a bit about them?

Two Scoops of Grace with Chuckles on Top, my best seller, is a humorous devotional focusing on God’s bottomless heart of grace. Comical drawings from my son accompany nine of the chapters.

Shock the Clock is a fun time management system that focuses on different personality types. A great feature of this book is the list of time management tips by well-known Christian authors, agents, and editors.

Touchable God features 25 personal stories about how I developed a friendship with God through talking to him. The final 20 chapters are actual prayers for friends in crisis.

Here are links for all four of my books:

Scoops of Grace:
The Heart of Humor:
Shock the Clock:
Touchable God:

QS: Thank you, Jeanette, for stopping in and sharing the news about the re-release of your book The Heart of Humor. I might add that the re-release date for The Heart of Humor is tomorrow, August 28, 2018. May God continue to bless you and your writing.

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