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February 8, 2011

John Ortberg Shares Great Advice For Christians Who Want To Know ‘HOW DO I KNOW GOD’S WILL FOR MY LIFE?’ – John Ortberg Is Pastor Of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church & The Author Of The Me I Want To Be & When The Game Is Over

 

 

 

John Ortberg shared some great advice recently for people who are struggling with the question of how to know God’s will for my life.  John’s words are highly practical and gives steps you can take right now as you go through this journey.

 

He writes:

 

I was at commencement at a Christian college this weekend, and it reminded me of the question millions of young people are asking this time of year.
We never grow out of that question: Who is operating out of a wisdom surplus?

But the vast majority of people start at the wrong place.
When I finished college, I desperately wanted to know what I should do next. Find a job? Go to grad school? Where? In what field?
I prayed until I was exhausted (and God was probably a little tired of it too). I was ready to do whatever. Just send me a postcard. Put it in sky writing. But I would have gotten more clarity with a Magic 8 ball.
For a good reason.
Which I did not understand for many years. And its this:
God’s main purpose for you is not what you do. Its who you become.

If I always told my kids what do to–wear these clothes, take this job, marry this person–they might do what I say. Their circumstances might even turn out OK.
But they would not grow into excellent persons.
To grow into an excellent person, you have to make choices, exercise judgment, take responsibility, and learn.
There is no short-cut for this.
So, if I want my children to become excellent people–my will for their life will often be: “You choose.”

God knew that I would grow if I had to make choices in ways I would never grow if I got a heavenly postcard.

“God’s will” is not a way of escaping the anxiety and responsbility of making decisions.

I had a friend–a really bright guy and great New Testament scholar–who was convinced it was God’s will for him to marry the girl he wanted to marry because a certain song played at a certain moment on a certain radio station.
It wasn’t God’s will. It was just a Barry Manilow marathon.
Sometimes a Barry Manilow marathon is just a Barry Manilow marathon.

How do I know God’s will for my life?
–Live this day in an open, repentant spirit.
–Understand that living in God’s will often means I must make decisions.
–Pray constantly, regularly asking for wisdom in small moments, without placing pressure on God to give any particular kind of response.
–”Let your life speak”: Parker Palmer wrote a wonderful book by this title from an old Quaker saying; if you look at the trajectory of your life with simplicity and openess certain patterns will emerge that will help you understand your shape and gifts and longings
–Have wise, godly people speak into your life with love and truth
–Be willing to make mistakes and learn from them quicker rather than slower
–Have a mind immersed with great thoughts from Scripture
–Practice making decisions and learning from them all day long
–Live in freedom and joy. Trust God that He can guide you into His will without your obsessing over it.

 

Great words, from a great thinker.  Thanks John for this helpful advice.

 

February 8, 2011

Christian Recording Artist Joy Williams Talks About Her New Band The Civil Wars And Their New Album Barton Hollow Which Debuted At #1 On The iTunes Charts (VIDEO)

 

 

 

Yesterday, the Civil Wars released their debut full-length album, Barton Hollow, and it immediately hit number-one on iTunes. We spoke recently with the duo about how they formed, why they work so well together and what it’s like to hear their songs on TV.

You two met at a songwriting camp in Nashville.  What was it that drew you to working together?


John Paul White: Joy and I have definitely talked about the moment a million times between us. The first time our voices sounded out together in the room, it was a weird pinch-me kind of moment. I’d never had that kind of marriage between two voices before in my days. We both [had] never felt that before. The origins were out there in that “first sight” kind of thing.

Joy Williams: I think it took several months before we actively thought there was a way to maybe build on that or to continue to pursue the idea of blending of the voices together. For me I remember particularly after the songwriting camp us getting back together four or five months after that and writing another song together and the blend continued to stay. It wasn’t a blue moon type of experience.

JPW: We always talk about the blending of the voices and that’s a huge part of it, but on top of that [there was] the melding of ideas. We have different viewpoints on things being from totally different backgrounds and geographical areas, but there’s a common thread to all of it too. The type of music that was coming out of us was kind of hard to explain being from our different backgrounds; so we just felt like we were kind of obliged to keep going with it. There was no way to stop doing it and see where it led to; here we are.

 

You both had pretty lengthy solo careers, and Joy, you were well-known in the Christian music industry.  Has the transition to this new venture been difficult?

 

JW: Yeah, ’cause John Paul is just such a diva, it makes it really difficult to get things done.

JPW: I shine so much onstage it’s really hard for her to even show up. People don’t even realize she’s there. I wear black so it dulls it down.

JW: Yet another odd thing about it, and by odd I mean sort of fortuitous, is the fact that the joining of the two musically just makes sense. It feels more fluid than most things I’ve ever done musically. That part’s actually really fun.

JPW: The live aspect for me is with Joy. … As a solo artist, it’s you. Everything is on you; the spotlight is on you, you carry all the banter, you lead the parade. But with this, there is a give-and-take that I never would have expected to be able to have with somebody on stage. I’ve been in bands a lot during my youth, but it was always five different perspectives, five different horses never pulling in the same way; this feels like we’re 200 percent what we could be as a solo artist.

JW: I don’t think I actively think about the musical chapter I feel like I’m in. I enjoyed what I learned in the process of being in CCM for about six or seven years, but I think, too, on top of that, I started feeling a little bit boxed in. I think within that genre of music, it’s very important to overtly express the worldview that you have versus what you see actually through that worldview. So I’ve been really enjoying the freedom of being able to write what I see through my worldview. And I think writing about truth and beauty in a way that plays with dark and light is really fascinating to me and something that I really enjoy.

Beauty can be bittersweet and truth can be hard to swallow, and I think we inadvertently write within that tension with what we do—though it’s never actually discussed. It is different, but it seems like such a good space to be in, and I’m really thankful to be linking arms with John Paul because I think [the] sum of the parts is different than any other music we could make or have made up to this point as solo artists.

What has the reception been like at your live performances?

 

JPW: The way it feels onstage is unlike most anything I’ve ever done. Joy and I have both played wide and varied locations and thousands of crowds, good, bad and ugly, but I feel a connection that I’ve never truly felt before. I don’t mind sticking my neck out there and saying that it’s been really good, because I hope they’re enjoying it as much as I’m enjoying it. I feel like that’s the way things have been and the crowds just keep getting bigger, so that can’t be a bad thing.

JW: We’re thankful again to know the music is not only connecting with people that show up to the shows, but also people within an industry format. That’s lifeblood for independent musicians, which is what we are. So not only is it a life-giving mechanism for us to continue to be able to make the music we love, but it also continues to be a great way to market ourselves in a way that we would never be able to do otherwise.

How does it feel to be getting a lot of airplay on television shows now?  Was that something you anticipated?

JPW: Having it on a show is a great thing in itself, but that people did latch on to it and seek us out, that’s just crazy.

What inspires and influences your music together?

JPW: Just about everything we’ve ever seen, heard, felt, every fight we’ve had with anyone in our lives—there are no holds barred with subject matter for us. We pull from anything that kind of floats into the air or what the news brings us that day. … Joy has got a lot more of a pop background than I do, and I’ve got a lot more of a country background. But we’re both huge rock fans, and most of my solo stuff has been rock stuff. We’re fans of everything from gospel, to bluegrass, to more middle-of-the-road jazz kind of stuff. We’re all over the place, from Billie Holiday to rap. We try to pull from every bit of it.

 

 

WATCH THE DEBUT OF THEIR NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “BARTON HOLLOW” THE TITLE TRACK OFF THEIR NEW ALBUM:

 

February 8, 2011

INTERVIEW WITH JENNA LUCADO Daughter Of Max Lucado Speaker With The Revolve Tour & Author Redefining Beautiful & You Were Made to Make a Difference

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Redefining Beautiful
Michael Hyatt recently had the chance to sit down and talk to Jenna Lucado daughter of bestselling author Max Lucado and author of You Were Made to Make a Difference. Mike asked her about her new book and the 2011 Revolve Tour and leading the next generation.
Her answers might surprise you

Q: Your father recently released Outlive Your Life and you co-authored to the young adult version, You Were Made to Make a Difference. Why were you excited about working on this project?

I grew up in a home where my parents opened our eyes to the needs of people around the world. We supported causes and organizations that fight injustice. As a result, I’ve always had a desire to reach out to the poor and disadvantaged. When Dad decided to write this book, he asked me to bring a younger perspective to the issues of poverty. I was able to blend my heart for the poor with my heart for next generation leaders. It was a perfect fit.

Q: So what makes this book unique?

You Were Made to Make a Difference takes the ancient book of Acts and makes it applicable to those of us living in the year 2011. It offers practical tips that young people can take out into their community to make a real difference. The book is a rich mix of Christ’s words, the disciples’ actions, and real-life stories of young people today who are changing the world.

My desire is that readers will understand that God can use them to make a difference—right now. He wants to use them today, without waiting for them to be older, stronger, richer, or even more “together.” God can use their minds, their spirits, and their hands and feet to make significant change for His kingdom.

Q: It seems that this next generation of young leaders wants more out of life than simply the “American Dream.” They want to make a contribution. In fact, they want to change the world. Where do you think this passion comes from?

In working with Revolve for the past four years, I’ve learned that young girls want to live for something bigger than themselves. They live in a world where they see disasters and pain from their living room couches—and on their smart phones. They can’t escape it. These girls are not content to sit on their hands and watch. They want to be doing something to help.

Q: How can my generation of leaders—the older generation—support and encourage this younger generation in their quest to make a difference?

Becoming aware of the young people in your life, and acknowledging and affirming them, is the first step. Because my husband is a youth minister, I get to witness first-hand the selflessness of these young leaders who work with the youth at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio. Their heart and hard work needs to be recognized.

Second, I think it is important to develop relationships with these young leaders. When you choose to make time for them, they become energized. But they want to do something with this energy. In my experience, when you pour into them, they pour themselves into others—especially the poor and disadvantaged. This is an investment that keeps on giving.

Q: You are traveling with The Revolve Tour this winter. What do you enjoy most about working with teenage girls?

I used to be one, so I know what they’re going through! As an adult, I love hearing their stories and telling them that God hears them, too. One of my favorite moments in the conference is when these girls finally understand how relevant the Bible is—it is that moment when the Word of God becomes real to them.

The same kinds of faith-deepening, heart-maturing, and confidence-boosting moments that changed my life in high school continue to change the lives of high school girls today. While fashion and trends change, the basic needs are the same. These young leaders want to be part of a larger story.

One of the great things about Revolve is that it’s girls only time. When boys are out of the room, the distractions are cut in half. So when they hear messages about their value and see dramatic sketches about topics they’re struggling with, they can open up, be themselves, and connect on an emotional level. I love seeing the spiritual transformation that takes place.

Q: Thanks for all you do, Jenna. YOU are making a difference, and I am grateful.

Now through February 28, 2011, you can get $10 off the full Revolve event registration price (which matches the per-person rate for a group of 10 or more.) If you’d like to invite the young women in your life to be a part of an upcoming Revolve event, visit our registration page or call 877-9-REVOLVE and use code DREAM when you place your order. This offer is good for up to nine seats and can’t be combined with any other offer or applied to previous purchases.

February 8, 2011

Thomas Nelson Shares List Of LITERARY AGENTS WHO REPRESENT CHRISTIAN AUTHORS

Fall all those aspiring Christian writers Thomas Nelson’s Michael Hyatt compiled a list of Literary Agents who represent Christian authors.

This may not be all the agents that could be listed, but these are the forty or so we work with at Thomas Nelson. While all of them represent Christian authors, they themselves may not necessarily be Christians or represent exclusively Christian authors. If you want to check out an agent or get the opinions of other writers, you might visit ChristianWriters.com or The Absolute Writer Water Cooler, two discussion forums for authors.

Regardless, this list does not constitute my recommendation. It is your responsibility to check references and ascertain whether or not a specific agent is right for you.

Keep in mind that agents typically charge a 15 percent commission. This is standard in the industry. However, you shouldn’t have to pay them until they actually sell your book to a publisher.

Here’s The List:

LITERARY AGENTS
Last Updated: 01/30/2011
Maurilio Amorim
Amorim Agency
112 Westwood Place suite 110
Brentwood TN 37027
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Matt Bialer
Sanford J. Greenburger Associates
55 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003
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Bruce Barbour
Literary Management Group
4238 Morriswood Drive
Nashville, TN 37204
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Jenni Burke
D.C. Jacobson & Associates, LLC
P.O. Box 1965
Sisters, Oregon 97759
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Terry W. Burns
Hartline Literary Agency
1414 Sunrise Drive #51
Amarillo TX 79104-4332
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Mary Chappell
Zachary Shuster Harmsworth
535 Boylston Street, Suite 1103
Boston, MA 02116
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Rick Christian
Alive Communications
7680 Goddard St., Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
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Jonathan Clements
Wheelhouse Literary Group
1007 Loxley Drive
Nashville TN 37211
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Chaz Corzine
The MWS Group
321 Billingsly Court, Unit 15
Franklin, TN 37067
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Claudia Cross
Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc.
65 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
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Blythe McIntosh Daniel
The Blythe Daniel Agency, Inc.
P.O. Box 64197
Colorado Springs, CO 80962
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Greg Daniel
Daniel Literary Group
1701 Kingsbury Drive, Suite 100
Nashville, TN 37215
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Jan Dennis
Dennis Literary
19350 Glen Hollow Circle
Monument, CO 80132
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David Dunham
The Dunham Group
2000 Mallory Lane, Suite 130–228
Franklin, TN 37067
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John Eames
Eames Literary Services, LLC
4117 Hillsboro Pike, Box 103–241
Nashville, TN 37215
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Danielle Egan-Miller
Browne & Miller Literary Associates
410 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 460
Chicago, IL 60605
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Esther Fedorkevich
Fedd and Company, Inc.
606 Flamingo Blvd.
Austin, TX 78734
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Gary Foster
Gary D Foster Consulting
733 Viginia Ave
Van Wert, OH, 45891
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Rachelle Gardner
WordServe Literary Group
P.O. Box 1089
Monument, CO 80132
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Jennifer Gates
Zachary Schuster Harmsworth,
A Literary & Entertainment Agency
1776 Broadway, Suite 1405
New York, NY 10019
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Joel Gotler
Intellectual Property Group
9200 Sunset Blvd. Suite 820
Los Angeles, CA 90069
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Steve Green
Anvil II Management
12175 Network Boulevard, Suite 150
San Antonio, TX 78249
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Joyce Hart
Hartline Literary
123 Queenston Drive
Pittsburgh PA 15235
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Andrea Heinecke
Alive Communications
7680 Goddard St., Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
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Kathryn Helmers
Creative Trust, Inc.
Media, Entertainment & Literary Management
5141 Virginia Way, Suite 320
Brentwood, TN 37027
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Judy Hilsinger
Heartfelt Books & Films, Inc.
6100 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1660
Los Angeles, CA 90048
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Lee Hough
Alive Communications
7680 Goddard St. Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
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Don Jacobson
D.C. Jacobson & Associates, LLC
P.O. Box 1965
Sisters, Oregon 97759
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Nancy Jernigan
Hidden Value Group
1240 E. Ontario Ave., Ste. #102-148
Corona, CA 92881
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Greg Johnson
WordServe Literary Group
10152 S. Knoll Circle
Highlands Ranch, CO 80130
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Kevin Kaiser
Creative Trust, Inc.
Media, Entertainment & Literary Management
5141 Virginia Way, Suite 320
Brentwood, TN 37027
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Natasha Kern
Natasha Kern Literary Agency
P.O. Box 1069
White Salmon, WA 98672
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Joel Kneedler
Alive Communications
7680 Goddard St., Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
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Deidre Knight
The Knight Agency
570 East Avenue
Madison, GA 30650
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Janet Kobobel-Grant
Books & Such Literary Agency
52 Mission Circle, Suite 122, PMB 170
Santa Rosa, CA 95409-5370
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Steve Laube
The Steve Laube Agency
5025 N. Central Avenue, #635
Phoenix, AZ 85012–1502
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Wendy Lawton
Books & Such Literary Agency
Central Valley Office
Post Office Box 1227
Hilmar, CA 95324
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Shannon Litton
Amorim Agency
112 Westwood Place suite 110
Brentwood TN 37027
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Chip MacGregor
MacGregor Literary
2373 NW 185th Avenue, #165
Hillsboro, OR 97124
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Jan Miller
Dupree, Miller & Associates
100 Highland Park Village, Suite 350
Dallas, TX 75205
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Kelly Gottuso Mortimer
Mortimer Literary Agency
52645 Paui Road
Aguanga, CA 92536
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Tamela Hancock Murray
Hartline Literary
10383 Godwin Drive
Manassas, VA 20110–2740
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Karen E. Neumair
Credo Communications, Inc.
3148 Plainfield Ave NE, Ste 111
Grand Rapids, MI 49525-3285
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Bill Reeves
Working Title Agency
2948 Augusta Trace Drive
Spring Hill, TN 37174
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David Robie
Big Score Productions
1986 Pickering Trail
Lancaster, PA 17601
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Richard “Bucky” Rosenbaum
Rosenbaum & Associates Literary Agency
P.O. Box 277
Brentwood, TN 37024-0277
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David Shepherd
The DRS Agency
317 Main Street/Suite 207
Franklin, Tennessee 37064
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Meredith Smith
Creative Trust, Inc.
Media, Entertainment & Literary Management
5141 Virginia Way, Suite 320
Brentwood, TN 37027
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Karen Solem
P.O. Box 374
24 Park Row
Chatham, NY 12037
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Les Stobbe
Literary Agent
300 Doubleday Road
Tryon, NC 28782
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Mark Sweeney
Mark Sweeney & Associates
28540 Altessa Way, Suite 201
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
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David Van Diest
Van Diest Literary Agency
P.O. Box 1482
Sisters, OR 97759
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David Vigliano
Vigliano & Associates
405 Park Avenue, Suite 1700
New York,, NY 10022
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Frank Weimann
The Literary Group International
The Stanford Building
51 East 25th Street, Suite 401
New York, NY 10010
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Etta Wilson
Books & Such Literary Agency
1114 Oman Drive
Brentwood, TN 37027
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Thomas J. Winters
Winters & King, Inc.
2448 East 81st Street, Suite 5900
Tulsa, OK 74137-4259
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Andrew Wolgemuth
Wolgemuth & Associates
8600 Crestgate Circle
Orlando, FL 32819
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Erik Wolgemuth
Wolgemuth & Associates
8600 Crestgate Circle
Orlando, FL 32819
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Robert Wolgemuth
Wolgemuth & Associates
8600 Crestgate Circle
Orlando, FL 32819
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Wes Yoder
Ambassador Agency
P.O. Box 50358
Nashville, TN 37205
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Marian Young
The Young Agency
156 Fifth Avenue Suite 617
New York, NY 10010
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February 8, 2011

Quote Of The Day – Patsy Clairmont Speaker & Author Of Kaleidoscope of Proverbs

 

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“Sarcasm is anger gone underground and come back up in a clown suit.” – Patsy Clairmont, At ReCreate Conference 2011

 

February 8, 2011

Blog For Us – Use Your Voice To Impact This Generation

Hey guys and gals, Awaken Generation is looking for bloggers.  You can blog as much or little as you want – once a day, 5 times a day or once a week—whatever you want.

We are a Christian blog of course and you can blog on any topic you want: (Christian) music, leadership, books – you name it.  Anything you want to- literally.

This is perfect if you already have your own blog – feel free to post your own posts on your own blog first then re-post them here as well as.  This is a great opportunity for you to promote your own blog and projects and help get your name out there.

You could even do one-time guest blogging-whatever works best for you.

If you’re interested drop me a line at:  seinfeldfan2006@yahoo.com