Prayer for Authors: May 2014

Since it’s the first Sunday of the month, we’ll be continuing the Bethany House Fiction tradition of taking time to pray for authors who have new releases coming out this month. I’m Amy Green, the fiction publicist here, and I’m thankful for all of the readers who show their support for our authors in the way that matters most: by praying for them. To read more about the reasons behind this time of prayer, go to this post.

Authors with Books Releasing in May:

Victoria Bylin
Dee Henderson
Nancy Mehl
Robin Parrish
Dani Pettrey
Melissa Tagg
Becky Wade

Verse of the Month: Feel free to use the text of this verse to guide your prayers for these authors, as well as other people in your life who you want to remember in prayer today.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2, NIV

General Suggestions for Prayer:

  • For the ability to thank God for things that don’t seem like blessings (upcoming deadlines, difficult people, drains on time and attention).
  • For identities rooted in Christ and not the positive or negative comments found in reviews of the books.
  • For readers to come away from the novels with a better understanding of how to love God and others.

Thank you so much, readers, for taking a few moments to pray for these authors, and for everyone who picks up these books. I know it makes a difference, and that it matters a lot to the authors as well.

Prayer for Authors: January 2014

Happy January, everyone! Today we’re starting a new Bethany House Fiction tradition: taking time on the first week of every month to pray for authors who have new releases coming out. I’m Amy Green, the fiction publicist here, and these authors mean a lot to me. I appreciate you joining me to pray for them. To read more about the reasons behind this time of prayer, go to this post.

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Authors with Books Releasing in January:

Mary Connealy
Carol Cox
Regina Jennings
Julie Klassen
Tracie Peterson
Karen Witemeyer
Kimberley Woodhouse

Verse of the Month: Feel free to use the text of this verse to guide your prayers for these authors, as well as other people in your life who you want to remember in prayer today.

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.” Philippians 1:9-10, NIV

General Suggestions for Prayer

  • For readers to find the authors’ books at just the right time for God to use the books’ messages in their lives.
  • For peace and focus during release month (often a busy and stressful time for authors).
  • For God to give clarity and endurance to the authors as many begin new projects.
  • For freedom from comparison, worry, and pride—that the authors will be able to put their identity in God and not in their writing.

If you have a prayer request on your mind, for yourself or for someone you care about, share it below. I’ll read through every comment and pray for your requests as well. Thanks for joining us!

Why a Monthly Prayer Time for Authors?

As I explained to our authors when announcing this program, this is not a publicity event. It’s something that focuses my attention back on the purpose behind all of my marketing efforts. Here are three reasons to join us in praying for our Bethany House authors:

Because stories have power. Novels are not a collection of entertaining lies. They are deeply true, sometimes truer than nonfiction can be. Not in the sense that their events actually happened or that the people in them are real, but in the sense that they can make us understand faith and life and love in new ways. God works through fiction. I’ve seen it happen in others, and I’ve seen it in my own life. Our authors have a unique opportunity to reach people with truth about God.

Because prayer has power. I’ll be the first to say that I can’t diagram the specific “hows” and “whens” of the way prayer to a God outside of time influences the world. What I do know is that the Bible says that our prayers matter. I know all of our authors appreciate knowing that we’re praying for them, too.

Because joining together with other believers has power. Through these days of prayer, you have a wonderful opportunity to come together with Christians from around the world to pray. Unity was very important to Jesus—just check out his final prayer for the church—and this is a great way to demonstrate that.

Remember that even though this day of prayer is for our authors, it isn’t just for them. I’d encourage you to use these monthly prayer reminders to think of friends, family members, and coworkers to pray for as well.

Pray for people by name. Have your kids join you in praying for others. Pick something—a sound, a time of day, a particular object—that reminds you of a friend or family member and use it as a reminder to send up a quick prayer for them. Let people know you prayed for them—even non-Christians often find this encouraging because it shows them that you care.

And thank you for joining with me in this. I’m excited to see how God will work through your prayers—although often the biggest impact happens in ways we can’t see: through changes of the heart.