Monday, September 10, 2007

Winner of Sushi for One?

Well, I'm posting late because I had to take my son to the doctor. We have Strep. So here we go again. You can tell when school starts. The kids were well all summer, and now, bam, two weeks into the school year, the cycle starts over again.

Anyway, on to the info you wanted to see! I now have a winner for Sushi for One? My son was the official who helped with the drawing. I promise he won't touch the book, though! :)

The winner is Angie! I know you'll enjoy it!


Sunday, September 09, 2007

Welcome Camy Tang! Win a copy of Sushi for One?

I'd like to welcome my friend, Camy Tang, today as a guest blogger. Camy is in the midst of a blog tour this month for the release of her fabulous and fun book, Sushi for One?. I read it last week and absolutely loved her spunky main character, Lex. Camy, you kept me up until 2 am one night because I had to finish it before I could possibly go to bed. :)

After reading Camy's guest post, be sure to leave a comment along with a way to reach you, and I'll enter your name in a drawing for a copy of Sushi for One? You don't want to miss this book!

Before Camy gets started, let me say that I've been blessed to have taken part in a worship service at the 2006 Faith, Hope and Love Conference where Camy led the singing. She has an amazing talent. So when she asked what topic I'd like for her to blog about, I asked her to talk about her music and youth ministry at her church. I hope you enjoy getting to know Camy a little better.

Camy, thanks for being with us! So, tell us how you got started working with youth and with music at your church.

Camy: I’ve been one of the worship leaders at my church for a few years now. I lead a team of primarily youth group members, to give the teens a way to serve the church body.

It started when my youth pastor wanted me to lead worship for the youth group meetings on Saturday nights. My husband and I would play guitars and sing, and the kids would mostly not sing and stare at us blankly.

Over the years, the youth group has changed—grown larger and more interactive. The older kids actively participate in the singing and worship, which sets a good example for the younger junior high kids. Now most of the kids sing and really get into the worship.

Then came an opportunity to be one of the four worship teams for the Sunday service. I gathered a team of teenagers and we debuted to a congregation of mostly fond parents (kind of like VBS or a Christmas pageant). We sounded awful, but nobody minded.

We’ve gotten better since then, and it’s been a lot of fun. I’ve been introducing some newer songs to the congregation because the kids give me their favorites to play for Saturday night youth group. I like the songs and play them on my turn doing Sunday worship. The teens sing lustily, which prods the congregation to sing a little louder, too, even if they’re not completely familiar with the song.

In book two of my Sushi Series, Trish gets involved in worship in her church, and that was fun to write. Some of what I’ve learned as a worship leader went into those scenes.

Leading worship has become something God has used to teach me about what worship is. He has shown me how everyone worships differently, and that’s okay. He has taught me how to choose songs that will hopefully create a certain atmosphere of worship, but if it doesn’t, that’s okay. He has revealed to me that when we play the set at service, it’s not up to me to induce the congregation to worship God—I’m there to worship Him myself, and that’s okay.

I guess what I’m saying is that however you feel led to worship in your own congregation, it’s okay. God looks at our hearts. The lady sitting next to us might look at us funny, but who cares? God is pleased when we’re authentic and real (although do try not to hit anyone with flailing hands and arms).

Thanks for having me guest blog today, Missy!

Missy: Thanks again, Camy, for taking the time to visit. And everyone reading, please don't forget to leave a comment along with a way you can be reached (so I can get your mailing address) to be entered in the drawing for a copy of Sushi for One?!


Thursday, September 06, 2007

The End!!

Well, this past Saturday, I finally typed "The End" on my current manuscript. Of course, it's just the first draft, and I'm sure it'll require a lot of work. But I've had a great sense of accomplishment. I wrote the book in 7 weeks, which is a new record for me. So now I know I can do that. (You'll have to see my post on F.A.I.T.H. for Thursday, Sept. 6, though, about refueling after that pace!)

Today's the day I'll print and start revising. I'm looking forward to that part. It's strange, but when I get to the end of the first draft, I can't remember all that happened! I just hope I like what I read. :)

Also, please be sure to visit here on Sunday. I'll have Camy Tang as my guest blogger. It's part of her blog tour on the release of her first book, Sushi for One? It's an excellent book! But more about that on Sunday. :)