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Spiritual Resilience for Your Youth ~ Giveaway & More!

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Do you need help parenting? I know I did! I was a parent educator for many years and taught some of the best curriculums. And yet, when I had teenagers… I reached out for other perspectives! Sharla Goettl’s book, Spiritual Resilience, Leading our Youth to Go and Do, is a wonderful resource for any parent who is also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ ~ or who lives a Christ centered life.

Sharla’s book is a priceless resource written with all the passion parents feel for their children. But I don’t need to tell you about it. Listen to Sharla talk about her life and inspiration. Read an interesting interview with the author. After you listen—comeback and download a free gift and enter a Rafflecopter Giveaway sponsored by the author. Meet Sharla and hear her story:

Sharla Goettl has served as a youth leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints almost every year of her adult life. Doing so has taught her the faithful capacity of the youth and a respect for the parents who teach them. She currently serves as a stake Young Women president in Oregon. Sharla is a wife, mother, sister, confidant, instigator, and believer. She listens to the voices in her head, sings loudly out of tune, and dreams of faraway mountains. She feels pleasantly surprised when her kids beat her in board games, enthusiastic toward unexpected adventures, and overwhelmed by the generosity of God.

Free gift available: The Goal Maker is a guided questionnaire that will help parents determine what their next best step can be in developing spiritual resilience. This effort will help set a more powerful example through action, not just words. Makes a great companion to the book.

Fun facts: The book includes still shots from the Book of Mormon videos and a new painting of young Nephi entitled Nephi Unfinished. In the book and on my website, I tell poignant stories about my grandfather who did the work to change from bootlegger to spiritually resilient father. It is only through real-world actions that these principles can be taught.

Why did you want to write this book? I did not want to. I had no intention to write a book, but the Spirit told me there was helpful information that needed to be shared. As a stake Young Women president, I very much want to help the good families I know, and love feel successful as they teach their children the gospel of Jesus Christ. I very much want the youth I work with to get the answers they need to their repetitive questions so they can grow up fearlessly relying on a Savior that will never let them down.

What inspires you when you were writing? The parents I was working with were feeling overwhelmed about all they needed to do and all the counter influences affecting their children. We all have felt anxiety over a teenager who is losing their way. Yet I also know the younger generation will usher in the miracles of the future because of their faithful acts and greater commitment. I knew Christ must have a solution to these interconnected problems. So I went looking for the solution in the most likely place I would find it: the very beginning of the Book of Mormon. Where else would Christ put the solution to our most personal struggles?

What other authors have influenced your writing? In this instance, Nephi has been my most influential author. Afterall, the solutions I offer are not mine, but his. I just happen to be pointing them out. I love authors who back up their words with action. Rudyard Kipling, Mark Twain, Sheri Dew and Nephi are some of my favorites.

What books are you reading right now? Hold Back the Dawn. It is an unpublished manuscript my grandmother wrote several decades ago. I’ve known it existed for a long time, but am just now reading it. It has been wonderful to experience a side of her I never knew through her perspective, word choice and storytelling.

My favorite book of all time? Runaway Bunny. The book only has two characters and I have played them both. As a child, I liked to push the limits and as a mother I am learning to support my children unconditionally no matter where their adventures may lead them.

How did you come up with your book s premise? I follow the sequence of Nephi’s learning process. In fact, I use his famous verse of 1 Nephi 3:7 to reverse engineer his testimony to better understand what he knew that made him willing to say, “I will go and go.”

What was the most difficult thing about writing the book? First was remembering to pray before I began to write. If I did not, I would inevitably get stuck and have to start over. Second was developing the cover. I went down so many rabbit holes trying to find an image to relay spiritual resilience. Finally, I went with what was real: my own family. I had to write based on my own real questions. I had to share my own real interactions with my daughters and the Spirit, so it feels fitting. Besides, my family has their fingers all over this book. A book about family would mean nothing without them.

What advice would you give someone who thinks they might want to write a book? Be prepared for a long process. Be willing to humbly share parts of yourself. Every time you hit delete to start over it marks a mini-step of progress, not defeat. It means you are learning and changing and getting better.

What is the next book you will begin writing? I am already working on an illustrated children’s book based on the same ideas discussed in Spiritual Resilience but for a much younger crowd. The book is based on how Nephi developed his testimony and is called “I Will Go and Do.”

What do your fans mean to you? I wrote the book for the many youth I have worked with over the years. They have shared parts of themselves with me which is sacred. But I believe our Heavenly Father would tell me there is nothing there is nothing more sacred than a relationship between a parent and a child. I truly just want to be helpful in strengthening that bond to be even more reliable, loving, and strong.

What inspires you to get out of bed each day? Covid has wrecked my daily schedule. I stay up way too late and wake up too late in the morning, so that is a question that hits home. The answer is easy of course. It is my kids. I want to be with them more than I want to be on my pillow.

When you are not writing, how do you spend your time? Like so many others, I wear many hats these days and not a single day Is the same. I help my kids on their heavy schoolwork, all are online and two are enrolled early in college. My church calling is time consuming in a wonderful way. My husband and I own a construction business. We are also currently renovating a personal property in Bend, Oregon. It is a place that has all my favorite things: mountains, rivers, hiking, biking, skiing, kayaking and food.

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Today! Authors For Freedom!

TODAY! 85 AUTHORS FOR FREEDOM-have books for you!

Buy a book and all profits are donated to Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) to rescue children from child human trafficking.

Go to the Authors For Freedom Landing page AND

https://my.ourrescue.org/fundraisers/authors-for-freedom

Right click on the name and check out the lists of amazing books.

#authorsforfreedom #ourrescue
Romance:

Clarissa Kae

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Safe House by Shannon Symonds ~ Chapter 1 & 2

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Hello from the beach!

Welcome to the first free video reading of Safe House, published by Cedar Fort Publishers. I thought it would be fun to read my first book to you while sharing the beauty of the Pacific coast or the settings for Safe House, Finding Hope, and my upcoming novels. I made this video down the street from my home.

I will add a few chapters to my Tuesday and Thursday newsletters.  I promise not to spam you!

After I read the chapters, I will tell you a little about what inspired them. Feel free to end the video before the chat. I know how busy life can be!

Safe House Chapter 1 & 2 by Shannon Symonds

Special thanks to Cedar Fort Publishers–Safe House can be purchased at Cedar Fort & Amazon.
Safe House-Paperback Edition

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Weather the Storm~ Pandemic Blessings shared by Readers

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In 2017, a beloved friend and I created a series of photos you can copy, print or share from this link.  Special thanks to Haley Miller of Captures photography.

This photo, “Sometimes He answers prayers with a storm,” has been on my mind lately.

We are in a storm. Within the storm, our world and lives are changing.

I chose these words because this has been my experience. After publishing a few poems and having five children, my entire life changed in a day. It was the storm of storms. At the time I could not imagine the end from the beginning. All I knew was the list of things I was losing in a day. I lost a marriage, a new home, a father for my children, income, everything in a one day life-altering storm of events.

Just like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, all I could do was hang on while the world spun around us.

When the storm began, I sat on the side of the road in a VW Van with my babies and turned it all over to my Heaven Father.

When the storm was over, I found myself living by the sea near my childhood home, just as I had always wanted. I had the love of my life and he had adopted my children. We had a sixth child who survived a life threatening illness, All was well (messy and chaotic but happy). We were safe in a place that became a haven for us and for our extended family. My prayers were answered.

God’s plans for me are always better than my own. But Sometimes while he was rearranging my life to make space for more blessings, the unknown was challenging. It took all of my faith for me to wait patiently, like a child waiting for Christmas morning. Patience is a virtue on my “To Do” list.

Two things bring me peace when storms are raging. 

Faith: 
We may not always understand why we have the challenges we do or why some prayers seem to go unanswered, but the scriptures tell us:

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
New Testament, Romans 8:28

#HearHim
We can pray and to ask the Lord for comfort and to help us understand what is happening to us or for help with decision. He is waiting to talk to us, even if it is just a feeling, a thought, or warmth in our heart. (Learn how to Hear Him here)

We are not alone in the storm. Hang on. I believe you can find your personal growth and happy ending even if the middle is messy.

Last week I asked how you were doing and what was on your Pandemic Blessing Card. Here are some of the beautiful things you shared with me.

Wessel shared: 
“I firmly believe God has a purpose for all of us and equip us with talents and resources throughout our lives we need to fulfil that purpose. I’m not saying that in vain because I was born with a born defect that means I am bound to a wheelchair for life. It would be easy to blame whatever but why would I survive for nearly 50 years if doctors bluntly told my mom there was no medical way for me to survive past 48 hours. So whenever circumstances threaten to overwhelm me (as it does with all humans) I try and remember that I have an undisclosed purpose.”

Kathy said:

“…I have spent the last 4 months in a rehab facility following a really bad fall.  With this quarantine I have not been able to see my family and I truly miss the hugs from my son…I am reminded of how much I have to be thankful for even midst this horrible time. I had forgotten. But not now. Thank you!

  • My leg will heal.
  • I will walk normally again.
  • I will give my son the biggest and best hug ever.
  • I have made many new friends.
  • I have been able to read as much as I like.
  • I have been shown once more that God always opens a window when he closes a door.
  • I realize that others are so much worse off than I am.
  • And so much more.
  • My faith has been restored.”

Kim said: 
“Some of us were able to travel to see friends who have a lodge away from internet and WiFi and cell service. We ate good food, went hiking and enjoyed nature.”

I would love to hear how you find faith or if it is a struggle. I would also love to hear ways you, #HearHim during our storm.

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Happy Birthday to Me!

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In honor of my 29th birthday, Cedar Fort and I are giving away copies of my books on Kindle between January 7th and 11th, 2020!

Don’t forget to enter the Goodreads Giveaway!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Finding Hope by Shannon Symonds

Finding Hope

by Shannon Symonds

Giveaway ends January 08, 2020.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

But, if you entered the Goodreads giveaway and didn’t win, you can check out:

Shannon Symonds, Author Page!- All my books are FREE on Kindle between January 7-11, 2020

Thank you for being a part of 2019, a great year. May 2020 be a year of reading, fun, and personal growth for you and yours.

You can also win, Finding Hope, and, Safe House, by joining the Storytellers in Zion Polar Bear Plunge Reading Challenge. Join the fun HERE!

Here are the rules:

1. Anyone can participate as a reader. They do not have to be LDS to play and win.
2. Although these are books by LDS authors, few of them actually have LDS content. **My books are Christian (LDS) Fiction”
3. Minimum books required to read: 1.
4. Readers can join any time—even if it’s the last day of the challenge.

#findinghopebyshannonsymonds #novel #cleanread #suspense

#romance #mysterythriller #safehousebyshannonsymonds #cedarfortauthor #giveaway #contest

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Merry Christmas from the Oregon Coast!

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Merry Christmas from us to you!

This year we celebrated early so that some of us can hit the road for Utah and celebrate with the rest of the family.

2019 was a great year for the Symonds family! I thought it would be fun to share a little bit of our lovely chaos with you. Funny, when the noise in the room is made by people I love, it is music to my ears.

I was raised in a large and very close family. We are still very connected through Lassie Hame, our family home on the beach. We text, chat and visit often. Christmas was a time of chaos, good food, and cousins everywhere. I loved it.

Then, later in life, we moved our family to our first home on the Oregon Coast. Although we were just down the road from the beach house, we had quiet Christmases. Traveling to the coast from Utah and even Portland is difficult in winter. Even though we had six children, I missed the constant party atmosphere of my youth.

As we celebrated our early Christmas, I realized I had recreated the big family of my youth. Even though we only had half of our grandchildren and four of our children, it was – in the words of little Maddy, “Glorious Chaos!”

Whether you have a small family, chosen family, a church family, or spend your Christmas in the service of others – I wish you a day of glorious chaos and love!

For those of you who are thinking life at the beach is sand and sun, I thought you might enjoy a little authentic Seaside, Oregon travel conditions! We started out for the airport yesterday! After a three hour drive, a night with my cousins (the best!) we arrived at the airport this morning.  Here is a little peek at our drive. Please don’t judge the backseat driver in the passenger seat (me) wearing her lucky Uggs and giving the driver absolutely sound advice.

Shannon’s List of Favorite Holiday Reads, Fun, and Family Stuff!

Here are a few things I am LOVING this Christmas season.

Each morning, I love to ground myself by starting the day with quiet study. I highly recommend the non-denominational group, Multiply Goodness. Their current study, Advent, O Come Let Us Adore Him

I am a huge fan of, Don’t Miss This, with Emily Belle Freeman and David Butler. They have partnered with LDS Living to provide daily video inspiration and study ideas for families. Do you want to introduce your children to the characters in their nativity scene? Check this out!

#LightTheWorld Check the Hashtag! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has created some beautiful content to help you and your family feel closer to Christ during the Christmas Season. You can find #LightTheWorld here. Here is a beautiful video of the nativity.

I have also been enjoying Emily Belle Freeman’s, Inklings, studyguide for women who want to know more about their role in the Priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Last of all! Have you ever wanted a Life Coach? Meet Lisa Lewis. She has been guiding participants through their 40-day Journey to the New Year. It still isn’t too late to take the journey with us.

Favorite Christmas Movies in 2019

Take a look inside my head! This movie tells the story of how Charles Dickens wrote the Christmas Carol. It is like taking a walk through an author’s mind. I LOVE it! The Man Who Invented Christmas on Amazon.

REVIEW COPIES FREE. For reading all the way to the end of this LONG, LONG, List, if you would like to join my review crew and receive a free copy of Safe House and Finding Hope for an honest and fair review on Goodreads AND Amazon, email me at symondsbythesea1215@gmail.com. Put review crew in the subject line. I will reply ASAP with Kindle versions of my books for the first 20 people who ask.

And don’t forget! My birthday is coming! So until then, I am giving away 100 Kindle Copies of Finding Hope on Goodreads. No hook and a great chance of winning since I am a small town beach author who knows almost no one! Enter here.

 

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World Changer! Nina Harris #WaitByTheGate #Chooselight

I don't know about your family, but kids all around me are getting out for Christmas Break. Parents everywhere are looking forward to baking cookies, sledding, package wrapping, and fun....right up until the kids have been home for days and you run out of things to do.

I am pleased to share this Thursday's author and all of her fun ideas for things to do with your kids, just in time for families everywhere to be snowed in. And trust me, Nina is an expert. She has eight children and still finds time to write children's books.Nina Harris, Author of a children's book called The Ten Leopards, not only has an adorable book, but she has a fun website!

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World Changer! Debbi Rollo ~ #WaitByTheGate #ChooseLight

Just in time for Christmas and 2020 Book of Mormon study!

Debbi Rollo, author of Book of Mormon Rhymes: A Companion for Family Scripture Study, an inspirational book for parents and families studying the Book of Mormon shared her reasons for a lifetime commitment to writing only clean or inspirational books. She said:

"I believe that this world needs as much clean, uplifting, and inspirational books and material as possible to counteract the darkness and negativity that seems to be increasing. I believe that wholesome entertainment in books and media helps us to feel more joy and uplifts our spirits so we can better fulfill our purposes in life. As an Author, I am happily committed to do my part.'

"I am a convert to the church...

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Goodreads Giveaway! Merry Christmas! Finding Hope by Shannon Symonds

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

Finding Hope by Shannon Symonds

Finding Hope

by Shannon Symonds

Giveaway ends January 08, 2020.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

In honor of the Savior’s Birthday, Christmas, and until my January 7th Birthday, I am giving away 100 kindle copies of Finding Hope on Goodreads. If you don’t use Goodreads, check it out. The Giveaways are a blast. And! As I only know about 100 people in a tiny town on the Oregon Coast, the odds are with you.

 

Merry Christmas to you and yours from me and mine!

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World Changer! Calie Schmidt #ChristmasStory #WaitByTheGate #ChooseLight

Every Thursday, I feature authors who are committed to writing clean fiction, like Calie Schmidt, the author of, The Drummer Boy, published by Cedar Fort.

I asked Calie why she was committed to writing only clean or inspiring books. She said:"My kids are the reason I am committed to write clean, inspirational books. I want there to be more content in the world that parents do not have to worry about. Also, I want my kids to understand...

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