Friday, December 21, 2012

Fabulous Friday Feature-Julie Lessman


Today I welcome a well-known authoress, one with a bubbly, energetic personality 
and has become a sweet friend: Julie Lessman. 



Enter to win an autographed copy of one of Julie's books! see below

I met Julie through ACFW. She taught the first class I attended at ACFW. Her husband graciously showed, enduring Julie's stories. She taught how to write Christian Romance. We laughed and learned so much that night. 

I asked her to share her writing journey with us. Here is what she wrote:







My Journey As a Christian Romance Writer …

My journey as a romance author actually came LONG before my journey with God. It happened the moment I read Gone With the Wind at the age of twelve. The instant that Scarlett seared Rhett with a look on the winding staircase of Twelve Oaks, I was hooked, and my “romance-writing career” began with a 150-page, single-spaced ms. entitled When Tomorrow Comes, which, by the way, is now a Janette Oke title! I used to read my story to my little sister, Katie, and she loved it. But then adolescence hit, and I soon abandoned paper romance for the real thing as a teenager.

Fast forward almost forty years later—I was sitting in a beauty parlor reading a Newsweek magazine July 16, 2001 cover article about Christian entertainment. It said Christian books, movies and music were on the threshold of exploding. My heart jumped, and something in my spirit said, “It’s time to finish your book.” Now, I have to be honest with you—up until that moment, I had never seriously considered writing a book. But the pull was so strong, that I started writing A Passion Most Pure one month later, finally selling it to Revell 4-1/2 years and 45 rejections later.



Now, my journey to God? Not so pretty. I was a twenty-three-year-old hardnosed agnostic from a devout but dysfunctional Catholic family of thirteen kids. Suffice it to say that I was pretty angry at God. According to the world’s standards, I had everything going for me—a hunky boyfriend with a Corvette and a boat, a great job, my own apartment, and acing an advanced writing course at Washington University, a prestigious college in St. Louis. But I wasn’t happy. I felt like Peggy Lee singing, “Is that all there is?” Then one day, this annoying gal at work approached me. She had a lesser job than me, was divorced with a kid and no boyfriend in sight. I hated her because she came in humming every day, happy as a lark while I was utterly miserable.

One day when she and I were alone, I looked up from my typewriter and said, “Just what in the heck (except my language was a bit stronger back then) makes you so happy all the time?” She said, “I’ve been praying you would ask.” Oh, no, a Jesus freak, I thought to myself, but I found myself going to lunch with her, badgering her with questions and accusations. I don’t remember now if it was a week or a month, but either way, I met Jesus Christ through the remarkable patience of a God-sent angel by the name of Joy—pretty appropriate name, eh?

Since then, my life has been a journey of “joy,” because EVERYTHING with God at the center is joy—especially romance! He is the one who takes us on this amazing journey, which I have found in the long run, is really just a U-turn to lead us back to Him in a deeper, more passionate way than ever before. Through God’s grace, I’ve encountered so many “significant” things during my publication journey that I wrote an entire Clint-Eastwood-ish blog on this for Seekerville—including all the reverberation of guitar strings, jangle of spurs and haunting wah-wah voice—in “The Good, the Bad and the Really Ugly: Memories of a Published Writer.” It gives writers all the ups and downs I encountered on the road to publication and beyond, all neatly listed in a format of the “good” things I did to get published and after, all the “bad” things I did, and all the “really ugly” things to avoid.



For me, in my life and my writing, God’s close and intimate presence is as natural as breathing, just like the lyrics from the Michael W. Smith song, Breathe –“This is the air I breathe, Your holy presence living in me.” Jesus Christ transformed me, a hard, cynical agnostic (like Charity, the rival sister in A Passion Most Pure) into a person of joy and hope and love (like Faith, the heroine). This is a story I never tire of telling, and hope to do so in all the books I am privileged to write. You might say that The Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series are my love letters to a God whose love took me from the dark into His glorious light, and I hope and pray they bring Him—the One Who is the true passion in my life—the glory He so richly deserves.


Julie Lessman


“Passion with a Purpose"
Daughters of Boston Series
A Passion Most Pure--ACFW Debut Book of the Year, Holt Medallion Merit  
A Passion Redeemed--Inspirational Reader’s Choice Finalist
A Passion Denied--Borders Best: Your Favorite Fiction
Winds of Change Series
A Hope Undaunted--Booklist's Top 10 Inspirational Fiction 2010  
Family Fiction magazine 2011 and 2012 Readers Choice Awards
#1 Romance Author of the Year, #1 Historical Fiction Author of the Year, 
#3 Series of the Year,  #3 Author of the Year, # 4 Novel of the Year






To enter the contest for an autographed copy of one of Julie's books, leave a comment and become a follower of this site if you aren't already. Please also include your email address (username (at) yahoo (dot) com) so I can contact you if you are the winner. The winner will be selected by a third party, random.org, and will be announced next week. U.S. residents only. 

Also, by clicking on the "contest" picture above, you can see how to enter Julie's book promotion contest. Lots of great prizes!

Thank you Julie for joining us this weekend!

Reader, How has God made your life a journey of joy? 


87 comments:

  1. LOL, I love the image of a journey of joy. I spent forty years hating God and it was only after many people dropped seeds of faith in me, they finally grew, watered by a great pastor. It is true that better is one day in his court than thousands others. One of the great motivators in my faith was Christian fiction - at first I would read and mock the characters for their insipid faith. Little did I know that I would come to find that faith in God is a powerful force in my life. Have a blessed and Merry Christmas.

    Heather

    HM at HVC dot RR dot COM

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  2. Heather, what a wonderful testimony. Thank you so much for sharing. Merry Christmas.

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  3. Oh, HEATHER -- your story brought tears to my eyes because that is SO like God, isn't it? To gently woo us back to Him. I rejoice that He has done that for you AND for me!!

    One of the greatest compliments I received as a writer is a woman who wrote me after reading my first book, A Passion Most Pure. She picked it up at Wal-Mart because she liked the cover, but she told me she would have NEVER picked it up had she known it was a Christian novel because she was right where you and I had once been -- bitter and angry at God. I broke down and cried when she wrote me that the message of God's love in that book brought her back to Him after years of having been backslidden!! Goodness, that's what it's all about, isn't it? Especially at this time of year when we celebrate God's love for mankind in the gift of His Son!

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story and I hope you win because I would LOVE to send you a signed book. :)

    Hugs and Merry Christmas,
    Julie

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  4. Woah, Mary, this blog is blooming. Get a load of your list of guests. Can't wait!

    And Julie is one of my favorite guests for sure. I love when you share your story. I'm hoping I'll get another opportunity to sit in one of your crazy classes someday :). I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, with the grandkiddo and the rest of the family. :)

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  5. Thanks, JULIA ... and I hope we get an opportunity to meet as well because you are one of those dear online friends who is at the top of my list to meet, so maybe in Indy???

    Yep, the "grandkiddo" will definitely add some spark to our gathering, so I am looking forward to her first real Christmas.

    I wish you and yours a happy, healthy and holy holiday season, Julia!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  6. What a wonderful story of a life embracing the joy of being a Christian! The timing is perfect for me to read this because a friend and I are going through the book, 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life by Tommy Newberry. Your post was like a God wink as my friend and I near the end of our study.

    Thank you, Mary, for your Friendly Fridays. They are a treat. Merry Christmas!

    Blessings, Janice

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  7. Merry Christmas! Thank you for hosting this contest!
    Callie
    genuinegagirl(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Oh, Janice, I am SO glad!! Don't you just LOVE those "God winks"??

    Another great book that I just finished is called The Well, by Mark Hall, a pastor and lead singer for Casting Crowns -- AWESOME book!!! So much so that our church is asking each of its 6,000 members to read it, so that can be a future Bible study for you. :)

    Good luck in the contest and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  9. CALLIE!!! You go girl -- you are BOUND to win a book this way, sweetie, so thank you for coming by!!

    GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS!!

    HUGS,
    Julie

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  10. Beautiful post! I love reading stories like this about how people find God through the simple acts of a person they know! This a great reminder that it is possible to share Jesus with people without using any words!

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  11. Here I am again Julie! LOL! I am SO addicted with the piece of A Passion Most Pure that I read on your site that I HAVE TO HAVE IT!!! Hope I can get it to review on my blog, but I may just have to save my pennies! ;0)

    Thanks for the chance to win it here though! Merry Christmas!!!

    Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a) Chavez

    amada_chavez{AT}yahoo{DOT}com

    I am a new Follower

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  12. God gave me the joy of my 3 kids! They are the light of my life and couldn't imagine life without them. makeighleekyleigh at yahoo.com

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  13. Julia, I will be sitting next to you, because her class is so fantastic.

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  14. Janice,
    I love the way you said "God's wink at you." What a great way to communicate God's nudge. :)

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  15. Callie,
    Welcome to my site. We are enjoying Julie's company. Don't forget to grab some virtual hot chocolate before you leave.

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  16. Abbi,
    Sharing Jesus without using words, what a beautiful way to express this. I am so glad you stopped by. Hope to see you again. :)

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  17. Amatha,
    So glad you are here. Let me know when you review her book on your blog, I will stop by. Connect with me on FB

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  18. Megan,
    Truly God has given you a great blessing in your treasures. Children bring so much to our homes. Thanks for stopping by. Grab some virtual Christmas cookies before leaving.

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  19. I'm so thankful Joy was bold enough to speak to Julie about Jesus when Julie was ready. I'm also thankful Julie persisted with her writing. I love reading her books.
    I signed up to follow this blog by e-mail.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  20. Ok, I'm following your blog now! Thanks for checking me on that!
    Callie
    genuinegagirl(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. oh and thanks for the hot chocolate ;)

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  22. We spared no expense to provide the finest virtual hot chocolate :)

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  23. Julie is a one of a kind gem! Lovely post and nice to see your pretty blog, Mary!

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  24. Pam K,
    So happy to have you here! Thank you for stopping by. Julie's books are great reads. I'm glad you've had a chance to enjoy them.

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  25. Carrie,
    Welcome. And thanks for stopping by!
    (thanks also for the compliment...blush)

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  26. AMEN to that, ABBI!! In the words of Francis of Assisi -- "Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words."

    Thanks for coming by, sweetie, and here's to a win in the contest. :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  27. AMANDA!!! Yay ... SO glad to see you here, my friend, and OH BOY, do I want to get APMP in your hot, little hands, too -- trust me!! So thanks for checking Mary's blog out and you might want to check my website calender for another giveaway going on right now, okay? GOOD LUCK!!

    Hugs and HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!

    Julie

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  28. MEGAN, you are blessed, indeed, my friend. I was an infertility gal, so my two didn't come easily, but I am SOOO grateful God answered the cry of my heart to be a mom. I always thought three was the perfect number, so you did good. :)

    Hugs and GOOD LUCK in the contest. :)

    Julie

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  29. Oh, PAM -- me too!! Cannot imagine where I would be right now, but it wouldn't be pretty, I do know that. I thank God every day for pulling my feet from the fire -- literally!!

    Thanks for signing up, my friend, and here's hoping it nets you a win.

    Hugs and HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!
    JULIE

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  30. Thanks, CALLIE, for coming back and signing up -- you done good and hopefully it will net you a win!!

    GOOD LUCK, sweetie, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  31. CARRIE ... ALWAYS brightens my day to see your sweet smile behind those Foster Grants, darlin'!!

    I'll be talking to you soon about you know what ... ;)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  32. Just getting ready to turn the computer off and get to reading when I noticed this blog with Julie, love her books and just wanted to throw my name in to the drawing.
    Merry Christmas all....

    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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  33. Loved this post today. God is so good, sending folks to us at just the right time. Please don't enter me in the contest as I was recently blessed to win one of Julie's books recently and would like to give someone else a chance. Looking forward to reading more of Julie's books. Blessings & Merry Christmas, Susan Fryman

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  34. I love Julie's book. I am a new follower. Did not see my post. Hope this is not a duplicate.
    godblessamerica.jan(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. Paula,
    Thank you for including us in your day.
    I agree, Julie's books are a blessing. Her gift has ministered to so many, including me. I am blessed to have her with me to chat with you. Hope you sleep well.

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  36. Annonymous,
    You have given two gifts today. One to Julie and me for stopping by today, and second to all the others who have entered the drawing.
    I sure hope you have a wonderful Christmas:)

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  37. Like you, Julie, I loved to write when I was a child, and pen and paper were put aside for my horses, adventure, and boys (of course).

    I loved your post--it touched my heart.

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  38. Debbie,
    And now pen and paper can be used to express the times with horses, adventure, and boys:)

    Thanks so much for stopping by this morning. Merry Christmas

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  39. PAULA ... GOOD GIRL!!! I've been dying to send you a book, my friend, so maybe THIS will be the win, eh??

    GOOD LUCK and like Mary said -- hope you slept well. :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  40. SUSAN ... what a sweetheart you are, my friend, to take yourself out of the drawing, but fair's fair ... if your name is pulled, I will send you a book, okay? Do you know that I have about six reader reader friends who have followed my bog giveaways so faithfully that they have won at least 4 books a piece and several up to six?? I don't remember sending you one before, though, so that tells me you either won it on Carrie Pagels OTT blog or Seekerville, because both of those blogs offered my books as prizes on their own, without me providing them. Of course, this time of year I'm sending out SO many books that maybe my old hard drive just can't remember. :|

    At any rate, what book did you win? And ... I hope you enjoyed it. :)

    Hugs and HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!

    Julie

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  41. Hey, JAN, thank you SO much for your kind comment and I love, love, LOVE your addy -- "God bless Amercica" -- SO cool!!

    Thanks for coming by and GOOD LUCK in the contest!!

    Hugs and HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!

    Julie

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  42. Wow, I just found you, Mary.....and I subscribed to your great blog!!
    I love Julie and her books...and am anxious to read Light in the Window (have read all others)! Please count me in! Thanks & Merry Christmas.
    Jackie Smith
    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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  43. Jackie
    I'm so happy to see you here. I can't wait to read Light in the Window myself. I'm sure neither of us will be disappointed.

    You are counted in the drawing. Looking forward to seeing you again:)

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  44. BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing Julie Lessman's wonderful story. EVERY time I read it, it's a new encouragement and a wonderful testimony to how God pursues us.
    I'm so glad he does!
    And I'm SO thankful for Julie's encouragement and her writing. WOW! What a ministry.

    Mare - you are AWESOME!

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  45. As per usual, you brighten my day, Pepper.
    We truly are blessed by a God who chooses to pursue us even though we walked away from Him.
    Thanks for popping in this morning. :)

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  46. Julie!!! I LOVE your testimony!!! So inspiring and beautiful! Just hearing of how God got to your heart....SO AMAZING!!! God is so good!

    Just wondering...is your April release included in this giveaway? Can't wait to read it!

    Emreilly303(at)gmail(dot)com

    I'm a new follower as well! Thanks, Mary Vee for this awesome post!

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  47. I would love to be entered for one of Julies books! They are my favorite!
    I am a follower.
    dymesich(at)juno(dot)com

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  48. Welcome Emily and Leah.
    So happy you both came today. Don't forget to grab some cyber Christmas cookies. We certainly are having a wonderful time!
    Julie will stop by later to answer your question, Emily.

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  49. I always love learning a bit more about the authors I enjoy reading. Thanks for sharing Julie!

    I am a newfollower via GFC.

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)Yahoo(dot)com

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  50. DEBBIE SAID: "Pen and paper were put aside for my horses, adventure, and boys (of course)."

    LOL ... now, see?? That's where you and I are different, Deb. You were balanced enough to have more than one obsession. Me??? Boys, romance, boys, boys, boys ... ;)

    Thanks for your sweet comment, my friend, and I wish you and yours a MOST BLESSED CHRISTMAS!!

    GOOD LUCK in the contest. :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  51. JACKIE ... GOOD GIRL!! You made it over here, and one of these days you are going to win ALITW, sweetie, you mark my words!!

    So, here's to a win and a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS, my friend.

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  52. PEP!!! I agree -- Mary IS "awesome," and the sad thing is that I never really knew her before. I heard of her name, of course, through the other alley-cats that I know (like you!!), and I met her briefly at ACFW, but this interview has been SUCH a blessing to me, primarily because I've gotten to know Mary.

    So, thank you, PEP, for your sweet comment, and thank you, MARY, for having me on your blog -- a TOTAL blessing!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  53. EM!!! For you, sweetie??? You bet!! I would LOVE to send you a copy of Love at Any Cost when it releases on April 1st, so fingers crossed for a win, my friend!!

    Hugs and more hugs,
    Julie

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  54. Hey, LEAH, thanks SO much for coming by AND for your kind words -- MUCH appreciated!! And I appreciate you stopping by Pearl Girls too, so you're in the drawing as well.

    Good luck to you, my friend, and here's to a win!!

    Happy and holy Christmas to you and yours! :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  55. Me, too, PATTY ... it's fun to learn more about the authors (and friends) I love, so I'm glad you came by to learn a little bit more about this CDQ (caffeinated drama queen). And now that my hubby bought us a Keurig, the caffeine level is THROUGH THE ROOF!! :)

    Hugs and HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!

    JULIE

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  56. What a great testimony Julie, thank you so much for sharing! I absolutely LOVE the Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series and can't wait for the Heart of San Francisco!

    I'm now following via GFC.

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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  57. Julie, I love reading your faith journey. And I see the passion in your life for God so beautifully in the passionate romances you write.
    God bless you and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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  58. Beautiful post, Julie! Loved all your books - can't wait for the new series! Good luck with your deadline!

    Following your blog now, Mary!

    Wishing you all a blessed Christmas!

    Cheers,
    Sue

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  59. Liz,
    So nice to see you here today. Heart of San Francisco does sound exciting! Sure hope you have a Merry Christmas and thanks for the follow :)

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  60. Mary,

    Merry Christmas to you as well. Sure glad you could come join our party with Julie.

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  61. Susan,
    We've connected in so many places, and now I have the honor of visiting with you here. Wow! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  62. I love your testimony, Julie-no matter how many times I hear it!!

    I'm going to start reading ALITW tonight. So excited!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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  63. Marissa,
    As we both can see from all the comments on this post ,Julie has followed a great calling from God. So many lives walking closer to HIm because of her stories and testimony.

    Thanks for joining us today, hope you grabbed some virtual festive hot chocolate :)

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  64. What a great testimony! I can't wait to read the rest of your books! shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  65. Mary thanks for this chance to win one of Julie's books!
    I am a follower of your blog. And, Julie, I'm so glad you have given your heart to our Savior. Enjoyed your story. I'm glad your worker friend was willing to talk to you. So many draw back from telling others about Jesus. I hope I can win one of your books!
    Maxie ( mac262(at)me(dot)com )

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  66. Veronica,
    I'm so glad you came today to read Julie's testimony. Doesn't it crystalize the themes in her books?

    Thanks for stopping by today. I hope to see you again.

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  67. Maxie,
    You're absolutely right. Many workers shy from sharing their testimony or whomp co-workers over the head with it, and end up squelching interest. Thank God Julie's coworker, led by God, did it just right.

    Thanks for joining us today. Hope to see you again.

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  68. LIZ ... thanks SO much for following Mary AND for your sweet comment!! I wish you and yours a MOST BLESSED Christmas and hopefully we can make it a little better with a win here, so GOOD LUCK!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  69. MARY!! Soooo great to see you here, my friend -- THANK YOU for coming by!!

    And guess what I am halfway through reading??? Your marvelous Christmas e-book (Candlelight Christmas)all night long while Keith and I were driving in the car, shopping, eating out (I love it when he goes to wash his hands 'cause I whip out the Kindle like a gunslinger!!). What a BEAUTIFUL story, Mary, so full of the Christmas spirit -- I LOVE it!! Will write a review when I'm done.

    Hugs and MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your beautiful family too. :)

    Hugs and more hugs,
    Julie

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  70. SUSIE-Q!!! Been meaning to e-mail you, my sweet friend, to thank you for the GORGEOUS Christmas card you sent me!! You are something special, girl, and I am SO grateful our paths have crossed.

    I wish you and your family (and your mom!!) a happy, healthy and holy holiday season.

    Love you!!
    Julie

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  71. MARISSA!!! Ooooo ... now I'm nervous knowing one of my favorite reader friends is tackling ALITW tonight. I hope you like it, my friend -- HAPPY READING and HAPPY CHRISTMAS ... and GOOD LUCK in the contest!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  72. Hey, VERONICA ... I hope you enjoyed A Light in the Window -- you should have gotten your printed copy by now as most of the Facebook winners have. And I hope you do like it enough to read the rest of my books because the O'Connors are definitely a family to love and grow with.

    Good luck in the contest and maybe we can get you started on book 1, A Passion Most Pure.

    Hugs and HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!
    Julie

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  73. Thanks, MAXIE ... me too!! My life is a WHOLE LOT happier with God than without Him, so I am blessed.

    Goodness, girl, you've been trying for a book for a while now, so maybe this is your turn!! I have one other giveaway going on this year over at the Pearl Girls Blog, and you can find the link at the end of my Journal Jots blog on my website, okay?

    Hugs and HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!
    JULIE

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  74. I love Julie Lessman's books and would love to win another. :) Thanks for this giveaway opportunity, Mary!

    And thank you, Julie, for sharing your testimony like that. I know this is cliche, but it is inspiring!

    inspiringdaring (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  75. Hey, RACHELLE ... not at all, my friend ... it's NEVER "cliche" and ALWAYS inspiring what God does in each of our lives, eh? Thank you for coming by, sweetie, AND for your kind comment. I wish you and yours a very BLESSED Christmas ... AND a win for you!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  76. Rachelle,
    I agree with Julie. It is never a cliche to feel a testimony is inspiring. To have God touch our hearts with the events of another person's life is a gift. Sure glad you came today. May the Lord richly bless you this Christmas season.

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  77. Beautiful words from an equally beautiful woman. :-)
    Julie's one of my favs!

    Now as for the giveaway... sounds really good, but could one of neighbors to the U.S possibly have a chance to enter please? (And hopefully she's not to late...).

    Merry Christmas All!

    :-)

    (g.gclermont (at) gmail (dot) com)

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  78. Hi, Julie!!! What an amazing testimony- God is faithful! =)

    I just finished reading ALS with my friend- Oh. My. Gosh. SO amazing! I can't wait to read Love At Any Cost (and of course, A Light in the Window)!!!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    I'm a new follower!

    lubell1106(at)gmail(dot)com

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  79. I love Julie Lessman's books. Please enter me in the contest.

    winterrose(at)comcast(dot)net

    Merry Christmas and God Bless :D

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  80. Elyssa,
    Reading books with friends makes the experience so much better. It's like going to a movie with a friend. You can replay scenes and laugh together for days and months to come.
    I'm so glad you stopped by and commented today, Elyssa. Have a wonderful Christmas.

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  81. Louise,
    So glad you stopped by today, we were waiting for you :) God bless you as well, and may you and your family have a very Merry Christmas.

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  82. Ganise,
    I will check with Julie about your question. Nonetheless, I am so happy you came today. God has blessed by sending folk such as yourself.
    Have a Merry Christmas!

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  83. GANISE ... for you, darlin'?? You bet!! You're in the draw, my friend and I ALWAYS do international as well since so many of my reader friends are from Canada (such as you!!) and Down Under. :)

    GOOD LUCK!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  84. ELYSSA!!! Girl, you sure made me wait long enough to read my books, but now it is SUCH a blessing to hear that you enjoy them, so YAY!! THRILLED that you loved ALS and I hope you like ALITW too, sweetie.

    Hugs and HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!
    Julie

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  85. LOUISE ... thank you SO much for "loving" my books -- TOTAL BLESSING, my friend!! I wish you a win in this contest and a MOST BLESSED Christmas too!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  86. AND
    Thank you Julie Lessman for spending time with us this weekend. I had so much fun, and from the comments, I'd say the others did as well. What a great party! And the focus...God's love.
    I feel blessed.

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  87. MARY ... it WAS fun, and I thank you for hosting me on your blog ... it was an honor.

    I wish you and yours a happy, healthy and holy holiday season and let me know if you want me to pick the winner or you, okay?

    Hugs,
    Julie

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