Friday, January 25, 2013

Fabulous Friday Feature: Suzanne Woods Fisher



Today I welcome a well-known authoress who enjoys raising guide dog puppies for the blind. She has a sweet and giving spiritSuzanne Woods Fisher. 



Enter to win an autographed copy of Suzanne Woods Fisher's book The Lesson


I recently met Suzanne on FB and after seeing she had a new release asked her to join us here today and share how God has led her on her writing journey. Please help me welcome her:








The Fear of Failure


“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you. Do not fear; I will help you” (Isaiah 41:13, niv).

           
Years ago, before I received my first book contract, an editor returned a manuscript to me with the comment that the writing wasn’t up to her publishing house’s “caliber.”

Ouch!

That was a tough remark to swallow. But I did. I gulped down my pride, asked her for editorial comments about the manuscript, and she gave them to me. I read them carefully, incorporated what I could, and then I moved on.

I didn’t wallow. I didn’t stop writing. In fact, truthfully, I didn’t agree with her assessment. Instead, I kept improving the manuscript, sent it out to other publishers and, eventually, received a book contract. Since then, I’ve developed a very thick skin, taking rejection in stride so it doesn’t derail me as it has in the past. And trust me, it did!

What changed?

It started when my youngest daughter ran for class treasurer of her high school freshman class. The night of the election, she received news that she had lost. I found her sobbing on her bed and sat down next to her, not saying anything for a while. 

After her sobs drizzled to sniffles, I told her how proud I was of her for trying. Just for trying. For being willing to take a risk. She did something that ninety-nine percent of her class couldn’t or wouldn’t do. I couldn’t have been prouder of her if she had won or not; I only cared that she was willing to try.

It dawned on me that God was rooting for me in the same way I was rooting for my daughter. He wasn’t waiting to be proud of me until I was successful. He already was proud. By continuing to write, I was willing to face my fear of failure, trust Him, and just keep trying.

Little by little, failure became less of a big fear. If the worst thing I faced in life was a ton of rejection letters, well, I could handle that. My confidence rests in God alone.

By the way, my daughter ran for sophomore class treasurer and lost. She ran again in her junior year and, this time, she won! But I think she really won in that first election—maybe not with votes, but with something far more important.

About Suzanne Woods Fisher: She is an author of bestselling fiction and non-fiction books for Revell about the Old Order Amish. Learn more about Suzanne, her books, and her weekly radio show by stopping by www.suzannewoodsfisher.com. Download the free app, Amish Wisdom, to receive a daily Amish proverb. A moment of peace and calm in a busy day.

Suzanne lives in California with her family. When she isn’t writing, she raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne’s way of thinking, you can’t take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone’s underwear in its mouth. 

Congratulations, Suzanne!"The Lesson" (Revell). Third in the 'Stoney Ridge Seasons' series, released on January 1st and is already hitting the bestseller lists. Available at Amazon, CBD, B&N, or your favorite bookseller.



To enter the contest for an autographed copy of Suzanne's book, The Lesson, 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. 

Thank you Suzanne for joining us this weekend!

Reader, How has God helped you address your fears?

46 comments:

  1. We learn so many lessons through the young people in our lives. We are often put on pedestals so we seem to have it all together. They just don't realize how much we learn from them and their experiences. Glad to hear about your daughter's persistence and how it eventually allowed her to be a class treasurer. I wonder if she went into accounting or perhaps is deciding to be a writer like her mom? Glad that you persevered, too, so we have the benefit of your efforts!

    God has helped me deal with fear through His word such as "If God is for you, who can stand against you?" (I don't remember the reference on that one) and "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." (HCSB Philippians 4:13---Bible Drill verse :-) )

    Blessings, Janice
    jsmithg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  2. Just think what we could accomplish if we didn't let fear hold us back!


    I follow via e-mail

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  3. WOW!!!! Thank you for this. As I learn to write my memoir and struggle with getting it to sound right, I forget that God is proud of me for stepping out in faith and trying. This post blessed me.

    HM at HVC dot RR dot COM

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  4. Janice,
    Yes, the young people in our lives remind us of many lessons as well as teach us new ones. Keeping our eyes and minds open as willing observers and not always judges benefits us so much. Thanks for joining us today!

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  5. Patty,
    So true.
    But fear is so difficult to overcome.
    Good that we have Jesus to call on. :)

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  6. Heather,
    To hear that someone is blessed is a blessing to us. We really loved having you here around the fireside with hot chocolate steaming close by.

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  7. Thanks Mary for this interview, and for the hot chocolate. It is good to visit with you. Thanks for having Suzanne here. She is one on my favorite people. I am hoping to win her book. I only have the first of this series, which I was lucky to win. She s a good author. I am a follower of yours. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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  8. Hey Maxie!
    Good to see you again this week. And glad you liked the virtual hot chocolate. I tried a new recipe :)
    You are entered along with the others:)

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  9. I am reading The Lesson from the library ,but sure would like to win a copy, so I can share with others to read.

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  10. My first time here but will check back often now. I'm reading the Haven right now great book so far.
    Sue
    sue.whitmarsh@yahoo.com

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  11. Hi Just love Suzanne books and would love to be entered in contest. Thank you so much. <3
    lanore_lewis@hotmail.com

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  12. So true! Sometimes we have to have many failures before we win but God doesn't care He is proud of us no matter what. It is a hard thing to learn. I try to tell my daughters that no matter the outcome, I am proud of them for trying. However, I wish I could learn that same lesson. Melissa L. racky (at) carolina (dot) rr (dot) com.

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  13. I am so glad that you kept trying Suzanne and I am glad you stood behind your daughter. She now knows what her Mama meant. Please enter me into the drawing for The Lesson. thank you.

    Alecia E.

    greatdane@citlink.net

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  14. I would love to win.

    angelachesnut246(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. I think God puts people and opportunities in our path through life that can help us face our fears - we just have to recognize who these people are at the right time.

    I'm a GFC follower

    tmyoung at rochester dot rr dot com

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  16. i would love to read about your early years, and really love to win one of your books, i have never read one i didnt like,
    jcisforme@aol.com

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  17. My mind knows fear is the opposite of faith; just have to let it take hold in the rest of me! Love Suzanne's books! Thank you for the chance to win!
    lldietz@gmail.com

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  18. Love this story! Keep on, keeping on!

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  19. I would LOVE to win this book.
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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  20. I would love to win a copy of the book. I enjoy Amish fiction *sew* much!! ~Connie
    SewBlessedInAmishCountry(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  21. I would like to be entered in this drawing. I've read many of Suzannes' books,and enjoy her writings. Thanks

    Korell62@aol.com

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  22. Hi Mary..we share the same name..I look forward to reading your books as well as I've read Suzannes and love her books! Please enter me in your contest. Thank you! Amaryhdz90@yahoo.com

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  23. My favorite reads are Amish fiction and cannot wait to read this book!

    lfuchs1 at wi. rr. com

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  24. What a wonderful article. Love her as an author and am amazed by her service to others by raising guide dogs. Truly a hero and inspiration to others!
    Maria Kulscar
    mkulscar@att.net

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  25. I think that is when we grow most when we are down and feel beaten. When God puts his hand out there and says I got this. We grow from our losses. I would love to win this book.
    Blessings
    joeym11@frontier.com

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  26. Suzanne is one of my favorite authors!! She is an amazing writer and I'd love to win this book. Thanks for the chance!
    GFC: MeganP
    makeighleekyleigh at yahoo.com

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  27. Loving these comments, ladies! Thanks so much for your encouraging words. I received a letter this week from a disgruntled reader...and I was so pleased that it truly didn't bother me. I answered her nicely and said I hoped she would like the next book a little better. Nice to know we can move forward and not feel so affected by unhelpful criticism. Blessings on each one of you! And thank you, Mary Vee, for sharing my story with your readers. Warmly, Suzanne

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  28. Interesting interview. Love reading Suzanne's books. Thank you for the giveaway.

    Karen G
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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  29. I would love to read Suzannes book. It was encouraging when she shared her writing trials with us. I always remember Isaiah 26:3 when I am afraid that He is our peace.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  30. I have learned so much from my 17yo daughter who has many disabilities and medical issues from a rare chromosome deletion.
    psalm63@verizon.net

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  31. Thank you for that. It's so easy to let the words of others stop us in our tracks. It takes effort to realize the only opinions that matter are God's (first) and your own. I love Suzanne's books, so naturally I'm glad she kept writing despite the rejection.

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  32. Well, here is what happens when I step out to freshen the virtual refreshments. I missed giving a warm greeting to all of you. Thank you for waiting for me :)

    Rosie: I am so happy you were able to get a copy of The Lesson from your library and hope you are enjoying the book.

    Sue W. I haven't had the chance to read "The Haven" You will have to write back and tell me about the book.

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  33. Lanore,
    Thank you for becoming a follower and for your comment. You are definitely entered for the drawing. I hope to see you again.


    Melissa,
    I totally agree with you. I wish I could learn the lessons, or at least learn them without as much conflict. So nice to see you here today. Hope you enjoyed some virtual hot chocolate while visiting. :)_

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  34. Alecia
    So nice to see you here today. Hoping to see you again for future guests as well.

    Angelia,
    I appreciated getting to know you today. What a wonderful visit we had with Suzanne! Looking forward to our next visit.

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  35. Teresa,
    Thank you for becoming a follower and for your comment today. Sure enjoyed chatting with you. Yes, you are definitely entered to win the book.

    jcisforme
    Sure enjoyed chatting with you. Don't forget to get some virtual hot chocolate before you leave. Hope to see you again!

    Linda,
    Thank you so much for joining our discussion today. Suzanne sure led a great discussion. I hope to see you again.

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  36. Susan, Korell, Mary, and Lesey,
    I am so thankful you visited with Suzanne and me today. I especially enjoyed getting to know a little about you and look forward to seeing you again.

    Connie,
    Thank you for becoming a follower today and leaving a comment. You are definitely entered for the book drawing.

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  37. Maria,
    I agree, Suzanne has a very important role with training guide dogs. She certainly is a hero. Thank you for becoming a follower today and your comment. You are definitely entered for the book drawing.

    Diana,
    So lovely to see you today. I too love when God puts his hand out and takes care of our problems. I especially love when He does it before I ask. God is so good to us. Thank you for becoming a follower today and for your comment. You are definitely entered for the book drawing.

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  38. Megan P,
    Thank you so much for joining us for today's discussion. We really enjoyed having you and I look forward to seeing you again.

    Suzanne,
    What sad news to receive a negative review. Even if we grow thick skins, it still makes us feel sad. I am so thankful we have Jesus to comfort us in times like these.

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  39. Ruby,
    I enjoyed meeting you today. What a blessing to have so many wonderful people stop by to participate in Suzanne's ministry. I hope to see you again.

    Mary P.
    Yes, Isaiah 26:3 is a wonderful verse. Thank you for sharing it with us. I sure enjoyed your visit today.

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  40. Joan,
    What a blessing you are. Your comment spoke so many great words. Thank you for sharing and for becoming a follower today. You are definitely entered for the book drawing.

    MJ
    How true are your words. Our Father knows we struggle with this, that's why, in His loving mercy He sends reminders. We have a great Father :) I appreciate your visit today:)

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  41. Thank you for posting such a nice article about Suzanne Woods Fisher. I've been a fan of hers for quite some time. Please enter me in your contest. I am a follower.
    Nancee
    quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  42. Nancee,
    My pleasure, Nancee. I have enjoyed Suzanne, as well. Thanks for becoming a follower. You are entered in the book drawing.

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  43. I am new to this site and am looking forward to reading your posts. I love Christian fiction and have followed and read Suzanne's books for some time now. I would love to win anything she has written.

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  44. Tammy,
    So nice to meet your today. I am looking forward to chatting with you again in the future. You are entered to win. I'll try to find you on FB since you forgot your email address. I know...always another detail :)

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  45. Enjoyed reading this article about Suzanne. I love reading her books, too. Would love a chance to win and read her new book. Thank you.

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  46. Kay from NY,
    I wish I could speak with you. You forgot the email address. If you stop back, please leave you email.

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