God Hooks Up Nicole and Me (part 2)

God Hooks Up Nicole and Me (part 2)

As we were emailing and Facebook messaging back and forth, I asked Nicole if she would like to illustrate my book Labyrinth Wedding. She said yes, and there began our second project together. I told her what the book contained, and she painted away. You will see her joyful wedding scenes as part of the non-fiction book coming out soon on Amazon: A Spiritual Guide to the Labyrinth Wedding.

But God wasn’t finished with his Pam-and-Nicole project. I wanted to do something with those lovable Jesus pictures that just kept pouring out from Nicole’s brush. At first, I thought of an inspirational art book, similar to Blessing to Go. I am always thinking of the unchurched, since I was one for 38 years, and I found the joyful Jesus paintings spoke to my soul. Though the theology of the bleeding, suffering, crucified Christ may be true, the ugliness of those images can hardly draw in the seeker. Why would you follow such an unappealing mentor? But you would follow Nicole’s vision of Jesus. In fact, you would want to hug him, laugh with him, fall in love with him. Her paintings pulled at my heart, and I knew they would draw others. We had to share him somehow.

Enter Shelley Hitz. At the Colorado retreat, I mentioned my ideas to Shelley, and she said, “I like to make my books interactive. What about making it a journal for people to write their responses in?” Light-bulb moment! So that is what we made: a journal with Jesus on one page, a related scripture, and space to write a response to the painting, the verse, or both, or neither. I wrote a little introduction on various types of journaling the reader can use, in case they are just learning the practice. I am very excited about this project, and I will think you will be too, when you see our Jesus in Jeans Journal.

God Hooks Up Nicole and Me (part 1)

God Hooks Up Nicole and Me (part 1)

Nicole Schiffers lives in The Netherlands. She started posting a painting a day on Facebook, calling it Blessing to Go. Her paintings were inspired by the Holy Spirit, and often they included pictures of Jesus in modern dress with a friendly, joyful expression on his face. I loved them, and I told her so.

One day, she said her dream was to publish her Blessing to Go paintings in books she could give as gifts, and maybe others would like them enough to buy them, too. I offered to publish her books for her, since I have a self-publishing business and was between projects of my own. On September 1, Blessing to Go, volumes 1, 2, and 3 came out on Amazon.

But that’s not all. My husband Don volunteered to learn how to format books on Createspace (now absorbed into Kindle Direct Publishing). He said, “How hard can it be?” So, we owe it to God and Nicole for giving us courage to leap over a hurdle that had been frustrating us and costing us money. Now, we can do our own formatting and our books can be published faster.

So, if you are looking for inspirational gifts for Christmas, birthdays, get well, or any other reason, please find Blessing to Go on amazon. If you like the books, a review would be much appreciated by Nicole and me.

 

Announcing: Blessing to Go

Announcing: Blessing to Go

We are proud to announce the upcoming launch of Blessing to Go, a series of inspirational art books by Nicole Schiffers from the Netherlands.  The first volume, I Am, paints a portrait of God’s attributes. The second, Dancing with the Bride, explores God’s relationship with humankind. The third, Come Away with Me, invites the viewer to follow God’s invitation to follow him. Just in time for the holidays, the series makes a fine gift for loved ones, whether believers or seekers.  All three will be available on Amazon in print and Kindle versions. Stay tuned!

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