The Reading Corner and Literary Tips

Monday, October 30, 2006

Taking Criticism and Using It Positively
Rose Jackson-Beavers

One of the hardest things for an author to hear is that a story that they wrote wasn’t good enough. We writers want to create the story that everyone is talking about – the story that begs a sequel to.

But what happens when the compliments don’t come? How should a writer feel when the story told is not that interesting? As a freelance writer, I was not accustomed to getting negative responses to my writing. The first time I received a negative review, I learned something very important about myself – that I didn’t handle criticism well. It was painful to know that someone didn’t like my novel, that they didn’t understand what I was trying to say. Not only did the person not like my story, they wanted to humiliate me and stop me from writing again. Who would expend so much energy to make a writer feel bad? Somebody did. But I listened, learn from it and moved forward. That was hard.

At first I wanted to stop writing. I took it hard until a dear friend step in and lifted my spirits up. It helped to receive two positive letters the next day that praised my novel. Then, as if someone else heard my pain, an author sent an email out that simply stated, “That no weapon formed against me should prosper.” I read that email over and over again. Someone knew how I felt. They had the same experience, the same pain. But as the writer stated, she would prevail. I knew that I would too.

As a writer, it is necessary to build up your courage and to strengthen your heart because you will need it through this journey of writing. Each step you take will make you better and stronger. Not all people will support you, but that’s okay too. For every person that puts you down, neglects and rejects you, two more will pick you up.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

If I Were A Man and Had A Wife

Meet Brenda B. Matthews, New Christian Author

Are You Married? Husbands do you know how to treat your women? Women do you know what to expect from your better half. These are the questions that Brenda explores based on verses from the Bible in her new book.

This is her second book.

Husbands! Which category Do You Fall Under?

* The Christian Family Man

* The Christian Man With A Family

* The Ungodly Family Man

* The Ungodly Man With A Family

* The Wicked Family Man

* The Wicked Man With A Family

Husbands, love your wife and treat her as a precious jewel. Be reminded that your wife is a gift to you from God and all good and perfect gifts come from above.

If I Were A Man And Had A Wife describes the husbands listed above, unveiling their at home behavior so that they are enlightened, encouraged and equipped to be greater leaders.


If I Were A Man And Had A Wife will prepare aspiring husbands to be the head of his home as God requires and desires. Aspiring wives, know that God equates God-fearing women to wisdom; fragile, priceless, powerful, pleasant, joyous, and full of peace. Aspiring husbands and wives, search the scriptures together to learn God's instructions for marriage.

If I Were A Man And Had A Wife was written to change the hearts of husbands; bestow understanding upon wives; and increase everyone's prayer lives.

Brenda B. Matthews is the author of this life-enhancing, tear-shedding soul-transforming book. She writes spiritual songs, books, and pamphlets. Her anointed teaching ministry has redirected hundreds of saints and sinners to righteousness. She lives in St. Louis, MO where she is the pastor's wife of Temple Church of Christ. For more information about If I Were A Man And Had A Wife, contact the author at, Write to Prioritybooks, P. O. Box 2535, Florissant, MO 63033.

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