Thursday, November 20, 2014

LOVE IS A ROSE - Pamela S Thibodeaux - One Free Ebook

Bio: Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative nonfiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.”

Welcome back, Pamela. What would you like for our readers to know about you personally?
Sometimes I wonder what people think about me and all the things I do and say. Don’t we all? But if I had to sum up my thoughts/prayers and offer one insight into the heart of Pam, I’d say … regardless of how you perceive me, or what I do/say that strikes you as odd, at the very depths of my soul, my goal is to be a blessing to everyone I come in contact with.

Tell us about your family.
Ah … there’s not enough room in this context or time in the day to tell you all about my family! These gifts God has placed in my life are indescribable. I have 4 children (2 by blood and 2 by marriage) … 2 beautiful daughters and 2 of the greatest son’s imaginable. The girls have married wonderful men and blessed me with 3 grandchildren … 1 Angel Girl and 2 handsome little guys. I come from a long line of people with strong ties to family and am blessed with wonderful parents, great brothers, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Have you written other nonfiction books?
To date I have 2 nonfiction books which are published, Love is a Rose and Simple Promotional Tools for Authors as well as over 60 articles and essays. I have nonfiction pieces in 2 anthologies (The Dog Next Door and Deliver Me; Hope, Help and Healing Through True Stories of Unplanned Pregnancy). “Soul Therapy,” another nonfiction piece will be published in The Horse of My Heart by Revell in 2015.

Do you have any other books in the works right now?
Yes, I have 2 other nonfiction projects in the works.

What kinds of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?
Reading is by far my favorite hobby and leisure activity but I absolutely LOVE to dance! I also enjoy walking, horseback riding, swimming, and other outdoor activities.

Why did you write the featured book?
One morning in 1995 “The Rose” by Conway Twitty came on the radio. I’d been walking with the Lord for several years, and as I listened to the words of that song, scriptures came to mind, all of which correlated to the verses of the song. As I developed the work, I realized God spoke to me of His love and how to dwell in Him through those words. Several years and numerous revisions later, I decided it was time to publish the book as a devotional. Since it is time sensitive due to the lyric license, independently publishing through my own imprint seemed the best choice.

Please tell us more about the book.
Blurb: Music is the magical entry into the spirit world; the golden gate into the Kingdom of God. But we mustn’t be of the mindset that God only uses Christian music to reach out and touch our mind, heart, and spirit. God uses any and every means available to speak to His children.

Our job is to be open and receptive.

In this devotional, Pamela S Thibodeaux shares how God opened her spirit to a deeper understanding of the abundance of His grace and mercy through the words of the song, “The Rose” sung by Country and Western artist Conway Twitty.

Pamela offers Seeds to Ponder and a prayer as she parallels the love of God and the Christian life to each verse of the song.

Excerpt: Some say love, it is a hunger, an endless aching need ...
How very true! The Bible speaks of a longing of our soul to be in communion with the Lord. Psalm 42 says, “As the hind longs for running water, so my soul longs for thee, oh God ...”

Endless, aching need; we all feel it––the need to be loved, to be worthy; the ache to know God more intimately and to glorify Him.
Many describe this aspect of their walk with God as an ache or a hunger which is forever present. Sometimes it is more prevalent than others but always there … The need to be close to Him, to know His will, to feel His presence, to be made worthy and whole by His Holy Spirit.
Just when we feel we’ve gotten closer to Him still, the ache smarts again––deeper, more desperate than the last time. A longing that cannot be described––one that can only be satisfied by the Holy Spirit leading you closer and deeper into the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Every one of us can relate to the insatiable hunger we’ve experienced in our lives. Many times we seek after and pursue more … bigger and better things (money, houses, cars, jobs) thinking those will satisfy, not realizing the hunger in our soul is one only God can satisfy. As I look back over my life, I recall a time when I got wrapped up in the things of the world, and yet, I’ve always been a seeker of peace above all things. Oh, that we would teach our children that more is not better and the more things you have, the more time you’ll spend taking care of them and the less time you’ll have to pursue what really matters in life—people and relationships!

The accumulation of things will never satisfy the soul like an intimate relationship with the Creator and His creation. Get rid of the stuff in your life and see how much peace there is in simplicity.

Seeds to ponder: In Matthew 5: 6, Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” How many times do we fill the hunger in our hearts with things of the world instead of filling it with things of the Spirit?

Prayer: Dear God, help me to recognize true, spiritual hunger and turn to You instead of giving in to the lusts of my flesh and the lure of the world by engaging in unholy attitudes and actions.

What do you want the reader to take away from the book?
That love is a gift and like a rose, needs to be appreciated and handled with care and that even through the dark, cold times in our lives, God is always there.

Is there anything you’d like to tell my readers about you or your books?
I’m often asked why I write what I do. My answer is always to share God’s message of hope and healing to a hurting world. My prayer is that every thing I write will touch the hearts and impact the lives of each and every reader and in some small way lead them closer to Him.

Where on the Internet can the readers find you?
Website address:   
Twitter: @psthib

Thank you, Pamela, for sharing this new book with us. I know my readers will love it.

Readers, here are purchase links to the book.  
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Deanna Stevens said...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and God's love. I enjoyed reading about the Rose.. Dee S from Nebraska

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Thank you for stopping by Deanna!

Alicia Dean said...

What a wonderful, inspirational post. I love the idea for this book. It sounds like a truly uplifting read. For my part, I would say you probably are a blessing to everyone you come in contact with. I know you have been to me. I'm also blessed with an amazing family. Aren't we lucky? :)

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Yes Alicia, we are truly blessed and I'm equally blessed to know you.
Thank you for stopping by!

Susan Coryell said...

I would certainly recommend your book to my church friends. It sounds like a helpful and inspirational work for believers. Thanks for posting.

Jean said...

Would love to get this book!

apple blossom said...

Oh, this sounds like a good book thanks for the chance to win

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Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Thanks for stopping by Susan, Jean & Apple Blossom... my prayer is that this devotional bless the lives of everyone who reads it.

Good luck in the drawing!

Charlotte Kay said...

I too am moved by this song and so appreciate the chance to win this devotional book!
An "Endless aching need" is exactly what I have for my Lord!
Thanks for writing and sharing this devotional! It will help and bless so many, Pam!!!!

Many Blessings and Smiles :)
Charlotte Kay, Georgia

Granny's Attic said...

I have recently been introduced to your work, and would enjoy reading this book. lisajcowell(at)cs(dot)com in Ohio

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Boy do I know what you mean Charlotte Kay!

So nice to meet you Granny's Attic...

Good luck to you two also and Thanks for stopping by!