November 9, 2015

My New Book Releases in January 2016!

If you are joining me from my devotional at Encouragement for Today, I am so thankful you are here. If you are looking for the link to the “Praying on the Armor” prayer I share in my devotional, click here.

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And I invite you to read on to learn more about my new book coming out in January 2016, I Know His Name: Discovering Power in the Names of God.

Sometimes you dare to ask God for a big dream. To pray for something only He can orchestrate.

A few weeks ago, as I sat in the Harper Collins’ studio recording the DVD teachings to accompany my new book, I Know His Name: Discovering Power in the Names of God (coming out in January), God graciously answered my prayer.

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And today I want to publicly praise God and thank Him for His kindness and goodness. And I also want to thank you, my faithful friends and followers. YOU helped make this all possible. You joined me time and time again here on the blog to study God’s Word. You helped develop me as a teacher. You trusted me to come alongside you and walk with you through God’s Word. We studied the life of David. Hebrews. Ephesians. Prayer. And so much more.

You invested in me. You prayed for me. You encouraged me. You engaged in dialogue with me. YOU BLESSED ME!!

My heart is full, and I can’t think of better people to share this upcoming release with than you! Today I celebrate YOU and thank God for YOU!

As time draws closer, I will share more about I Know His Name and provide a link for a FREE devotional to give you a sneak peek into the book.

Below I share a short description of I Know His Name.

Does God seem like a stranger more than a friend? Do you want to go from simply knowing about God to really knowing God? Do you long for God to become more of a part of your everyday life but don’t know how? In the pages of I Know His Name, Wendy will help you…

  • realize your infinite worth as you explore the nature of the God who created and formed you.
  • live with bold assurance that your God is a personal God who sees you, hears you, and knows you by name.
  • walk confidently in who you are and Whose you are, especially in the midst of a shattered heart or a broken dream.
  • arm yourself with seven tools to pray more confidently and effectively in any situation or circumstance.
  • transform your walk with Jesus as you discover how He fulfills the Old Testament names of God.

The names of God we will study include:


El Roi

Jehovah Nissi

Jehovah Rapha

El Elyon

and four more magnificent names of God!!

As I close today, I would love to hear from you! If you have joined us for past studies, share your favorite. If you are new to my blog, share your favorite name of God. I will choose one name to win a free copy of my new book when it comes out in January!!


August 25, 2015

Love Your Neighbor Giveaway with Amy Lively

How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird

I met Amy Lively at She Speaks many years ago. She attended my session on “How to Start a Neighborhood Bible Study.” At the end of my teaching, Amy approached me, eyes gleaming, barely able to contain her enthusiasm. She explained how she felt that same nudge. She knew God was calling her to step out in faith … to invite. To do a new thing in her neighborhood.

Well, thank goodness Amy obeyed. Because the Lord has taken Amy’s passion, obedience and her very first invitation and transformed them into an amazing book, “How to Love Your Neighbor without Being Weird,” and an international ministry. To learn more about her book and her ministry, click here.


Today, Amy and I not only want to share a bit of her story with you, but we are praying that today’s message will encourage and equip YOU to step out in faith and do the same!

Amy has generously offered to give away a gift package to help you do just that! So in the comments below share who you would invite and/or how you would use her gift in your neighborhood.

Here is a bit more of Amy’s story …

Have you ever thought, “I want to love my neighbor, but I don’t know how”? How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird by Amy Lively is packed with practical, adaptable tips and tools for introverts or extroverts, and people who live in big cities or small villages. If you want to get rid of the guilt about disobeying Christ’s #2 command to love our neighbor but don’t want to alienate or offend your neighbors in the process, this book is for you.

Amy wasn’t always a good neighbor – in fact, she says she wasn’t always even a good believer. In Chapter One she tells her story of running from God for 20 years before natural relationships with godly women changed her spiritual destiny—and this happened outside of church, at coffee shops and playgrounds. Once Amy returned to the Lord, however, it was as if Jesus was locked inside her house! She lived in her neighborhood for seven years before she attempted to get to know her neighbors, and even this was done kicking and screaming. She fought the Lord for a long time before finally inviting 89 neighbors over for coffee. This gathering of women in homes became an international ministry called The Neighborhood Café, and this book was also an outcome of her experience in her own neighborhood.

The Neighborhood Cafe

You may be asking, “Isn’t it ‘loving my neighbor’ when I support world missions or witness to my hairdresser?” Yes, it is… but we have globalized the definition of neighbor to include everyone in the whole wide world, conveniently excluding the people who live right next door—the ones who can reject us. Jesus had a different way of loving His neighbor. He simply sat down with His neighbors at their tables, in their homes, and they did life together.

Loving our neighbor means investing in relationships – it’s sometimes messy, but it’s always meaningful.

If you’re struggling to build relationships with your neighbors based solely on religion, How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird teaches you six other areas where you can interact and engage with your neighbors: family, government, education, business, arts and entertainment, media. Along with religion, these seven areas have shaped every culture in every generation, and they are active forces in your community today. These areas impact the people living around you, and the influence of the Gospel is desperately needed in each area.

Amy's Giveaway


God knew what sociologists and archaeologists have also figured out: your entire community is safer, stronger, wealthier – and even lives longer! – when neighbors know each other’s names and are involved in each other’s lives. And on a spiritual level, loving our neighbors blesses us even more than it does them. You’ll never lean on God more or see Him more clearly than when you obey His #2 command.

Don’t forget to leave a comment below for a chance to win Amy’s BIG giveaway to help YOU invite your neighbors to get to know Jesus. Her BIG Giveaway includes:

  • 2 MUGS Adorable “Love Your Neighbor” mugs, one for you, one for your neighbor!
  • 10 CARDS to ask your neighbor over for coffee, board games, BBQ – you name it! Invite one neighbor or the whole block, whatever works.
  • 2 COFFEES Single-serve Columbian coffees.
  • 2 COASTERS to put under your steaming mugs.
  • 1 BOOK A signed copy of Amy’s book, How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird.

I’ll announce the winner Friday in my next blog post.


August 11, 2015

Interview & Giveaway with Jennifer Rothschild and Her New Book, “Invisible”



A few years back, I had the pleasure of meeting Jennifer Rothschild and her husband, fondly known as Dr. Phil by his friends, at She Speaks. I couldn’t wait to meet her because her book, Lessons I Learned in the Dark, spoke into my life at a time when I felt isolated, alone and abandoned by God. And meeting her did not disappoint. Jennifer shines the love and light of Jesus! She is the real deal. Authentic. Kind. Wise. Humble.

So when I learned she had a new book coming out, I couldn’t wait to share it! And the title … so intriguing …  Invisible: How You Feel Is Not Who You Are. So please take a few minutes to hear about her new book from the author herself. Her interview below will give you a taste of her beautiful heart, the book, and her deep desire for you to experience the power of God’s living and active Word to transform your life.

And the best news of all, Jennifer is graciously giving away two copies of Invisible! If you leave a comment at the end of  today’s post, I will choose two comments to win a copy of Invisible.

****Also, if you left a comment on my last post to win a copy of our First 5 Experience Guide, you will find the two winners at the end of the comments on that post.****


1. Your new book is titled Invisible. What do you mean by the title Invisible?
Sometimes women can feel overlooked, unimportant or insecure. And, when we do, we feel invisible. Think about it—a mom who spends her days changing diapers, driving the mini-van and washing dishes. She can feel only as valuable as she is useful—invisible. Or, a woman at work who is constantly ignored when she gives her ideas—she can feel invisible. Or, a single woman at a party, trying to be a part of a conversation but she constantly feels like she doesn’t know what to say, she feels like she is not smart or cute enough; like no one even notices her—invisible.

2. In Invisible, you share Gomer’s story —from the story of Hosea and Gomer. What drew you to Gomer?
So, I wrote the book Invisible because I have struggled with insecurity and insignificance; I have felt invisible too. And, then I read this story about a woman named Gomer—a woman chosen, loved and prone to wander. Bingo. That’s me! I think she did what she did because she didn’t realize that she was not how she felt.

3. How did you grow and change through writing Invisible?
Well, I learned that there is a big “me” in GoMEr!  I used to judge her—you know, like, I am not her. I could never be her. After all, she left her husband and went for other lovers. She had everything and she left what she had—security and identity—to go find it in all the wrong places.  I learned that I cannot judge Gomer because I am gomer. I have often left my security and identity in Christ to go find it in the other lovers of acceptance, popularity.  So, I was humbled by seeing myself for who I am and then, just plain amazed and overwhelmed to see that God not only loves me and wants me to return to Him, but He goes to whatever lengths He needs to to get me back. Amazing love.

4. The book of Hosea tells the story of how Hosea pursues Gomer even when she turns her back and rejects his persistent love. What is a time you were like Gomer?
I’ll be honest. I don’t have big dramatic Gomer Moments where I turned my back on God, but certainly have had moments where I found myself stuck in a pattern of getting my basic security and identity needs met in the wrong ways and wrong places. I open the book with a story about one of those moments. We were on a drive to a lake get away and by the time I arrived, I had been so drawn in by social media and how everyone else’s life’s were so perfect that I was a walking, talking, face book stalking identity crisis. So, here I was, “in Christ” but in full blown identity crisis.

5. What is one truth you hope readers will walk away with after turning the last page?
Oh, I hope there are a lot more than one! Gomer’s life is chock full of teachable truths that can free a woman from her chains of insecurity and get her out of an identity crisis.

But, if I had to choose just one…I hope the reader embraces that she is a gomer—I am a gomer—we all are gomer because we are all dearly loved and accepted. We lack nothing in Christ—we have the love we long for, acceptance we need and He makes us complete. That is who we are! Sure, we will still feel insignificant and insecure sometimes but I hope the reader will begin to internalize that how she feels is not who she is. I want women to realize that we are not the be-perfect or the be- tolerated, we are the beloved! Yes!  Bring it on!

Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing a bit of your heart with us! Friends, leave a comment before Friday and share when you feel most invisible. I will choose two comments to win a copy of Invisible and announce the winners at the end of the comments on this post Monday. Click here  THIS WEEK to visit her website and grab a copy of Invisible and learn about her great freebies. 

And be sure to help Jennifer get the word out about Invisible: How You Feel Is Not Who You Are!


Jennifer’s new book, Invisible: How You Feel is Not Who You Are is now available! If you order this week, you’ll receive several free gifts as Jennifer’s way to say thank you! Go to learn more and grab your copy.