September 9, 2010

Meet my friend, Rachel Olsen, Author of It’s No Secret

Before we begin my interview with Rachel, I want to remind you that my next on-line study, The Heart of a Mighty Warrior: A Study of the Life of David, will begin Monday, September 20th. If you have not yet registered, please register by leaving me a comment with your e-mail address or sending me an e-mail at deuteronomysix@aol.com. Also, please share this new study with your friends and invite them to register as well. I now have an e-mail list and will be able to e-mail you as a group! Finally!!!


Girls, today I have a wonderful treasure to share with you. Have these words ever crossed your lips? “I read the Bible, but I just don’t understand it. I never get anything out of it.” If you have, God divinely directed you here today. My friend and Proverbs 31 sister, Rachel Olsen, has written a book that is a must have for every woman who longs to find and understand, in real and practical ways, the truths and promises found in the Word of God. Please read Rachel’s interview below to learn more about her new book, It’s No Secret: Revealing Divine Truths Every Woman Should Know.


Rachel, I am so excited to share your book with my friends. What prompted you to write It’s No Secret?

One verse. Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 13:11 there are secrets in the kingdom of God, and His followers can grasp them. That statement astounded me, and excited me. I was captured by the notion that God had secrets He was willing to share. I wanted to find out what they were.

I’d been operating with the assumption that the Bible was hard to understand, unless you were gifted to be a pastor or went to seminary. But in that passage Jesus said all you have to do is follow Him and He will supply the understanding. So I prayed for wisdom and dug into the Bible. I’ve since realized God never hides truth from sincere seekers. In fact, He came to earth in the person of Jesus to ensure that we’d learn His secrets and understand His ways.

With this book I wanted to share twelve of the divine secrets I’ve found, so they can empower others’ lives just as they have empowered mine. And I included Bible study sections at the end of each chapter to get my readers digging into the Bible for themselves.

Please share the heart of your book and what women will find as they turn the pages of your book.

Sure, Wendy. I uncover the Secret to Responding to God, the Secret of Interdependence, the Secret of Handling Conflicts Biblically, the Secret of Living Generously, the Secret of Perfection in God’s Eyes, and the Secret to Growing Through Trials, just to name a handful. The whole list can be seen online in the table of contents when you “look inside this book” at Amazon.

To put it more succinctly, this book will help you:

* Overcome the competitive urges that leave you lonely

* Grow spiritually despite life’s setbacks

* Discover how to make what you give away ultimately return to you

* View rest not as a have-to, but as a get-to

* Handle conflicts and criticism with grace

* Relax unrealistic expectations in favor of emotional stability

* Discover a key to increased spiritual vitality

* Find adventure as you yield wholeheartedly to God


Your subtitle talks about revealing divine truths every woman should know. Please share why you chose that subtitle?

Truth is crucial. Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” So it matters where you get your truth from. I hold to the conviction that if God created life, He alone gets to define it. He is the Reality Maker. And His Word, the Bible, is our reliable source of truth. When we dig into it and follow it, our minds are renewed, our lives are transformed, and we grow in freedom. I’m confident It’s No Secret contains biblical truth that can do that for you.

Jesus, by the way, is the Word Made Flesh – He is truth in action! That’s why knowing truth always begins with following Him.


What is your greatest hope for the women who read your book?

My hope echoes the apostle Paul’s. I started the book with a blank page before the introduction with his words from Colossians 2:2-3, “I want them to have full confidence because they have complete understanding of God’s secret plan, which is Christ himself. In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

My goal for my readers is that they would become God’s secret-keepers and His secret-revealers – that they would embrace the “secret way of living” revealed in the Bible and this book, and show others this empowering way to live as well.

You are offering a fabulous giveaway to our readers today. Tell us about it!

If you look at the cover of my book, you’ll see one of my favorite things: coffee! Specifically, I’m a decaf latte or frappe girl. What I really wish I could do is meet each of my readers weekly for 12 weeks over cups of coffee and talk through the contents of our lives and of this book. But I can’t do that – I don’t have that many frequent flier miles! So I’m offering the next best thing in a giveaway: a free copy of the book and a $10 Starbucks gift card.

To enter, simply tell me which chapter topic from the book most intrigues you, and what you want to order at Starbucks with your gift card.

Thanks Rachel, for stopping by to visit and tell us about your book. I know your book will be such a blessings as it unlocks the secrets of God’s Word for so many!

My pleasure, Wendy. I am praying for each and every reader of It’s No Secret to encounter something life changing between the pages of this book!

Blessings,

Comments

  1. Wendy thanks for having the wonderful Rachel Olsen. I read her introduction and the first chapter of her new book can't wait to read it. If i win the starbucks gift card, i will be ordering the venti nonfat peppermint white chocolate mocha.Love it love it!

  2. Finding Adventure as you yield wholeheartedly to God. That is the chapter that most intrigues me. I love Starbucks coffee so i would have a tall coffee with cream and sugar. Thanks Wendy God bless.

    Lisa/lpeters.07@gmail.com

  3. Good morning Wendy and Rachel!
    I first want to say Wendy, I am GLAD you are BACK!!! I have missed your blogs:) I check everyday:) I can't wait for Sept. 20th for David's Bible Study, marking it now on my calendar, so count me in.. kimcoble@mindspring.com!!

    For Rachel: Your book sounds Great! My chapter I would like to dig into is: Discover a key to increased spiritual vitality.. I want so much more and can't seem to know how to grasp it.. and for Starbuck's LOVE THEM!! My mom and my daughter-in-law call them our "Buck Runs" I am a Venti Mocha Frap girl!! YUMMY!
    Good Luck with your book!
    Love to All
    Kim

  4. I'm excited about this book! I would be most interested in the Ch about handling conflicts and criticisms with grace. Oh…and I am a Starbucks venti plain ole black coffee girl! Best wishes with your book!

  5. Rachel,
    I've had a chance to read the introduction and 1st chapter of your book. I can't wait to read the rest. The chapter that intrigues me most is "the secret to living generously". I would have a pumpkin spice latte.

    Wendy, I will be joining your bible study on David. My email is dvolkman@bright.net

  6. Thanks for the review. The chapter that interested me was – yield wholeheartedly to God – and – grow spiritually despite life's setbacks

    Wendy, please sign me up for the David study. I joined you for the Eph study – it was great

  7. Wendy, can't wait for the David study!
    Rachel, can't wait to read your book! It all sounds like everything I need. Not a coffee drinker, but love hot chocolate, drink it all through the year, so that would be my Starbuck's pick.

  8. Good Morning, Wendy,
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    I can not wait to start the study on David. Also, I can not wait to purchase Rachel's book, I read the first chapter and really enjoyed it. I love vanilla latta's. :0)
    Kim20jeff@yahoo.com

  9. Loved the Ephesians study! Reignited my passion to be in God's word.
    Looking forward to the David study.
    dmfelton@att.net

  10. Wendy,

    I'm planning to join in on the David bible study. Please add me to your list (storchinsky@sympatico.ca)

    Rachel,

    I think the whole concept of the book sounds great and I would especially love to get better at handling conflicts biblically. I'm usually a "tall bold" at Starbucks, but at this time of year I'm looking forward to a Pumpkin Spice Latte!

    Sherry

  11. I think chapter most interesting to me is "Growing spiritually despite life's setbacks" It's easier said than done. My coffee of choice is Cafe Mocha frappachino. Can't beat that one!!

  12. This book sounds wonderful. The chapter that intrigue me the most is "The Secret of Handling Conflicts Biblically". I still struggle in this area.
    My favorite Starbucks coffee is a venti decaf skinny latte with a shot of sugar-free vanilla. I've been caffeine free for 16 weeks now due to health reasons and I still miss it …sigh. But this Starbucks coffee still rocks my little boat. God is so good even in the small things.
    Thanks for this give way. I am looking forward to the reading this book. I've always enjoyed visiting Rachel's blog.

  13. As a natural "perfectionist" I am most drawn toward the chapter "Finding You Perfection in God," though the entire book sounds and looks wonderful. For the fall, my favorite Starbucks indulgence is a nonfat pumpkin spice latte with light whip and a sprinkle of cinnamon!

  14. Wendy forgot to ask you to sign me up for your bible study on the book of David. Idid the study with you on ephesians i really loved it you are so an noited by GOD. What a blessing. Please count me in.

  15. The book sounds like a great study help. The chapter that caught my attention is the one on handling conflict. I believe it would be a great help for me. I don't get to visit a starbucks often, but I go for good ole cup of decaf coffee…black & unsweet.
    Blessings,
    grammy l

  16. Wendy Blight says

    Beatrice,

    Will you send me your e-mail address to be sure I have your e-mail on the registration list? Send it to deuteronomysix@aol.com.

    Wendy

  17. I'm with the other ladies, I am in need of mastering "the Secret of Handling Conflicts Biblically." 🙂 My Starbucks drink of choice is a salted caramel hot chocolate which is only available in the holiday/winter months so I can't wait! In the meantime, I go for cinnamon dolce lattes. Also, Wendy please add me to the bible study list: tgw73180@hotmail.com. Looking forward to it!!

  18. Two of my favorite things…a great book and great coffee! The chapter "View rest as a get-to, not a have-to" is one that It'd be very interested in…as a working mom, pastor's wife, and college student, rest isn't in my vocabulary these days. As for Starbucks, I need the caffine to keep my going through my long days, so It'd say a venti carmel mamacchiato. Yummy!

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