Christian Author Spotlight: Torre A. Stocker

#ChristianAuthorSpotlight

This week’s featured author is Torre A. Stocker.

Who is he?

Why did he write this book?

What are his accomplishments?

Who is his target market?

What is his motivational message to you; the reader?

Find out below:

Success Moments was written, not as a devotional or one day read, but as a tool to assist individuals with critically thinking about where they are in life. The purpose of the book is to motivate individuals to pursue success in every area of life.

My target market is not limited to entrepreneurs or small business owners. Success Moments speaks to every individual at any walk in life. From the college student to the adult that is seeking a career move, this book will broaden the horizon of your mind and open you up to a new world of provoked thoughts.

Success Moments is a collection of conversation pieces that will provoke critical thinking and a thought process that will yield residual measures of success. The purpose of this book is to educate, empower, and engage individuals to consider a holistic approach to success in every area of life. By educating the reader through various topics, they will be empowered to engage in any business sector. Each conversational moment of success is followed by a challenge to apply the knowledge and consider methods to maximize the opportunity for continual success.

I want to encourage every reader to take each thought in this book and allow it to be instrumental to their personal and professional growth and development. At the end of each conversational piece, the reader is able to write in the book to maintain an account of how this the motivational moment can attribute to their success.

I want to thank all the authors thus far that have allowed me to Spotlight their work, their knowledge, wisdom, inspirational messages and their gifts! Thank you all so much; we have to get out our messages by all means necessary!

And I can’t forget about the amazing Evangelist Angie Bee and her husband Bartee and their show that airs on Facebook Live every Wednesday that spotlights and interviews all of our featured authors as well!! 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙏🏽

Kingdom work isn’t easy but we continue to press!

If you would like to be a featured Christian Author please send me an email at tamaramccarthyenterprises@gmail.com

©️2018 Tamara McCarthy Enterprises used with permission Torre A. Stocker (Christian Author Spotlight Series)

When Your Frustration Kicks In: #SpiritualSundays

When Your Frustration Kicks In: #SpiritualSundays

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” John 16:33 (NLT)

 

How many of us will raise our hands and admit we sometimes get frustrated? Yes, we have faith and yes; we believe in God. But, we also get frustrated! Frustration is a part of life; none of us are perfect and we will all experience this at some point in our lives.

We get frustrated when things don’t go our way! We get frustrated when God doesn’t move when we want him to move! We get frustrated when the people in our lives just can’t and won’t do right!

Women get frustrated when they continually get passed over and must wait for a relationship to come their way. Men get frustrated when they can’t find the right woman. Employees get frustrated that they can’t get the promotion they deserve; unemployed people get frustrated when they can’t find a job; or the right job. Entrepreneurs get frustrated when they don’t make any sales or get any new clients.

Students get frustrated when they don’t have the right teachers in their schools. Teachers get frustrated when they feel neglected and underpaid. Parents get frustrated when their kids won’t listen to their wisdom, knowledge and reasoning. Kids get frustrated when parents won’t allow them to have a voice. Husbands get frustrated when their wives won’t submit; wives get frustrated when their husbands won’t listen or communicate with them.

“Extortion turns a wise person into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart. The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools”. Ecclesiastes 7:7-9 (NIV)

Frustration can easily turn into anger; we don’t want to get to that point. When we allow our emotions to take over; then it can easily turn into a negative situation. Anyone of these scenarios can take the wrong turn and that’s what we need to avoid.

As Christians, we want to take this and spin it into a learning curve or a give it a positive outcome. As humans that can sometimes be a hard thing for some of us to do; but, we must find ways to not let our emotions get the best of us.

Check out this article written by Pastor Rick Warren: http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/five-steps-for-handling-frustration

What Can You Do When Your Frustration Kicks In?

  1. Take a step back and look at the situation from the outside. What do you see?
  2. Are you allowing your emotions to control you? Do you have a valid reason to be frustrated?
  3. Ask God to step in and fix your heart and your thoughts; allow him to give and show you a different perspective.
  4. Prayer! Everyone one always says this; for every situation! Why? Because it works….
  5. Write it down; why are you frustrated? Writing always helps me; who would of thought that writing can be soothing to your soul.

Written and published by Tamara McCarthy

© 2018 Tamara McCarthy Enterprises (Spiritual Sundays Series)

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My newest book is now available: Kingdom Gals; Keep It Classy For Jesus

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I wear many hats! I am a Kingdom Gal! I am a Jesus Chic! I am an Author, Writer, Motivator, Single Mom and Certified Life and Empowerment Coach! I am earning my Phd in Christian Counseling; so that I can continue my passion and purpose to inspire, motivate, empower and encourage young ladies and women to live a better life!

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this post; it is greatly appreciated!

Christian Author Spotlight: Chantea M. Williams

Who is Chantea M. Williams?

Chantea M. Williams is a chef, author, speaker and mentor, who loves encouraging the people of God to become greater through the word of God. Through her gifts, God created the Greater Working Women Ministries. They strive to encourage, empower and equip women from all walks of life to live out their God given purpose with holy boldness. Sign up for the monthly newsletter at http://www.greaterwomen.com for upcoming events. For booking information email info@greaterwomen.com.

Why I wrote the book:

To share my story and others as a teen/young mother in order to help others.

Target Audience:

Young mothers ages 13-21

Book Description:

This anthology is a compilation of enthralling women who are sharing their evocative stories of experiencing motherhood for the very first time. From homelessness, rape, abuse and looking for love in all the wrong places, these women were determined not to allow their circumstances to determine their destinies. They defied the odds against them and went from a statistic to a SUCCESS! The imagery will propel you to feel, believe and declare, “I AM STILL SOMEBODY!” There’s A Jewel In You was written to encourage, empower and equip young mothers for greater. It takes a JEWEL to see a JEWEL and that’s what we see in you.

Inspirational Message:

No matter what you have gone through in life, Giving Up Is Never An Option! You can go from a statistic to a success if you believe in yourself despite your circumstances. You were already created with greatness on the inside of you. Speak Greater, Live Greater, Be Greater!

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ”. (Philippians 1:6)

©️2018 Tamara McCarthy Enterprises used with permission Chantea M. Williams (Christian Author Spotlight)

Christian Author Spotlight: Denise Walker

Denise M. Walker is an author, educator, podcaster, writing coach, editor, and promoter of Christian and children’s literature. She is the founder, instructor, and curriculum writer for Project H.O.P.E. Youth Institute. Her new book is titled: Hannah’s Hope. This is her first youth novel that will be used as a mentoring tool. She is also the author of a youth journal, “Re-Presenting God: Taking a Healthy Look at the Holy One of Israel. This journal is on the deity of Christ. It helps youth to understand that their Identity is found in Him.

I wrote Hannah’s Hope to bring awareness to the area of child abuse in students at the middle school level. Also, to get young girls to feel free to talk using the character, Hannah and to report their abuse. In addition, I create journals/workbooks to help build literacy and the true identity of Christ in middle grades teens.

My target market is teen girls and/or any parents, teachers, mentors, Christian youth counselors, or youth ministry leaders.

Hannah’s Hope addresses the topic of child abuse. Hannah, like many other children, attends school daily and puts the best on the outside while screaming “Help me” on the inside. Hannah often wonders, “Why do I have to endure such a horrible secret? Why can’t I just live a normal life? Besides, I’m only twelve years old. Are my other classmates going through the same thing?”

www.youth.hope-in-christ.com

Podcast:

https://www.spreaker.com/show/buildingliteracy

©️2018 Tamara McCarthy Enterprises Used with Permission Denise Walker: Hannah’s Hope (Christian Author Spotlight)

The Condition of Your Heart: Valentine’s Day Edition……

How is the condition of your heart? So many people want to be loved and in love; but very few check the condition; of their heart!

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How do you know if you’re up for the task if you don’t check the condition; of your heart?

Have you been hurt?

Have you been mistreated?

Have you ever been in love before?

How would you recognize love versus lust?

How would your heart react if the love wasn’t mutual?

Does Your Heart Skip a Beat?

The heart is sensitive and requires attention to keep it in proper working order!

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So, tell me; how your does heart react when you think you’re in love? Does it skip a beat? Is that normal? A article I recently read over on www.webmd.com says this:

“It’s normal for your heart to race when you are nervous or excited or to skip or add a beat once in a while”. To read the full article go here; https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/features/never-ignore-symptoms

So if it’s normal for your heart to skip a beat; how do you know that you are really in love? Just think about that for a second…..what have you come up with?

How should you be treated when in love?

How should you treat others when in love?

What does love look like?

How does love make you feel?

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So many people fall in and out of love way too quickly; it makes you wonder if they were really in love! This week as Valentines Day approaches; countless people will be buying roses, candies, jewelry; etc but are they really in love or just going with the flow? Why do I ask this question? Because for many of them next week; they will have an entirely different boo!

What is Love?

Love isn’t something that can be bought! It has to be nurtured. Love isn’t something that can be turned on or off; it requires constant attention. Just like your heart!

In the Bible; in the book 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 it says this about Love: “4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (NIV)

So are you really in love or in lust?

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Check out this article from Psychology Today:  https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/emotional-freedom/201108/lust-vs-love-do-you-know-the-difference

Self-Love

Do you love yourself? Self-love starts with you! Can you look in the mirror and smile at the person looking back at you? Can you tell her or him 5 things that you love about them?

1. I love that you stand up for yourself and those around you!

2. I love that your eyes sparkling when you smile or laugh!

3. I love that you have a passion for other people and seeing them prosper!

4. I love the skin that protects every part and inch of the body that God gave you!

5. I love that you love you; so others will find it hard not too!

What 5 things did you come up with? If you couldn’t come up with those 5 things; how can you expect or demand that someone else does? Self-love can’t take the place of someone loving or lusting after you!

What did you learn from reading this article? Did you get you any closer to knowing the true meaning of love? Self-love? How others should treat you when in love? How you should treat yourself? Did you finally realize that there is someone that loves you completely and unapologetically? When you know and accept the Love that God has for you; you won’t allow others to offer you their cheap and watered down version; lust!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. John 3:16 (NIV)

“But now, this is what the Lord says he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel:

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1 (NIV)

Written and published by Tamara McCarthy

©2018 Copyrighted Tamara McCarthy Enterprises

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I wear many hats! I am a Kingdom Gal! I am a Jesus Chic! I am an Author, Writer, Motivator, Single Mom and Certified Life and Empowerment Coach! I am earning my Phd in Christian Counseling; so that I can continue my passion and purpose to inspire, motivate, empower and encourage young ladies and women to live a better life!

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this post; it is greatly appreciated!

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#SpiritualSundays: Guest Blogger Angie Bee; Same Train – Different Parts of the Track

 

 

There are times in your life when you look around and see that you are in a different place than you were before.  Sometimes you even see that your current position is not where you thought you would have been.  Where are you going and who is going with you?  Are you in the same place where others around you expected you to be?  What about your peers?  Are they on the same train with you?  Let us look at the path or the “track” that you are on and see how God has served as your “train conductor” from the very beginning.

 

Join with me as I envision boarding a train with my family.  We all anticipate arriving at the same destination, at the same time.  We realize that we are not alone on the train as others have boarded the train with us and we anticipate a safe arrival.  Now, what happens if each of my family members settle in to different locations on the train?  My youngest is at the front of the train, my eldest daughter is at the back of the train and my husband and I are in a sleeping section of the train.  Do we all arrive at our destination at the same time, with the same experiences?

 

My husband and I are still newlyweds after four years of marriage.  February is the five-year anniversary of our first meeting and this is a special time for us.  When Bartee and I first met, he was not TRYING to look at me, and I wasn’t TRYING to talk to him!  God, however had other plans for us and set our trains on the same track.  We met, dated and married within six months and our true love story is now in book form.  Purchase your copy at www.LaderoPress.com and search for it on https://www.facebook.com/InTheBeginningThereWasGodMeAndYou/

Bartee was on one train, I was on another and now we are on the same train together!  Look at God!

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Let’s get back to that train trip with the family.  As my eldest daughter sits on the back of the train snapping videos of the scenery, my youngest is learning about life as a conductor.  She learned how a train is maintained and asked how a person learns to drive a train.  My husband and I are enjoying the sleeper car as honeymooner’s #NoSleepRequired and we have a “Do Not Disturb” tag on the doorknob. This trip generally becomes a career introduction for my baby girl, while it is a spiritual engagement for my eldest daughter!  Same train, different parts of the track and different experiences for us all.

 

Do we arrive at our destination at the same time?  Yes, we do, yet we never anticipated the results of our trip.  I never dreamed to be happily married at this time in my life.  My children’s father and I divorced when our daughters were toddlers.  Years later, their stepfather became abusive and we escaped to domestic violence shelters and homelessness.  Men were not on my mind and the train that I intended to travel on was to have been testosterone free.

 

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God put me on a different train track.

 

Bartee was enjoying life as a bachelor, after divorce.  He was not attracted to women with “fuller figures”.  He proclaimed that he was “GOOD BEING SINGLE”.  Re-marriage was not in his vocabulary and my loveliness did not initially catch his eye.

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God put Bartee on a different train track.

Parent’s raise their children either with the aid of family, or alone.  Either parents apply what they learned from their parent’s, or they choose to apply a new parenting technique in an effort to show independence.  Some parents started on the track their parent’s put them on, but once their relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ manifests into their lives, their destination changes!

 

Look at the friends and associates that have entered our lives recently.  Have they invited you or encouraged you to go somewhere you have never been before?  Have you asked, “Lord, is this relationship track that YOU want me to travel on?”  Are you experiencing the same lessons that your peers are experiencing as you are traveling this route?  A person can experience growth when you can see where you have been, and can embrace where you are going.

 

The law that we should follow is the plan that God has for our life.  If you don’t yet know what that plan is, stay close to an elder that can help guide you and accompany you during this time.  Stay on the train and the track that God is conducting, and watch your life open up for new joys and experiences!  Learn to be content on the train that you are traveling on with God.  You can experience education, revelation and love on the train with God.  You can be on the same train and see different parts of the track when God is your conductor, and be at peace with it!  God’s train will not fly off the track when you are on it.  God’s train will not crash into despair during your trip.  Follow God’s destination plan for your life, get on HIS train and nothing will make you fall.

 

Psalm 199: 165

Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.

 

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I am honored to serve on the Board of Directors of Sword of the Spirit Ministries Florida, Inc. This newly-formed non-profit organization empowers single parents and their children spiritually, physically and financially, and shares the love of Christ through monthly workshops.  The founder of this organization boarded the same train with me as a member of “The TOUR that Angie BEE Presents” several years ago and launched this non-profit as a result of different experiences while on her life travels.  God’s plan for her life is that she is now helping enlarge the territories of others!  Same train (ministry and outreach), different parts of the track (The TOUR that Angie BEE Presents is an evangelism troupe, Sword of the Spirit Ministries Florida, Inc. is a non-profit organization).  Same destination (serving the Lord with gladness), different experiences during the journey.  Same scripture, different interpretation and implementation.  Same God, indescribable love!  http://spfsonscreen.org/ 

 

Stay on the train that God has placed you on. It may not be the destination that your “friends” are leading you to, or it may not be the way your parent’s expected you to go but serve God and dedicate your life to Him.  Your rewards along with way will be more than you could ask for or even imagine.  Enjoy the journey!

 

 

© 2018 Copyrighted Material Tamara McCarthy Enterprises used with permission Evangelist Angie Bee (Spiritual Sundays)

Christian Author Spotlight: Tonia Shalel

Now; how many single women out there are waiting on their Boaz? Do you know what you have to do while your waiting? Have you received instructions, clarity; or directions? How would you feel if there was a book that was written that would give you some insight into what to do; while you wait?

First of all; you may want to know who the author is; right?

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Let’s find out:

Tonia Shalel is first and foremost a disciple of Jesus Christ. She is a best-selling author, life coach and speaker. She is the founder of Ruth and Boaz in the Meantime Ministries and is passionate about Christians discovering and walking in their purpose.
Having been blessed with the spiritual gift of encouragement in all of her career choices (teaching, Human Resources) she has mentored many people that the Lord has called her to walk with. Tonia’s purpose in life is to raise her daughter in the fear of the Lord and to model what an authentic relationship with Jesus looks like.

She is raising a future Proverbs 31 woman and takes that assignment very seriously. Additionally, her second purpose in life is to encourage Christian singles to passionately pursue their Kingdom assignment from the Lord.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from State University of New York, College at Old Westbury, a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Los Angeles, an HR Management certificate from The University of California, Irvine and holds a Life Coach certification from Life Coach Training Institute, accredited by the International Association of Certified Coaches.

So, now that we know more about the author; let’s find out why she wrote this book; in her own words:
The Lord laid it on my heart to begin writing this book shortly after My Beauty for Ashes was released.  As a woman of God who is preparing for God ordained marriage I wanted to share with other single Christian women my process. There were specific steps the Lord told me to take in order to prepare for my husband and in my book I share these tips with the reader.  (did you see that? Tonia is sharing her instructions that she received from God!) We can’t be out of order ladies; we have to listen to Our Heavenly Father and He will provide instructions! And many times it will be spoken through someone else!


 
Tonia has written this book specifically for:  
 
Single Christian women who desire a God-ordained marriage.
 
Here is a brief description of the book;  Boaz, The Promise and The Wait:
 
Waiting on God can sometimes feel like forever for the single Christian woman. In Boaz, the Promise and the Wait, Tonia takes the reader through the necessary steps when waiting on God. Through biblical principles, she will empower you to pursue purpose and heal your heart while preparing for your God-ordained husband.
To buy Tonia’s Book; check out http://www.amazon.com
I will add this as well; I happen to have a copy of this book! Thank you Tonia! I happen to be a Single Christian Woman Waiting on God! And; let me tell you the “wait” does feel like forever; but, I do know that there is no-one in this world that can bless us like God can! So, I wait; and I love reading books like Tonia’s for encouragement, inspiration and reminders that we have work to do while we wait! 
This is an excerpt that I love from the book: “Woman of God, you must heal in order to be whole and ready for your husband”. Tonia Shalel
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© 2018 Tamara McCarthy Enterprises used with permission (Tonia Shalel) Christian Author Spotlight