Today we have a two-in-one special! Please join me in welcoming Christian author Rebecca Ondov to my blog and learn about participating in the CAN (Christian Author Network) Scavenger Hunt.
I “met” Rebecca through the hunt when I read her book, Horse Tales from Heaven: Reflections Along the Trail with God. A fascinating, adventure-packed life! For fifteen years Rebecca worked from the saddle in the Bob Marshall Wilderness of Montana, taking guests on horse pack trips over rugged Rocky Mountain trails, as well as working for the US Forest Service. Then God called her to write about her adventures and that’s where today’s story begins…
Rebecca, working from horseback is a whole different arena than writing. How did you get started?
I chuckle when I look back at my beginnings. It’s a story that encourages so many people because God has tucked a special gift inside each one of us and He wants us to share it with the world, only my gift was a mystery to me and I nearly missed it.
My writing adventure started on a blustery spring day after pulling my mail out of the mailbox. While walking the long driveway back to the house I excitedly opened my Guideposts magazine to a page announcing a writing contest. The article invited people to submit a manuscript to Guideposts. They would choose the top 15 winners and fly them, all expenses paid, to New York. The winners would be tucked away in a mansion on Long Island Sound, where they would be personally tutored for a week by some of the top Christian authors in the world. When I read about it I felt impressed in my spirit to submit a manuscript.
Instantly I recoiled and blurted out, “But God, You don’t know who I am.”
Can you imagine telling your Creator that?
But, He didn’t listen. Over the next couple months He kept after me and I submitted a manuscript—which won!
Wow, that’s an amazing story! I’m sure you kept writing. Tell us about that.
Yes, I’ve written magazine articles and am a contributing author to Daily Guideposts as well as several other books. But the most exciting has been writing my own books where I’ve corralled my true-life Wild-West (often hair-raising) adventures into devotional books.
Have you conquered your fear of writing? Do you like to do it?
Writing is still hard for me, but for a different reason. I’ve gotten so many letters from my readers, saying that my words have impacted their lives with the power of God, encouraged them to pursue Him on a new level, and to look at life through His eyes. Because of that I have a deep sense of responsibility for every word that I write. I want it to reflect God’s truth and love.
Writing has become the most fulfilling thing I do. I know that I’m serving Him, I bless others, and the relationships I’ve developed with my readers are priceless.
Yes. Heavenly Horse Stories: Inspirational Stories from Life in the Saddle just galloped onto the store shelves on July 1. It’s a fabulous family devotional of my adventures with horses—and God. The setting is considered “The Crown Jewel of the American Wilderness System,” the Bob Marshall Wilderness of Montana. The best part is that you don’t have to be a horse-lover to understand the profound Biblical truths that I learned along the trail. I’ll be giving a copy of this book away as well as a copy of my book Great Horse Stories for Girls: Inspiring Tales of Friendship and Fun.
What great additions to the grand prize. Do you have a mission statement?
Yes, my goal is that my readers Be Inspired with Blazing Faith.
Do you have any parting words for us?
Because of God, I’ve been able to “do the impossible” and write. He joined me together with “a group” (which is my phrase for the scavenger hunt) of people who have helped me along the way, from Guideposts magazine, classes, friends and fellow authors, to the Christian Author Network.
I like to say that life is an adventure of discovering the gifts and talents that God has placed inside each of us. If God asks you to do the impossible, say, “Yes!” with confidence, knowing that He’ll show you the way.
And I’d like to invite all of you to “Saddle up and ride with me, through the pages of my books, for an adventure of a life time.”
For anyone who hasn’t reached us through the Scavenger Hunt, what is your website? https://rebeccaondov.wordpress.com
To enter for your chance at the grand prize, go back to http://christianauthorsnetwork.com/blog/ and complete the entry form. For anyone who hasn’t taken part in the scavenger hunt, go to that link to start. It’s open through Saturday, July 23rd.
At each stop along the way, readers need to collect the phrase divulged and then piece them together and send their end result as detailed on that first blog for a chance to win a load of books. The next stop on the hunt is Rebecca’s blog where she’s interviewing. . .well, go over and find out!