Friday, January 17, 2014

Deidre Havrelock Talks About Her #NonFiction #Book "Living the Testimony"

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If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
The future, definitely. I really would like to fly in a spaceship. I once dreamed I had a pink flying car (just like in the Jetsons). It had a white leather interior, high-gloss exterior. It was fabulous! In this futuristic world everything was powered from the energy of positive electrons gathered from flowing water. (I’m not sure if this would actually work…I’m a dreamer not a physicist!)
If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
My dad, my friend Becky, my friend Courtney, my friend Joan…and the Holy Spirit. We would eat naan bread and spinach paneer. 
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
Oh, my gosh I hope I don’t ever get stranded, but if I did I am sure glad I packed my fuzzy white blanket, my lazy cat named Damian Mc Ginty (I won’t pick my kids because they don’t want to be stranded on a desert island, and I won’t pick my husband because he has to watch the kids), and enough Tim Horton’s (this is a popular and highly addictive Canadian coffee) to last five years (did I mention that I’m Canadian?)…can I also bring a pen so I can write a book? Ok, I’ll give up the lazy cat in order to bring the pen. (Better add some paper to that order, eh!) 
What is one book everyone should read?
Since I’m a fan of good Christian theology, but I also enjoy story…I think I’ll pick The Shack by Wm. Paul Young. Of course, everyone has already read this book, but if you’re one of the few people who haven’t then you should. The book is just packed full of interesting tid-bits—you never know what you’re going to get out of it.
Another favorite of mine is Scivias by St. Hildegard…it’s a book of visions; but for top memoir pick, I choose The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. This book is sad, but it makes you laugh because her family is super crazy. For a good exorcism book, I pick Hostage to the Devil by Malachi Martin. You think my story is weird, wait ’til you read the personal accounts in this book!
If you were a superhero what would your name be?
I’d be Super Sensitive. I’m a naturally spiritually sensitive chick.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Those dreams where you can fly, those are the best. So I pick flying. I don’t want to be stretchy—that’s too weird. And I don’t want to be anything where I’m naked, like the invisible woman. I don’t like being cold.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Vanilla…but I read somewhere that only really complicated people choose vanilla!
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
First I’d like to spend some time with Jesus and learn as much as I could about whatever he wanted to talk about. But I’d also really like to meet Joan of Arc. That would be cool. We’d hang out in my back yard and sip iced coffee and tell God-stories where crazy stuff happens. I think we’d get along. Yeah, we’d be best friends.
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Coffee.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
My quirk is that I write in bed. I sometimes get my laptop and stay in bed for hours! My husband calls it “my office.” 
Night owl, or early bird?
I’m neither. I like to wake up early to pray—but it’s always a struggle. I like to stay up late—but I always fall asleep. I guess I like to sleep. That sounds pathetic.
One food you would never eat?
I really like food. All kinds of food, but if someone said, “Hey, try this dish of spiders!” I definitely would pass. The idea of eating spiders creeps me out. I imagine little bristly legs getting stuck in my teeth or else wiggly bodies scurrying down my throat. How much flavor or protein could there be in a spider, anyway? My favorite food, by the way, is crab!
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
You should read Living…The Testimony because it will absolutely strengthen your faith in Jesus. You should read Saving Mary: The Possession because there are things that go on, strange supernatural things, that for your own safety—or the safety of your children—you should know about.
Quickies 
1. Favorite place? With my family.
2. Best Christmas present? I once got this toy dog that did back flips—that was pretty awesome.
3. Favorite book(s)? Memoirs, Gothic, theology, Bible.
4. Favorite author? Margaret Atwood, maybe.
5. Favorite smell? Smoke and also flowers.
6. Favorite series? Star Trek.
7. Nickname? Let’s not talk about that.
8. Favorite writing spot? Bed or desk.
9. Favorite movie? Anything Star Trek.
10. Favorite dish? Curry or Japanese.
11. Favorite color? Red, black, white, yellow, green…I like color.
12. Favorite quote? “Theology in the hands of the Holy Spirit is a beautiful science.” But I also like… “Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky and I thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling?”
13. A bunch of small gifts or one big expensive one? I’m a simple girl; I’d like a bunch of small gifts: a trip to Greece for just two, a million dollars in small bills, a smallish island.
14. Your best trait? Ask my husband…hopefully he knows.

15. Your worst trait? Ask my daughter…she’ll tell you, no problem.
16.    Skittles or M&Ms? M &Ms with peanuts. Love ’em!

Living the testimony
We testify in accordance with what we know and have experienced.
…It’s time to learn and experience more!

The first book in this thought-provoking series explained how testimony relates to the Bible; this book will help you understand how testimony relates to living. Living…The Testimony will not only encourage Christians to reflect on who they believe Jesus to be (and why they choose to believe this), but it will also correct current misconstrued ideas as to what the Christian testimony is all about.

- a testimony is not about church;
- a testimony is not about God;
- a testimony is not about faith in general terms;
- this book contains numerous testimonies that will strengthen your faith in Jesus.

A strong Christian testimony is one that continually grows in the knowledge of Jesus, continually shares that knowledge boldly, while at the same time performs good works based on Jesus’ teaching of love—all while abstaining from works of darkness.

Because a biblical testimony deals not only with our belief system, but also with the way we conduct our whole lives, our Christian testimony becomes our most valuable asset. It is life itself.

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Genre – Christian Living
Rating – G
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This book will be on sale for $0.99 during the tour