Monday, April 30, 2012

A Writing Challenge: Atavistic

Here’s a word I have been thinking a lot about lately: atavistic. Many people consider the word to have a negative connotation. Atavism means to revert to an ancestral type. People often use this in the sense of going backwards or reverting to an out-dated way of being or thinking. The word can be used to imply that something or someone is flawed or primitive by today’s standards.

However, I like to think of the word in a different sense. I like to think that the reappearance of a characteristic from an ancestor could be strength for some of us. For instance, I have discovered letters written by my grandmother and her sisters that contain beautiful imagery and are written in a unique writing style. A few people have commented that I get my writing talents from some of my ancestors on my maternal grandmother’s side of the family. Other people wonder where their musical talents come from only to discover that their great-grandfather was noted in his area for his musical ability. Some gifts can skip generations and reappear in the family line years later.

Your writing challenge for the week: think of an atavistic influence in your life. Do you have a talent that you wonder where it first appeared in your family line? Are you the only chef, musician, painter or writer in your generation? Through poetry or in a descriptive paragraph, write about your talents and passions. If you can trace them through your family heritage, do so this week. If you can’t, imagine how an ancestor may have used your talents and passions based on what you do know about your family history. If you know nothing about your biological family roots, create a poem or short story based on someone living years earlier with your talents.

See where this word of the week leads you…

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Look to See Me

My first book is available on several websites in print format. has carried it for several years. Within the week, it is also now available digitally for the Kindle. This book of short stories was published in 2006: This 'Collections of Reflections' comes from years of observing and listening to voices that often go unheard and lives that go unnoticed. Chris Pepple combines her ministry with her writing talents to capture moments in life that are touching and honest. The 'slice of life' short stories give the reader a glimpse into lives of ordinary women who walk through life with an extraordinary determination. The women in each story will seem familiar to each reader. Each woman in these stories walks through life with a unique yet universal story of faith, courage and love. Chris Pepple gives glimpses into women's lives whose voices should be heard and stories should be told. 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Hitting new markets

Excited to see my e-book ready for Sony e-readers now. Marketing is going well. Getting good feedback so far. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Reflections on Suffering

Just released...April 2012

Well, my second book has now been released as an e-book. My latest book is a Bible study. It is called Reflections on Suffering: Defining Our Crosses and Letting go of Pain. It is available on Amazon.Com  and on Kobo.Com now. Within the next couple of weeks, it will be on sale at Barnes and Noble for the Nook, Sony for Sony e-readers and eBookPie and a few other sites.

Why write a nonfiction book? Because I wanted to put down in words for my children what I believe and why I believe it. I also didn’t want other people to define their lives for them, decide why challenges are in their lives or try to speak for them.

It’s a book about human suffering. Why write about suffering? Because it is a question I have had to address so often in my own life and throughout my ministry.  People want to know, “Why?” Why do people face devastating tragedies in their lives? Why do cities flood? Why do children die from cancer? Why does an earthquake reduce an area to a pile of rubble? Why do pedophiles get released only to then murder someone’s daughter? Why do drunk drivers kill innocent children? Why does domestic violence still exist in families in our churches?

I also wanted to address the issues surrounding suffering that are often confused with carrying our cross.  Are we called to suffer as Christians? If so, what does this suffering look like? Many people confuse suffering that God hopes we work to end with suffering that he asks us to carry.

Through this book, I hope readers or class participants open their minds and their hearts to examine honestly the crosses God may be asking us to bear along with ways to end needless suffering in our world. I began this book with a fictional account of a woman named Maggie facing a suffering world and facing her own suffering. I chose this story to open the conversation about suffering in general without focusing on any personal account for readers.

“You have written a very profound piece.” --Sharon V.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” --Susie
“Your book is a nice way of getting a person to question the very reason for turmoil in their life.” --Neville