Paula Mowery #2–Author Interview

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Dear Friends,

It’s my honor to welcome Paula Mowery back to my blog. Paula is such a terrific person. She is a pastor’s wife who interprets her husband’s sermons into sign language for the deaf. I talk with Paula often, and I have to say that she is one of the nicest, sweetest people that I know. I feel very blessed to call her a friend.

Danele: Paula, I’m so glad to have another chance to interview you!

Paula: Danele, thanks for hosting me again. You’ve become a dear friend and sister in Christ, even though we’ve never met in person. You are an inspiration, and it is an honor to visit with you and your readers.

Danele: Thank you! I feel the same about you, and I’m really looking forward to learning more about you! Can you tell us how being a Christian has influenced your writing?

Paula: My writing is a calling from God, thus being a Christian has greatly influenced my writing. I try to be sensitive to God’s leading in the messages and themes revealed in every story I write. Writing is considered a ministry to me. Ultimately, I want all of my words to bring glory to God and at the same time to encourage the reader towards a better relationship with Christ.

Danele: That’s wonderful, Paula! Here’s another question for you—I’ve heard some people say that the Bible isn’t relevant for us today. Can you explain why you think it is important for Christians to read their Bibles?

Paula: The Bible is the living Word of God. That means it isn’t like any other book we might pick up. It speaks to us where we are today, at this very moment. I can give you a little experiment to test this. There is a Proverb chapter for every day of the month. Read the chapter that coincides with the day of the month. (On the 2nd of the month, read chapter 2.) Pray each day that the Lord will show you something from the reading. Somehow mark what stands out to you. Repeat the next month. Here is what this experiment revealed to me. When I returned the second month to read each chapter, a different verse stood out. Often I didn’t remember the verse being in the chapter. Many times the verse I had marked from the month before held little or no meaning now. What does this show? God’s Word is living. It speaks to us specifically every time we read it.

Danele: I love that answer! While we are discussing things, can you tell us why you think it is important for people to go to church?

Paula: Sweet brothers and sisters in Christ, you must follow God’s mandate to keep the Sabbath holy and not forsake the gathering of the saints. In a world as dark as ours, we need a place to gather with other “light-carriers.” We need those moments of fellowshipping with our fellow Christians and spurring each other on. We need the equipping found in Sunday school and discipleship. We need the worship time together as we sing and open God’s Word. Our church attendance also shows the priority we place on God. Let’s face it, our children are watching as well as our co-workers and friends. Your priorities are evidenced in how you spend your time. We need to recognize our church as a gift from God and treat it accordingly.

Danele: That’s so true! Church is such an important part of the Christian walk. Some of my favorite memories were made in church—and some of my funniest ones too. Is there a funny story from church that you can share?

Paula: My husband is a pastor, and I interpret his sermons for the deaf members of our church. I will never forget when he preached a sermon on fears. He proceeded to call out these long names of phobias and then move over next to my stool and say to the congregation, “Let’s see how the interpreter does with these words.”

Danele: Oh, Paula, you just made me giggle! I can just imagine you trying to sign a word like arachibutyrophobia (the fear of peanut butter getting stuck to the roof of your mouth) or hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (the fear of long words).

Paula: It wasn’t the last time he has done something to me like that in the middle of his sermon. The congregation sure gets a kick out of him ribbing me like that.

Danele: I can imagine so!! That’s so funny!! I love to laugh, and I love to smile, but I know that life sometimes has a sad side too. Has God ever delivered you from a time of great sadness?

Paula: When my husband was in his last couple of years of seminary, we decided to start trying to have a baby. We both loved children and had worked with them in various capacities in ministry and secularly. Nothing was happening. Some tests later, my doctor informed me that I had Polycystic Ovarian Disease. She also told me that it would be more difficult for me to conceive but not impossible. Let’s just say I went through a lot of bitterness and depression while trying to have a baby. I had very strong feelings of dislike for those women who accidently ended up pregnant. Through infertility medication, I finally conceived and brought my only daughter into the world. Fast forward to just a couple of years ago. God nudged me to become the devotional leader at our pregnancy center. I questioned God on this one, “Do You remember my feelings? I’m not so sure they aren’t still there.” Well, needless to say, I took on the job. I learned that my feelings toward these women and girls were wrong. They each had a story. And my job was to show them the unconditional love of Christ. This is some of what inspired The Crux of Honor.

Danele: That’s beautiful, Paula. I love how God can turn our hardest trials into points of ministry. Is there anything else that God is speaking to your heart that you would like to share?

Paula: One theme in The Crux of Honor that I hope readers will discover is the unconditional love of God. Some people today have a hard time believing in this kind of love from God because those closest to them have not shown them this love. When a person has a parent who doesn’t display this kind of unconditional love to him or her, that person might doubt that God could love them in this way. In The Crux of Honor the main character struggles with this as well as feeling that there is no way she deserves God’s forgiveness. The very person (her mother) she needed to model these characteristics fails her. I want people to know that God is a God of forgiveness and unconditional love. You can trust Him even when others fail to model His traits. Humans fail but God never does and never will.

Danele: I’m so glad that you brought up your new book. I know it was released just a few days ago, and I’d love for you to tell us more about it. Can you share the back cover blurb and a purchasing link?

Paula: Sure! Chelsea Wilson’s life is a constant reminder of what living dishonorably looks like. At every turn she continues to prove her mother’s shunning must be deserved. Dr. Kevin Alley returns to the old home place to establish his medical practice. After running into Chelsea, he knows his love for her is still strong. Chelsea is ousted from her small rented room when her mother bursts in, proclaiming Chelsea’s pregnancy. Kevin takes Chelsea in, giving her space to live on the upper level of his house. When Chelsea’s baby displays life-threatening symptoms, Chelsea must face her mother. Secrets unfold about Chelsea’s parents. Can Chelsea and Kevin uncover the secrets linked to Amish heritage in time to save the baby? Can the two find love together despite their history? Here’s the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Crux-Honor-Paula-Mowery-ebook/dp/B01BW1MAEE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461712289&sr=8-1&keywords=crux+of+honor

Danele: Before I let you go, can you give us a list of all the books you’ve written?

Paula: The Blessing Seer, Be The Blessing, Forgiven in the Brave New Century anthology, Legacy and Love, Love Again, For Our Good, and The Crux of Honor.

Danele: Paula, thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us! It has been such a pleasure speaking with you again.

Paula: Thank you so much for allowing me to share with you and your readers.

 

Friends, Paula is a delightful person. She is incredibly kind and warmhearted. If you would like to learn more about her or her books, please follow the link below. I hope you have a wonderful day!

www.paulamowery.blogspot.com

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14 thoughts on “Paula Mowery #2–Author Interview

  1. I love your interviews, Danele. We send messages back and forth, but you give us the opportunity to bet to know about each other…how we think and how we feel. Thank you, ladies. And now, Paula, I’ll get your book and read it! ❤

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    1. I’m so glad that you’re enjoying the interviews, DiAne! 🙂 I’m having a blast with them too! When I was in school, I used to dream about talking to authors and asking about their lives. I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to make one of my childhood dreams come true. I hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks so much for commenting! 🙂 ❤

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  2. joyceheartwings

    Paula and Danele – where do I begin? This was such a great interview showcasing Paula’s heart for God and the way He is using her for His purpose and glory.

    Your testimonies are as different as night and day and yet you have such a special connection through your ministries that does speak of God’s unconditional love for His children.

    I am so very proud to call each of you my friend and to have you as my sisters in Christ. Danele, thanks for sharing this blog with your Heart”wings” ladies. j

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    1. Dear Joyce, I’m glad that you enjoyed this interview. Paula is an absolute treasure. She is such an incredible person! It was a pleasure to work with her, and it was a pleasure to share this interview with Heart”wings.” Thank you so much for being such a constant voice of encouragement and support! You are awesome!! ❤

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  3. sandymauck

    Paula, I really enjoyed what you said about your husband teasing you. I used to do sign worship. (Never good enough to interpret sermons.) How funny that must have been! And isn’t that just like God to put you in the pregnancy center? May God richly use you there and through your books.
    Thank you Danele for the introduction. So many awesome authors out there to read!

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    1. Dear Sandy, thank you so much for your fun comment! I wish I could have seen Paula trying to interpret all those LONG, LONG words!!! It would have been so funny. I’ve always wanted to learn sign language, but the most I’ve done is learn the alphabet. I’m glad you are enjoying the introduction to more Christian authors–there are so many good ones out there! I hope you have a terrific day! And thanks again for commenting! 🙂

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  4. kda61

    Danele, I always enjoy reading your interviews. They are so much fun. I am intrigued by the answer to the question about how God is working in their lives.

    Paula, I loved your story about your husband challenging your sign language interpretative skills.

    I enjoy learning about new phobias and challenging my vocabulary skill by breaking down those words in their seperate components so I can decipher what they mean.

    This was a truly enjoyable interview. Thank you for your candor, Paula.

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    1. I’m so glad that you enjoyed this interview! I love learning fun, new words too! Here are a few more for you: pteronophobia—the fear of being tickled by feathers, androgigaphobia—fear of tall men, and sichuanphobia—the the fear of Chinese food. 🙂 I hope you have a really terrific day! Thank you so much for commenting! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  5. Danele, I loved this interview and ask your permission to share it on two blogs. Paula is indeed a wonderful person. I met and pitched my romantic suspense novel to her last May at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers’ Conference at Ridgecrest, NC, I now have a contract with Prism on Summer of Deception for a 2017 release date and would love to share this article on my blog and our ACFW-SC blog. Do email me permission at elvacmartin@gmail.com
    Hugs,
    Elva Cobb Martin, Pres., ACFW-SC Chapter, Anderson, SC

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    1. Dear Elva, as long as you provide a link to my blog and don’t “rewrite” the article, you may feel free to share this interview. I feel very honored that you would like to do so. And I agree, Paula is fantastic! Congratulations on your contract and upcoming release! Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I hope you have a wonderful day!

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