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Do we need a transformation?

Who doesn’t? We might think we’re okay, but there’s not one of us who couldn’t use a little character improvement in our lives.

Transformation often begins with taking what we’ve learned and putting it into practice. Sometimes though, it’s an event that transforms our lives–an unexpected event– which makes a huge impact on the way we’ll forever behave or view life.

Word Weavers of West Michigan (WW) recently published a book titled, “The Transformation Project.” The book contains stories, both fiction and nonfiction, about life events which caused transformation. Word Weavers is an international group of Christian writers who gather for writing encouragement, inspiration, and support. Within the international group are subgroups such as Word Weavers of West Michigan of which I am privileged to belong. Last year WW held a contest for short stories about transformation–any kind of transformation–as long as the story showed a change of character and how the change came about.

Much to my delight, my story, The Shocking Salvation of Simon Lanore, was one of the winners. The story is the fictional account of a crusty old man named Simon Lanore who deserted his family in their time of dire need because of feelings of inadequacy, cowardliness, and self-centeredness. I would guess that there isn’t a soul in the world who hasn’t at one time or another bailed out of a situation because of feelings such as these, however, in Simon’s case, the situation was one where  his family was left floundering. The result for Simon was a self-loathing which took the form of alcoholism. The title of the piece adequately foreshadows what happens, for Simon encounters shocking circumstances—circumstances which are totally unpredictable–but which become the catalyst for a drastic change in his behavior. I’ll wager that readers cannot predict or even fathom what happens to old Simon Lanore.

If you’d like to discover Simon’s shocking story and read many other wonderful stories of  transformations, you’ll want to purchase the book, The Transformation Project, either in ebook or hard copy, today.

“Don’t copy the behaviors and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think, then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”  Romans 12:2 New Living Translation.

Deb Gardner Allard is a writer of books & stories for children. She has a B.S. degree in psychology and is a retired registered nurse. Her book, “Izzy and the Real! Truth About Moose Boy,” a book for 3rd through 5th graders, encourages children to talk about the difference between teasing and bullying while reading about the pranks of Moose Boy. The book can be purchased through Barnes & Noble.com, Amazon.com and many other venues. Deb enjoys blogging about children as well. Visit her website at www.debgardnerallard.com.




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