About His Work with Janet          February 2018   

Close to the Brokenhearted
Typically, we think of February as the month of hearts, flowers, and love. Valentines' Day, February 14, 2018, will be remembered with pain, loss, and broken hearts as our country mourns the tragic loss of children and teachers in a school massacre by a classmate!

Why have senseless evil killings become an all too frequent occurrence?

Florida businessman, Duncan Hudnall suggested on Facebook, "They [the killers] bought into a 'there-is-no-God' theory of life and consequently their sense of right and wrong became twisted . . . . there are a host of other factors that allow hearts to become full of hate and anger, but suffice it to say, until the condition of the heart comes in line with God's purposes for our lives, we will continue to fall further into the clutches of evil."

Another heartbreak is the number of young people committing suicide. Growing up, I never heard of a classmate committing suicide; but sadly, today, children become so overwhelmed with life, they feel they have no purpose and thus life is not worth living. Or they retreat from life into drugs, often overdosing.

What if the lost and confused had mentors pouring God's Truth, love, and purpose into their lives! Assuring and showing them, they're important and valued. Watching for signs of trouble sometimes overlooked by a family too close to see or acknowledge a problem.

As I was writing this note to you, the Lord impressed on me the word "brokenhearted," and then He led me to Isaiah 61:1-3, where He talks of comforting the brokenhearted. When I read the last line of this Scripture, I remembered Tracy Steel's letter she wrote to mentors, which I put in the Preface of Mentoring for All Seasons, written to mentors and mentees, from tweens to twilight years. Tracy compared mentors to "righteous oaks" from Isaiah 61:3. Here's the closing paragraph of her letter:

Older women, I'm writing this letter to you because young women need an oak. My prayer is you'll heed Psalm 78:1-8 and Titus 2:3-5. Don't allow fear, busyness, or inferiority to stop you from letting me . . . a younger woman . . . learn from you. Nourish us simply with your presence and prayers. You aren't here to warm a pew, precious oak, but to warm our hearts towards Jesus. The future of the church needs you. All my love, Tracy

I want to close with Isaiah 61:1-3 as a comfort and a prompt to action for us in these troubled times. Then I hope you will be inspired to find a "righteous oak" mentor or become a righteous oak and look for those God puts around you who need extra love, attention, comfort, guidance, help, support . . . God will give you the wisdom and the time.

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor
    and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3  and provide for those who grieve in Zion-
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
    instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    a planting of the Lord
    for the display of his splendor.
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PSSSSS: I'm honored to be on the teaching staff of the 2018 Mount Hermon Christian Writer's ConferenceI hope some of you aspiring or seasoned authors will join me there. It's where I learned to write.    
PSSSSSS: I'll be in Southern California the first three weeks in April. Contact me about possible speaking for your event.
PSSSSSSS: Read the Author Interview with DiAnn Mills about her new book,  High Treason , and a chance to win a free copy. 

Mentoring For All Seasons 
Sharing Life Experiences and God's Faithfulness
$14.99 $10.00   To Purchase  (February website shop  special)
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Mentoring for All Seasons helps answer questions like these:
- What is mentoring? 
- How do I find a mentor? How do I mentor?
- Why does God want us to mentor one another? 
- What are the blessings of mentoring?

Through true stories from mentors and mentees in life seasons from tween through death-along with the author's personal experiences, helpful tips, Scriptures to study together, and biblical mentoring relationship examples-Mentoring for All Seasons encourages women to be intentional about sharing their life experiences and God's faithfulness with other women.

One reviewer on Amazon says about the book:
"Janet Thompson did an incredible job putting together a collection of mentoring stories that not only shows the importance of being a mentor but the successes of those being mentored. I was privileged to be included in "Mentoring for All Seasons" as both mentor and mentee. Having a mentor to guide us through life's ups and downs releases us from isolation and gives us hope and having someone to mentor allows us to use our own successes and failures as an example....and a reminder of how blessed we truly are. This book is a must-read for young and old and inspires everyone to reach out and help one another."  

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               Mentoring Tip             
Be a righteous oak to a younger woman. Younger women, don't give up until you find a righteous oak.

At a church potluck, Dave and I were talking with another grandparent we had just met. As we told him about my ministry and passion for mentoring the next generation, he said, "And it's so important for grandparents to mentor our grandchildren." I was thrilled to know we had met a kindred spirit who understood how vital it is for godly grandparents to invest and participate in the spiritual raising of their grandchildren.

Our daughter has a business making beautiful custom signs. When I saw this recent one, I thought: What if every child knew this truth from birth and parents and grandparents never stopped sharing and showing them how valuable they are by our affirming words and actions. 

  author2Meet An Author
What is the most rewarding part of being a writer?

Entertaining others with story. My goal is for the reader to slip into the shoes of the point of view character and live vicariously through the character. I love creating and the finished project. It's hard work but incredibly satisfying.

What is the most challenging aspect of being a writer?

The same process as what rewards me about being a writer. Each book must be stronger, deeper than the previous one. Characters must be more unique with a credible inner world that touches readers emotionally. Plot is drawn from the character's fears and weaknesses. Dialogue has the ability to share conflict while the setting works against the character's goals.

Why romantic suspense?

We live in a scary and unpredictable world. Most of us don't want to dwell on the real danger and the violence that exists, and I want to show trained men and women who are dedicated to preventing and stopping crime. Those characters want to find someone to love too, and romantic suspense allows me to create both.

What is a little-known fact about you?

I'm a very private person when not teaching and speaking, an introvert who thrives on alone time. Those who view me at conferences see a friendly woman (I hope) but once home I'm exhausted and it takes a few days to recover. 

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers' Choice, and Carol award contests. Firewall, the first book in her Houston: FBI series, was listed by Library Journal as one of the best Christian Fiction books of 2014.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Suspense Sister, and International Thriller Writers. She is co-director of The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference and The Mountainside Marketing Conference with social media specialist Edie Melson. She teaches writing workshops around the country. DiAnn is active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed on her website. 

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Speaking 2018

March 10
Simpsonville Baptist Church 
Simpsonville, SC
Janet will be speaking on "Awakening the Heart of Women's Ministry"

March 23-27 
Teaching at Mt. Hermon 
Mt. Hermon, CA

October 5-6
Calvary Bible Chapel
Alamosa, CO
Janet will be speaking on "Remembering the Goodness of God" 

Speaking 2019

February 16
First Baptist Church
Riverview, FL