1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I knew I wanted to be a writer ever since I was a youngin’. I remember being selected to go to an author fair at Hampton University when I was 10 years old because my short novel had won 2nd place.
2. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
Due to our hectic schedules, my husband and I have assigned “work days”. During each “work day”, I attempt to write 2-4 hours when I am working on a publishing project.
2. How many books have you written? Which genre? Which is your favorite?
I have written one book and am working on another to be released in the fall. I am also writing a workbook that goes along with my Financial Education Workshops which is also due to release in the fall. In my pending file, I have 4 books in differing phases of completion.
4. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I knew I wanted to help people in diverse areas of their life and to open my open business. Currently, I am the founder of Wealth Management Ministries, Inc. where I am able to help the underserved community through teaching financial education and offering Christian Counseling. Through my non-profit, we also own a publishing company (Habakkuk Books), an online radio station (We Inspire Network Radio) and a Boutique Travel Agency (Dream Vacation Depot).
5. Did you ever intend to become an author? Explain.
Yes. Even as a child, I felt that I had a lot to say that could help people. Although most of my books (published and pending) are non-fiction, I even have a fictitious book that I am working on.
6. What authors do you like to read? What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?
My ‘go to’ authors are Watchman Nee, T.D. Jakes, and Joyce Meyers. Shortly after I gave my life to Christ in 1999, Pastor Jakes book, “Woman Thou Art Loosed” resonated in my spirit about the need for my own healing from past wounds from childhood sexual abuse. I believe my true healing journey began there.
7. Are you currently working on a book? Describe.
Yes. It is entitled “Thriveology: The Art of Boom!” Most people did not have the luxury of being born or live in a perfect situation. Most of us had to navigate through some hard places. This book discusses the beautiful art form of surviving and thriving, ultimately Booming, through adversities and hardships.
8. What are some of your other talents?
I am gifted in helping people manifest their vision and sustain it through developmental consultation, especially non-profit and for-profit businesses. In addition, I sing, preach, and speak motivationally and inspirationally. Lastly, I can plan a ‘mean vacation’ too! (LOL)
9. How do you spend your free time?
My favorite pastime is gaining enrichment through world travel and fellowshipping over delicious food. I am a travel addict and a foodie!!
10. If you could give aspiring authors some advice, what would it be?
Write the vision…your first step towards completing your book is to begin writing or audio-recording it, even if is just an outline or the first word or the first sentence. Your next step will only be made available when you take your first.one.
1. What does your writing process look like?
The writing process for me is pretty simple. I write daily in my journal and if I'm out and feeling inspired, I'll write in my memo pad on my telephone. Before I sit down to write a blog post, I seek God and if I get stuck, I take a break from it and come back to it the next day. When writing my book, I utilized “power hours” which consisted of me writing as much as I could for an hour of set aside time that I planned using my calendar.
2. Just as books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?
Two authors are a major source of inspiration for me: the incomparable Maya Angelou and Iyanla Vanzant. I love their writing styles and peaceful spirits.
3. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I plan to have relocated from my hometown of Chicago and be a successful entrepreneur, teaching and empowering others around the world through my books and speaking engagements.
4. When did you decide to become a writer? When did you decide to tell your story?
I've been writing all of my life. I actually went to school for journalism, but had to drop out while pregnant. Poems within my book were written by me between the ages of 17-18 years old. I became more serious about writing my novel in 2015. God started showing me visions of my future and laid it on my heart to share my story in a different capacity and that was through writing.
5. Any tips on what to do and what not to do as a writer?
The best tips I'd give any writer is to write daily. Use power hours to stay committed to your writing goals. Set a goal of completion to hold yourself accountable. Never give up. Don't be afraid to do what God has called you to do. If He told you to do it, then He'll supply every need.
6. What is your favorite motivational phrase or scripture?
My book is based on the scripture John 5:30 which starts with, “I can do nothing on my own.” With God, I can do anything. Without Him, I can do nothing. Hence the title “Not By My Own.” This scripture keeps me focused on the vision and purpose God gave me.
7. What are your current projects?
I currently have a Christian Fiction Novel out, entitled “Not By My Own.” I am also a contributing author on the newest release, “Unraveling the Layers: Memoirs of a Wounded Soul.” Both are available on my website whitdevereaux.com.
8. Do you do speaking engagements centered around your current book?
I have done some speaking engagements related to my book including an award show and radio show. I look forward to doing more in the future as the Lord leads.
9. How did you overcome the difficulty when deciding to share your story?
I overcame the difficulties in sharing my story through prayer and fasting and with the help of my publishing consultant who encouraged me not to operate in fear, but to do as God led me. I realize that my life is not my own and everything I went through is to help someone else. Keeping that at the forefront of my mind really helped me to keep pressing on towards the goal.
10. What was the hardest part of the writing process for you? Why?
The hardest part of writing for me was worrying that I may hurt others with my story. Once I got past the spirit of procrastination, worrying seemed to halt my progress momentarily. My book is a fiction novel based on some facts of my life. I turned facts into fiction to protect others while making sure to educate people on the facts of Domestic Violence Awareness.
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About The Book
40 Days Of Healing takes the reader through 40 days of fasting in hopes of being delivered from the "IT" that has caused separation between them and God, and gives them the opportunity to journal their most personal prayers, thoughts, and intentions.
40 Days Of Healing is also a complete guide to 40 days of fasting and spiritual renewal. It is an opportunity for mind renewal in your mind, body, and spirit. It is saturated with wonderful scriptures to help usher you into your healing.
About The Author
Pastor/ Author Danyelle is the Senior Pastor of New Vessels Ministries North in Shreveport, Louisiana. She studied Theology at Louisiana Baptist University, has a Psychology Degree from the University of Phoenix, an Interdisciplinary Degree in Psychology /Biblical Studies from Liberty University, and is presently working on a Master’s in Religious Education from Liberty University. Pastor Danyelle owns Divinely Sown Publishing LLC and is the author of both Christian fiction and non-fiction books. She is the wife of Pastor Reynard Scroggins Sr., the mother of three by birth and two additional children by marriage.
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About The Author
In 1992 Nikola Dimitrov experienced a miraculous conversion, receiving Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Since 1995 he has been a full time minister of the Gospel, serving as pastor, Bible teacher, preacher, and Christian educator. He started his first church in 1994, which is still standing today, and in 1998 he began his traveling ministry. Nikola is currently pastoring several church groups in Bourgas, Bulgaria and is frequently sought out as a speaker around the country. He also serves as a Bible teacher at the Apostolic Kingdom Institute in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.
As editor-in-chief of Vetil Media Ministry, Nikola has translated and published more than thirty books into Bulgarian, as well as writing some himself. He is passionate for a glorious Church, without spot, wrinkle or any such thing. Nikola’s dynamic preaching pointedly encourages believers to be everything the Lord created them to be. He then encourages his congregations to take responsibility in word and deed toward that end.
As a translator, Nikola has also produced and distributed around the nation nearly 1000 Bulgarian versions of audio and video teachings by famous foreign preachers and teachers.
As part of a charity in Bulgaria, along with other volunteers, Nikola takes care of needy people from the minorities, distributing clothes, food, medicine, and school materials to children.
Nikola is married to Helen, and they have two lovely young-adult daughters, Annie (which means grace) and Mikaela (which means who is like God?). Both are part of Nikola and Helen’s ministry, serving in the area of music.
About the Book
The Four in One Gospel of JESUS is the Four Gospels compiled chronologically and contextually, this giving the fullness of each Bible story in the Gospels. This unique material is describing the life of Jesus in its fulness, without the repetitions. It stores all facts about Jesus and comprises a full biography of Jesus Christ. It's a chronological Bible project, but also a contextual one, featuring subjects such as: Jesus in the Old Testament, the story of the birth of Jesus, Jesus life, Jesus saves, Jesus Cross, Jesus crucifixion, Jesus death, Jesus blood, Jesus tomb, Jesus resurrection, Jesus in Heaven, Jesus works, Jesus miracles, Jesus baptism, Jesus crown, Jesus call, The Jesus teaching, the Passion of Jesus, etc. It shows us how we can be walking with Jesus - the Anointed One, and how we can be servants of Jesus. The book will show You that King Jesus loves You, and will trigger our falling in love with Jesus as well. It's a one of a kind material indeed, the result of thousands of hours of work in compiling, referencing, structuring and fitting all details in this easy to read, yet, fully referenced edition of the Four Gospels of the Bible.
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Every Place isn’t your typical book about entrepreneurship. It is Philonda’s beautiful and intimate testimony of how she overcame fear, developed a deeper relationship with God, uncovered her Master Purpose and transformed as a leader in her business. Every Place provides an exciting roadmap for Christian entrepreneurs who desire to design, build and launch their business God’s Way. Using the Biblical character Joshua’s legacy as a leader, readers will learn the essential tools and strategies required to experience breakthroughs and success in your Christ-centered business. Philonda pushes Christian entrepreneurs to be audacious and to S.L.A.Y. in their business: Seek God, Love God, Act for God and Yield Fruit for God. This book was written in honor of every brave entrepreneur that has struggled to find their Divine purpose and launch a business in alignment with their dreams. This book was written for you.
You made it---you finally made it! You are the guest of honor at the fabulous bash thrown to celebrate the audacious decision you’ve made to pursue a life of abundance, power and liberty. When it comes to getting what you want out of life, the single most important thing to know is that God has already blessed your path. Joshua 1:3 says, “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.” (NLT) Now, with the realization of this beautiful promise, all you must do is choose. Choose to construct a masterpiece life built on a deep understanding of the God you serve and your Divine purpose. I love to call this your MasterPurpose. Clarity about your MasterPurpose will impact how you will show up in the world and leave your mark as an Entrepreneur. When you decide to step out of your own way and into beautiful alignment with your MasterPurpose, all things are possible. This is a brave c hoice and not for the scared, timid or weak leader. It is a declaration to the world that you believe your life, purpose, message and talents are worth fighting for. To reach our fullest potential, we must train ourselves to have an audacious mindset, which frames how we perceive and respond to situations especially adversity. An audacious mindset is the defining factor between experiencing a life of abundance or scarcity. Remaining connected to your MasterPurpose requires a shift in your thinking and actions. It requires a deep and intimate relationship with God.
I yearn to be close and in the presence of God. The battle wounds and scars of life have taught me one important lesson. As I have matured as a believer, I have learned that I am nothing without an intimate relationship with my creator. For in his presence, all things are made new. More specifically, in his presence all believers have access to God’s peace, love, mercy and wisdom. Our close relationship with God activates our MasterPurpose, the Divine plan for our life. He shows us the desires of His heart for us and is the source of our own ambition. He inspires us to dream big and desire radical success in every area and level of our lives. Your MasterPurpose could be a ministry, an entrepreneurial venture, a book, a family or even a school. Your MasterPurpose births your entrepreneurial venture. It could be a book, a clothing company, a law practice or even a school. It is the idea you believe God has commissioned you to lead to benefit His people. We all have been called to be leaders of faith entrusted with an assignment to fulfill while here on Earth.
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Philonda Johnson is the dynamic combination of successful entrepreneur and engaging speaker with valuable insight to share. Her mission is to help others fight for their MasterPurpose by empowering them to realize their Divine value and need for faith-fueled courage.
She is the Founder and CEO of The Leadership Playground, a development company that focuses on kick-starting the growth of a leader by focusing on the power of play, creativity and wholehearted living. She often draws from her background in Psychology and a decade of experience as an urban educator to inspire her coaching and leadership work. Philonda’s employment expertise is derived from serving 9 years as the Founding Principal of a successful charter school in Washington, DC. Philonda has a deep heart for and is dedicated to advancing women of color leaders, spirit-led entrepreneurs, and school administrators.
Philonda hosts her own motivational online radio show and podcast, The Audacity to Shine with Coach Philonda, and Every Place on her newly launched Network, the Brave Entrepreneur Radio Network. She is excited for the release her first major book, Every Place: When our intimacy with God transforms how we experience fear and launch our MasterPurpose Business. Philonda’s book was released March 31st, 2017.
She incorporates her professional expertise, personal trials and life triumphs into every presentation and conversation to have a transformational impact. She can connect with and inspire her audience. Philonda can weave her training goals into a beautiful story that makes key concepts sticky and actionable. Her energetic and audacious approach is refreshing, honest and leaves the audience ready to achieve their goals. Her mission is to help others fight for their MasterPurpose by empowering them to realize their Divine value and need for faith-fueled courage.
Shaniece M. Wise “Activating Your Gifts” Tell us about your book? “Activating Your Gifts”
is the first workbook in the “Awakening Series.
It is designed to aid you in identifying
your gift that God has put inside of you. The goal of this workbook is to make you feel uncomfortable in operating in the same place. My prayer is that it causes you to want to shift from a place of being complacent, and challenge you to be exactly what you are supposed to be; no longer just existing, but thriving and living an abundant life. It is designed to make you look at yourself, identify what you enjoy, and allow you to dream again. It is designed to assist you with letting some things go that may be blocking you from your successful future and a life of abundance. How did you come up with ideas for this book? I came up with my title after writing for a month about my life, what I’ve seen, the different things that I have encountered up until this point. One of the things that stood out to me the most is when I began writing about the different people in my life, the different people that I have been exposed to, built relationships with, either in business or corporate America. I realized that there were so many amazing people out there that were playing small. That they were sleep walking through life. After speaking with them, I would find myself making the same comment and asking the same question “wow you would be great at……, why are you just settling”.
As a Personal and Business Development Coach and Executive Trainer, I work and have worked with so many amazing people who could change the world but are/were playing too small, they are afraid to JUMP and be the person that they are destined to be. I wanted to create a Workbook that people could use to identify their God Given Gifts, activate those Gifts and attach them to the correct vehicles, in order create the type of life that they desire. That is where “Activating Your Gifts” was birthed. What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading your book?
That there is no limit to what they can do when they understand what their true gift it. The goal is to help readers move past their fears, issues, drama, whatever chains have been holding them hostage and walk in freedom. My desire if for this book to help Jump Start all of those amazing readers out there to start dreaming again. Where can visitors find you online?
My book is on www.shaniecemwise.com What inspired you to write this book?
After death, divorce, depression, trials, and tribulations, I birthed and then ultimately wrote and published a self-help workbook titled “Activating Your Gifts”
. In this workbook, I teach the “birthing” techniques that I have had to use on myself in order to deliver and nurture a healthy future after life knocked me off of her feet. I teach techniques on how to identify what makes you happy in life, what your true purpose is, and how you can serve others with your gifts in order to create a life of abundance. I teach that it is okay to be your own authentic self, and how important it is to get over past regrets in order to become the person you are destined to be. There are activities in the book that teach how to develop personally so your professional life can thrive. What’s next for you?
I am working on my next book and a lot of my time is spent on Coaching Entrepreneurs, Aspiring Entrepreneurs and Professionals, teaching them how to create multiple sources of income using their gifts. How can someone get a copy of the book?
They can get a copy by going to my website www.shaniecemwise.com
Tell us about yourself?
I am a mother, daughter, sister, cousin, friend and soon to be wife that loves God and loves life. I love to travel, read, and spend time with those close to me. I am a Risk Taker and I am open to opportunities that allow me to use my gifts.
I am a Speaker, Personal and Business Development Coach, Executive Trainer and Author who helps others identify, activate, and maximize their gifts. As a coach, I consider myself an “Activation Specialists,” who empowers people in discovering and activating their interest, developing a career around their interest, and turning that passion into income. I bring these strategies to life through fifteen years of success in direct selling, coaching, and mentoring. My successful experiences have provided me with both the confidence and knowledge to teach audiences across the United States how to move from a place of survival, to a place of thriving by turning thoughts into actions.
I am also the founder of the Unstoppable Community TN. Unstoppable Community is a community for Entrepreneurs, Aspiring Entrepreneurs and Professionals that are looking to grow personally and professionally in order to serve others with their gifts.
I do Motivational Speaking all over the United States teaching how to Activate Your Gifts, Maximize Your Opportunities, and How To Be Unstoppable.
Over the last fifteen years I have traveled around the United States teaching and coaching on self-motivation, growth and development, and how to live life with expectation. After years of experience, I transitioned from being an Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics, driving the Pink Cadillac, to my purpose, which was developing Coaching Practice where I could change lives all over the world.
What was the most difficult aspect of writing this book?
Reflecting over all of the issues, past relationships, situations that were trying to hold me back from achieving success. Digging up old wounds, areas that I thought I fully healed from which made me realize, healing is day to day. It made me look at myself in the mirror and be ok with who I am and how uniquely I was formed. It made me realize it was ok to be different, it was ok to stand out above the crowd.
Did you have to do any special research for your book?
Yes I did do research but the majority came from my 15 years working with entrepreneurs and professionals and reflecting over my own life. My trials, test, tribulations, valleys, mountain tops, successes, failures and life.
Why do you write? Is it something you've always done, or always wanted to do? Or is it something that you started fairly recently?
I come to give you hope. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever write a book. I would always ask myself – how do authors think of things to write about? And now look at me. This is the first of many books for me and I am excited because there is so much I have to share. I want to change as many lives as possible and this is just the beginning.
In five words describe your book?
Empowering, Motivating, Inspiring, Awakening, Transformation
Excluding your own, name 3 books you would recommend to your friends The Circle Maker – By Mark Batterson The Key To Living The Law of Attraction – Jack Canfield
Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive – By T.D. Jakes
Abundance Now - Lisa Nichols
Your Best Life Now – Joel Osteen
Battlefield of the Mind – Joyce Meyers
Commanding Your Morning – Cindy Trimm
Name 3 authors you would love to collaborate with. Among all the books that you have read, which of these have significantly contributed to your writing style?
The Key To Living The Law of Attraction – Jack Canfield Can you tell us something we don’t know about you?
I enjoy going to the movies and I love movies with action heroes. Examples: Captain America, Iron Man, The Flash, Super Girl, The Arrow, Batman, Spiderman, Transformers.
When I watch these movies with the characters listed it allows me to escape into their lives and save people. These action heroes save and protect and I absolutely love it. They are ordinary people with unordinary gifts. Gifts that they use to change other people’s life.
I identify myself as the Unstoppable One
. That is my action hero name. The reason I chose this name is because I have fallen so many times, and I continue to get back up and press towards my goals. Just for fun Coffee or tea?
Tea Lights on / lights off?
Lights off 3 things you never leave home without?
My laptop, purse and cell phone Sleep in or get up early?
Get up early 3 celebrity crushes?
Lorenz Tate, Mark Walberg and Kofi Siriboe (from Queen Sugar) Any advice to give to aspiring writers?
No matter what anyone tells you, there is a story inside of you that is waiting to be birthed. Don’t think, just write. Any message to your followers?
Thank you for participating in my Blog Tour. Down below are my Social Media Sites. Social Media Sites:
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Speaker| Personal and Business Development Coach | Executive Trainer | Author
Shaniece M. Wise is a Speaker, Personal and Business Development Coach, Executive Trainer and Author who helps others identify, activate, and maximize their gifts. As a coach, she considers herself an “Activation Specialists,” who empowers people in discovering and activating their interest, developing a career around their interest, and turning that passion into income. She brings these strategies to life through fifteen years of success in direct selling, coaching, and mentoring. Her successful experiences have provided her with both the confidence and knowledge to teach audiences across the United States how to move from a place of survival, to a place of thriving by turning thoughts into actions.
Shaniece is also the founder of the Unstoppable Community TN. Unstoppable Community is a community for Entrepreneurs, Aspiring Entrepreneurs and Professionals that are looking to grow personally and professionally in order to serve others with their gifts.
Over the last fifteen years Shaniece has traveled around the United States teaching and coaching on self-motivation, growth and development, and how to live life with expectation. After years of experience, she transitioned from career to purpose, and that is when her Coaching Practice was brought to life.
About “Activating Your Gifts”: After death, divorce, depression, trials, and tribulations, on May 2016, Shaniece M. Wise birthed and then ultimately wrote and published a self-help workbook titled “Activating Your Gifts”. In this workbook, she teaches the “birthing” techniques she had to use on herself in order to deliver and nurture a healthy future after life knocked her off of her feet. She teaches techniques on how to identify what makes you happy in life, what your true purpose is, and how you can serve others with your gifts in order to create a life of abundance. She teaches that it is okay to be your own authentic self, and how important it is to get over past regrets in order to become the person you are destined to be. There are activities in the book that teach how to develop personally so your professional life can thrive. She has also published an activation activity CD titled “Working On You.” This CD has activities that complement the workbook. It involves activities that teach self-empowerment, aids in the development of time-management skills, and how to focus on being the full circle person you are destined to be, even when all of the odds are against you. Shaniece is all about empowerment, encouragement and motivation. She believes the gifts that you were birthed with, have the potential to change the world.
“Being unstoppable is not what you do, it is who you are.”
Shaniece M. Wise
Transformation . . .
I want to challenge you to take a look at yourself and identify what is keeping you from reaching your highest destination. What is hindering the gift that is inside of you from being ignited and birthed? I want to see you transform from the inner to the outer. The definition of “transform” is to make a thorough or dramatic change in form, appearance, or character. Let’s choose today to begin transforming your thoughts, views, and actions, so that you can begin to identify, activate, and maximize the gifts that have been lying dormant.
I have observed many entrepreneurs who start businesses and have great success . . . until life throws them a curveball. When entrepreneurs fail to deal with the personal issues that seem to be holding them down, it is possible that they will fall and never get up. These issues, situations, and relationships are like road blocks hindering them from truly activating the gifts that are stored inside of them. We must learn how to personally develop, declutter, and grow to change our situation and create a life of abundance. My goal is for you to activate your gift and become the 360 degree person that I know you can be. Your gift is waiting patiently to be ignited, birthed, and developed.
“Activating Your Gifts Workbook”
What Is This Workbook Designed To Do?
This is the first workbook in the “Awakening Series: Activating Your Gift.” It is designed to aid you in identifying your gift that God has put inside of you. The goal of this workbook is to make you feel uncomfortable in operating in the same place. My prayer is that it causes you to want to shift from a place of being complacent, and challenge you to be exactly what you are supposed to be; no longer just existing, but thriving and living an abundant life. It is designed to make you look at yourself, identify what you enjoy, and allow you to dream again. It is designed to assist you with letting some things go that may be blocking you from your successful future and a life of abundance.
The Activation Process is about development and growth. It is about getting to know your gifts and strengths. Realizing that you already have exactly what you need to be successful, you must learn how to activate it. The ultimate goal is to operate in a career that you absolutely love, create an organization that changes the world, and become the person that you are destined to be.
When you break down the Activation Process, the first step is to identify what your gifts and strengths are. That is the focus of this workbook. You must identify what makes you happy and what brings you joy. The definition of “Identify” means to establish or indicate who or what (someone or something) is. This is the first step to beginning your journey.
Once you identify what your gift is, you use the tools provided to get into action and activate it. This is where you research, develop, figure out your target markets, build your customer base, and execute. This definition of “Activation” is to make (something) active or operative; to convert (a substance, molecule, etc.) into a reactive form.
The last piece of the Activation Process is where you maximize your gifts and strengths in a way that allows you to earn an income. This is where the sky is the limit for you. The definition of “Maximize” is to make as large or great as possible; to make the best use of.
Your journey starts today and it starts now! Social Links:
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