Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Meet the Author: Michelle Lazurek

Author Michelle Lazurek

Dear Friends,

I would like to introduce you to a writing friend of mine, Michelle Lazurek. Michelle and I met some years ago when we both participated in a Wellsboro BookFest. Since we both write inspirational books, we stayed connected. Tonight, 9 to 10 p.m. Eastern, she is hosting a Facebook Launch Party for two new children's books--Daddy, Am I Beautiful and Mommy, Am I Strong?

Michelle is is a pastor’s wife, a mother, an author, and a speaker from Coudersport, PA. A member of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, she has been published in numerous places such as Charisma Magazine and Movieguide Magazine. Her newest book An Invitation to the Table explores hospitality and discipleship. For more information, Please visit her website at www.michellelazurek.com.  

1. Tell me a little about yourself, Michelle:
I am a writer, speaker, pastor's wife and mother. I've been in ministry for over fifteen years. I'm married to my wonderful husband Joe for fifteen years and have two children, Caleb and Leah.

2. How did you become a writer?
I've often said that I didn't choose writing; writing chose me. In 2009, while attending a women's retreat, I felt God impress upon my heart to write a book. I had never written anything before in my life. I was terrified! I prayed and asked God what he wanted me to write about, and I began to notice in the gospel of John how many times John referred to himself as "the disciple ‘Whom Jesus loved.'" As I researched, I found no one had written anything about that topic. That’s when my first book "Becoming the Disciple Whom Jesus Loved" was born. I've been writing ever since.

3.What kind of difficulties have you experienced as a pastor’s wife, and how did you handle those difficulties? When you are in a position of power, there will always be people who try to take advantage of that power. It’s especially tough when you are in a place of spiritual power. The enemy will always seek to knock you own, using the same people who praise with you on a Sunday morning. Besides loneliness, that’s the hardest part about being a pastor’s wife--those within your congregation who don’t treat you with the same level of mutual respect because they believe things should be handled or organized differently. 

4.You have two new children’s books that have just been released. Tell me what they are about.
When my daughter was four years old, she would spend hours parading in front of my husband, twirling around in her princess dresses and asking Daddy, Am I Beautiful? I realized in that moment that is the cry of every young girls heartto be told by her father she is beautiful. My book explores the concept of self-esteem from a young girls perspective and teaches them that it is not whats on the outside that makes you beautiful, but whats on the inside. Mommy Am I Strong? is written for boys and explores the concept of their self-esteem. Boys want to be seen as strong and use their strength to prove their worth. This book teaches that true strength comes from the inside, not on the outside.



5. What lesson would you like young girls and boys take away from your childrens books?
Society is tough to raise Christian men and women in, especially for women. In this overly sexualized world, we tend to teach girls that their value in life comes from exploiting their bodies for others pleasure. I want girls to feel they are more than that. I want them to come away with the confidence that their worth does not come from their body type, but from Gods approval of them just as they are. With the increasing popularity of superheroes, boys are taught early that their worth comes from their strength I want young boys to believe that even someone with a disability can be strong because of their ability to display humility and grace in the face of trials.



6. What are some upcoming projects?

I have a non-fiction book on hospitality titled An Invitation to the Table: Embracing the Gift of Hospitality that releases in spring of 2016. 

Thanks, Michelle. I know my readers appreciate the direction your books offer.

If you want to connect with Michelle's Launch Party tonight, log into Facebook and paste this link in the url line: 
Have a blessed day--and don't forget to read something. Or write something.

Shirley

5 comments:

K. Weber said...

[Note: In the preview, it shows my profile picture smack in the middle of my message--I hope it doesn't come out that way when I click "publish"!]

Oops! I almost forgot and began to type a reply to your blog that came in my email in box! Then you would not have received it! So important to remember to click on the title of the blog that will take us to this page!

Thank you for sharing about this author and her books. I would have loved to participate in the facebook launch but would not have been able to last night due to schedules.

Can't wait to check out these books! Michelle lives in an area I am familiar with, having lived for several years in neighboring Tioga County years ago. God bless you both--keep writing! Mine have yet to be written!

Shirley Brosius said...

Oops! I forgot to remind everyone to click on that link!!! Thank y ou for being so faithful in reminding me. I will write a note to myself for the October blog. I have not yet seen the books, but I think they will be much needed in today's society.

K. Weber said...

No problem! I just added that to help! :) Just read your blog for October--thank YOU for the reminder to read Michelle's books. I hope we can get them in the library. I like to request books for the library to consider purchasing. Sometimes the "higher ups" do purchase books that we suggest, so more people will have access to them! :)

Shirley Brosius said...
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Shirley Brosius said...

That's a great idea, Karen. I'll also suggest the books to the library.