I am excited to have sent my manuscript to my editor and reveal the cover for Hero’s Purpose, book III in the Heroes by Design series.
This post is about a very special person in my life. She is One-Hundred and Three and an amazing woman of God. We visited a month ago and she was practically bouncing off the walls of the nursing home. I wrote part of a poem on the way home from that visit.
We visited again over the weekend and she was not as perky and sharp. It made me think about how temporary this life is and how important it is to take time to learn from others. I finished the poem on the way home and would like to share.
Dry crepe paper skin
Vacant blind eyes
Rambling words strung
Into memorized verses
Words mined from memory
To remind us of who
She Once was
She is not needy or unhappy
Not bored or lonely
Today she is glad
Glad we are here
Anxious to spend time
Time of which
She is filled to the brim
Time, she has the luxury
To waste without care
Tomorrow may or
May not come
She offers precious
Golden nuggets freely
She does not hold back
Offering all she has
All that is left of importance
Is contained in this vessel
That may or may not recall
Your name or relationship
Stories are repeated
New memories made
To pass to those who take
Time to touch
To cherished words
That would otherwise
Be lost like morning fog
As we approach the birth of our Savior and a new year I am reflecting on this year!
I have been fortunate to publish two books, continue to own and work in my own business, have the love and support of family and friends and enjoy good health.
I am thankful for another year of blessings and want to be sure that I personally keep Christmas about Christ. Everyday is a day that we can choose to be Christ-like…that doesn’t mean that we present our smiling face in a church every Sunday and forget to be kind the rest of the week.
I have been the recipient a few times of someone paying it forward and it felt great. I want to be a person who pays it forward everyday. Paying it forward can be a monetary gift but it can also be a kindness.
A Shining Star
Does not waiver
Holds steady for
Kings to come
Not yet born this
The Blessed Promised One
Three Wise men
From Orient lands
Travel to welcome
For-told by prophets
So by faith
Precious gifts they bring
Would we believe
Would I follow that star
In this world of doubt and fear
Would we have thought it strange
And scoffed at what we now
A child is born in Bethlehem
Below a brilliant star
The Wise Men know
And leaders fear
This babe in swaddling clothes
We remember with
The Gift given that day
The King of heaven
The Son of God
Born on a bed of hay
Thank You and Merry Christmas!
Here we go again! The second book of the Heroes series will launch on November 2nd and officially on Amazon the 3rd. I will be running a promotion beginning the 3rd and one lucky reader will win a Kindle-fire in addition to the signed book and swag. T-shirts are not part of this promotion.
The Promotion code is: https://debrairsik.samcart.com/products/heros-journey
Get yours beginning on November 3rd. The first ten people will be put in a drawing for the Kindle!
1. Do you ever just want things to stay the same?
“Have not I commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord Your God will be with you wherever you go.
2. Do you think God was fair when Sela was punished for her disobedience?
If you wander to the right or the left, you will hear His voice behind you saying, “Here is the road, follow it.”
To the Lord our God belong compassion and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against Him.
3. Why couldn’t Sela see Joyous after she admitted she was wrong?
“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do so.
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn and you will not be condemned; pardon and you will be pardoned.”
4. How do we know what God is calling us to do?
II Timothy 1:9
Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity.
Any God who knows [all peoples] hearts, gave testimony [to their acceptance] by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us.
5. Is Mara justified in her feelings about Alex’s dad?
“You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself, I am the LORD.”
1 Timothy 5:21
I solemnly urge you, in the presence of God, and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, that you obey these instructions without showing prejudice, or doing anything out of partiality.
6. Do you think Zach should have told the girls about his dad’s mental health issues?
Bear one another’s burdens, and therefore fulfill the law of Christ.
I hope this inspires some dialogue and exploration for my readers!
Yours in Christ
My second book in the Heroes by Design series, Hero’s Journey will be launched on Saturday, November 2nd!
Our Heroes are struggling with where they fit with all the changes but find that God will lead the way.
My Launch date is set for November 2nd at Ellen plumb’s City Bookstore. Watch for a pre-order date and Early Bird Deal!
I am excited for the direction these young people are going and looking forward to seeing where they take me in Hero’s Purpose. I do know that it will include some performance poetry and a teen activist group. The angels will also make an appearance! Stay tuned for information and fun!
I am excited to share my book trailer for Hero’s Journey which is coming soon!
If God is for me, who can be against me?
I recently received a review that must be shared! I encourage all of you to review on Amazon, Goodreads, Instagram, Twitter, or wherever you can when it comes to books you enjoy.
…and on the third day…everyday miracles…
Heroes by Design by D.A. Irsik
Review by: Sharon A. Soetaert, MS.E.”
September 2, 2019
“We and the world, my children, will always be at war. Retreat is impossible. Arm yourselves. (Peace like a river. Leif Enger. Ref.)
Against a backdrop of the celestial, a group of young teens are learning to navigate their way through life’s challenges, including death. All the while, the temptations of entitlement, bullying, and overcoming jealousy permeate through this story of youngsters and their relationships by D.A. Irsik
Imagine losing your loved mother to an unexpected heart failure as a young teenager.
The resulting emotions of anger at God, even as a faithful Christian member of a church teen youth group ensue, as friends make attempts to bring their friend back to faithfulness , fun , and joy in the life of the Lord.
And yet, there is a background of the celestial with God’s saving grace permeating throughout this novel .Twists and turns in events bring all involved into a peaceful mediation, leaving the celestial angels to “voyage” on to their next assignment.
The names of: Mara, Victorious, Sela Anderson, Zach Brown, Emily Monroe, Persistence, Power, and Praise, Alex, Gloria, and others will have you anticipating the next Chapter of the lives and actions of these youngsters.
Lessons learned through the guidance of adults, their peers, and even the surprising angels, will leave you, the reader, with a renewed sense of armor in creating peace in today’s circumstances and everyday joys and challenges.
Miracles need a witness, and you, the reader, will be the witness to the subtlety of everyday miracles while reading “Heroes”.
I am grateful and humbled by this and hope to live up to expectations with Hero’s Journey!