Announcing: 7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers Blog Hop

7 Essential Habits Cover

In July I told you about the launch of a new e-book called 7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers. I appreciated the opportunity to not only have my article, “Fit Writing Into a Busy Schedule” included, but to also help put the book together and see it through to publication. On Friday evening, September 25, 2015, InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship will be launching the paperback edition of the book. You can still join in the celebration by purchasing a ticket for the banquet ( Better yet, come join us for the whole conference! ( You can also purchase your own copy of the book in either e-book or paperback format at

I love the variety this book contains:

-Written by 28 Canadian authors

-Poetry, articles, devotionals, and short stories

-7 themes: time with God, healthy living, time management, honing writing skills, crafting a masterpiece, submitting your work, and marketing

Here’s a sample poem for your enjoyment:

Why Do I Love Shakespeare?

(With apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

By Alvin Ens


Why do I love Shakespeare?

Let me count the ways.

I love his characters

To the fidelity of kindred souls.

I love his vocabulary

To the deepest well of coining.

I love his humour

To the soul of comic relief.

I love his poetics

To the great expanse of the iambic.

I love his wisdom

To the heart of a philosopher’s wit.

I love his plots

To the height of the double cross.

I love him to the far reaches

Of heroes like Hamlet, Olivia, and Romeo,

To the villainies of Shylock, Cassius, and Lady Macbeth,

To the purities of Cordelia and Brutus,

To the entertainment of Falstaff and Sir Toby.

And if God choose, I shall but love him better

When I meet him after death.

You are invited to follow along as many of the contributing authors of 7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers  participate in a blog hop. I encourage you to click on the links below to see what each author shares. Comments would be appreciated, and if you like what you read remember to share the post on your favourite social media sites 🙂

Ruth L. Snyder Monday, September 14th
Brenda Wood   Wednesday, September 16th
Janet Sketchley  Friday, September 18th
Jack Popjes Monday, September 21st
Kimberley Payne Wednesday, September 23rd
Marcia Laycock Friday, September 24th
Steph Nickel Monday, September 28th
Sally Meadows Wednesday, September 30th
Tracy Krauss Friday, October 2nd
Glynis Belec Monday, October 5th


  1. Marcia Laycock on September 14, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Hope the blog hop goes well, Ruth. 🙂

  2. Tracy Krauss on September 14, 2015 at 11:53 am

    The poem you chose by Alvin Ens is one of my favourite things from the anthology. (There is a lot to choose from!)

    • Ruth L Snyder on September 14, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      Yes, there is a lot to choose from. This is a great book to read, mark, and re-read 🙂

  3. Janet Sketchley on September 15, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Thanks for organizing this blog hop, Ruth. I look forward to learning a bit more about some of the contributors. And thanks for all the work you and your team invested in bringing this book to publication. It’s an encouraging resource that will make a difference for new writers and for those who aren’t so new.

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