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I pray my writing encourages, inspires, and fills you with hope to begin, or keep walking, every day with Jesus our Savior. He has given and continually gives us everything we need to live joyfully in this life, and in eternity with Him in heaven. I hope to be your friend along the way.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Why Am I Writing About Prayer Walking in October?

You might wonder why I picked Prayer Walking as a series topic on Epiphany this October. The reason is, there’s a war going on and we need more soldiers. Prayer and prayer walking is a powerful weapon against Satan and we don’t do nearly enough. Our only two offensive weapons against evil forces are prayer and the Word of God. And if we combine the two—oh boy—that’s serious fighting!

Several years ago I wrote Taking Back October, to help people become aware and to get busy! Halloween is not just an innocent holiday for kids to dress up and collect candy. I grew up thinking it was fun and harmless, until I learned what goes on behind the scenes. There’s a dark side behind the cute and colorful masks of the season. 

The themes of Halloween are fear, darkness, death, witchcraft and the occult. Jesus came that we might have courage, walk in the light, experience new life, and worship and serve only the one true God. I can’t in good conscience celebrate or promote this holiday; there’s nothing redeemable in it. But there are a lot of fun things we can be doing to celebrate the beauty of fall and give all glory to God. 

It’s important what we do with our time—to be in the world but not of it. It’s important what we think and what we say and what we teach our children. And it’s important to take a stand for what is right and true and good.

There’s a little known Christian holiday, All Saints’ Day, on November 1 that’s worth our time, attention, and participation. Find out more about it and how you can enjoy good clean fun all month long in my book Taking Back October: More than that, ask the Lord what else He would have you do to overcome evil with good.

Halloween is the high holy day for Satan worshipers and believe me, they are actively serving their lord. Behind the laughter and candy, they are praying, offering sacrifices, practicing ritual abuse, and casting spells. What are we doing to counteract these efforts? Taking our kids to haunted houses and telling them it’s make believe? There’s no such thing as “scary fun.”

#takingbackoctober #halloweenChristianity #Christianholidays #bethvice #spiritualwarfare #scaryfun

Monday, October 9, 2017

Writing in the Fall

I realize it's been quite a while since I last posted on this blog. The empty nest years are busy and productive for my husband and I--he in construction, and I with writing. With five kids and six grandchildren, we always have a lot going on and we love life.

Summer seems to be the busiest of all. I am spread between my indoor work--writing, keeping the household running and helping with the business, and my outdoor work in the yard and garden. I love it all, but it can get a little crazy.

garden harvest
Today was probably the last warm, sunny day we will see for a while and I savored being outside. I picked the last zucchini, beans, beets, raspberries, and peppers, closed down the garden and did some yard work. What a joy to breathe in the scent of fresh cut grass while feasting on fresh produce for lunch. It was even more enjoyable knowing I can soon turn my full attention to indoors and give more time to writing projects. And I have a few!

Kelly and I teach a Sunday morning small group and we've been studying Revelation. It has been a tremendous and exciting challenge to dig in with hours of study and write these lessons. We love our church family and the fun times we share whether we're at church or elsewhere.
all church picnic

I'm also writing a special 31 day series on Prayer Walking on my blog: Epiphany. Our church has been prayer walking our community and surrounding cities every October for the last three years and it has been an incredible blessing. This year, God impressed me through the book of Joshua to post a blog every day of the month. It has been exciting! I am learning how to walk in faith and in constant communication with God (whining doesn't count).

There are also a couple books in the works, but nothing in print yet. But stay tuned!

Just for fun, I thought I'd show you a few glances of my summer in photo form. I hope you've had a delightful summer and are ready to turn to winter pursuits of work, study, and play.
power washing the deck
soccer ball sized hornet's nest finally destroyed!
anniversary trip with Kelly to see the Terracotta Warriors
Sunday afternoon hike

evening bikeride at Black Butte Ranch
surprise visit with a college buddy at the Voice of the Martyrs conference

trip to Idaho to visit kids
Kelly and our son in law felled about 40 trees on our new property

I stacked wood while our granddaughters played

so thankful for the blessings of life
I hope you are grateful for the people around you, the work God has given you to do, and the beauty and bounty of creation. God's blessings are rich and abundant. I can't stop praising Him for His lavish love for us and the delights of every day life.

#thewritinglife #gettingbackinside #doingwhatyoulove 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Upcoming Events this Spring

It has been a while since I let you know what I'm up to. So here's the latest in the life of author Beth Vice - that's me!

May 3 and 10: Teaching Women's Bible study in Lincoln City for Pastor Kelli Westmark while she's on vacation. Topic: "He Knows My Name." Session One - How Do You See Yourself? and Session Two: How God Sees You, and Claiming Your New Identity.

May 4, 11, 18, 25: Spark group begins: a weekly get together to read through the Bible in a relaxed setting. No agenda, no homework or doctrinal arguing. Just gathering with friends to see what the Bible says and talk about what it means and how we can apply it to our lives.

May 15: Hosting IF Table: a monthly meeting with six women to share a meal and discuss the four questions of the month. They focus on how we see ourselves, our faith, and what is going on in this season. We're having so much fun we've decided to keep going through the summer!

What I'm writing: I am continuing my work on a divorce recovery book for women, trying to keep up with my blog, Epiphany, and working on lessons for our Growth Group. Our upcoming topic is the book of Revelation. The study for that has been amazing! I am learning so much. Just praying God will enable me to communicate what He wants us to learn and discuss.

And personally: The rest of the month is sprinkled with all kinds of exciting events - family parties, birthdays, baby showers, Mother's Day, company coming, and babysitting my grandsons. Whew! I can hardly keep it all straight.

I am so thankful to be done with a recent surgery for basal cell carcinoma. My face is finally starting to feel like my own again. So grateful for health and God's daily blessings. Now that I'm feeling better I hope to get in more hiking with my husband and yard work in the sunshine. They promise it's coming soon...

I hope you are busy and actively serving the Lord in your corner of the world. He is worth our love, praise, and all our efforts.

Have a blessed May!

#BethVice #TillamookeventsinMay #MayeventsinLincolnCity #thewritinglife

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Perfect Bible study book for Valentines!

  • If you're looking for true love for Valentines Day
  • If you're looking for a great Bible study for your small group 
  • If you're looking for something different that involves your love for music and the Word
  • If you're looking for something to pull you into Bible reading...this is the book for you. 
iLove is a 11 week multi-sensory Bible study/devotional, perfect for personal or small group use. Each reading combines the lyrics and music of Rob Baker's iLove CD (available on itunes as singles or album) with a devotional thought and topical study from God's Word.

Warm, personal, funny, inspiring, and the perfect gift for you or a friend for Valentines. Follow the link to view on Amazon. Available in paperback and kindle.

#loveintheBible #musicandtheWord #perfectforFebruary #smallgroupBiblestudy #JesusforValentines

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Special Event Saturday at Five Rivers Coffee Roasters

If you're looking for something fun on the North Coast this Saturday, Five Rivers Coffee Roasters is hosting a Book Bazaar from 9:00-5:00. The address is 3670 U.S. 101, Tillamook, OR 97141

Come and shop the book table loaded with books by local authors:
Neal Lemrey
Arlene Sachitano
Doug Carlson-Swanson
and yours truly, Beth Vice
Don't miss the Reading Panel from 10am-11:30 where each author will have 20 min to share about their publishing experience and read excerpts. This will be followed by Q and A session.  
After that will be special music by David Douglas at 12:00 and more special music by Michael Gabel at 3:00.

So come and do some Christmas shopping, enjoy a terrific coffee treat, breakfast or lunch, and support your local authors! It's going to be a fun day!

#Tillamookevents #Oregoncoastevents #northcoastauthors #authorsandcoffee #bookevent #Christmasbazaars

Monday, October 3, 2016

Beth's October Events

We're only on day three of October, but the month is already full! My family made it successfully out the other side of a rather eventful camping and quading trip. Two of our trucks had to be towed home, one elk died on route, a break line went out, one quad headed full force into three feet of water, and one rider bailed from his quad only to be hit full force in the back of the head by it!

The Lord protected and provided for us numerous times - no one went to the ER, there were no broken bones or concussions and everyone made it home safely (except the elk). We keep shaking our heads over God's gracious care!

I enjoyed a fantastic birthday last week, and October picks up speed, with five more birthdays to celebrate. On Saturday, we all gathered for a 30-3-33 Super Hero party for our daughter, granddaughter, and son-in-law's celebration of threes this month. All the big names were there: Spiderman, Batman, Captain America, Frozone, as well as a Holy Warrior (from Ephesians 6) and Queen Esther. 

This has been tons of fun, but there's more to come. I'm celebrating the new edition of Taking Back October that just came out and more opportunities to speak, sell books, and get together with other writers from the Northwest.

Here's the schedule so far:
Monday, Oct. 3 at 6:00 (tonight): Speaking for the PEO group in Garibaldi on "Why I Do What I Do."
Friday, Oct. 14: In Salem for an open discussion and presentation on "Halloween and Christianity." We'll be talking about alternative ways to celebrate this season in our families and churches and I'll be reading excerpts from my book Taking Back October
Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 5:30: Teaching the third lesson of Celebrate Recovery on "Hope" at Tillamook Nazarene Church.
Saturday, Oct. 15: Gathering with other writers for the fall Oregon Christian Writer's Conference at Warner Pacific College in Portland.
Sunday, Oct. 16 at 6:00: Presenting an "Interactive Evening of Prayer" at Tillamook Nazarene Church. This includes music, video, and manipulative objects for a meaningful time of prayer. This is open to any who would like to come praise, worship, and seek God in new, fresh ways.
Saturday, Oct. 22, 9:30-3:30: Selling my books and gift mugs at the Salem First Church of the Nazarene's Craft Faire. 

I'm excited about all these opportunities to meet new people, connect with old friends, and hopefully inspire and draw in a few new readers. If you would like to come to any of these events don't hesitate to ask for more information. I'd love to see you there!

#BethVicespeakingschedule #TakingBackOctober #whydoidoit #hopeforme #christianwriters #prayernight #craftfair

Monday, September 19, 2016

Great Reviews on Taking Back October!

My newly updated version of Taking Back October is off to a great start! The Kindle giveaway was a big success. I've been able to reach more readers and I've been hearing good things from a few already.

Here are a couple reviews:

From one who has been involved in church ministries since youth, this book is a breath of fresh air! Not only was I involved in several Halloween “parties” during my early years, but sometimes involved in the planning. As a young adult I became less & less inclined to this “celebration.” By the time we had four children our interest grew even less, though we would have been unable to tell others why. One year ago our friends loaned me a copy of this book and the light came on. I suddenly realized why we had quit participating in this annual ritual. Halloween is completely incompatible with following Jesus.

In a concise manner, Beth gives a scriptural basis for not celebrating Halloween along with its origins and meanings of the basic elements. One of the things that is so refreshing is it is not a “Thou shalt not” approach. Included are many suggestions and resources for a replacement celebration that is wholesome and scriptural. She has produced a good working manual for Christian Heritage celebration, culminating on All Saints Day, November 1st.

This is a book I highly recommend for everyone, but especially to Christian families with children still in the home. How wonderful that there is something positive and wholesome to replace one of the enemies schemes to deceive people. This ought to be required reading for every church leader. In addition there should be times of discussion about the change of direction within church programs that involve more than just the leadership.

Roland Ward, adult Sunday school teacher

You have done a masterful work of voicing the warning without shaking your finger to guilt the Christian community. Then you moved naturally (I could almost feel your excitement) into a well-organized plan for alternate celebrations with some why/what/how helps.

The tone kept my nose in the book as you opened my eyes to the real evil of Halloween. Great! But most of all, thank you for showing us how to do something about it, both in our homes and in our churches. Like Paul, your advice and desire urge believers to be wise in all their ways.

Beth Vice takes a courageous stand by exposing the truth about Halloween in her book, Taking Back October. She shines light on this undiagnosed Christian blindness. Beth writes, “As long as the Church continues to teach that playing around with the supernatural world is fun and harmless, the enemy will use that to derail even the faithful.”

Her research details some scary, threatening truths. Don’t put the book down. Please, keep reading. For the souls of our Christian children and youth, discover our power to make a difference and derail Satan’s plans. Beth provides a rich, fun outline of activities to help us in Taking Back October. Halloween is the devil’s party. The children of God must never celebrate wickedness and death in the courts of the Devil then expect to worship our holy God.

Jerrie Hosford—follower of Jesus Christ and senior adult teacher

#takingbackoctoberreviews #HalloweenandChristianity #shouldbelieverscelebratehalloween #newbyBethVice