In October 2017, Accountable To God was released to the market of faith-based readers and seekers. Chandra Hawthorne shared with me her experience as a writer and author of her new release. “The journey of holy living is not impossible,” she pointed out for those interested in the path she maps out in her book. “Keep Christ as your focus, and you will be successful. ”
CarrollZavala (Lanette Zavala): What motivated you to write?
Chandra: I’ve been motivated to write since I was a child. I had so many thoughts and opinions that I wasn’t verbally able to communicate. Children were not encouraged to speak their minds too often when I was growing up. So, journaling and story-telling was my outlet. Writing helped me become a better communicator. As time went on I would write to inspire and encourage others.
As for this book, I was motivated to write it because of a counterfeit healing ministry that I saw on television one afternoon. People who were hearing impaired, filled the lines in hope of being instantaneously healed through the ministry of this one Pastor. Something in my spirit told me that he was not authentic and that those people would not receive what they were expecting in that moment. My heart ached. I knew that God was more than able to heal them. But the vessel who was “being used” was not called by God. I was so hurt for those people, who had a need and believed. I prayed and began writing this book.
CarrollZavala: How does your book minister to various groups among believers? Among wives? Among single women? Among teenage girls? Among men?
Chandra: Accountable To God ministers to anyone with a soul. We all are born with a void that only our Creator can fill. We all want to know our purpose and how to fulfill it. We have prayers that we want answers to.
For Singles. There is sometimes confusion about how faith works in the light of seemingly unanswered prayers. If you’ve been single for a while, and desire marriage you may want to know why God is allowing your life to take this path. You may want to know how to stay focused on God during your single years. Accountable to God will reveal this to you.
For The Married. If you are a wife you may want to understand how to fulfill your calling in Christ while trying to cater to a husband and children. Spending time with God will reveal these parallel paths.
For Youth And Young Adults. If you are a teenage girl or young adult woman in Christ, there is encouragement in the area of morality and modesty. I was saved at the age of 18; so, I give several accounts of what I experienced at the beginning of my journey is in Accountable to God. Despite what other girls my age were doing, God was able to keep me focused on Him.
For Men. This book will encourage men to lead by example, allowing them to model to their families what accountability to God looks like.
For Backsliders And Unbelievers. This book will also minister to backsliders and non-believers. Many become atheist because they don’t understand God. They don’t understand why God would allow certain things to happen. Backsliders give up on God because, in their eyes, this “faith stuff” isn’t working for them. I encourage people to gift this book to anyone they’d love to witness to, and to lost sheep who could use help finding their way back to a healthy relationship with the Father.
CarrollZavala: How has any mentorship or ministry contributed to your insight for your book?
Chandra: In 1993, I was saved under a ministry that believed and practiced authentic godly living. Hypocrisy and the sin-repent-sin cycle was not tolerated. Repentance and rededication of our lives was encouraged to keep the lines of communication open with God. Our co-pastor at the time eventually became my mother in law. I saw first hand her love and dedication to God, His Word, and His people. She loved God so much and constantly preached faith in Him no matter what she faced. She was sold out to God, and I admired her so much for that.
CarrollZavala: What does your craft of writing offer to you as an author – whether as a form of retreat, as therapy, as career aspiration or other?
Chandra: Writing is definitely therapy for me. It forces me to sit down, be quiet, and hear God. Writing offers me insight and clarity in many matters, primarily Scripture and faith. After being enlightened by God during my writing sessions, I often find that it may help others. I sometimes share what I’ve come to understand through blogging. I love to encourage others. This makes me feel fruitful! This definitely reassures me that I am walking in my calling. Also, writing is certainly a career aspiration of mine. Who wouldn’t want to make a living doing what they love!
CarrollZavala: As a writer, how have you knowingly inspired – or currently aspire to inspire – your readers?
Chandra: People don’t always come back to tell you that your written words have inspired them. So when you do hear anything, it’s like food for the soul! People have told me that it encourages them to read the bible and study it more. I’ve also heard that my writing has given them a new way to view the subject discussed, and has caused them to reflect on their personal relationship with God. I’ve been a blogger for many years. Some readers have thanked me for inspiring and encouraging them. Many will say that they can relate to a shared experience.
With this new book, Accountable to God, I’ve already had a few readers tell me how good it is, and how much they can relate. One man shared that he’s had several of the same experiences that I shared in the book.
CarrollZavala: What upcoming events do you have – such as speaking engagements, online touring, or author appearances – that will allow your readers to hear more from you?
Chandra: My book released last month, and I am in the midst of preparing a book launch sometime this month. I don’t have hard dates yet. I will post the dates of the book launch as well as any other related events to my Facebook page. Readers can currently follow me on Facebook by searching @AuthorChandra. I also have a Facebook Group for active readers called, Accountable to God: The Book. I also have a blog that readers can follow:
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