Congratulations to Rita who won B.J. Robinson’s book Last Resort.
This week we get write to the point with Becky Lyles.
Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?
Though I currently live in beautiful Idaho with Steve, my husband of 38 years, I grew up in wonderful Wyoming, where we raised our three children. We have three grandchildren, ages six and under. I started writing 35 years ago, while my oldest was napping. I’ve written articles, short stories, nonfiction books, newsletters, devotionals, etc., but my first novel was published this year. I also edit for nonfiction as well as fiction authors and publishers.
How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?
My father worked as a roughneck on oil rigs during my early years, which meant we traveled around the West following the drilling action. But when I turned six, my parents decided it was time to settle down so that I, their oldest child, could attend school. They purchased a house across the street from a church-going family, who soon invited me to attend Sunday school with them. One Sunday morning in a tiny basement classroom, the teacher asked those who’d never invited Jesus into their hearts to raise their hands. I raised mine. She asked if I wanted to pray to invite him in, and I said, “Yes.” Not long after that, my mother became a Christian, and we were baptized together. Eventually, my father and my four siblings also accepted Christ as their Savior. Praise God for Sunday school and children’s ministries!
Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?
“Winds of Wyoming” was released in January, and I just sent the sequel, “Winds of Freedom,” to the editor. Both books feature heroines who were previously incarcerated. Serving with a prison ministry taught me that women behind bars have the same longings, dreams, hopes, fears, issues and hang-ups the rest of us have, and more. My desire is that women on both sides of the bars who read the books are reminded of God’s love, faithfulness, power, forgiveness and acceptance.
I had the honor of being part of a band that did prison ministry. We only visited men’s prisons and I saw the same thing as you. Men who needed to believe there was still hope for them, men who had longings and wanted somethings beyond those bars.
How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?
I have three blogs, but I have to admit I’m an infrequent blogger. When I’m in the midst of writing a book or editing for a client, I have a hard time convincing myself I can stop to write a short article or two. But I keep promising I’ll blog when I get a break, like now, while I’m waiting for a return email from the editor. 😉
http://www.widgetwords.wordpress.com [Wordsmithing Made Fun]
http://www.howgreatisthelove.wordpress.com [Lavish Love: How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (I John 3:1 NIV)]
http://www.grandmagonegranola.wordpress.com [Simple, Inexpensive Tips for Healthy Living from Becky Lyles]
Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?
What a hard question! Recent favorites are “Havah” by Tosca Lee, “Captivating” by John & Staci Eldredge, “River Rising” by Athol Dickson, and “Safely Home” by Randy Alcorn. As a child, I loved, Nancy Drew and Cherry Ames mysteries, “Christy,” “The Boxcar Children,” “Heidi,” “Black Beauty” … and so many more. 😉
Havah and Captivating are two of my favorites as well, great books.
Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?
I’m in the midst of a couple heartbreaking family situations that have brought me to my knees and shown me my spiritual weakness. Yes, my heart hurts, but through his Word and his Spirit, God has brought me back from the brink of bitterness again and again—and reminded me that his Spirit can and will work in places I could never go and ways I could never accomplish.
My heart hurts for you , that you are in the midst of heartache right now. I am grateful that God is showing his goodness to you, even through the pain.
Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?
I love scriptures about hope. “God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27 (NIV)
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (NIV)
Where can we find you on the web?
Facebook: Rebecca Carey Lyles
Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?
For those who enjoy true stories featuring individuals whose lives have been miraculously changed by God, I have two such books available online—“It’s a God Thing! Inspiring Stories of Life-Changing Friendships” and “On a Wing and a Prayer–Stories from Freedom Fellowship, a Prison Ministry.”
Thanks, Melissa, for interview questions that made me stop and think about how good God has been to me. I appreciate the opportunity to have my books featured on your blog and look forward to giving copies of either “It’s a God Thing” or “Winds of Wyoming” to two of your readers (their choice).
Becky, thank you or being transparent with my readers and letting us get to know you.
Readers, as Becky stated, she is giving away a book to two commentators, your choice of Winds of Wyoming or It’s a God Thing, and you can also choose paperback or e-book. Yay! Leave Becky a comment by August 14 at 5:00 PM.