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Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by Patti Shene




It's a delight to welcome author Susan Sleeman to Patti's Porch. Susan talks about worry, the theme for her new release, Dead Wrong.




As I contemplated sitting on Patti’s porch and thinking about Dead Wrong, my new book release, my mind went to one of the questions I’m often asked. What inspires me to write the books I write? No better time then sitting in a rocker—I’m assuming you have rockers, Patti—on a porch sipping a tall glass of iced tea to answer.


The simple answer is that each book is inspired by a different event or situation, but what doesn’t vary from book to book is the way I choose a spiritual theme for the story. I’m a firm believer that the Lord allows trials and tribulations in our lives to grow our faith so that we can help others struggling with the same problem. So my first step in writing a book is to choose a Bible verse for the story that has impacted my life in a significant way. I want something that has helped me live through the difficult times in life so I can share that with readers through my characters.

The theme or area I chose for Dead Wrong is worry. The verse I chose is, Matt 6: 27 - Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Through the years, I have worried with the best of them over little things and big things. But several years ago when my husband lost his job, we had zero income and had spent all of our savings on my medical bills, I knew I could do nothing about it and worrying about it wouldn’t improve my life in any way. As the Bible says, worry certainly didn’t add an hour to my life. In fact, all worrying accomplishes is to tell God that we don’t trust His timing. We don’t trust Him to work things out in His way. Point blank, we don’t trust Him to know what’s best for us. He does of course and He doesn’t want us to step ahead of Him or worry about things that are out of our hands.

So what did I do? I stopped focusing on the problem and left it in God’s hands. Of course, He not only took care of the problem, but gave my husband the best job he’s ever had. A blessing far beyond income.

Have I given up worry for good? No, but every time I am tempted to worry, I remember that whenever I focus on anything, be it good, bad or indifferent, it will grow in my life and take over everything else. I made a commitment to myself that as soon as I realized I was worrying that I would turn the thing I was worrying about over to God and each time it came back up, I’d recommit it. It took time and lots of effort to let it go, but the ensuing peace was well worth the effort. Kat Justice has to learn the same lesson in Dead Wrong, but I didn’t give her a simple job loss to bring it to the surface. No, I made her struggle with life and death issues.

Now what about you? When you have that feeling in the pit of your stomach, your hands start sweating, or maybe you just don’t feel peaceful do you give it to God in prayer and leave it with Him and wait with expectation for Him to solve your problem?







A KILLER’S CLOSING IN…

When her client and old college friend is murdered, P.I. Kat Justice knows the killer will come for her next. Her survival depends on finding her unknown enemy first…and working with homicide detective Mitch Elliot, her onetime crush.

It’ll take all her professional skills to ignore the sparks between them, but Kat can’t allow the handsome cop to get close. She’s seen too many people she loves die, so she vows just to do her job without getting emotionally involved. Yet keeping her distance may not be the best way to protect her heart—or their lives.

For more info about and to read and except for Dead Wrong visit Susan’s website

 
 
 
SUSAN SLEEMAN is a best-selling author of inspirational romantic suspense and mystery novels. Her first romantic suspense title, High-Stakes Inheritance earned a spot on the ECPA bestseller list and her Garden Gate Mystery series, which features Nipped in the Bud, and Read Between the Tines has enjoyed time on Amazon bestseller lists as well. And The Christmas Witness was named a finalist in the 2011 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. In addition to writing, Susan hosts the popular internet website TheSuspenseZone.com.
 
She currently lives in Florida, but has had the pleasure of living in nine states. Her husband is a church music director and they have two beautiful daughters, a very special son-in-law, and an adorable grandson. To learn more about Susan stop by any of these locations on the web.
 
To learn more about Susan stop by any of these locations on the web.
 

 

 

 

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WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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BY THE NUMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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SITTING IDLE
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11/13/2012

It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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11/13/2012

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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11/13/2012

WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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11/13/2012

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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11/13/2012

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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11/13/2012

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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11/13/2012

WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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11/13/2012

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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11/13/2012

PLAY BALL!
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11/13/2012

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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11/13/2012

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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11/13/2012

THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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11/13/2012

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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11/13/2012

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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11/13/2012

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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11/13/2012

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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11/13/2012

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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11/13/2012

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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11/13/2012

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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11/13/2012

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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11/13/2012

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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11/13/2012

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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11/13/2012

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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11/13/2012

A Matter of Perspective
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11/13/2012

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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Monopoly!
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11/13/2012

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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11/13/2012

What Did You Mean By That?
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11/13/2012

Wildlife Video
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11/13/2012

My Best Reads of 2013
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11/13/2012

The Dumbest Kid in School
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11/13/2012

Good-bye to 2013
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11/13/2012

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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11/13/2012

One Spectacular Christmas Display
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11/13/2012

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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11/13/2012

Shared Experience
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11/13/2012

Facing the Monster
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11/13/2012

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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11/13/2012

I'll Be Happy When...
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11/13/2012

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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11/13/2012

I Can't Do This!
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11/13/2012

BREAKING THE RULES
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11/13/2012

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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11/13/2012

Vulnerability to Fear
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Faith and Fear
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11/13/2012

Those Temporary Interruptions
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11/13/2012

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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11/13/2012

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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11/13/2012

Taking Stock
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11/13/2012

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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11/13/2012

Winter - Bah Humbug!
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11/13/2012

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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11/13/2012

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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11/13/2012

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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11/13/2012

The last Day of the Christmas Season
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11/13/2012

Accountability in the Extreme
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11/13/2012

The day after Christmas
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11/13/2012

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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11/13/2012

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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11/13/2012

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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11/13/2012

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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11/13/2012

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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11/13/2012

News From Nashville & Beyond
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11/13/2012

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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11/13/2012

Welcome Home!
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11/13/2012

Confessions of a first book editor
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11/13/2012

Going Home
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11/13/2012

GPCWC in Restospect
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11/13/2012

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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11/13/2012

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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11/13/2012

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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11/13/2012

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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11/13/2012

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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