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Monday, November 2, 2020

Alexis Goring and Free Books!

Stories and Songs of Faith: My Journey with God is a 52-week devotional that will bless your heart, soothe your soul, encourage your mind, and strengthen your God-given spirit.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Thomas Allbaugh's short story collection, Subtle Man Loses His Day Job and Other Stories, is:


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And now let's revisit Alexis Goring, author of Stories and Songs of Faith: My Journey with God (Soaring Beyond, an imprint of Winged Publications, April 2020).

Alexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.

Please tell us a random thing we might not know about you.

While lost with my friend and her fiancé on the cobblestone streets of Italy, we stumbled upon a beautiful bridal shop and in the front window display was my DREAM wedding dress (at that time)! I took a photo with it and my friend’s fiancé said, “That’s your wedding dress!” However, I was not engaged at the time so there was no need to buy it.

One never knows what the future holds...

Please tell us a bit more about Stories and Songs of Faith.

My devotional book is filled with stories and songs to encourage you on your journey with God. These are treasures of truth that God used to uplift me and teach me more about Him, His grace, His mercy and His Love for humankind. 

There’s a song directory at the end of my book that lists all of the songs I mentioned in each devotional. There are direct links to my favorite versions of those songs that you can look up and listen to on YouTube, if you have a mobile phone or computer that’s connected to the Internet.

What a great idea! Why will readers enjoy your book?

Readers – especially those who are music lovers – will enjoy my devotional book because the messages within are inspired by God and aimed at their hearts. Reading this book will be heartwarming, encouraging and helpful for each person who wants to learn more about God’s love.

I love the idea of having the applicable song in your head all day after reading the devotional and listening to the song.

What facet of the writing craft comes easiest to you? What do you struggle with?

Writing devotionals comes easier to me than writing fiction stories. I don’t struggle when writing nonfiction/devotionals but I do struggle with the technique of “showing” vs. “telling” when writing fiction stories. I think part of the reason why is because of my training as a print journalist where I learned to write stories that are “precise and concise.” 

Of course, you do get to be more creative and use the “showing” technique when writing feature stories for print and online publications. However, it’s still a struggle for me to “show” my reader certain feelings and reactions of my characters when I’m writing fiction stories. 

However, I’m teachable. I’m doing my research and homework so that I can improve my craft as a storyteller!

What is the last book you read that moved you? How did it affect you?

The last book I read that moved me was Always, by Sarah Jio. It affected me because the story was so beautifully told and it inspired me to hope that true love always wins.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a Contemporary Romance (fiction) story about the best friends of two of my favorite main characters from a previously published book that I wrote. I will showcase their budding romance that neither of them expected to happen.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

My Website: alexisagoring.jimdofree.com
“God is Love” blog:

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Readers, you can access a sample of the book HERE. Click on Look Inside. 

Now, readers, I have a question for you. Do you usually read from a book of devotions each day? Which one are you currently using, and what do you think of it? 

Thanks, Alexis, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Alexis has offered to give away a free copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to my question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

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Gail H. said...

Our church provides Our Daily Bread each month. I enjoy the different faith stories by various authors. Since we are not physically attending church right now with Covid, I’m reading Be Still and Let Your Nail Polish Dry. These ladies have some great insights and stories to tell.

Melanie Backus said...

I have been thinking that reading a devotional each day might help my frame of mind. I lost my mother in March right as everything shut down so it has definitely been a very rough time.
mauback55 at gmail dot com

Alexis A. Goring said...

Dear Gail H.,

I'm so glad that your church provides Our Daily Bread! I enjoy reading that publication too! :)

The book that you're reading now sounds delightful!

I hope that you'll have a chance to read my devotional book too.

Take care and God bless you.


Alexis A. Goring (the author)

Alexis A. Goring said...

Dear Melanie,

I am sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom! :(

I am praying for God to send His Holy Spirit to comfort you in ways that only HE can.

I hope that you will get a chance to read my devotional book and that it will encourage your heart.


Alexis A. Goring (the author)

Trish Perry said...

Gail, I'm with you--I use Daily Bread every morning, the moment I get up. It's a great way to start the day. I have the app on my phone. I'm so glad you're reading Be Still! Are you doing the hardback or the journal version. I go back and read that, along with Delight Yourself in the Lord Even on Bad Hair Days and His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is Not. When time passes, it's like reading them anew!

Melanie, I'm so sorry you've had to deal with the loss of your mom in the midst of this lockdown disorientation. That loss is hard enough in "normal" times. I would highly recommend a daily devotional. I've found them an excellent way to start one's day--there can never be enough good ones, in my opinion.



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