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Meet Author Ava Pennington!

Who are you? So many answers to such a simple question! I’m a wife, daughter, and sister. I’m an author, Bible teacher, and speaker. I’m a transplanted girl from New York City who now calls sunny Florida her home. I’m a graduate of St. John’s University with an MBA and a graduate of Moody Bible…
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Affirmation, Confirmation and A Smack Upside The Head

I’m sitting here in my room on the last morning of the ACFW conference in Dallas. It’s early. Breakfast isn’t until 9am today. But I’m wide awake. I’ve had an amazing four days. Hung out with dear friends, had some great meetings and learned so much. My head is still swirling, processing information,  remembering conversations,…
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The day has finally arrived! My new novel, Hidden in the Heart, is OUT!!! It popped up on Amazon this morning, right on time! I couldn’t be happier about this particular book.   You know the saying, Write What You Know...well, I did. This story came out of a few years worth of tears, heartache,…
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Finally Able to Announce….

    My new novel, Hidden in the Heart, will release SEPTEMBER 15th, through OakTara Publishers. As you may have gathered from some of my posts this summer, getting this book out has been more than a little stressful. But I suppose the saying is true, All good things come to those who wait… So now I…
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How Do You Know When It's Good?

I’ve just finished my fourth full length novel. One that will be sent to my agent. Soon. I never have a problem writing the books. I always tend to go over my word count and need to do a fair amount of trimming. I’m getting better at this, and for this particular story, I managed…
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Featured Friday Author – Ann Gabhart!

I love books. So it stands to reason I’m going to love a blog about books. What a great place to meet new reading friends and to find out more about those people behind the books! I’ve always been fascinated by other writers’ stories. I love reading about when they first started writing and how…
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Ooops, I Did It Again…

Ever have one of those moments where you react before thinking? I do. A lot. And a lot of the time, I do it online. Something pricks and burrows deep under my skin and I react, slapping it away like a wasp who dared bite me.  I want retaliation for that particular bite. I might…
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Celebrating Life's Little Victories…

While it is hard to believe this picture was taken over a year ago, I still smile when I look at it. Because, if you can’t really figure it out, that’s me, signing a copy of my book, Yesterday’s Tomorrow. My book. For a “wannabe published” author, I have to say, yes, it’s everything you…
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Summer Schedule!

At long last, the hazy, lazy days of summer are upon us! I love my summers, although in Bermuda we can get very high humidity which makes it feel like 100 degrees in the shade when it’s really only 85! This summer has already proven to be an exceptionally busy one. We have guests coming…
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Navigating Choppy Waters

I don’t know about you, but this past week has been tough. And as I write this post on a Sunday evening, I’m not quite sure how to anticipate the week to come. What to look forward to. What to hope for. I’ve been quiet on the blog lately when it comes to the days…
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What To Do With Fear and Failure and Other Nuisances

February 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

I’m fine. I’m fine. I’m fine. Maybe you’re familiar with the mantra? It’s easy to say. Easy to repeat. And easy to convince yourself of. Because if you say something enough times, eventually you begin to believe it. Even if it’s not true. So last week I wrote about change, and how I was going…

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Maybe It’s Time

December 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

“You gain strength,courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”  — Eleanor Roosevelt. So we…

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Happy Mother’s Day!

May 13, 2018 | 2 Comments

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing Moms I know and love. Those with us and those who have gone before us. This day is hard for some of us, I know. I miss my Mom too. But I’m grateful for the memories. Grateful for the legacy she left us. And grateful that I got…

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Write, Straight Up

May 7, 2018 | 3 Comments

Not on the rocks. Not with a splash. Maybe a twist, that’d be fun. But don’t water it down. Write what you want to say, write from you heart, and write, for the love of everything, like you mean it. If you don’t mean it, don’t waste your reader’s time, or yours. After 20 something…

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This Thing About Community, And Why We Need It

April 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Can I be honest? Groups scare me a little. Anything larger than my husband and I, and two other couples is just a bit out of my comfort zone. Even when our group of eight, all close and fun friends, gets together, the house is just a bit too loud. And that’s kind of funny…

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What Am I Afraid Of?

January 29, 2018 | 2 Comments

Words fail me. Lately. When I try to sum up what this thing is that I do and why I do it and why I can’t not do it and why some days the words won’t come . . .  words fail me. And the question rattles hard in my head. Is it . .…

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The Magic Formula

January 22, 2018 | 4 Comments

Sharing some thoughts on writing, and life. So I’m asked this a lot. Mostly in author interviews, occasionally in an email from an aspiring author who just wants a break, wants her words to be seen, heard. “What’s the magic formula?” I’d tell you if I knew. Honest. So this is the part I could…

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Why Not Me?

October 18, 2017 | 1 Comment

The stories make me sad. So terribly sad. And angry. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen them too. All over social media. The hashtag #MeToo Sometimes no story at all. Sometimes more than we may want to know. But they’re all connected. Women. Women who have in some way, been violated. Been…

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And So We Choose This Thing

June 21, 2017 | 6 Comments

Thirty one years. Today. I stood before him in a long white gown that cost more than my father wanted to spend, but he bought it for me anyway, because it was the one and he was ‘the one’ and my Dad would have bought me the moon if I said I wanted it. I stood…

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Is It Supposed To Hurt This Much?

June 8, 2017 | 7 Comments

That was a text I got from my daughter a few hours into labour. “Is it supposed to hurt this much?” I wanted to laugh, but I didn’t. Because, yes. It is. And it does. And it will continue to. With every challenge that comes with being a parent. Being a mother or father or…

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Meet Author Ava Pennington!

Who are you?

So many answers to such a simple question!

I’m a wife, daughter, and sister.

I’m an author, Bible teacher, and speaker.

I’m a transplanted girl from New York City who now calls sunny Florida her home.

I’m a graduate of St. John’s University with an MBA and a graduate of Moody Bible Institute with a certificate in Adult Bible Studies.

I’m a former Human Resources executive for several financial services companies.

I’m an animal lover who spoils her 10-year-old rescue boxer.

I’m a terrible cook who watches the Food Network (I can dream, can’t I?).

I’m a Christmasphile who counts the days till she can put up her tree.

I’m a sucker for happy-ever-after endings. (Yes, I love the Hallmark movies…especially the Christmas ones!)

Last but not least, I’m a daughter of the King…a grateful follower of Christ.

Where are you now?

I teach a weekly Bible Study Fellowship class (BSF) in Florida.

I’m working on a few writing projects, including two non-fiction books.

And I enjoy the community and encouragement that comes from being a member of writers’ associations such as American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Christian Authors Network (CAN), and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

Where are you going?

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to answer this definitively? To look into the sky for God’s leading spelled out in the clouds, or check the next billboard for His direction lit in neon lights? Sigh. Since that’s not going to happen anytime soon, I take each day by faith, trusting the One who has led me step by step. I’ll keep teaching, writing, and speaking until He decides it’s time for a change.

About Ava

Ava Pennington is a writer, Bible teacher, and speaker.

She is the author of One Year Alone with God: 366 Devotions on the Names of God (Revell), and co-author of Do You Love Me More? and Will I See You Today? (Standard Publishing).

Ava has also published stories in twenty-two anthologies, including sixteen books in the inspirational Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Her articles have appeared in Focus on the Family’s ClubHouse, The  LOOKOUT, Light & Life, Today’s Christian Woman, and other magazines.

Ava is a passionate speaker and teacher, and delights in challenging and encouraging writers’ groups, community groups, and church groups with relevant, enjoyable presentations.

For more information, visit www.AvaWrites.com

  1. III.            Book Blurb

Perfect. Almighty. The One Who Sees. Jealous. Forgiver.

Every name of God revealed in the Bible shows us something about His character and His ways. As the facets of a diamond combine to reflect its brilliance, the names and attributes of God combine to reveal the transcendence of His nature and the glory of His ways. One Year Alone with God: 366 Devotions on the Names of God offers readers a wonderful opportunity to spend time each day getting to know God more intimately. At the end of a year, they’ll be able to say they know Him better that they did a year ago.

This insightful guide to the names of God provides 366 life-changing, personal devotions for new Christians and longtime believers. As readers explore 122 names and attributes of God from three perspectives, they will discover something special about who God is, who they are, and how they relate to others.

Includes a Scripture index and name index for easy navigation to favorite verses.