Could you tell us
a little bit about yourself?
I am an ordained United Methodist pastor, mom,
grandmother and author. I came to know the Lord when I was 40 and heard
God's call into the ministry shortly after that. I take great joy in
looking for God's footprints in everyday life and sharing as much of my
experience, as possible, with others. I am always pleased to hear the
stories of others, assisting and helping them to see God right there with them.
I live in a little country cottage in a small community near Houston,
Texas, where I enjoy the peacefulness of country living while also being close
to the conveniences and excitement of the big city. My three children are grown
and married and have blessed me with three grandchildren who are busy with
sports, school and all that life offers the youth of today. I aspire to
living a healthy and balanced lifestyle in the midst of serving as a full-time
pastor of an active congregation, as well as, adding a couple new books each
year, as I am enabled by God.
book ‘Walking In The Light’ in 30 words or less.
This book is filled with inspirational messages designed
to help us see God in everyday life, including: Finding Community, Receiving
Boldness, Success in Relationships, Overcoming Worry and Finding Peace.
What was the
hardest part of writing your book?
I think the most difficult part of writing a book is
holding oneself accountable to the discipline of writing. I, personally,
need to have a structured plan, saying: "Okay, I will carve out this day
and this time to write each week," otherwise that precious time could
easily be pushed aside for other activities, which seem to be more important at
What books have
had the greatest influence on you?
Of course, I would have to say that the Bible has had the
most influence on me. When I think of the Old and New Testament writers,
I am inspired to write. Can you imagine what it would be like today if
the biblical writers didn't take the time to put "pen to paper," or
more appropriately, "ink to
papyrus," saying, I will get to that later after doing these more
important tasks? The stories of God's people, throughout the centuries, offer
deep spiritual enrichment and wisdom, even for us today. It's like
looking through a keyhole of time, where we are able to see the miraculous ways
God works in and with those who will trust Him.
Briefly share with
us what you do to market your book?
Professionally, I am first a pastor, speaker, preacher,
teacher and then a writer. I market my books though several avenues
The church website (http://www.chappellhillumc.org/newpages/SpiritTalk.htm),
My podcasts (http://spirittalkpodcast.podomatic.com/),
The Pastors' Blog (http://pjbehrens.blogspot.com/),
Youtube videos (http://www.youtube.com/user/pjbehrens1),
Cokesbury Bookstore (http://www.cokesbury.com/forms/ProductDetail.aspx?pid=988707),
Public book Signings - Texas Annual Conference of the
United Methodist Church (05/29-06/01/2011) in Houston, TX,
and through personal marketing and word of mouth.
How do you spend
your time when you are not writing?
Oh my, I am on call 24/7 as a pastor, first of all.
So, I have all the administrative, spiritual and leadership duties which
goes along with being a pastor. I am in the pulpit on Sundays, teach
Bible studies during the week and occasionally speak and/or pray at other
events when invited to do so. I always begin my day with a devotional,
prayer time and scripture reading, just to get my priorities right. I
hope to spend some time riding my bicycle, walking and enjoying the beautiful scenery
that surrounds my home. I am also very serious when it comes to taking my
Sabbath day of rest each week, my vacation time, as well as, ten days of
spiritual retreat time, annually. I know that it is important to take
care of myself emotionally, physically and spiritually, so that I will be
better equipped to fulfill the call that has been placed on my life.
What are you
working on next?
Currently, I am working on the eighth book of the
"Spirit Talk" collection, titled: "The Desert Shall Rejoice."