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About Kate Motaung
Kate is the author of A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging, Letters to Grief, The Five-Minute Writing Prompt Journal, The 31-Day Writing Prompt Journal, The 90-Day Writing Prompt Journal, and A Start-Up Guide for Online Christian Writers, and co-author of Influence: Building a Platform that Elevates Jesus (Not Me).
She is the host of Five Minute Friday (fiveminutefriday.com), an online community that encourages and equips Christian writers, and she blogs at Heading Home (katemotaung.com). Kate is the owner of Refine Services (refineservices.com), a company that offers writing and editing services.
Kate has degree in Bible, theology, and cross-cultural missions from Kuyper College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and an Honours degree from the Bible Institute of South Africa. She loves writing creative nonfiction and memoir. Kate and her South African husband have three children.
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This is not a comprehensive step-by-step tutorial on how to accomplish each step, but rather a compilation of resources and suggestions regarding what to do in order to progress, grow, and succeed as an online Christian writer.
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The course is comprised of five units:
UNIT 1: BEGIN WITH THE BASICS
UNIT 2: FIND AND BUILD COMMUNITY ONLINE
UNIT 3: GROW YOUR KNOWLEDGE
UNIT 4: ENGAGE WITH OTHERS
UNIT 5: TAKE THE NEXT STEPS
Each lesson includes an assignment at the end with two options: one for beginners and one for more advanced users. Readers are encouraged to take up the challenge and stretch yourself to make the most of this course and to see the best results.
By the end of the course, you’ll know about all of the resources you need to build relationships in the online writing community and take intentional steps to grow and progress in a sustainable, enjoyable writing life.
Authors Kate Motaung and Shannon Popkin know what it’s like to wrestle with these questions. In Influence: Building a Platform that Elevates Jesus (Not Me), you’re invited to a platform-building coaching session with the carpenter from Nazareth. Join Shannon and Kate in this challenge to acknowledge the tension, set aside fears, examine hidden motives, and embrace the high calling of serving Christ. By utilizing the practical tools, exercises, and discussion questions provided, you’ll emerge with new confidence, awareness, and decision-making clarity--ready to step out and shine the light of Jesus from the platform God has strategically placed beneath your feet.
- Embrace the desire God has given each of us for connection
- Invest in meaningful relationships, right where God has you
- Become the friend you wish you had
I shudder to refer to you as “dear.” Yet you have been with me for so long that you have become a part of me, which I suppose entitles you to this term of affection, though my heart grants it unwillingly.
You are an enigmatic and elusive creature, a chameleon, changing color with habitat and season. Some say you pass with time, like grains of sand sifting through my fingers, no longer resting in the safety of my palm. Others say you are a process, as if by accomplishing twelve prescribed steps I could graduate from your possession and be free of you. But you are not a process. You do not pass, at least not in this lifetime.
You dwell with me — in me — but you are not my master. You roam on a leash, tethered by the One who owns you. You haven’t always been here, and one day you’ll disappear, for there’s only one Alpha and Omega. One beginning and one end, and you are neither.
You will not win, nor overcome. You’ve already been subdued and defeated, for “death has been swallowed up by victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54). A day is coming when you’ll be deemed redundant and your crown obsolete. On that day, O Grief, you will no longer be called “dear” . . . nor even a distant memory.
Unfortunately, grief is not a 12-step process. It may contain five or more general stages, but even these stages are rarely a linear process. Grief is far more often a cyclical journey, like the stages of the moon. Always present, but not always visible.
Since everyone endures loss in their own way, this collection of nine reflective letters to grief personified is descriptive, not prescriptive. Letters to Grief offers readers encouragement and hope to deal with loss and grief in the midst of their own unique circumstances. Readers are invited to reflect on their personal grief experience by writing in the journaling pages throughout the book.