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Ghostwriting: The Murphey Method
Speaking of legacies, one of Cec's gifts to writers is Ghostwriting: The Murphey Method. In it he shares the secrets to many of his bestselling titles. Another legacy book, Unleash the Writer Within, is shown below.
Unleash the Writer Within
Hug Therapist?
If you visit Cec's website, you'll see why the shirt he's wearing in the picture to the right is so appropriate. He says on his home page, "I want to hug people with my words. I'm a hugger. When I meet people, I like to wrap my arms around them. I want them to feel worthy and loved. I write to hug people with words of encouragement and challenge. I yearn for them to appreciate themselves and to realize that God created each of us to love and to be loved."
When Someone You Love Has Cancer
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Perhaps you know someone who could benefit from this book.


I’ve been hearing the word legacy these days. Maybe I’m hearing it because four people have asked me (in some form), “What kind of legacy do you want to leave?” I assumed it was a gentle way to point out that I’m getting older. I’ve decided that it’s more.

This morning, I thought about my father, who was what we call a functional alcoholic and often beat me. Long after I forgave Dad, I focused on the positives he taught me—his ethical code.

His favorite saying was, “A man’s word is his bond.” As a child, I didn’t understand that the word bond meant duty or obligation. Even so, it was a lesson I absorbed.

Despite all his bad qualities, I can truthfully say that whatever Dad promised, he fulfilled. Now, decades after his death, I realize that’s part of the legacy he left me—instilling in me that a promise made meant a responsibility to keep.

On this topic of legacy, I’ve been working with a bodacious 94-year-old woman named Margie Jenkins, and she gave me a real insight on the topic. “The life you live,” she said, “is the legacy you leave.”
That’s not only meaningful to me, but it gives me deep peace. My legacy won’t be what I want it to be or hope it will be; my legacy will reflect the influence and lessons I taught others by my behavior.

I try to live a godly life and one that honors God. I have no idea how others view my life, but I’m not going to be concerned. If I’m faithful to God and to my values, that’s my contribution to my legacy. 
My legacy reflects who I am, not who I'd like to be.

Personal News

  • October 1 and 8, I'm scheduled to preach at the Philadelphia Presbyterian Church in Forest Park, GA.

  • October 2, I'm booked to speak to a local club called Wine, Women, and Words. 

  • Sunday evening, October 8, I will be a “mystery guest” for the youth group at Clairmont Presbyterian Church, Decatur, GA.

  • On October 24, I’m scheduled to speak to a Stephen Ministry group at the Sanctuary Church in Kennesaw, GA, on the topic “Depression isn’t all bad.” I had planned to do it last month, but Hurricane Irma caused us to reschedule.

  • On October 31, I leave for 10 days for Egypt with a church group.
The Twila Zone:
Words from My Assistant, Twila Belk
As I mentioned above, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's hard for me to believe that my last chemo treatment was October 14, almost a full year ago. Although I'm not quite where I'd like to be physically right now, I'm grateful for how far I've come since then.
My days now are full with trying to provide an income for my family, working on my health, and being a caregiver for my husband, whose needs continue to increase. 
In the last month, I've had several articles appear online. Here are their links:
I look forward to a few upcoming speaking opportunities. Saturday, October 14, I'll be involved in an event for indie authors at the Davenport (Iowa) Public Library. I'll sell books and present a workshop on Creating Buzz. Monday, October 16, I'll speak at the annual women's soup supper event for Mulford Evangelical Free Church in Muscatine, Iowa. And on Saturday, November 4, I'll do a workshop titled "The Power to Be Still" (based on my soon-to-be-released book, The Power to Be) for the Women's Iron Sharpens Iron Conference in Clinton, Iowa. 
I'm currently helping a friend with her book project. She has a strong pro-life message and has secured a good number of big time endorsements. She hopes to have it available in January. This week I'm excited to also begin work with my first official coaching client. 
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