It’s Friday and time for me to share with you about another author and her book. I’m delighted to have Rose Chandler Johnson on my blog this week. She’s the author of God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea. I met Rose at the Write To Publish conference, in Chicago last year.
Rose Chandler Johnson’s devotional journal, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments was released in July 2013. Her devotions, poems, and articles have appeared in numerous Christian publications. She enjoys writing for her popular blog, Write Moments with God, and engaging with her readers. Rose is from a small Georgia town and has lived in Martinez, GA for the last twenty-eight years. She has been a French and English teacher for the last twenty years. Rose enjoys baking, gardening, and spending time with her six children and their families.
About her book:
In the South, nothing is more refreshing than a glass of sweet iced tea. Nothing, that is, except experiencing God in those small, everyday moments. God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is a deeply personal collection of spiritual treasures designed to help readers experience new mercies each morning. Seasoned with insight and grace, this tender devotional points to the divine presence of God in everyday moments. Whether purchased as a personal resource or given as a heartfelt gift, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea will help readers develop a daily habit of turning to God in those quiet moments of reflection.
1. Is there a story behind your book God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea?
I was reading some of my old journals recently and I came across an entry from 1979. It was a prayer in which I told the Lord I wanted to write a book that was relevant and encouraging and that would “point others to the heart of God”. I believe that the Lord gave me that desire and that God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is a realization of that desire, even though I wasn’t thinking of that consciously when I wrote it.
2. Why did you write a devotional?
When I decided to make Jesus the Lord of my life, in 1977, I started reading a devotional every morning. It was just what I needed to help me focus and structure my time. I’ve incorporated devotional reading in my quiet times with God for decades. I think most people could benefit from that format. So, I think that comes back to my desire to be relevant and encouraging.
3. What is the significance of “sweet iced tea”?
I love sweet iced tea. I feel like I can’t do without it. I literary drink a pitcher a day. Nothing is more refreshing than a glass of sweet iced tea. Even more so, I can’t do without the Lord who is with me through every moment of my day. The presence of God in my life restores my soul. And those moments where He shows Himself as the most refreshing. The “sweet iced tea” says it’s personal.
4. What started you on your writing journey?
I always wanted to be a writer. I received my first undergraduate degree in 1977 with a BA in English. In the late 70s and 80s I wrote a little, but motherhood, work, life in general got in the way of that dream. I only began writing again in 2008.
5. Why do you write now?
I am a journal keeper. Writing is a passion. Devotion writing is a way to communicate to others what I know about God, as a living reality. It’s more or less an overflow of what I experience as a Christian. I want to share that. I also like to write fiction, and I’m working on a novel, but that doesn’t seem as vital to me as my devotional writing.
6. Who do you want to reach with your book? Which audience?
This devotional is uniquely appropriate for working mothers, but it’s also for anyone who wants to put their Christianity into practice in their everyday moments and go deeper into God’s word. As Tiffany Colter said, this devotional is simple enough for the newest believer, yet deep enough to make a life-long Christian feel challenged to go higher.
Thanks Rose for this wonderful glimpse into your journey with God and your writing.