Wisdom, Forrest Gump Style


Wisdom, Forrest Gump Style

This week I’m blogging, and our “guest” is good ol’ Forrest Gump

Gather ’round, and we’ll see what our adventurer friend has to share.

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Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding and must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.
Psalm 32:9

Forrest Gump Life Wisdom

My husband can imitate Forrest Gump to a T, so when he came in with the latest Gump joke (origin unknown), I knew I had to share it. Goes something like this …

Forrest Gump Life Wisdom

Forrest Gump died and went to heaven. 

St. Peter met him at the Pearly Gate.

“Heaven’s getting a bit crowded, Forrest, so we’ve decided to give a test before letting folks in.”

“Hope it’s not too hard.”

“Oh, you’ll do all right,” St. Peter replied. “What two days in the week start with the letter T?”

“Today and tomorrow.”

“That wasn’t the answer I was looking for, but I guess it’ll do. Try this one: How many seconds are in a year?”

“Twelve.”

St. Peter frowns. “Twelve? How’d you get twelve?”

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“Well, there’s January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd …”

St. Peter scratches his head. “You’ve got a point there. I guess I’ll accept it. Does God have a first name?”

“Yes. First name’s Andy.”

“Where in the world did Andy come from?”

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“Well, my mama and I used to sing a song in church. Went somethin’ like this:  ‘Andy walks with me. Andy talks with me …'”

Forrest, the Philosopher

Renowned English philosopher, William Ockam, is known for coming up with a problem-solving principle (Ockam’s Razor) that has withstood the test of time: The simplest answer is generally the best answer.

So were Forrest’s simple-as-can-be responses that far off?

Might the questioner have asked more specific questions?

Unfortunately, life often asks complicated questions, but Forrest Gump was able to use Ockam’s Razor to pare down even the most intricate issues to simple truth.

Most of us would have considered both the simple and more complex possibilities before answering St. Peter’s questions. But not Forrest. Occam adherent to a very simple T, Forrest was too literal for weighing more than one possibility against another. 

In the grand scheme of things, is that so bad?

To some, Forrest is a goofball (or the mule King David describes). But to others, like myself, Forrest Life Wisdom 101 is spot on: (Tweet That!)

(1) Life’s a marathon. Just run.

(2) Life’s a box of chocolates.
 Enjoy what you get.

(3) Life’s all about love. So love. 
(4) Life has a guide book.
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(5) Life’s hard. Deal with it.

P.S. King David, the Psalmist, penned a verse 8 before the verse 9 above:

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

But the psalmist didn’t stop there. He added a verse 10:

Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love
surrounds the one who trusts in him.

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The hero of our story trusted his closest advisor—Mama—who pointed him to hers: God. Mama’s love never failed Forrest–from a simple park bench at home to the jungles of Viet Nam and along roads, streets, and highways all over the country

But God has Mama beat, hands down. Check it out.

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Let’s Chat! Author Kathleen Friesen

Welcome, Readers

This week we head north to Canada to visit with Kathleen Friesen.

Grab a cup. Gather ’round. And comment below. Kathleen’s offering two ebooks (Melody’s Song and Nila’s Hope).

**Winners of Kathleen’s books, Melody’s Song, Nila’s Hope, and Redemption’s Whisper are Bunny Bassett and Marilyn Ridgway. Congratulations, readers!


Welcome, Kathleen

We’re so glad you joined us this week, Kathleen. A writer who hails from Canada has our undivided attention. 🙂

Tell us about your pre-author life, a bit about your journey thus far, and any advice and encouragement you may have.

Pre-Author Life of Kathleen Friesen

My childhood was spent in the lush green that is Washington and Oregon, but God nudged me to follow high school graduation with Bible school at a tiny place in Saskatchewan, Canada. “Where’s that?” I asked. “Are You sure?”

But I headed to Canada, and when I arrived in Saskatchewan, the flat, bare landscape and strong winds made the Canadian prairie seem like an alien planet. But God was there, waiting. In His love, He brought an intriguing, handsome young man to Millar Memorial Bible Institute that year. In spite of a no-dating rule, we quickly fell in love and were married the following winter.

More than forty-four years later, I am proud to be fully Canadian just like my husband, children, and grandchildren. I am so thankful for that initial God-nudge.

Another Kathleen Friesen God Nudge


God nudged me again when our three children were grown, this time to do something about the desire to write. Fear had kept me from daring to share what lay in my heart, but my husband encouraged me, and I signed up for an online writing course. This changed my life–a cliché, I know–but it’s true. Through lessons, critiques and constant encouragement from my mentor, that long-held dream came true. God is good!


A Debut for Kathleen Friesen

vanity press published my first novel, Melody’s Song. If I could turn back time … 

As a newbie, I believed prominent authors who said no traditional publisher would look at a book by an unagented author. I submitted my work to two or three agents (yes, I gave up too quickly) who rejected my work. The costs incurred by publishing with this vanity press will likely never be recovered, so I hope readers will learn from my mistake.

Nevertheless, when that first box of freshly printed books arrived, I was ecstatic. These characters had become cherished friends, so I had to continue writing. It helped, of course, when a reader friend told me I simply had to tell Nila’s story. So I did.

A Debut of a Different Sort

The second, Nila’s Hope, and third, Redemption’s Whisper, are published by Pelican Book Group. Working with a Christian publishing company renewed my faith in the business of writing. Redemption’s Whisper released March 24 in e-book form and will be available June 2 in print. I can’t wait!

These three books are sequential, with old friends returning and new ones introduced, but each story stands alone. By the way, I appreciate hearing from readers, especially when they have questions.

None of my stories was easy to write, as they deal with hard subjects. But I hope and pray they touch each reader’s heart with the truth that God is a God of hope and grace.

A Final Word from Kathleen Friesen

If you are seeking publication, please don’t succumb to discouragement. Rather, join a group or groups who will, with honesty and care, critique your writing.

joined ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), one of the best moves I made. ACFW provides an opportunity to join the greatest critique group in the writing world. Fortunately for me, they don’t even mind that I’m not American. We critique one another’s work chapter by chapter and brainstorm online. I count these ladies as dear friends. Close, understanding friends support us and, now and then, Gibbs-slap us up the side of the head. (Tweet That!) 

I joined another group of writing friends who meet once a month.

Rather than critique, we encourage and pray for one another. I need a lot of both, and I adore these dear friends. 

Good friends, whether local or online, are an absolute necessity, especially for writers. When I stay in my writing cocoon too long, I lose my connection to what matters. So find a group, meet with friends, and above all, pray!


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Readers can find Kathleen and her books at the following locations:

Website

Pelican Book Group

Amazon:
Melody’s Song 

Nila’s Hope

Redemption’s Whisper

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Lord, we declare You the Author of Everything. We bow before You in awe and adoration, and we thank You for stooping to love usnudge us, and use us. We write because of You, and we read to find You. Keep us in the center of Your Will as readers and writers.
~ For Jesus’ sake 

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Every word of God is flawless …
Proverbs 30:5a NIV

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17 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Kathleen Friesen

  1. Marilyn R

    I haven’t read Kathleen Friesen’s books, but I’m going to have to mark them as to read on my never ending list. Fictional stories that deals with realistic true to life issues pointing readers to God and His amazing grace are the best ones (my opinion) to read. Continue writing great stories to bring individuals closer to God.

     
     
    1. Thanks for your encouragement, Marilyn. Please come again. Linda

       
       
    2. Thank you, Marilyn. I hope you get to read my books soon! Thank you for this encouragement.

       
       
  2. Kathleen, what a wonderful interview. I am SO glad you are part of our critique group. You are a wonderful author. I love your work. I shared this throughout social media and don’t need to be entered in the giveaway. I loved the books!

     
     
    1. Thanks for joining the chat, Julie. You’ve encourage us! Please come again. Linda

       
       
    2. Thank you, Julie! You are a blessing.

       
       
  3. Love Kathleen’s books, and how she deals with real life situations with a Christian perspective. Her characters are believable and likeable.

     
     
    1. Thanks for stopping by and joining in the conversation.

       
       
    2. Thank you, BJ. Your encouragement means a lot to me.

       
       
  4. Laura HIlon

    Great blog post. Don’t enter me in the contest. I’ve read all of Kathy’s book

     
     
    1. Thanks for joining the conversation, Laura.

       
       
    2. Thank you, Laura. You have helped me become a better writer, and I appreciate you.

       
       
  5. Wonderful interview! You’re a great writer, Kathleen. I’ve enjoyed reading your books. They’re very inspiring. I look forward to your future ones.

     
     
    1. Thanks for stopping by, Laura, and joining the chat.

       
       
    2. Thanks so much, Laura. You are an inspiration to me.

       
       
  6. Thanks so much for hosting me, Linda, and making the interview a pleasure!

     
     
    1. My pleasure, too, Kathleen.

       
       

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