Resting Life Cover Reveal and Preorders!

Friends, a gorgeous cover for an encouraging Christian living non-fiction book is being revealed today! Resting Life: Jesus’ Rest for the Busy or Burdened Believer is my latest upcoming release!


But first, all the details.

RELEASE DATE: March 20, 2020! Mark your calendars!

…but you can skip the calendar part if you preorder the ebook on Amazon. You’ll automatically get the best price, and the book will appear right on your device bright and early on release day! (And Amazon is kind enough to notify you, so you can be among the very first to read the book if you wish!)


But do you actually want to preorder already? What is this new book about? Is it worth your time?


Can your busy, stressful reality truly transform into the abundant, restful reality of the kingdom of God? The Bible says yes. Through rest in Christ, your life can be fulfilled, productive, peaceful, and free to give and receive love. But just what is Biblical rest, and how can it seamlessly fuse with your modern life? In Resting Life: Jesus’ Rest for the Busy or Burdened Believer, Bible teacher Erika Mathews addresses this question. Discover the unification of rest with practical daily life, relationships with others, spiritual warfare, ministry, witnessing, prayer, meditation, fruitfulness, and personal abiding. Through understanding and embracing God’s rest, you too will be uplifted, challenged, encouraged, and freed to live life as He intended—within Him.

Now go preorder. 🙂

But why preorder at all? Why not wait until the book is released? Besides the fact that you’ll automatically get the lowest price, and besides the fact that you won’t have to actually remember to order the book later, did you know that preorders stack up and count as sales on release day? Multiple preorders alert Amazon that this book is popular, and the more popular Amazon’s system sees the book is, the more people Amazon will suggest and show it to, and the higher it will rank in what people see. This means this book – and the message of this book – will be able to reach many more people. This is immensely helpful for visibility in the thousands of books for sale. So if you’d like the ebook, preordering is the way to go.

You don’t want the ebook?

There’s a place to preorder a paperback too!

You want to know more about the author first?


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Erika Mathews is an author and editor who lives in the farm country of Minnesota with her husband and children. She’s a homeschool graduate with a Bachelor’s in Communications, a Master’s in Biblical Ministries, and a passion for sharing Jesus Christ and His truth. She wrote Resting Life out of meditations and prayers during her three years at Bible School. When she’s not working with books, she enjoys reading, outdoor activities, piano and violin, organizing, and using the Oxford comma. You can connect with Erika at

Ready to preorder (Kindle) (Paperback) now?

Of course not. You came here for the cover…and so the cover you shall have.


Resting Life Front Cover 2.8.20

Design credit goes to Sarah Grace Grzy.


And enjoy the back cover, since back covers don’t often get as much love:

Resting Life Back Cover

*Applause! Cheering! Throwing of confetti! Cookies for all!*

*Deep sigh of contentment*


Thank you so much for attending this reveal party. Watch my Instagram this month for release celebrations, Bible studies based on Resting Life, and giveaways. May the blessings of the Lord be upon you today!

And now you can safely preorder. 🙂

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The Most Important Way to Support an Author

Promise’s Prayer has been published for two years! This calls for a celebration, so as a gift to you, I’ve reduced to the ebook price to less than a dollar for the week.
But I have something to share on the theme of Promise’s Prayer that’s far more important. If you can only help me on my writing journey in one way, don’t buy my books, review them, or even share them with others. Do this instead.

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Release Date, Cover Reveal, Preorders, & Media Tour!

Good news for those of you looking forward to another Erika Mathews book release! Several pieces of news, to be exact . . .

  1. I have a release date for my book of inspirational poetry, Overrun By Your Love – and it’s only one week to wait! July 19, 2018 is the big day when the release will be live.
  2. I’m excited to reveal the lovely cover today, designed by Aesthetically Designs. It’s just perfect for this book. I love everything about this cover: the waterfall picturing how we are “overrun” by God’s love – abundantly more than anything we could imagine; the figure on the bridge abiding in that abundance; and the contrast between the brightness and joy of being filled with the fullness of God and the darkness of the world around us.

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3. Overrun By Your Love is now available for preorder! You can order the Kindle ebook now and it will be automatically delivered to you on July 19 (and sometimes even a bit early!). Click here for more details.

4. I’m hosting a Media Tour to celebrate the release of this book! But I need your help to spread the word. If you have a blog or a social media account where you’d be willing to share about this book’s release, please fill out this form. There will be a special giveaway just for those who join in the Media Tour and spread the word about the release!


Plotting Kingdom Adventure Fiction

Today my genre, Kingdom Adventure, is featured at Indie e-Con, and I’m here as a guest speaker to discuss the unique flexibilities of plotting this genre. Watch below!

Links mentioned in the video:

Comprehensive definition of Kingdom Adventure:

List of Kingdom Adventure books:

My book, Promise’s Prayer:

Current status of future Truth from Taerna books:

Indie e-Con:


Leave a comment: what intrigues you most about Kingdom Adventure? Have you ever tried plotting this genre? What sort of Kingdom Adventure world would you want to create?

Surprise! New Book!

Once upon a socially disadvantaged time, a hare and a tortoise lived in the world of non-human beings…

In celebration of Promise’s Prayer turning one year old this weekend, I’m releasing another book! This one is a short story collection full of whimsy and uniqueness that I had a lot of fun putting together. Hop on over to this post to read all about it!


The words of Aesop of Sardis, which came to him in the six hundred threescore and fourth year… 



3-2-1 … WRITE!

3-2-1 WRITE! party

It’s been an enjoyable week at the 3-2-1 Write! blog party hosted by Read Another Page. On Monday we discussed 3 favorite books on writing, and on Tuesday we shared 2 favorite pieces of writing advice. Yesterday we talked about a favorite writing tool, and each day we’ve had a fun quote game.

Today it’s time to wrap the party up and find out the three special giveaway winners! These three days have been informative and motivational, and as the party draws to a close, I’d like to encourage you to not let it end here. A whole world of writing continues to stretch ahead of you, and you can continue to walk forward upon it.

We all encounter obstacles on our writing journey. There’s not enough time to write, or the ideas aren’t coming, or our draft is stuck halfway through. (I’m presently dealing with all three of these issues on various levels.)

I’m here today to tell you that these obstacles are not insurmountable. Not enough time to write? Carve out a tiny slice of time somewhere in your routine. (One paragraph before breakfast! 100 words right after lunch! 500 words after work!) Make it a habit, and stick with it. If you miss a day, don’t get hung up on it – simply get back on track the next day. Little bits of time taken regularly truly do add up.

Ideas aren’t coming? Maybe it’s time to step away from your project and view it from a new angle. Or maybe it’s time to sit down and let your pen move across the paper or your fingers move across the keyboard, writing nonsense or something outside your normal genre. Maybe it’s time to brainstorm crazy “what if”s. Maybe it’s time to take a break from writing and simply observe the world, letting real life soak into you and inspire you for future projects.

Stuck halfway through your draft? Maybe it’s time to revise your outline – or time to create an outline! Maybe the last several chapters need to be rewritten. Maybe you need a new character. Throw something into your story to get the plot moving again . . . you can always revise or delete it later.

Above all – pray. Seek your Father’s face regarding your writings. He knows the words He would have you pen. Your writing is nothing apart from Him. Abide in Him and meditate upon His word day and night. He is the Perfect Author, and He loves you so much that He wants your stories told even more than you do. Delight in intimate relationship and fellowship with Him, and He will direct your writing steps.

What writing project are you currently working on or hope to begin soon? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to chat!

Last but not least . . . hop on over to Read Another Page to find out if you’re a winner!

May God bless your writing!

3-2-1 Write! Party: Writing Tools

3-2-1 WRITE! party

It’s Day 3 of the 3-2-1 Write! Party hosted by Read Another Page! Welcome back to my conference room here at Resting Life where we’re talking about all things writing. There are also fun games and giveaways (including an important piece of a giveaway game in this post), so don’t miss out!

Watch for the secret phrase in this post, and be sure to write it down. Combine it with the secret phrases from today’s posts by other writers who have conference rooms at the party and you’ll find the secret quote that will qualify you for a giveaway!

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On Monday we discussed 3 favorite books on writing, and yesterday I shared my 2 favorite pieces of writing advice. Today is Day 3 of the 3-2-1, and I’m here to talk about my 1 favorite writing tool.

Is it Microsoft Word?

Is it Pinterest?

Is it a notebook for outlining and character development?

Is it the Spelling and Grammar check?

While I use and thoroughly enjoy all of the above writing tools (Microsoft Word for easy typing and formatting! Pinterest for character inspiration and plot ideas! Notebooks for easy brainstorming! Spelling and Grammar check to come alongside my inner editor!), today I’d like to talk about a different sort of writing tool that I believe is essential to every author.


That’s right. Books. After all, if you’d never read a book, how would you ever think to write one? If you’d never read a book, you’d have no pattern, no guide, no goal in mind.

Books can teach you the proper use of the English language.

Books can show you examples of the diverse styles available for you to write in.

Books can help you break outside your boxes and write something entirely new and unique.

Books can train you in formatting and publication standards.

Books can demonstrate to you the difference between poor writing and excellent writing.

Books can reveal to you what you like best for styles, genres, poetic word usage, point of view, language, description, plot types, and character development.

If All you have is a bookshelf full of books, you can read them, become inspired, and create anything else you want to read. In a sense, it doesn’t matter what other tools you might have – you can write in the sand with a stick, on parchment with charcoal, in a notebook with a pen, on Open Office on a laptop, or on your wall with your blood. If you have a book, you can catch the vision. Your imagination can be fired up. The seeds that books plant in the brain and in the heart are all it takes to sow and harvest a crop of beautiful stories and inspiring non-fiction.

For example, here are a few books that have shaped my writing style:

  1. The Bible – continues to shape every part of how I write
  2. The Five Little Peppers series by Margaret Sydney – demonstrated to me the intricacies of beautifully developed characters and relationships in a realistic day-to-day setting and revealed to me how characters truly make the story
  3. Storybooks by Rod and Staff Publishers – showed me how humdrum daily life can form a pleasing and uplifting tale
  4. Elsie Dinsmore series by Martha Finley – revealed to me how the spirit of Jesus Christ and godly character can permeate a story through and through while still telling a riveting tale; also planted in me a love for historical Christian fiction
  5. Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder – gave me a spirit of adventure as well as demonstrated how down-to-earth tales of simple daily living can be powerful bestsellers
  6. Annabeth’s War and Captive of Raven Castle by Jessica Greyson – showed me it is possible to write entirely realistic stories set in a fictional world
  7. The King’s Daughter and Other Stories for Girls; Tiger and Tom and Other Stories for Boys; Stories Worth Rereading – gave me a sense of how even a short story could pack a punch and deliver spiritual encouragement in a well-educated and interesting way
  8. Ishmael by E.D.E.N. Southworth – a novel written in high language with a complex plot and characters that demonstrated to me how to explore the depths of character motivations
  9. The Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight – an excellent example of highly polished writing mixed with a deep Christian message, unforgettable characters, and a dramatic and compelling plot

And here is the Big Giveaway! Be sure to enter for a chance to win an amazing writer’s package!

Paper copy of The Emotion Thesaurus

$5.00 Amazon Gift Card

Free Cover Design by Victoria Lynn

$30 Blog Tour Orchestration by Faith Blum

Free Edit of up to 5000 words by Erika Mathews

Because we’ve had 40 different people enter the giveaway, we’ve also added a second and a third prize! If you don’t win the grand prize, you could win one of two Amazon gift cards!

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What books have influenced you most as a writer? What’s your writing tool of choice? Comment below – I’d love to discuss our favorite books!


Did you find the secret phrase? Click the button above to visit Faith’s blog and find the next phrase, or return to Read Another Page to start the trail from the beginning. Be sure to return tomorrow for the final day of the 3-2-1 Write! Party where we find out the winners of the giveaways!