WSKY AM KWDF AM WDZY AM 3-18-2017

Our next guests are Todd & Jackie Courtney discussing their newest book series Inspirational Nursery Rymes.

 

 

 

 

Todd J. Courtney has lived in San Jose, CA most of his life. He has spent the past 25 years as a business owner/investor and during the last 5 years, he was teaching what Wallace D. Wattles calls “thinking stuff” to business offices in San Jose. During this time of teaching, while raising three kids of his own and teaching them the same techniques, he realized his passion lies with helping our youth understand that they too can create the life they truly dream of. While teaching adults for the prior 5 years, it didn’t take Todd long to realize why most of our youth get trapped in the same cycles as their parents, with the primary reason being that parents cannot teach their children what they don’t know or don’t understand themselves. After researching the teen and young adult market, it seemed a lot more work needed to be done to help our youth during this time of a rapidly changing world. Todd’s premise is this; “If we expect our youth to change the world, we have to start by changing our youth.”

In addition to his first book, “Thinking in One Direction”,Todd created TeensCanDream.org as a “go to” site for teens to find an array of short eBooks on a variety of topics, as they seek the answers to their individual questions. This site is dedicated to all the teens, pre-teens and young adults out there who are looking for answers, but didn’t have a single source to find them.

In addition, he and his wife, Jackie, created a new genre of nursery rhymes, Inspirational Nursery Rhymes, with the purpose of helping our youth during the early years of learning. Not stopping there and seeing how disease such as cancer, diabetes and obesity are affecting our youth at younger ages, Todd created the first ever animation video to help kids with leukemia think themselves healthy during treatment with their doctors. When asked, “Why leukemia? Does someone you know have it?” he responded with a, “No. It was just an idea in which I felt compelled to create.” With absolutely no experience on how to create an animation video, Todd explains in detail how things came about in divine order. For more information on his video go to, JustImagineIf.org.

Jacqueline “Jackie” was also raised in San Jose, CA and spent her career as a primary school teacher for 16 years before retiring to raise their children and embark on the journey of co-creating Inspirational Nursery Rhymes with Todd. From her years in teaching her students, many of whom were from underprivileged families, Jackie saw firsthand for the need to empower children and provide them the self-confidence needed to grow up leading a satisfied and fulfilling life as an adult. In combining her passion for children and desire to make a difference, along with Todd’s research, the idea of creating a brand new series of board books for toddler’s was born. With most of our current nursery rhymes written over 200 years ago, the objective was to create something for the 21st century that would enhance children’s futures.

 

Our last guest is Pastor Chip Gordon Director of Pastoral Care of Cancer Treatments Of America® (CTCA) he discusses their mission and how he became the Pastoral Director. In addition to the opportunity he sees for ministry to make a difference with patients, caregivers and the staff, Pastor Gordon appreciates the CTCA® focus on treating the whole person, rather than just a physical ailment.

Pastor Gordon earned a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and a bachelor’s degree in speech communications from Auburn University. Throughout his more than 25 years of ministry experience, he has served as a Youth Pastor and Senior Pastor for various churches in North Carolina, Alabama and Georgia.

“My goal is to always be a good listener, as many times patients simply need to be heard,” says Pastor Gordon. When working with patients, Pastor Gordon sees his role as helping them to understand that there is hope, and then guiding them to find that hope. He is also available to answer any questions that patients may have at any time concerning faith.

Passionate about the community, Pastor Gordon has served on the board of directors at Bridging the Gap, a community outreach program providing food and other resources to people in need. He has also served as an advisor to the Newnan Youth Council, Board of Directors for the Newnan Kiwanis Club, and as a Director on the Newnan/Coweta Board of Realtors. Pastor Gordon is very active in SonRise Baptist Church where he serves as an Elder.

Born and raised in Newnan, Pastor Gordon met his wife Jo Ellen at Auburn University. She is currently a mathematics teacher at Newnan High School. Chip and Jo Ellen have two daughters, Katie and Abbie.

Christian Talk 1160 AM March 18, 2017

Our  guest today is John Goodwin, President Galaxy Press, he will be discussing the 33rd Annual  L. Ron Hubbard  Writers and Illustrators of the Future Achievement Awards on April 4th, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

The Contest is very much an extension of a well-established and demonstrated philosophy of “paying it forward” to help new generations of writers. There is no entry fee, and winners receive cash prizes of up to $5,000. Each quarter, thousands of submissions come in from across the globe.

 

 

 

 

The  contests have received entries from 147 countries. The stories, all of them anonymous, are read by a blue-ribbon panel of judges that include some of the greatest luminaries in science fiction and fantasy. Art pieces by the illustrator entrants are similarly judged by powerhouse artists in the field. And out of thousands of submissions, the judges each quarter choose the top three, the very best.

All of the quarterly winners are invited to attend an intensive, five-day master-class workshop where they are taught the skills and techniques to become true professionals. The winners are celebrated at a gala awards event that has been held in prestigious venues across the United States. Their winning stories, along with accompanying illustrations, are published in an annual anthology with wide distribution to bookstores nationwide and abroad. For many, this is just the first step in a long and successful career.

Past winners of the Writers of the Future Contest have gone on to publish well over 700 novels and 3000 short stories; they have become international bestsellers and have won the most prestigious accolades in the field—the Hugo, the Nebula, the John W. Campbell, the Bram Stoker, and the Locus Award—and even mainstream literary awards such as the National Book Award, the Newbery and the Pushcart Prize. The Illustrators of the Future winners have gone on to publish millions of illustrations in the field.

Each year the Contests welcome a dozen talented new writers and illustrators into the field as published professionals. And countless others have been inspired to keep writing, keep creating, keep entering and keep dreaming their creative visions. Writers and Illustrators of the Future are the most enduring and influential contests in the history of science fiction and fantasy. “Science fiction does not come after the fact of a scientific discovery or development. It is the herald of possibility.” — L. Ron Hubbard 

John Goodwin, President Galaxy Press, has been involved with book publishing since 1986, publishing all the fiction works of bestselling author L. Ron Hubbard which includes the internationally acclaimed Writers of the Future anthology, now in its 33rd year.  He has been a board member of the Audio Publishers Assn, a national organization of the audio publishing industry.  He has become very active in the Hollywood community the past several years and serves as a Board member of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.  He is also a Board member of the Friends of Hollywood Central Park (an organization creating a 38-acre park over the Hollywood Freeway) and President of the Hollywood Christmas Parade.  He is a member of the Explorers Club, Science Fiction Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America and Western Writers of America. For more information go to  http://www.galaxypress.com/

W4Cy & W4Vet March 16, 2017

Our  guest today is John Goodwin, President Galaxy Press, he will be discussing the 33rd Annual  L. Ron Hubbard  Writers and Illustrators of the Future Achievement Awards on April 4th, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

The Contest is very much an extension of a well-established and demonstrated philosophy of “paying it forward” to help new generations of writers. There is no entry fee, and winners receive cash prizes of up to $5,000. Each quarter, thousands of submissions come in from across the globe.

 

 

 

The contests have received entries from 147 countries. The stories, all of them anonymous, are read by a blue-ribbon panel of judges that include some of the greatest luminaries in science fiction and fantasy. Art pieces by the illustrator entrants are similarly judged by powerhouse artists in the field. And out of thousands of submissions, the judges each quarter choose the top three, the very best.

All of the quarterly winners are invited to attend an intensive, five-day master-class workshop where they are taught the skills and techniques to become true professionals. The winners are celebrated at a gala awards event that has been held in prestigious venues across the United States. Their winning stories, along with accompanying illustrations, are published in an annual anthology with wide distribution to bookstores nationwide and abroad. For many, this is just the first step in a long and successful career.

Past winners of the Writers of the Future Contest have gone on to publish well over 700 novels and 3000 short stories; they have become international bestsellers and have won the most prestigious accolades in the field—the Hugo, the Nebula, the John W. Campbell, the Bram Stoker, and the Locus Award—and even mainstream literary awards such as the National Book Award, the Newbery and the Pushcart Prize. The Illustrators of the Future winners have gone on to publish millions of illustrations in the field.

Each year the Contests welcome a dozen talented new writers and illustrators into the field as published professionals. And countless others have been inspired to keep writing, keep creating, keep entering and keep dreaming their creative visions. Writers and Illustrators of the Future are the most enduring and influential contests in the history of science fiction and fantasy. “Science fiction does not come after the fact of a scientific discovery or development. It is the herald of possibility.” — L. Ron Hubbard 

John Goodwin, President Galaxy Press, has been involved with book publishing since 1986, publishing all the fiction works of bestselling author L. Ron Hubbard which includes the internationally acclaimed Writers of the Future anthology, now in its 33rd year.  He has been a board member of the Audio Publishers Assn, a national organization of the audio publishing industry.  He has become very active in the Hollywood community the past several years and serves as a Board member of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.  He is also a Board member of the Friends of Hollywood Central Park (an organization creating a 38-acre park over the Hollywood Freeway) and President of the Hollywood Christmas Parade.  He is a member of the Explorers Club, Science Fiction Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America and Western Writers of America. For more information go to  http://www.galaxypress.com/