I love Cindy Sproles. Her welcoming personality, sense of humor, hard work ethic, and emphasis on prayer resonate with me. Plus, her willingness to grant me a teaching opportunity at the upcoming Asheville Christian Writers Conference causes me to appreciate her all the more 😊.
Please join me in welcoming Cindy Sproles, best-selling author, writing mentor, speaker, and executive editor for Christian Devotions and Inspire a Fire, on Writers Connect.
Cindy, when and how did you come to know the Lord as your Savior?
Cindy Sproles: I was in 3rdgrade and actually, I was sorta pushed into it. Our Sunday school teacher had done a class on baptism and what it meant to be a Christian so when the class was done several of the kids went forward and were baptized. I didn’t. I was thinking things through, checking my heart. I understood this was an adult decision for a kid and honestly, I was afraid not to think things through. But the next Sunday, when the time came for decisions, my Sunday School teacher tapped me on the shoulder and said, “It’s time, you should go.” So I did. Was I ready? Not really but I was working my way to it. I’ve often wondered if the decision to be baptized when coerced was really valid, but I learned, God knew my heart. And it counted. Since that time, I’ve worked hard to be the person I feel like God wants me to be.
What is your primary role in the writing community, and how did you achieve this position?
Cindy Sproles:I have several. As the cofounder of Christian Devotions Ministries, I am the executive Editor of that site (www.christiandevotions.us) and with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, I am a Managing Editor of the non-fiction genres (Straight Street Books and SonRise Deovotionals). I’m not sure achieved the position is the right word, but God called myself and Eddie Jones into ministry together. The positions are derived by hard work, learning the craft, and being obedient.
How has God used you and your skills in the writing realm to strengthen His kingdom?
Cindy Sproles:God has used me as an encourager and an example of what it means to work to achieve publication. I have a heart for new writers who need guidance and mentoring. So God uses me in that role.
What are your dreams and goals for the next year?
Cindy Sproles:I’m working to finish novel three, and I have a non-fiction book rolling around in my head that I feel like God is leading me to do. I want to complete both by end of year.
How can we pray for you?
Cindy Sproles:You can pray for the ministry of Christian Devotions and our work within the publishing arena. Pray that God will give us good direction on unique ways to market author books and that He will continue to bless the work we do. Personally, continued healing. I’m still recouping from two brain surgeries to repair my hearing. So, complete healing would be wonderful. God is good. He has cared for me throughout this journey. I trust His will for me.
Cindy, I’m grateful for your participation in Writers Connect. Your example of working to achieve publication inspires me, and your heart for new writers encourages me. Thank you for your valuable contributions to the writing world and to those of us behind you on the journey to publication. May God continue to open doors, using your endeavors for His glory.
Dear readers ~ I trust you’ve been inspired and encouraged by this interview, too. Let’s pray for Cindy in the days ahead because “the effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much” (James 5:16, NASB). And please visit her at the links below. Connecting with Cindy might be the Lord’s next step for you as a writer.