Inspirational Writing and Publishing Today


Inspirational Writing and Publishing Today

In this spiritually hungry world, people long to be comforted and inspired. Self-help, New Thought, religious books, daily meditations, memoirs, and personal true story anthologies top the bestseller lists. In this class, you’ll learn the forms, elements, and markets for inspirational writing and read samples from masterful writers. You’ll get tips for moving from self-expression to service by writing about your life’s experiences in ways that help others.

We’ll also talk about a system for framing chapters in a book-length work or for organizing an article. This class offers nurturing feedback and suggestions for rewriting, polishing, and getting published. It includes individual review of your assignments or book in progress. For intermediate and advanced writers and beginning writers who want to explore the inspirational genres. Individual consultation with the instructor. Small copy fee.

30% Lecture or Presentation
25% Writing Exercises
25% Sharing of Student Work
20% Review of Master Works

Teaching Artist: Linda Anderson
Age Group: Adult
Location: Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. So., Minneapolis, 55414
(near The Guthrie Theatre)
Day: Mondays
Date: July 11-August 15
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Level: Open to All

People who have taken the inspirational writing class in the past say:

“I received more information through Linda and this class than I could possibly have imagined. – Sherry

I was very impressed that Linda took the time to meet outside of class with every student. She was extremely organized and thorough. I’m leaving with a wealth of information for when I’m ready for it. Thank you.”

“This class exceeded my expectations. The instructor was excellent and really had a great teaching style. I felt I learned more about the genre, where and how to get published, and I also gained valuable knowledge with ‘how-to’ tips from an experienced writer.”

Linda Anderson is coauthor of the Angel Animals ongoing series of 12 inspirational books, plus articles, blogs, newsletters, and columns about the benefits of human-animal companionship. She is a regular contributing writer for Beliefnet. Linda and her husband received the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) Outstanding Book Award for Rescued: Saving Animals from Disaster and they each were awarded a Minnesota Governor’s Commendation for their contributions to the state as authors. Linda is the author of 35 Golden Keys to Who You Are & Why You’re Here. Her Writing on the Run website was named by Writer’s Digest magazine as one of the best for writers. She has taught at the Loft since 1998 and won an Anderson Center Residency for Outstanding Teachers.

Register: In person at Open Book. Online Phone: 612-379-8999, Fax: 612-215-2576, Mail: The Loft Literary Center, Att: Education, Open Book, Suit 200, 1011 Washington Avenue, South, Minneapolis, MN 55414
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A poll conducted by the Baylor University Institute for Studies of Religion found that 55 percent of those polled say they have been helped by a guardian angel.

Christopher Bade, Director of the survey says, “If you ask whether people believe in guardian angels, a lot of people will say, ‘sure.’ But this is different. It’s experiential. It means that lots of Americans are having these vived supernatural experiences.” (“Guardian Angels Are Here, Say Most Americans” by David Van Biema, Time, Thursday, September 18, 2008)

After reading about the whopping number of everyday people who say they’ve had an extraordinary spiritual experience with an angel, we wondered if that percentage would be increased substantially by defining angels as “messengers.” Would more people report encountering an angel if the messenger were covered in fur or feathers?

Angels protect, heal, appear in dreams and visions, offer guidance and help, love and give without expecting a return. Those are some of the reasons we started thinking of animals as having an angelic nature.

Over the course of our many years writing the Angel Animals series of books, we have received stories from people blessed by animals who did the deeds that normally would be attributed to angels.

What do you think? Are animals angels in disguise?

Any thoughts? Any stories? You can post your answers at our Angel Animals Facebook page: and “Like” Angel Animals while you’re there.
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We have produced a series of short videos about the work of Angel Animals. In the videos we share a bit about ourselves. We also present our message of the spiritual connection between animals and humans. Visit to view a variety of videos.

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What are the connections you have observed when life greets life?


Networking is an esteemed practice in business. Get to know the right people who might know even better people. Animals have a different way of networking. They connect with humans and each other in ways you might not recognize if you’re only tuned into mental channels.

How connected is all life? Do we live in a cosmic network that recognizes each transition, each entry and passing?

Bee Horton thinks we do.

Bee lives in a small village in Ecuador. She is involved in reforestation and spends much of her time planting pine and avocado trees on land that has been depleted and eroded due to excessive tree-cutting. She wrote to us about a calf’s miraculous birth.

“On a day I had anticipated for a long time, I watched my cow Kaula give birth to a beautiful calf. I guided the infant to his first breakfast on his mother’s tit. After the birth, I left the milk bucket and ran to our house. I could hardly wait to announce the good news with a radio call to the rest of the family. They, too, were exuberant to hear about Kaula’s baby.

“When I returned to Kaula and opened the gate to her corral, I began to hear a sound that I can only describe as heavenly. I listened, transfixed, to what seemed like thousands of bees roaring in a swarm. I looked up to the sky and around the farm but saw nothing. As I crossed the corral, the sound continued full and beautiful. It sent me soaring into an almost mystical trance.

“After I reached Kaula, I admired her calf, so strong and content. Then I stopped to fill my bucket with fresh milk. The sound continued to bring incredible joy and peace to my heart. I wondered if Kaula could hear it too, since together we’d experienced the miracle of her giving birth. I took the bucket of milk and crossed the corral once again. As I closed the gate, the miraculous sound faded away.

“I believe that God, the Creator, treasures all creation. The birth of an animal is a joyous and sacred moment. Hearing this welcoming spiritual sound reminded me that each animal comes into this world offering gifts of love and companionship.”

What are the connections you have observed when life greets life?

Any thoughts? Any stories? You can post your answers at our Angel Animals Facebook page: and “Like” Angel Animals while you’re there.
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“The Dog Who Needed a Cat” was first published in Angel Animals Story of the Week on June 6, 2008.

By Pamela Golick

When I moved from Michigan to Kentucky, my dog Bailey had recently lost her dog friend. He was stolen. She was very sad and would lie around, looking sad. I tried to get her another dog friend, because in her mourning, Bailey had stopped eating.

She growled at the puppy.

Then I moved and was walking Bailey when a one-eyed cat came up to her. She started rubbing on Bailey, and our dog started wagging her tail. A lady ran out of her house. I said, ” Don’t worry. My dog likes cats. She licks them on the head.”

The lady said that this was a stray cat who just hangs around. The cat followed us home. All the way, Bailey and the cat kept rubbing against each other.

Then Bailey ran in the house and ate two bowls of food. She was happy again. I said, “I guess I have a cat.”

I ask around but couldn’t find anyone who claimed the cat. She was skin and bones.

I named her Pirate just to call her something. I wasn’t planning to keep her till I knew where she belonged. That was six months ago. Now Bailey and Pirate go for walks side by side. People are amazed.

I found out when I had Pirate fixed that she is at least seven years old. She had probably been a stray throughout her life because she weighs less then five pounds.

Pirate needed someone to regularly feed her. Bailey needed help for her sadness. I think it was meant to be. They needed each other.

Pamela Golick lives in Kentucky. She enjoys reading and anything to do with animals. Pamela adopted a Chihuahua who was born without front legs. His name is Happy. Pamela writes that the dog likes to run and is faster than Bailey or Pirate. Bailey now also has another dog friend to play with.

What interspecies friendships have you witnessed?
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“The realities of nature surpass our most ambitious dreams.”
–Francois Rodin

“We can observe the working of Divine Spirit in the habits of birds, the cycles of plants, and the instincts of reptiles and mammals. . . All sing the glory of God; all teach the secrets of life.”
–Harold Klemp, Animals Are Soul Too!, p. ix

“Animals love. They love their being. They strive to survive, to celebrate, to propagate. So certainly something we learn from animals is love. To be the best we can be — the right to be here and the responsibility to be the best dog or bear or horse that they can be. Humans have the tendency to self-pity that other animals don’t indulge in.”
–Matthew Fox

“Let us gather up the sunbeams
Lying all around our path;
Let us keep the wheat and roses,
Casting out the thorns and chaff;
Let us find our sweetest comfort
In the blessings of today,
With a patient hand removing
All the briars from the way.”
–Mary Riley Smith, “If We Knew”
“When will public opinion no longer sanction popular entertainment  which consists in the mistreatment of animals?”
–Albert Schweitzer, Lieben, pp. 202-03

“It may be that the most profound benefit of having a pet is that we come to understand better the experience of death, and, perhaps, lose some of our fear of it in the process. . . death, our pets teach us, is necessary for new life to appear. Both for our pets and, eventually, for us, too.”
–Martin Goldstein, D.V.M., THE NATURE OF ANIMAL HEALING, p. 317

“You are not making the change because you are a bad person and you are doing it wrong. You make changes because you love yourself and you want to improve the quality of your life.”
–Louise Hay

“Some people [and animals] come into our lives quickly and go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints [paw prints] on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same.”
–Author Unknown

“The purpose of this world is not ‘to have and to hold’ but ‘to give and to serve.’ There can be no other meaning.”
–Sir Wilfred T. Grenfell

“Cats do not declare their love much, they enact it, by their myriad invocations of our pleasure.”
–Vicki Hearne


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BOOKS by Allen and Linda Anderson

BOOKS by Allen and Linda Anderson:

All of Allen and Linda’s books are available at New World Library, online or regular bookstores, some Costco stores, and at many gift shops that sell animal books. The books are sold with author autographs at .

Visit our wonderful publisher’s website at to see the wide array of animal books and outstanding authors published by this company. New World Library always supports animals, the environment, spiritual awareness — and us — in innovative ways.

Animals and the Kids Who Love Them
Dogs and the Women Who Love Them
Horses with a Mission
Angel Animals
Angel Animals Book of Inspiration
Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals
Angel Dogs with a Mission
Angel Horses
Rescued: Saving Animals from Disaster
Rainbows & Bridges: An Animal Companion Memorial Kit
Angel Cats
Angel Dogs
You Ought to Be in Pictures by Linda Anderson
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We were reviewing some article clippings we saved over the years and came across an essay in an issue of TIME magazine, “Demoting the Dog” by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen. The author wrote about how before she had her human baby, their basset hound, Hoover, had been her fur baby.

After Cullen brought her child home, she found herself growing to resent Hoover. She wrote, “The moment my child entered my world, there was no more room in it for my dog.”

To be fair, Cullen expresses the hope that someday her love for Hoover will return. For now, though, the dog had been demoted “from pat to pet to pest.” She says, “In our culture, this is the hate that dare not speak its name.” Her heart and attention are completely devoted to the baby.

Animal shelters (and deserted country roads) are filled with people who have fallen out of love with their pets. At least this author, for now, wasn’t considering abandoning the dog.

But does turning our pets into children have this unexpected downside? What happens to the fur baby when a human baby comes along with its utter dependence on parents and grandparents and ability to take over their lives?

Any thoughts? Any stories? Any solutions? You can post your answers at our Angel Animals Facebook page: and “Like” Angel
Animals while you’re there.
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First published in the Angel Animals Story of the Week on June 11, 2011.

By Martin Gawne

Even in the midst of our major cities, nature finds a way to survive and thrive.

My family and I live six miles from the heart of downtown Chicago and two blocks from the lakefront in a complex of sixteen brick townhomes. To gain access to a central courtyard the townhomes all face it’s necessary to walk through a front entrance with a lobby.

We do not have yards, but eight of the townhomes have garages with decks on top. A brick wall surrounds each deck.

Our neighbors have been in Germany on sabbatical the past year. Some weeks ago, I jumped over on to their deck to pick up something, when I noticed a Mallard hen nesting on a clutch of eggs in a vacant pot. The Mallard flew out of the pot and perched on the brick wall where she watched me very warily.

The Mallard stayed on that nest for weeks. We have no idea when she was feeding or when she left the nest. At night? Early morning? If she was eating greens from our rooftop deck garden, we barely noticed it.

The deck provided a relatively secure, safe place for the Mallard. She was literally up on a rooftop and off the ground where no other animals, such as raccoons, could find her or her eggs. But the neighborhood is also home to a peregrine falcon we had photographed this past winter, perching on another deck a few doors down.

A few days ago, we heard the ducklings — eleven of them! Even our dog’s ears perked up from hearing the chirping and quacking outside our window. The ducklings left the deck and (jumped?) down to the small patio between the house and garage. Ground cover is there but not a lot. Miraculously, no one seemed to be hurt. They were moving between the patios at the rear of the townhouses. We put out lettuce, wild birdseed, and a baby pool for them.

Eventually, however, they moved down a “gangway” to the front of the complex, into the interior courtyard. Now they have gone down to the lower patios, which are six feet lower than the sidewalk, where they run between the patios and through the wrought iron fences.

In this part of the complex there is little grass with no way out to the street and toward the lakefront, unless the ducklings could fly out like their mom. Again, we put water and food out for them, and they seemed to like that.

Now the drama began. How long could the ducklings stay? How long would the mother be content to keep them at the lower patios? What if she tried to escape? If she were able to leave the complex with her ducklings through an open garage door and did not follow  a route through an underpass, she would be leading her ducklings on a perilous walk to the lakefront across several busy streets, including Lake Shore Drive.

At this time of year, the lakefront is teeming with people. We were also fearful that our well-intentioned neighbors, including young children who might want to round up the ducks, would be a bigger threat to them than any predators. We knew we needed to find a solution.

We called Chicago’s North Park Village Nature Center, and they recommended a group that is part of the Chicago Audubon Society called the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors. The volunteers who work with this organization are unsung heroes who respond to thousands of calls every year and save hundreds of birds.

We called the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors on Sunday, and they were able to send out volunteers the very next morning. They safely captured the ducks with some assistance from my wife, Jean, and family friend, Carmen. Jean said these ladies could not have been more gentle or nicer.

The Mallard mom was also an inspiration. Our fear was that she was going to fly off and not come back. Then the rescue people would have to leave without her. But she was devoted to her babies and had no intention of leaving them.

The ducks will be held for observation for a few days to make sure they are all healthy and then will be relocated to a pond or river. The rescue folks were telling Jean that Lake Michigan is actually not an ideal place to raise young ducklings because its waters are too rough.

All told, our urban duck tale has a very a happy ending. This morning I looked out our window to listen for the duck and her ducklings and was wistful not to hear or see them. Although we already miss this wonderful mother and her beautiful brood, we are thrilled that they will be relocated to a home that is ideal for them.

Visit to view images of the ducks.

Martin Gawne and his family live two blocks from Lake Michigan in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood with their Bernese mountain dog, Bonita and box turtle, Sparky.

What are your experiences with wildlife rescue? Has it been rewarding to help animals in nature?
Allen and Linda Anderson

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