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Video Café + #Giveaway with Beth K. Vogt

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Bonjour, Friday – and welcome to the Video Café! I’m so happy to welcome Christy award-winning author (and dear friend) author Beth K. Vogt as our guest in the café today! She’s sharing about Almost Like Being in Love – her latest Destination Weddings series novel. (You’ll want to be sure to stick around after our coffee break for our usual #Giveaway…)

If you’re new to the Video Café, Click HERE to see what it’s all about. But if you’ve been here before, you know how it works. Grab your morning brew so we can chat with Varina!

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BONJOUR Beth — Welcome to the café! We always ask this of our guests first thing: Where’s your café today and just what are you drinking? 


Bubble water! That’s sooo cute. 😉 

Since we start our time together with devotions, could you share what Scripture is ministering to you right now, and why?


 

I just love that you’ve mentioned watchmen! I did some in-depth verse mapping on watchmen last year, and it was so inspiring. **For those friends in the cafe who wanted the site link Beth mentioned — here it is: www.swtblessings.com 

We come together in this place because we want to get to know some of our favorite authors in their space — around the places and people they love. Can you share something about you that readers might not already know? 


Oh, Beth! I just keep thinking: “How many of us will be brave to share after hearing how Beth did?” I speak for everyone here in the cafe when we say Thank You for opening up, being vulnerable, and handing us the mic. to do the same in our lives. (Please leave comments for Beth, sisters, if she’s inspired you to share too!) Your strength has blessed us today, Beth.

We’re here because we love great Christian fiction — and the author who write those stories. Would you share about your latest release, Almost Like Being in Love? 


Can I just say (in case y’all didn’t know) — that Beth is now a Christy award-winner? Beth’s writing is beautiful and her stories layered with emotion and in-depth characters. We can’t wait to explore that in your new book, Beth, and we celebrate with you!!! Well done, friend. 🙂 

Before we say goodbye in the cafe today, can you leave us with a few words? 

It’s been such a blessed coffee break time we’ve been able to spend with you today. Thank you for stopping by, dear friend. And as I always say — we just hugged you! (P.S. We hope you come visit again with your next release too! We’d love to spend more time of inspiration with you.) 


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Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an Air Force family physician (now in solo practice) who said she’d never marry a doctor—or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four who said she’d never have kids. Now Beth believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” As a contemporary romance novelist, Beth is a 2016 Christy Award winner, a 2015 RITA® Finalist and a three-time ACFW Carol Award finalist. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2014.

In 2015, Beth introduced her destination wedding series with both an e-novella, Can’t Buy Me Love, and a novel, Crazy Little Thing Called Love. She continues the series in 2016 with the e-novella You Can’t Hurry Love (May) and the novel Almost Like Being in Love (June). A November Bride, was part of the Year of Wedding Series by Zondervan. Beth enjoys writing contemporary romance because she believes there’s more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us. Find out more about her books at bethvogt.com.


ENTER the GIVEAWAY:

Beth is pleased to offer a copy of Almost Like Being in Love to one reader in the cafe.

This Giveaway is for continental US residents only (void where prohibited), and runs from 7/22/16 – 7/28/16 11:59pm EDT. Leave a comment with an answer to the following question from Beth’s café visit:

QUESTION: 

Beth shared about an unexpected change in her life – with grace, vulnerability, and strength. What is a journey you’ve been on, and how has your ability to rely on God helped you walk through it?

We’ll draw one name of those who comment on this post during the dates listed and announce the winner on this post 7/29/16. And be sure to keep the coffee brewing, because we’ll have more giveaways  in the café as we head into autumn — including some for the just released The Ringmaster’s Wife!

With JOY & coffee talk,

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20 thoughts on “Video Café + #Giveaway with Beth K. Vogt

  1. I was the oldest child still living at home when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, and was a primary caregiver through her very rough journey. She became very sick very fast, and died the day before my 19th birthday.

    If not for the love and power of my merciful God, I wouldn’t have had the strength to continue on to take care of my little sister. God leads us through our darkest hours and gives us exactly what we need if we just lean on Him and trust in Him.

    1. Oh my goodness – so very sorry for the loss of your mother. But I understand. We had about 5 months with my dad from diagnosis to memorial service, and my mom and I shared the caregiving. They were heartbreaking, bittersweet, beautiful days that I treasure. Bless you, sister, for the trust you place in Him.

  2. I enjoyed this interview! Thank you! I have been dealing with fibromyalgia, Sjogrens, and lupus. I would never make it without my daily morning time with God. I can’t imagine going through this without Him, not only because of the peace He gives, but also for the wisdom to know what to do and when. To me, that quiet time (sometimes not so quiet) is the best part of my day!

    1. lelandandbecky: I agree that time with God makes all the difference in my mindset each day. I have my anchor verses that hold me steady, but daily time in the Word is vital to refresh my faith.

  3. Kristy and Beth, thank you for the FANTASTIC interview. Beth, thank you for being transparent about your struggles. You are a blessing to the body of Christ! 🙂

    1. Caryl: My relationships with others in the body of Christ — such as my friendship with Kristy — have taught me value of honesty, while allowing me the safe places to be honest about my struggles.

      1. Caryl & Beth ~ Oh my, is this true. The honesty, humility, vulnerability… they seem to go together with authentic friendships. You cannot have one without the other it seems. I treasure my friendships (because I prayed to find them years ago). ❤ to you, dear Beth!

  4. Love your video chats and the special connection they provide with our fave authors – thank you, Kristy!! I so enjoyed this one with Beth – the first video I’ve seen of hers. Congrats, Beth, on your Christy award and thanks for sharing with us in the video – I’m so looking forward to reading ‘Almost Like Being in Love’, thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!

    I’ve had quite an unexpected journey since the year 2000 – it was then I received a diagnosis of kidney cancer and had a kidney removed. Later was a diagnosis of congestive heart failure, a worsening of arthritis – causing mobility issues – and the possibility of other autoimmune diseases. In 2013, my aunt had a stroke, fell, broke her hip and has been homebound since. The same year, my father was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. The year 2014 brought another case of cancer for me and a breast removal, a neck tumor – which was non-malignant, my mother was also diagnosed with Alzheimers. My brother and I have power of attorney for all 3 senior members of my family and handle many responsibilities for them, however, in March 2016 – I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic, terminal cancer.

    God has used these trials for my good through the lessons I’ve learned and my relationship with Him is stronger than it’s ever been. Little did I know His leading me into the ministry of sharing/promoting Christian Fiction and it’s authors 5+ years ago had a two-fold purpose and it would probably bless me even more than the authors. The author/reader friendships I’ve developed, and their prayers, help keep my attitude positive and my relationship with Him strong. I had a vision 3+ years ago of organizing a reader/author retreat, a dear author friend has prayed with me in agreement for it since then. In January 2016, He led me to 2 blogger friends (Carrie Schmidt and Annie JC) who had the same vision, and in His perfect timing – the first Christian Fiction Readers Retreat (CFRR), whose theme is ‘Honoring God Through Christian Fiction’, will take place in Nashville, Tn. on August 24th, 2016 with more than 35 Christian Fiction authors participating. We 3 organizers have seen His hand and provision in CFRR from the very beginning of it’s planning. The joy I receive from planning CFRR is immeasurable – I’ve been moved to tears numerous times as I’ve seen His provisions for it, the excitement of readers and authors for this event, and the fact He has allowed me to have part in it. CFRR has a two-fold purpose also: the fellowship of authors and readers, and more importantly – to thank Him for His gift of Christian Fiction and it’s authors to it’s readers.

    1. Bonnie: I’ve heard about the CFRR and it sounds absolutely wonderful. Now that I know the full story about it, I am even more amazed. And then there is your personal journey … you are truly a woman of faith, choosing to trust God with the lives of those you love and with your life, too. Know that I prayed for you today and have asked God to remind me to pray for you again — to turn each thought of you into a prayer for you.

      1. Thank you, Beth!! I appreciate your sweet comments and especially your prayers – prayer (my own and others for me) is a powerful force which helps keep me “afloat”, so to speak. God willing, CFRR will become a regular event – we’d love for you and Kristy to participate in future events!! I’m praying God will give me the strength to attend CFRR and also to drop by the Omni and meet some of the authors unable to attend CFRR – perhaps I’ll have the pleasure of meeting you if you attend ACFW. Bless you!!

      2. Dear Bonnie ~ I hope you do drop in at the Omni. It’s always a delight to see you and hug your sweet neck. 😉 CFRR sounds so fantastic — I want to go next year for sure! Hugs!!

  5. Lovely interview, Kristy and Beth! Thanks for sharing your experience, Beth. It’s inspiring to hear other people’s stories. A few years ago, my son was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It happened to be about a month before my daughter’s wedding, so I was already stressed. He went to the doctor because he had a pain in his chest. He had an x-ray, which indicated an abnormality, and the doctor sent him to a specialist. When he got the diagnosis, he received a blessing from my husband and a friend that everything would be all right, and he would recover quickly. I immediately felt at peace and knew he would be cured. He had surgery and radiation. Everything went well, and more than 20 years later, he is fine. An interesting thing was that they found the pain he had was not related to the tumor, but had he not gone to the doctor about it, the tumor probably would not have been found until it had progressed much further! I know that God blessed us all to go through this experience with peace and assurance of his blessings.

    1. Winnie: Thank you for sharing your son’s story, and I’m so glad he was healed and that God gave you all peace during that time. I, too, am thankful that my hearing loss is treatable with hearing aids because some hearing loss is not. I could have received a diagnosis of “You have a hearing loss. So sorry, there is nothing we can do to help you.” So even in the midst of the loss, there was reason to be grateful.

    2. Winnie ~ What a beautiful testimony about God’s faithfulness! And CONGRATS — we drew names and you’re the winner of Beth’s book. 🙂 Watch your Facebook in-box for instructions to claim your story. Blessings! Kristy

  6. Thank you, Beth for sharing about your hearing loss and that God uses our weaknesses. More than anything I’m being uplifted meeting women so devoted to the Lord. Thank you!

    1. Each of the women at The Grove inspire me with their stories and their vibrant faith. I love being a part of this community!

  7. I thoroughly enjoyed the Video Cafe with Beth Vogt and would answer the question, but I couldn’t find any question stated. I appreciated Beth’s candor regarding her hearing loss and hearing aids since it helps to know that others deal with losses and health issues as well. I’m dealing with diabetes and the loss of being able to eat what lots of my friends are eating; I often feel deprived. Consequently I don’t always stick to my eating plan. However, I’m a member of Weight Watchers and am inspired when I go to the meetings and hear how others are struggling and how they’re being successful. I’m also looking forward to visiting http://www.swtblessings.com . Thanks for the tip!

    1. Suzanne: I understand dealing with a health issue that controls what you have to eat. I faced a life-threatening illness in 2007 that left me with a gluten-intolerance. So that’s something else I deal with on a daily basis. There are days I crave “real” bread so strongly I am tempted to give in, but I know I would suffer that choice. And I am so glad you are going to visit Shannon’s site. It’s been such an encouragement to me.

      1. Yes! I have a gluten-intolerance as well, I’ve been struggling with diet changes since 2014. It’s been a slow learning process for me though, and I succumb to “cheating” too often for my own good. Got to get better at that. 😉

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