Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Tracie Miles

April 11, 2017 Author Interview, Christian, giveaway, nonfiction, Tracie Miles 5

As part of the Litfuse Blog Tour for Unsinkable, I’m honored to welcome Tracie Miles to the blog today!

Tracie Miles is a national speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries and a bestselling author who’s spent the last twelve years inspiring women to become who God called them to be. She’s the author of “Your Life Still Counts” and “Stressed-Less Living,” and a contributor to Proverbs 31 Ministries daily devotions.

You can connect with Tracie on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Her book Unsinkable Faith released April 1st from David C. Cook.

For many people, remaining optimistic and feeling positive about themselves and their lives is a constant battle — especially when circumstances are difficult and life is hard.

For others, negativity is something that only sneaks up from time to time, yet still wreaks havoc in their hearts. Regardless of the root causes, once pessimistic thoughts permeate our minds, our feelings and emotions begin to control us instead of us controlling them. Eventually it doesn’t seem possible to stay positive, happy, and full of joy, and negative thought patterns shake our faith, causing us to sink emotionally, mentally, and spiritually over time. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Despite what storms roll in, hearts anchored in God don’t sink. When we change the way we think, we can change the way we feel and live, even if our circumstances remain the same. Intentionally embracing the opportunity to experience a transformed heart and a renewed mind opens the door for a changed life, because a positive mind will always lead to a more positive life.

In Unsinkable Faith, author and Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker Tracie Miles offers hope for women who struggle with negativity. Each chapter explores Tracie’s and other women’s personal stories, showing how they rose above their circumstances by transforming and renewing their minds. Unsinkable Faith is a breath of fresh air for anyone longing for a heart full of joy, an unbreakable smile, and a new, more optimistic perspective on life. This book will equip you to:

—Replace pessimism with positive thinking by becoming the captain of your thoughts;
—Learn how true joy and happiness are based on choice, not circumstances;
—Overcome unhealthy habits of negative thinking by intentionally implementing three easy mind-renewing steps;
—Stop feeling hopeless and pitiful, and start feeling hope-filled and powerful instead; and
—Discover that when you change the way you think, you change the way feel, and in turn you can change your life completely.

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Hi Tracie! Welcome to the blog 🙂 I start all of my guests out with a fast four:

apples or oranges

Tracie: Oranges – delicious, and love the smell because it always reminds of Christmas.

Carrie: I do love the smell of oranges, especially at Christmas!

winter or summer

Tracie: Summer – I despise winter and being cold. I would spend every day on the beach if I could.

Carrie: I do love the beach… but I would miss snow…

dogs or cats

Tracie: Actually I’ve never had either – not really a pet person, simply because of the time and responsibility required.

Carrie:  They are a lot of work – the cuddles make it worth it though 🙂

coffee or tea

Tracie: Coffee – I have grown to be a coffee lover and even received a Ninja Coffee Bar from my kids for Christmas.

Carrie: That’s taking it to the next level for sure!

Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Tracie: I’d probably say working/writing. I have a tendency to work too much and not ever just be idle. If I’m home, I’m always on my computer typing away at something, and I can crank out a lot of writing, projects and other tasks. But I actually enjoy what I do so it doesn’t always seem like “work”! 

Carrie: I’m the same way!

Who is your favorite book character from childhood?

Tracie: Winnie the Pooh was the first that came to mind. The series just always seemed so calming and kind and encouraging, with sweet characters and stories.  As an adult, I realize how many quotes are from Winnie the Pooh about positive thinking and kindness.

Carrie: I adore Winnie the Pooh – the quotes are so special too.

Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?

Tracie: I have a home office in my house which was decorated with a wallpaper border, cream and navy walls and a huge cherry desk. Just over a year ago, I spent a couple months redecorating it with quiet gray walls, white molding, and off white antique furniture including a vintage desk, sitting bench and stool, and a sofa table for lamps. I bought an old ugly wooden printer stand with the 3 drawers and refinished it with an antique finish to match the other furniture. I decorated the walls with a collage of inspirational quotes, crosses, and light colored trendy wall accessories, with several beautiful lamps. My little office is now my writing haven. It’s so calming and serene that I can sit in there all day writing and working and not get antsy. Plus, the bay window brings in plenty of light and sunshine. So that’s my favorite space!

Carrie: That sounds delightful! I need a reading haven 🙂

Why write about unsinkable faith? Why is it important to you?

Tracie: It’s important to me because I came to realize in my own life, when I was going through very difficult times, my thoughts were causing me to sink emotionally, mentally and even spiritually. Finally, one day I decided that I had to take control of them and stop letting negativity and fears overwhelm my heart and mind. When I began a mental practice of intentionally rejecting negative thoughts each time they popped into my mind – which was quite often in the midst of the storms I was facing – and trying to turn those thoughts and find something positive, my thoughts began to change, and so did my mindset and my outlook on everything. I realized the benefit of knowing I didn’t have to believe everything I thought because if those thoughts weren’t something God would say, then they probably weren’t true or I was just blowing things out of proportion. Over time, as I learned to control my thoughts, my attitude changed, my fears decreased, and I was able to be more positive and happy overall. 

Carrie: Taking those negative thoughts captive is so important, yes!!

What is something that surprised you the most while researching Unsinkable Faith?

Tracie: During my research on the mind and how we can transform it with God’s help, I discovered the scientific facts about how our thoughts actually physiologically can change the actual shape of our brain. I found that so interesting because it truly proved how significantly our thoughts impact not only our lives and our happiness, but our actual bodies as well. It was amazing to dig deeper and deeper into learning how science has finally caught up with scripture and proves Romans 12:2 is not just a nice idea, but a divine possibility for all of us if we choose to let God transform our thinking. 

Carrie: Oh wow! That is fascinating! I love learning things like that!

What do you most want readers to take away from Unsinkable Faith?

Tracie: I want them to come to believe that despite the pain of their past, the difficulties and adversities of their current circumstances, or their fears for the future, they can have real peace and joy, and overcome the weight of negative thoughts controlling their lives and stealing their happiness. I hope they’ll embrace the truth that they are in charge of their thoughts and hold the key to their happiness, even if their hard circumstances remain the same. I want to finish the book feeling empowered and encouraged to take charge of their life and overall happiness.

Carrie: Yes! Amen.

Have negative thought patterns overtaken your life and shaken your faith? Learn how to anchor your heart in God despite what storms roll in in Tracie Miles’ new book, Unsinkable Faith. Each chapter explores Tracie’s and other women’s personal stories, showing how they rose above their circumstances by transforming and renewing their minds. Unsinkable Faith is a breath of fresh air for anyone longing for a heart full of joy, an unbreakable smile, and a new, more optimistic perspective on life.

Join Tracie and other readers on April 25th for a fun Facebook Live event and the Anchored in Faith Prize Pack Giveaway (details below)!

One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 25. The winner will be announced at the Unsinkable Faith Facebook Live event. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tracie and others searching for unsinkable faith, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via social media and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 25th!

What about you? Which Winnie the Pooh character is your favorite? (Because that clearly has great spiritual significance LOL)

Carrie

5 Responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Tracie Miles”

  1. Kay Garrett

    I never have been able to decide between Eeyore and Tigger.
    Tigger is so full of energy, happy and loved by all.
    Eeyore is very low keyed and people love him for who he is without trying to change him. Though he seems sad I think he keeps us grounded that life isn’t all a bowl of cherries but we just keep muddling through making the best of what we have.
    Guess I’d love to be a bit of both. 🙂

    • Carrie

      that seems like a very wise answer 😀 (I love both too)

  2. Marilyn

    My favorite is Rabbit. He is always trying to make holidays and every day special. I love the scene in the Halloween special when he plants his pumpkins. How can anyone forget his love and attachment for the little bird.
    Marilyn

  3. Winnie Thomas

    Well, my answer has to be Winnie the Pooh, of course! That should be obvious! LOL I have an animated Winnie the Pooh, about 2 feet tall, that I put out at Christmas, and my grandkids just adore it. I love Pooh’s wisdom and thoughts.