I am excited to be part of the virtual book tour for “Write for Him: The Story of GGFG”. Today I am conducting a little interview with Beth Keonig, founder of GGFG and author/editor of the book.
First, what is your webzine all about?
Currently, GGFG has 30 Site Writers ages 11-25. They write devotionals and stories, which we post every Friday. Some of the past and present writers have been featured in our book. Check out our site at www.godlygirlsforgod.com.
Tell us about the book.
Write for Him: The Story of GGFG is the story of how God brought together an online community of girls, bound together by a hobby of writing. The 25 young ladies featured in this book represent 10 different countries and many different backgrounds. They put their trust in God to overcome addictions, put away distorted views of God, learn how to cope with losing a parent, deal with bullies, face their fears about the future, and trade the messages of this world for the Truth. When they wrote these devotionals, fictional stories, testimonies, poems, and quizzes, they ranged in age from 11 to 24. Each writer desires to glorify God and encourage others by sharing a part of her life. We pray that the reflection of the faith, love, and hope of these girls will inspire in you a passion for God’s Word, so we can continue to grow together into the women God desires for us to become.
When did you start writing for GGFG?
We started GGFG in 2004. I was 15 by the time it really took off as a Webzine, but I have written for a total of 9 years.
What has God taught you through writing?
God has taught me that He is working all over the world in hearts, and that we are far more alike than we realize as true believers in Jesus. It was reinforced to me that we are not alone, and that we can find others going through very similar things; Satan’s biggest lie is that no one else could possibly understand me. It isolates us in a way that makes it hard for us to open ourselves up to God, and others in healthy ways.
Do you have a favorite part of this book?
My favorite parts of this book is where you see the Gospel changing lives… and the sweet innocence of pure faith in God.
What does the butterfly symbolism in the book’s graphics mean to you?
The butterfly represents new life in Christ, and has been our mascot all along. The purple is for royalty usually; it reminds me that we are called to become more like our King, Jesus. The world on the cover reminds me of the many countries represented within GGFG. Our faith in Jesus unites us in an absolutely amazing way. And the hands remind me that God is holding us all. Kristy M. Adair did an amazing job capturing the heart of GGFG!
When did you decide to start the book?
I was backing up a copy of the book on my computer. I felt like God was telling me it was time to try. It had been in the back of my mind… I turned to my husband and said, “I’m going to write a book.” It was November 2011. May 1st, 2013 I got to hold my first box of books in my hands! That was a long time of trusting God, and it’s totally been worth it! I’ve spoken at a girls home and got to give away 19 books there, sponsored by friends! It was a very encouraging day, and I know God was glorified by that event as well – which fulfills our motto, “Glorifying God and Encouraging Others.”