Publicity Online for A Christian Guide to Spirituality

Available on
Available on

A Christian Guide to Spirituality is being featured in ads starting today on Facebook and Pinterest, among other places!

Fb page 1:
Fb page 2:


A Christian website:

Note that the Kindle edition will be on sale for 99 cents from August 13 through August 20.

A Christian Guide to Spirituality is available for sale online (Click here).

Una Guía Cristiana a la Espiritualidad se vende por la red aqui (Click here).

My thanks to Fiverr:

Continue Reading

Cuaresma Venta, Lenten Sale

Una Guia Cristina a la Espiritualidad cubierta
Una Guia Cristina a la Espiritualidad cubierta

Lent is a reflective time when we anticipate the coming of Easter. For this reason, I invite you to deepen your faith through a Lenten study of A Christian Guide to Spirituality which is now also available in Spanish.

A Christian Guide to Spirituality is organized into 50 daily devotions. Each has a theme, a reflection, and a prayer. Questions also follow to deepen your understanding.

To order with a 30 percent discount from the list price, go to:http://BIT.LY/T2PNEUMA (English) or http://BIT.LY/T2PNEUMA2 (Spanish) and enter discount code: 83WZLNW4.

Thank you for your support!


Cover, A Christian Guide to Spirituality
Cover, A Christian Guide to Spirituality
Continue Reading

Anniversary Changes

Oak_tree_09262015This week marks the second anniversary of which was established in 2013.  Thank you for your faithful readership!

The theme of, as outlined in the Home page,  “is online Pastor (or Christian ministry) and related topics.  I try to write about issues from my ministry and from issues of interest to readers.” This theme will continue.  I will, however, in the coming months focus more intentionally on my writing technique.  In particular, I hope to develop the use of a more narrative style taking a page from Jon Franklin’s work: Writing for Story:  Craft Secrets of Dramatic Nonfiction. Hopefully, the quality of my writing will also improve.

My experience is  that online ministry is real ministry. The most popular posts on this blog over the past 2 years have not been the “light and fluffy” posts targeting topical issues or favorable demographics.  The most popular posts have been those that have real substance.  The number one post over past 2 years, for example, has been a hermetical study, Kevin J. Vanhoozer’s: Is There a Meaning in This Text:  The Bible, The Reader, and the Morality of Literary Knowledge (Part 2with 171 viewings.  The number two post has been on leadership, James E. Plueddemann’s: Leading Across Cultures:  Effective Ministry and Mission in the Global Church with 110 viewings. Both are serious reviews of serious seminary texts.

Effective immediately, I am reducing the number of posts each week to two: a lesson on Friday and a prayer on Sunday.  The lesson will take the form of a review or a reflection. I will occasionally offer other postings, as time allows.

In the coming weeks, I hope also to roll out 2 new series.  The first will be a series of prayers that I develop based on the Life in Tension series. This is an effort to honor the attention that my prayers taken from A Christian Guide to Spirituality in English and Spanish have received over time.  The second will be a new project: a spiritual autobiography.  As this point, I have not settled on a title but I will be working on an outline and title over the next couple weeks.

The oak tree appears on the Hiemstra family coat of arms and, in this case, grows in the parking lot at Oak Marr Recreation Center in Oakton, Virginia.

Yours in Christ,



Continue Reading

Una Guía Cristiana a la Espiritualidad ya está disponible!

Una Guia Cristian a la EspiritualidadSpanish Edition of A Christian Guide to Spirituality is Now Available!

Una Guía Cristiana a la Espiritualidad is now available on in paperback and Kindle EBook.

View the trailer in YouTube:

For a discount on the paperback edition, go to and enter 83WZLNW4 to receive a 30 percent discount.

Para más información en español, véase:

Alternatively, visit my Amazon author page at:

Thanks for your patience!  This project has been a blessing, but also a long time in coming.

Continue Reading

Invitation to Author Talk and Workshop on May 31, 2015 (Trailer)

Available on
Available on

Invitation to Author Talk and Workshop on May 31, 2015 (click to view trailer)

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Have you ever been called a friend of God? James, the brother of Jesus, called Abraham a friend of God (James 2:23). In Genesis 12:1-3, God blessed Abraham with these words:

“Now the LORD said to Abram,Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Gen. 12:1-3 ESV)

The purpose of Christian spirituality is to live into God’s blessing and, in doing so, to bless those around us.

I would like to invite you to join me in discussing Christian spirituality on Sunday, May 31, 2015 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Annandale, Virginia.

Please come a bit early so that we can start on time.

Refreshments will be served and I will have copies of my book, A Christian Guide to Spirituality, available. Afterwards, I will hang around to talk and sign books. A Christian Guide to Spirituality is also available online on

If you have not previously visited First Presbyterian Church of Annandale, please check out the directions on their website. The church is located in a residential neighborhood so directions are necessary.

In closing, I hope that you can join us on May 31. Thank you for listening.

Check out video trailer (view)

First Presbyterian Church of Annandale
7610 Newcastle Drive
Annandale, VA 22003-5422

Continue Reading