Author Spotlight: Anita Pearce
By Anita Pearce
Anita Pearce has ministered in more than forty countries, traveling for over thirty-five years as an itinerant evangelist, particularly in Canada and Western Europe. She has produced a number of country gospel recordings and authored several books. As President of Inspiration Ministries, she makes her home in Saskatchewan, Canada. Her latest book, out this month, is called The Midnight Song.
Q: You’ve written a couple of different series of books. Can you tell us something about each?
A: I have written two series which have a very different format from each other. One of these series deals with the power of choice. I was greatly challenged and changed as I discovered our God-given ability to make choices. In the first book, we discuss individual responsibility to determine our destiny. The second book deals with the way we choose to think, and the third book speaks about choosing to be contented. The series emphasizes that our circumstances, responses, and attitudes are always the result of our choices. We are today the result of the choices we made yesterday; we will be tomorrow the result of the choices we make today.
The second series is similar to Chicken Soup for the Soul, or a devotional book. Each page has a different story containing my observations and experiences while travelling to different places throughout my ministry. The purpose is to present the spiritual lessons I have learned from daily adventures and to bring inspiration and encouragement to the reader. Although some of these anecdotes are amusing, the gospel message is clearly presented.
Q: Could you explain what Inspiration Ministries is all about?
A: As a child, I felt the call to missionary evangelism. After Bible school, I began to preach and sing wherever I was invited. In 1987, Inspiration Ministries was founded as a registered charitable organization. Through this organization, we are able to fund ministry and mission work. The profits from the sale of the books and music CDs are designated for needy children in several countries.
Q: How long have you been doing evangelistic speaking tours?
A: In 2019, it will be forty years that I have been traveling full-time in about forty different countries, singing and speaking wherever I have been invited.
Q: How did you get started in this ministry?
A: As I mentioned, when I was a child I felt that I was called to the speaking ministry. Growing up on the farm, I practiced on the cows. They were not too impressed!
I was raised in a small church where we were given many opportunities to express our worship by using whatever abilities we had. At a young age, I began to sing and joined the worship team. I also had occasions to speak, and my gifting was recognized by the leadership. I encountered other opportunities during Bible school. Later, invitations came from church leaders asking me to come to their assemblies. Soon my slate was completely filled, with invitations even coming from Europe and other countries. The Lord has used several key people to open doors of opportunity, for which I am profoundly grateful.
Q: What do you hope people will take away from your books?
A: There is a threefold purpose for which I am writing these books. Firstly, it is my desire to help people come to a living, passionate relationship with Jesus Christ. All of my books have a nonconfrontational presentation of the gospel of Christ.
Secondly, I want to encourage and inspire people to pursue the Lord so they can grow in discipleship, faith, and vision.
Thirdly, these books help to raise funds for sponsoring needy children as well as continuing the propagation of the gospel through mission work.
Q: How would you describe your writing style?
A: Coming from a rural background, I tend to be rather practical and down-to-earth. I use a lot of illustrations which add a conversational touch. The books are written in simple, easy-to-read language, which hopefully helps the reader understand the thoughts presented.
Q: What advice would you offer to new writers?
A: My first advice would be to make sure you find faithful proofreaders (at least two) who will be honest with them. Be willing to let them “slaughter” your work and remake it better. Be humble and receive their counsel. Don’t allow the pride of ownership to prevent excellence!
Secondly, I would suggest that you write from within your own experiences. By that, I mean that you should write from your personal revelations. When we write from the truth that has become our personal reality, touching and changing our own hearts, it will also touch and change others.
Thirdly, keep track of your sources. Give recognition where it is due.
Fourthly, be logical and keep to the theme. Have strong introductions and conclusions of each section and chapter.
Then a calm voice from the control tower responded: “We have you on our radar. You are coming in right on schedule. Just hold your course.” The plane descended through the clouds in the darkness. Then he saw the lights of the runway. The instruments had brought him safely through.
In spite of the turbulence of your troubled world, the principles and the promises of the Word of God will bring you safely home. Remain faithful. Hold fast. He will bring you through the storm.
About this Contributor:
Anita Pearce has ministered in more than forty countries, traveling for over thirty-five years as an itinerant evangelist, particularly in Canada and Western Europe. She has produced a number of country gospel recordings and authored several books. President of Inspiration Ministries, she makes her home in Saskatchewan, Canada.