Speaking and Writing From the Heart

Sweet Southern Style – Rose Johnson

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Guest Post | 4 comments

My friend, Rose Johnson and Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, releases her new book God, Me and Sweet Ice Tea today. Enjoy this sweet southern style lady in a one-on-one interview about her book.

1. Is there a story behind your book God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea?

I was reading some of my old journals recently and I came across an entry from 1979. It was a prayer in which I told the Lord I wanted to write a book that was relevant and encouraging and that would “point others to the heart of God”. I believe that the Lord gave me that desire and that God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is a realization of that desire, even though I wasn’t thinking of that consciously when I wrote it.

2. Why did you write a devotional?
When I decided to make Jesus the Lord of my life, in 1977, I starting reading a devotional every morning. It was just what I needed to help me focus and structure my time. I’ve incorporated devotional reading in my quiet times with God for decades. I think most people could benefit from that format. So, I think that comes back to my desire to be relevant and encouraging.

3. What is the significance of “sweet iced tea”?
I love sweet iced tea. I feel like I can’t do without it. I literary drink a pitcher a day. Nothing is more refreshing than a glass of sweet iced tea. Even more so, I can’t do without the Lord who is with me through every moment of my day. The presence of God in my life restores my soul. And those moments where He shows Himself as the most refreshing. The “sweet iced tea” says it’s personal.

4. What started you on your writing journey?
I always wanted to be a writer. I received my first undergraduate degree in 1977 with a BA in English. In the late 70s and 80s I wrote a little, but motherhood, work, life in general got in the way of that dream. I only began writing again in 2008.

5. Why do you write now?
I am a journal keeper. Writing is a passion. Devotion writing is a way to communicate to others what I know about God, as a living reality. It’s more or less an overflow of what I experience as a Christian. I want to share that. I also like to write fiction, and I’m working on a novel, but that doesn’t seem as vital to me as my devotional writing.

6. Who do you want to reach with your book? Which audience?

This devotional is uniquely appropriate for working mothers, but it’s also for anyone who wants to put their Christianity into practice in their everyday moments and go deeper into God’s word. As Tiffany Colter said, this devotional is simple enough for the newest believer, yet deep enough to make a life-long Christian feel challenged to go higher.

Rose Chandler Johnson’s devotional journal, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments will be released July 11, 2013. Her devotions, poems, and articles have appeared in numerous Christian publications. She enjoys writing for her popular blog, Write Moments with God, and engaging with her readers. Rose is from a small Georgia town, and has lived in Martinez, GA for the last twenty-eight years. She has been a French and English teacher for the last twenty years. Rose enjoys baking, gardening, and spending time with her six children and their families.

Email: rechanjo@yahoo.com
Blog: Write Moments with God. http://www.writemomentswithgod.blogspot.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rechanjo
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/rosecjohnson/boards/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rose.c.johnson
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/18188725-rose-chandler-johnso

God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments
A devotional journey

Published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

ISBN 978-1-938499-86-9

Available from Amazon:


Available in print from your local bookstore, online, or from the publisher at: www.lighthousepublishingofthecarolinas.com


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  1. Amy D. Jenkins

    I am so happy to read another great interview with Rose Chandler Johnson about her newly published book, “God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea.” Thank you, Cindy Sproles, for taking the time to interview this special author. I hope that your readers will rush out to purchase their own copies of the book!

  2. Rose Chandler Johnson

    Thank you Cindy for having me on your blog today. I appreciate very much. I wish you continued good success with your writing endeavors as well.

  3. Emelia

    Hi Rose and Cindy, i enjoyed reading this short interview and getting to learn the story behind God, Me, and Seet Iced Tea. Really loved it.

  4. Andrea Riggs

    What I liked best about “God & Me & Sweet Iced Tea” is the fact that Rose used her everyday experiences throughout her lifetime. I believe that there are similar people who have experienced or are experiencing some of the very same things that she herself has gone through. Through Rose’s testimonies her readers will not only feel that connection with God but with Rose herself.



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