Friday, July 1, 2011


What an absolute joy to introduce to you, Marja Meijers.  I first met Marja on goodreads, a site for book lovers.  I entered a giveaway for Marja's book,
GRACE OF GIVING and won!  If you have read, Crazy Love by Francis Chan, you will be inspired by the writing of author, Marja Meijers.  And now for the interview...

1.  What is the one thing you would like people to know about you?
Well, Toni, I must say you have found a surprisingly effective way to cut right to the bone :) This question really made me think.  My life is a colorful palette of experiences and adventures, but where I am right now in life, I would like to be known for my faith in God.  No matter what I do or where I travel, I want people around me to see God's light in my eyes and His love in my actions.  I am a work in progress.

2.  How would you describe your book to readers? 
 My latest release, GRACE OF GIVING offers an in-depth look at the 8th commandment.  It is one thing to claim we do not steal, we are no thieves, but the logical next question would be:  What do we do?  Do we give freely and cheerfully?  How do we go from merely obeying such a command to fulfilling it in our daily life?  GRACE OF GIVING is far from a boring bible study, it is a life-changing book that will transform your way of thinking when it comes to giving.

3.  What is your greatest desire in life?
Hmm. you're doing it again, making me think very seriously.  Of course it is my desire to write and sell many more books and to see changed lives as a result of my writing.  But when I look deep down in my heart, I think my greatest desire is to see my family members come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

4.  What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading two books: 'Only Believe' by Paul L. King, a ground breaking book that compares, contrasts and weighs modern faith teaching with earlier evangelical writers and theologically engages the teachings of the word of faith movement and their critics.  This is not an easy book to read, but I am learning so much from it.  The second one that I am reading is John C. Maxwell's "How successful people think."  I am always reading some kind of motivational book on the side... it keeps me going, it keeps me inspired and it keeps me encouraged.

5.  How can readers contact you or purchase your book?
My physical address is currently in Holland, so I don't expect many visitors there :) But thanks to the Internet there are many ways to contact me or read more about my work and vision.  My books are available at all Internet booksellers.

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  1. Hey Toni, thanks a million for being such a good host and posting this interview. I enjoyed your questions!

  2. Fun interview and Marja is the sweetest! Have a super weekend!!! :O)

  3. Thanks for visiting Diane, awesome. You're all over the place :)

  4. A last minute update: Marja is having a giveaway for her latest release, Grace of Giving. Just post a comment on my blog and Marja will select the winner on Saturday, July 23.

  5. Pick me, pick me!!! lol Thank you for the opportunity!
    Toni, thank you for posting this interview. I really enjoy getting to know authors and especially hearing what they're reading. :)

  6. Toni that was a great interview. It was a blessing to know Marja. Thank you. It is good to hear from you once in a while. :)

  7. We'll throw your name in the drawing Bonnie, good luck :)

    Thanks for visiting Sonia!

  8. Toni I like your blog a lot thanks so much for the invite to it. I didn't know you liked books so much. I do too I read so many I can't keep them all in my house. I read a bunch give them away and start on a new batch. I like books about giving I would like to read Marja's book even if I don't win. I was very inspired by a book on giving called The Blessed Life by Robert Morris if you haven't read it you should because I think everyone should it is that good of a book. Marja sounds like she is bringing a new perspective to the idea of giving and I would love to read her book then give it to someone who would love it as well. Thanks Toni.

    Ruben Saragosa
    Oxnard, CA

  9. Ruben, I have read every book from every author I interview. When I was a child my grandmother would take me to Austin's dime store in Carpinteria and I was allowed to pick out one book. No toys, only a book. I read all the classics from Black Beauty to The Prince and The Pauper. Thank you for commenting and so blessed to know you are serving the King!

  10. Thanks for visiting Ruben, and how much fun that you are from Oxnard, a town I know quite well! We'll throw your name in for the drawing.

  11. July 23rd is right around the corner and Marja will be selecting a winner! In my book, you are all winners!

  12. Great Interview!
    Thanks for posting!

    And nice to meet you Toni.


  13. We'll put your name in the drawing Becky :)

    I posted on my blog about this last chance Toni!

  14. Congratulations go out to Ruben Saragosa! You are the winner of author Marja Meijer's book, Grace of Giving. Marja will be contacting you regarding shipping information. Stay tuned folks, we will have another giveaway for the month of August.

  15. Thanks so much Toni, I love books and I know I will enjoy this book. Yes serving the King and spreading the seeds of the culture of his Kingdom is a good and mighty thing. Thanks again Toni.

  16. Congratulations Ruben, I will send the book to you! And Toni, thanks for hosting this, awesome!!