In 2008, I experienced an undeniable call from God to write and publish for the Kingdom. I had just started my Master’s degree and had no idea when I would find the time to write a book! But God found the time and His timing is perfect!
In July 2012, I began writing my first book, Angel: The True Story of an Undeserved Chance. The book shares Angel Cortello’s testimony story. Angel had an amazing testimony of deliverance, and I had a desire to write a book for the Lord. Eleven months later, June 2013, we had the book in hand and I had officially established Our Written Lives.
Through the next year, I began working with independent authors to publish their books. I wanted to provide a financially feasible opportunity for authors to access professional publishing services and full distribution options. In the process, I wrote a short book, Called to Write Chosen to Publish, which offers 20 inspirational thoughts for Christian writers, and shares the story of my personal call to write and publish.
I recently finished my third book, Facing Myself: An Introspective Look at Cosmetic Surgery. I weave my personal story throughout the book as I share what I’ve learned, along with research, history, and statistics. I also offer discussion questions at the end of each chapter. If you or someone you love are considering cosmetic surgery, this book can give insight, and provide tools to make a well-rounded, mature decision about your body. If you are like me and have already undergone cosmetic surgery, this book can assist you as you process the experience.
As I look back over my life, I can see the wonderful plan God has had all along. I give God all the glory for Our Written Lives and all the wonderful things He has yet to accomplish. For inspiration and to know more about me and my ministry, follow me on my personal author and life coach website RachaelKathleenHartman.com, like my Author Facebook page, and connect to me on LinkedIn.
“Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever…” ~Isaiah 30:8 KJV
Owner/Publisher, OWL of Hope: Our Written Lives of Hope, LLC, July 2012 – Present
The Grammar Queen Editorial and Writing Services, September 2008 – Present
Freelance Writer, various publications, 2007 – Present
Online Professor, Psychology Department at Upper Iowa University, December 2012 – January 2013, Fort Polk, LA
Public Relations and Administrative Specialist, Rapides Parish Library, June 2013 – Dec. 2013, Alexandria, LA
Education Guidance Counselor, U.S. Army Civilian, September 2011 – September 2012, Fort Polk, LA
Master of Science in Human Service with an Emphasis in Counseling, Capella University 2012
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a Minor in Writing, Armstrong Atlantic State University, 2008
Student of Theology, Gateway College of Evangelism (Urshan College), August 2004 to December 2004
Student of Theology, Texas Bible College, August 2002 to May 2004
High School Graduate, Terry Sanford High School, 2001