Interview with Lee Ann Rubsam

What is your writing process?
Whether I am writing a book or an article, pretty much everything I write comes through prayer. I often ask the Lord, "What do You have for me to share with my readers?" As I spend time with the Lord, He drops ideas and details of how to communicate those ideas into my heart. I take extensive notes, and, as soon as possible, begin the actual writing. I find that if I begin an article or chapter while it is still a fresh, living idea, the thoughts flow well -- because the Lord Himself gives the insights for where to take the concepts which I am presenting.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is "All-Surpassing Peace in a Shaking World" (released 3-20-17). I began getting the ideas for it about three years ago, and just kept putting it on the back burner, but it finally seemed like the right time to knuckle down and write it. This has been the most difficult and humbling project thus far -- lots of feeling inadequate for the subject, lots of spiritual opposition. It has been a learning journey, through which I've been stretched to greater leaning on Jesus. I hope my readers get that feel that we are on this trek toward unshakable peace together. I don't have it all down pat yet. But I've gained some solid ground, and I share some real down-to-earth keys for how to come into the peace Jesus truly intends for us to experience. It is achievable.
What are you working on next?
I have taken a temporary break from writing new books, in order to care for an elderly relative. But I continue to post regularly at my two blogs, "Out of the Fire" and "The Character Building for Families Blog." I am also revising and expanding a couple of my current books. I still have a few book ideas simmering on the back burner, so we'll see where those lead in days to come!
When did you first start writing?
In my younger years, writing had its starts and stops, with other interests taking precedence in between. I was busy writing horse stories from about fourth through sixth grade, then as a young adult, spent a few years writing humor articles based on my everyday experiences. I still like to do humor writing, but unfortunately, do not have a lot of time to devote to it anymore. I started writing Christian character building materials for the homeschool community about eighteen years ago, and that has expanded into also writing about prayer and other Christian topics.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Knowing that I am encouraging people and impacting their lives for the better.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Obviously, the Bible is above all the rest. The KJV is still my favorite version. But five beyond that? Five is too few!

I love anything by Derek Prince, but due to my passion for intercessory prayer, "Secrets of a Prayer Warrior" would top the list.

I have learned tons from James Goll, and "The Prophetic Intercessor: Releasing God’s Purposes to Change Lives and Influence Nations" would probably be my favorite of his.

Lynne Hammond's "The Master is Calling" is a wonderful book on hearing the voice of God and praying out what we hear. Although I have never met her personally, she has been such a mentor to me through her writing.

Wesley Duewel has also had a huge impact on my prayer life, through his comprehensive guide to intercession, "Mighty Prevailing Prayer."

And then there is Dave Roberson's extensive study on praying in tongues, "The Walk of the Spirit -- The Walk of Power."

Each of these books has had tremendous impact on my life, and I am so grateful to these wonderful servants of God for sharing their understanding with the rest of us.
What do you read for pleasure?
I'm a bit of a Dickens and Austen fan, but in recent years have not had time to read much fiction -- but nonfiction which takes me closer to the heart of God (such as the favorites I have listed) can be pleasure reading too!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always been an indie author -- originally because I wrote for a niche audience (homeschoolers). I had approached some major Christian publishers, but the response was usually to the effect of, "It's an interesting concept, but the audience is just too small."

I've never for one moment regretted self publishing (and I've been doing this for over twenty years). It gives me freedom to say what I need to say, without having someone tell me, "You have to say that differently," or, "We'll have to water that idea down to reach a wider audience." I've loved working through the whole book production process from beginning to end, interacting personally with many of my readers, even praying with some of them along the way. It has been a rewarding experience, to be allowed to touch their lives.
How do you approach cover design?
I spend quite a bit of time turning ideas around in my mind for what kind of cover would complement the book itself. Sometimes, as with the actual writing, I get a basic idea for a cover through prayer.
What do your fans mean to you?
I really enjoy talking with each one who contacts me, whether they are expressing their appreciation for my materials, or whether I'm answering their questions, or praying with them for their needs.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend a great deal of time in prayer. I also teach seminars and workshops on prayer and the prophetic gifts.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Wow. I would not have known how to produce an e-book without Smashwords. Thank you so much! I deal directly with a couple of other e-book distributors, but the books I submit to them have to pass the Smashwords test of looking good before I upload to them. The style guide you provide to authors is so clearly written and so helpful.
Published 2018-02-08.
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Books by This Author

All-Surpassing Peace in a Shaking World
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 20,320. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Personal Growth, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
All of us long for peace -- for the world, in our relationships, and especially for inner peace of mind and heart. Lee Ann Rubsam shares practical keys from the Bible and personal experience to help you understand and overcome obstacles to peace, learn to maintain or restore it in times of turmoil, utilize it as a tool to guide your decisions, and help you become an agent of peace to others.
Teach Your Kids to Hear God!
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 5,970. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Family, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Education / Children & Youth
Teaching children to know God's voice is key to making sure they stay in vibrant relationship with Jesus once they are grown. This book explains in simple terms how to recognize the many ways God speaks. It gives practical tips for making listening for the Lord a daily adventure in your family. Written for homeschooling families, but useful for any parent serious about discipling their children.
Your Intercession Questions Answered
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 19,770. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Prayer, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Ministry / Pastoral Resources
The ministry of intercession is often not well understood in the modern-day Church. Consequently, we have people who pray well and hear valuable information from the Lord, but have nowhere to turn when questions about their prayer experiences arise. This handbook explains intercessor terminology and tackles the issues which intercessors tend to encounter. It's a valuable resource for pastors, too.
The Spirit-Filled Guide to Personal Prophecy
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 11,920. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Growth, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christianity / Pentecostal & Charismatic
A practical handbook to help you navigate the world of personal prophecy. Learn how to discern personal prophetic words which you receive from others and what to do with those words once you've got them. Also learn how you can easily begin to prophesy to others in the church and as an evangelism tool in your everyday world.
The Homeschool Guide to Raising Prayer-Filled Kids
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 4,720. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Home schooling, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Parenting / child rearing
A simple, step-by-step plan for developing lifelong, consistent prayer and Bible reading habits in your children. From her own experience, Lee Ann Rubsam shares details of how to lead your children into intimate communion with God through prayer and the Word. If you have the desire to teach your children to pray, but have felt unsure of how to make it a reality in your home, this book is for you.
Before Whom We Stand: The Everyman's Guide to the Nature of God
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 21,950. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christianity, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
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Do you have questions about Who God is and how He ticks? Before Whom We Stand gives simple, foundational explanations of God's nature, as revealed in the Bible. You will discover His impeccable character, how the Persons of the Trinity function together, and the particular roles of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. You will also discover how God's nature affects the way He interacts with people.
The Intercessor's Companion
Price: $7.49 USD. Words: 26,250. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christianity
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How many times have you wished to pray Scripture relating to a specific need, but couldn't remember where the verses were to support your prayers? The Intercessor's Companion is a topical listing of Bible verses to aid you in receiving your breakthrough answers. This is a much-expanded version of our smaller book, Encouragement from God's Word, with added commentary especially for intercessors.
Encouragement from God's Word
Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 11,770. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christianity
When praying through difficult circumstances, sometimes it is hard to find where the particular Bible verses are that speak into our situation. This twenty-topic book puts the Scriptures you need at your fingertips. Many of your questions about God's nature and how He operates toward us will be answered as well.
God's Word on Healing
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,840. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Alternative medicine, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christianity
God desires to heal people today! Build your faith to receive your healing by meditating on the healing promises found in the Bible. This booklet primarily uses the New King James Version, with a sprinkling of verses from KJV, NIV, Good News, and the Amplified.
The Names of God
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,140. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christianity
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Learning the names of God will increase your understanding of His character, build your faith, and expand your capacity for praise and worship. This book alphabetically lists over 600 names of God as found in the KJV Bible. Also included are the "I AM" names, a few of the Hebrew names, and the "Who" names/characteristics of God. Scripture references for each name are included.
How to Pray and Read the Bible
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,970. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christianity
Whether you are a new believer or a veteran Christian who has struggled with consistency in praying and reading the Bible, this book is for you. Often new believers are told to start praying and reading the Bible without any explanation of how to go about it. This fun-to-read, no-nonsense book will help you to do it -- and not die of boredom in the process.
Hotline to Heaven: Hearing the Voice of God
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,510. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christianity
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Do you long to hear God clearly, but struggle with how to do so? Maybe you have even despaired of ever hearing God personally speak to you! Hotline to Heaven is the result of Lee Ann Rubsam's many years of listening to believers' questions about how to hear God more frequently and accurately. This simple, straightforward book will help you gain new confidence in your ability to know God's voice.
The Intercessor Manual
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 57,870. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christianity
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So, you're new to intercession and don't know where to start? Or, maybe you've been an intercessor for a long time, but still have lots of questions. The Intercessor Manual provides a wealth of information on the ministry of prayer that is prophetic in viewpoint, grounded in Scripture, easy to understand, and practical to the max! Sections on hearing God and how to work with your pastor included.