Thursday, September 15, 2016

Interview (Part III) with Courtnaye Richard, author of "Identified" (book)

Welcome Courtnaye Richard again to the blog! She's here to share final words about her book Identified and to give us a glimpse into her purpose and passion in life.

Reminder: It's not too late for you to WIN a copy of Identified! Visit Part I of Courtnaye's interview and enter the book giveaway contest by filling out the Rafflecopter widget in the blog post. Here's the link, http://capturingtheidea.blogspot.com/2016/09/interview-with-courtnaye-richard-author.html

Enjoy this final installment of this three-part interview with Courtnaye!

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Final Interview with Courtnaye Richard about her new book, Identified:

Alexis: Inside Out with Courtnaye is a unique name for a blog. What does it mean?

Courtnaye: Great question! Let me break it up to better explain it. The words “Inside Out” are all about allowing God to change us from the inside out (from the heart). The Scripture that I use as well is Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” And my name was added to bring in that relatable aspect. I’m called to women, and women are relational. So I prayed about it and named it Inside Out with Courtnaye.

Alexis: What or who was your inspiration in making your mark as a blogger?

Courtnaye: Honestly, I have to say that God inspired me to become a blogger. At first, I didn’t even know what blogging was, until my husband mentioned it to me one day that I should start writing one. I was clueless. But I researched how to do it, and I’ve been hooked ever since!

Alexis: You’re also a speaker. Tell us about the topics you cover. What demographic of people are you trying to reach? Explain.

Courtnaye: Yes. I cover topics such as servant leadership, mentorship, walking in your purpose, knowing who you are in Christ as it relates identity, how to write and blog for God, and personal and spiritual growth as a Christian woman.

Alexis: Share a bit about your personal life. Who is Courtnaye Richard? Where were you born? What were your parents like? Do you have siblings? Are you married with kids? What role did your family play in making you who you are today?

Courtnaye: I am a woman who LOVES God! He is my life. And I’m so grateful that He called me to become His daughter. I am originally from New Orleans, Louisiana (born and raised), but I now live in Texas (outside of Austin) with my wonderful husband and three children. I have two sisters. I would have to say that in particular, my parents played a major role in making me a strong woman. They taught me how to handle myself when life gets tough through example and during my child-rearing years. I really appreciate and love them for their parental training.

Alexis: You wrote a book! What message are you hoping to send as readers turn the pages of Identified?

Courtnaye: I pray that as the women read through the book, that it ministers directly to them in a way that they know that God is encouraging them, training them, and equipping them to truly know who they are in Christ as they walk out their purpose. But also, that they will sense the passion and the urgency that we need to make our thumbprint in the world by sharing Jesus Christ with a lost and dying world…before He returns. We’ve got work to do.

Alexis: What is the passion that God’s placed on your heart and how are you fulfilling it?

Courtnaye: I have a passion to help women all over this globe to grow in their walk with the Lord, equip them to do what they’re called to do, and be ready when Jesus comes back. I’m fulfilling this passionate calling through blogging, writing, speaking, videos, my monthly LIVE chat on Facebook every 1st Tuesday of the month (Inside Out with Courtnaye Facebook Page), social media posts, and by sharing Christ with others as the Holy Spirit leads.

Alexis: If you were not a speaker/writer/encourager, what would you be and why?

Courtnaye: I don’t know. Because I believe that I’m walking in my purpose as a speaker, writer and encourager. And I’m grateful to God that He’s shown me who I am and what I’ve been placed on this earth to do. I love it!

Alexis: What has been your most memorable—and teachable—moment in life thus far?

Courtnaye: To love deep, even when it’s hard. I had to be taught that and I also learned it from experience. It’s not easy, but it’s necessary. And it’s what God called me to do…love.

Alexis: What keeps you going on days when life seems rough? How?

Courtnaye: Going into my prayer closet. When life gets rough, I run to God. He’s the One who can truly help me through it. He comforts me, strengthens me in ways beyond me and He just reassures me through His Word and His presence that He’s here for me. He shows me in supernatural ways that He’s with me in the fire.

Alexis: Complete this sentence, "I want my legacy to be _________________________because _________________________."


Courtnaye: “I want my legacy to be that I helped women come to Christ and grow in their walk with Him. And I hope and pray to see them one day on golden streets. Because for me, that’s living life on purpose. That would be a great legacy.”

Alexis: Thanks for the interview, Courtnaye! Do you have any closing thoughts?

Courtnaye: Yes! I would like to close it out with a prayer. I pray that every woman reading this interview and my book, “IDENTIFIED” will be all that God created them to be and that they will be salt and light in this dark world, because the world needs it. I also pray that we will all do our part to advance the Kingdom of Heaven, before Jesus comes back. It’s time to stand up and be identified as daughters of the Most High God and live life from the inside out, in Jesus name, Amen.

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Author bio: Courtnaye Richard is a Christian writer, blogger, speaker, and founder of Inside Out with Courtnaye (a ministry especially designed to help women grow in their daily walk with the Lord, live out their purpose, and be ready when Jesus Christ returns). 

She's all about real life, real talk, and real faith! She posts a weekly blog every Monday @ 7:30 a.m. on www.insideoutwithcourtnaye.org, hosts a “LIVE” call on 1st Tuesdays, and shares a weekly Two-Minute message with her audience every Wednesday. 

For more info, please visit www.insideoutwithcourtnaye.org


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Book blurb: You have been created for such a time as this! Don't doubt it. Don't waver. Just believe it! There is no one on this earth that can do what God has called you to do. He has a plan for your life and He is getting you ready to fulfill it. 

I believe that we are living in a time like the Book of Acts. It's time to spread the gospel like never before! But first, we have to know who we are in Christ and understand the power that lies within us. Jesus told His disciples in Acts 1:8, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere-in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Our world needs a Savior and God is raising up His Kingdom daughters to help get the job done!

This book will help you...

• See the urgency and importance of knowing who you are and walking in your purpose in these last days

• Identify and give you practical tips on how to utilize your God-given gifts & talents effectively

• Get the momentum and motivation you need to operate in your purpose successfully

• Recognize and handle spiritual attacks quickly as you move towards doing what God has called you to do

• Conquer doubt, insecurity, and fear

• Be equipped to carry out God's plan for your life

• And so much more!

Jesus is coming back soon! And it's time for you to rise up and make your thumbprint in the world for Jesus Christ as an IDENTIFIED warrior in the Lord! It's time for Kingdom business!




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