Monthly Archives: April 2014

God is There


Like each breath of air we take,

God is still there when we can’t see Him.

We cannot live or flourish without Him. Continue reading

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Worries of Published Typos

Elizabeth Yalian



My book is finally out on Amazon. You can read the first chapter here.

When my very first-ever book went live, intermingled with the excitement, I felt a huge surge of apprehension run through my veins.

Did I miss typos or grammar issues?

Should I have given my manuscript what would have felt like my one hundredth sweep?

I bet if a person looks close enough, they can find imperfections, and most likely the longer they search for flaws the more they will find.

It’s like anything else in this world. Have you ever had a job you’re basically…

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Black Coat with a Silver Lining is Out!

The book is finally out!!! Praise God, what a job it is to write a book!

Elizabeth Yalian

Black Coat with a Silver Lining Just click on the book and it will link you to CreateSpace Store.

Okay, everybody. The book is available, finally!  I am totally nervous and super excited all at once.

As promised, here is the first chapter to Black Coat with a Silver Lining.  Enjoy!!!

Chapter 1


Crossing the Line


I hopedthe kitchen staff was intensely preoccupied, and would not see me sneak in their back door. Not believing my rotten luck, I scurried to make it in before my evening turned even more disastrous.

After two days of half-eaten candy bars and countless bags of potato chip crumbs, I had been looking forward to Memories of Sicily’s exquisite Italian food. In my ravenous state, I fantasized about the pasta primavera, the linguini, the lasagna, and the irresistibly crunchy-creamy sweetness of the cannoli.

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Black Coat with a Silver Lining Update

Book Update 2

Elizabeth Yalian

Hello Friends,

imageBlack Coat with a Silver Lining: A Homeless Man Finds Hope, has been sent to CreateSpace the Amazon self-publishers. It should be available within a couple days they told me. I am so excited!

I hope you will find Nick’s story was worth your wait.

I wanted to apologize for not posting anything on the book this week.

It has been a doozy of a week with me working madly to get the book done. I’m still dealing with sciatica off and on.  Wow, what a nightmare that is.

I am not exaggerating in the least when I tell you I have practically worked on this book around the clock this week. Several times, I asked my husband not to even talk to me for hours so that I could stay focused on getting this out.

He’s pretty anxious for me to get this book out too so he can…

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Funny Guy!


imageA face only a mother could love!

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He is Not There; He is Not Dead!


Here are two Gospel accounts of the resurrection.

Mark’s account:

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. Continue reading


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Book Status Update

Elizabeth Yalian

image Hello friends, just wanted to let anyone interested in the status of Black Coat with a Silver Lining that I have been feverishly working to get this book out by this weekend but may not make it because of the holiday.  If I don’t get it out then, it will be out next week.  I will post the first chapter as soon as the book is ready to make its debut.

To everyone out there,

Happy Passover!

Happy Easter!

May your weekend be blessed!

Here is more of a description of the book.

Nick’s story is sure to steal your heart as you immerse in the fictional memoir of a young man’s struggle with loss, tragedy, and heartache.

Shattered by his current circumstances, Nick, a former foster child, feels estranged from the world around him, and is weary of living on the frigid streets. One evening, his dream of an Italian feast turns hopelessly sour…

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Mission Accomplished

imageWhat are the final words of a tortured, dying man who has just accomplished his great mission?

                            “It is finished.”

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30 NIV

Those words alone should be enough to tell us that Jesus died on that cross for a planned purpose.

For 32 years I have suffered from chronic pain off and on because of multiple car accidents. Blinding migraines that give me the sensation of my skull being crushed and an icepick stabbed in my eye (usually left eye), neck aches that feel like I have a screwdriver pushed into the lower back part of my skull, and low back aches that feel anywhere from like my back is on fire to sharp sciatica Charlie horses that last for months.  Too often the pain has been so excruciating, that I cannot imagine dying hurting any more.  If I was to die from the torturous pain I described above, I seriously doubt  “It is finished.” would be my final words.

Those were Jesus’ words because He accomplished what He was sent on earth to do.  Humanity owed a debt to God we had no means with which to repay.  Jesus’ assignment on earth was to be God’s redeeming payment on our behalf.  And He followed through with it; Jesus paid our debt.

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13  Jesus’ death was the proof of God’s love for us.

Please let us remember that Jesus’ dying words were for our sakes. Let’s remember that this weekend in humble adoration to the King of kings and Lord of Lords.

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Behold the Lamb John 1:29



        The original Passover freed the Israelites from Egyptian Slavery.

The final Passover frees anyone willing to come to Jesus from sin and spiritual slavery.

Jesus’ death on the cross freed us. Because of ours sinful nature inherited from our original parents Adam and Eve, we owe a debt to God we have no ability to pay off. Much like when we break laws on earth we owe a debt to society. Except the debt we owe to God is way beyond our ability to repay because, well, God is God and we are not; we are simply His creation. God wanted us in Heaven, but because of that sin and that debt, we are not allowed in Heaven. Continue reading

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Writing Fictional Characters

My non-writing friends may think I have gone nuts, but I’m sure my writing friends will be able to relate.
Hello friends, I have set up a new blog only for books I am writing/have written. Be blessed, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Yalian

Call me crazy if you want,

       but what can I say,

I am a writer at heart.  emy

Black Coat with a Silver Lining


Creating Nick, the main character of Black Coat with a Silver Lining has been touching, rewarding, entertaining, educational, and enlightening.
I wrote about compassion, love, humanity, struggles, betrayal, family, abandonment, heartache, poverty, hunger, self-bashing, foster care, faith, God, grace, forgiveness, everlasting peace, and the carnage caused by self-centeredness and divorce; and I learned about homelessness, missions, getting arrested, and going to jail. Overall, I wrote about the consequences one person suffers because of someone else’s decisions and choices.
Just like when we read a fictional novel and we can visualize characters in our head and feel their feelings, I can see and feel my characters.  I know them so well, I find myself seeing certain people when I’m out and about and thinking, that’s how…

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