A Writer’s Notes As Coronavirus begins

News from Scott Martell, including The Writer’s Blog, a New Book, a Book Review, Ethiopia Ministry,  and The Joy Quest.

Staying safe from corona-virus. School has been shut down for over a month (may stay shut another month) and we’re unofficially in quarantine. It’s recommended we don’t leave town. But the town is safe, with no known cases of the virus. So, it is a good place to be.

Personal Note

A book, a website, blogs? Why are you doing all this? First, it’s in my nature to be creative. And today, one must be creative in all things, including mercy mission work. We find that donations to support missions have declined. So, those serving God have to learn to be “tentmakers” like Paul—somehow finding or creating work to support their mission. 

Second, books, websites and blogs are today’s way of sharing your life and faith. It has to be done creatively, using modern communications venues. Please pray this new mode of sharing the gospel to all corners of the earth is successful, and please consider supporting our efforts. Read one of my books! Check our recommended books  and products: the affiliate links access Amazon. We receive a small commission if you purchase anything, even if it isn’t a product from our website. THANK YOU!

Check out Scott’s new suspense novel

High in the Ethiopian mountains, a sorcerer known as the Hyena Man concocts a devilish plan to destroy a Christian charity…

David Tesfaye has suffered many tragedies—a violent civil war, childhood guilt, a wife who deserted him, followed by drunkenness and depression. Living a safe and anonymous life in London, he’s turned away from people and from God. But then Alzheimer’s invades his mother’s mind. Called home to Ethiopia, David has no choice but to return to the land of his birth…
Get more information here

Free Sample: Meet protagonists David and Julie. Password is 2020. Click here to connect.

Did you miss these blogs?

Fun Interview with Scott

It’s time to meet another International Christian Fiction Writers author. Today we’re introducing Scott Douglas Martell. Welcome, Scott! … READ MORE HERE

Chance to be a blessing

Gigi will spend a month in Addis in the spring. Last year, we blessed the school with education equipment, and the previous year we helped the school with kitchen appliances. This is the year we must help rebuild the kitchen, make the school secure, and start them on their way to serving more at-risk children with additional classrooms … READ MORE HERE:

Book Review: How Not To Die

If there is one book you should buy this year, this is it. The book title is catchy, but it’s not about immortality, physically existing forever. It’s about taking charge of our lives, evaluating our lifestyle and diet, so we can LIVE healthier in body and mind… READ MORE HERE:

Teff: Ethiopia’s second gift to the world?

Teff may prove to the next global “superfood.” But its global demand must not adversely affect the health or pocketbook of Ethiopians, specifically the poor. READ MORE HERE:

Scott’s Recommended Book
for March 2020

If there is one book you should buy this year, this is it. (See my review here.) The book title is catchy, but it’s not about immortality, physically existing forever. It’s about taking charge of our lives, evaluating our lifestyle and diet, so we can LIVE healthier in body and mind. See more reviews here. There is also a How Not To Die Cookbook, and Dr. Greger’s new book is called “How No

Introducing The Joy Quest!

I’m currently creating The Joy Quest Blog, which will be a wholistic Christian focused coaching blog. The theme is “a quest for joy, pursuing happiness in healthy ways.”  This includes researching and sharing ideas about brain and body health, good thinking, travel and new adventures, and Community with God, Family and People.  It’s available online now, but we’re not promoting it until late spring. Please check it out and give me some input.


Sample Joy Blog: 

Brain Power Booster: Are you ‘nuts’ for nuts? 


For a healthy brain, nuts and seeds should be considered as a significant addition to your diet. Nuts and seeds are a staple food worldwide.

In Ethiopia, I was fond of kolo, make from roasted barley, chickpeas ad peanuts. Sunflower seeds and peanuts are often served when you visit peoples’ homes. In Vietnam, peanuts, cashews and many other nuts are common for snacks, and in food, garnish, sauces and condiments. At Tet (New Year’s), it’s nuts galore with watermelon seeds, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, pistachios and others. Yes, most nuts are tasty (think peanuts at a ballgame).  But their health benefits are significant. Nuts and seeds are a plant-based source of healthful fats and proteins.

Among the benefits … continued...

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Scott Douglas Martell is a writer, teacher and coach. His most recent novel is The Hyena Man, an African romantic suspense. His blogs often focus on Ethiopia and Vietnam, world traveling, and counseling for a more joyful life, with topics such as brain health and spiritual awareness.




    Great job, Scott. I ordered your book today. Hug Gigi for me. We remember you well! Darlene Miller

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