Interview with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas Author Rose Johnson, God Me and Sweet Ice Tea

My guest today is devotional writer, Rose Chandler Johnson. I was introduced to God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea before I actually met Rose on Facebook. Her thoughts inspired me then, but they especially do now that I’ve spent time with her.

Rose Johnson

Would you like a chance to win a copy of God Me and Sweet Iced Tea in a fair and random drawing? All you have to do is enter a comment below concerning this interview, along with an email address by midnight (CST) September 25, 2014.  I will announce a winner on Friday, September 26,2014. Participation is limited to U. S. residents, eighteen and older.

We have a winner! Becky Bost has won Rose’s book and the bonus subscriber prize announced on Facebook, Google +, and Twitter. Congratulations, Becky!

God Me and Sweet Ice Tea

Rose, what most inspired you to write this particular devotional book? Is it born of struggle? Blessing? Was it written over your lifetime or in a short period?

In a way, what I write has taken a lifetime of experience. It’s been born both of struggle and blessing. I’ve been writing since the seventies, and had my first articles and poems published in magazines in the 80’s, but only in recent years did it occur to me I could write a devotional.

When I made Jesus the Lord of my life, I started reading a devotional every morning. I continued that practice for decades, incorporating devotional reading in my quiet times with God. As a journal keeper, I write about personal experiences as I read and study God’s Word during my devotion times. One day the thought came to me I could turn those meditations into devotionals. I began writing them and sending them off for publication in The Secret Place.

After God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea was published, I read through one of my oldest journals. I came across an entry from 1979. I’d written a prayer in which I stated I wanted to write a book that was relevant and encouraging and would point others to the heart of God. I’d forgotten that prayer, but God hadn’t. God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is an overflow of my relationship and love for the Lord. It’s a fulfillment of that written prayer from years ago.

For you is writing a passion, a calling, or both?

Writing is a passion, as well as a calling. I started writing after graduating college in ’77.  Like I said before, I’m a journal keeper. My devotional writing is a way to communicate what I know about God. It’s more or less an overflow of what I experience as a Christian. I want to share that with others. I also write fiction and essays, but that doesn’t seem as vital to me as my devotional writing. My readers inspire me to continue writing devotions.

Each devotional ends with a sweet tea moment. How does a phrase garner this special position in your book?

The “sweet tea moment” is a time to pause and reflect on a meaningful truth gleaned from the devotion. Of course, it’s essentially the “thought for the day,” but I couldn’t resist using the analogy of a refreshing sip of sweet tea in keeping with the personality of the book.


Do you find that every day life moments are the very times in which we see God at work? Can you give us a recent example of this in your life?

Everyday life moments are the very times that we see God at work, but they are also the times we are called to shine His light into the situation at hand. As a mother, a grandmother, and teacher, I’ve spent much of my time with children. We must make a purposeful decision to practice God’s grace and Christian virtues. Patience is one that’s often tested. Recently I watched a little boy carefully and painstakingly tie his shoe. As I watched, I resisted the temptation to hurry him or take over the task myself, and when he stood and smiled at me, I thought of Jesus who stooped to wash the feet of his disciples.

Share with us the most meaningful truth one can glean from your book.

Christianity is more than a religion. It is a relationship with our triune God.

Many devotionals are written and sent to publishers annually, but few are chosen. What grabbed the attention of your publisher?

I don’t know that I can rightly answer that question. My publisher read several of my devotionals when I met with him at a writers’ conference. I sat quietly by. They caught his attention and he asked me to meet with him again later. I believe they appealed to him because they are practical, concise, focused, and relevant.

Do you have a publishing secret you’d like to share with other nonfiction writers?

For nonfiction, even devotionals, I read and research as much as I can to clarify the point I hope to make. This usually leaves me with pages and pages I’ve written about the subject. Then comes the hardest part of distilling it down to the essence of truth I want to convey.

It is a joy to know you better, Rose, and it is my hope many will read, reflect, and grow from your book.

Read Reviews and Get Links

Editorial Reviews

“In fifty-plus concise, focused, appealing, and penetrating meditations on scriptural passages, this book offers in-sights and challenges applied to 21st-century American life. The voice is original, unyielding and gentle, guiding, asking the readers to turn from busy-ness to consider, confront, and appreciate God in ourselves, in others, and beyond us and to be able to bring the divine to our scattered, tormented, and troubled planet. This book is surely a true gift of the spirit.” — Dr. Laura Dabundo, Inspirational-Religious Judge for the 50th Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards.

Reader Reviews

Rose Chandler Johnson has done what few authors do that write devotional books. She takes everyday moments and turns them into a life-changing lesson. In her book “God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments,” she draws you in and you want to sit for a spell maybe on the front porch with your own glass of sweet tea and reflect on how her words impact your relationship with the Lord. Rose speaks to the heart of the reader and captures the essence of what being a true child of God is all about. Her devotionals are not preachy, but, rather, give you hope and inspiration to face your day. So grab your glass of sweet iced tea and spend some moments with Rose and God every day. You’ll be glad you did! ~Brenda Chance

In the south, it is traditional to offer your guest the gift of a glass of sweet iced tea when visiting your home. Rose has given us a wonderful loving gift. She shares with the reader thoughts from her heart. God, Me,and Sweet Iced Tea is a book of devotions that provides us with thoughtful commentary and guidance for experiences we all share. I have read it like a chapter book, straight thu also I find myself just opening the book and reading a single devotion any time. The devotions are uplifting and heartfelt . I plan to keep this close by so when I need a moment to ponder, I will reach for this book. ~ G. S. Franz






God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is available for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble,,, and through your local independent book stores.

 Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Rose’s devotional!

God Me and Sweet Ice Tea





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Ann Cooper McCauley


  • Becky Bost on September 4, 2014

    It was a pleasure to read your interview with this author. I would love to have a copy of her book.

    • Ann Cooper McCauley on September 4, 2014

      Awesome, Becky. I will enter you for a chance to win. I haven’t checked the subscriber list, but if you do choose to subscribe to the website, I am giving a bonus package away to the winner of Rose’s devo. I’d love to have you follow all that’s going on here. And, I am happy to reconnect with you after all these years!! God bless.

    • Rose Chandler Johnson on September 5, 2014

      Becky, I hope you’ll read my devotional. You’re sure to be blessed by it. I want to say “Thank you” for reading the interview and taking the time to comment. And a big heartfelt “thank you” to Ann for inviting me to be on her blog and giving gifts to one special reader.

  • Kendra Nash on September 4, 2014

    Love the title to this book. Ann I am enjoying your blog and would love to win this book. Hope we get to hear you speak again at Third Street.

    • Ann Cooper McCauley on September 4, 2014

      I will certainly enter you in the drawing, Kendra! Thank you so much for your support. I hope the writer blog and Morning Glory will be a great blessing to you. I cannot wait to come back and see you ladies at Third Street. Meg already has two new songs. So whenever you’re ready–we are. 🙂

    • Rose Chandler Johnson on September 5, 2014

      Thank you Kendra. I’m so glad you like it. The catchy title with personality has a little personal story behind it, which I explain in the introduction to the devotional. Thanks so much for your comment. Ann and I love encouragement from readers.

  • Janie Dempsey Watts on September 4, 2014

    I really enjoyed reading about Rose’s book and especially about her writing career. Thanks for sharing!

    • Ann Cooper McCauley on September 4, 2014

      Thanks,Janie! I will enter you in the drawing for one of her books. I haven’t checked subscriptions to see if you’ve joined, but if you subscribe to my website, I am also giving away a note pad, pen, and coffee cup, as well, to the winner of Rose’s devotional. 🙂

    • Rose Chandler Johnson on September 5, 2014

      Janie, you are always so supportive. I thrive on kind words of encouragement. Thanks for reading the interview and leaving a comment. Hugs!

  • Sherry Shuler on September 5, 2014

    Love this! Tried to subscribe to your website and page wouldn’t come up…. It just said subscribe did not give me a place to enter information

    • Ann Cooper McCauley on September 5, 2014

      Some maintenence is being done on the website, Sherry. I’m so sorry. Please, please try again to subscribe. I will enter you in the drawing and for the bonus prize, too. You have a great evening!

    • Rose Chandler Johnson on September 5, 2014

      Sherry, I loved doing this interview. Ann got right to the heart of the matter with her insightful questions. I hope you’ll read the devotional. I think you’d love it too. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  • Sally Chambers on September 5, 2014

    Wonderful interview with Rose, Ann. Loved the glimpses into both her writing life and her personal life and being uplifted with the profound and meaningful truth about Christianity to be gleaned from her book. Thank you!

    • Ann Cooper McCauley on September 5, 2014

      You are welcome, Sally. Thanks so much for stopping by! I will enter your name in the drawing and since you’re already a subscriber you could win the bonus prize, as well. We’ll see what happens!

  • Rose Chandler Johnson on September 5, 2014

    Thank you Sally for your kind words. I was both humbled and honored when Ann asked me to be on her blog. I appreciate this opportunity to tell others about this simple yet powerful devotional. I love sowing seeds into His Kingdom. Thank you for taking the time to encourage us.

  • Rhonda Kay Brigman on September 6, 2014

    It is not always the traumatic, dramatic or outrageous times that we wait to hear from God. We need him everyday. Quite time, with a little tea or coffee and inspiring, uplifting words can feel the voids, the confusions, and give you the answers you are seeking. Thank you for the encouragement to know HE is always near, always aware of what is going on with us, and can give us direction…if we will be listen. Rhonda Kay Brigman
    Look forward to reading your new book in its entirety! Blessings and success be yours. <3

    • Ann Cooper McCauley on September 6, 2014

      Thanks for leaving a comment, Rhonda. I will make sure you name is in the drawing for Rose’s book. You have a blessed weekend.

  • Janalyn Voigt on September 6, 2014

    Nice thought, including a sweet tea moment as part of your devotionals. I’m going to incorporate this myself. Thanks, ladies!

    • Ann Cooper McCauley on September 6, 2014

      Are you a Southerner, Janalyn? hahaha Sweet tea goes with our territory. Thanks for visiting!

  • Rose Chandler Johnson on September 6, 2014

    Rhonda, thank you so much for your inspiring words. You are so right. God is there for us in every moment. You’ll love the devotional.

  • Rose Chandler Johnson on September 6, 2014

    Janalyn, a sweet tea moment inspires me on more than one level. I’m a native Georgian. Here’s a few words from the back cover copy:
    “In the South, nothing is more refreshing than a glass of sweet iced tea. Nothing, that is, except experiencing God in small, everyday moment…”

  • Kristin Goodson on September 9, 2014

    Looks awesome and inspiring! In need of a new devotional and this looks like it would really suit me.
    Love how you use the Sweet tea analogy! I think analogies are awesome when it comes to understanding God and.
    Love how you wrote about wanting to write a book and you finally did. Congrats!

    • Ann Cooper McCauley on September 9, 2014

      Thanks Kristin! I am so glad the interview inspired you. I will enter your name in the drawing for Rose’s book. 🙂

  • Rose Chandler Johnson on September 10, 2014

    Thank you Kristin. I am inspired by your enthusiasm and encouraging words. I appreciate your taking the time to write your thoughts. Yes, God is faithful. You’ll love the devotional!

  • Erika Rizkallah on September 24, 2014

    Thanks for this interview. I’ve seen the cover of this book in various places, but I never realized it was a devotional. I’d love to win a copy of it, but even if I don’t I’ll buy it:)

    • Ann Cooper McCauley on September 24, 2014

      That’s great, Erika. Thank you so much for leaving a comment. I hope you enjoyed the interview. I’ll be sure and put your name in the drawing for the book.

  • Rose Chandler Johnson on September 25, 2014

    Thanks Erika! I hope you enjoy the devotional. Thanks for your comment.

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