In Honor and Loving Memory of Tina Hurtado

In honor and loving memory of my sister Tina Hurtado Mendoza I announce the release of my book, A Love Letter to the Ladies: A Single Christian Man’s Perspective on July 7, 2018. The date is the two-year anniversary when she went to be in the presence of the Lord. Below are some brief descriptions of Tina Hurtado. Her thirty years as a daughter and sister were not lived in vain. She left her legacy with us and will forever be remembered.

Her mother Terri states, “How can I describe my Tina? She was caring, beautiful inside and out, and I’m proud of the accomplishments she made in career at Bashas’. She was confident, loving and protective of her family, pets and friends. She loved the outdoors and was athletic. She was responsible and if someone ever needed a helping hand she was there to help.”

Her twin sister Star shares, “Tina was a kind-hearted person who put the needs of others ahead of her own. She had a big smile that was so contagious all you could do was smile back at her. She was a hard worker who worked for everything she owned or wanted for herself or her family! Her pets were the light in her life, she loved and adored them so much. Lastly, Tina was my best friend. She was very special to me.”

Her big sister, Teresita states, “Tina was determined to accomplish goals that she set for herself. Her love language was Acts of Service. When she was a student at Maryvale High School, she demonstrated this love by selflessly giving up her lunch hour to help feed and transport students with disabilities around campus. She also served as a teachers aide in the special education department. Also, she loyally demonstrated service to her family, friends, and even strangers. She was a baby whisperer to her niece and other children she knew!”

Her big and only brother, T.J says, “Tina was a passionate person who was loyal and committed to those she loved. She would go out of her way to help others whenever needed. She loved to laugh and even laugh at herself. Her laugh was so contagious that after hearing it, you would end up laughing yourself! She was a person of deep faith in Jesus Christ and took her relationship with Him very personally.”

Early in the morning on July 7, 2016, we lost Tina in a fatal car accident a block away from her family home in Maryvale. Unfortunately, she was not wearing her seatbelt. This was a hard truth we learned and we encourage all people to remember to always fasten your seatbelt. Do not hold resentment and forgive your loved ones. Never forget to say I love you to those dear to your heart. No one is guaranteed to see tomorrow. Do your best to always keep your heart, mind and daily life with Father God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit at the center.

Tina is waiting in heaven for her family to join her as they complete the number of days God has planned for each of them. She was the youngest child to a single mother of four. She is survived by her twin sister who was born one minute before her, an older sister who is seven years older and a brother who is nine years older than her. She never knew her father. Initially, her mother considered giving her and her twin up for adoption. But her brother T.J. and older sister Teresita convinced their mother to keep the twins and told their mother that they would help her raise their twin sisters. Tina struggled a bit with her identity like most people who grew up as a child without having a positive father figure in her life. Even though she experienced many obstacles she was a fighter. She started her personal relationship with her Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ at the age of ten. This book is being published in her honor and loving memory. Being her brother and roommate, I was able to witness her personal spiritual growth as she drew closer to her Abba, Father through Jesus Christ in the last ten months of her life. Jesus, please let Tina know I love her and look forward to being reunited with her in eternal glorious presence of our holy and loving Father!

Julie ministering. Fiesta Publishing Blog

God Has Much More

… And the man of God answered, “The LORD has much more to give you than this.”          2 Chronicles 25:9

 

A door opened in April 2015 for me to minister the Word of God at a small church. It was the first time I had shared a biblical message with a congregation.  I was excited and knew that another opportunity would present itself, but I had no idea how quickly the door would open.

Two weeks later, I heard, “call Veronica and offer to speak at the Sunday service”.  Being obedient and not wanting to be presumptuous about ministering the Word of God on that upcoming Sunday, I sent her a text that read, “Let me know if you would like me to minister some Sunday, so you can rest in the Lord.”

About 10 minutes later, I received a phone call from Pastor Veronica and she joyfully said, “yes, yes, yes.” When I answered the phone.  I had forgotten about the text that was sent, so I had no idea why she was saying yes, until she told me that my offering to share the Word of God on Sunday was a blessing to her and her husband Joe.  That act of obedience on both of our parts has opened a door leading to ministering the Word of God subsequent Sundays.

Behind the instruction was an open door, which led to another door. In this case, ministering God’s Word for a third time at the church.  This is training for the destiny that I walk towards. I don’t know what the next door is, what it will look like or when it will happen; but when it opens, I will walk through it.

As I shared the first message God gave me titled, “God has much more” that Sunday in April, I had no idea how much more He had for me in ministering His Word.

First Cover Artist Rendering: The Vision Explained

On Earth As It Is In Heaven original concept artworkThe vision that was placed upon the illustrator’s heart was a golden stairway, which was based on the author’s challenges and struggles that had occurred in her life.

The first few steps represent shock, hurt, heartache, disappointment, rejection and despair.  As Julie was obedient and poured her trust in God, the farther she climbed up the stairway. It was then that her process of healing began.  Restoration, forgiveness, peace and a renewed sense of strength and confidence – every step of the way, until she finally reached the top and entered into the lighted doorway.

Her destination was where her Savior was waiting. He was there with her all the time.

Lucy C. Flores

The Process of Writing The Book; The Peace of God Was With Me

Let me start with this; I walked in peace during the whole process of writing and publishing the book. And. It wasn’t always easy.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  Philippians 4:6

Writing as I was led to do so, the manuscript took about 9 months to write, although the actual time was about 3 months. It was now July and I needed to find an editor.  It took time and a few negative comments to find the perfect editor; but each negative comment became a springboard for overcoming.  I could not look to the right or to the left, but keep my eye on the instruction to write and publish the book.  In the end, I used the first person I was led to contact.

The editing process took approximately two months and with the editor’s assignment completed, I found myself updating the content, as God showed me.  But it was the Bible quotes that proved to be the thorn in my side.  In the end, I quoted the scriptures directly from the Bible to ensure accuracy.  Using the direct quote, punctuation and all, was the answer. There was no adding of detracting from the Word of God. I was pleased with the result.

Now, it was time for the graphic artist to begin her work. Her talent enabled her to take a basic painting and translate it into a book cover.  The interior layout took time, as little things kept presenting themselves; things that needed to be addressed.  Patience was the key for this part of the process. What I anticipated to be a 3 week process, took 3 months.  I was learning the publishing craft.  My mom could lay the foundation, but I had to build the business. Time was actually my friend, as I my knowledge base for publishing increased.

During the whole process, I walked in peace and trusted God. By December I came to the conclusion that the book was not to be sold in 2014.  But as time progressed, I realized, even the printing had to happen in 2015.

When I received notice that the book was printed and shipped, I freaked out.  Doubt tried to creep in, but I kept going back to the instructions I had received, acknowledging the ease in which everything came into being, even if it took time.  I kept speaking the God inspired vision and having faith to believe.

For the first time in my life, something I did was now coming to fruition and no one else had a say in it, unless I asked for counsel. It was just me and God making sure this book came to pass. It became a reality.  So the books were delivered and when I saw the picture of the stacked boxes my son sent me, my “freaking out” dissipated and I knew a new thing was upon me.

God also showed me something about the whole process.  Fiesta Publishing and On Earth as It Is in Heaven, are God instructed and I am not dependent on man for the outcome of this season in my life. I was obedient to Him and now He will do what He plans to do with the book and the business.  It is incredible how our own limitations or choices can keep us from walking into our destiny.  I am now one step closer to the open door.

Then the LORD replied:

“Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”  Habakkuk 2:2-3 (NIV)

 

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For Immediate Release! –This is Not Another Died and Gone to Heaven Book

January 15, 2015

Fiesta Publishing
Phoenix, AZ 85014
Contact: julie@fiestapublishing.com

This is NOT Another Died, Gone to Heaven and Survived Book

On Earth as It Is in Heaven, a Personal Allegory, is a testimony, a reality book of Julie Castro’s personal journey in which each chapter addresses a scenario; but is relevant to the bigger picture and overarching themes of Jesus and walking her path that God predestined. Ultimately, the book is a personal allegory of Jesus, the One True Husband.

The lessons learned, processes, revelations and instructions are shared to readers with candor and transparency. The reader will gain a clearer understanding of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and how They operate in one’s life to bring each person to their destiny.

The book cover reflects it best – the steps that Julie followed to reach the open door that God had for her and has planned for each person, if they will follow God’s directions and yield to His leading.

As Jeremiah 29:11 states: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV)julie castro owner of Fiesta Publishing

Ms. Castro states, “Scriptures from The Holy Bible are incorporated into the book to support my testimony and reinforce that there truly is nothing new under the sun as it is written in Ecclesiastes 1:9.”

To read an excerpt and learn more about the book, author and publisher go to www.fiestapublishing.com. Contact Julie Castro for further information or to obtain a copy of the book for feature and editorial purposes.

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For Immediate Release – Announcing!

January 1, 2015

Fiesta Publishing
Phoenix, AZ 85014
Contact: julie@fiestapublishing.com

ANNOUNCING

Fiesta Publishing is proud to present it’s first manuscript in over 15 years. Julie Castro has resurrected her mother’s company founded in 1993. Previously, the titles focused onaviation, cookbooks and travel guides.

In 2015, Fiesta Publishing adds a new genre. On Earth as It Is in Heaven, a Personal Allegory, is a reality book that shares lessons learned, processes, revelations and full-width-cover-finalinstructions that Ms. Castro personally experienced. The reader will gain a clearer understanding of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and how They operate in one’s life to bring each person to their destiny.

Click here to learn more about the book and to pre-order.

Orders can also be placed at your favorite bookstore. Ask for ISBN is 978-0-9643613-7-9.

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