About She Is Beloved


She Is Beloved was born out of the ashes of Backseat Writer.  Due to a technical detail, I lost my domain name, BackseatWriter.com.  I was devastated (yes, over a domain name!)  It wasn’t just about the name; it was about what the site had meant to me.  I interviewed my favorite artists, shared beautiful photographs, poured my very heart and soul into that site…and then it was gone.  The domain name was bought up by a broker who told me I could pay $500-$1500 to get it back.  I turned him down, since I don’t have that kind of money and if I did, I could certainly find better uses for it.

A couple of years ago, I bought the domain “SheIsBeloved.com.” I thought it was going to be a women’s ministry site or a women’s devotional blog.  Maybe it would call people back to church, God’s Beloved.  After losing Backseat Writer, I realized this new domain was about me—about who I am now.  I’m not longer an outsider observing life, but someone who is drinking deeply from all God has given me in this life.  I am not a hapless wanderer, but a child who knows her Father loves her.  In fact, my very name, “Amy” is sometimes translated as “Beloved,” so it seemed very fitting to bring over the content from Backseat Writer and build upon it into something new.

Join me as I discover what it means to live the God-loved life and share what He’s teaching me through music, books, the Bible, and life.  There will be lots of essays and pictures and Bible lessons and all the content you’ve come to enjoy…and I may even more post regularly.

It’s time to watching others and move forward to live a God-Loved life.


She Is Beloved is an independent media outlet respecting the rights of individuals and their creative property. Therefore, She Is Beloved does not own first publishing rights or copyrights to any of the articles published here, but rather allows these to be retained by the author/creator. While Backseat Writer would appreciate attribution for publication, it is not required. Quotes, citations, mentions, and links are welcome and appreciated, but the articles may not reproduced fully without the author’s individual permission.  Written submissions cannot be removed until one year until after the date of posting.  At that time, the article may be removed at the request of the author (or with prior authorization from She Is Beloved due to special circumstances).

To submit an article, story, poem, or photograph, please contact Amy Sondova. To obtain reprint information on articles, please contact the individual author or She Is Beloved.  Remember, She Is Beloved is like a “talk show” and you are a “guest” on that talk show.


Request for reviews/interview/marriage proposals can be sent to belovedscribe@gmail.com.

Why, yes, I would love to review your album, book, movie, or product!  Due to time restraints, that book I’m eventually going to write, and my personal preferences, I may not be able to honor all requests for reviews, interviews, or Nigerians who want to wire me money.

Before you hit me up with your latest and greatest, please note that I will only accept music for review (and artist interviews) that is downloadable or sent to me via snail mail.  Additionally, I will only accept books that are readable on Kindle or Adobe Reader or sent to me in hard copy format (again, in the mail).  My reasoning?  I need my music and reading material to be portable—to go with me where I need to go.  That’s how I live life and that’s how I review materials.  I cannot be chained to my computer listening to music or reading books.

Additionally, I retain the right to accept or reject all materials based on quality of content and whether or not I believe the materials fit in with the vision of Backseat Writer.  Usually I can tell whether or not something is a good fit by the press release and I will tell you so before you send materials, so feel free to send your queries to amy@backseatwriter.com.


(aka My Love Note to the FTC)

This policy is valid from 06 October 2009

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. For questions about this blog, contact Amy Sondova.

This blog does not accept any form of cash advertising, sponsorship, or paid topic insertions. However, we will and do accept and keep free products, services, travel, event tickets, and other forms of compensation from companies and organizations.

This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards. We believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored content.

The owner of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

To get your own policy, go to http://www.disclosurepolicy.org.

And just in case that doesn’t satisfy the Federal Trade Commission, I also wrote this--Due to new guidelines from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), it is my duty to inform you that the products (books, albums, ice cream maker, and so on) reviewed or featured on She Is Beloved were supplied by a publicist, promoter, or company for perusal.  Therefore, since this is considered compensation (since I get to keep the items when I am finished), I must inform you that, yes, I get free stuff because I review it.

I do not get paid to do reviews or interviews (though if anyone wants to hire me for freelance work, I’m listening.)  I do not accept money in exchange for posting press releases or endorsements.  All content is generated for the pure love and joy of writing!

Links included in posts are for informational purposes only and are never composed for the purpose of including advertising.

No record company, publisher, publicist, band, artist, hobbit, or gnome will ever influence the content, topics, or posts made on She Is Beloved, though they may inspire a few!

0 thoughts on “About She Is Beloved

  1. I wandered upon this smart little web page by complete happenstance, and allow me to say, I’m glad that I did. I had as a child, well, I still have a very vivid and seemingly tangible imagination, always getting me into trouble. I recall sitting in the backseat alone, the sun shone down through our car windows, some type of christian music playing up front, and feeling totally without stress, utterly content and safe with my trusted father at the wheel. In the warm security my imagination would go mad, soldiers fighting in fast disappearing fields, planes following our car, or even men running on the telephone lines that whizzed past my window high above. Everything from princesses in distress to secret agents and Jedi visited me on every one of my car rides. I would often, even at a young age, take a notepad and after my backseat adventure was over, or I could pull myself away from it, I would jot it down in story form. I have some very fond memories.

    In any case, I’ll definitely be taking a closer look at this website. I found it while looking for a quote from a cable television show called “Psych”.



  2. I’m on yer page, going through yer stuffs. I just had to say hi. I spent my youth in the back seat of the car as well. Fighting with my sister over who had to sit on the sunny side for the next six hours or so. Nothing to do but listen to Casey Kasem’s American top 40 and wonder where my dad was taking us this time. Normally my dad never actually had a destination when he set out, he was just letting the road take him where ever it went.

    I saw a lot of things out of that back seat window, and found a world in my head set to the music on the radio.

    I was lucky enough to marry a man who also had a passion for following nothing but his curiosity and occasionally a crumby out dated map.

    I also managed to contract that shutter bug infection from my dad. It was the best gift he ever gave me before he died a few years ago. I suck, but I love it, just like writing. It is possible we may be from the same distant tribe of crazy people who like things that are old and falling apart.

    1. Or maybe we simply see the beauty in things despite being old and falling apart. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your story. And I would love to see some of your pictures. 🙂

  3. I linked here from the website on Rice’s Market, but I love your refreshing writing. I wish I were as creative and imaginative as you, but I was one of three kids, so I had to sit on the “hump” between the two bucket seats in the back. My two older brothers always seemed to win the bucket seats. I seem to remember quite a bit about the backs of my parents’ heads. How the curls formed, whether they were more grey than the week before. I think I will keep an eye on your website and try to see things more creatively.

    1. Martha, thanks for your comment! I had NO IDEA Rice’s linked to my site…hilarious! I just sent them some pics I took at the market. 🙂

  4. Hi Amy! I found your site by looking under a search term someone used to find my site. I saw your ‘backseat musings’ and saw a coinkydink yet again. I just finished an article about cars that have known me. I remembered the back of the car was mine when I was little, before little bro came along. Enjoyed visiting your site! gigi wolf, author of A Woman’s Guide To Everything and the Pan Am Airlines Pages on ChezGigi.com-

  5. Um…so I think we may be the same person. Read the ‘about’ section on my blog (The Suitcase Scholar). It’s freaking me out because, well, we were childhood friends. I mean, what are the chances of that? Right? So strange.

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