Archives for September 2013

Podcast: Living Inspired: Jon S. Lewis with Guest Host Justin Blaney

Living Inspired ~ Thursday 3CT (10/3/13) To listen to the interview: go here and click on the player in the upper right corner of the screen. This week on Living Inspired please welcome guest host Justin Blaney, author of the popular Isfits series  and guest YA author Jon S. Lewis. If you’re reading this after 10/3/13 you’ll be able to find this show . . . and all my shows in the archive section. About Justin, the guest host: Justin Blaney {Read More}

Spread the Peace about ‘The One Year® Book of Amish Peace’

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about how readers help their favorite authors sell more books. YOU as the reader determine a book’s success—and I need your help making my upcoming release a success. The One Year® Book of Amish Peace releases October 1, and I need you to help it make a big debut splash. Here’s a bit about the book: In our instantly connected world, it’s surprisingly easy to lose our connection to God. This devotional taps Amish wisdom in order to {Read More}

How a Garden (and a Family) Grows

I love gardening. Well, let me clarify . . . I love writing about gardening. It seems both down-to-earth and oddly romantic to live on a farm like Bob and Charlotte in Sweet September. The idea of planting seeds, watching their progress, and then eating of their labor delights me—which is why my husband and I planted a garden this year. The lives of the Stevensons and their grandchildren unfold in this captivating story of remarkable change. It was only {Read More}

How to Be Married

As a little girl growing up the in the 70s and 80s, I often thought of my future groom. I dreamed about the wedding, but sometimes I forgot about the marriage to follow. There are days I’m awed with the fact that I’ve already been married more than twenty years! At times I feel like the unsure newlywed who felt like I was playing house. During the 80s, there were lots of songs about love. I clearly remember the episode {Read More}

When to Share Your Faith

When to Share Your Faith . . . And When To Seal Your Lips I remember the first time a college professor made fun of my faith. I was taking a history class at a small community college, but the professor spent more time talking about his atheistic beliefs than world civilizations. He would work jabs against Christianity into every lecture. I’d sit there and squirm. I wanted to say something, anything, to make him see the error in his {Read More}

A Trip Through Amish Country

Last Memorial Day weekend my husband and I traveled to Shipshewana, Indiana—Amish country! We went for a few reasons: I’m writing a true story of an ex-Amish couple and my publisher Zondervan met us to do a video shoot. (A Simple Hope will be out spring 2014!) I had a book signing for my new book The Promise Box at The Blue Gate Restaurant. I had plans to hang out with my ex-Amish friends and their Amish families. I was {Read More}

Choosing to Adopt: Our Story (Plus a Giveaway)

She said: John and I always told ourselves it was a good thing we had kids while we were young, that way we’d still be young when they were out of the house. We made lot of plans, to travel, to enjoy quiet evenings together, to have a clean house not cluttered with toys. Then I saw a magazine article about orphans, and that got me thinking about adding another child to our home. John wasn’t interested when I first {Read More}

Healthy Guilt Versus False Guilt

Healthy guilt is conviction from God in order for you to make a change in your life. For example, if you feel guilty every time the offering plate is passed around at church (because you haven’t been contributing lately), that guilt is most likely a nudge from the Holy Spirit that you need to make a change. More common is false guilt. False guilt is the little voice in your head that is quick to point out the many areas {Read More}

Podcast: Living Inspired: Encore with Jim Rubart | Shannon Ethridge

Living Inspired ~ Thursday 3CT (9/26/13) To listen to the interview: go here and click on the player in the upper right corner of the screen. This week on Living Inspired we have an encorce show with Jim Rubart and Shannon Ethridge Sign up below for your chance to win Jim Rubart’s Soul’s Gate and Memory’s Door or Shannon Ethridge’s debut fiction release To Know You! Two winners will be announced on the winners page on Friday, September 27th. *Due to {Read More}

Simple Living: Simplify Your Choices to Save Time

We live in the land of opportunity. If I want to make Thai food for dinner, I can Google a recipe, stop at the store for all the ingredients, and whip something up. Just in my local community I can sign up for Chinese classes, painting classes, and violin. I had dozens and dozens of stores that woo me with the latest styles. There is nothing wrong with cooking something new, starting a new hobby, or trying to dress fashionable. {Read More}

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