Sherry Kyle
Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin in smoky California. Today I have the joy of interviewing one of my best friends! Sherry Kyle and I met at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference over a decade ago and have grown up together as authors. Sherry’s award-winning writing, whether fiction or nonfiction, is filled with creativity, warmth, and a genuine heart for girls of all ages.

Welcome, Sherry! Tell us about your latest book.

Sherry Kyle

Sherry Kyle

Packed with 15-weeks’ worth of devotions, relatable stories, Scriptures, and over 50 fun activities & crafts for girls ages 8-12, the True Heart Girls Devotional: God’s Promises for Me helps tween girls get a solid foundation for growing up they will treasure for the rest of their lives. Read More →

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Messy Parenting

by Lori Wildenberg

New Hope Publishers

August 20, 2018

ISBN Number: 978-1-56309-041-7

About the book: 

As parents, we long for our children to have family relationships that lasts a lifetime. But how do we create an atmosphere for connection on this messy journey of parenting? Messy Parenting shows you small yet powerful and practical ways you can begin now to build lasting relationships, even when the going gets tough. Apply God’s design for interdependence and learn to:

  • Strengthen family relationships both between you and your child and between siblings
  • Encourage leadership skills
  • Distinguish between enabling and helping
  • Avoid cultural parenting advice that could sabotage your family
  • Discuss issues without creating division
  • And so much more!

Regardless of how old your child is, or the mistakes or successes you’ve made so far, God made families for relationship, and now is the time to start strengthening those ties.

About the author: 

Lori Wildendberg

Lori  Wildenberg, mom of four, is passionate about helping families build connections that last a lifetime. She’s co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting ministry, lead mentor mom with the Moms Together Facebook Community, national speaker, and parent coach. Messy Parenting is Lori’s 5th parenting book. For more information go to www.loriwildenberg.com

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“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26).

This morning I awoke to the sweet sound of birdsong. The feathered creatures seemed to be singing their praise for a new day, for sunshine just breaking through the darkness, for an ample food supply.

I wonder…am I as grateful for these and a multitude of other blessings?

The cheery chorus reminded me these little ones diligently pursue their sole responsibility—being the best winged-creatures they can be. They do not appear to worry about anything.

They don’t fret about position, problems, or power. They show no anxiety over relationships, no remorse over past failures, and no fear over what lies ahead.

We can learn much from these happy singers, just trusting God for every need.

Jesus said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31).

Our Lord cares for even these delicate creations. Yet he considers me of more value than many sparrows.

That certainly builds my self-esteem!

Dianne Barker is a speaker, radio host, and author of 11 books, including the best-selling Twice Pardoned and award-winning I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore! Organizing for the Maximum Life. She’s secretary of Christian Authors Network and a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and Christian Women in Media Association. Visit www.diannebarker.com.

 

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Practicing Patience

By Susan G Mathis

My husband has Parkinsons disease, so I am learning to employ a good deal of patience—the very thing I taught in my children’s picture book, Lexie’s Adventure in Kenya: Love is Patience —while we adjust to the challenges of such a terrible disease. God is never finished teaching us patience, so to that end, for all of us who need a bit of encouragement as we learn patience now or in the future, here are a few inspiring quotes that may help:

“God’s way of answering the Christian’s prayer for more patience, experience, hope, and love often is to put him into the furnace of affliction,” Richard Cecil. Yup, I think surgery might be my furnace at the moment.

“We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world,” Helen Keller. What a woman she must have been!

“Patience is not simply the ability to wait—it’s how we behave while we’re waiting,” Joyce Meyer. Very true. I’ll remember that when I have physical therapy. Smiles.

“Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses, and disappointments; but let us have patience, and we soon shall see them in their proper figures,” Joseph Addison. Hmmm. Got to ponder this one.

“I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience, and to respect the fury of nature,” Paulo Coelho. Interesting.

“Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character,” Heraclitus.

When all is said and done, may you and I be found with a new measure of patience and stronger, more godly character that will bless others, especially God.

 

Dear Lord, Help us learn patience more and more each day. In Jesus name, Amen

 

About the author: Susan Mathis is the author of The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy and four other books. She is the vice president of Christian Authors Network and the Founding Editor of Thriving Family magazine and former Editor of 12 Focus on the Family publications. She has written hundreds of articles and now serves as a writer, writing coach, and consultant. For more, visit www.SusanGMathis.com.

 

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Linda Wood Rondeau
Davalynn Spencer

Davalynn Spencer

Good summer morning from Colorado. Davalynn Spencer here, pleased to introduce author Linda Wood Rondeau and her featured book, Hosea’s Heart.

I love the title, Linda. Give us a quick shot of what your book is about.  

This fiction book is inspired by the biblical book of Hosea. A minister has searched for his runaway, drug-addicted wife for the past fifteen years. When they are finally reunited, he discovers two alarming truths: she is dying of lung cancer, and she is a material witness against a Washington, D.C., drug lord and former lover. Though she has recently come to faith, can he extend to her the forgiveness she requests?

Linda Wood Rondeau

Linda Wood Rondeau

What was it about the biblical story that made you want to set it in contemporary times?

The story of Hosea and Gomer in the book of Hosea has long intrigued me. Why would God ask someone to enter into a disastrous relationship? How is it possible to forgive so much wrong? The parallels between Hosea’s life and Israel demonstrate God’s encompassing love and redemption. Though we may suffer the consequences of our poor choices, the Lord is sovereign even over these. Read More →

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