Kathy Howard
Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin in blessedly rainy California! Today I have the joy of chatting with renowned Bible study teacher and multi-published author Kathy Howard.

Kathy, please tell us about your book, 30 Days of Hope When Caring for Aging Parents.

No one prepared us for this? Yet, here we are, struggling to navigate the parent/child role reversal. 30 Days of Hope When Caring for Aging Parents combines Scripture, biblical insight, personal experience, reflection questions, and prayer prompts to provide spiritual and practical encouragement to those caring for aging or ill parents.

What inspired you to write this book?

Kathy Howard

Kathy Howard

This book flowed right from my own life experiences. My father-in-law lived with my husband and me for five years before he passed away. We juggled a host of serious health issues that required an ongoing combination of surgeries, hospital care, inpatient rehab, and at-home physical and occupational therapy. Read More →

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Are you interested in learning the art of screenwriting? CAN member, speaker and film critic Dr. Ted Baehr is offering a master class titled, “How to Succeed in Hollywood Without Losing Your Soul” on April 11th through April 14th, 2019 in Camarillo, California. Read the details below.

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Reading these words in Psalm 116:7 (KJV), “the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee,” reminded me of conversations with two of my strongest Christian friends. On the same day, both spoke of being mad at God.

One said a relative felt angry because of what she considered the undeserved suffering that came into the life of her young child. “Why didn’t God do something?”

The other friend spoke of a huge disappointment she had experienced. “Why didn’t God stop this?”

Both friends felt God had not dealt bountifully with them. He hadn’t done what they asked and expected. He seemed absent and left them struggling with an unanswered why.

Asking why puts us in good company.

Moses “returned to the Lord and said, O Lord, why have You brought trouble on this people?  Why is it You have sent me?” (Exodus 5:22 NKJV).

Joshua said, “Alas, Lord God, why have You brought this people over the Jordan at all—to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? Oh, that we had been content, and dwelt on the other side of the Jordan!” (Joshua 7:7 NKJV).

The angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon saying “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor! Gideon said to Him, O my Lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites” (Judges 6:12-13 NKJV).

On the cross, about the ninth hour Jesus “cried out with a loud voice, saying…My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46 NKJV).

Asking why is a normal response to hurt and heartbreak. It’s not a problem as long as we’re content without an explanation and willing to leave the matter in God’s almighty hands.

Along life’s journey we experience disappointment, loneliness, physical decline, stressed relationships, grief. Is God still good? The Bible repeatedly says he is. In the NIV, Psalm 116:7 reads, “the Lord has been good to you.”

How do we respond in hard places? We choose to believe in the dark what we found easy to believe in the light.

“For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations” (Psalm 100:5 KJV).

Even when we don’t understand, we can rely on fact. God always deals bountifully with his children.

Dianne Barker, Topics: Marriage * Parenting * Living in joy *

Dianne Barker

Cabbages and Kings by Dianne Barker

Cabbages and Kings by Dianne Barker

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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Marsha Hubler
Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California! I’ve just returned from an amazing weekend at West Coast Christian Writers Conference in Livermore, CA, and I’m feeling inspired! Today I have the joy of interviewing multi-published author Marsha Hubler, who has made a wonderful career combining her love of children and horses with her talent for writing.

Marsha, tell us about your latest book, Straight from the Horse’s Mouth: A 60-Day Devotional for Kids.

With two Bible verses and a challenge included, the young reader will learn about 60 different breeds of horses and at the same time learn how a Christian young person can live to please God as he/she reads a devotional every day for 60 days.

Marsha Hubler

Marsha Hubler

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Capture Me

Sherry Kyle

Release Date: February 19, 2019

ISBN-13: 978-1790615209

About the book: 

When Ashley Stevens discovers a box of photos that remind her of her difficult childhood with cancer, she wants to put the box aside while keeping her promise to her adoptive grandmother to create scrapbooks from the pictures in the trunk. A photo of herself as a young child sitting beside a smaller girl continues to haunt her. Who is she? And why does the toddler’s face look so much like her own? Between her job at the animal shelter, waiting on a proposal from her boyfriend of three years, and his troubled family, will Ashley ever discover who the girl is?

About the author: 

Sherry Kyle, author

Sherry Kyle is a graduate of Biola University and the author of Delivered with Love, The Heart Stone, Watercolor Dreams, and Road to Harmony. Sherry also writes middle grade books and is a Gold Mom’s Choice Award winner for The Christian Girl’s Guide to Style, as well as a Cascade Award Winner for Love, Lexi: Letters to God. When Sherry isn’t writing, she enjoys walks along the ocean and decorating her beach home. She lives in California with her husband and four children. Visit www.sherrykyle.com for more information.

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