Janice Thompson
Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California, where spring is already springing! Today I have the joy of interviewing one of our newest CAN members, Janice Thompson! Janice is the author of numerous novels and devotionals. I’ve known Janice for years, and I love her sense of humor, her storytelling, and the photos of her almost-too-gorgeous-to-eat cookies! Janice is combining these strengths in her new devotional.

Welcome, Janice! Please tell us about your book Just Roll with It.

Janice Thompson

Janice Thompson

Whether you love to bake or just love to laugh, these real-life kitchen stories, yummy sweet treat recipes and inspiring Bible truths are sure to bring a smile to your face, satisfaction to your belly and fullness to your heart. You’ll learn about life and faith as you embark on this baking journey. Read More →

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Marti Pieper

Marti Pieper

February greetings from Marti Pieper in chilly but beautiful Seneca, South Carolina! Today, I’m delighted to welcome a dear friend to our CAN blog. Linda W. Rooks and I first met through the Orlando, Florida, Word Weavers group, where she is a charter member and where we have both served in leadership. Linda is a beautiful person whose written words echo the loveliness of her heart. I know you’ll enjoy reading this interview and learning about the ways God has turned the brokenness in her life into a strong and vital ministry to others.

Linda Rooks

Linda Rooks

Welcome, Linda! Please tell us about your latest book.

Fighting for Your Marriage while Separated guides a person step-by-step through the complexities of a separation by sharing practical insights, biblical wisdom, true stories of reconciled marriages, and my own reconciliation story after a three-year marital separation.  Even if you’re fighting for your marriage alone, a reconciled marriage is possible. Read More →

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Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin! Today I have the joy of interviewing historical novelist Vickie McDonough, who is a bestselling author of more than fifty (!) novels and novellas! Vickie is also a long-time member of CAN, and you’ll enjoy what she has to share.

Welcome, Vickie! Please tell us about your book The Anonymous Bride.

1 Marshal. 3 Brides—no, make that 4.

A marshal confides to friends that he’d marry if he met the right woman. Soon, three mail-order brides arrive, each expecting to marry Luke Davis–but he didn’t order a bride. A friendly contest ensues to determine which gal is the best choice, but besides the three entries Luke expects, there’s a fourth—an anonymous entry.

Vickie McDonough

Vickie McDonough

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Molly Jebber
Davalynn Spencer

Davalynn Spencer

Welcome to the CAN blog. Davalynn Spencer here, visiting with author Molly Jebber about authorship and her featured book for today, Hannah’s Courage.

Molly, please give us a quick overview of your book.

Hannah’s Courage is the third book in my Amish Charm Bakery Series. Hannah Lapp fears she may have waited too long to tell Timothy Barkman she’s ready for courtship. Charlene Shetler intends to become Timothy’s fraa. But is the newcomer all that she seems? Hannah learns Charlene’s hiding something from Timothy he should know. Will Hannah run from this, or will she have the courage to tell Timothy the truth?

Molly Jebber

Molly Jebber

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

That when your situation may seem impossible, God is powerful in all things. He can move mountains, and He cares about every little thing in our lives if we love and trust in Him. This story also shows no matter how big mistakes are, He’s a forgiving God. Read More →

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Catherine Finger

Catherine Finger

Happy Friday, CAN Family!

 I’m writing to you from deep within the Iowa farm country. It’s chilly, but a small price to pay while on my way to ride my horse this morning. To warm the heart and soul, I’m thrilled to share an interview with professional coach, author,  speaker and teacher Linda Goldfarb. A favorite on the AWSA and CAN circuits, and serving as Regional Group Director for CAN, Linda blesses others with her thriving coaching practice. I caught up with her today and look forward to sharing the wisdom with you. 

 

 

Thank you for joining us today, Linda! Let’s start out learning about some of your passions. What would you like to share with us about the passions of your heart?

 First, I must say thank you for making passion plural. As much as I am a multifaceted daughter-of-the King, my passions are equally numerous. I will say the root of all my passions stems from my love for God’s truth. I’m known for being a Truth-talker by choice.

I’m passionate about my spirituality as I seek God’s Word daily to know more about God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, and how I can walk out His best for me.

I’m passionate about my family and the role I play in the lives of my four adult children, my grandchildren, and my,(he really is) amazing husband, Sam.

I’m passionate about my health and being a good steward of my body. My goal is not perfection. My goal is to be the healthiest me I can be in the time God has given me here on earth.

I’m passionate about helping my coaching clients grow from strength to strength to experience God’s best life.

I’m passionate about helping others discover more about their God-given personalities.

In addition to serving as the CAN Regional Group Director, where else do you volunteer in your spare time?  Spare time? What’s that? LOLO(Loving Our Lord Out-loud) I’m blessed to have a balanced life – though it hasn’t always been that way.(I’ll leave for for another time.) As far as volunteering—I’ve had the pleasure of serving in multiple capacities in my local church as the women’s ministry director, parenting ministry director, and more. I’ve traveled on mission trips with the youth and adults. I’m honored to volunteer with the San Antonio Marriage Initiative, speaking on parenting, marriage, and personalities across the city at local YMCA facilities. I also mentor writers, speakers, and parents on a regular basis, outside of my coaching clients. Whew!!

Linda Goldfarb

Linda Goldfarb

How do you use this experience in your writing? Hmmm, good question. God has used every experience I’ve walked through in my writing and speaking. No wasted pain, no wasted relationships, no wasted time.

What short, humorous thing would your readers want to know about you or your writing life? I am a pantser. I write in spurts and pray all the dots connect when I’m finished. I talk to my dogs while I write, sharing a thought or two when I get stuck. Their usual response is to wag their tails, lick my face, and lay back down. I take this as affirmation—I’m doing a good job so far!

Do you have a funny story relating to your writing or an event? There’s one memorable moment coming to mind. I was the keynote speaker at a ladies retreat in the piney woods of east Texas. Our event took place on a lake and the room we were in had floor to ceiling windows facing out to a deck directly on the water. This one evening, I was sharing on the power of the Holy Spirit in us. As the full-moon cast its glow across the lake it spotlighted a large opossum on the deck who made his presence known by standing up against the window and scratching the glass. Mind you, I was closing out the talk and we were at a pivotal point in the message. The last thing the group needed was a distraction. In that instant the power of the Spirit showed up in a great way. Without hesitating I said, “There are many of us here today who shut down as though playing dead when we are faced with unfamiliar obstacles in our lives. (I threw my shoe at the window, the opossum fell backwards with his feet perfectly still in the air I went on) But, unlike that opossum who has been stopped in his tracks, we have the Holy Spirit who will make a way when there seems to be no way. Let’s pray.” There were many of the women who cornered me to ask how I planned that so perfectly. I replied with a smile, “All things are possible with God.”

Did you find a fascinating fact/story while doing research for your book? The book, Loving the ME God Sees, is about embracing relational transparency for women and it is based on the book of James. For me, I was fascinated by the way God moved me to put pen to paper. It wasn’t with a still small voice, He used a 2×4!

It began on a Monday morning in September of 2009 with my usual routine of getting up early before the rest of the family. Positioning myself on the couch in our sunroom, I read God’s word and contemplated its Truth, current relevance, and finally how I was to apply it to my daily life. This one morning everything was going along as usual when I felt a specific prompting in my heart, “I want you to write a Bible study.” Believe it or not, I actually looked around the room.

Once again an inaudible voice clearly said, “I want you to write a Bible study.”

I chuckled out loud, “You have got to be kidding! There is no way I could write a Bible study. I speak; I don’t write. Well, okay I write articles and How-to Books maybe, but not Bible studies. And besides, I’m not what anyone would consider a Bible scholar.”

I breathed in a deep sigh and quietly justified my feelings, I think there’s been a mistake. With that, I went on about my day refusing to acknowledge a “whisper” as Bill Hybels calls it, from my Father—the struggle was on.

Over the course of two months, God’s whisper remained a constant companion during my quiet time as did my refusal to consider it. Finally on a Friday morning early in November 2009, I’d had enough. His whisper was not going away.

“Fine, if You really want me to write this study, I need to know it’s of You and not just a whim I’m dreaming up. So, today I am claiming the wisdom You say You want to give me according to James 1:5 and I am believing this day You will make it clear if I am to begin writing a Bible study.” With that, I closed my Bible and walked into the rest of my day.

Late that afternoon, I was meeting with some friends of mine from church. When I arrived at our get together, Brenda Blanchard (a dear friend and mighty prayer warrior) walked up to me in her usual sensitive and caring way and said, “Linda, you know I pray for you everyday, right? Well, this morning during my quiet time, God said you were writing a Bible study. What’s it about?”

After a moment of standing there dazed by her pronouncement, I looked up towards the sky, looked back at Brenda and sputtered, “What did you say?”

We laughed together in amazement when I explained the last couple months and my refusal to obey God and His persistence to not let me go about business as usual. The rest as they say is—this story of Loving the ME God Sees. Is God good or what?

What a wonderful story, Linda! Thank you for sharing your heart and your stories with us today!

Linda Goldfarb is a bold communicator who’s passionate about personalities. Her frequently quoted mantra, “transparency transforms” is most definitely experienced by her readers, audiences, and clients. This Powerful-Popular personality is an award-winning author, international speaker, certified personality consultant, professional actress, audiobook narrator, and board-certified Christian life coach. When Linda is not performing, speaking, podcasting, or equipping her clients, you’ll find her sipping frothed coffee and photographing nature from odd angles while she and her hubby, Sam, play golf and hike their way across the USA

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