Angela Breidenbach

Angela Breidenbach

Angela Breidenbach, CAN president
Angela Breidenbach: CAN president, genealogist, and author.

Christian Authors Network president, Angela Breidenbach, is a bestselling author, professional genealogist, screenwriter, speaker, and media personality. She builds the characteristics of courage, confidence, and candor into the heroines she writes with the goal that every book is always good for your heart.

Angela Breidenbach received certifications in mentor/peer counseling as a Stephen Minister; Letters of Paul theological study; life coach through Coach Training Association; and has multiple business and management certifications. She’s also a Toastmaster trained public speaker (and past chapter president). In addition, because of her love of learning, Angela has her genealogical methodology, genealogical lecturing certificate, and will add specialties in English Records Summer 2021. Audience favorites are Scottish travel and genealogy talks.

Angela is married, has a combined family of six grown children, and now a passel of grandchildren. Laugh along with Writer and Muse, Angela’s fe-lion assistant, whose antics are often found on Facebook or twitter as well as on the A-Muse-ings blog.

Links:

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About Angela’s

Speaking Topics 

Angela uses warmth, humor, and fascinating stories as she deeply connects with and entertains her audience. Talks and topics suitable for retreats, teas, keynotes, events, & book clubs range 20 minutes through full weekend retreat settings. These talks can be combined for longer events or as a special event keynote. Contact Angela for your own customized talk or program.

Genealogy, Writing, Podcasting/Vlogcasting, Humorous Events, and more.

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Researching Genealogy in Scotland:
Turn your dream trip into a reality

Grace Under Pressure: How to be a woman of confidence, courage, and candor
The secrets of becoming a woman of grace under pressure, confidence, courage, and how to express yourself in a gracious manner. (Matches the podcast. A book is also in the works…)

String Slams
Pure entertainment as Angie leads a variety of authors in stringing unrelated stories together creating original comedy on the spot. Live, funny, never the same! Excellent for building book club participation.

Victim or Victorious
Overcoming the past to live a brilliant future to become the person God wants you to be. Drawn from true experiences in Angela’s life and the women who have overcome difficult pasts. You can too!

Crafting a Legacy
How to pass on your faith, family stories, and talents.

Transparency With Discretion
In this tell-all world, how do we learn the biblical value of discretion? Angela shares guidelines, examples, and tips to help you regain discretion and wisdom in your life. Tips to help your family learn it also.

Books:

For Writers:

Judging Books:
What are book judges looking for and how to judge books objectively, book covers, formatting, content, voice, active prose, and more…

What does it take to become a writer?
1-2 hour workshop that helps aspiring authors gain a solid overview of the real writing world and how to start a career. The longer workshop goes deeper into each area.

Powerful Prose: Passive to Active
Ridding your manuscript of wordiness, passive writing, and editing power into your work.

Acting for Authors
2 hour workshop. Getting into your characters’ heads and then putting the emotion, motivation, and conflict on the page. Learn to build a rich story and intimate connection with your readers by transferring personal emotions and experience into the pages of your book through thespian techniques of emotional transference, character projection, and the art of physical action/reaction.

What do people say about Angie’s speaking and teaching?

“Loved your workshops at #inwcw. Thanks for the great information you shared and for being so approachable. Blessings!” –Pamela Thorson, author and workshop attendee

“Angie has amazing passion and mission for helping others achieve their goals and live healthy, fulfilled lives. With her eye always on the Big Picture, she is an unending source of inspiration, energy and empowerment for others.” – Tosca Lee, NYT Bestselling Author

“Any cause Angie supports is truly blessed. She has so much energy and passion.” – Linda Bauman, Owner Market Place Media

“Angie B. was EXCELLENT!! A wealth of info and she put her whole heart into her presentation. Lots of GOOD energy!!”  attendee

“Love Angela B’s workshops … she is so full of important tidbits of info for beginning and intermediate writers.” – attendee

“Really appreciated Angela Breidenbach’s workshops – she packs so much into it in a fun and energetic way! Good info!” – attendee

“Is that the ball I see sailing over the outfield fence? Homerun!” – Clint Kelly, author/communications specialist Seattle Pacific University/co-director NW Writers Renewal


Categories
Encouragement

Historic Scotland

Paisley Abbey in Glasgow, Scotland
Paisley Abbey in Glasgow, Scotland.

Recently my family and I were able to travel around historic Scotland researching our ancestral ties to this beautiful country. One of the amazing places we visited was Paisley Abbey where our ancestors, the Lords Cathcart I & II, were interred. We searched and searched all over the huge church for their tombs. But we needed to know some crucial information.

Traveling Historic Scotland can flip your assumptions 180 degrees.

The interior view of Paisley Abbey's new altar area
The interior view of Paisley Abbey’s new altar area.

Paisley Abbey was built over time in the 12th century. Major benefactors included the Cathcart family. Over the centuries, major benefactors and important people in society were very often buried nearest the altar inside churches. The less important a person in society, the farther from the altar. knowing this, we searched every brick and tomb. We searched all the carvings and stones.

The volunteer guide pointed out Cathcart Aisle and a small alcove behind the choir. We found more recent (1800s) Cathcarts that would be very distant cousins. But no sign of the lords’ gravesites.

 

Then, our guide mentioned that the  huge cathedral had a different design than its original. 

The historic altar had been destroyed as the Paisley Abbey, several times from war and a huge architectural mistake when one of the roof rebuilds crashed down from poor workmanship. Over time, the altar was moved as the abbey was expanded and rebuilt.

But one wall, the Old Wall, still exists.

Cathcart Memorials at Paisley Abbey in the Old Wall
Cathcart Memorials at Paisley Abbey in the Old Wall.

The guide pointed out the difference in the height and narrowness as potentially guards against Viking raids versus the new walls with windows at a more normal height. Then he mentioned the original wall, hidden mostly behind a long line of screens that told the story of the abbey. He pointed out where the original altar likely stood. People commonly interred in the thick walls of historic Scotland’s cathedrals over the centuries.

We’d been searching in the wrong place the entire time because we didn’t know the altar moved!

The ancient Cathcart tomb is a large stone carved in Latin, pretty high up below very narrow windows on the original monastery wall. We all admired the beautiful stained glass, more recently placed, but still gorgeous in the ancient church. Then…

We found them! A long brass plaque beneath the carved words, different centuries and yet the root of our Cathcart roots. Just one branch on our family tree. But I am so happy to have found them and a little more information to share with future generations.

All that time scouring every nook and cranny in the choir, altar, walls, and floor. Often we chase all around the answer, not realizing it’s the wrong spot because of an assumption based on the way things look right now. What a great example those few hours gave me! When I’m methodically searching and not finding, I learned from historic Scotland to ask God to point me in the right direction regardless of my assumptions.

Angela Breidenbach and her daughter pay their respects to ancestors at Paisley Abbey
Angela Breidenbach and her daughter pay their respects to ancestors at Paisley Abbey.

 

Author and genealogist, Angela Breidenbach
Author and genealogist, Angela Breidenbach

Angela Breidenbach uses the research from her travels in her historical novels.

She’s a genealogist and the president of the Christian Authors Network.

You can find her at AngelaBreidenbach.com and on social media with @AngBreidenbach including Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter.

Try one of Angela’s historical novels that include genealogical research like:

 The Captive Brides Collection telling the story of Scottish immigrants who endured indenture to come to the Colonies as the American Revolution is birthed.

Captive Brides Historical Romance Collection
Captive Brides Romance Collection featuring CAN author Angela Breidenbach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Categories
In The News Speaking

Does Genealogy Fascinate you?

Pennsylvania State Library, where Angela Breidenbach spent 2 days searching for birth records in circuit riding preacher journals.
Pennsylvania State Library, where Angela Breidenbach spent 2 days searching for birth records in circuit riding preacher journals.

Does Genealogy fascinate you as it does me?

My grandpa used to tell me his family stories. Stories that included farm women dunking their forefingers into coffee cups to see if the farm workers needed their drinks warmed. He sang me old hymns. When those hymns get played in church, and I get to sing them now, I get teary-eyed. He told me his great grandmother was the midwife for Custer’s birth.

And I grew up. Grandpa was long gone. I had no more stories. So I went on a quest to discover the people that had pioneered America, fought in the American Revolution, and been circuit riding preachers, midwives, and teachers. As these stories began to reveal the people I came from, I began to understand who I am and why.

There’s a science to the hobby behind finding your ancestry. A system of research. Specific proofs that help you determine if the person you’re searching for is who you think they are or a similar name. It may just turn you into a history detective like me who loves to write these stories into novels. Come and learn more at my upcoming workshop in Missoula, MT. See below for details.

Discovering Your Ancestry
March 24, 2018 11 a.m.
Garden of Read’n Bookstore
2621 Brooks St, Missoula, MT 59801

Angela Breidenbach teaches Discovering Your Ancestry Mar. 24, 2018 at The Garden of Read'n in Missoula, MT
Angela Breidenbach teaches Discovering Your Ancestry Mar. 24, 2018 at The Garden of Read’n in Missoula, MT

Angela Breidenbach will present how to discover your ancestral stories, start the genealogical research, and how she uses her family stories and history in her novels so you can, too. All in-person attendees will receive gifts including a family tree diagram, a family group chart, and a choice of 1 of 3 genealogy classes from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies to start you off right.

**No registration required. Free family tree chart, family group chart, and 1 class from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Book signing after the event.

Categories
New Releases

New Releases and an Opportunity to Discover Your Ancestry!

 

The Reluctant Groom
by Kimberly Rose Johnson

Kimberly Rose Johnson is excited to announce that The Reluctant Groom, a modern day marriage of convenience, has released. This is the first book in the Brides of Seattle series.

Read more about it at: http://www.kimberlyrjohnson.com/books.html

 

 

 

 

 

 


Cindi McMenamin, author of 16 books from Harvest House Publishers, announced

When a Woman Overcomes Life’s Hurts
by Cindi McMenamin

this week that her book, When aWoman Overcomes Life’s Hurts (Harvest House Publishers, 2012),  is now available in Spanish. This is her fifth title to be translated into Spanish, joining her other Spanish translations: When Women Walk Alone, When God Sees Your Tears, Women on the Edge, and When a Woman Inspires Her Husband. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angela Breidenbach teaches Discovering Your Ancestry Mar. 24, 2018 at The Garden of Read'n in Missoula, MT
Angela Breidenbach teaches Discovering Your Ancestry Mar. 24, 2018 at The Garden of Read’n in Missoula, MT

Discovering Your Ancestry
March 24, 2018 11 a.m.
Garden of Read’n Bookstore
2621 Brooks St, Missoula, MT 59801

Angela Breidenbach will present how to discover your ancestral stories, start the genealogical research, and how she uses her family stories and history in her novels so you can, too. All in-person attendees will receive gifts including a family tree diagram, a family group chart, and a choice of 1 of 3 genealogy classes from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies to start you off right.

**No registration required. Free family tree chart, family group chart, and 1 class from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Book signing after the event.