You Never Know Who’s Listening

You Never Know Who’s Listening

by Susan G Mathis

In August, I had the blessing of being part of the book talk and signing at the Cornwall Brothers Museum in the Thousand Islands, NY. With COVID, I wasn’t sure if anyone would come, but I was shocked that fifty people filled the room and many more were turned away because of the number restrictions in place. I sold sixty books that day.

While that was great, I was surprised by grace not once but three times! Three women asked me to sign their books, and while they did, each one of them confessed that my stories brought them closer to Christ. One had been far from the Lord for decades; two others were unbelievers, but because I write about the Thousand Islands that they love, they read my novels and came to Christ!

My novels are fictional stories of broken people who found healing and hope, but they don’t overtly share the Gospel message or give an altar call. Somehow, they touched hearts and drew them to the One I write for.

Yet I guess that’s the way with many things we do. We care. We’re kind. We give. We love. We share God’s love and people are touched, changed, and sometimes redeemed by what we say or do. I imagine a little bit of heaven will include the unfolding of those moments where we have touched a life for eternity, whether it’s through a word, a deed, or through our writing. And won’t that be fun?

Reagans Reward Book Cover
Reagan’s Reward

In my sixth Gilded Age story, Reagan’s Reward, it’s 1912. Reagan Kennedy assumes the position of governess to the

Bernheim family’s twin nephews, and her life at Cherry Island’s Casa Blanca

becomes frustratingly complicated. Service to a Jewish family when she is a Gentile and tending to eight-year-old, mischievous boys yields challenges galore.

Daniel Lovitz serves as the island’s caretaker and boatman. He tries to help the alluring Reagan make sense of her new world, but she calls into question his own faith background and forces him to face the hurts of his past. Then there’s the jealous lady’s maid who seems intent on wedging herself between them. Can he and Reagan ever find common ground on such a small island?

Reagan’s winsome spirit and faith-filled life touches not only the Bernheims but also Daniel. Her journey reminds us that following Christ can make an eternal difference in the lives of others.

Susan G. Mathis
Susan G. Mathis

Susan G Mathis is an award-winning, multi-published author of stories set in the beautiful Thousand Islands, her childhood stomping ground in upstate NY. Her first two books of The Thousand Islands Gilded Age series, Devyn’s Dilemma and Katelyn’s Choice are available now, and she’s working on book three. The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family LegacyChristmas Charity, and Sara’s Surprise are also available. Susan’s books have won numerous awards, including the Illumination Book Award, the American Fiction Award, and the Indie Excellence Book Award

Visit for more.
Book reviews

Book Review: Unleash Your God-Given Healing

Unleash Your God-Given Healing by Ginny Dent Brant
Unleash Your God-Given Healing

Unleash Your God-Given Healing by Ginny Dent Brant is an inspirational, Christian living book written with commentary from a well-respected oncologist, Dr. Robert Elliott. It explores nutrition, lifestyle, integrative and conventional medicine, and biblical wisdom in a practical way to assist people in preventing and beating cancer while surviving the journey.


* * *

Here’s a review of Unleash Your God-Given Healing, reprinted by permission:

When faced with a cancer diagnosis, the worry and fear can be exhausting. I’ve been looking for a balanced strategy for dealing with my cancer. In this book, each chapter addresses matters I have researched, taken under consideration, and prayed about. With so much information available on “Doctor Google,” it is hard to decipher what is valid and what is charlatan. But Ginny backs up each chapter with valid research, practical suggestions, and commentary from a well-respected oncologist. This book is well written and organized. I appreciate that she offers suggestions to those who are on a budget.

I appreciate the author’s approach. First and foremost, her perspective is Christian. She looks realistically at the physical and spiritual needs of regular people—those with typical access to local, NCI (National Cancer Institute), and CTCA (Cancer Treatment Centers of America) medical treatment—and provides hope. She supplies information based on research by credentialed experts of many persuasions. From her eight steps to preventing and surviving cancer, I’ve learned a number of new things, and some questions I’ve had from my research were answered. Ginny quotes cancer-research authorities, giving me confidence in the validity of her information.

This author is smart, well connected within the medical community both conventional and holistic, and she offers an integrated approach that is exactly what I am looking for. I have read countless cancer studies over the last year, yet I am confused about many aspects of this disease and its treatment. Ginny’s book helps lift my haze of confusion and provides a solid game plan for battling cancer and then doing what can be done to keep it from recurring. She shows you how to unleash your own healing with lifestyle changes while your doctor is treating your cancer. These steps are doable, practical and well researched. This is a book I would buy it, and I would purchase copies for friends and relatives who have cancer. This is a message that needs to be heard.

~ Jann Barclift, Cancer Survivor

* * *

Ginny Dent Brant, Author
Ginny Dent Brant

Ginny Dent Brant is a speaker and writer who grew up in the halls of power in Washington, DC. She has battled cancer, ministered around the world, and served on the front lines of American culture as a counselor, educator, wellness advocate, and adjunct professor. Brant’s award-winning book, Finding True Freedom: From the White House to the World, was endorsed by Chuck Colson and featured in many TV and media interviews. Her recent release, Unleash Your God-Given Healing is a Golden Scrolls Award Winner. More information and her cancer prevention blog can be found at



LOVING A PET CAN SAVE A LIFE—by Christine Lindsay



Unless you’re allergic, it’s a funny thing about pets—they have a way of weaving hearts together.

From the time my daughter graduated from high school until well past university, she struggled big time with depression.  In fact, she was so severely depressed during her school years she began cutting herself….