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Calling All Control Freaks: I’ve got an Rx for ya… (with help from Jennifer Dukes Lee) Plus, Don’t forget Ann Gabhart is coming next week to Book Club!

Friends!  This Tuesday, 9/18, a new book hits bookstores and bookshelves everywhere.  It’s an invaluable resource:  I call it my “current traveling handbook.” You’ll tote it with you to check and recheck, believe me.

The book?  It’s All Under Control:  A Journey of Letting Go, Hanging On and Finding a Peace You Almost Forgot Was Possible by Jennifer Dukes Lee.

I first met Jennifer at a She Speaks Conference in Charlotte, NC in July of 2017.  Of all the class offerings, Jennifer’s jumped out at me: “How a small-time blogger can get a book published.”  I was there with my second draft of my book, praying to take as many classes and meet as many mentors as humanly possible.

I found Jennifer to be sincere, honest, funny, and tremendously encouraging.  She also gave us her email address should we have further questions, saying, “I have soooo been there!  Don’t despair!  God’s got this!” I exited the class a few inches taller.

Fast forward to this year and I’ve been blessed to be on the Launch Team for this book.  I’ve highlighted and dog-eared many a page, also tagging numerous resources in the back of the book.

Thanks to Jennifer’s confessions of things I think but wouldn’t utter, take-home value is at a premium.  Three of many favorite chapters include:

1 – Her prayer to the Holy Spirit (Chapter 8 – “Clueless: What to do when God’s To-Do List Makes Zero Sense) is not to be missed!

2 – Her three important words we must force ourselves to use:  “I need help!” (Chapter 10), not to mention discovering a killer great quote:

“Asking for help requires a heart-unzipped intimacy with God, who saw your need in the first place.” and

3 – Getting the chance to learn if you’re a “Driver,” a “Devoter,” or a “Darling,” (Chapter 4 – “Superpowers:  Uncovering Your Strengths, Your Kryptonite, and That Line We All Tend to Cross), plus you’ll find a much more detailed explanation in the back of the book.

Each chapter ends with a “Crack the Control Code” section, giving you concrete, helpful solutions to relinquish that control we think we have, but never really had.  Anyone? (I also loved the chapters on waiting and rest, but was determined to only give you three.  Smile.)

Three additional resources in the back of the book can be used over and over. I’m beyond certain you and I will do exactly that:

1 – The Control Code Continuum.  I pray you won’t find yourself in the Danger Zone! (Can’t get the song  Highway to the Danger Zone outta my head.  Thanks so very much, Tom Cruise.) Confession:  I discovered I’ve been in an Unhealthy Zone, only one notch up from the Danger Zone.  Good news:  Jennifer offers a manageable, doable “response” to getteth thee outteth of that zone!

2 – The Decision Tree – “Should I hang on or let go?” This is a great filtering tool which will quickly allow you to stop spinning in circles.

3 – Do, Delegate, or Dismiss – “Task of _____________.”

I’m telling you, I wish I’d had this book thirty-plus years ago when we began raising our boys.  If you have young moms in your life, march out immediately and grab a copy for them!  They will love you for this! (My daughters-in-love will be getting this book in their stockings.  Shhhhh, don’t tell.)

Now you know what I’m going to say, “RUN, don’t walk to your nearest bookstore and grab this book for yourself and for any of your friends you know could benefit from this book!’’

Finally, don’t forget to join us and bring a boatload of your friends, if you’re anywhere near Louisville, KY, next Monday Night, September 24th, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. for Branches Book Club at Middletown United Methodist Church.  Author Ann Gabhart is coming and will be talking about These Healing Hills and we’ll also get to hear about her newest novel, River to Redemption. Click here for additional information. 

‘Til next time!

 

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Do You Believe in Miracles? If you don’t, this book could change your mind…. (Thanks to Lee Strobel’s The Case for Miracles)

Friends!  Calling all guys and gals to hear snippets from a mind-blowing book on miracles.  Forever siding with Doubting Thomas, yet a huge fan of Lee Strobel, I grabbed his newest book, The Case for Miracles:  A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Supernatural.

Wow.  Just wow. While I could easily end this post right here and say, “Run, don’t walk to your nearest bookstore and snag this book,” I wouldn’t dare do that to you without sharing a couple of quotes to show you why you must read this book.

It’s obvious from the first page that Lee’s background in journalism causes us readers to feel like we’re on this exploration of miracles right beside him in his passenger’s seat.

Stellar questions sprinkled throughout, Lee poses,

Lee answers these and many more questions in his book. He begins by defining what exactly a miracle is:

Lee proceeds to cross-examine experts, mining for answers.  He bravely begins by interviewing “the most famous doubter in the country—Dr. Michael Shermer, founder and editor of Skeptic magazine.” This is found in Part One:  The Case Against Miracles.

Lee admits Shermer’s office is the last place he normally would’ve landed, however in his days of being an atheist, it would’ve been a place he’d have enjoyed.  I viewed it as walking into a potential lion’s den. But we readers can perch overlooking Lee’s shoulder and be ever so grateful he’s driving the interview.

Lee told Shermer upfront he wasn’t there to debate him. I confess I wanted Lee to put Shermer in his place, but hang on, we get some answers further into the book. At one point, Shermer debunks another theory of a research study on prayer, conducted at Harvard.  I was upset over the findings, but later relieved at what another expert revealed about it.  Oh, and you can guess, you must read the book to find out. Bada bing.

My favorite part is found in Part Two:  The Case for Miracles.  It’s my favorite because it holds a fantastic discovery of a real-live genius living a mere seventy-nine miles from my desk, at Asbury Theological Seminary, in Wilmore, Kentucky.  Wilmore is a hop, skip, and a jump from my hometown of Lexington, Kentucky.

In Part Two, we get to meet this proficient professor and author, Dr. Craig Keener, who Lee interviews extensively. I was stunned he’s been at Asbury all this time.  Reading about his volumes of books will blow you off your rocker.

Lee tweeted a picture of them together quipping, “Great time interviewing Craig Keener for a project. While we chatted, he wrote three new books.”

Keener was also an atheist.  His come-to-faith story is beautiful.  Lee obviously resonates with him. He and Lee teach us the difference between actual miracles and apparent miracles. (Chapter 5 – don’t miss it!) We also get a peek into numerous documented miracles.

In Part 3 on Science, Dreams, and Visions, you’ll meet Dr. Candy Gunther Brown who can be found at Indiana University in Bloomington.  Her credentials are off the charts as well. She teaches us wonderful lessons about intercessory prayer.

Next up, Missionary Tom Doyle shares beautiful, inspiring real-life stories. Tom and his wife, JoAnn work with Muslims.  He reveals what happened to him shortly after 9/11, “That was the day that God started to create space in my heart for Muslims. It comes down to this:  Are we able to see through Jesus’ eyes and not our own? He filters out all the news and prejudice. Once you have His eyes, you see people for who they are—made in His image.”

The most difficult to grasp information comes from Dr. Michael G. Strauss and J. Warner Wallace, MTS, in Part 4, The Most Spectacular Miracles. They teach on the Miracle of Creation and the Resurrection.  You may wish to have a bowl of oatmeal or something packed with protein to get your brain working on over-time in order to grasp how they answer Lee’s questions. (I’m not kidding.)

Moving forward while covering all bases, Lee surprisingly shares what to do when miracles do not happen.  I didn’t realize his wife, Leslie, has chronic fibromyalgia. They’ve prayed for a cure, and still no answer.  Lee openly and honestly reveals their struggles.

We also get to meet Douglas R. Groothuis, PhD. He, too, has a wife who suffers. She has progressive aphasia.  His honest memoir, Walking Through Twilight is a masterpiece according to Lee.

Their thoughts on suffering are full of hope as well as excellent reminders of why we must live with an eternal perspective.  Simultaneously, you’ll be struck with how very blessed we are in spite of our circumstances.

Finally, don’t miss my new favorite phrase Dr. Groothuis gifts us with:  spiritual sanity.  He says,

“When I’m angry with God, when I’m distressed and anguished and seething at my circumstances, I think of Christ hanging on the cross for me.  This brings me back to spiritual sanity. He endured the torture of the crucifixion out of his love for me. He didn’t have to do that.  He chose to. So he doesn’t just sympathize with us in our suffering; he empathizes with us. Ultimately I find comfort in that.” (emphasis mine)

Lee will ask you to come to your own conclusion about miracles at the end of the book.  I’d be curious to hear from you when you get there.  I’m so very thankful Lee took on this project, conducted extensive surveys, and interviewed so many experts. What a faith builder!

Now I can say this, “Run, don’t walk to your nearest bookstore and snag this book!”

You’re welcome.

‘Til next time!

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Why We Must Consider the Legacy We’re Leaving… (With help from the Green girls of Hobby Lobby)

Friends!  Just wait ‘til you hear about this life-changing, must-read book…

It’s written by Jackie Green and her daughter, Lauren Green McAfee. (Jackie’s husband, Steve, runs Hobby Lobby and their stories woven throughout are incredibly fascinating.) The book is called Only One Life:  How a Woman’s Every Day Shapes an Eternal Legacy.

I heard the authors interviewed on the Eric Metaxas show recently (www.metaxastalk.com ) and promptly ordered the book. What intrigued me is the book’s format.  Each chapter focuses on an attribute of what makes a good legacy:

What’s super cool is how the girls introduce you to a Biblical character, a historical character, and a modern-day character for you to meet and see how their lives exemplify these attributes in each chapter.  Some I was familiar with, while others were lovely discoveries.

For example, Winston Churchill’s nanny, Elizabeth Anne Everest, was a very strong Christian and had a huge influence on him, teaching him to memorize Scripture, giving him a personal faith.

Let this soak in for a minute:

“It can be argued that because of her, the Nazis did not come to rule Europe, and because of the way she carried out her duties, the Soviets would not realize their aspirations to extend their brand of Communism to the world.”

The Green girls said Churchill “would attest that the prayers and spiritual principles he had absorbed from Elizabeth Everest were the anchor of His soul.”

Another new-to-me historical figure is Elizabeth of Hungary who’s in the chapter on the legacy of generosity. Elizabeth’s mother is who gave her such a strong faith.  She was born in 1207.  Her father was King Andrew II of Hungary.

She was highly influenced by Francis of Assisi who said,

Elizabeth married at age 14, having been betrothed to Prince Ludwig of Thuringia at the ripe age of 4! Amazingly, she “helped establish a monastery in Thuringia. She also used her dowry to found eastern Europe’s first orphanage.” Her story is full of intrigue you won’t want to miss.

You also don’t want to miss Jackie Green’s relation to Queen Elizabeth II!  This is in the chapter on the legacy of wisdom, Queen Elizabeth being our modern-day character. Other modern-day women we meet include fireball Christine Caine on the legacy of rescue, wise teacher Kay Arthur, and on loyalty, the one and only Ruth Bell Graham. (These are just 4 of the 12!)

We also learn that Marie Green “imparted her faith and values to David Green” (Jackie’s father-in-law) who then left his faith to his children, one being Steve, Jackie’s husband.  She adds, “There is nothing more important than to point a child toward their Heavenly Father and the redemption available through Christ.

You’ll learn how Hobby Lobby came to be as well as their thoughts on generosity, how they run the company, and even the details about the Supreme Court’s ruling over their health insurance, regarding their pro-life beliefs.  Your jaw will drop more than once over the details the Lord helped them overcome in an excruciatingly long trial, especially with such intense scrutiny from the media.

Also in the chapter on generosity Jackie discusses “the legacy-building power of a lifestyle of generosity.” We glean pearls from their family discussions.  She shares,

“A committee reviews and makes decisions on giving corporately,

…viewing each request through a specific lens

Will it advance God’s Word?

Will it save a person’s soul?”

We readers also get to learn about the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., that the Greens started.  It’s a wild journey you won’t want to miss.  The Museum is at the top of my Bucket List. (www.museumofthebible.org )

Further details on the museum can be found in another book the Greens wrote called, This Dangerous Book:  How the Bible Has Shaped Our World and Why It Still Matters Today.

Of all the Biblical characters we meet and learn about in Only One Life,  my three favorites are:  Huldah the prophetess, Hannah, and Ruth (but then how could we leave out Mary the Mother of Jesus, and Esther, and the seven others??!!!).  The chapter on teaching stands out to me perhaps because I love to teach.

Huldah is introduced to us in 2 Kings, chapter 22, Mary Lyon, who started Mount Holyoke College is the historical heroine, choosing Psalm 144:12 to be the college’s motto:  “That our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace.” (KJV), and Kay Arthur is our modern-day teaching example, having started Precepts Ministries International with what the Greens call an “unlikely start.”

The legacies left from Huldah, Mary, and Kay are astonishing.  Don’t miss the details included.  Seeing their impact on countless souls makes you think in each case, “Wow, that is just from one woman!”  Exactly the point of the book.

Run, don’t walk to your nearest bookstore and grab Only One Life.  You’ll find yourself sharing story after story with your friends and family, and the best part is they’re all true!

‘Til next time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Come Meet Author Ann Gabhart and Hear Her Talk About Her Novel, These Healing Hills, September 24th!

Friends!  Mark your calendars to join us next month for what promises to be a superb first-of-the-season Branches Book Club meeting on Monday, September 24thBonus:  Author Ann Gabhart is coming to be with us to talk about her page-turner of a book, These Healing Hills.

The girls at Branches Book Club at Middletown United Methodist Church invite you to come and bring some friends! The more the merrier! We’ll be meeting from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

11902 Old Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40243 http://www.middletownumc.org

These Healing Hills is the winner of the Grace Award in the Action/Adventure/Western/Epic Fiction category and is also a finalist in the Faith, Hope, Love Reader’s Choice Awards in Women’s Fiction.  Bravo, Ann!

Allow me to give you a petite teaser on These Healing Hills…

One of many aspects I love about this novel is it’s about the frontier nurses in Appalachia.  These were and are very brave souls who attend nursing school with the intention of traveling the hills of Kentucky and caring for the sick.  Delivering babies, a la nurse-midwives, is their specialty.

Ann clearly did her homework, researching these nurses’ education, mode of transportation, culture, etc. These Healing Hills opens in 1945, just after the war ended. We quickly meet Francine Howard. She has come from the big city of Cincinnati to the very tiny town of Hyden, in Leslie County, Kentucky to become a frontier nurse. (Please see a real frontier nurse below!)

 

Fran arrives with two built-in challenges before she ever begins work at the clinic. The first challenge could perhaps be the reason for Fran leaving Cincinnati and joining the Frontier Nurses.

Fran had had a close relationship with a young man who had been at war.  His homecoming surely meant their future wedding.  Unfortunately, he met and married a gal in England. Fran learned he was bringing this new wife home.

The second challenge involves Fran’s mother, who’s still in Cincinnati. She is completely against Fran moving to the mountains and pokes fun of the “hillbillies and their ways.”  While we readers fall in love with Fran, we easily get upset over her mother who speaks her mind mercilessly.

While Fran catches on quickly to nursing, as well as traveling on horseback, she doesn’t catch on so quickly to the mountain’s trails and becomes lost. More than once.

Enter one handsome young man, Ben Locke, who’s also just returned from the war.  They have several chance meetings and are obviously attracted to one another.

Fran befriends Ben’s whole family as she takes care of his brother, Woody, as well as his sister, Sadie, and delivers a baby of another one of his sisters, Becca. (This is only the beginning of several plot twists.)

In my research of the frontier nurses, I happened upon this picture.  This is one of the real nurses who called on families.  Thanks to Ann’s writing, this is exactly how I pictured them. (Note the dog and lots of children.)

Ann weaves the importance of prayer and reliance upon the Lord throughout her novel as well as tucking in Scripture verses and a song here and there.  She also writes so visually you feel as if you’re right there with Nurse Howard (Fran) and her patients.

I happen to know Ann’s a dog lover, and she doesn’t disappoint by including a loyal, super smart dog in the story as well as some puppies who we readers become endeared to.

Here’s a favorite quote:

Not without frightful occurrences, including an encounter with a rattle snake, and a mysterious shooting, Ann keeps us guessing while rapidly turning the pages of These Healing Hills.

Will Fran stay? Will she and Ben give in to their attraction to one another? Will her former boyfriend meddle in the middle? Ah, my friend, you must read this book to find out! And read it before our September 24th meeting!

It was a sad day for me when I finished the book. I didn’t want it to end. It begs for a sequel, and that’s going to be my first question for Ann when she comes to book club!

Run, don’t walk to your nearest bookstore and grab These Healing Hills. You have plenty of time to read it before we all get to meet, greet, and hear from the author herself, Ann Gabhart.  Be thinking of questions to ask her! You do not want to miss this opportunity!

Mark your calendar:  Monday, September 24th, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Middletown United Methodist Church.  Please RSVP to Nancy Tinnell at (502)245-8839. (Because of the ongoing remodeling, we will be meeting in the sanctuary.)

One final fun fact: Since we chose Ann’s book in the spring, she’s had yet another book release, River to Redemption, this past July. I’m sure we can ask her questions about it too! (It’s next on my nightstand.)

 

‘Til next time!

 

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What is Barefoot Hope?

Friends! I learned a new, fantastic-n-fun phrase this week. The crazy thing is the phrase popped off a page I was reading in a book I’ve read more than once. Huh? How did I miss this?

The phrase is barefoot hope.  Its inspiration came from a winsome and bright four-year-old little girl.

Author Kay Swatkowski had her four-year-old granddaughter, Nikki, over for a visit. It was a cool, crisp spring day. Kay had just let Nikki out in the backyard to play. Within seconds, she noticed Nikki had plopped down on the ground, immediately taking her shoes off and “flinging her socks through the air.”

(This story comes from Day 43 of a Grandmother’s Prayers: 60 Days of devotions and prayer. This is one of my favorite daily reads, thanks to my sis-in-love, Margee, who gave it to me when our little Claire Elizabeth was born. I read it, and when I complete the 60 days, I start all over. It’s a superb gift for new grandmothers!)

Kay said Nikki was barefoot and dancing with joy. Nikki hollered to her, “Grandma, where is my pool? Can Papa put up the swing? Summer is here!”

Kay told her summer wasn’t here yet, that it was too cold, and she best put those shoes and socks back on. Clearly determined and overly astute (!!!) Nikki said, “But Grandma, look at the trees! Summer is here.”

Kay couldn’t argue with that as many of their maple tree’s branches were dotted with green buds. Nikki correlated the buds with summer.

Kay said, “Nikki was filled with hope. Barefoot hope—a hope that made her act in faith on the promise of warmth, sunshine, and hours on a swing.”

We readers are then shown Jesus’ words in Matthew 24:32,

Kay said Jesus “shared this parable to encourage His followers to be as observant about watching for the signs of His coming as they were about anticipating the coming of summer.”

As if reading my mind, Kay confesses she wishes she had a barefoot hope not only for the coming of summer, but more importantly for His coming, Jesus’ return. She said her hope is “more of a wouldn’t-it-be-nice hope that does little to change my daily life.” My excuse is I simply forget. Ouch!

Now she shows us how to tie this subject to our grandchildren, defining barefoot hope as a prayer for them, praying they will:

“Hope in His promises.

Hope in their future.

Hope that God will always be with them, even in their struggles.

Hope for forgiveness.

Hope for divine intervention.

Hope for healing hurts and broken relationships.

Hope that Jesus is coming again to right the wrongs of this world and to take us to live with Him.

…as they trust in Him, they will overflow with a barefoot hope that makes them sing and dance with joy.”

Kay’s love for God and His Word permeates all of the pages of her book. She blesses us readers with numerous Scriptures which pertain to the day’s subject matter, and  in this case, hope of all kinds.

To learn more about Kay’s book, CLICK HERE for my post from last August.

Run, don’t walk, and grab this book! And kick your shoes off while you’re at it!

‘Til next time!

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“Uh, Ma’am, We’ll Be Needin’ to CUT SOME HOLES in Your Walls…” (Quick! Grab Chocolate on the Brain—Foolproof Recipes for Unrepentant Chocoholics by Kevin and Nancy Mills)

Friends!  Ever had a plumbing disaster nearly derail you?  The below story actually happened three summers ago, but the COOKBOOK ON CHOCOLATE you’ll learn about is what needs repeating.
Please enjoy:

Ahhhh, Monday morning. Some of us dread Mondays, while others cherish Mondays.

Me?  If I’ve planned properly, as in NO PLANS but playing catch up, I cherish Mondays.

Silver Blue Pen On Open Business Agenda

Last Monday, I happily had no plans.  We were just back from a family vacation and there was lots of playing catch up to do…

However (!!!), as Hubster was hustlin’ out the door, rushing to work, he leaves me with, “Oh yeah, plumbers are comin’ today to address that leak.” (The one we sorta forgot about while on vacay.)

Buzz.

Quiet day evaporated.

Sure enough, as John pulled out of the driveway, in rolled the plumbers…  Seems we had a wee bit of water in the basement. They’d traced it to an upstairs toilet.

Hollering back and forth between two floors, the two guys would say, “Hear anything?”

Then, what you never want to hear a plumber say, falls out of one of their mouths….”Oh, no!”

Followed quickly by, “TURN IT OFF!!”

Worse, they’re now both dashing downstairs, looking at walls in our living room and dining room.  “No! Not the dining room!!!  We have NO. SPARE. WALLPAPER!!!” I thought to myself.

Thankfully, they concluded they’d need to cut some holes in the living room wall.  I chuckled to myself, as I’ve been toying with lightening up the room paint-wise.  I blissfully gave them my blessing….  “Sure!  Cut away!!!” (I can soooooo see Hubster shaking his head….)

holes in house

Honestly, if we only had a very tall, full-length mirror, we could hide the holes with the shiny new pipes now installed.   It was all the fault of a very old cast iron pipe which had split “clean in two” as one of the guys reported.  Jolly good.

Next up (watch it be on a Monday), Buzzie-the-drywaller will come do his miraculous repair work, followed by our relentlessly faithful painter who might as well move in.  There are endless projects in this house, no thanks to our last foray with When You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

So those guys will come to the rescue of our home, but what could possibly save this Monday?  Days like these call for prayers for patience plus recognition of unrealized blessings .  They will quickly derail your woe-du-jour.

Praying Hands

I LOVE how the Message phrases Matthew 5:3 –

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope.  With less of you, there is more of God and His rule.”  Oh, yes, we could ALL use a little more of God, don’t you think?  I often forget to pray, “Lord, please empty me of me and fill me with you.”

May I offer additional “help”?  Few things come to my aid more than chocolate.  Rich, I know.

My cousin gave me a very fun cookbook you would all love called Chocolate On The Brain: Foolproof Recipes for Unrepentant Chocoholics by Kevin and Nancy Mills.  (Mother and Son, no less.  Furthermore, it’s no coincidence my maiden name is Mills, either.  Surely we’re related….)

chocolate on the brain

Kevin says their book is not for “people who like to nibble, who can eat just one piece of chocolate and move on.

The book is for:

…those poor souls enslaved by chocolate,

who sit at work and think about chocolate,

who hatch plots to get other people’s chocolate,

who buy their loved ones gifts of chocolate only to consume them themselves

who are rendered powerless by chocolate as if it were Kryptonite….”  (At the very least we must be second or third cousins.)

The book is a boatload of fun because it not only has loads of delish recipes, but Kevin’s Mom, Nancy, gives helpful “Mom Tips”.  There are also fascinating fun facts and historical dates with explanations of how chocolate made its’ entry into our world. Many of the recipes can be done in less than thirty minutes.

Chocolate cake with fork on a red napkin

Psalm 34:8 tells us, “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.”

Next time you find someone wanting to blast thru’ your walls, or something equally lovely, pray, and reach for some chocolate.  Don’t forget the dark variety is good for your heart. Or go buy some to “share” with a friend.

Smile.  Don’t frown.

As my friend Liz often reminds me, “God’s got this.”

‘Til next time!

 

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Meet Guest Author, Cathy Fyock and Discover a Must-Read, Color Today Pretty by Stephanie Feger

Friends! I’ve got a big treat for y’all this week.  You’re going to get to hear from Cathy Fyock, a super talented book coach who lives right here in Louisville. I’m one of many beneficiaries of her talent, because she got me started with my book, God bless her!

Cathy’s going to share how she came to be a book coach plus she’ll introduce us to local author, Stephanie Feger and her new book!

Without further ado, please welcome Cathy Fyock to these pages…

Meet Cathy Fyock, The Business Book Strategist

Isn’t it just amazing how God works?!

If you would have told me ten years ago that I would be a book coach helping authors write their books, I would have told you that you were crazy.

But when God has a plan, He has an amazing way of bringing all the pieces together!

I was in Human Resources in the corporate world for many years, then ended up as a consultant, speaker, and author running my own business. I was blessed to have my Mom work with me for many years (as a side note, she also worked with the amazing Liz Curtis Higgs, but that is a different story!).

When Mom passed away I lost my mom, my best friend, and my coworker all at once. I limped along in my business for a while, then decided I needed to be a part of a team. For several years I struggled to find the right team, only to learn that I am truly an entrepreneur who needed to have her own company. But what to do?

About this same time I received a call from the National Speakers Association Kentucky chapter (I’ve been a member now for 30 years), and the president told me he’d heard I’d written my book in six weeks. (See book below.) He asked me if I had a process, and would I be willing to give a presentation for the chapter on my process? But, there was a catch—would I be willing to coach two members on their books and then give my presentation. I said, “You had me at ‘give a presentation.’”

Upon coaching these friends and giving my presentation, my colleagues asked, “Have you ever thought about being a book coach?” I said, “No, I’ve never even heard of a book coach!”

The more I started thinking about it, the more I knew this was a God-thing! It was a perfect match for me, and something I’d been training for my entire life. Isn’t God good about knowing us deeply and preparing us for His plans! In my wildest imagination I could not have dreamed up a more perfect role for me.

God introduces Stephanie and Cathy

How new author, Stephanie Feger, author of the amazing book—Color Today Pretty: An Inspirational Guide to Living a Life in Perspective—came to find me as her book coach is one of those amazing stories.

Stephanie had gone to a Bible study, and told the group that God was calling her to write. She’d been writing a blog for some time, but had no idea about how to move forward with a book. The woman sitting next to her wrote my name and number on a piece of paper, slid it to Stephanie, and the connection was made!

Stephanie’s book is about finding the Holy in the humdrum, and seeing God in everyday experiences. Through Stephanie’s relatable and powerful true stories, you’ll be inspired to lead your own life more richly.

Because I’ve been so involved in Stephanie’s book journey as her book coach, I’ve been able to witness first-hand how her book is making a difference in the lives of others. Just today she sent me this message:

“When I was writing my book, I would tell myself that if the messages in my book made a difference in one life it would be worth it. Many times, I would pray for that person who may need to read what I was inspired to write. Recently, a woman shared with me that she had suffered a stroke and was battling anxiety. One night she woke up with a panic attack and didn’t know what to do. She grabbed her Kindle and opened my book. She told me she wasn’t sure what she would have done without my book as it helped calm her in that situation. That one person I prayed for as I wrote each page, I had the opportunity to meet. THIS is why I wrote this book. For HER. For that one person.”

You’ll find God speaking with you and inspiring you in every chapter. And you’ll find yourself seeing a cardinal bird or hearing its song and think of Stephanie and her grandmother, recalling God’s way of letting each of us know He is close.

Are you ready to be inspired to find your purpose, to see the world the way my friend Stephanie Feger does, and Color Today Pretty?

To find your copy of Color Today Pretty on Amazon, follow this link:  https://www.amazon.com/Color-Today-Pretty-Inspirational-Perspective-ebook/dp/B07CSJ5HW5/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1530828692&sr=8-1&keywords=color+today+pretty

THANK YOU, CATHY!

And prayers and best wishes to Stephanie and her new book.

Friends, don’t miss Cathy’s other book, From Blog to Book. And if you have an inkling about writing a book yourself, jump on the phone and give Cathy a call. She’ll gift you with a vision for where you’re going.

‘Til next time!

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