"This book is filled with women who are heroes in the lives of others. Mothers experience undeniable miracles that bring them to the pinnacle of hope and happiness. Even in the struggles of motherhood, our lives are touched by miracles and grace."
—Colleen Swindoll-Thompson, author, speaker and director of special needs ministries for Insight for Living
"Miracles & Moments of Grace is an absolute treasure of wisdom. The beautiful voices that speak from the pages of this book remind us that there is meaning, purpose and joy in motherhood. This is a lovely book I would recommend to new moms, seasoned moms, moms-to-be, or anyone who wants to feel the majesty and grace of family life."
—April Perry, co-founder of The Power of Moms website, and co-author of Deliberate Motherhood
"Miracles & Moments of Grace pulls you in from the very first page, as Nancy shares moving stories from real-life moms who were able to see God's hand in their lives through the sweet, memorable moments and the tender, heartbreaking moments. For anyone who has embarked on the journey of the high calling of motherhood, this book will touch your heart."
—Tracie Miles, writer and speaker for Proverbs 31 Ministries and author of Stressed-Less Living
"Nancy Kennedy has done a beautiful job collecting stories of hope, love, hardship, joy, worry... or as we could simply say, motherhood."
—Mary Jenkins, The Power of Moms
This book looks beyond immediate medical needs to the spiritual care given by top doctors. It is a fresh revelation of the personal lives of doctors who have faith; a glimpse into their private world and the amazing God they choose to trust.
—David Levy, MD, neurosurgeon and author of Gray Matter: A neurosurgeon discovers the power of prayer...one patient at a time.
I believe that every doctor has at least one gripping story to tell. In this book, Nancy Kennedy chronicles dozens of these stories. Get ready to smile, to weep, and to praise God.
—Robert Orr, MD, CM, senior fellow with The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity and author of Medical Ethics and the Faith Factor
These stories of doctors’ tender encounters with anxious and fearful patients shed light on the immense privilege of the doctor-patient relationship. After sharing in the experiences of these inspiring and faith-filled physicians, your doctor’s exam room will never seem a cold place again.
—Walt Larimore, MD, medical director for Mission Medical Clinic and best-selling author of Bryson City Tales and Hazel Creek
From Iqbal, the boy who lived through the southeast Asian tsunami aboard a Navy hospital ship, to the barracks in Lebanon where 241 Marines were killed in a 1983 suicide bombing to the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001, Kennedy relates 50 stories, recounted with humor and tenderness. -- Publishers Weekly
These candid accounts of remarkable luck and bloody catastrophe from dozens of noncombatant military men and women are moving and painful to read. Their stories have the brevity and terse eloquence of real and lived experience. -- Library Journal
This remarkable collection of first-person stories clearly shows the extent of God's love for us. God has protected, healed, provided strength, and shown his love through miracles. This book is a must read for anyone looking for the real source of strength and truth in life! -- Lt. Gen. Paul K. Carlton Jr., USAF, Retired; Professor of Surgery, Texas A&M University Health Science Center, Surgeon General of the Air Force (1999-2002)
Chaplains serve as a reminder of the holy, a bridge to the magnificent Holy Presence that defeats the horrors of war. These amazing stories reveal the drama of human tragedy magnified in military service and the ever-present, redeeming God in the midst of it all. -- Chaplain Maj. Gen. Lorraine K. Potter, USAF, Retired; Chief of the Air Force Chaplain Service (2001-2004)
I encourage those who care about soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines to read this profoundly stirring book. Ms. Kennedy has done a masterful job of weaving together these fascinating stories. I am reminded that God is present in unexpected ways in so many places. -- Chaplain Col. Edward T. Brogan, USAF, Retired; Director of the Presbyterian Council for Chaplains and Military Personnel
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May 21, 2014
I love when people express their gratitude to those who serve in the military in concrete ways. If we're at a restaurant, my husband will pick up the check of anyone in uniform or wearing a veteran's cap. I've seen many people reach out to shake the hand of a person in uniform. These little actions count big time!
My way of thanking those of you serving in the military is to offer the Kindle edition of my book, Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Military Chaplains
for the special price of $2.99 from now until Memorial Day.
Head on over to Amazon to take advantage of this offer. I can't wait for you to read the stories of these wonderful chaplains who care for the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of our men and women in uniform.
April 28, 2014
Still wondering what to get your mom or a mom friend for Mothers Day? My publisher, Leafwood, is offering my book, Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Moms
for a special price of $9.99 now through Sunday, May 11.
In the book, you'll read fifty inspiring stories of motherhood -- stories that will touch your heart and lift your spirits. New moms, seasoned moms, moms with a great sense of humor, moms who know what you're going through. They're all in here!
Flowers will wilt, chocolates won't last (at least in my household!) but these lovely stories will remain in your heart forever. Follow the link to the publisher's page and when you put the book in your cart, the special price will pop up. Hope I've solved your gift dilemma!
January 8, 2014
Let me go off topic on the Miracles & Moments of Grace blog just for today. Between titles in this series, I wrote a book of weight loss success stories. I know, I know. It sounds trendy, trivial. But for me, weight loss was life-changing, and I want everyone to experience the, well... the miracle.
My book, How We Did It
is on sale right now for just $2.99 for those who read on Kindles. Just $2.99 and you can hear from more than two dozen people who used every plan from Atkins to the Zone to succeed.
It doesn't take a miracle to lose weight. It takes determination and hard work. There, I said it. There's no magic pill. Reading blog after blog of people who wanted to lose weight but were struggling, I decided that instead, I wanted to talk to people who had succeeded. They'd have the answers, right?
Right! And I soon learned that there's no one right answer. After talking to those who had succeeded at losing anywhere from 20 pounds to 220 pounds, I found that the right answer depends on many variables. The bottom line is that you have to choose a plan that is not so much a diet but a way of eating and exercising that you can maintain for life.
And life without those extra pounds is grand! I made healthier choices at the table and swam laps to lose my 30 pounds. And I still make healthy choices and swim laps nine years later. "Dance with the one that brung ya," said one person in my book. Wise words indeed!
December 11, 2013
It's time for gift-giving and my publisher has a great deal for you! For the month of December, buy any two copies of books in the Miracles & Moments of Grace series
and get a third book free!
Not only that, but shipping on all orders (more…)
November 19, 2013
The Miracles and Moments of Grace
series keeps growing! The trio makes a great Christmas gift. Three books--150 stories! It all adds up to hours of great reading. Who's on your list?
July 17, 2013
Welcome! If you're arriving here today after reading Tracie Miles's post on Summer Survival and Mommy Guilt
, I'm glad you've stopped by. I hope you win a copy of my book, Miracles and Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Moms
in her giveaway!
In the book, you'll hear from fifty women who have taken on the most challenging role of their lives--motherhood! You'll hear about the sweet, tender moments only a mom can experience. You'll also walk side-by-side with brave women who have had to endure the most heartbreaking moments of their lives.
Whatever path you're walking, these fifty stories will speak to your heart. You'll see yourself in these pages and realize you're not alone. You'll weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice. I wrote this book for all of us who have begun the great adventure that is motherhood!
April 23, 2013
I had a request from a writer looking for guidelines for my latest book in the Miracles & Moments of Grace series, Inspiring Stories of Survival. She was looking on my website and -- lo and behold! -- they weren't there. Big omission on my part!
So here they are, the guidelines. I hope you have a story to submit!
Miracles & Moments of Grace Writers Guidelines
Miracles & Moments of Grace is an anthology series published by Leafwood Publishers (Abilene, Texas). Nancy B. Kennedy is the series editor. Thus far, the series comprises three titles: Inspiring Stories from Military Chaplains (2011), Inspiring Stories from Doctors (2012) and Inspiring Stories from Moms (2013).
The fourth book in the series is subtitled Inspiring Stories of Survival and will release in 2014. The book will contain fifty brief stories.
Survival can mean many things: medical crises, a difficult childbirth, military experiences, marriages that survive tragedy, accident or crime victims, adventure stories (e.g., hikers lost in a storm), personal triumph, etc. We are also looking for softer stories or humor pieces.
The stories are similar to Chicken Soup for the Soul stories in that they evoke powerful emotions in readers. Their writers guidelines are here.
They are true stories told in the first person and run about 800-1,000 words. Many storytellers speak of miracles, and expressions of faith are welcome, although not required.
To read some sample stories, "Click to Look Inside" on the Amazon pages of books in the series:
Although writers are welcome to contribute, no one has to be a writer to participate. Nancy writes many of the stories herself. The stories have varied origins: excerpts from books, expanded blog posts, reprints, original work, ghostwritten pieces, or just about any iteration of collaboration you can name. Leafwood Publishers cannot offer compensation but will send you a copy of the book when it is released and offers a discount to contributors who wish to buy additional copies. Also, the brief bio that follows each story is a great place to bring attention to other writing credits, books, blogs, careers, volunteer work and ministries. Nancy also talks up her contributors on her social media sites.
The deadline for stories has not been set, as the exact publication date is not yet known. Stories will be accepted for at least the next five or six months. Of course, the sooner the better! To submit a story or an idea for the book, please contact Nancy B. Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for considering the Miracles & Moments of Grace series.
March 5, 2013
Just when I was thinking it would be a week before my new book Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Moms
would release, here it is!
In this book, you'll read stories from fifty moms -- from new moms to seasoned moms -- who share their most memorable moments of motherhood. From the hilarious to the heartbreaking, these stories reveal the depth of a mother's love and her delight at wearing the title of ''Mom.'' I even took the opportunity to tell a story about my own son. (Not sure he's excited about that!)
You can find the book at any online bookstore: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Books-a-Million, and more. Your local Barnes & Noble will have it or can order it for you. Same goes for your local Christian bookstore.
To meet some of the moms in the book, check out the book trailer here
. I want my wonderful moms to have the widest possible audience, so spread the word!
February 1, 2013
Call for submissions!
The good news is.... Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Moms
went off to the printer this week!
And the good news is... I'm starting the next title in the series! Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories of Survival.
Here are the details.
The stories must be first-person and can address survival in any number of ways: medical, adventure, personal triumph... even pets! Humor pieces are welcome (e.g., I Survived the Worst Family Reunion Ever). Other ideas include love or marriage surviving deep tragedy or challenging circumstances. And, of course, we love to hear about miracles!
Miracles and Moments of Grace
stories are similar to Chicken Soup for the Soul
stories. They generally address one moment in time or focus on a single theme. They include details, dialog, sights, sounds, thoughts -- any element that will bring a story to life. For examples, you can "Click to Look Inside" on the Amazon pages of previous books in the series, which are Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Military Chaplains
and Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Doctors
Stories are 800-1,200 words in length. Authors receive a copy of the book, along with the chance to publicize other writing credits, blogs and businesses in the biographies that follow each story. You don't even have to be a writer to participate! I am happy to interview you and tell your story. The deadline is flexible: I will accept stories until I have fifty fantastic stories.
For more information or to submit your story, contact me via the e-mail link at the bottom of the right-hand column of this page. Hope to see you in print!
Fifty inspiring first-person stories told by moms (Leafwood, 2013)
Fifty inspiring first-person stories told by doctors (Leafwood, 2012)
Weight loss success stories paired with health and fitness information and helpful tips (Leafwood, 2011)
Fifty stories of military life from military chaplains (Leafwood, 2011)
Stories and Essays
Inspirational stories and medical advice for back pain (May 2012)
101 inspirational stories from suffering people (October, 2011)
101 weight loss success stories
Don't fret about the news -- pray about it! (Regal, October 2011)
"Bread Dough and Boots" (a story of my grandfather) (Thomas Nelson, 2007)
Science activities and stories of faith for children in 2nd through 5th grade.
Science activities and stories of faith for pre-school through 1st grade children
Magazine and Newspaper Articles
Thoughts on a Memorial Day ceremony (The Times of Trenton, NJ, May 30, 2011)
(Connection Magazine, Spring 2010
U.S. 1 (November 18, 2009)
Our family's layoff experience (Today's Christian Woman, July/August 2009)
The Times of Trenton, Memorial Day 2009
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