"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
Miracles and Moments of Grace on SPIRIT 105.3 (Seattle)
(6.8MB) Nancy B. Kennedy talks about stories from military chaplains
How We Did It featured on KNEO(St. Louis, MO)
(9.1MB) Interview on Authors Corner with Andy Farmer
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May 30, 2011
One of the chaplains in Miracles and Moments of Grace,
, retired Air Force Reserve Chaplain (Lt. Col.) John Groth, put his thoughts about Memorial Day into words. I'll reprint his facebook post here. Thank you, Chaplain Groth, for this tribute to our servicemen and women.
"It’s a pre-9/11/2001 night. The colonel's blackberry vibrates, he quickly looks at the screen, sees that it’s the call we've been waiting for and hits the answer button. A few quick words, some clarification, a sincere thanks to the young captain on the other end and he hangs up. He looks at the Navy Admiral and Army General and nods, he looks at me and says, 'Chaplain, we're on . . . again.' I hear a tiredness in those four words, the same tiredness I feel in my body and soul. I suppose the fact that it's 0230 could contribute to the feeling, but it's far more than that.
I head to the room next door where the honor guard is waiting. The USO has been feeding them and they've deeply appreciated that. I don't know of any time of the day or night that young troops aren't hungry. I walk up to their commander and tell him it's time. The sergeant has already figured it out and before the officer can say anything, the word goes out, the room becomes quiet, they begin to slip their white gloves on, adjust their hats, and then check each other's uniform for perfection.
They assemble outside in tight formation and with heels clicking move off with a quiet cadence. Behind them we wait. The Flag officers concur that the Colonel should give the orders. They’re new at this and tonight, who's in command is a non-issue. Giving dignity, honor and respect is the only issue. I move to the far left, the position for the lowest ranking officer. But the others don't want the chaplain's job, for the only words outside the simple marching and saluting commands will be the chaplain's prayer.
We march out to the big C-5, the advance party has all the transfer cases in exact position. I see 10 flags, 10 transfer cases. Calling them that in my mind doesn't protect me, I can't shut out that these are the remains of nine men and one woman. They have names, they have spouses, they have parents, they have children, they have friends and it seems out of place but for a moment, I think, they have pets.
My Yellow Labrador's face crosses my mind and evokes a sad smile from me, I'm glad it's dark, no one would understand, and then I'm back to what's before me.
What do I pray? These men and this woman did not die in act of war. They died in a training accident. Some define Memorial Day as a day to remember those who were killed in war. I no longer make that distinction and instead remember those who died because of war. Is it a subtle difference? Does it take away from those who died in battle? I just know that these 10 were doing their mission in peacetime, maybe preparing for a war that would have to be fought and something went horribly wrong.
I think about the grave of the Unknown Soldier and the dignity, honor and respect that the honor guard brings to them. I think about the vigil that is kept for one we don't even know.
I pray that we will not forget these ten. I pray for their families and friends. They no longer think about the grammar of 'in' or 'because of.' An officer and a chaplain showed up at their family's door as if it were war. Their families are just entering the denial stage of grieving.
Your names are unknown to me and I'm sorry about that. I didn't learn them on purpose. I had to protect myself as best I could and not knowing you helped, a little, maybe. You're my unknown soldiers and sailors. But ten years later, God is answering my prayer. In my prayers today and in the ramblings of old chaplain, I'm remembering you and your sacrifice and praying for your families. It's not mine to bequeath to you, but I do it anyway – Memorial Day is for you too. Thank you for serving, for joining the always swelling ranks of the 'last full measure' to make this nation what it is. God bless you and this great nation."
May 27, 2011
Retired Navy Chaplain (Lt. Cmdr.) Chaplain Deborah Luethje Mariya is enjoying not only the sun in California, but her current moment in the sun.
Chaplain Mariya got a write-up in her local paper in Coronado, California, of her story in Miracles and Moments of Grace
titled "A Marine's Prayer."
Her story is a touching one concerning a young Marine and the healing power of prayer. Chaplain Mariya has seen miracles up close and she has this advice to share: "Never doubt the power of prayer!"
May 16, 2011
Photo by Vicki Guingon
On vacation last week, my friend Vicki and I happened on Pat's Lunch, a tiny speck of an old-timey place at the Jersey shore. The sign advertising lobster rolls and she-crab soup drew us in.
The place had no tables -- it could have fit only one or two anyway. The curved counter wrapped around a commercial oven, fridge and freezer. And welcoming us from behind the counter was Pat himself.
Pat Tirotta is 91 years old, a fact that he told us proudly several times. Though he was born in Philadelphia, he has been in the restaurant business at the shore since he married his sweetheart in the aftermath of World War II. His father-in-law set him up with a restaurant, and later Pat bought this tiny luncheonette.
"The lines used to stretch out the door," Pat said. "No one makes soups and lobster roll like I do."
No one much comes to Pat's Diner anymore. It's on a forgotten stretch of road and isn't the kind of place many people, especially people who buy vacation homes on this toney island, would consider entering.
And that's too bad. Because along with the lobster and crab, Pat serves up stories from his time in the military. He served in the North African desert under Gen. Patton. On D-Day, he landed at Normandy on Omaha Beach. He and three of his buddies were ordered to take out a sniper. They scrambled across the beach and up the hillside and, amid the barrage of enemy fire, did their job. Only two of them survived.
Pat was wounded, but he's a remarkably healthy 91-year-old. Still on his feet, still working. He put away money for his kids' education, then his grandkids and now his great-grandkids.
I'd like to say thanks, Pat. Thanks for the lobster roll and she-crab soup. Thanks for supporting many generations with your hard work. And thanks most of all for your military service.
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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
How We Did It
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