Praise for the New Miracles & Moments of Grace

“Miracles & Moments of Grace offers encouragement for our hearts and strength for our struggles. Written with clarity and with heart, these uplifting stories of overcoming and enduring provide a glimpse of God’s bigger picture, spurring us on to move forward in confident faith.”
—Leslie Haskin, 9/​11 survivor, speaker, and author of Between Heaven and Ground Zero

“These amazing stories of God’s intervention in the midst of desperate situations and heart-stopping moments remind us that miracles still happen. Come alongside the inspiring people in this book and experience the power, the presence, and the peace of God. Read. Be blessed. And believe!”
— Twila Belk, writer, speaker, and co-author with Cecil Murphey of I Believe in Healing and I Believe in Heaven

“Hope resonates through every story in this book. In the most dire situations, people have experienced miraculous survival, deepened faith, and a heightened sense of gratitude. Having almost touched the hand of God myself, I appreciate life in all its fullness. We are all here for a reason and have no reason to leave until God’s plan for our lives has been fulfilled.”
Tina Zahn, founder of Pilgrim Feet ministry and author of Why I Jumped

Praise for Miracles & Moments of Grace

"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

Miracles and Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Moms

Praise for Miracles & Moments of Grace

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 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

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--Mission Capodanno

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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Let's talk about -- cough, cough -- swine flu

May 6, 2009

About 100 years ago, I wrote a profile of Peter Sandman, a risk communications consultant. Back then, who could guess what sort of work that entailed? Insurance underwriting? Financial management?

But along came the Exxon Valdez spill, and soon everyone was talking about arrogant corporations with their bumbling public relations, clumsy damage control efforts and heavy-handed image manipulation.

Peter Sandman advises companies on how best to present disasters and potential hazards to the public, and he's not into covering your tracks and manipulating public opinion. In fact, he advocates honesty and vulnerability... not two words you generally see in the same sentence when it comes to corporate America.

Mr. Sandman preaches a simple equation: Risk = Hazard + Outrage. Simply put, the equation defines risk not only on the basis of cold technical data but also by human standards such as trust, morality, accountability, openness, and compassion (the outrage component). Outrage, he says, is a predictable response when people feel they aren't being dealt with squarely. It doesn’t matter how big or small the actual risk is, or whether people are overreacting. In Mr. Sandman’s way of thinking, outrage is just a much a part of risk as the hazard. So, companies need to address not just the actual hazard, but the public's perception of a hazard.

I see that Mr. Sandman's business is thriving these days. Take a look at his musings on the swine flu outbreak and the best way to address this slow-moving threat here or follow the link to my profile of him ("Outrage-ous") in the right column.

Books, articles, stories and essays

New Books
Fifty inspiring stories told by survivors (Leafwood, 2014)
Fifty inspiring first-person stories told by moms (Leafwood, 2013)
Fifty inspiring first-person stories told by doctors (Leafwood, 2012)
Fifty stories of military life from military chaplains (Leafwood, 2011)
Weight loss success stories paired with health and fitness information and helpful tips (Leafwood, 2011)
Stories and Essays
A story of my son and baseball (from Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Moms, Leafwood, 2013)
Inspirational stories and medical advice for back pain (May 2012)
101 inspirational stories from suffering people (October, 2011)
101 weight loss success stories (December, 2010)
Don't fret about the news -- pray about it! (Regal, October 2011)
"Bread Dough and Boots" (a story of my grandfather) (Thomas Nelson, 2007)
Children's Books
Science activities and stories of faith for children in 2nd through 5th grade. (Concordia, 2007)
Science activities and stories of faith for pre-school through 1st grade children (Concordia, 2005)
Magazine and Newspaper Articles
Thoughts on a Memorial Day ceremony (The Times of Trenton, NJ, May 30, 2011)
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