I'm pleased to announce that the third title in the Miracles & Moments of Grace series
has released! It is a book of fifty inspiring stories from moms. Who better than moms to share terrific stories!
You can meet some of the moms in the Miracles & Moments of Grace book trailer here.
Get your baby fix in these wonderful photos!
And be sure to check out the book's facebook page.
Many of the moms have checked in and are chatting it up. You'll get a great sense of these wonderful women when you stop by!
My book Miracles and Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Doctors
released in March 2012. It is a collection of fifty inspiring stories told by doctors. Physicians from all specialties -- family doctors, ob/gyns, military doctors, surgeons, dentists, missionary doctors, neurosurgeons -- recount their experiences with patients in this country and around the globe.
From these stories -- some tender, some heartbreaking, some even humorous -- you'll enter the minds of the doctors you've faced in the exam or operating room. You'll be encouraged by their tender hearts, their compassionate souls, their skilled hands.
This book follows the first book in the Miracles and Moments of Grace
series, stories told by military chaplains. That book has enjoyed a terrific response from readers. It is being carried currently by Cracker Barrel in their Old Country Stores.
So, look for Miracles and Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Doctors
at online retailers such as Amazon or at your local bookstore. If you loved the stories from chaplains, you'll love these stories, too.
Too often, weight loss is considered a one-size-fits-all proposition. Diet gurus du jour tout their plan as the only path to success. In How We Did It
, I interview more than two dozen people who succeeded in a variety of healthy ways, whether using a well-known plan or a plan of their own making. From Atkins to the Zone, people have succeeded, and you can, too. In this book, you'll find the inspiration and the information you need to start your journey to success. Look for How We Did It
in bookstores now.
At one time, I suffered from enough back pain that I landed in a physical therapist's office. In my story in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Say Goodbye to Back Pain
, I tell humorous story of how I had to deal with my toddler son's tantrum one day in the park when my back hurt too much to pick him up.
A few years ago, my husband was laid off from his job. What followed was a time of economic and emotional hardship. In my story in this collection, I talk about the turmoil of this time in our lives, but also the encounters with compassion and empathy we experienced. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Tough Times
is filled with stories like mine that demonstrate God's presence during a time of trouble.
Some years ago, I decided it was time to get my weight under control. I hate to sweat, so I pulled on a swimsuit and started swimming laps.
I'm no Speedy Gonzalez! It took me four years to drop 30 pounds. But I learned one thing in my weight loss journey, and surprisingly, it was my son who taught me this: You don't need all day to work at it. Fifteen minutes here, 15 minutes there will get you to your goal.
My story appears in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Shaping the New You
. Just in time for those New Year's Resolutions!
I googled myself the other day - don't we all??? - and experienced a momentary death.
The title of one of my children's science activity books came up, along with the words "only sometimes clever."
My heart sank as I considered whether to click on the link. You develop a thick skin as a writer, but never so thick as to inure you to criticism.
Reader, I clicked. And then breathed a sigh of relief. The name of the blog
I was directed to was "Only Sometimes Clever." Whew!
The blogger actually had very nice things to say about my book, Even the Sound Waves Obey Him.
She was a homeschooling mom who used my book to augment her science curriculum. Read her review here
Despite the occasional - okay, the regular, steady as a drumbeat - discouragements of writing, I keep at it. Once in a while, you get a slap on the back that keeps you going. If it doesn't knock you down, that is!
It occurs to me on a regular basis that I'd probably have more success as a writer if I stuck to one topic. But what fun is that?
I love the act of writing and am happy writing just about anything. For years, I wrote about finances, and then I morphed into a children's science book author.
Once upon a time, I wrote a book of weight loss success stories titled How We Did It.
Hmmm.... stories. I think I see a pattern. For the book -- which sat for awhile in my pile of unpublished manuscripts before Leafwood picked it up this year -- I talked with 30 people about how they lost weight and how they've kept it off. You won't meet a more inspiring bunch on people anywhere. Now that How We Did It
has released, check out some of the stories at my blog How We Did It here
You never know where I'll turn up next. For now, check out the links to my books and articles on this page. For more detail, click through to About Me
. On the Science Play
page, you'll find the kind of simple, safe science activities I like to include in my books.
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