Miracles & Moments of Grace:Inspiring Stories of Survival
Fifty inspiring first-person stories told by survivors (Leafwood, 2014)

In Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories of Survival, you'll find dozens of stories from ordinary people who have triumphed over extraordinary circumstances. Caught in Hurricane Katrina, attacked by a lion, facing a gunman, trapped in a violent marriage, losing the self to Alzheimer's--in the midst of their trials, these brave people discovered that God provides the grace to persevere in the face of life's greatest challenges. The stories they tell make the heart race, yet they also reveal the sustaining power of deep courage and true faith. Their stories will touch your heart and lift your spirits.

Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Moms
Fifty inspiring true-life stories told by moms (Leafwood, 2013)

In Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Moms you'll find fifty inspiring stories from mothers--from new moms to seasoned moms--who share their most memorable moments. 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.'' You can meet some of the moms in the Miracles & Moments of Grace book trailer here. Get your baby fix in these wonderful photos!

Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Doctors
Fifty inspiring true-life stories told by doctors (Leafwood, 2012)

Miracles and Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Doctors 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, and their skilled hands.

Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Military Chaplains
Fifty inspiring true stories told by military chaplains (Leafwood, 2011)

In Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Military Chaplains, you'll find fifty compelling true-life stories from military chaplains who are eyewitnesses to amazing displays of divine intervention, whether in small moments of grace or through miracles of breathtaking wonder. Telling stories that range from the simple joy of a Christmas party for deployed service members to the terror of facing a suicidal soldier, this book makes it clear: Military chaplains are tough, on a mission to face some of the darkest moments of the human experience, and they bring the light of faith with them. This book will introduce you to chaplains who put their lives on the line to minister to soldiers all over the world.

How We Did It: Weight Loss Choices that Will Work for You
Inspiring stories of weight loss success (Leafwood, 2011)

How We Did It tells the stories of people who have succeeded at their goal of weight loss, whether that means 20 pounds or 220 pounds. Their stories will inspire, inform and encourage you to find a weight loss plan that will work for you.

Too often, weight loss plans are presented as one-size-fits-all propositions. How We Did It compares the wide gamut of weight loss programs--South Beach, the Zone, Atkins, Thin Within, First Place, Weight Watchers and many more--and shows how weight loss seekers have succeeded using these popular plans or by creating their own recipe for success.

This comprehensive look at weight loss plans and those who succeed on them is a resource for both inspiration and information. With chapters that cover everything from childhood obesity to bariatric surgery, the book will help millions of adults who are struggling with their weight. In inspiring profiles, readers meet others just like them who may have tried and failed to lose weight, but who finally found a way to success that suited their lifestyle, personality, spirituality and internal values.

Make It, Shake It, Mix It Up
Science activities and stories of faith for children in 2nd through 5th grade (Concordia, 2007)

Geared toward children in the middle to upper elementary grades and older, this book contains 44 familiar stories of faith taken from the Bible and paired with science activities that are sure to capture attention and get results. Each activity uses household materials and are safe for children, with the guidance of an adult. Each lesson includes a Bible story and a spiritual concept, a materials list, step-by-step directions, an explanation of the science concept and a suggested memory verse. Younger children under the guidance of an adult will also enjoy these activities.

Even the Sound Waves Obey Him
Science activities and stories of faith for pre-school through 1st grade children (Concordia, 2005)

In this book, you'll find 44 simple science activities for very young children paired with timeless stories of the Christian faith. The activities require nothing more than household items and a few minutes of your time. Each lesson includes a materials list, directions and an explanation of the science. No science background needed!

Story Collections

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Best Advice I Ever Heard
In this story, "Always Be a Friend," about the heartbreaking loss of my best friend, I tell how a bit of advice I gained from an NPR story by Deirdre Sullivan gave me the courage to do something I knew was the right, but which I dreaded.

Batter Up
In this personal story, "Batter Up," I tell a gently humorous story about my son's early and enduring love for baseball, and what it's like to be a "baseball mom." A position I never thought I'd play! The story is one of fifty stories I collected from other contributors for my book, Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Moms.


Long-time swim club member finds a long-lost memento
The past and the present collide when I find a class ring from 1949 buried in the dirt at my local swim club, Hopewell's Quarry Swim Club. I set out on a quest to find its owner!

You're about to embark on the college search with your teen. It's exciting, but oh-so-confusing. As a parent who is coming to the end of the search, Iíve learned a thing or two about how the whole thing works. Here I've compiled my top ten tips for navigating this terrifying journey. Get the scoop from someone who's been there, done that.

Thanks to Debbie of Road2College, a facebook page devoted to disseminating news and information about college search, application and financing issues, for inviting me to write this article.

How to Do It: Ten Tips to Weight Loss Success
For my book, How We Did It: Weight Loss Choices that Will Work for You, I interviewed about three dozen people on how they lost weight. Everyone chose a different route to successóeverything from Atkins to the Zone. Sticking to these plans, people lost anywhere from 20 to 220 pounds.

Despite the different routes to success, I discovered some similar touch points in the experiences of those who had succeeded at weight loss. While every personís story was different, ten distinct themes surfaced frequently. Iíll share those themes with you here, and trust that you will benefit from the wisdom of these remarkable people, just as I have.

The Shots that Reached My Heart
Memorial Day as a remembrance of those who have died in military service held little meaning for me except as a day of picnics and parades, flag-waving and fireworks. That is, until the year I witnessed an honor ceremony in a cemetery behind our house.

The Story of Walter Erikson and Edward Tritt
In 1952, two young missionaries trekked into the uncharted interior of the Bird's Head area of Dutch New Guinea, a remote Indonesian island. Walter Erikson and Edward Tritt were the first two missionaries sent there by The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM). The two men died tragically in an inhospitable jungle.

The story of these two young men was overshadowed four years later by the martyrdom of Jim Elliot, Nate Saint and four other missionaries to South America. The involvement of a Life magazine photographer brought the story to national attention.

But, now, more than fifty years later, the story of these two men -- Walter Erikson and Edward Tritt -- has come to light once again, in a surprising coda that redeems the story with new purpose. I have told the Erikson-Tritt story here in Columbia International University's magazine, Connection. Click on Legacy: The Story of Walter Erikson and Edward Tritt and open the document as a PDF file.

Unlike many such stories of early missionaries, this one could be brought to life through letters, diaries, newsletters, photos and trial documents. I was thrilled to track down colleagues, friends and family members with first-hand memories of the two men.

Read the story and reignite your admiration for pioneering missionaries like Erikson and Tritt, whose determination and dedication is rarely matched today.

What U.S. 1 Really Taught Me
In the 1990s, I got my start as a freelance writer working for a great local newspaper, U.S. 1. The paper's editor, Rich Rein, taught me what it really means to go after a story and capture its essence. A Princeton graduate with a history at Time and People magazines, Rein honed my writing skills. But that was only a start! I wrote this pseudo-paean to my U.S. 1 editor to reveal what Rich really taught me.

I Lost My Job
When my husband was laid off two years ago, his was the only steady paycheck in our household. This was our first layoff experience, so we had many fears. My first thought: "We're going to end up living under a bridge somewhere."

Why I Think about War
As Memorial Day approached, I got to thinking about how my son gradually became aware of the violence and consequences of war. It is a sad day for parents when their child asks his first questions about death. I wrote about this day for our local newspaper, The Times of Trenton, NJ. Read the piece here.