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together for a purpose

Together for a Purpose: Love and Mission in Marriage and Ministry Will be Free to Download Tomorrow, November 30, 2022

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—November 29, 2022

Ross and Athena Holtz will capture Christian audiences with their newest book, Together for a Purpose: Love and Mission in Marriage and Ministry

Ross and Athena wrote Together for a Purpose to encourage couples in both marriage and ministry to be faithful in their relationships—even through the struggles—and to find God’s purpose for their everyday lives.

A unique true marriage story of two seasoned travelers who find each other and marry later in life is told from two viewpoints with openness and candor. This engaging and often humorous narrative written by a high-powered Christian woman publisher and a ready-for-retirement widowed pastor deals with Christian marriage, change and criticism, blended families, issues of compatibility, and meshing as a couple. More than just a love story, this growing-in-faith story touches on what we all long for—belonging, being loved for who we are, and finding a place of service to God and purpose in our everyday lives.

Ross and Athena Holt’s Together for a Purpose will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days from November 30 through December 4, 2022. Together for a Purpose is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Janet McHenry – 5 stars
Encouragement for later-married couples!
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2022
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“Together for a Purpose is a testament to God’s faithfulness in Ross and Athena Holtz’s third chapter of life. Vulnerably and honestly they together lay out their struggles and commitment to work all things together for God’s good purpose in their lives. I highly recommend it for new and seasoned couples who want to grow in their marriage relationship.”

Valerie – 5 stars
Like a heart-to-heart chat with close friends over coffee
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2022
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“Wow! It’s rare that I wake up looking forward to the next chapter in a non-fiction book but, with this one, I did. Reading it sometimes felt like marriage counseling, career mentoring, and Bible study. But most often, it felt like a heart-to-heart chat with close friends over coffee. By the end, I appreciated my husband more, identified areas of my past for which I need to accept more of the responsibility, and was inspired to get moving more intentionally on God’s plan for my life. One of the discussion questions asks, “Are you serving God, or are you an observer of others’ ministries? Are you content with how you serve Him? Is He?” Ouch! Like one of the authors, I am at a transitional life stage and had begun to take on a mindset of stepping out of the game to make room for others. Instead, I will step wholeheartedly into a different game, the one God intended for me from the start. Thanks to the authors for writing this personal, thought-provoking book!”

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Athena Holtz at 210-620-4900 or email at athena@redemption-press.com.

About the Authors

Dr. Geoffrey Ross Holtz was the founding and senior pastor of The Summit, Enumclaw, Washington. He holds a Masters of Religious Studies, a Doctor of Ministries, and a Doctor of Divinity degree from Columbia Evangelical Seminary, is ordained with the Evangelical Free Church of America, and is the author of Are You in the Game or in the Way? A Question for Pastors and Men’s Ministry Leaders.

Athena Dean Holtz is the founder and publisher of the hybrid Redemption Press in Enumclaw, Washington. Named Best Female Podcast Host of the year in 2021 by the national Spark Media for her All Things podcast, she is the author of Full Circle: Coming Home to the Faithfulness of God, and the founder of She Writes for Him writers’ online and in-person events and the Redeemed & Restored video broadcast/podcast.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. Yours is an unusual love story, one that survived unexpected early challenges. It sounded like you were blindsided. How did the two of you stay strong against so much coming at you?
  2. Athena, tell us about Ross’s late wife’s list for her replacement. Did you ever take that seriously? Did you ever think you would actually be with someone from her list?
  3. Ross, you say, “I’m perfect for her.” How do your personalities mesh? What makes you perfect for Athena? Is she perfect for you? What makes her perfect for you?
  4. Pastors hate to see people leave their churches. As a pastor, how did you deal with one-third of your congregation leaving after you married?
  5. Do you have any tips for dealing with the inevitable criticism that comes with being in public ministry?
  6. What’s the one habit that you practice together that you feel strengthens your bond? How does this habit enrich you as a couple and personally?
  7. As you tell your story, you talk a lot about purpose. How do you suggest couples go about finding God’s purpose in their lives together?
  8. You are very candid as you write about your lives. What is the one point you want most to get across by telling your stories?
  9. You’ve both had hard things happen in your lives. How do you reconcile God working all things together for good (as Romans 8:28 says) with your life experience.
together for a purpose

Amazon Best Seller Together for a Purpose: Love and Mission in Marriage and Ministry Launches to Rave Reviews!

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Friday, December 2, 2022

Ross and Athena Holtz will capture Christian audiences with their newest book, Together for a Purpose: Love and Mission in Marriage and Ministry

Ross and Athena wrote Together for a Purpose to encourage couples in both marriage and ministry to be faithful in their relationships—even through the struggles—and to find God’s purpose for their everyday lives.

A unique true marriage story of two seasoned travelers who find each other and marry later in life is told from two viewpoints with openness and candor. This engaging and often humorous narrative written by a high-powered Christian woman publisher and a ready-for-retirement widowed pastor offers Christian marriage help while navigating change and criticism, blended families, issues of compatibility, and meshing as a couple. More than just a love story, this growing-in-faith story touches on what we all long for—belonging, being loved for who we are, and finding a place of service to God and purpose in our everyday lives.

Ross and Athena Holt’s Together for a Purpose is free and available for download on Amazon through December 4, 2022. Together for a Purpose is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Edward E. – 5 stars
A Wise Conversation
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2022
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“I found this book to be sort of like Lays Potato Chips. I couldn’t read just one chapter. I had to read the whole thing. It was like listening to the authors, Ross and Athena, converse. I didn’t want to miss out on any of the interaction or the wisdom they shared. Relationships take work and they’ve experienced what works and what doesn’t work. Good writing, excellent content, while being entertaining in their presentation. You won’t regret reading it.”

Faith and Farmhouse – 5 stars
Great resource for couples and small groups
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2022
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“In this sweet story of God’s redemption and care, Dr. Ross Holtz and his wife Athena tell the story of how they met and married, in their 60s! Despite many obstacles, they are making their marriage thrive by putting God first. This book would be a great resource for couples and small groups as there is discussion questions at the end of each chapter.”

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Athena Holtz at 210-620-4900 or email at athena@redemption-press.com.

About the Authors

Dr. Geoffrey Ross Holtz was the founding and senior pastor of The Summit, Enumclaw, Washington. He holds a Masters of Religious Studies, a Doctor of Ministries, and a Doctor of Divinity degree from Columbia Evangelical Seminary, is ordained with the Evangelical Free Church of America, and is the author of Are You in the Game or in the Way? A Question for Pastors and Men’s Ministry Leaders.

Athena Dean Holtz is the founder and publisher of the hybrid Redemption Press in Enumclaw, Washington. Named Best Female Podcast Host of the year in 2021 by the national Spark Media for her All Things podcast, she is the author of Full Circle: Coming Home to the Faithfulness of God, and the founder of She Writes for Him writers’ online and in-person events and the Redeemed & Restored video broadcast/podcast.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. Yours is an unusual love story, one that survived unexpected early challenges. It sounded like you were blindsided. How did the two of you stay strong against so much coming at you?
  2. Athena, tell us about Ross’s late wife’s list for her replacement. Did you ever take that seriously? Did you ever think you would actually be with someone from her list?
  3. Ross, you say, “I’m perfect for her.” How do your personalities mesh? What makes you perfect for Athena? Is she perfect for you? What makes her perfect for you?
  4. Pastors hate to see people leave their churches. As a pastor, how did you deal with one-third of your congregation leaving after you married?
  5. Do you have any tips for dealing with the inevitable criticism that comes with being in public ministry?
  6. What’s the one habit that you practice together that you feel strengthens your bond? How does this habit enrich you as a couple and personally?
  7. As you tell your story, you talk a lot about purpose. How do you suggest couples go about finding God’s purpose in their lives together?
  8. You are very candid as you write about your lives. What is the one point you want most to get across by telling your stories?
  9. You’ve both had hard things happen in your lives. How do you reconcile God working all things together for good (as Romans 8:28 says) with your life experience.
Christmas Traditions through the Lens of Scripture

Christmas Traditions through the Lens of Scripture, Will be Free to Download Tomorrow November 23, 2022

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Just in time for the holidays, Marissa Barbee is proud to present the relaunch of her newest book, Christmas Traditions through the Lens of Scripture: A Book for Advent

Marissa wrote Christmas Traditions through the Lens of Scripture to help parents turn the hearts and minds of their children to Christ during the busy and distracting Christmas season.

As a young girl, Marissa was fascinated by the history of the candy cane and its symbolism. When she became a mother, she searched for a book that packaged similar stories about familiar traditions with a meaningful daily advent during the Christmas season. No such book existed, so she wrote it. Each day of December leading up to Christmas Day provides a scriptural tie-in for one common element of traditional Christmas celebrations. From Christmas trees, stars, and decorations to Santa Claus and his reindeer, Marissa helps parents teach their children to look for Jesus in the unexpected details.

Marissa Barbee’s Christmas Traditions through the Lens of Scripture will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days from November 23 through November 27, 2022 Christmas Traditions through the Lens of Scripture is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Kate Lovins
5 stars
This is wonderful!
Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2022

“I have saved this to my kindle library and will be giving it as a stocking stuffer to my kids with kids. I cannot wait to share these devotions in concert with our Advent traditions! In a world full of Santa and Consumerism, it’s really refreshing to have focus brought back to the Word, God, Christ, and Faith. Our kids are bombarded by messages and media, this book is a wholesome answer to the things we wish they didn’t see.”

Susan Thayer
5 stars
Christmas Traditions
Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2022

“This book is beautifully written and illustrated. I love that it is was a passion and heart felt vision of a mother and her eldest daughter, using both their God given talents which they wanted to share this with others. It is a book that explains the origin and Christian meaning behind many Christmas traditions, in a very easy to way to understand. It is a wonderful book for the whole family to enjoy together no matter what age. I look forward to making it one of our Christmas traditions.”

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release, please contact Marissa Barbee at 303-656-8117 or email makarios_kypseli@icloud.com.

About the Author

Marissa Barbee is a wife of twenty years and a home-educating mother of nine. Marissa and her husband, Scott, live in Colorado and enjoy playing games with their children and tackling projects—from the challenges of gardening in the Rockies to the DIY remodeling of their home. You can connect with Marissa on Instagram at instagram.com/mrsmarissabarbee or on Facebook at facebook.com/mrsmarissabarbee.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. There are hundreds of advent devotionals out there. What makes yours different?
  2. What do you say to people who criticize your use of the pagan elements of our traditional Christmas celebration in your book?
  3. How difficult was it to find spiritual lessons in those secularized and often pagan practices . . . and find Scripture to go along with them?
  4. I like the way you turned secular celebration on its head to show us the Savior. Have you considered writing more like this—maybe for Easter?
  5. Your daughter’s illustrations are beautiful. What was it like, working with her to create this book together?
  6. I love that you’ve included smaller versions of the illustrations at the back of the book for crafting. How do you envision they be used?
  7. How does being a homeschooling mom tie in to the creation of this book? How did you find time around all those duties to write it?
  8. What is your favorite Christian tradition surrounding the Christmas season, and what ways do you weave this tradition into your family?
reignite your leadership heart

Reignite Your Leadership Heart: Inspiring Women to Unleash Their Full Potential is Free to Download November 15 through November 19, 2022

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Ann Griffiths is proud to present her newest book, Reignite Your Leadership Heart: Inspiring Women to Unleash Their Full Potential

Ann wrote Reignite Your Leadership Heart to support and encourage women who feel called as leaders.

Griffiths shares her story of how a woman with an effective ministry, thriving business, and the respect of her community, detoured into a wilderness journey and a secret that threatened to cost her everything. When she experienced deep loss and allowed God’s calling to take a backseat to her business ambitions, she found herself in a dark place that she could only navigate through God’s grace. Griffiths now encourages others who might be in need of that same hope and grace.

A passionate mentor to women who are called to positions of leadership, Ann Griffiths inspires readers to boldly step into their leadership calling. Readers of Reignite Your Leadership Heart will find hope in their own situations, discover what it is to be an effective leader, and learn practical skills to help them grow.

Ann Griffiths’s Reignite Your Leadership Heart is free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days from November 15 – November 19, 2022. Reignite Your Leadership Heart is currently rated 5 stars. Here’s what one of the reviewers had to say:

Amazon Customer
5 stars
Not Your Average Leadership Book
Reviewed in Canada on November 11, 2022
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This book is not your run-of-the-mill “how to” for leadership. It’s part autobiography and part leadership principles, using actual life experiences that show the true up and down trajectory toward authentic leadership. It makes the connection between real life events and how they can propel you to be an influencer, no matter your life situation. Well written and engaging, a great read if you’re looking for a distinctive and candid read about genuine leadership.

For More Information: Example: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Ann Griffiths at (604) 808-7734 or email ann@anngriffiths.com.

About the Author
Ann Griffiths has strong leadership insight and a passion to impact future generations. Her Bible school, business, and coaching credentials complement her extensive experience as a coach/mentor, entrepreneur, corporate executive, and ministry leader. She has launched programs for women in leadership, and is author of A Mentor’s Fingerprint: Leave a Mark. Make a Difference and Grandma’s Fingerprint: Love a Child. Change a Life. An accomplished drummer, Ann also enjoys reading and organizing anything. She currently serves as ministry director at her church in beautiful British Columbia, Canada where she and her husband live. They have two children, four adult grandchildren, and in-loves who’ve been added to the family along the way.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. What makes your book unique among others about leadership for women?
  2. In your book, you reveal details of choices you made years ago that have had a deep impact. Why did you decide to open up about your life in such a personal way?
  3. Why do you think some women are hesitant to accept positions of leadership?
  4. For readers who aren’t in a leadership position, what insights will your book give them?
  5. You’ve done so many interesting things in your life. What do you feel is your greatest achievement?
  6. What is your response to the claim that women in leadership is not biblical?
  7. What qualities do you feel make women particularly effective as leaders?
anastasia corbin

Becoming an Intentional Family is a “Can’t Miss” Amazon Best Seller in Multiple Categories and is Available to Download for $.99 through 11/11/2022

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Tuesday, November 8, 2022 – Anastasia Corbin is proud to present her newest book, Becoming an Intentional Family: Creating Meaningful Memories and Building Confidence in Your Kids.

Anastasia wrote Becoming an Intentional Family to encourage, inspire, and equip Christian parents to create a home where children feel a sense of security and belonging.

Growing up as one of eight children, Anastasia knows the deep craving for parental attention. That desire for a close family led her to write Christian parenting books for those who want the same. This practical guide provides simple ideas for activities with kids, powerful knowledge on love languages for kids, and encouragement on how to create memories that the whole family will cherish.

Anastasia Corbin’s Becoming an Intentional Family is for download for .99 on Amazon through November 11, 2022. Becoming an Intentional Family is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Janette Griffith
5 stars
Grab this book!
Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2022

“For anyone who wants practical ideas of how to make your family stronger…grab this book! The author not only gives you practical ideas for dating your spouse, and spending quality time with your family, but also for spending quality time one on one with your kids. She does this in a way of sharing stories from her life while helping you think back on your own growing up years and challenging you to grow closer to Christ in your faith walk. You won’t want to miss this book!”

C.R.
5 stars
Fun-filled, easy read, creative ideas, how to create strong family ties, childhood memories
Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2022

“This book is so much fun to read! I highly recommend it for young families as there are so many creative ideas for building loving and fun traditions! Gift it to every new mom you know!! Even busy moms will have the time to read this enjoyable collection of stories and ideas on how to make your kids’ childhood memorable and show them how very loved and valued they are!! Well organized content that causes you to reflect on Scripture, prayer, and noting ideas you want to implement. In an era of independent activities and technology this book will show you how to overcome these obstacles and create a family that stays strong and stays together!”

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Anastasia Corbin at (574) 206-6204 or email anastasia@anastasiacorbin.com.

About the Author
Anastasia Corbin loves to encourage others to live a life anchored in Jesus. She is also passionate about family life and helping children feel they belong. Anastasia taught for six years before her first child was born. She now manages the home while blogging and providing resources that encourage overwhelmed moms to prioritize faith, family, and themselves. The author of Becoming an Intentional Family and co-author of When the Bases are Loaded: Encouragement for Moms to Hit a Grand Slam in Life lives in northern Indiana with her husband Jonathan and their four children. When she is not writing, Anastasia enjoys digging into God’s word, singing on the Worship Team, and reading while sipping on iced coffee.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. How did you come up with your ideas for parenting? Are they mostly from your own experiences as a mom?
  2. What are some of the obstacles you’ve encountered in your own intentional parenting?
  3. Is there any commonly accepted advice for parents that you don’t think is helpful?
  4. Every child is different. Have you found ways to tailor your ideas to each of your individual children?
  5. What are some of the benefits you’ve seen in your kids that are a direct result of being intentional about family activities?
  6. You write about the challenges of your own childhood. How did that effect how you thought about parenting?
  7. Everyone’s so busy! What is your advice to a mom who wants to incorporate your ideas, but meets with resistance from her spouse and/or kids?
  8. Was it a difficult decision to open up about your life in such a personal way?
becoming an intentional family

Becoming an Intentional Family Will be Free to Download Tomorrow, November 1, 2022

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Monday, October 31, 2022

Anastasia Corbin is proud to present her newest book, Becoming an Intentional Family: Creating Meaningful Memories and Building Confidence in Your Kids.

Anastasia wrote Becoming an Intentional Family to encourage, inspire, and equip Christian parents to create a home where children feel a sense of security and belonging.

Growing up as one of eight children, Anastasia knows the deep craving for parental attention. That desire for a close family led her to write Christian parenting books for those who want the same. This practical guide provides simple ideas for activities with kids, powerful knowledge on love languages for kids, and encouragement on how to create memories that the whole family will cherish.

Anastasia Corbin’s Becoming an Intentional Family will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days, November 1, 2022 through November 5, 2022. Becoming an Intentional Family is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Joy Wendling
5 stars
This is the kind of family I want to have!
Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2022

“Yes, please! Anastasia Corbin’s book helps me as a mama to become more intentional with my kids. I love the way she has allowed God to redeem hard parts of her own childhood to show more safety and delight in her kids, and then she invites us to do it, too. Her book has big ideas and practical steps. Such a great resource for those looking to love their kids for who God designed them to be and to point those kids back to Him.”

Natalie Replogle
5 stars
Great book full of great ideas!
Reviewed in the United States on October 25, 2022

“Becoming an Intentional Family is authentic, fresh, and full of great ideas to help jump-start or continue ways to connect your family members and make your relationships a priority. Anastasia has a beautiful gift of merging life experiences with creative suggestions to help guide your focus on what matters most to you. All of those who are looking for growth in their family dynamics will find this a beneficial read.”

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Anastasia Corbin at (574) 206-6204 or email anastasia@anastasiacorbin.com.

About the Author
Anastasia Corbin loves to encourage others to live a life anchored in Jesus. She is also passionate about family life and helping children feel they belong. Anastasia taught for six years before her first child was born. She now manages the home while blogging and providing resources that encourage overwhelmed moms to prioritize faith, family, and themselves. The author of Becoming an Intentional Family and co-author of When the Bases are Loaded: Encouragement for Moms to Hit a Grand Slam in Life lives in northern Indiana with her husband Jonathan and their four children. When she is not writing, Anastasia enjoys digging into God’s word, singing on the Worship Team, and reading while sipping on iced coffee.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. How did you come up with your ideas for parenting? Are they mostly from your own experiences as a mom?
  2. What are some of the obstacles you’ve encountered in your own intentional parenting?
  3. Is there any commonly accepted advice for parents that you don’t think is helpful?
  4. Every child is different. Have you found ways to tailor your ideas to each of your individual children?
  5. What are some of the benefits you’ve seen in your kids that are a direct result of being intentional about family activities?
  6. You write about the challenges of your own childhood. How did that effect how you thought about parenting?
  7. Everyone’s so busy! What is your advice to a mom who wants to incorporate your ideas, but meets with resistance from her spouse and/or kids?
  8. Was it a difficult decision to open up about your life in such a personal way?
never alone

Never Alone: A Journey of Healing through the Power of God Maintains Top 10 Ranking for E-Book Downloads

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—September 26, 2022 – Karen Gruden presents her newest book, Never Alone: A Journey of Healing through the Power of God

Karen wrote Never Alone to offer encouragement, hope, and healing to readers who’ve experienced deep grief.

Karen Gruden’s Christian spiritual growth started in the most unexpected and startling way—with the tragic and sudden death of her twenty-one-year-old daughter, Taylor. The loss of her daughter ushered in a long period of darkness for the grieving mother. In this story of Christian death and grief, years of deep grief and constant pain left Karen certain she was doomed to perpetual hopelessness. But to Karen’s surprise, her shattered heart became a starting point for a new journey with God, beautifully healing and sustaining her. Never Alone chronicles Karen Gruden’s transformation from brokenness to wholeness—from believer to fully devoted follower of Jesus. No longer defined by tragedy, Karen shares her emotional and inspiring story of personal growth and Christianity, emerging on the other side of grief with strength, purpose, and joy.

Karen Gruden’s Never Alone will be free and available for download on Amazon through September 28, 2022. Click here to view. Never Alone has an overall 4.8 rating by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what just a couple of the reviewers have said:

Adrianne Smith
5 Stars

A heartfelt look at the author’s journey through grief and healing

Captivating read from the very first page on the process and journey of grief and healing.

Kindle Customer
5 Stars

Life is meant to be lived and this book shows that death need not be an ending. Anyone seeking to believe, to be comforted or just wanting to wrapped in the voice of God can treasure this writing.

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Karen Gruden at 630-890-3737 or kgruden@comcast.net.

About the Author

Karen Gruden is an author and a talented graphic designer, spending more than twenty-five years in the graphics industry. With a bachelor of fine arts from Bradley University, she has illustrated books, greeting cards, CD covers, logos, and magazines. Her background includes both freelance and corporate work and spans various roles, including production manager, art director, designer, editor, and proofreader. Karen has two children, one of whom lives in heaven with the Lord. Her son is married and lives close by. She has three grandchildren. Karen and her husband, Jim, reside in the Chicago area.

Suggested Interview Questions

Tell us a little about your daughter—some of your memories of her and what you miss most about her.

As you wrote this book what was the process like as you had to relive those dark times following Taylor’s death, but also the ways you experienced God’s grace?

You said that through the tragedy of losing your daughter, God transformed you from being a believer into becoming a fully-devoted follower of Christ. Tell us a little about your faith journey and how you describe the difference in believing and being fully devoted to Christ.

What advice would you give to someone wading through the darkest moments of loss and grief? How do they begin the journey of healing and can they ever fully recover and have a life of happiness and joy?

You went through years of grieving. What was the turning point that began moving you from grief to healing?

Grief looks different for everybody. You said your grief was excessive and even self-destructive. How would you identify self-destructive grief, and what made you recognize that your grief had passed the point of being a natural outcome of your loss?

Even while you were in your deepest pain, you said you were aware of God and that he was a lifeline for you. How did he eventually become more than just a presence and a lifeline to you?

You write that knowing more about God’s love and faithfulness was essential for your healing process to begin. What did you learn about His love and faithfulness?

 

up from the ashes

Up from the Ashes: Recapturing God’s Original Design and Purpose for Your Life is Free for Download for One More Day

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Saturday, September 17, 2022

Dinah Lee Hodgson presents her debut book, Up from the Ashes: Recapturing God’s Original Design and Purpose for Your Life, part memoir and part Christian living, maintains best-seller status!

Dinah wrote Up from the Ashes: Recapturing God’s Original Design and Purpose for Your Life as a roadmap to abundant blessing.

Underneath her facade of happiness, Dinah Hodgson struggles emotionally. When her unhappiness becomes too much to bear, she cries out to God, but His response is not what she expects—He asks her to explore the hidden abuse she endured. Even though obedience will be painful, Dinah accepts that it’s the only way to experience healing from past trauma. What follows is a journey of reclaiming her destiny as God brings her “up from the ashes.” In this powerful and inspirational self-help book, Hodgson draws the reader toward experiencing abundant life through emotional and spiritual healing.

Dinah Lee Hodgson’s Up from the Ashes will be free and available for download until Saturday, September 17, 2022. Click here to download her book for free. Up from the Ashes is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s just a sample of the rave reviews:

Mike H
5.0 out of 5 stars – This book will change your life.
Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2022

“Dinah covers it all! She beautifully writes from her story which most of us can relate to – brokenness and trauma. We often stay in a place of brokenness and as a result, become bitter and live with a sense of rejection because of that pain. Dinah shares how to walk through that pain with the help of the ultimate Counselor the Holy Spirit by taking up our weapons in the Spirit and fighting the lies that have been spoken over us. By working through our hurt, and knowing who we are in Christ, Dinah shows us how to enter into the peace which God has intended for us all.”

Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars – A “God-help” book for the hurting
Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2022

“Dinah has written a true God-help book for those struggling with past hurts and abuse. With so many self-help books available today, it was truly inspiring to read Dinah’s journey of allowing God to pull her up from the ashes. As she shares the hard work of growing in faith, relying on and listening to the Holy Spirit, and being willing to confront and “mine” her past hurts, gives us all hope and Spirit-filled instruction. Her book would benefit anyone who not only has past hurts to deal with, but also anyone who wants to grow in their faith and relationship with God. It a very hope filled, and ultimately, joy filled book.”

For More Information: For more information or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Dinah Lee Hodgson at dinahhodgson@gmail.com.

About the Author
Speaker and ministry leader Dinah Hodgson attended Grand Canyon University’s Christian Leadership program and became ordained by Messenger Fellowship. Recently she graduated from Primus University of Theology with a masters and is now working on her doctorate in Christian leadership and Christian counseling. She has served in a myriad of leadership roles within the local church as well as para-church ministries. She has spoken nationally and internationally. Dinah and John, her husband of forty-three years, reside in Moreland Hills, Ohio, and have traveled the world for ministry and pleasure. They have three children, two daughters-in-love, and five cherished grandchildren.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. Is it possible to fully recover from childhood abuse?
  2. Have you found unexpected benefits to recalling and facing difficult experiences from your past?
  3. Through the process of writing this book, did you recall details of your abusive childhood that you had previously forgotten?
  4. How do your own traumatic childhood experiences help you to minister to others who are hurting?
  5. How important is forgiveness in the process of healing from past abuse?
  6. Have you forgiven your abuser?
  7. What makes your book unique among other books about recovery from childhood trauma?

 

depth

New books helps women dealing with grief and heartbreak to find hope through faith

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Recent research* has found that heartbreak can cause physical pain and other health issues. This makes sense, especially considering that researchers agree that rejection and pain—both emotional and physical—are processed in the same parts of the brain. So how can a thing that affects us so profoundly on both an emotional and physical level actually benefit us?

When it comes to heartbreak, Jodi Rosser is an unintentional expert. Having experienced the grief of a miscarriage, a divorce, and the loss of her best friend to pancreatic cancer, Jodi discovered that she could go either of two directions: run to God or run away from Him.

In her new book, Depth: Growing through Heartbreak to Strength, Jodi describes her own struggles with heartbreak and offers help to other women who are going down that same road.

“There is something about being taken to a place of heartbreak,” she says, “where you have to choose either to run to God with your pain or run away from God in anger. I chose to run to the Lord with my pain: every hour, every day, or every minute if necessary.”

And it is in running to God, according to Jodi, that heartbreak can transform from what feels like purposeless torment to something meaningful.

For many, this is a new way to think about heartbreak, a thing that most of us go to great lengths to avoid. “My hope is that the reader will discover intimacy with God as He redeems her pain.” Jodi explains. “As she relies on God’s strength, she will see His plan to not only heal her broken heart, but to grow her roots deeper in her faith. As her relationship with the Lord deepens, she will desire to share her story and help another hurting heart. I believe this is when it comes full circle. When we share our broken story and how God faithfully met us in the pain, we will change the trajectory of another grieving soul. This is my prayer for this book.”

Jodi wants to help other women see that their greatest heartbreak can catapult them to their greatest growth. She encourages them to invite God into their pain and tearfully grieve, but also be expectant that God never wastes their tears and can use this heartbreak to deepen their roots in Him.

There is power in the idea that God never wastes our hurt but can turn it around and use it for our good if we are willing to let Him.

https://redemption-press.com/product/depth-growing-through-heartbreak-to-strength/

* www.pnas.org/doi/full/10.1073/pnas.1102693108

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jodi Rosser is an author, podcaster, and speaker who serves a steadily growing audience through her podcast, Depth, and her blog, Heartbreak to Strength. Having walked through multiple heartbreaks (divorce, miscarriage, and cancer), Jodi now inspires women to grow deeper in their faith and to find hope, joy, and purpose through their unexpected storms. For ten years she served in children’s ministry and women’s leadership at Saddleback Church in Orange County, California. She lights up the most when she shares her testimony using her cracked clay pot, a visual reminder that God shines brightest through our broken places. She is raising two teenage sons in Southern California, where she teaches science to elementary students in the STEM Lab. Jodi loves to connect with readers on her website, jodirosser.com, or on Instagram, @jodi.rosser.

For review copies and media interviews, contact Jodi: jodirosser@gmail.com

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25 meters to god

Hit by a bus: A Dad’s story of praying for his daughter’s recovery from traumatic brain injury

FAITH NEWS SERVICEWhen Tad Weiss received a phone call on June 5, 2014, informing him that his daughter, Maggie, had been hit by a bus while out on a run in Seville, Spain, his life would never be the same.

In his new book, 25 Meters to God, Weiss shares what would become a seven-year journey of healing and spiritual reawakening. While Maggie struggled—first to survive, then to heal from multiple injuries, including traumatic brain injuries in two places—Tad and his wife, Wendy, did the only thing that brought them comfort—they prayed. They also established a page for Maggie on CaringBridge*, a website designed to allow people facing various medical conditions to communicate with family and friends. Through daily journaling on this site, Tad found himself sharing the insights God revealed to him through the process of Maggie’s recovery.

While Maggie had received multiple injuries, including seven broken ribs and a badly shattered pelvis on both sides, the most challenging was the blow to her brain when she slammed into the windshield of the bus. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, car accidents are one of the most common causes for traumatic brain injury.** They state that, fortunately, only about 10 to 20 percent of brain injuries will require some type of invasive operation. In Maggie’s case, the doctors kept her sedated for several days while they monitored the swelling and pressure on her brain. It was a slow process, and not without its challenges, but Maggie’s brain healed with the benefit of time and a substantial amount of prayer.

For her dad, caring for Maggie throughout her recovery brought him face-to-face with the question people often ask in this type of situation: Why does God allow things like this to happen? At this critical juncture, there are generally two conclusions to be drawn. Either the traumatic event is God’s way of punishing us, or His attempt to lovingly get our attention. In Tad’s case, he saw it as an opportunity to not only deepen his own relationship with God, but to share his insights with others.

“I was raised in a Christian home and have known Jesus all my life,” the author states. “I surrendered my life to Christ in 1992 at the age of thirty. I study the Bible and try to live my life like Jesus, but I am a sinner in need of a Savior. The words I’ve written are inspired by God; I’m trying to be obedient and relay what He has put in front of me. I’ve had a front row seat to witness a miracle and I want to tell others about our amazing God!”

25 Meters to God is not just the story of a young woman’s recovery from traumatic brain injury. It’s also about a community of believers coming together in prayer. What might have been a tragedy emerges as a story of hope and encouragement.

*www.caringbridge.org.

**www.keranews.org/health-wellness/2022-04-11/traumatic-brain-injury-occurs-about-once-every-nine-seconds-in-the-u-s-heres-how-and-why

https://redemption-press.com/product/25-meters-to-god/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A lifelong midwesterner, Tad Weiss went to college in Minnesota and has lived there ever since. He works as a Certified Financial Planner and is the president of Modus Advisors LLC, a registered investment advisory firm. He has served on the board of directors for Feed My Starving Children and was their chairman from 2011 to 2014. His hobbies are centered around sports, skiing, golf, and fitness, with an occasional triathlon when the mood strikes. Tad resides in Victoria, Minnesota, with his wife, Wendy, and their dog, Corby. Their daughter, Maggie, and son-in-law, Paul, live nearby, and their son, Peter, lives in Denver.

For review copies and media interviews, contact: E-mail address: tad@25meters.com

Connect with the author at:

Website: www.25meters.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tad.weiss.1

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tad.weiss/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tad-weiss-70449012

 

messy narrow road

Redemption Press Debut Author Uses Poetry and Prose to Encourage Others in Life’s Difficult Circumstances

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – “We’re a messy work in progress, and the process can be painful,” says debut author Vicky Wedel. The Edmond, Oklahoma, resident writes about traveling on “life’s messy road” in a new release appropriately titled The Messy Narrow Road: A Fellow Traveler’s Tips and Encouragement (Redemption Press). She adds, “No matter the source, God promises that nothing will go to waste . . . Whatever ash heap we or others have made, He’ll bring beauty from it.”

The Messy Narrow Road is a collection of forty encouraging devotionals, each one accompanied by an original poem, and space for a journaling response. Vicky Wedel is new to writing, and especially writing poetry. Before 2017 she hadn’t written devotionals or poems, finding most poetry “dark and confusing.” But one day, she says, “God started laying words upon my heart. So I began writing poems; then later devotionals.” Encouraged by friends to write a book, she found the poems she had already written matched the new devotionals she produced.

The wife and mother of two calls herself a thirty-six-year veteran of the messy narrow road. Dedicated to learning God’s Word, character, and heart, she says the Lord has used personal trials as well as ministry involvement in Bible Study Fellowship and Celebrate Recovery as her training ground for growth. She loves to encourage others and offer struggling travelers a helping hand by sharing what God has taught her.

Practical and inspirational encouragement for hard times and good, this book is filled with Scripture, and centered in the character of God.

For review copies and media interviews, contact the author at vickyjwedel@gmail.com

https://redemption-press.com/product/the-messy-narrow-road/

 

unwanted no more

New Release Shows the Power of Redeeming Love to Transform an Ugly Past

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Enumclaw, Wash.—A preteen shattered by a sexually abusive father and an absent mother, B.J. Garrett was left unprotected, and unloved. Unwanted by the people who should have loved her most, she found herself wanted by the wrong people for the worst reasons.

In Unwanted No More: From Exploited to Embraced by God (Redemption Press), author B.J. Garrett vulnerably shares her search for self-worth that led to sexual promiscuity and unplanned pregnancies, and a trail of broken relationships. After losing everything in a house fire, B.J. turned toward God. With the shadow of shame lifted by her newfound faith, B.J. made a startling discovery—she’d been wanted all along.

B.J. Garrett tells her story with soul-searching vulnerability and transparency. In full-time ministry since 2004, she is the executive director of Christ-centered Abortion Recovery & Education (CARE) in Tyler, Texas, where she had been a client herself in need of post-abortion healing. Garrett says, “Regardless of what you’ve done or what’s been done to you, there is hope and redemption in a relationship with Jesus.”

Unwanted No More reminds readers they can experience unconditional, love, and a life of purpose. B.J. Garrett says, “I need women hurting from their past to understand they are not alone, and that there is nothing too ugly for them to overcome. Their life matters.”

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For more information, contact author BJ Garrett: me@bjgarrett.com, phone 903-360-4093.
Web: bjgarrett.com

Author Bio
B.J. Garrett is a fun and energetic speaker and author. Full of joy and passionate about helping others, B.J. has served on numerous non-profit boards of directors and administrative teams and has served in full-time ministry since 2004. Student ministry, women’s ministry, missions, and abortion recovery are closest to her heart. BJ has been involved with Christ-centered Abortion Recovery & Education (CARE) since the spring of 2012, and has served as the executive director since June 2016, initially becoming involved with this ministry as a client in need of post-abortion healing.

BJ is a graduate of the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Texas, loves to teach Bible studies, and welcomes any opportunity to share her personal testimony of redemption from a childhood full of abuse, teen pregnancy, working as an exotic dancer, and overcoming the wounds caused by her two abortions. Passionate about serving in missions, she has been able to share her testimony of restoration and abortion recovery as far as Uganda and Cuba.

 

 

 

 

proposals gone awry

Proposals Gone Awry #1 New Release

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Redemption Press presents Proposals Gone Awry featuring best-selling and award-winning authors Allie Pleiter and Liz Tolsma, plus Heather Royce, J. C. Lafler, Haley V. Craft, and Tisha Martin.

Sweet Christian fiction boxed sets are adored worldwide by Christian fiction readers, and Redemption Press has pulled together a great mix of writers to entertain and charm the vast audience of sweet Christian readers.

He’s ready to propose. She’s ready to say yes. And then it all gets mix up . . . Proposals Gone Awry adds a fresh spin to Christian romantic fiction—each novella in this sweet romance boxed set features a proposal that gets stopped in mid-knee bend, leading the heroes and heroines down unexpected twists and turns on the path to “Will you marry me?” These contemporary Christian fiction novellas contain real-life struggles, humor, and yes . . . finally a proposal.

Proposals Gone Awry launches at 99 cents on Amazon, plus it’s free on Kindle Unlimited.

For more information, contact Dori Harrell, managing editor of Redemption Press: dori@redemption-press.com or 509-910-2220.

Here’s what some of the reviewers have said (copied directly from Amazon):

Colleen Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Proposals in real life don’t always go as planned
Reviewed in the United States on June 27, 2022

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In “Melting into Love” the very serious subject of just how abusive relationships can take various forms and how the relationship between Tiffany and Brent are really affected by Heathers past marriage which hid manipulation and and other forms of non physical abuses which then affect not just Tiffany’s view of herself but also how she reacts to seemingly very innocuous actions or statements made by Brent where he is simply trying to be helpful. Such a great read where author, Heather Royce, allows the reader to slowly discover the issues that Tiffany needs to overcome when she is put in a crucible of an entirely different kind.
Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars So-o-o Good!!
Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2022

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Just finished reading Book 3, “Melting into Love”. Great story of second chances, resolving conflict and finding love after heartache. A must read! Now…on to the rest of the collection!!

Click HERE to Read About the Featured Authors

Suggested Interview Questions
What made this the right time for Redemption Press to launch its first romantic fiction boxed set?

Tell us about the mix of authors. How did this group all come together?

The stories are all so different! How were the story lines decided on so they wouldn’t all sound the same?

How do readers benefit from authors joining together in a boxed set?

What are some of the ways in the stories that the proposals get jinxed?

These are sweet Christian novellas, but they also feature some compelling story lines. What difficult, real-life situations do the characters have to deal with?

proposals gone awry

Redemption Press releases its first-ever boxed set of sweet Christian romance novellas

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Proposals Gone Awry features best-selling and award-winning authors Allie Pleiter and Liz Tolsma, plus Heather Royce, J. C. Lafler, Haley V. Craft, and Tisha Martin.

Sweet Christian fiction boxed sets are adored worldwide by Christian fiction readers, and Redemption Press has pulled together a great mix of writers to entertain and charm the vast audience of sweet Christian readers.

He’s ready to propose. She’s ready to say yes. And then it all gets mix up . . . Proposals Gone Awry adds a fresh spin to Christian romantic fiction—each novella in this sweet romance boxed set features a proposal that gets stopped in mid-knee bend, leading the heroes and heroines down unexpected twists and turns on the path to “Will you marry me?” These contemporary Christian fiction novellas contain real-life struggles, humor, and yes . . . finally a proposal.

Proposals Gone Awry launches at 99 cents on Amazon, plus it’s free on Kindle Unlimited.

For more information, contact Dori Harrell, managing editor of Redemption Press: dori@redemption-press.com or 509-910-2220.

About the Authors
Bestselling international author Allie Pleiter honed her talents in the world of popular fiction, where she still releases multiple books a year. Allie has over fifty published titles to her name, and over 1.5 million of her fiction and nonfiction books have been sold around the world. Already a national speaker among writing associations, Allie now extends her reach to entrepreneurs, speakers, consultants, and anyone who needs to bolster their productivity and creativity in a demanding marketplace. Allie is an avid knitter, confirmed coffee junkie, and firm believer that “pie makes everything better.” She holds a BS in Speech from Northwestern University and lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and the world’s most adorable dog. Discover more about Allie at www.alliepleiter.com.

Passionate might best describe Liz Tolsma. She loves writing, research, and editing. Her passion shone through in her first novel, which was a double award finalist. On any given day, you might find her pulling weeds in her perennial garden, walking her hyperactive dog, or curled up with a good book. She resides in a quiet corner of Wisconsin with her husband and youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is a college student, and her son proudly serves as a US Marine. Visit Liz at www.liztolsma.com.

Debut fiction author Heather Royce has spent her life loving books. An English major, she also earned a Master of Arts in teaching. She has two adult children and lives near Raleigh, North Carolina. Heather lives in the country and enjoys her daily walks with her beagle and Australian shepherd. She also plays pickleball with her friends, a new pursuit that resulted from writing her first book. Connect with Heather on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HeatherRoyceauthor.

C. Lafler is a poet and author. A retiree from civilian service for the federal government, she enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with her grandchildren, and solving puzzles of all kinds. She and her husband, David, live in Michigan but are often found in Texas during the cold Michigan winters. Connect with her at www.jclafler.com.

Haley V. Craft has been teaching English to ninth, tenth, and eleventh graders for seven years. She is a forever student who loves reading, listening to music, and doing new things. She’s a country girl who loves helping her parents on the family farm. Haley enjoys writing devotions, and Happily Even After is her first published fiction. You can learn more about Haley by visiting haleyvcraftwriting.com.

A professional freelance editor and a fiction author, Tisha Martin enjoys stories that transform hearts and minds. She contributed to The Horse of My Dreams: True Stories of the Horses We Love (2019, Revell). Misadventures in Love is her first contemporary romance. Visit her at www.tishamartin.com.

Suggested Interview Questions
What made this the right time for Redemption Press to launch its first romantic fiction boxed set?

Tell us about the mix of authors. How did this group all come together?

The stories are all so different! How were the story lines decided on so they wouldn’t all sound the same?

How do readers benefit from authors joining together in a boxed set?

What are some of the ways in the stories that the proposals get jinxed?

These are sweet Christian novellas, but they also feature some compelling story lines. What difficult, real-life situations do the characters have to deal with?

running on broken legs

Redemption Press author shares moving story of how God equips those He calls to do the impossible

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – A newly released Redemption Press book by author Elinor Young is more than a missionary’s account of her experience in another country. It’s an engaging story of God’s faithfulness when he calls one of his children to an insurmountable task.

At five years old, Elinor contracts polio. Though the disease doesn’t take her life, she is left weak and physically disabled. By age ten, God’s unmistakable voice is clear, telling her she will be a missionary. A few years later, when a guest speaker at church asks, “If anyone here feels God wants you to be a missionary, would you step up to the front here and say so openly?” Elinor grabs her crutches and hobbles down the aisle.

To those watching, she knows it looks impossible. But Elinor doesn’t let her physical disabilities stop her from what God is calling her to do. She knows God will be faithful despite her weaknesses.

And he is. Elinor works as a missionary for almost eighteen years in Irian Jaya (now Papua), Indonesia, with the Kimyal tribe, where she first analyzes their language—its sound system, grammar, and story structure—and then begins the insurmountable task of translating the Bible.

She knows she could not translate effectively without understanding the culture, to “see the world as they do.” So she enmeshes herself in the Kimyal people’s lives. “I had to see them as distinct persons,” Young writes. “Learning about them up close made them real, with names and faces, feelings, and intelligence.” Only then can she translate and summarize Bible books for the Kimyal tribe in a way that will be transferable to their way of thinking.

Her time in Indonesia is not easy. Earthquakes, clan wars, language barriers, a draining load of daily responsibilities, frequent illnesses, and bouts of depression from the weight of it all will test her spiritually, physically, and emotionally. But through it all, she grows to love the Kimyal people as family. For Elinor, her time in Indonesia is more than simply translating the Bible—it is about bringing the light of the gospel to a people in darkness.

Running on Broken Legs is Elinor’s story of how God’s still, small voice brings a girl across the ocean to a people whose language she does not know but whom she grows to love. It’s a vibrant reminder that it is not through overcoming our weaknesses that we are more useful to God. Rather, we become useful when we recognize our weaknesses as an ongoing call to dependency on his grace and the work of his Spirit in us and through us. Through her journey, Elinor learns that wholeness, not merely a “better self,” is found even in the broken areas of our lives when we let God be our guide. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elinor Young grew up on a small farm north of Spokane, Washington. After graduating from Prairie Bible Institute, Whitworth University, and Wycliffe Bible Translator’s Summer Institute of Linguistics program, she worked as a missionary for almost eighteen years in Irian Jaya (now called Papua), Indonesia. Today she lives in Chattaroy, Washington. She mentors future and current and missionaries, edits the Great Commission Kids publication, blogs, speaks on behalf of spreading the knowledge of God around the world.

For review copies and media interviews, contact Elinor at: elinor@elinoryoung.com.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/elinor-young-554a9931
Website: https//elinoryoung.com
Pinterest: @elinor2you
Facebook: www.facebook.com/elinor.young.50/
Twitter: @ElinorDoesWords
Instagram: yanmeeli2
YouTube: “Bad Legs” ~ Elinor, A Missionary Story

 

 

 

 

thank you daddy

Tribute to “Girl Dads” shares the value of father-daughter bond

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, “fathers’ involvement in their children’s lives has been shown to have a positive effect on children and their well-being in many areas,” including “increasing the chances of academic success and reducing the chances of delinquency and substance abuse.” But not all children benefit from having a father present in their lives.

All too often Black fathers in particular are faulted for neglecting their children’s needs, especially emotional ones. In a recent Newsweek article, however, Josh Levs cites the Center for Disease Control, noting that “when it comes to Black dads specifically, most, in fact, live with their children.” And among all fathers who do so, “Black dads are in many ways the most involved with their [children’s] lives.”

In Thank You, Daddy! A Tribute to My Girl Dad—and Girl Daddies Everywhere,
Denise Ann Goosby dispels the myth of the absent Black father by recounting with warmth and gratitude the presence of her father in her life. With short prose “stanzas” and clear language accessible to young children, Goosby depicts the loving bond shared with her father. Young readers will be able to relate to such simple activities as joining Daddy at work for Family Day, playing carnival games, learning to fish, and singing together at church. Perhaps most importantly, Goosby recounts how her father took the time to snuggle with her and share stories of his own childhood and youth, passing on to her the value of family heritage and hope for the future.

The “father effect” can be especially important to girls. Fathers who behave warmly and interact meaningfully with their daughters help them to value themselves in ways that can lead to healthier self-images, choices, and lives.

In Thank You, Daddy! Denise Ann Goosby depicts the kind of father whose loving presence can make a significant difference in his daughter’s life. And because picture books are meant to be read by adults to children, reading her story can itself can become one of those invaluable bonding moments for daddy and daughter. Although Goosby’s book focuses on her childhood experiences with her own dad, her affectionate account honors all fathers who put the time and energy into building a loving, lifelong bond with their daughters.

Sources:
Jones, Jo, and Mosher, William D. Fathers’ Involvement with Their Children: United States, 2006–2010. National Health Statistics Reports 71. 20 December 2013.
https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr071.pdf

Krisch, Joshua A. The Science of Dad and the ‘Father Effect.’ Fatherly.com. 11 May 2021. https://www.fatherly.com/health-science/science-benefits-of-fatherhood-dads-father-effect/
Levs, Josh. They’re Dragging Out the ‘Absent Black Fathers’ Myth Again. Can We Give it a Rest? Newsweek.com. 5 June 2020.
https://www.newsweek.com/absent-black-fathers-myth-racism-1509085

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Denise Ann Goosby grew up a preacher’s daughter, and her love of words led to degrees in English and print journalism and to work as a reporter and educator. In 2018 she founded Healing Song Ministry to serve seniors, veterans, and the hurting in south Los Angeles County. Denise enjoys visiting cultural sites and cheering for her world-champion childhood heroes, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Lakers. She writes and sings on her blog, Denise’s Healing Journey.

Contact Denise at goosbydenise@gmail.com
www.denisegoosby.com
https://www.facebook.com/Denises-Healing-Journey-A-blog-104419934693246
Healing Song Ministry: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHPNkGeOyN7ILQDJnz7yRSQ/videos

fountains and secrets

New Redemption Press release welcomes readers to a world where Nancy meets Ancient Rome

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – In ancient Roman culture, few women challenged the status quo. So imagine when adventurous, spunky, headstrong Livia dives right into a swamp of danger after learning that her new husband’s mentor has been murdered.

As Livia uncovers clues in secret, she discovers injustice toward other women and the nasty web of affluent men behind it all. And in the throes of a young marriage, Avitus and Livia come head to head. Avitus doesn’t want his wife to be in danger, and Livia wants to prove to her husband that she’s capable of solving the disastrous crimes. Their lack of mutual trust and respect turns into a bitter test of wills—and they discover that their assumptions were more harmful than they realized.

In book 2 of Livia Aemilia Mysteries, Lisa E. Betz draws inspiration from thirty-five years leading Bible studies to create entertaining mysteries set in the early church era that include eccentric characters, independent females, and an occasional sausage-snatching cat. “I have always been drawn to books that were different than what everyone else was reading,” she says. Her imperfect, unconventional characters “live with authenticity despite the challenges they face for daring to be different.”

For readers who enjoy mysteries and historical fiction with a touch of humor, Fountains and Secrets is an engaging tale of identity, purpose, and hope.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
An engineer-turned-mystery-writer, Lisa E. Betz infuses her novels with authentic characters who thrive on solving tricky problems. Her debut novel, Death and a Crocodile, won several awards, including Golden Scroll Novel of the Year (2021). Lisa combines her love of research with her quirky imagination to bring the world of the early church to life. She and her husband reside outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with Scallywag, their rambunctious cat—the inspiration for Nemesis, resident mischief maker in the Livia Aemilia Mysteries. Lisa directs church dramas, eats too much chocolate, and experiments with ancient Roman recipes. Visit www.lisaebetz.com.

For review copies and media interviews, contact Lisa Betz at lisa@lisaebetz.com.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LisaEBetzWriter
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lisaebetz/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lisabetz88/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LisaEBetz
Goodreads author: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20880297.Lisa_E_Betz

when god changed his mind

New Redemption Press book shares mother’s inspiring story of faith through son’s medical trauma

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – A brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is a tangle of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries and veins in the brain.

Thirteen-year-old Isaiah Custodio was a victim, though not a casualty, of the most rare type of AVM, caused when a tangle of blood vessels rupture in the brain. An arteriovenous malformation can develop anywhere in your body but occurs most often in the brain or spine. Even so, brain AVMs are rare and affect less than 1 percent of the population. *

“Life changed for our family after I received a call that Isaiah had a headache,” said Christina Custodio, Isaiah’s mom. “Things deteriorated very quickly after that, and doctors determined Isaiah’s brain was filled with blood from a severe brain hemorrhage.”

Christina documents the emotional journey of mother and son in her new book, When God Changed His Mind. By her son’s side for the entire six-week hospital and rehab stay and during his subsequent recovery, Christina shares of the ups and downs of the exceedingly trying season.

“It was an extremely difficult time, yet it had many beautiful moments—bonding with my son, feeling the love of our community, trusting God, and experiencing joy in the midst of hardship.”

Readers will be moved by Christina’s dedication to her son and by her steadfast faith in God despite uncertain outcomes. She wrote When God Changed His Mind to inspire others to see Jesus and glorify Him in their own hardships and stories.

“Throughout the initial uncertainty for Isaiah’s life and then the ensuing challenges with his recovery, I had an amazing peace from God and trusted Him to provide what we needed,” Christina said. “If we look through the lens of Jesus, we can find joy in any circumstance.”

* https://www.mayoclinic.org › brain-avm › syc-20350260

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Christina Custodio is a gifted writer and speaker. With a degree in psychology and Christian counseling, she pursues many passions, including motivational speaking, blogging, photography, and teaching. She and her husband, Ozzy, live in South Carolina and are parents to Abrianna, Isaiah, and Olivia. For review copies and media interviews, contact:

Christina Custodio
Email: christinacustodiospeaks@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christinacustodiospeaks/
and https://www.facebook.com/coollikeisaiah/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christina_custodio/

New Redemption Press release spotlights unusual autoimmune disease

FAITH NEWS SERVICEOne in twelve Americans—and one in nine women—live with an autoimmune disease.*

According to a 2017 Bingham Memorial Hospital web article, more women are diagnosed with autoimmune diseases than cardiovascular disease and breast cancer combined, causing women across the US to wonder if their life would always hang in the balance while they suffered and sought answers to heal their bodies.

For years, author Tara Smith Johnson battled life-threatening and debilitating internal and physical issues she couldn’t explain—and doctors had no answers or relief for. Gradual weight loss over two years. Grand mal seizures, sometimes several in a row. Severe physical reactions to foods, chemicals, and the environment. Unable to stand or walk. Enduring a season of being bedbound. Color coding Scriptures, drawing from them deep hope and abundant strength in the Lord. Seeing a plethora of doctors, neurologists, and nurses for answers—and always coming up empty. This was Tara’s years-long journey before a dysautonomia diagnosis

At first she didn’t fit neatly into the category of dysautonomia, and finding a comfortable path to healing proved challenging. Dysautonomia is an umbrella term that covers a number of conditions, all of which include some level of autonomic dysfunction. In simplest terms, all the stuff a healthy body does automatically, a dysautonomia patient’s body either does improperly or not at all.

“I have neurotoxicity,” Johnson explains. A common virus exacerbated by common antibiotics had caused her to be sick initially, and unknowingly, dysautonomia symptoms may have wreaked havoc on her body since toddlerhood.

Her team of doctors, neurologists, and allergists worked tirelessly with her to create a health plan to manage her symptoms and reactions. Enter nine hundred pills a day. A mental and physical health regimen that consists of rest, walking her service dog, Trixie, and exposure to glorious sunlight. Using essential oils to coax the nervous system. And Tara still color codes Scriptures to encourage her during her difficult days.

Johnson’s debut memoir Defeating Dysautonomia: One Spoon at a Time with Faith, Hope, and Love seeks to provide authentic help to others with autoimmune diseases because, she says, “One day you will tell your story of how you’ve overcome what you’re going through now, and it will become part of someone else’s survival guide.”

*https://www.binghammemorial.org/Health-News/autoimmune-diseases-around-the-world

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
After special-education teacher Tara Smith Johnson was diagnosed with dysautonomia, an autoimmune disorder, she put the books away and became an advocate for people who experience chronic illnesses. She founded Hope for Team Tara, an organization that raises money for dysautonomia awareness through Dinner and Dancing for Dysautonomia. Tara has a daughter and lives in Memphis, Tennessee, with her service dog, Trixie, who has medic alert superpowers and travels everywhere with Tara. Visit www.hope4teamtara.org and connect with her on social media.

For review copies and media interviews, contact hopeforteamtara@gmail.com

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*https://www.binghammemorial.org/Health-News/autoimmune-diseases-around-the-world

New book from Redemption Press offers purpose during trying times

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – According to a March 2020 poll from the American Psychiatric Association, more than one-third of Americans (36%) say coronavirus is having a serious impact on their mental health and most (59%) feel coronavirus is having a serious impact on their day-to-day lives.* With this new reality upending life as we know it and anxieties running high, many are searching for purpose and hope during these unprecedented times.

In Elaine Herman’s new thirty-day devotional book, Bloom! Serving God Where He Has Planted You, readers will discover how the timing of their birth, their personality, and their talents fit into His plan, and they’ll be inspired and equipped to start serving Him—right where they are. She demonstrates how God can use the trials of life for good and offers the encouraging message that God’s plans and purposes prevail. In an era of social-distancing, Hersman’s message of serving God from where you’re at also offers timely applications.

“God doesn’t need everyone to be a missionary, a pastor, a ministry leader, or a full-time ministry worker,” Hersman says. “He needs most of us to be ministering to the people we interact with during our day-to-day lives.” Even if that now means video conference calls with friends, kids at home, or fellow essential workers. Hersman encourages readers to seek out the ministry opportunities all around them, employing their unique talents and personalities to participate in God’s plan.

“God needs His people to be the light in a dark world,” Hersman says. “Let people see Jesus shining through you. We are all faced with choices every day in how we treat those around us. What we say and how we react to what others say and do is important. The more we rely on the Spirit to help us be like Jesus in those moments, the more beautifully we will bloom.”

*https://www.psychiatry.org/newsroom/news-releases/new-poll-covid-19-impacting-mental-well-being-americans-feeling-anxious-especially-for-loved-ones-older-adults-are-less-anxious

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elaine Hersman is a nature lover, which led her to the garden theme in her debut book, Bloom: Serving Where God Has Planted You. Her fulfilling life includes studying God’s Word, working full-time as a senior executive with an insurance company, and spending time with her large family. She treasures Bible studies with her best friend, vacationing with her husband of thirty years in the many beautiful national parks in the US, and Elaine enjoys photography, bird watching, and cooking. Elaine has been called by God to share this message and prays that it will end up in the hands of those that God intended to read it . . . which could be you!

For review copies and media interviews, contact: ehersman@me.com.