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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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Hope4TeamTara
Pinterest: www.instagram.com/hope4tara/

*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.