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Audra Jennings

Audra Jennings is a publicist with Litfuse Publicity Group.

Posted 6/6/12 at 11:56 AM | Audra Jennings

Missionary Beth Guckenberger introduces children to missions

Standard Publishing
Tales of the Not Forgotten by Beth Guckenberger

We often forget how fortunate we are, the many blessings in our lives, and the extent of human suffering around the globe. How can we teach our children to grow up with hearts for others and to be mission-minded? With the help of missionary and author Beth Guckenberger, parents and Sunday school teachers can introduce children to the wonderful things that God is accomplishing around the world through Tales of the Not Forgotten.

Written for ages 8 and up, Tales of the Not Forgotten shares a collection of four real-life stories of children from impoverished circumstances and paints a picture of God’s dynamic movement in their lives. The first in the Storyweaver series, Guckenberger inspires readers to trust that God is weaving a story in the lives of each us, writing endings they would never imagine. She takes young readers on a journey to faraway lands, introducing them to faces the world often doesn’t see, but are not forgotten by God. FULL POST

Posted 6/4/12 at 1:17 PM | Audra Jennings

Bergren Challenges Readers to Face Their Own Identity Crisis

David C Cook
Glamorous Illusions, the first book in the new Grand Tour series by Lisa T. Bergren, available from publisher David C Cook.

New series from Lisa T. Bergren leads readers through a journey of inner discovery

Glamorous Illusions, the first release in Lisa Bergren’s new Grand Tour series, is a beautiful exploration of the covenant connection between God the Father and His children. Through the story of Cora Kensington, Bergren takes her audience on a European adventure of forgiveness, spiritual awareness, and self-discovery.

A person often identifies themself by their family, profession, or circumstances. However, as Christians, what would happen if we began to better understand our true identity in Christ? It is this spiritual journey that author Bergren guides readers through in Glamorous Illusions.

It was the summer of 1913, and Cora Kensington’s life on the family farm has taken a dark turn. Not only are the crops failing, so is her father’s health. Cora is carrying on, helping her mother run their Montana farm until a stranger comes to call, and everything changes. Cora then learns a secret that will radically change her future: she is the illegitimate daughter of a copper king who has come to claim her.

Cora is invited to take the “Grand Tour” of Europe, a journey intended to finish a person’s education, to solidify an understanding of ancient culture and contemporary refinement. As she travels from England to France with half-siblings she’s never known, Cora encounters the blessings of the Kensington family name, as well as the curses. But when an unbidden love begins to form, she realizes the journey is only beginning.

Faced with the challenge of accepting her father, new family, and the identity that comes with it, Cora also struggles to accept that she is also the daughter of the one true King—a Father who is the only One who can truly heal. “Glamorous Illusions is not only Cora’s journey toward understanding true identity in Christ, but it will help every reader understand it better too,” explains Bergren. “It’s an examination of the bond between the Father and his child.”

Each member of the traveling group expects an outer cultural journey of refinement, but each will also wrestle with their own sins and inner conflicts. Ultimately, they explore what truly informs a person’s sense of identity. Readers will be able to join Cora and the other Kensingtons and Morgans as they continue their Grand Tour, discovering new lands, new cultures, and new aspects of themselves, in the upcoming installments Grave Consequences (Spring 2013) andGlittering Promises (Fall 2013).

(David C Cook/June 1, 2012/ISBN: 978-1-4347-6430-0)

Praise for Glamorous Illusions:

“A fascinating mix of travel and intrigue, heartache and romance, Glamorous Illusions sweeps you away on the Grand Tour, exploring London and Paris through the eyes of a young woman who longs to find her place in the world. The title captures the story perfectly, as Cora delves beneath all that glitters to discover what is real and true, while not just one man but two vie for her affections...ooh, la la! A grand start to a new series from a seasoned author who writes from the heart.”
~ Liz Curtis Higgs, New York Times best-selling author of Mine Is the Night

About the Author: Lisa T. Bergren is the award-winning author of over thirty-five books, with more than 2 million copies sold. A former publishing executive, Lisa now divides her time between writing, editing, parenting three children with her husband, Tim, and dreaming of her next trip to Italy. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Posted 5/24/12 at 8:36 PM | Audra Jennings

An interview with Julie Ziglar Norman, author of Growing Up Ziglar

Growing Up Ziglar by Judy Ziglar Norman

Julie Ziglar Norman often says her dad is the king of “doing life right” and she is the poster child for “doing life wrong.” In Growing Up Ziglar: A Daughter’s Broken Journey from Heartache to Hope, Norman shares how for 25 years she lived every day with regret, shame, guilt, and depression while trying to keep up the positive outer appearance that was expected of her as the daughter of popular motivational author and speaker Zig Ziglar.

Q: Growing Up Ziglar actually focuses more on the struggles that started as a teen and young adult than stories of growing up. You battled depression and alcohol among other things. What do you think led you down the road of negativity, when you grew up in a background that expressed positivity?

I made bad choices that led to negative consequences. My choices were based on my immature, thirteen-year-old desire to “belong and fit-in” when our family moved from Columbia, South Carolina to Dallas, Texas. The process was complicated by a jealous classmate who started a rumor about me that was so bad that I ultimately earned a bad reputation that I had wrongly been given. I wasn’t actually a rebellious child, at least not openly. I was a people pleaser of the worst sort and that, I believe, caused the majority of my problems.

Q: What are some of the things that you struggled with most?

I struggled with being too independent. I would not ask for help when I needed it and I never let anyone know when I was hurting or when my life was getting out of control. Learning to be Inter-dependent involved letting go of the fear of judgment, letting go of being prideful, and facing the knowledge that I’d feel rejected if I asked for help and didn’t receive any. Being transparent makes you vulnerable and when your opinion of yourself is low to start with it makes one resistant to risk taking.

I also struggled with totally surrendering my life to Christ. I was so afraid of what He’d require of me.

I struggled with using alcohol, food, and men to change the way I felt. I used to think that changing where I lived would change my life. That makes me laugh at myself now but I believe many things to be true that simply were not true.

I also struggled with not understanding God’s grace and His total forgiveness. Because of that misperception I lived outside of His will for two decades longer than I had to.

Julie Ziglar Norman

Q: You now lead the Ziglar Women’s conference. What is the primary objective of your conference?

The Ziglar Women include my mother Jean Ziglar, my oldest daughter DeDe Galindo, my youngest daughter Amey Fair and me. The objective or mission of The Ziglar Women is to challenge tentative Christianity, inspire God’s people to intensify their personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to become a light in the darkness for those who seek God.

We teach women about shredding the veil of false pretense and learning how to live comfortably in their own skin because Jesus loves them right where they are. We call women to get real, and thus get right with God and the people they share their lives with. The conference is about real life in the trenches, coming to terms with unspeakable sins, and the sickness that engulfs those who live with secrets.

For the Christian who has cleaned up her life but shamefully hides her past, we want her to know that she lives in bondage still. Our point is that if women hide their wrongs they are not free to help other women who are in the midst of their wrongs find a way out. There is no counsel like the counsel of one who has walked your path.

Christian women more than any other group I am familiar with hide the truth of what God has so graciously forgiven them because of shame they shouldn't even have in their lives anymore. Our conference is about gut-wrenching repentance, getting past shame, guilt, remorse and regret and using your hellish past, or if you're the more positive type, using your experience, strength and hope, to glorify God and comfort others.

(Guideposts/May 1, 2012)

www.julieziglarnorman.com ~ www.ziglarwomen.com 

Posted 5/15/12 at 4:40 PM | Audra Jennings

She said she'd never write fiction... Beth Vogt talks about her first novel

An interview with Beth K. Vogt, Author of Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here, the debut novel from Beth K. Vogt

When Allison Denman kisses her fiancé’s brother just days before her wedding, she’s not sure which is the mistake—the kiss or the wedding. It won’t be easy, but Allison is determined to find out. In her debut novel Wish You Were Here, Beth K. Vogt provides readers with a happily ever after woven through with humor, reality, and God’s lavish grace.

Vogt has had experience with her plans and God’s plans not lining up as expected. She is a non-fiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction, but God had other plans for her. She decided to begin writing contemporary romance because she believes there’s more to happily ever after than the fairy tales tell us.

Q: You said you would never write a novel. What changed your mind?

I hit a season of burnout as a nonfiction writer and editor. I told my husband I was not going to write – ever, ever, ever again. He came home to find me at my computer and asked, “What are you doing?” When I confessed I was writing, he asked what happened to my never-going-to-write-again vow. I told him that I was having fun writing fiction and, that since no one would ever see what I was writing, this didn’t count. That “just for fun” story became Wish You Were Here, my debut novel.

Q: How did the story come to you?

The catalyst for Wish You Were Here was a fiction assignment from the Christian Writers Guild Apprentice course. I took Jerry B. Jenkins’ Guild course to scrape all the rust off my writing ability when I was trying to get back on the writing road after motherhood detoured me for a few years. For the assignment I had to write one scene from three different points of view (POVs.) I’d written a wedding scene from the view of the bride, the best man, and the wedding photographer. The story is the answer to the questions: How did the bride get here and what happens next?

Author Beth Vogt's debut novel Wish You Were Here released earlier this month

Q: In the story Allison’s father considered her to be a mistake. In what way?

Ah… that’s all part of the story. Did Allison’s father really think she was a mistake? Or did he think he’d made a mistake? Sometimes our perceptions of a situation can be mistaken.

Q: How do things that others say about us, especially our parents, impact us in a way that affects us the rest of our lives.

Scripture tells us that words can either kill or give life (Proverbs 18:21.) Parents represent a person’s first idea of “home” or “safety” – and it’s from our family we first develop an idea of who we are. So the words our parents speak to us are so, so crucial to our development. As parents, we have the powerful ability to speak a blessing over our child – and yet, sometimes we tragically miss that opportunity.

Q: No one is perfect, but do you believe there is such thing as someone “perfect for me”?

The greater challenge is: Am I willing to learn how to love someone in such a way that I become perfect for them – despite my imperfections? My husband and I have been married over 30 years. We are not the same people we were when we said “I do.” But the changes we’ve made – the way we’ve submitted to one another and forgiven one another, the way my husband has loved me sacrificially, the way I’ve tried to respect and love him no matter what – all this has made us perfect for one another.

For more information on Beth Vogt’s writing and speaking, visit http://bethvogt.com. 

Posted 5/15/12 at 4:27 PM | Audra Jennings

An interview with Judy Baer, Author of Forever Hilltop

Life is more than just a series of experiences. It is the people we meet along the way that make life more interesting and teach us the most important lessons. City dweller turned country pastor Alex Armstrong learns this first hand in Judy Baer’s Forever Hilltop.

Forever Hilltop by Judy K. Baer (Guideposts Books, May 1, 2012)

Forever Hilltop is a 2-in-1 book thatincludes Baer’s An Unlikely Blessing along with the previously unreleased sequel Surprising Grace. The charming and often hilarious Forever Hilltop series follows the adventures of protagonist Alex Armstrong as he settles into his role as a pastor of a Scandinavian community in rural North Dakota much like the one in which Baer grew up. While Alex is sometimes baffled by his parishioners and their colorful ways, he comes to appreciate their simple wisdom. It may be a small town, but life in Hilltop Township is never dull!


Q: Is there a “moral of the story” that you would like readers to walk away with? If so, what is it?

There are many small messages and teachings, but not just a single big statement or moral that encompasses the entire book. I find life to be like that—the lessons learned over the years like the benefits of kindness, respect, sound judgment, faith, loyalty or honesty—come in bits and pieces. A little lesson here, a realization there, and eventually you have a big awareness about something. The Forever Hilltop books are gentle, but teach enduring lessons about how people should treat each other and live their lives.

Q: What makes this series different than previous books and/or series?

Surprising Grace and the Forever Hilltop series are very different from my previous books. I’ve written romances, young adult books, non-fiction and woman’s fiction. These new books encompass an entire community and the interactions of many characters. I wouldn’t define it as a saga, but it is a story that chronicles the lives of many people and their deep interrelationships.

Judy Baer, author of Forever Hilltop

Q: Would you say that God makes us uncomfortable or puts us in new circumstances to help us grow?

God often allows us to be in new circumstances or relationships that stretch us and make us grow. He wants us to be more Christ-like in our everyday lives and often the people we meet or the situations in which we land are great tools for that. That’s what happens for the protagonist Alex Armstrong as he finds himself a fish out of water in Hilltop Township, a spot in the road in rural North Dakota. As died-in-the-wool city boy from Chicago, he’s stretched and forced to grow on a daily basis as he learns to love rural life and the people that inhabit it.

Q: Was there a certain event in your life that you drew from in writing Alex’s story?

I have a particular fondness for rural North Dakota since that’s where I grew up. What’s interesting, though, is that after people from many stations in life read the first book in the Hilltop series, An Unlikely Blessing, they, almost without fail said, “I grew up in a place like that,” or “I know those people, I lived with them!” I think the books hit chords that resonate with a lot of people—it’s about good but quirky people who are trying to do their best, often with surprising, and occasionally dismaying, results. One can learn lessons through fun and joy as well as trauma and sadness. All of this is incorporated in Surprising Grace.

Learn more about the author and her books at www.judykbaer.com.

Posted 5/1/12 at 5:59 PM | Audra Jennings

Life is Full of Unlikely Blessings and Surprising Grace

Forever Hilltop by Judy K. Baer (Guideposts Books, May 1, 2

Author Judy Baer entertains and delights readers with stories of small town life and an amusing cast of characters.

Life is more than just a series of experiences. It is the people we meet along the way that make life more interesting and teach us the most important lessons. City dweller turned country pastor Alex Armstrong learns this first hand in Judy Baer’s Forever Hilltop (Guideposts/May 1, 2012/ISBN: 978-0824945299/$16.99).

Forever Hilltop is a 2-in-1 book thatincludes Baer’s An Unlikely Blessingalong with the previously unreleased sequel Surprising Grace. The charming and often hilarious Forever Hilltop series follows the adventures of protagonist Alex Armstrong as he settles into his role as a pastor of a Scandinavian community in rural North Dakota much like the one in which Baer grew up. While Alex is sometimes baffled by his parishioners and their colorful ways, he comes to appreciate their simple wisdom. It may be a small town, but life in Hilltop Township is never dull! FULL POST

Posted 5/1/12 at 5:05 PM | Audra Jennings

God’s Perfect Plans Don’t Come with No-Risk Guarantees

Wish You Were Here, the debut novel from Beth K. Vogt

Beth K. Vogt’s debut novel demonstrations how our plans are not always God’s plans for us

When Allison Denman kisses her fiancé’s brother just days before her wedding, she’s not sure which is the mistake—the kiss or the wedding. It won’t be easy, but Allison is determined to find out. In her debut novel Wish You Were Here, Beth K. Vogt provides readers with a happily ever after woven through with humor, reality, and God’s lavish grace.

In her personal life, graphic designer Allison doesn’t believe in coloring outside the lines. She’s lived her life unable to escape the pain of being considered a mistake by her father, so she is determined not to make any mistakes herself. She’s just five days away from her happily-ever-after with Seth Rayner when her well-laid plans go awry. She finds herself in a sticky situation when she impulsively kisses Seth’s older brother Daniel, the guy who has sent her silly “Wish You Were Here” postcards from his adventures around the world.

Daniel, an outdoors consultant, has had his own struggles with living up to others’ expectations. He knows he’s not his father’s favorite son, but Daniel has made a success of his life without the Rayner family influence. Independent and carefree, Daniel hasn’t had the greatest success with relationships and has long-denied his attraction to his future sister-in-law. When Allison leaves his brother at the altar, Daniel feels guilty and tries to repair the damage.

Wish You Were Here follows Allison as she tries to figure out God’s perfect plan for her. His plan doesn’t come with a no-risk guarantee and might even include a few of her mistakes. Allison’s attempts to find lasting happiness are sidetracked by Seth’s determination to renew their relationship, her growing attraction to Daniel, relocation to a llama farm, unwelcomed blind dates and an avalanche. Ultimately, Allison does find Mr. Right-for-Her, but who is it?

Vogt has had experience with her plans and God’s plans not lining up as expected. She is a non-fiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction, but God had other plans for her. She decided to begin writing contemporary romance because she believes there’s more to happily ever after than the fairy tales tell us.

A conference and retreat speaker, Vogt speaks to moms about some of the issues that impact her characters such as how children struggle with the favoritism of their parents. She also talks about how we have to face the realities in our lives—including our struggles and mistakes—and choose to accept those, knowing God can bring good out of them.

In her presentations, she frequently addresses important current issues such as how bullying and cyber bullying start, keeping your children safe online, and how to keep your sons away from the lure of pornography.

Author Beth Vogt's debut novel Wish You Were Here

About the Author

Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an Air Force physician (now in solo practice) who said she’d never marry a doctor or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four who said she’d never have kids. Vogt has discovered that God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.”

Vogt earned a journalism degree from San Jose State University. Her publishing credits include:Discipleship Journal, Virtue, The Christian Communicator, and Crosswalk.com. She is also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Tribute to Moms and The Mommy Diaries as well as author of Baby Changes Everything: Embracing and Preparing Motherhood after 35.

An encourager at heart, Vogt has more than 20 years experience teaching women at retreats, churches and other events, including the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers International) Convention and the Hearts at Home national and regional conferences. For several years, she edited Connections and is currently a consulting editor for MomSense magazine and writes a bimonthly column for MomsNEXT, MOPS’ ezine for moms of school-age children.

Beth and her husband Rob have been married for 31 years. They have four children, ranging in ages from 28, 25, 23 and - thanks to a funny thing happening on their way to the empty nest-an 11-year-old. The Vogt Team, which now includes a “daughter-in-love” and “son-in-love,” enjoys hiking and camping in Colorado.

Visit her online home at http://bethvogt.com.

(Howard Books/May 1, 2012/ISBN: 978-1451659863/$14.99)

Posted 4/30/12 at 7:55 PM | Audra Jennings

With God, It’s Never Too Late to Be Your Best You

Julie Ziglar Norman encourages audiences to put away their shame and regret

and to live the life of hope that God has planned for them.

Growing Up Ziglar by Judy Ziglar Norman

Julie Ziglar Norman often says her dad is the king of “doing life right” and she is the poster child for “doing life wrong.” In Growing Up Ziglar: A Daughter’s Broken Journey from Heartache to Hope(Guideposts/May 1, 2012/ ISBN 978-0-8249-4531-2/$14.99), Norman shares how for 25 years she lived every day with regret, shame, guilt, and depression while trying to keep up the positive outer appearance that was expected of her as the daughter of popular motivational author and speaker Zig Ziglar.

Although her father was not well known until she was in her late teens, he always emphasized being positive. “When I talk about what it was like growing up with Mr. Positive Attitude himself, I enjoy teasing about waking up to an ‘opportunity clock’ instead of an alarm clock,” says Norman. “Daddy has always been positive and looked on the bright side, and he brought lots of joy and laughter into our home. He was and is a fun and loving father who always has a good story and lots of hugs and kisses for his children.” FULL POST

Posted 4/2/12 at 4:26 PM | Audra Jennings

New Book Commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic

By the Light of the Silvery Moon combines historical accuracy with a story of love and redemption

Barbour Publishing
By the Light of the Silvery Moon by Tricia Goyer

When the Titanic left Southampton on April 10, 1912, the world was fascinated with its size, the luxury, the symbol of prominence for the wealthy onboard, and the promise for the emigrants hoping for a better future in America. For the past 100 years since its sinking on April 15, 1912, the world has been consumed with how a ship deemed unsinkable sank, the artifacts at the bottom of the ocean, the stories of the people on board, and the history the ship held. In commemoration of this landmark anniversary, award-winning author Tricia Goyer has released By the Light of the Silvery Moon (Barbour Publishing/March 2012/ISBN 978-1-61626-551-9).

When the Titanic movie first came out in 1997, Goyer, like most of America, became fascinated with the tragedy. “The movie captured my attention. Yes, there was a love story, but the ship of dreams fascinated me even more. I checked out many books at the library and bought others on the Titanic. I didn't think of writing a novel about it. Still, I carried a love inside for that amazing ship and its passengers,” says Goyer.

Around that same time, Goyer had been working on the idea for a novel centering on a contemporary retelling of the prodigal son. While the idea did not go farther than the prologue at the time, she kept the idea in the back of her mind. Fifteen years later, when her publisher approached her about the possibility of writing a book to mark the anniversary of the Titanic, Goyer was excited about the opportunity and realized that it was time to merge the two ideas together in a unique, faith-filled tale of love and reconciliation.

By the Light of the Silvery Moon tells the story of Amelia Gladstone whose mind is filled with promise as she gazes at the marvelous new ship, ready for its maiden voyage. The Titanic holds the promise of a reunited family and of possible love waiting on American shores.

Down-and-out after squandering his fortune, Quentin Walpole thought his voyage to America ended on the Southampton pier. Then a sweet lady—his angel of mercy named Amelia—secured his passage with a spare ticket. Now he’s headed to America, eager for a second chance.

But once the voyage begins, the past confronts Quentin when he discovers that his wealthy railroad tycoon father and older brother Damien are also on board. As Amelia tries to bring about reconciliation between father and son, she suddenly finds herself the center of both brothers’ attention with a choice to make: Who can she trust with her heart? Will Amelia’s fate ultimately be one of love or loss?

Goyer’s extensive research from books, documentaries and visiting a museum dedicated to the ship all contribute to making By the Light of the Silvery amazingly historically accurate. With her beautiful gift of storytelling, readers are sure to feel that they have been transported back 100 years to the fateful night that changed the lives of all onboard the “Ship of Dreams.”

About the Author: 

Tricia Goyer is the award winning author of thirty-two books including Beside Still Waters, Remembering You, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences and is the host of Living Inspired. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife.

To learn more about Tricia, visit Living Inspired and www.triciagoyer.com.

Posted 2/29/12 at 9:44 AM | Audra Jennings

Reclaiming the Rite of Passage for your Daughters

From Girl to Woman...

Reclaiming the Rite of Passage for Girls through a Blessing Tea

Inspired Design, a mother/daughter project by Roxanne and Hannah Packham

Are you ever a bit envious of our friends from other cultures and faiths who honor their children turning into young adults?  As Christians, we may not hold Bar or Bat Mitzvahs on their 13th birthdays as in the Jewish tradition or Quinceaneras on our daughter’s 15th birthday like those of Hispanic heritage, but we can certainly recapture the spirit of this unique age by commemorating this milestone with a Christ-centered celebration. While many American families are throwing slumber parties for their 13 year olds, one woman in California decided to throw a “Blessing Tea” for her daughter—and the trend is taking off among Christians.  

Roxanne Packham, President of InspiredDesign Ministries, had the idea several years ago to put on a “Blessing Tea” for her then 13-year-old daughter. The concept is taken from the Jewish tradition of celebrating this momentous year of “becoming a woman” with a huge party, centered on the Jewish Scriptures. Roxanne invited several of the most influential Christian women in Hannah’s life (mentors) to join them for a tea to honor her daughter. While she used her love for table decorating to create a beautiful environment, the real beauty lay in the hearts of the women who came to “bless” Hannah.  Each special mentor woman shared a note/letter to Hannah. The notes included encouraging words, favorite memories, prophetic insights, special scriptures, and wise teaching/advice for the teenage years. This day served to cement in Hannah’s mind who “had her back”, who loves her, who will be there for her in the future and a memory that she could take with her into her high school years which are so often filled with identity-searching and emotional struggles.

Roxanne and Hannah Packham

The concept of a Blessing Tea began to take off in homes of people who had heard of Roxanne’s experience.  One woman Camille, a long time friend of Roxanne’s, loved the idea so much she has now done it with two of her teenage daughters.  She added an additional layer of giving each of the mentors their own blessing and scripture as a way to honor the women who have helped to guide and shape her daughters spiritually.  According to Roxanne, “Especiallybecause I only have one daughter, I wanted to make the most of every moment of her life.  I was inspired to use my gift for creating a beautiful table and practicing hospitality with my love for my daughter.  My biggest desire was to create an environment where very dear Christian women could pour into my daughter blessings and encouragement to carry her through the next phase in her life.  Often, a mother’s impact alone only goes so far!”

Roxanne’s book Inspired Design has a chapter about this Blessing Tea and serves as inspiration for other mothers looking to recapture the age old tradition of “coming of age” for young women.  Currently, Roxanne is overseeing two nonprofit organizations:  Inspired Design and Inspired31.org. Inspired Design strives to inspire women to find joy in the practice of hospitality, grow closer with their Designer, and discover the true beauty of the home—ultimately only found in the heart of the woman.  By providing inspiring speakers, books, and practical resources, Inspired Design aims to empower women to unleash their creativity in their homes for the purpose of blessing others.  Inspired31.org is a unique mother/teenage daughter organization, which aims to inspire teenage girls, mothers and others to find, follow and celebrate God’s vision for their lives.  By providing inspirational quality speakers and a friendly environment in the form of casual afternoon teas, these teen girls are exposed to authentic role models who are making a difference in the world and offer an alternative vision to the pop culture icons of today.  Proceeds of her book sales all go to fund the Heart of Hope Ministries International who provide love and resources to orphans in Romania.

For speaking engagements or to order the book, please visit: http://www.inspireddesignpublications.blogspot.com/.

Inspired Design is a 501(c)(3) organization.  Our vision is to inspire women to practice hospitality, celebrate their family legacy, and discover the true beauty of the home through speaking engagements, books, seminars and practical resources.  Inspired31.orgis a unique mother/teenage daughter organization whose mission is to inspire teenage girls, mothers and others to find, follow and celebrate God’s vision for their lives.  All proceeds from Inspired Design sales go to support Heart of Hope Ministries International, an outreach to orphans in Romania. 

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