August-September 2020 Member News

Xochitl Dixon, of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, released her first children’s book, Different Like Me, on August 4. It celebrates our differences and our sameness as God’s beautifully diverse and purposefully connected people. God Sees Her, a 2020 Our Daily Bread compilation, features more than 30 of her Our Daily Bread devotions. She has also signed a contract to write 10 more devotionals for the next Guideposts’ All God’s Creatures compilation. Her book Waiting for God: Trusting Daily in God’s Plan and Pace has sold more than 5,000 copies since its August 2019 release. It is being featured as a five-module study on the Bible CafeTM website https://www.biblecafe.org.

Camille Eide, of Sandy, just sent her next book baby to her amazing publisher, Whitefire. She’s not sure if she can wait until next spring for others to read Josie’s story.

Darlene Ellis, of Oregon City, has a devotional in the September/October issue of The Upper Room.

Sandy Frykholm, of Sequim, Washington, won a Cascade Award for her unpublished memoir, The Drive in ’65, last year. Since then she has revised and strengthened it and self-published it under her maiden name, Sandra Lynne Reed. It released on July 31 and she is very thankful for the encouragement of OCW and the friends she’s made who have been so supportive.

Heidi Gaul, of Albany, received notification from Chicken Soup that another one of her stories, “As Good as It Gets,” will be in Age Is Just a Number. The release date is November 3 and Heidi suggests it would make an excellent Christmas gift for loved ones.

Patricia Lee, of Springfield, recently released her fourth book from Mountain Brook Ink in her Mended Hearts series. The title is Love’s Autumn Harvest.

Susan Maas, of Gresham, was the August 25 featured writer in The Upper Room.

Marty Magee, of Mill City, has a devotional in the September–November issue of The Secret Place.

Jennifer Anne F. Messing, of Portland, is pleased to share that her new and third book, Love’s Faithful Promise: Heart-Stirring Short Stories and Poems of Romance and Faith (print/e-book, 238 pages) was named as Winner in the 2020 American Fiction Awards “Christian Inspirational” category. Her short story, “New Beginnings,” was a finalist in the Secret Attic Press 2020 Summer Short Story Competition in the United Kingdom and will be published in their forthcoming short story anthology. Keep up with her latest writing updates at www.JenniferAnneMessing.com.

Nancey West, of Lebanon, releases her devotional book Unbeatable: Devotions to Spark Your Potential on September 12. But you can get it now by going to her website: https://www.nanceywest.com/.

Elinor Young, of Chattaroy, Washington, was the featured blogger on the Joni & Friends blog for the week of July 20. It was just the second week for their new blog category, “Disability in Mission.” Elinor talked about her time of missionary service in what was then called Papua, Indonesia, despite her limitations from childhood polio. You can read the entire blog entry at https://www.joniandfriends.org/bad-legs/?fbclid=IwAR0tVuq8t9reSqhvUtWkgtcF1F_INn5_01IvoTKlmi3WGI8MEOFft2Cw3iM

Each of the following members had an article in the July and/or August editions of The Christian Journal: Susan Brehmer, of Portland (July & August); Jean Davies, of North Bend (July & August); Jon Drury, of Vancouver, Washington (August); LGayle Gustafson, of Portland (July & August); Linda Kruschke, of Lake Oswego (July & August); Maxine Marsolini, of Happy Valley (July & August); Shirley Mozena, of Vancouver, Washington (August); and Jan Sheerin, of Bend (July & August).

 

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