Living Inspired ~ Thursday 3CT (9/12/13)
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This week on Living Inspired, we will be chatting with two inspirational authors— Brenda Garrison author of Love No Matter What (Thomas Nelson, 2013) and Marion Stroud author of It’s Just You and Me, Lord (Discovery House Publishers, 2012).
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More about Brenda:Brenda Garrison is an enthusiastic and authentic speaker and author. She ministers to women in all stages of life but especially to moms—encouraging them by keeping it real and based on God’s Word. Brenda speaks at retreats, workshops, professional groups and government agencies that work with families. She is the author of three other books including Queen Mom: A Royal Plan for Restoring Order in Your Home and Princess Unaware: Finding the Fabulous in Every Day. Brenda is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ministry Leadership with a Concentration in Women’s Ministry at Moody Bible Institute. She and her husband, Gene, are the parents of three young adult daughters and live near Metamora, lll. Brenda Garrison is an enthusiastic and authentic speaker and author. She ministers to women in all stages of life but especially to moms—encouraging them by keeping it real and based on God’s Word. Brenda speaks at retreats, workshops, professional groups and government agencies that work with families. She is the author of three other books including Queen Mom: A Royal Plan for Restoring Order in Your Home and Princess Unaware: Finding the Fabulous in Every Day. Brenda is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ministry Leadership with a Concentration in Women’s Ministry at Moody Bible Institute. She and her husband, Gene, are the parents of three young adult daughters and live near Metamora, lll.
More about Love No Matter What: Parents and kids will never agree on everything. So what can Mom and Dad do when a child’s decision—whether a matter of preference, spirituality or morality—is something they think is totally wrong? Preventing these “mistakes” that often surface once a child is away at college is impossible, and how parents respond will either build a wall or a bridge between them and their child. In Love No Matter What: When Your Kids Make Decisions You Don’t Agree With, Brenda Garrison and her daughter Katie share what worked and didn’t work as Katie made poor decision after poor decision in her teens. Katie’s choice to move out at 18, use her college money to fund an apartment, and later, briefly live with her boyfriend, initially crushed Brenda. But in hindsight, Brenda realized that imperfect families are the norm and that neither she nor Katie had it all wrong; they were simply fallen beings in need of grace. In addition to Brenda’s thoughts, the book shares what Katie has to say about her decisions. In sections called “Katie’s Thoughts,” she shares exactly what she was thinking when she made certain decisions, how she viewed her parents at the time, and what she learned. Brenda’s goal is not to turn readers into perfect parents; those don’t exist. She wants to equip parents with basic truths about how to love their children, listen to them, and understand them. “You can’t fix or save your child,” says Brenda, “and it is not your responsibility to do so….I wanted to fix Katie, but she didn’t need fixing. She needed to be heard and understood.”
“This book is truly a gift to struggling parents. And really, doesn’t that include us all?”
—Mark Atteberry, award-winning author of Dream and The Samson Syndrome
“Brenda Garrison knows how to make sense of the difficult scenario parents find themselves in when they lock horns with children who are bent on doing life their way. Brenda and daughter Katie speak from years of personal struggle. Through their relationship and stories of others, you will learn how to effectively and lovingly relate in your own.”
—Mark Gregston, Author and host of Parenting Today’s Teens
“Brenda speaks to parents right where they’re living—desiring to be a positive influence in their kids’ lives but pulling out their hair because of their kids’ decisions. Parents will wish they had read this book sooner.”
—Cindy Willison, Ministry services leader at Southland Christian Church, Danville campus
More about Marion: Marion Stroud has been a bookworm since she memorized the rhyming couplets of the Rupert Bear stories when she was three years old. Marion always wanted to be a writer but trained initially to be a physical therapist. As soon as Marion “retired” from physiotherapy to have her first baby, she decided to fulfill two ambitions at once: to become a mother and a writer. She now has five adult children, seventeen grandchildren from ages eighteen months to nineteen years, and twenty-four published books to her name, many of which have been translated into up to fourteen different languages. Living in Malaysia as a child gave Marion a heart for people from different nations. She works with Media Associates International to mentor and encourage writers in countries where little Christian literature is written or published. Until retire a year ago, Marion served in Britain as a Justice of the Peace, which is a lay magistrate. Marion and her husband love entertaining, walking, reading, and traveling. They are active in the church they helped to found more than thirty years ago. They also lead a small group where they offer pastoral support, and together learn more about living out their faith in daily life.”
More about It’s Just You and Me, Lord: There’s a lot to be said about women and their relationships, responsibilities, and concerns. It’s Just You and Me, Lord offers heartfelt prayers to inspire and encourage women readers no matter where they are in life’s journey. Addressing common issues and providing practical prayers, Scripture, and quotes, the author encourages readers to express honest and heartfelt communication with God. From personal prayers to prayers about family, friends, and the world, this inspirational resource helps women of all ages to genuinely connect with God, talk with Him about their concerns, and build and maintain a strong prayer life. Addresses Different Seasons, Responsibilities, and Concerns of a Woman’s Life Features Prayers, Scripture, and Quotations Relevant to Everyday Common Issues Helps Women Build an Honest, Genuine Prayer Life