Speaker Information

Once upon a time, I thought of myself as shy. Now when I say that, people laugh. Maybe because now I can stand in front of 300 people, sharing my words.

If you think your women’s group or writer’s conference would be interested in any of these topics, please let me know.

For Women

Salt and Light: How Caring for Others Can Change Your Intimacy with God

For more than 20 years, I’ve cared for a daughter with severe disabilities. Rachel has changed my life, my faith, and my outlook on my relationships with God and other people. Yet even women who care for perfectly healthy families tell me that caregiving can crack open whole new places in your heart and mind. As I share Rachel’s story, I weave into it applications from Scripture and the wisdom learned from everyday lives in hopes of showing women how even simple tasks can open their hearts to God.

Paul’s Pointers for Success: Or…why God’s Apostle Was Not the Original Male Chauvinist Pig.

The life and letters of the Apostle Paul are some of the most studied sections of the Bible. Yet even scholars overlook how intensely he supported and cared about women in the faith. By taking a close look at his instructions to all believers as well as his relationships with women, I demonstrate how Paul wanted women to succeed in the faith as well as in life, and I offer four of his instructions up as examples we should follow on a daily basis.

The 60-Second Christian: How One Minute a Day with God Can Renew Your Faith and Life.

In the busyness of our daily lives, most women don’t think they have time to read a devotional or study the Bible. Yet reading most published devotionals takes less than 60 seconds, and can be done at a red light, waiting on a child – or even the microwave. Let me show you – with humor and Scripture – how these one-minute breaks with God can change your day…and maybe even your life.

Other topics available by request.

For Writers: Key Note Topics

Cinderella vs. Trinity: Two Sides of the Same Heroine

Ten reasons that Cinderella and Trinity (from The Matrix) aren’t that different and how those similarities can turn a heroine into a character that will win the hearts of readers and editors alike.

Deconstructing Paul: What God’s Apostle Can Teach Writers About Writing

Paul’s passion for his subject, his attention to details, and his awareness of his audience can be a primer for excellent writing. The class will focus on the four Ps of Paul’s letters: Passion (Love your art), Perfection (Know your craft), Pitch (Know your audience), Persistence (Never give up).

God as Jigsaw: Putting a Writing Career Together with God’s Pieces

Using my own wide and varied writing career as an example, I draw on Scripture and the practical side of publishing to show how God’s path for us as writers is almost always unexpected and difficult, although there’s a tremendous beauty in the result.