The past months have been a whirlwind of activity: writing, speaking, prison visits, and even pitching television proposals. Thank goodness, he’s in charge of my day planner, because I can always count on the fact that he brings me to the right place at the right time for his divine appointments. And I never cease to be amazed by his goodness and grace.
This fall my newest caregiving book will release with Discovery House Publishers: It Is Well With My Soul: Meditations for Those Living with Illness, Pain, and the Challenges of Aging. It will be available for order at www.dhp.org. This book provides encouragement for people of all ages living with the daily ______ of illness, diminishment, and loss. It’s a great resource for nursing homes, hospice organizations, hospital ministries, Stephen Ministers, and other caregiving outreaches.
The Dignity Project for Caregivers
After nearly a year and a half consulting with my close friend Steve Siler, founder and director of Music for the Soul, I’m thrilled and proud to announce the completion of Dignity: Songs and Stories for Caregivers. This phenomenal project is like a support group for busy caregivers that can be played over and over again. Each song and story taps into the heartfelt needs of caregivers. The project has been endorsed by Gloria Gaither, the American Family Association, as well as hospice workers, caregiving organizations, and is featured as a resource on the website of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving. Copies can be purchased at http://www.musicforthesoul.org/music/dignity.html.
The picture at the top of the newsletter was taken during a March/April speaking tour of California. My colleague Wanda Sanchez and I were privileged to present messages at a number of organizations in San Diego and the Central Valley: the Professional Women’s Fellowship of San Diego, Vineworks Publishers, Shadow Mountain Church, Point Loma Linda University, and Lathrop Christian Center, where Wanda and friends Carmen Torres and Diana Chaparro blessed those who came by singing. We forged new friendships and established relationships that are producing fruit and creating momentum to accomplish God’s purposes in the world.
These days I’m polishing up a number of new writing projects, both fiction and nonfiction. Several revolve around the subject of post-traumatic stress disorder and the exciting journey God’s taken me on over the past year-and-a-half, alongside my dear friend Wanda Sanchez. As usual, my writing flows from my life experience. Can’t wait to see where these projects land and how God uses them.
I’m also mentoring writers and taking on new co-writing projects. I’ll keep you posted on the exciting news ahead.
Daughters of Destiny
Over the past months, I had the privilege of speaking again to a dynamic group of sisters at Marysville prison in Ohio. I thank
God for the opportunity to share his message of hope with
Women in jails and prisons across the nation. Dozens responded to the gospel message at Marysville. Lorraine Whoberry, of the S.T.A.C.I.E. Foundation ministered alongside me, as well as my ministry partner, Wanda Sanchez.
In each prison where I speak, I donate one hundred of my books The Silent Seduction of Self-Talk. I am also responsible for paying for travel expenses. If you would like to contribute to this life-changing ministry to women, please visit the Daughters of Destiny website at http://www.daughtersofdestiny.org/contact. Donations should be sent to Daughters of Destiny and designated to the account of Shelly Beach.
- June 13-16 Cedar Falls Christian Writer’s Workshop, Cedar Falls, IA
Guest speaker Kevin Hansen, author of Secret Regrets
- June 22-23 American Christian Fiction Writer’s Conf, Grand Rapids, MI
- October 12-13 Breathe Christian Writer’s Conf, Grand Rapids, MI
Guest speaker Terry Whalin
- Additional commitments with Daughters of Destiny prison ministry, as well
as pending events in Florida, California, and Iowa.
Contact Wanda Sanchez
for booking details @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
In family news, my daughter Jessica married her longtime love, Mosiah Wilson, in late October near Seattle, Washington. The heart-breaker was that my husband Dan had a retinal detachment two days before the wedding and had to remain at home for emergency surgery. It broke his heart to miss Jessica and Mosiah’s wedding. But the newlyweds will be traveling to Michigan for a reception in May, and we plan to shower them with love and attention!
In other exciting news, our son Nate and his wife Allison will be making us grandparents in mid-May. We’re counting the days! Now if only we could get our kids to live a bit closer to us…
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