Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Who I Want to Be: A Devotional Journey Through the Book of Matthew

Who I Want to Be
Thirty-one authors donated their time and writing for this devotional and the mission it represents.

Camy Tang has a heart for reaching the Japanese people for Christ. This devotional has been translated into Japanese, and the sales of this eBook will go to pay for the printing. The printed copies will then be sent to Christian churches in Japan to be distributed for free.

Audrey Appenzeller Kathy McKinsey
Victoria Bylin Dineen Miller
Lyn Cote Robin Patchen
Judy DeVries James L. Rubart
Danica Favorite Renee Ryan
Janet W. Ferguson Regina Scott
Deborah Hale Morgan Tarpley Smith
Eva Maria Hamilton Anna Spencer
Sharon Hinck Jennifer Spinola
Kristin Holt Camy Tang/Camille Elliot
Carole Lehr Johnson Janet Tronstad
Jill Kemerer MaryLu Tyndall
Wendy Lawton Lenora Worth
Jackie Layton Cheryl Wyatt
Catherine Lynn Kathleen Y’Barbo
Autumn Macarthur

Authors Bio

Audrey Appenzeller

Audrey Appenzeller’s passion is sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. For years, she’s led women’s ministries, written investigative Bible studies, spoken at outreach events, and encouraged Christians in their faith. She has a knack for distilling her experiences into thought-provoking, universal lessons.

Victoria Bylin

Victoria Bylin is known for tackling tough subjects with great compassion. In 2016, Together With You won the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award for Best Contemporary Romance. Her other faith-based stories include historical westerns and women’s fiction. Learn more about Victoria and her books at www.victoriabylin.com. 

Lyn Cote

     Lyn Cote is a wife, mother and grandmother.

She lives with her husband of over forty years in a cottage by a lake in the northern forest. She has written many novels and hopes to write many more. Her website is www.LynCote.com.

Judy DeVries

Judy lives in Arizona with her husband of thirty-eight years and their pack of dogs. She writes contemporary romance under the pen name of Jael Friese. Her books take second place to her proofreading business, Judicious Revisions, LLC, where she works with self-published authors. 

Danica Favorite

Danica Favorite loves the adventure of a creative life. She and her family are building their dream home in the mountains above Denver, Colorado. Her books explore the depths of human nature and follow people on the journey to happily ever after. You can find her at www.danicafavorite.com.

Janet W. Ferguson

Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a church youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a few cats that allow them to share the space. She writes Christian fiction set in the South with faith, humor, and romance. Find her at: http://www.janetfergusonauthor.com/

Deborah Hale

Deborah Hale has written over 30 works of historical and inspirational romance, which have been translated into many languages. She lives in Nova Scotia, Canada where she loves to walk in the woods and sing with a Celtic choir. To learn more about Deborah and her books visit www.deborahhale.com

Eva Maria Hamilton

Eva Maria Hamilton is the award-winning author of Highland Hearts, a Love Inspired Historical novel published by Harlequin. Her short story, “Disinherited Love,” was published in the anthology, A Kiss Is Still a Kiss. Owner of Lilac Lane Publishing, she’s published a series of Jane Austen Colouring & Activity Books. www.evamariahamilton.com

Sharon Hinck

Award-winning novelist Sharon Hinck writes “stories for the hero in all of us.” She is also a regular contributor of devotions to Guidepost’s Mornings with Jesus. She finds God’s grace in the adventures of life as a wife, mom, and grandmother. Visit her at sharonhinck.com

Kristin Holt

Kristin Holt, USA Today Bestselling Author, writes American Historical Romance set in the Victorian “Old West”. She is an avid researcher, ensuring historical accuracy. Her first Sweet Contemporary Romance was published in the fall of 2017. “Sweet Romances Appropriate for All Audiences.” Find Kristin (spelled without an ‘e’) at www.KristinHolt.com.

Carole Lehr Johnson

Carole Lehr Johnson has worked as a travel consultant for over 30 years. She has a passion for writing that rivals her love for history, tea and all things British. Her non-fiction and fiction short stories have been published in an anthology and a newspaper. She resides in Louisiana with her husband.

Jill Kemerer

Jill Kemerer is a multi-published author of Christian books. She loves coffee, reading, fluffy animals and taking long nature walks. Jill resides in Ohio with her husband and two almost-grown children. Please visit her website at www.jillkemerer.com.

Wendy Lawton

Wendy Lawton is an artist, a writer, and a literary agent. As a sculptor and designer of porcelain dolls for her company Lawton Dolls, she was nominated for more than seventy industry awards, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. She has served on the faculty of several major writers conferences and has written eight books in her young adult Daughters of the Faith series. Wendy joined Books & Such Literary Agency in
2005 and was named vice-president of the firm in 2011. American Christian Fiction Writers named her Agent of the Year in 2007.

Jackie Layton

Jackie Layton is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She works as a pharmacist by day and writes at night. Her first novella, In Focus, was published in 2016 and she’s working on a romantic suspense now. In all she does, she hopes her love of Jesus shines through. Website: http://www.jackielaytonauthor.com/ Blog: http://jackiesbackporch.blogspot.com

Catherine Lynn

Catherine Lynn is an author of sweet romances and mysteries. She’s been married to the same wonderful man for many years, has two grown sons, and lives in southeastern Tennessee. Church and family are very important in her life. Her website is http://catherinelynnauthor.com.

Autumn Macarthur

Autumn Macarthur is a USA Today bestselling writer of Christian romance. Originally from Australia, she now lives near London with her very English husband (aka The Cat Magnet) and an ever-changing number of spoiled rescue cats. She loves writing deeply emotional stories to make you smile and remind you how big and wide and deep God’s love and forgiveness can be. She can be found online at www.faithhopeandheartwarming.com.

Kathy McKinsey

Kathy McKinsey lives in Lakewood Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. She has been married to Murray for almost thirty years, and she is the shamelessly proud mother of five. She loves writing, editing, reading, and yarn—knitting and crocheting.

Dineen Miller

Dineen Miller is passionate about igniting the souls of others through God’s Word and truth. She is a multi-published award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction books, a speaker, and a ministry leader. Visit Dineen online at www.DineenMiller.com.

Robin Patchen

Robin Patchen is an award-winning multi-published author, but only because she can’t pursue her other dream. If time and money were no object, Robin would spend her life traveling. Her goal is to visit every place in the entire world— twice. She longs to meet everybody and see everything and spread the good news of Christ. Alas, time is short and money is scarce, and her husband and three teenagers don’t want to traipse all around the world with her, so Robin does the next best thing: she writes. In the tales she creates, she can illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story. Find all of Robin’s books at her website, http://robinpatchen.com.

James L. Rubart

James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man’s body. He’s a professional speaker, marketer, and the bestselling, Christy, Carol, INSPY, and RT award-winning writer of eight novels. He lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington. More at www.jameslrubart.com.

Renee Ryan

Renee Ryan grew up in a Florida beach town where she learned how to surf and skateboard. She earned a college degree in Economics and Religion, then went on to teach high school Economics, American Government and Latin while also coaching award-winning cheerleading teams. For further information, check out www.ReneeRyan.com

Regina Scott

The author of more than thirty-five historical romances, Regina Scott has always wanted to be a writer. Fascinated by history, she learned to fence and sail a tall ship. She and her husband reside in Washington State with an overactive Irish terrier. Learn more about her at http://www.reginascott.com.

Morgan Tarpley Smith

Morgan Tarpley Smith is an award-winning newspaper reporter and photographer. Besides writing and traveling to over a dozen countries, her interests include acting in her local theater, genealogy, photography, and singing. She lives in Louisiana with her husband. For more information about Morgan, visit her website www.morgantarpleysmith.com

Anna Spencer

M.A. Spencer is an educator living on one of the most beautiful islands in the world. She enjoys spending time with her family and yellow lab mix. Raised in a Christian home she knows faith is a personal journey of ups and downs and hopes her contribution inspires others.

Jennifer Spinola

Jennifer Spinola is a former missionary to Sapporo, Japan, and author of the popular “Southern Fried Sushi” series about Japan, God, and the American South. She is a homeschooling mom of three and loves cooking, hiking, and snow.

Camy Tang/Camille Elliot

Camy writes Christian contemporary romance and romantic suspense as Camy Tang and Regency romance as USA Today bestselling author Camille Elliot. She lives in San Jose, California, with her engineer husband and rambunctious dog. She was a staff worker for her church youth group for over 20 years and she currently leads one of the Sunday worship teams. Visit her websites at www.camytang.com and www.camilleelliot.com to read free short stories and subscribe to her quarterly newsletter.

Janet Tronstad

Janet Tronstad is the New York Times bestselling author of over three dozen inspirational romance novels, primarily published by Harlequin’s Love Inspired line. She grew up on her parent’s farm in Montana and has lived in California since then. She loves to write stories that show how God works in the lives of ordinary people.

MaryLu Tyndall

Award-winning author MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of sea-faring adventures as a child on Florida’s Coast. With now more than eighteen books published, she makes no excuses for the spiritual themes within her romantic adventures. Her hope is that readers will not only be entertained but will be brought closer to the Creator who loves them beyond measure. You can connect with MaryLu at www.marylutyndall.com

Lenora Worth

Lenora Worth writes romance and romantic suspense for Love Inspired Books, Tule Publishing and Gilead Publishing. Three of her books finaled in the ACFW Carol Awards and she’s been an RT Reviewer’s Choice finalist. Logan’s Child won the 1998 Best Love Inspired for RT and recently she received an RT Pioneer of Romance Award in 2016. Her LI Suspense Body of Evidence became a NY Times Bestseller. Also a Publisher’s Weekly and USA Today Bestseller, she is now listed on the RWA Honor Roll. With seventy-five books published and millions in print, she loves adventures with her retired husband, reading, baking and shopping … especially shoe shopping.

Cheryl Wyatt

Bestselling author and RN Cheryl Wyatt writes romance with virtue themed with rescue. She’s grateful to be a worshipper of Jesus, a mom, wife, orphan advocate, plus wrangler of words and spoiled puppies. She loves readers and cherishes interaction at: https://www.facebook.com/ CherylWyattAuthor. Join her newsletter via her website: www.cherylwyatt.com.

Kathleen Y’Barbo

Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo, winner of Romantic Times Inspirational Romance for Sadie’s Secret, is a multiple Carol Award and
RITA nominee with more than two million copies of her books in print. A tenth-generation Texan, her nominations include Career Achievement and Readers’ Choice Award nominations. 
Find out more at www.kathleenybarbo.com

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