NON-FICTION--TO HELP YOU LIVE WITH JOY

Below is my non-fiction memoir and non-fiction books by other authors. They are books I have either written, or read and recommend. There are books on Adoption, Parenting, Grief, Cancer Survival, and more always coming as my guests do each week.


Finding Sarah, Finding Me: A Birthmother's Story (non-fiction) released 2016  



Sometimes it is only through giving up our hearts that we learn to trust the Lord.

Adoption. It’s something that touches one in three people today, a word that will conjure different emotions in those people touched by it. A word that might represent the greatest hope…the greatest question…the greatest sacrifice. 

But most of all, it’s a word that represents God’s immense love for his people.

Join birth mother Christine Lindsay as she shares the heartaches, hopes, and epiphanies of her journey to reunion with the daughter she gave up...and to understanding her true identity in Christ along the way. Through her story and glimpses into the lives of other families in the adoption triad, readers will see the beauty of our broken families, broken hearts, and broken dreams when we entrust them to our loving God.



Click HERE to read Chapter 1 of Finding Sarah Finding Me


When Karen Ingalls was diagnosed with Stage IIC ovarian cancer, she realized ho little she knew about what is called "the silent killer." As Ingalls began to educate herself she felt overwhelmed by the prevalent negativity of cancer. Lost in the information about drugs, side effects, and statistics, she redirected her energy to focus on the equally overwhelming blessings of life, learning to rejoice in each day and find peace in spirituality. In this memoir, Karen is a calming presence and positive companion, offering a refreshing perspective of hope with the knowledge that "the beauty of the soul, the real me and the real you, outshines the effects of cancer, chemotherapy, and radian. It is a story of survival and reminds readers that disease is not an absolute, but a challenge to recover.
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Preschool: At What Cost? challenges many of the popular notions about preschool and formal academics in early childhood. This book looks at the history of preschool, little publicized statistics, and the politics behind the modern preschool movement.
You will learn
* answers for those who question your decision to keep your child at home.
* the importance of unstructured learning activities and play.
* how to build a good foundation for your child’s future.

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Preschool: At What Cost? is not a program, curriculum, or how-to. It is information important for parents and grandparents who want to nurture their young children (and grandchildren) without the pressure of out-of-home preschool. It confirms what you already knew in your heart.


A Place I Didn’t Belong validates the sometimes devastating experiences of adoptive parenthood while offering hope, practical coping strategies, and spiritual renewal for the journey ahead. The trajectory of unmet expectations, our children’s compromised beginnings, and the wounds we carry into our adoptions conspire to take us to a place we didn’t belong. Insights on emotional healing help us reclaim hope for our adoption journey. This is not a how-to or a ten-easy-steps-to successful parenting program. It’s about real life, real women, and real struggles. It’s about relationships and community. It’s about reclaiming ourselves as women when adoption dreams shatter. It’s about a journey that begins in our mother’s heart, and delivers us to the place we do belong - into our Father’s arms.

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Thriving as an Adoptive Family: I was my honor to be one of the contributing writers to this book by David and Renee Sanford.

Adoption is a high calling from God, and the Christian home primary soil for planting seeds of faith. But how will post-adoption challenges affect this growth? Most agencies do a great job of connecting families with children who need a forever family. Not many prepare you for the unexpected issues―an adopted child fighting with his new siblings or not wanting to be touched or showing signs of reactive attachment disorder (RAD). The more you know, the more confident you will be to meet the unique needs of your adopted child and your entire family. This distinctly Christian book will equip readers to be successful adoptive parents. Packed from cover to cover with information, advice, ideas, and resources, Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family will inspire and inform parents committed to making adoption work. Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family is the one parenting resource that provides comprehensive, topical, Bible-based solutions for the inevitable challenges after adoption.

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Enjoy having 52 weekly devotions packed with engaging stories, hands-on activities, memory verses, and relevant discussion questions. Flexibly designed for families with busy schedules, the easy-to-read 52 Weekly Devotions for Busy Families is the perfect way to get your whole family together for fun and memorable moments while building a personal connection with God! Transform your family with 52 week devotions that include--


5 Key Features of 52 Weekly Devotions for Busy Families

  1. Flexible and Easy-to-Use: Spend anywhere between 5 minutes to an hour. At bedtime or at the dinner table, start any time, anywhere! Offers clear instructions and a simple format
  2. Short and Meaningful. Enjoy having 2-4 minute devotions that are engaging, relatable, and meaningful. Great for on-the-go families!
  3. Bible-based. 2-4 minute Scripture reading, with "going deeper" options.
  4. Hands-On Activities. Help your family connect to God and each other with 150 optional activities that will help build firm faith foundations with fun family interaction.
  5. Age-Appropriate. The questions and activities range from easy (preschool) to more thoughtful (middle school). So, you can ask each child a different question at their level.
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