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Listen in as Brandon shares a little about what it what like appearing on NBC’s The Voice (is it really as positive as they say?) and how he got his start in music in his church’s worship band – and why that was such a surprise!
Country music artist Brandon Chase is nothing shy of a miracle. Only a few days old, Brandon quit breathing 64 times in 12 hours and was told by doctors he could be deaf, blind, mentally impaired, or possibly all three. Not only did the Arlington, TX native not suffer any complications from his childhood, he instead went on to graduate high school at the age of 15. He then completed his masters certificate in songwriting from Berklee College of Music at the age of 17. Brandon taught himself how to play the piano and guitar and has been writing his own original music since the age of 14. Read More→
Interview with Stan Toler:
About the Author:
Dr. Stan Toler is a best-selling author, dynamic international speaker and compassionate teacher. His approachable and interactive leadership style fosters a high-energy, collaborative environment where growth and change occur. Toler is committed to the idea that everyone with even a small amount of leadership talent can become a good–even great–leader.
A prolific writer, Toler has authored more than 90 books. Best-sellers include The Secret Blend, Richest Person in the World, Five Secrets of An Exceptional Leader, The Inspirational Speaker’s Resource, ReThink Your Life, his popular Minute Motivator series, Total Quality Life and TERRIFIC! Five Star Customer Service. His books have sold more than three million copies worldwide.
Toler is described as an engaging presenter with a terrific sense of humor and the charm of a Southern storyteller. He has spoken in 80 countries and shared the platform with Zig Ziglar, Jerry Lucas, Rick Warren, Bill Hybels and Cy Young baseball great, R.A. Dickey.
Toler pulls from a rich history of leadership experience. For many years he served as vice-president for John C. Maxwell’s INJOY Leadership Institute, where he trained corporate and church leaders to make a positive difference in the world. Zig Ziglar said of Toler’s expertise, “Stan teaches principles and procedures that will build a business, a church, a home, a community, or a nation.” Some of his most popular training seminar topics include the following:
- Seven Secrets of True Wealth
- Five Secrets of Becoming A Leader
- The Leadership Challenge
- Terrific! Five Star Customer Service
- The Power of Your Attitude
- Total Quality Life
Toler has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from his alma mater, Southern Nazarene University, and was elected General Superintendent emeritus for International Church of the Nazarene.
About Terrific Five Star Customer Service:
Terrific Five Star Customer Service is a book that focuses on special people with Down Syndrome in the marketplace. It is a unique approach to defining excellence in customer service in a day when there appears to be very little found anywhere. For certain, it makes no difference about the locale or the type of business, quality custoemr service should be the norm, not the exception. Keith Hawk and Stan Toler raise the bar on five star customer service by featuring special people who are without doubt the most loving, caring people on God’s big earth!
Interview with Glynnis Whitwer:
About the Author:
Glynnis Whitwer is on staff with Proverbs 31 Ministries as the Senior Editor of the P31 Woman magazine. She is one of the writers of Encouragement for Today, the Proverbs 31 e-mail devotions, with over 500,000 daily readers. Her newest book, I Used to be So Organized, has just been released. Glynnis, her husband Tod, and their five children live in Glendale, Arizona. Visit www.GlynnisWhitwer.com or www.HerOrganizedLife.com to learn more.
About Everyday Confetti:
When a busy woman looks at her calendar and sees a birthday, holiday, or special occasion, she has the best intentions for bringing joy to her family and creating lasting memories. Then reality hits. Amidst demanding responsibilities and an overloaded schedule, when is she ever going to have time to plan the perfect celebration or find the creativity to make it special?
In this go-to guide, Karen Ehman and Glynnis Whitwer give women the ideas and the motivation they need to make such occasions less daunting. They provide creative ideas and menu plans for
- Special Events
- Everyday Occasions
Readers will even find suggestions for reaching out to others throughout the year through celebrations that are simple, doable, and stress-free.
Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from preschool teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she is a writer who loves to write! She is a bestselling and award-winning author of more than 200 books for children, teens, and adults–with sales totaling more than five million. Carlson’s passion for ‘true to life’ fiction has had great success for both the young adult and women’s markets. Informed and aware of the challenges and struggles facing teens today, she writes young adult novels that she hopes will change lives and women’s fiction to which women of all ages can relate. Her popular series, Diary of a Teenage Girl (Multnomah), has sold more than 600,000 copies and her popular Christmas novellas have sold over 250,000 copies combined. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.
Once Upon a Winter’s Heart
Emma Burcelli has suffered over a decade of dating disasters. But she concludes that love is officially dead when her grandfather Poppi suddenly passes, leaving her grandmother Nona devastated. To help out, Emma works in the family bookstore, which Nona insists must be decked out in sweetheart décor as Poppi would have done for Valentine’s Day. Although she feels like a V-Day Scrooge, Emma quickly learns to enjoy the task with the help of a handsome family friend, Lane Forester, who shows her that hanging hearts is much more fun when done to the tune of Dean Martin. As Emma and Lane share time and memories of Poppi, she reconsiders the notion that romance is alive.
Just as Emma’s heart begins to lift, however, she learns her sister has already staked a claim on Lane. Emma’s mother and sister insist Lane only sees her as a future sister-in-law, but she can’t help wondering if it could be something more.
Interview with Krista McGee:
About the Author:
When Krista McGee isn’t living in fictional worlds of her own creation, she lives in Tampa and spends her days as a wife, mom, teacher, and coffee snob. She is also the author of Anomaly, First Date, Starring Me, and Right Where I Belong. Twitter: @KristaMcGeeYA Facebook: krista.a.mcgee
About Krista’s Latest Book, Luminary:
Thalli thought escaping to the surface would mean freedom. But is she any less of an anomaly above ground?
After escaping an underground annihilation chamber, Thalli, Berk, Rhen, and John find themselves fleeing across the former United States, above ground for the first time. As the defectors cross the for gotten landscape, the three youths see things the y had only read about on screens: horses, rain, real books—and a colony of unsanctioned survivors living the ancient way in a town called New Hope.
When the citizens of New Hope reveal the truth of what happened years ago, Thalli is left unsettled and skeptical of everything she’s ever been told. Can she trust anything from the State, including her own feelings for Berk? When she volunteers for a peace mission to New Hope’s violent neighbor, Athens, her confusion mounts as the supposedly ruthless Prince Ale x turns out to be kind and charming. Although everyone in New Hope warned her not to, she can’t help but fall for him.
Meanwhile, John’s unwavering faith in the goodness of the Designer begins to make its mark on Thalli’s heart. But can Thalli really come to trust in a generous, protective Designer who rules over all things? Would that not be setting herself up for another betrayal?
The time for her to decide is now . . . because the State is closing in.
Interview with Ramona Fasula:
Ramona Fasula is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and owner of Wellness by Ramona. She teaches clients the link between nutrition and wellness and how to use food as medicine. She has a very strong background in nutrition including certifications in health coaching, plant based nutrition, and integrative nutrition and cooking, under the one and only Christina Pirello. In the near future, Ramona will be starting a second master’s program in Holistic Nutrition, followed by a PhD in Nutrition Science. With her background, she is able to provide nutritional counseling, healthy cooking classes, meal planning, and pantry makeovers. She designs customized programs based on her client’s health conditions and what their health goals are. While other health coaches focus on nutritional counseling, she is able to take it a step further and teach clients how to cook for their particular condition, using principles of Chinese medicine. Food is medicine and Ramona shows her clients how to use food to achieve optimal health. Call her for a free health consultation at (610) 513-3541 and ask her about her brand new membership program called Kitchen Healers. Check out her website at www.wellnessbyramona.com. Also available to work with corporate clients.
“Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in this country. It is a disease that is largely preventable. The problem is that most people don’t know what to do to prevent it. In this simple, easy-to-follow book, I boiled down all the statistics and facts into a sort of manual for heart health. Instead of simply saying “eat a healthy diet,” I explain simply and concisely what that means. By following the diet and lifestyle tips included in this book, you will significantly lower your risk of heart disease and improve your quality of life.”
Sign up for a free health consultation with Wellness by Ramona. Ramona will personally spend 45 minutes with you via a phone consultation, discussing your most pressing health concerns. She will give you direction on the steps that you need to take for optimal health. If you are interested, email us at email@example.com. Check out our websites at http://www.wellnessbyramona.
About Jennifer Maggio
Jennifer Maggio is an award-winning author and speaker, whose personal journey through homelessness, abuse, and multiple teen pregnancies is leaving audiences around the globe riveted. At 19, Maggio was pregnant for the fourth time, living in government housing on food stamps and welfare. She ultimately became an 11-time Circle of Excellence winner in Corporate America. However, she left her corporate successes behind to launch a global initiative to see women living a life of total freedom. Her passion is contagious and her story has been used to inspire millions around the globe.
In addition to being a busy wife and mother of three, she is the founder of The Life of a Single Mom Ministries, a global nonprofit that has helped thousands of churches in 19 countries effectively minister to single moms in their community. She founded Overwhelmed: The Single Moms Magazine and currently oversees one of the nation’s largest single moms’ ministries in a local church. She is a columnist with Single Parents Town, Moms Together, iBelieve, Crosswalk, and many others. She has written for countless women’s, parent’s, and discipleship training magazines and sites.
Jennifer has been featured in countless media venues in print, television, and radio with Dr. James Dobson, Focus on the Family, The 700 Club, Moody Radio, Family Life Radio, KLOVE Radio, Power Women, and many others.
About Peace and the Single Mom
Being a single mom is often seen as a joy-stealing and dream-dashing cross to bear. The truth is, it’s hard. Some days it can seem impossible. But in the midst of the chaos of single parenting there is much hope…if only the wind and rain would calm just long enough for the light to shine through. With these 50 moments of peace, Jennifer Maggio gracefully weaves scriptural truths and personal stories to gently soothe the storm that rages in every single mom’s heart. Single mom, are you overwhelmed, stressed out, and fed up? Are you desperate to find peace in the storm? Partner with Jennifer Maggio to win the battle over self-doubt, regret, and fear. Peace and the Single Mom offers 50 Moments of calm in the chaos, guiding single moms to strength and hope. Like a wise friend, Jennifer Maggio invites single moms to experience Jesus as she parents those beautiful babies God placed in her heart and life. Maggio gets it, because she s lived it, and it shows in every single word. Suzanne Eller, Proverbs 31 Ministries author and speaker, radio co-host of Encouragement Café, and creator of Moms Together Downloadable group study guides of various lengths are also available, each designed to encourage individuals while fostering unity among the single moms in your church or community.
About Joanna Weaver:
Joanna Weaver is known the world over for her transparent and life-changing books, Joanna Weaver is known the world over for her transparent and life-changing books, Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World, Having a Mary Spirit, Lazarus Awakening, and At the Feet of Jesus Devotional. These books have sold over a million copies and have been translated into several languages including Spanish, French, Dutch, Chinese, German, Korean and more. Joanna has appeared on a wide variety of nationally syndicated radio and television broadcasts. Past appearances include: The Harvest Show, At Home Live With Chuck & Jenni, Midday Connection, HomeWord, and Janet Parschall’s America. She is also a highly sought after speaker and shares her message at intimate gatherings and several high profile events each year. But Joanna’s greatest joy is found in being a wife and mother and her role as a pastor’s wife.
About her book, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World
The life of a woman today isn’t really all that different from that of Mary and Martha in the New Testament. Like Mary, you long to sit at the Lord’s feet…but the daily demands of a busy world just won’t leave you alone. Like Martha, you love Jesus and really want to serve him… yet you struggle with weariness, resentment, and feelings of inadequacy.
Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World is not just a book — now embraced by hundreds of thousands of women — but an invitation for every woman who’s ever felt she isn’t godly enough, isn’t loving enough, isn’t doing enough.
With her fresh approach to the familiar Bible story, Joanna Weaver shows how all of us — Marys and Marthas alike — can draw closer to our Lord: deepening our devotion, strengthening our service, and doing both with less stress and greater joy.
About Liz Curtis Higgs
Liz Curtis Higgs is a Women of Faith speaker and the author of 31 books, with more than 4.5 million copies in print, including her best-selling nonfiction titles, Bad Girls of the Bible, Unveiling Mary Magdalene, and The Girl’s Still Got It, and her award-winning Scottish historical novels inspired by the biblical book of Ruth, Here Burns My Candle and Mine Is the Night, a New York Times bestseller. An award-winning speaker, she has addressed women from 1,700 platforms in all 50 states and 14 countries. Higgs and her family live in Louisville, Kentucky.
About The Women of Christmas
God Reached Down from Heaven with the Best Gift of All
A sacred season is about to unfold for three women whose hearts belong to God.
Elizabeth is barren, yet her trust in God remains fertile. Mary is betrothed in marriage, yet she is willing to bear God’s Son. Anna is a widow full of years, yet she waits patiently, prayerfully for the Messiah to appear in the temple courts.
Following in their footsteps, you too can prepare for the Savior to enter your heart, your mind, and your life in a vibrant, new way. Best-selling author Liz Curtis Higgs explores the biblical stories of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, unwrapping each verse with tender care and introducing you afresh to The Women of Christmas.
Who is Stephen Kendrick?
Stephen, along with his brother, Alex, are pastors, filmmakers and authors who co-wrote the international best-sellers The Love Dare and The Resolution for Men. They helped co-found Sherwood Pictures and worked together to write and produce the hit Christian films FLYWHEEL, FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF and COURAGEOUS. This year, Alex and Stephen founded Kendrick Brothers Productions to expand their movie productions with special resolve to equip and encourage the next generation of Christian filmmakers (kendrickbrothers.com). Alex and Stephen continue to serve on the pastoral staff of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga.
About The Love Dare for Parents
The Love Dare for Parents is an exciting 40-day journey for parents to take with their kids based on practical wisdom from God’s word. Each chapter is uniquely written to inspire and strengthen moms and dads in daily life with their kids.