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ABOUT LESLIE: founder + director
Leslie Ludy is a bestselling author and speaker with a passion for helping women become setapart for Christ. She and her husband, Eric, have published twenty books with well over a million copies in print and translations in over a dozen languages, including When God Writes Your Love Story, Authentic Beauty, and Set Apart Femininity. Leslie is the founder and director of Set Apart Girl®, an international ministry that provides biblical encouragement and training for Christian women. She and Eric have four children at home, with two more on the way soon from Haiti! The Ludy family lives in Colorado. Visit Leslie at SetApartMotherhood.com
Leslie’s newest book, SET APART MOTHERHOOD, is a powerful and practical resource for young mothers! Many young women who grew up reading Leslie’s earlier books like When God Writes Your Love Story, Authentic Beauty, and Set Apart Femininity, are now in the season of marriage and family, and they are wondering how to apply the principles of “Christ-centered femininity” to their mothering challenges. Set Apart Motherhood answers those questions! It’s not so much a teaching book as it is practical encouragement for young moms who, like Leslie, are raising small children and desire to bring Christ into the center of their mothering. This book is honest about the challenges young mothers face, while at the same time encouraging moms not to settle for defeat or mediocrity, but to discover the beauty and joy of Christ-centered motherhood.
In Set Apart Motherhood, Leslie offers Biblical and practical solutions for the daily challenges of motherhood, showing you how to:
- + Build your home into a sanctuary of order and peace
- + Cultivate meaningful relationships with your children
- + Create a healthy routine for your family
- + Share the Gospel with your kids and train them in godly honor
“I’m grateful that God blessed Dennis and I with six souls to guide, shape, and point to Him. Leslie expertly does the same for the reader, guiding us to He Who controls all as we face the challenges and trials on this journey called motherhood.”
- BARBARA RAINEY
Wife of Dennis Rainey,
author, artist, and creator of Ever Thine Home
“Leslie has an art for bringing joy and peace to the most chaotic career in the world – motherhood.”
- HANNAH KEELY
TV host of “Hanna, Help Me!”
Founder of Mom Master University
Jen Hatmaker and her husband Brandon pastor Austin New Church in Texas. They pioneered Restore Austin, connecting churches to local and global non-profits for the individual, collective, and social renewal of Austin and beyond. Jen speaks at retreats, conferences, and seminars all around the country. She is the author of nine books and Bible studies, including Interrupted, A Modern Girl’s Guide to Bible Study Series, and most recently, Seven. Jen and Brandon have five children: Gavin – 12, Sydney – 10, and Caleb – 8, and they’ve recently added Ben – 8, and Remy – 5 from Ethiopia. Drop her a line or check out her ministry at www.jenhatmaker.com.
Interrupted follows the author’s messy journey through life and church and into living on mission. Snatching Jen from the grip of her consumer life, God began asking her questions like, “What is really the point of My Church? What have I really asked of you?” She was far too busy doing church than being church, even as a pastor’s wife, an author of five Christian books, and a committed believer for 26 years. She discovered she had missed the point.
Christ brought Jen and her family to a place of living on mission by asking them tough questions, leading them through Scripture, and walking together with them on the path. Interrupted invites readers to take a similar journey.
ABOUT MaryLu Tyndall:
A Christy Award finalist, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of tall ships and swashbuckling heroes during her childhood years on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. She holds a degree in Math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years. Trapped in a land-locked cubicle, she was often seen pounding furiously upon the keyboard during her lunch hour, creating what would become her Legacy of the King’s Pirates series, all the while believing God’s promise to her that. “If you write it, I will get it published”. And He did! Fourteen books later, her loving husband and six children still haven’t gotten used to her historic costumes and nautical speech. MaryLu describes herself as an introvert, patriot, mother of six, the neighborhood cat-lady, tall ship enthusiast, friend of pirates and mermaids, obsessive compulsive control freak, history lover, hopeless romantic, and a sword wielding princess-warrior of the King of Kings. Her books are filled with adventure and romance and themes that are guaranteed to touch your heart! She continues to pen her romantic tales on the California coast while managing a home, husband, six adult kids, and several stray cats who have decided that her keyboard is the best place to sleep! She believes that without popcorn and chocolate, life would not be worth living, and her sole motivation in life is to bring others closer to God. Read More→
Interview with Dr. Rhona Epstein:
About the Author:
Rhona Epstein began her recovery journey at seventeen years old after battling binge eating and bulimia from childhood. Affected so deeply by the recovery process, she determined to devote the rest of her life to helping others out of the same insanity with food abuse and weight obsession.
She completed her master’s in counseling psychology in 1986 from Temple University of Philadelphia, and worked with individuals and families facing drug and alcohol addictions in both inpatient and outpatient treatment centers. Her goal was simple: To learn from chemical dependency treatment practices, and apply those ideas to treating addictive eating issues. To address the underlying emotional and relational aspects of addiction-things such as healing past wounds, learning assertiveness, how to set healthy boundaries, forgive, and communicate in open, healthy, honest ways-she studied and completed a marriage and family therapy training program through the Council for Relationships at the University of Pennsylvania, in 1988.
Since 1994, Rhona provides individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy at Life Counseling Services in Paoli, Pennsylvania. While she’s expanded her practice to reach people with a wide range of issues, she specializes in treating addictions and eating disorders. Depending on the client, Rhona integrates either twelve-step recovery principles or biblically-based spirituality in therapy.
She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Chestnut Hill College in 2009, and her dissertation, Binge-Eating Disorder and the Twelve-Steps (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2011), focuses on understanding the strategies most relied upon by successfully recovering individuals. Filled with the latest research on food addiction, binge eating disorder, and related issues, the book includes her lifelong, independent research on what works in recovery.
About the Book:
Food Triggers is full of practical applications from Scripture, genuine compassion and true stories of struggle and success. This book helps readers understand that addictive eating is a physical, emotional and spiritual problem that must be addressed on all three levels in order to achieve true freedom. Food Triggers isn’t just another diet book; it is truly a food addict’s roadmap to the Promised Land—the land of success, peace and total freedom.
A licensed psychologist and certified addictions counselor, Epstein brings insights learned through her own battle with addictive eating to deliver tangible action steps to overcome eating issues. It is written for people who are currently battling an unhealthy relationship with food.
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.