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What We Can Learn From Early Methodist Women Preachers: An Author Interview with Rev. Donna L. Fowler-Machant

Most Methodists are unaware of the role these women played in the development of the movement and of the debt we owe them. I hope that clergy and laity, female and male, will read the book and learn from as well as learn about them. They are wonderful companions for the spiritual journey, and their deep wisdom and faithful example will enrich and enliven our own faith while also giving us a fuller picture of what Methodism was like in its earliest years.

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Jane Austen’s Best Friend: The Life and Influence of Martha Lloyd by Zoe Wheddon

Jane Austen’s Best Friend: The life and influence of Martha Lloyd Synopsis from the publisher: All fans of Jane Austen everywhere believe themselves to be best friends with the beloved author and this book shines a light on what it meant to be exactly that. Jane Austen's Best Friend; The Life and Influence of Martha… Continue reading Book Review: Jane Austen’s Best Friend: The Life and Influence of Martha Lloyd by Zoe Wheddon

Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Women in Ministry, Writing

Eye Patched & Proud: Hope for the Broken is Now Available from Touch Point Press

Amazon Author Page: Rev. Rebecca L. Holland My name is Rev. Rebecca L. Holland. I am a visually impaired pastor and author. I would just like to take a moment to share my recent joy with you, as well as some words of encouragement. Image shows Rev. Rebecca at the pulpit. Her right eye is covered… Continue reading Eye Patched & Proud: Hope for the Broken is Now Available from Touch Point Press

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Book Review and Blog Blitz: 52 Week of Writing Author Journal and Planner, Vol. II by Marielle S. Smith

52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner, Vol. II ‘With this book by your side, anything feels possible.’ Jacqueline Brown My Review After having completed three books, I can say for certain that the most challenging part for me has been sticking to a writing schedule. (By the way, I'm excited to announce that… Continue reading Book Review and Blog Blitz: 52 Week of Writing Author Journal and Planner, Vol. II by Marielle S. Smith

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Book Review: Tried Three Times: The Karemendi Story by Celeste Yost (Crime Fiction, Based on a true story)

Tried Three Times: The Karemendi Story is a novel based on real events. The author combines her own imagination with newspaper accounts and court transcripts to tell the story of how three-year-old Matthew Karemendi was murdered by his mother, Margaret Karemendi, and her lover, Roy Lockard, in Altoona, Pennsylvania on April 21, 1936.

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Hope for the Broken: Using Writing to Find God’s Grace is a number one new release in Methodism on Amazon

The cover of the book shows a purple flower blooming from the cracked earth. My name is Rev. Rebecca L. Holland I am an ordained elder in the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church. I serve as the solo pastor of two small churches in rural Pennsylvania. As a person who is visually impaired,… Continue reading Hope for the Broken: Using Writing to Find God’s Grace is a number one new release in Methodism on Amazon

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Book Review and Blog Tour: Blue Skies by Alana Oxford

I was quite stressed out, Blue Skies gave me a pleasant evening of entertainment. It helped me to escape from the cold dark "real world," for a while and into a very pleasant (yet surprisingly believable) fantasy world where true love finds a way and the next romance is as close as the nearest dog park.

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My Presentation at the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind’s Virtual Convention and My Next Book

Rebecca was born with a complicated eye condition that caused her to be visually impaired. As a young person, her deepest wish was to become a music teacher and share the joy of music with children; however, systemic ableism at the university level prevented her from achieving this goal. She mourned for the loss of her dream, and then she started taking her writing seriously. Telling her story has helped her to reshape her personal narrative and to take back her power. She hopes to share what she has learned with others during this session. We all have a story to tell, and the world needs your story! Our stories shape the world, and together we can make big changes, one story at a time.