07 April 2013

Joanne Bischof Interview by Carrie Pagels


Joanne Bischof

Joanne Bischof is the author of Be Still My Soul, the first book in the Cadence of Grace Series.

Joanne Bischof, welcome to Overcoming Through Time – With God’s Help.  We appreciate your willingness to share your testimony of overcoming with our readers. 
Would you tell us about the most difficult thing in your life you have had to overcome, with God’s help?
I have been on the road that is the process of learning to trust in God’s plan even when a path He calls us to, seems impossible. Positively impossible. During one such season in my life, I cried out to God countless times. Cried out that He asked too much of me. It wasn’t until I surrendered my will—and what all my hopes and dreams for the future had been—that I was finally able to see that though I never would have chosen to walk where He had placed me, walk I must, and I would not be alone. I think many of us have experienced at one time or another, the moment of being uprooted from all that we knew as normal and placed at the edge of a heartbreaking newness that overwhelms in such a way that it is only by clinging to the garments of the Lord, hanging on His words, and trusting that if we walk by faith, He will see us through the fire. It’s an ongoing journey, but as His promises unfold, the bitter lessens, and the sweet grows.

What is your favorite bible verse and why?
One of my favorite verses is Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
This verse brings such comfort. It reminds me of the truth that God never leaves our side. He is always with us. There is no need to be afraid, even in times of doubt and trouble, His promises always ring true.
Though My Heart Is Torn

Disability friendliness: Is this latest release available in audio format or do you have any other works available on audio?  Do your e-books have audio capability? Do you have any in large print?  
At this moment, I don’t have any books in audio format, but the large print version of Be Still My Soul is in the works.

What has been the most important thing you hope your readers will get from your books and why?
The most important thing I hope readers get from my books is a picture of the many facets of love. This picture is at times sweet, at times rough. At times it is bold and at times it is quiet. But the truth is that love is redemptive—as in the life of Gideon. Love is also a comfort—as with Lonnie who clung to the promise that His eye is on the sparrow.

As you researched your books, did you learn anything that particularly touched your heart?
One thing that comes to mind is while researching for this story, I learned about the midwife who worked in the region, during the time Be Still My Soul is set. The midwife’s name was Orelean Puckett, also known as “Aunt Orlean,” and though she delivered babies in the hollows of the Blue Ridge Mountains, she gave birth to, and buried, 24 of her own children. My heart broke for her loss and heartache and I was left amazed by her strength and willingness to be a servant to bring the little lives into the world that she did for the women in the Rocky Knob region. It is a beautiful and gracious act and I can only imagine what kind of woman she was.

Be Still My Soul
In this latest work, do you have any topics useful for bibliotherapy, or therapeutic influence through reading about a disorder or situation?  
What comes to mind, is the heroine of Be Still My Soul, Lonnie, grew up in an abusive home. Through a shotgun wedding to the hero, Gideon, she trades one bad situation for another as he is an alcoholic. Lonnie truly finds herself stuck between a rock and a hard place; her past has been filled with sorrow, yet her future of being married to a man who doesn’t love her, seems no brighter.
She clings to her faith during this time, and the promise that the Lord’s eye is on the sparrow. At times, though, she feels small, unimportant, and alone. But she is never alone and God holds her in the palm of His hand. Through His mighty work and Lonnie listening to the Lord’s calling to love Gideon even though it’s hard, Gideon begins to understand this God she loves. He begins to cherish the woman who is by his side, realizing that he is far from deserving her, but filled with the desire to spend the rest of his days striving to be a man worthy of her.

Thank you Joanne for agreeing to answer these questions.  Have a blessed day and keep on writing!!

Thank you so much for having me, ladies!
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GIVEAWAY: Joanne is offering a book for giveaway! We will also be offering a second giveaway this week from OWG of choice of either of Joanne's books, choice of format.

QUESTION: Do you have an unspoken request that you'd like us to pray for?

95 comments:

  1. Hello Joanne and Carrie! I've read both of these books and they are fantastic! I am anxiously awaiting book number three! Joanne has fast become one of my favorite authors....Carrie, you are now a part of my top list as well. Hugs to you both! God bless!

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    1. Hi, Debbie! I am so blessed by you and so thankful that you enjoyed the books so!! Incredibly honored to be one of your favorites--thank you! I am so excited to get you book number three. And a little secret--I added a line into My Hope is Found in your honor! I bet you will know it when you see it. :) I hope you are having a wonderful day!

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    2. DEBBIE, thanks so much! I am honored to be on your top list and humbled, too. And I will have something more for you to read before too long, a short, but I have to keep it secret for now! Will be announcing in a few days!

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    3. Joanne, oh my goodness! Now I REALLY cannot wait to read it! I am so looking forward to reading the rest of Gideon and Lonnie's story. Your books truly touch me in a way that others do not. Hugs and God bless!

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    4. Carrie, I can't wait to read more of your work! You definitely have me intrigued. I am really enjoying Kathleen's story. I will have to read Murray's story next. :)

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  2. I'd like to be a part of the give-away! Thanks!
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. Good morning, Susan! I'm so glad you stopped by for the give away!

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  3. Thank you for being with us this week on OWG, JOANNE! I'm so anxious for everyone to get the opportunity to read about your books this week! Great interview as well, CARRIE and JOANNE! When God requires us to step out of our comfort zones it is one of the hardest things to obey. The fear of failure is there, and as you said, JOANNE, the feeling that it is totally impossible blocks our vision alot of the time. I'm so glad you decided to cry out to the Lord and obey, for I'm sure you are or will be reaping the benefits of doing that!

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    1. Diana ~
      Thank you ladies so much for having me! I was so blessed by your sweet words on Be Still My Soul and Though My Heart is Torn when you read them. So, so blessed. It really is hard to step out of our comfort zones, isn't it? I'm so thankful for God's faithfulness. We are most definitely reaping the reward of ALL that He's done. :)

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    2. So many times we have things God calls us to do that are so hard... Thanks for sharing JOANNE and Diana you are such an encourager! Hugs!

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  4. Sounds like some more good writing, & I would love to win one of them.
    Vicki OWG
    vmarney(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, Vicki! I'm so glad you've stopped by and entered the giveaway!

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  5. What a nice interview. Thank you for it and thank you for the giveaway

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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    1. Good morning, Angela! I'm so glad you enjoyed the interview. Thank you. :)

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  6. Great interview. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I really enjoyed Be Still My Soul and am eager to continue reading their story. I love both book covers.

    arieljo12(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Janella

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    1. Janella, I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed Be Still My Soul! I am excited for you to get the chance to read Though My Heart is Torn. I'm so glad you like the covers, too! :)

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  7. I haven't read any of Joanne Bischof's books yet, but they do look wonderful.

    Orelean Puckett sounds like she was quite a remarkable woman.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Mary, Thank you for your sweet words about the books. It was really fascinating to read the biography about Aunt Orla. Her story truly is remarkable. :)

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    2. MARY, I want to read Joanne's books, too, and am praying they will go to audiobook eventually!

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  8. Love that verse - it is a great reminder and help. I can't wait to read these - I love finding new books and authors. :)
    Susan
    farmygirl at hotmail dot com

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    1. Ok, I have no clue why it signed me as Farmy! LOL Silly google.

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    2. Good morning, Susan!

      Blessed to hear that you're looking forward to reading the books. If you get the chance, I pray Lonnie and Gideon's story will bless you. Thanks so much for your sweet comment!

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  9. I loved this interview with Joanne. I too have been there crying out to God as I believed He was asking too much of me. It is amazing what happens when we finally do God's will in our life. He gives us proof that He will never leave nor forsake us! What a wonderful promise!

    I would be delighted to win one of Joanne's books. Thank you for this interview and giveaway.

    Blessings!
    Judy
    judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Oh, Judy, it truly is, isn't it? He is so faithful time and time again. Such beautiful words--He will never leave nor forsake us. Amen! So thankful to get to chat with you this morning and thanks so much for stopping by for the interview and giveaway. I hope you have a wonderful day!

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  10. This book sounds so good a must read. I would love it. You reminded my of the song " His eye is on the sparrow" No matter how little He is in control. Thanks for the chance to win this book.
    Blessings
    joeym11@frontier.com

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    1. Diana,

      That song is one of my favorites! Just thrilled that the book sounds like one you would enjoy--I pray it might bless you! It's always such a joy to get to chat with you and thank you for taking the time to stop in for the interview and giveaway! You are a blessing. :)

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  11. This sounds like a fantastic series! I have book one but have been saving it till I can get the others. I want to be able to read the story continuously, not have to wait months in between books. I would love to win a copy of Though My Heart is Torn.
    I am touched by the story about the midwife who gave birth to, and lost, 24 babies, yet continued to minister to the other mothers. I can hardly imagine even having 24 babies, let alone having them all die. You have to have the Lord to survive that.
    Thanks for the interview with Joanne and the book giveaway.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. Pam,

      Thank you! I'm just smiling at the thought of you not only picking up Be Still My Soul, but waiting to read the series as a whole. That's such a neat idea! I'm the same way, I love to get to dive right into the next book. :) I'm so glad that Aunt Orla's story touched you and am so blessed by your words, "You have to have the Lord to survive that." Amen He is so faithful to be that strength. Thank you for your comment!

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  12. Hi Carrie and Joanne! Fabulous interview. It's always fun to hear the story behind the story - the author's story of who they are and why they write.

    I'd like to be part of the giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Blessings,

    Andrea
    andrearenee2004@yahoo.com
    http://writingtoinspire.blogspot.com

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    1. Andrea,

      I'm so glad you enjoyed the interview and thank you for your sweet words! They are so encouraging. I hope you are having a wonderful day!

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    2. ANDREA, We try to minister to our readers, through the authors' testimonies! Thanks for coming by!

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    3. You're welcome, ladies!

      Carrie, you're definitely doing a great job with the author interviews. There are pretty unique questions that you asked.

      Joanne, I find it's easier to be creative when I receive encouragement from those around me. I'm thrilled that God is using me in a similar way. If the only way I change the world is by being an encourager, the trip will have been worth it.

      Blessings to you both!

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  13. What a touching interview, thank you both! This, in particular, is lingering in my heart: "It is only by clinging to the garments of the Lord, hanging on His words, and trusting that if we walk by faith, He will see us through the fire." That act-- the clinging-- it's when we feel his tender strength the most. And a Tender Strength like that... it's so good to be reminded what a gift it is. I was deeply touched by this today. Thank you so much!

    (p.s.-- no need to enter me as I've read and LOVED both books. Just wanted to offer my heartfelt thanks.)

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    1. Amanda,

      Words could never quite express just how thankful I am for you, my friend. It blesses me so much to know that some of these words touched you. Your heart for the Lord and desire to follow His will shines in each step you take and I'm so thankful to have your encouragement and friendship!

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  14. Very interesting interview to read JOANNE and CARRIE!! This is what I love about our blog, it brings my attention to authors and books I have yet to discover also with these great interviews! :) I nearly cried as I was reading about the premise for the story 'Be Still My Soul', because I know that is an issue that is very real and painful to many people. As of yet I've never read about a hero that suffered from alcoholism and so I'm truly looking looking forward to reading this very real and what I imagine to be a very emotive story.

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    1. Noela,

      Reading your sweet words has just blessed my heart so much! I am so touched that the premise to Be Still My Soul touched you in that way and you are so right, it is a very real and difficult reality for so many. I really wanted Gideon's story with his addictions to shed light on how deeply one can live only for themselves and for both Lonnie and Gideon, how desperately they needed the Lord and how He can be made known in their lives through the simple acts and wisdom of a few brave people. I hope you enjoy the stories! Thank you so much for your comment!

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  15. Thanks for the wonderful interview CARRIE and JOANNE. It is so wonderful to know we have a Heavenly Father that is there for us no matter the circumstances. I can't wait to read your books, going to add them to top of my TBR list.

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    1. Teresa,

      Just honored for the books to join your TBR. I so hope that you enjoy them! It truly is wonderful to know we have a Heavenly Father to see us through anything. Amen! I hope you have a wonderful day!

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    2. Joanne's work is going in my TBR pile, too, TERESA!

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  16. I do have an unspoken prayer request though my life is an open book of prayers!

    Would love to read any of Joannes books!

    missionwife@hotmail.com

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    1. Melody,

      Saying a prayer for you right now! I pray that you have a blessed day as well.
      I'm so glad you've entered the giveaway!

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    2. Dear heavenly Father, you know Melody's needs. We ask you to answer them as You see fit. We give You the glory in everything. In Jesus's name amen!

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  17. I find the devotion and trust in God amazing that Orelean Puckett suffered the loss of 24 of her own children and continued to serve the forunate mothers in her community. Do you know if she managed to have any of her own children? Thank you for your wonderful interview Carrie. I would love to read this book.
    Thanks
    hmmbailey@live.ca

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    1. Helen,

      I don't recall that she ever did have any living children. I'm going to double check in my book today. It's truly a fascinating read! It's written by Karen Cecil Smith. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment on the interview and giveaway. I hope you have a wonderful day!

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    2. HELEN, thanks for coming by! That is so sad, isn't it, about the babies.

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  18. I enjoyed very much reading the interview. We have the first book in the series in our church library. I would love to win this book to add to our collection.
    Thanks!
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail.com

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    1. Janet,

      Just thrilled to hear that you have Be Still My Soul in your church library! I'm so glad that you're entered for a chance to win Though My Heart is Torn and am just blessed by your desire to put it there as well. Thank you!

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  19. Would love to win either of these books. Both sound very good.

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    1. Thanks Juanita! I'm so glad you're entered. :)

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  20. I would love to win a copy of Though My Heart is Torn.I love your books and sure hope im a winner

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    1. Thank you so much, Shirley! I'm so glad you're looking forward to reading this second book!

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  21. Love to win a copy to read Please !! Thank you and Blessings ,Dana "Girl" Spille

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    1. Good morning, Dana! Glad you are entered!

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  22. Yrs, I do have unspoken requests. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS. Praying for you also
    Rhonda
    rhonda_nash_hall@comcast.net

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    1. Rhonda, Will do! Thank you for your prayers as well!

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  23. That poor midwife! I wondered if her heart was to help others to prevent the suffering she herself suffered. That is dear to my heart as I am the daughter of a midwife. She is a midwife because of some of her own experiences as well.

    I always have unspoken and spoken prayer requests, and sort of a silly one this week. My children are in a play production that they have been practicing for almost 4 months and I would love prayer that it would go smoothly and well and for my poor nerves!

    I really enjoyed Be Still MY soul and am looking forward to reading this one, and would love to be entered in the drawing! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

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    1. Martha ~

      Thank you so much for your comment. What a neat story to hear bout your mom and yourself and how you can relate to the life of Orelean Puckett. Midwifery really is noble work! All of my babies were born with midwives and I was blessed by each one! :) Will be praying for your prayer requests and for those little ones to have a fun time and for it all to go smoothly. And for mama's nerves! :) I'm so glad you enjoyed Be Still My Soul. I'm so excited for you to get the chance to read Though My Heart is Torn.

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  24. I would like to be entered in the giveaway. I have Be Still My Soul and would love to have Though My Heart is Torn. whiteb08(at)gmail(dot)com.

    And I do have unspoken prayer requests. Especially this week. Thank you for your prayers.

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    1. So glad to hear it, Beth-Anne! Thank you for stopping in and commenting to day. Love and prayers!

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    2. Lord, You know Beth-Anne's need and her heart. Bless her Lord, bring healing and Your light. In Jesus' name. Amen!

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  25. Thanks for the interview ladies! I always enjoy finding new authors, and am sure to pass the books along to friends and family if I enjoy them.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Patty! So nice to get to see you here!

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  26. Great interview. Joshua 1:9 is one of my favorite verses. Thanks for the chance to win one of your books.
    superstarsarah94(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Sarah,

      I'm so glad to hear that's one of your favorites too! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! :)

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  27. Would love to win book #1. Bonnie Traher

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  28. Sounds like a great series. Would love to win book #1.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

    mandaandtom(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Amanda, so great to connect with you here!

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  30. Loved the first book can't wait to read the next!

    Bookwormgal2011(at)yahoo(dot) com

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    1. Hi Michelle! So happy to see you :) Can't wait for you to read the next part of Lonnie and Gideon's story.

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  31. I have not read either one of these books ,but they sound so good. Would love to be entered in the contest. Thanks
    Blessings,
    lizd225(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Elizabeth, I'm so glad that they sound good to you. Thrilled to have you here and entered. Thanks!

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  32. I have not read either book, but would love to. I love to read and would love to be entered in the contest. Thank you.
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    1. Thanks so much, Cherie :) It's always fun to meet an avid reader and I hope you'll get a chance to read the series sometime!

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  33. Would so enjoy winning either of your books! Reading Christian Fiction is my Favorite Past-time! Please concider me, I would be honored! Stacy Benningfield at taterbugb@gmail.com

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    1. Stacy ~
      So happy to see your comment! Reading is one of my favorite past times too! You are entered! :)

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  34. Great interview. I would love to win book 1 as I have book 2.

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    1. Good afternoon, Becky Lee. I'm so glad you have the 2nd book and now I'm hoping you'll be able to read the first book. :) Thanks for your comment!

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  35. I can't wait to read this book! I really liked Be Still My Soul. I do have a prayer request! I'm a senior in high school, and I'll be leaving Colorado to go to college. My dad is unemployed and has a job interview in Oregon this Friday. I'm having a hard enough time thinking about leaving for college, but if my parents move, I won't be coming home for breaks. If you could pray that I could have peace of mind about all of this, that would be great! Sorry for such a long comment!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Marissa ~

      It always does my heart good to hear that someone has read and enjoyed Be Still My Soul. Thank you so much for sharing! Will definitely be lifting up a prayer for you as you get ready to leave for college and for all that goes along with it. I'm so glad you shared! Hugs!

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  36. I do have an unspoken request regarding our home that I'd appreciate prayer.
    Thank you so much for this site - it's one of my favorite blogs.

    Please enter me in the contest to win one of Joanne's books.

    Thanks!!

    cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Cindi-

      Will be saying a prayer for you today as well. I'm so glad this blog has been an encouragement to you. What a blessing these ladies are doing! I hope you have a lovely day!

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  37. I would love to be entered to win.

    I do have a request, prayer for direction.

    Thank you for the chance to win!

    Beth
    bharbin07[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Good morning, Beth! So happy to see your comment. Will be praying for you today with direction. Love and hugs!

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  38. I have not read anything by Joanne yet, but now I will!! Would love to win a copy of this one!! Thanks for the chance to win.

    As for a request: that God would see the need I have for a(local) friend to help me with things I can no longer manage for myself...

    Karen Schulz
    aregeetee5162 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi, Karen! So nice to see you here. Saying a prayer for you and your friend!

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  39. I am praying I win the book. I love God, I love reading, and I love an inspiring love story. I just love how she add the three together and made a perfect book.

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    1. Elizabeth, You are so sweet. :) I'm so glad you are looking forward to reading the stories.

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  40. I sure want to read these books by Joanne. They sure sound good, and from the interview I know I would love it. And, yes, I would like for you to [ray for a friend of mine who is losing her husband to cancer. Might be just any time. This will be such a hard time. I know for that is how I lost my Joe. Hope I'm not too late to get in. Thought I had entered, but don't see a comment. Maxie

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    1. Thank you so much, Maxie! Most definitely saying a prayer for your friend and her family right now for comfort through it all. Hugs!

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  41. Today was my irthday, so was gone all day with my family. Great time. Maxie

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    1. Maxie- glad to see your other comment went through. :) HAPPY birthday!!

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  42. Enjoyed your interview so much & looking forward to reading your books! For many years, I insisted in living my life my way - obviously, it didn't work. It is only after submitting to the Lord's will for my life, that I experienced lasting peace & happiness.

    bonnieroof60@yahoo.com

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