Recap / Podcast 12/21- Rachel Hauck & James L. Rubart

Here’s the podcast in case you missed the show today! (sorry, it’s in 2 pieces, part 1 is Rachel and part 2 is James)

I just loved this show…Rachel and James are some of my all time favorite authors and people…and I just loved how as they shared their hearts the things they shared connected with different conversations we’ve been having recently on Always Faithful. How faithful our God is!

Be sure to visit Rachel at and if you didn’t win a copy of her book today, be sure to pick up a copy of Once Upon a Prince. You’ll love the story!

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Rachel Hauck & I at the Florida Christian Writers     James & I at the International Christian Retail Show

Visit James at and be sure to get your hands on a copy of his latest book, Memory’s Door, as well. It’s awesome! And if you didn’t hear the show, be sure to take a listen…I love his water bottle analogy! Powerful!!!

This Saturday 12/21 – More Amazing Bestselling Novelists Rachel Hauck & James L. Rubart

I can’t tell you how excited I am to introduce you to my two wonderful friends, Rachel Hauck and James L. Rubart. Both are award winning novelists with an amazing depth of spiritual insight to share with you all (or should I say “ya’ll”???). These are both interviews I did with them at the Christian Booksellers Association annual bookseller’s event called the International Christian Retail Show, and I’ll be sharing them with you this Saturday.

God’s Plans for Your Life are Grander Than Your Own

Rachel Hauck’s Once Upon a Prince Shows What God Can Do When You Leave Your Heart Open

Every little girl dreams of being a princess. Every woman longs to be treated like royalty. We’re all just a little bit fascinated by royal weddings and the princess that lives in every woman. That’s why readers will fall in love with Once Upon a Prince (Zondervan/ISBN 978-0310315476/$14.99), the first release in the Royal Wedding Series by award-winning author Rachel Hauck.

This is classic romance at its very best.  ~ Debbie Macomber, New York Times bestselling author

Hauck spins a surprisingly believable royal-meets-commoner love story. Facing political scheming and seemingly immovable royal traditions, the couple discovers that their happily-ever-after will require courage and faith not found in fairy tales. Well-developed secondary characters are entertaining in their own right, adding a quirky touch (as do cameo-style appearances by real-life royals). Hauck fans will find a gem of a tale. ~ Publishers Weekly starred review

Hauck’s modern-day fairy tale will bring a smile to readers’ faces. Fans of the Princess Diaries series will love this ‘ordinary girl meets prince’ story!  ~ Romantic Times Book Reviews

Once Upon a Prince is a modern fairy tale that’s a delightful page-turner full of fun, faith, and barbeque. ~ CBA Retailers + Resources


Is it possible to completely throw off the chains of deepest regret?

James L. Rubart continues the gripping supernatural battle for freedom in Memory’s Door 

James L. Rubart takes readers deeper into the world he began with Soul’s Gate in Memory’s Door (Thomas Nelson/ISBN: 978-1-4016-8607-9/$15.99), the second book in the Well Spring series. It’s a world where the supernatural is as common today as it was in New Testament times, a world of good and evil, supernatural battles and supernatural freedom. Although Rubart’s characters are fictional, the kinds of battles they face are not. “When we can finally admit we’re not living this life in the garden, and that instead, we’re caught in a world in the midst of an epic battle, our lives will start to make a whole lot more sense,” Rubart explains.

“We might not face as epic a battle as the Warriors in my novels face, but there is an evil in this world out to destroy us, our families and our friends. We have to face that every day and it affects us whether we want to admit it exists or not,” Rubart continues “And if we realize we have been given the power to fight against that evil well and help others battle well, our lives will change — we will hope, we will believe, we will live in more freedom than we thought possible.”

Readers with high blood pressure or heart conditions be warned: this is a seriously heart-thumping and satisfying read that goes to the edge, jumps off, and “builds wings on the way down. ~Publishers Weekly review of Soul’s Gate

Rubart’s novel is enthralling and superlative. Truly a story about freedom from things that we hold onto, this tale will captivate readers and encourage a more active, dynamic spiritual life. The original plot and well-drawn characters elevate this book to ‘must read’ status. ~RT Book Reviews Top Pick with a 4.5-star review Weekly review of Soul’s Gate


Thoughts on Today’s Show on Pornography, Suicide, and Purpose

1016617_189194357910531_611319347_nHaving these three ladies join me today was such a blessing. While the first two topics were sobering, they left me with hope in our faithful God…He is bringing those topics that folks often turn a blind eye to, because they are so shame based, to light and helping those who are struggling find hope, and realize they are not alone.

When interviewing Vicki Tiede, author of “When Your Husband is Addicted to Pornography: Healing Your Wounded Heart” I was struck by the shocking revelation that for all the ministry in the church to men who are overcoming their pornography addictions, no one seems to be coming along side the women who have been traumatized by their husband’s addiction. Praying that God will raise up a movement to meet this need nationwide. Her book is the start of meeting this great need.

To then follow up that interview with Karen Kosman, author of  “Too Soon to Say Goodbye: Healing and Hope for Victims and Survivors of Suicide,” was equally sobering. To hear the statistics of suicide rates among teens is alarming, but it was so encouraging to also hear stories of God answering those desperate prayers of “God, if you’re real, then show yourself to me!”

And then to end the show with that sweet Southern Belle, Edna Ellison, author of “A Passion for Purpose”…the story she told of God calling her to be a writer after losing her husband, and giving her a passion for His purpose in her life was sweet stuff! I loved her advice at the end…slow down, be quiet, and LISTEN…otherwise you won’t know what God is trying to do in the present.

If you missed the show, and since I’m still out of town, you can click here to link to the podcast that’s up on the KSLR site.

Thanks for Vicki, Karen, and Edna for making today’s show such a great one!


Tomorrow’s Show – 3 Hot Topics – Pornography, Suicide, Purpose

I am so excited to be coming to you tomorrow LIVE from St. Louis, MO where the International Christian Retail Show kicks off on Sunday. I’m here early for the AWSA Conference (Advanced Writers & Speakers Association) so will be able to draw some authors out of the meetings to share with you the faithfulness they’ve found in God.

vicki-tiede-298x250First I’ll introduce you to Vicki Tiede, author of “When Your Husband is Addicted to Pornography: Healing Your Wounded Heart”…she’s a Bible teacher, speaker, contributing author to 5 books, a wife, homeschooling mom and women’s ministries coorrdinator at her local church in Rochester, MN. Her passion is to share God’s grace and faithfulness with women through the Scriptures. Vicki transparently relates life experiences that resonate and draw others into a lifelong pursuit of knowing God.

Then you’ll hear from Karen Kosman, author of “Too Soon to Say Goodbye: Healing and Hope for Victims and Survivors of Suicide.” Karen is a popularkosman speaker for Celebrate Recovery, Stephen Ministries, and other women’s ministries and church groups. Her new book “Breaking Invisible Chains: The Way to Freedom from Domestic Abuse” will be out in August of this year.

05awsaEdnaAnd then we’ll wrap up the show with Edna Ellison, a humorist and storyteller known as “the Christian mentoring guru.” She’s the author of 29 books and over 400 articles. Her newest book, “A Passion for Purpose: 365 Daily Devotions for Missional Living” will encourage you to be “on mission” with God every day!

Be sure to join us tomorrow for this powerful group of women who are great resources for us all! 11AM to Noon CST Saturday, June 22, on AM 630 KSLR in San Antonio, for internet streaming, or Or download the app from and listen on your phone!

More Incredible ICRS Interviews Lined-Up

lauraineJust booked best selling novelist Lauraine Snelling and Grammy award winning artist, Laura Story (Blessings)…not only that, I’ve also just recently bookedlaura story best selling author of “Every Woman’s Battle”, Shannon Ethridge, 12_ShannonEthridge_300px_RGB-150x150and one of the most poignant writers I’ve ever had the honor to read, Mary DeMuth.

mary demuthI am continuing to be blown away at the stories I’m going to be able to bring to your kitchen table, laundry room, or car radio as you spend your Saturday morning with me. The stories theses ladies will be able to share with you will inspire, encourage, and point you to the faithfulness of an amazing God.

More Incredible Interviews Lined-Up for ICRS

I am blown away by the quality of interviews the Lord is bringing to me while I’m in St. Louis next month for the International Christian Retail Show…Here are just a few of the latest!

rachelRachel Hauck

Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as RITA nominated The Wedding Dress and RITA nominated Love Starts with Elle, part of the Lowcountry series, the Nashvegas series and the Songbird Novels penned with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Their novel Softly and Tenderly, was one of Booklists 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals.

A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, she worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in an uncomfortable chair to write full time in 2004.

Rachel serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship at their annual conference. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker.

Linda Evans ShepherdLinda Evan Shepherd

Author, speaker and radio personality, Christian Retailing Magazine compares Linda to both Beth Moore and Stormy Omartian while Dr. John DeBrine, the host of the radio show Songtime USA, said Linda reminds him of a little lady he met in the sixties by the name of Corrie ten Boom. Patsy Clairmont says, “There is a bubbling up of Jesus-Joy that exudes from Linda that is absolutely contagious. I love her blend of humor and heart and I stand back amazed at her “go tell the world” determination.”

June Hunt to be Interviewed at ICRS

June Hunt’s “Hope in the Night” show recently returned to AM 630 KSLR, so I was extremely excited to see her on the roster for ICRS. I spent some sweet fellowship time with June in Branson, MO last fall during the American Association of Christian Counselors National Convention, so I am looking forward to reconnecting with her! Just today I confirmed a time slot to interview her when I’m in St. Louis for the International Christian Retail Show. Yes!!!

JuneHuntHope For The Heart Founder, CEO and CSO June Hunt is one of the world’s leading biblical counselors. An author, singer and speaker, she founded Hope For The Heart in 1986. Her life’s work has yielded landmark contributions in the field of Christian counseling. The ministry offers biblical hope and practical help—through biblical counsel, coaching, and context for contemporary concerns—in more than 60 countries on 6 continents.

ICRS Interviews Heating Up

I’ve spent the last 3 or 4 days scheduling interviews with different authors and artists. They will be attending the International Christian Retail Show to share their latest release, and I will have the privilege of bringing their heart to you on Always Faithful Radio.

Just today I’ve scheduled Tammy Trent, Matthew West, and Lynn Austin. This is getting exciting! Lots more to come!

tammy trent1Award Winning Singer/Songwriter, Author, & Speaker TAMMY TRENT returns in July with her highly anticipated studio release in almost 5 years and shines brighter than ever. “This musical offering has brought me to the most beautiful season yet on my personal journey from love to loss and into a deep understanding of God’s faithful commitment to us through life’s growing moments.”  Her new album, SUNNY DAYS, is packed with infectious melodies and is lyrically covered with the promises of Hope. Trent, who co-wrote 8 of the 10 songs says, “Although this is my sixth studio record, it’s the first album that I can say is completely me! Every side of me. I love to worship and I love to dance and I’m still over the moon excited about sharing my faith and hope with those that feel like leaning in for a listen.”

New York Times acclaimed singer-songwriter, four-time GRAMMY ® nominee and Nashville native Matthew West asked his fans to share their stories. 10,000 true stories from people across the world poured in, MatthewWest-entertainmentrgeach story connected by the same theme: Forgiveness…He’ll be sharing the ever important choosing to forgive in the midst of immense tragedy, the power of story, and how to replace anger with freedom.


Lynn AusstinAward-winning author Lynn Austin shares with readers a private and intimate look at her own struggles with spiritual dryness in a season of loss and unwanted change. As she journeys through Israel, Austin turns to Scripture at each site she visits. Then she seamlessly weaves events and insights from the Word as she finds hope, renewed faith, and a sense of direction for the future. “Return to Me,” book 1 of Austin’s Restoration Chronicles series–which brings to life the biblical books of Nehemiah and Ezra–is being released in October.