November Line Up of Always Faithful Radio Guests

First Friday of the Month – My In Studio Guest Will Join Us for a Late Lunch at the Arbor Deli on the Crista Campus. Come and Continue the Conversation Right After the Show!

Friday, November 6 – Mary Beth Woll – Helping Women in Crisis

Mary Beth has been a therapist with Meier Clinics for ten years. Prior to becoming a therapist, she and her husband served together as Music Pastors. This unique 91KIiZWXeRL._UX250_combination of clinical therapy and church ministry helps Mary Beth bridge the gap to bring hope and healing to women in crisis. Her co-author Paul Meier MD is the founder of the internationally renowned chain of non-profit Christian Counseling Clinics that have ministered to millions since 1976. Dr. Meier is the author of over 90 books that have sold over seven million copies in over thirty languages and he has traveled throughout the world teaching the guidelines described in GROWING STRONGER.

GROWING STRONGER flows from the hearts of a Christian Therapist and a Christian Psychiatrist to pour out compassionate perspectives and healing guidelines for women going through a crisis of any type.51Nisn3RXvL

I used to believe that isolation was a good thing; it took a team of highly skilled therapists at the Meier Clinic and a loving community of believers to convince me that connection with other safe, mature Christians promotes healing. I’m grateful that Mary Beth Woll and Dr. Paul Meier have written so clearly and powerfully! This book has reinforced key principles that encourage me to connect with Jesus to receive life, connect with others to pursue freedom, and pass on what I’ve learned to impact others. — Meier Clinic client.

Friday, November 13 – Liz Curtis Higgs is Delighting Children Once Again!

Bestselling favorite Parable books bring fun throughout the year in this new four books in one format.

With more than 1.1 million units sold in the Parable Series, Liz Curtis Higgs has given parents and kids alike beloved parables they can read throughout the year. This adorable compilation, Parable Treasury, allows families to get all their favorite stories in one value-packed book.91TEwR+x9sL

For nearly twenty years, Liz Curtis Higgs has made the holidays a little brighter throughout the year with her Parable Series. In a lovely padded hardcover format, the Gold Medallion–winning books from the Parable Series will include:

  • The Pumpkin Patch Parable,which focuses on the harvest season and shows that we can let God’s love shine through us
  • The Pine Tree Parable,a heartwarming tale of the farmer and his family, who nurture tiny seedlings into fragrant Christmas trees
  • The Parable of the Lily, which helps children understand the power of grace and forgiveness and the true meaning of Easter
  • The Sunflower Parable, which helps children discover the value of planting seeds, not only in the ground but also in the hearts of those around us

With simplicity and creative storytelling, this is sure to be a family favorite.

Also a gifted professional speaker, Liz has presented more than 1,700 inspirational programs for audiences in all fifty United States and fourteen foreign countries. 31u1a83o0KL._UY200_When the National Speakers Association honored her with the Council of Peers Award for Excellence, Liz became one of only 35 women in the world named to their CPAE-Speaker Hall of Fame.

On the personal side, Liz is married to Bill Higgs, Ph.D., who serves as Director of Operations for her speaking and writing office. Liz and Bill enjoy their old Kentucky home, a nineteenth-century farmhouse in Louisville, and are the proud (and relieved) parents of two college grads.

“I have three abiding passions: encouraging my sisters in Christ, exploring the stories of women in the Bible, and writing novels set in Scotland of old. When I’m not traveling, speaking, or spinning a story, I connect with readers online, take copious photos, read historical novels, watch period films, and immerse myself in research–the more books, the merrier. I’m a lame housekeeper, a marginal cook, and a mediocre gardener, but home is still my favorite place to land.”

Friday, November 20 – Rachel Hauck and Her Latest Novel, The Wedding Chapel

Rachel Hauck is a former corporate grinder who realized she preferred facing the blank pages of her next novel rather than getting a regular paycheck. 51-utIDAGrL._UX250_

A USA Today bestselling author, she’s an Ohio State grad and avid football fan. She considers herself a second-rate arm chair quarterback. She loves sandwiches and chips, Diet Coke (decaf please) and believes Matthew’s final proposal to Mary in Downton Abbey Series 2 is the most romantic scene on television.

She lives in central Florida with her husband and their pets; a mini schnauzer, Miss Indpendent, and Hepzibah, a stray cat who wandered into their backyard.

She’s hit a few best seller lists, is a RITA Finalist, Christy Award Finalist, a Carol Award Winner, and a Maggie Award of Excellence recipient.

Hauck penned the critically acclaimed Songbird Novels with multi-platinum country artist Sara Evans. Even though she can sing, Rachel has never performed a duet with Miss Evans.

Her book, The Wedding Dress, (no, not the Hallmark movie) was named Romantic Times Inspirational Novel of the Year.

She is the past President of American Christian Fiction Writers and now serves on the Executive Board. She was once named ACFW Mentor of the Year.

And so we conclude all accolades and braggadocio. But what’s a girl to do? If she’s asking you to invest in her books, you best know a bit about her.

Visit her web site at to sign up for her newsletter, read her blog, and to follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

P.S. Rachel has never jumped out of an airplane. (In case you were wondering.)

A lonely wedding chapel built as a tribute to lost love just might hold the long-awaited secret to hope and reconciliation.

51yoVjlV1fL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_For sixty years, the wedding chapel has stood silent and empty. Retired football hall-of-famer Jimmy “Coach” Westbrook built the chapel by hand, stone by stone, for his beautiful and beloved Collette Greer, whom he lost so many years ago. The chapel is a sanctuary for his memories, a monument to true love, and a testament to his survival of the deepest pain and loss.

Photographer Taylor Branson left her hometown of Heart’s Bend, Tennessee to make a new life for herself in New York. Taylor had lots to run away from, not least of all a family history of broken promises and broken dreams. Love catches Taylor off guard when she falls for Jack Forester, a successful advertising executive, and their whirlwind romance leads to an elopement – and then to second guesses. Jack, in spite of his very real love for Taylor, is battling his own demons and struggles to show her his true self and the depths of his love for her.

When Taylor takes a photography assignment in Heart’s Bend, she is thrown back into her own past and encounters family secrets buried deep beneath the sands of time. And when Taylor and Coach’s journeys collide, they each rediscover the heartbeat of their own dreams as they learn that the love they long to hold is well worth waiting for.

Friday, November 27 – Elisa Morgan will help you see yourself as God does…

Are you believing the great lie that God does not, maybe even could not, love you? The real you?

Women struggle under the ongoing weight of “not-enough-ness.” Not attractive 51lPwWvps0Lenough. Not smart enough. Not fit enough. Not creative enough. Not good enough. Not sexy enough. Not strong enough. Not whole enough. Not womanly enough. And therefore, not beautiful. We are broken and ashamed to be so.

In our eyes, brokenness makes us unlovable and unusable. But in his Word, God is clear that he sees us the way we already are in Christ: deeply loved and abundantly influential. Yet we hang back, believing instead the toxic not-enough labels.

Hello, Beauty Full explodes the shame-based mythology of our “not-enough-ness.” Instead of believing the hiss of the enemy, women are encouraged to see their beauty the way God does. Chapters include:

  • Voice Lessons: Beauty in Your Unique Personality
  • Valuable Vessels: Beauty in Your Physical Body
  • A Womb of Your Own: Beauty in Your Creative Purpose
  • Scar Stories: Beauty in Your Painful Story
  • Have Your Sway: Beauty in Your Influential Legacy

Challenged to not settle for emptiness when Jesus came to give life to the full, women will find the freedom they need to accept their identities when they not only hear but embrace God’s heavenly message: “Hello, Beauty Full!”

Elisa Morgan was named by Christianity Today as one of the top 50 women influencing today’s church and culture and is one of today’s most sought-after B17RUaui68S._UX250_authors, speakers and leaders. She has authored over 25 books on mothering, spiritual formation and evangelism. Her latest works include The Beauty of Broken, She Did What She Could (SDWSC): Five Words of Jesus That Will Change Your Life and the NIV Mom’s Devotional Bible. Her newest book, Hello, Beauty Full, released September 29, 2015.

Currently, Elisa is the co-host for the daily syndicated radio program Discover the Word (by Our Daily Bread Ministries). For twenty years, Elisa Morgan served as CEO of MOPS International. Under her leadership MOPS grew from 350 to over 4,000 groups throughout the United States and in 30 other countries, impacting over 100,000 moms every year. Elisa now serves as President Emerita.

Elisa received a BS from the University of Texas and an MDiv from Denver Seminary. She served as the Dean of Women of Western Bible College (now Colorado Christian University), on the board of ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability). Currently she serves on the board of Denver Seminary. She is married to Evan, (Vice President of Strategic Development for RBC Ministries) and has two grown children and two grandchildren who live near her in the Denver, Colorado area. Her two Rottweilers, Darla and Wilson, take her for walks in the open space behind her home.

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


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.”