Dance with Jesus it will change your life

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Dance my friends as today I have Susan B Mead on the couch with me. However, we are not on the desert island this time as Susan has some imaginative writing to share with you. So today’s interview will be a look into her world of hope.

This is an I love Authors Interview 32

Hello and welcome Susan. Thank you for joining me on my couch today. I have five questions for you and I can’t wait to hear your answers.

Susan – Thank you, Margaret, for inviting me.

Well, if you are sitting comfortably let’s begin.

A dog starts talking to you, what conversation would you have with him/her? Why?

Susan – In the poem, The Hound of Heaven, Francis Thompson calls the Holy Spirit of God the Hound of Heaven, for He pursues us fervently! It makes me wonder if this dog talking to me like Balaam’s donkey talked to him to correct his path and lead me in the way of the Lord?

What would I say to the dog? Do you know we hear that all dogs go to Heaven? I pray you do too. Do you of Jesus? Oh, how He loves you, for He created you for His pleasure… My son, Kyle, is there and will play with you as you two run through fields and streams. Can you imagine the beauty of your forever home?

Do dogs go to heaven?

Honestly, I do not know whether dogs go to Heaven or not, yet it is a comforting thought. We know Jesus returns on a white horse, so what if there are dogs in Heaven too?

“Ask the animals, and they will teach you…In God’s hand is the life of every creature, and the breath of all mankind.” (Job 12:7,10)

“A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal.” (Proverbs 12:10)

Not many people think of measuring righteousness by this standard.

I would like to think there are animals in heaven just as it is described in Isaiah 11:6 “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.” This I feel is a beautiful vision of life in heaven.

A tree 1,000 years old is weeping, what do you think it is weeping about?

SusanRomans 8:19-27 (NIV) tells us the whole earth is groaning, crying, like a woman in labor, in eager expectation of liberation from its bondage of decay!

Romans 8:19-25

For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

Romans 8:26-27

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

This is so true, Susan, nature yearns for the coming of God just as we do. It goes through the seasons, birth, life, death and resurrection each year waiting for the final amen.

Your calendar has an extra month, what is it for?

SusanAnd the sun stood still…

So the sun stood still, And the moon stopped, till the people had revenge upon their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. Joshua 10:13

WOW! We have a whole month! What enemy do we fight, Lord? Those lost from the Lord. Go preach the good news of Jesus Christ…

Still later, as the Eleven were eating supper, he (Jesus) appeared and took them to task most severely for their stubborn unbelief, refusing to believe those who had seen him raised up. Then he said, “Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God’s good news to one and all. Whoever believes and is baptized is saved; whoever refuses to believe is damned. Mark 16:14-16 (MSG)

This is certainly our task – to bring those souls to the Lord who do not know Him. I love this answer, Susan, an extra month to do God’s bidding.

A flower is depressed how do you help it unfold its petals?

Speak love…I love you. You are beautiful. Let your beauty unfurl, slowly show and shine your unique beauty that only you can reveal, for you have a purpose here. Lift your head and let your heart open for you are safe here and loved, oh so loved.

You have moments to unlock a door and escape from a terrifying chicken, what key five words do you think will open the door?

Susan – The door will be opened.

Ask, Seek, Knock spells ASK! So ask God…

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV)

Yes, that is so true Susan, so often we forget to ask. Perhaps if we remember what ASK means we might be quicker in finding out the solutions. We might be a little less anxious and keep the terrifying chickens at bay!

An alien demands that you read a book to him/her that epitomizes earth, what would you chose and why?

Susan – The Bible it begins with the creation and foretells the end of the earth. What better description is there, good, bad, ugly and HOPE of Heaven when the earth “rolls up” at the end of this age.

That’s a great answer, Susan and a fitting end to my questions. Thank you so much for sharing your hope with us. Your book Dance with Jesus is full of encouragement to deepen faith and move on with life. I hope you have a great tour with Celebrate Lit and manage to reach out to many readers who need your book.

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This interview was brought to you by Margaret Kazmierczak author of “How to Make Victoria Sponge” And a contributor to Heart”wings” devotional.

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About the Book

Dance With Jesus Book CoverBook Title: Dance with Jesus

Author: Susan B. Mead

Genre: Non-fiction: Christian life, Bereavement, Grief

Release date: March 31, 2015

Grief hits each one of us and can come from so many different directions…

HAVE YOU LOST SOMEONE DEAR TO YOU? A brother, sister, parent, grandparent, family member, friend or a child? A relationship? A body part to cancer or an accident? Do you want to experience the joy of moving from broken to blessed? From GRIEF TO GRACE? Do you want God to take your hand and teach you to dance…with Jesus? Yes?

Then devour the words of Dance With Jesus: From Grief to Grace! Expect to laugh through the tears and experience a deepening of your faith.

Are you looking for a free mini-course to deepen your faith? Text DanceWithJesus (all one word) to 444-999, then reply with your email to receive 6 days of Biblical encouragement.

10% of the profit from Dance With Jesus: From Grief to Grace will benefit Water for LIFE to help dig water wells in remote locations around the world. People Matter!

About the Author

susan b meadA master storyteller and award-winning, bestselling author, Susan B. Mead leaves audiences motivated to live a life free of regrets even though she has done the hardest thing any parent can do – bury her youngest son, Kyle. With over 22 years in corporate America, 2 million airline miles under her belt, 1 eLit Book Award Gold Medal and 2 Christian Literary Awards on the shelfan MBA and a Certificate of Ordination hanging on the wall, as well as a Doctor of Theology candidacy in process, Susan shares her expert teachings on business, grief, spiritual warfare and relationships.

Susan has been described as a solid, comforting voice in a messy world. Whether speaking to business professionals, women’s conferences, industry leaders or writer’s workshops, Susan’s insightful wisdom inspires audiences, empowering them to make healthy mental u-turns to help them find calm in the chaos.

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I love Authors Interview 26 this is Susan B Mead

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Susan B Mead author of Don't go through Like Naked

I love Authors Interview 26

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Today on I love Authors Interview 26 we meet Susan B. Mead author of Don’t Go Through Life Naked which is on tour with Celebrate Lit from 15th – 28th May. Click here to purchase your copy!

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Susan B Mead author of Don't go through Like Naked

Hello Susan, it is a pleasure to have you sitting on my couch today.

Susan – Thank you, Margaret, I am really excited to be here.

As you know I like to put my authors on a desert island to get to know them better.

I have five questions for you so let’s get started..

Susan, who would you like to be marooned on the island with and why?

SusanJesus – He walks on water and leads The Way! Can you imagine that adventure?!

That certainly would be an amazing adventure, Susan. Think of all the questions you could ask Him as you followed in His Way. Oh to be in His presence.

The island is remote and basic..

What luxury would you like to have washed up on the beach?

SusanA soaking tub with an unending supply of cool fresh water (to drink and bathe in) and fluffy towels to wrap up in and sit under as shade.

I’m sure you could find a waterfall to source the cool fresh water. The fluffy towels we are happy to provide as your luxury item. As for shade cover, I like your thinking.

On one of your scavenging trips…

You find a rowing boat hidden in a cave, what name would you paint on it and why?

SusanDestiny, for it is there for a purpose to help me determine a path and that feels destiny laden. Oh, what an amazing gift it would be to find. Like finding a present – today is called the “present,” so dig in, open it, and revel in the gift you were given by your mighty God!

That is a wonderful play on words Susan – what a great name. It conquers up all sorts of ideas. I hope my readers will dig in and open it – I wonder what gift they will find?

Onto other treasures now..

You find a piece of paper with a pencil left behind from the previous Author who was shipwrecked here, what encouraging message would you leave for the next cast away?

Susan – Expect miracles. Rejoice and be thankful daily. Be grateful for this glorious retreat – God has sent you on a sabbatical to a place of blue water and white sand – my definition for heaven on earth. So rest and be rejuvenated in your time of repose. Life is a lesson. Learn it well.

Being on the island seems to have you in a reflective mode, Susan. We all need time away from the hustle and bustle to become grounded again. Life certainly is a lesson and sometimes a bit like groundhog day when we fail to learn the lesson God wants us too. A spell on the island might do us all good.

For my last question..

What favourite sentence do you like from your most recent published book?

Susan – Why do I feel like I’m going through life naked if I’m faithfully following God?


The Bible tells us the war has been won, yet some days we simply feel undone.

These are both sentences for reflection and show a glimpse into your writing. Your book sounds thought-provoking and I hope my readers will pick up a copy. You have certainly given us something to ruminate on Susan. Thank you.

It has been a delight to talk to you, Susan. Thank you for joining me.

Please show your appreciation for Susan B. Mead – applause fills the room.

Susan – Thank you Margaret.

Susan has a GIVEAWAY for you which is at the end of this post. To enter read on and follow the link for your chance to win.

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About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Susan B Mead author of Don't go through Like NakedWhy do I feel like I’m going through life naked if I’m following God faithfully?

The Bible tells you the war has already been won, yet some days you simply feel undone.

The enemy of your soul wants you to feel out of control…overwhelmed, outwitted and under-resourced. When you listen to the lies the enemy weaves in your marriage, finances, relationships, and health, he wreaks havoc. Steals your joy. Kills your hope. And aims to not only dull but destroy the power of God in your life.

A personal testimony

In Don’t Go through Life Naked, Susan B. Mead shares her own deeply personal experiences with feeling exposed and engaging the enemy—from the recurring nightmares of childhood to the loss of her son and perceived judgment of others.

With scriptural insight, let’s-get-real vulnerability, and a wry sense of humor, Mead helps readers:

– Toss out misconceptions about spiritual warfare to understand what Jesus really said about your spiritual authority and the certainty you have in him. – Know what to pray to steady your soul and restore your confidence. – Stop feeling overrun by the enemy and start believing the authority of God abides in you to overcome.

Spiritual weapons

In Don’t Go through Life Naked, Mead provides strong spiritual weapons for your life through the scripture of God’s prayer book, the Bible. These weapons enable you to successfully clothe yourself in God’s power and promises every day.

A portion of the proceeds of Don’t Go through Life Naked will benefit Proverbs 31 Ministries to help them continue teaching biblical truth and taking the hope of Jesus to women and families around the world.

About the Author

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Susan B Mead author of Don't go through Like NakedWith over 22 years in corporate American, 2 million airline miles under her belt, 2 Christian Literary Awards on the shelfan MBA hanging on the wall, and a Doctor of Theology candidacy in process, Susan B Mead shares her expert teachings on business, grief, spiritual warfare and relationships. A master storyteller and award winning, best selling author, Susan leaves audiences motivated to live a life free of regrets even though she has done the hardest thing any parent can do – bury her youngest son, Kyle.

Susan has been described as a solid, comforting voice in a messy world.Whether speaking to business professionals, women’s conferences, industry leaders or writer’s workshops, Susan’s insightful wisdom inspires audiences, empowering them to make healthy mental u-turns to help them find calm in the chaos.

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To celebrate her tour, Susan is giving away a grand prize of a Kindle Oasis preloaded with her ebooks along with an autographed copy of her book Don’t Go Through Life Naked: How to Clothe Yourself in God’s Power.

Click below to enter:

I love Authors Interview 21 this is Amy Young

Hi friends, Amy Young​ is on my couch today, pop on over to read her interview and take part in her GIVEAWAY.

I love Authors Interview 21

Amy Young

Welcome everyone to I love Authors Interview 21. My special guest with me on the couch today is  Amy Young – Let’s all give Amy a warm welcome.

Hello, Amy, you are the author of Love, Amy which is currently on tour with Celebrate Lit 19th April – 2nd May. Wow, this is the last day of the tour so you folks need to enter Amy’s GIVEAWAY fast to have a chance of winning. Well jump to it, you’ll find the link at the bottom of the post!

Love, Amy

Amy, my couch on a desert island is far from your time in China. However, it provides me with a great opportunity to get to know some little-known facts about you. I love doing these interviews! (She says with a smile and a twinkle in her eye!)

Let’s dive in right away Amy

What luxury would you like to have washed up on the beach?

Amy – After many years of having uncomfortable furniture in China, I have found that if I have a decent sofa, I can live about anywhere. So, a bed, a comfy reading chair, and a soft—but firm—sofa.

I think after your time in China you deserve all three items. How about this one? You could talk to it as well. (Note – dog not provided)

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Amy Young

Let’s talk books

What book would you crave to read (you already have the bible, so please pick another book)?

AmySince I only get one, I am going to choose a very long book. Years ago I read Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I would either reread that book because it contains so much history I find fascinating and life lessons I will need when I get off the island: how to love and work with “rivals.” This is a message our world needs today. For years I have been meaning to read The Bully Pulpit (also by Goodwin) about Teddy Roosevelt and the golden age of journalism. The size is the main reason I haven’t gotten around to it! So, I’d try and sneak that one along too!

Well, you certainly would have time to read both of those. From reading the blurb on Team of Rivals it sounds like a great read, I like the part that says  Abraham Lincoln saved America by appointing his fiercest rival to key cabinet positions. That is both a great concept and one that would challenge any present Government. I love this idea. I might propose it to the English Prime minister! (Oh don’t get me started on politics.)

I think we need to move on to more about you

On the island you have time to think, can you tell me why you decided to become a writer?

Amy – My first job? Junior high math teacher. I backed into this writing gig. I moved to China in an era before the internet existed and I wanted to communicate with both my family and my church/supporters. The only way to communicate was through handwritten letters. I wrote monthly newsletters than ended up chronicling my life and ministry. At the same time, I wrote long letters. These I mailed to my parents who faithfully photocopied and mailed them to family and close friends.

And later on?

I began to think of myself years later when I started my blog The Messy Middle. At that time, I felt like my voice in my job was being shut down. Feeling voiceless in your own life is agonizing, it was through that blog I regained my voice and found that people, in fact, do enjoy engaging with me.

I can identify with that Amy, the feeling of being voiceless. It is agonizing without a doubt and I am so glad that you have shared your voice with us all. I know it will enrich others

Tell us more about yourself

I know you like writing but do you have another passion?

Amy Oh yes! I love watching the Denver Broncos when it comes to football and the Kansas Jayhawks when it comes to college basketball.

So a lover of sport. It’s good to have a hobby that is outside of writing. I expect you missed those when you were in China, on the other hand, you were too busy to miss them.

We can’t leave without talking food!

You are allowed on a favourite meal on the island what would it be?

AmyI would order my favorite Chinese meal: Chicken and peanuts, spicy twice-fried green beans, and spicy deep fried potatoes. If I’m really stuck on a desert island, I’m not sure so much spicy food would be wise, but it sure would be tasty!!

Sounds delicious Amy, I can almost smell the fragrance from here!


Sadly, that is all we have time for, but it has been a pleasure meeting you Amy. You have introduced a couple of interesting books as well. I wish you success with your blog tour.

Amy – Thank you, Margaret, for inviting me.

Please give a standing ovation for Amy Young.

Don’t forget Amy’s GIVEAWAY at the end of the page.

I love Authors Interview 21 was brought to you by Margaret Kazmierczak, supporter of alternative interviews. If you have enjoyed this post please check some of my other interviews. Many thanks.

Click here to purchase your copy!


About the Book

Love, AmyTitle: Love, Amy

Author: Amy Young

Genre: Memoir

Release Date: June, 2017


She came to China with a lesson plan. What she found was a new sense of purpose.
Amy Young traveled to China in the mid 1990s to teach English to educators. But she never expected the profound way they would enrich her soul. With the influence of the enchanting country and its extraordinary everyday people, Amy extended a two-year assignment to nearly two decades far away from home.
Starting shortly after her arrival, Amy shared her stories and her unique perspective through a series of letters. Her nine years of correspondence demonstrated a country going through growing pains: from political unrest to the SARS epidemic to budding prosperity. Amy battled language barriers, cultural faux pas, and invasive mice with nothing to lose. She even fought for her life with a potentially deadly illness, unsure if she’d survive to share her tale.
Throughout her journey, Amy drew strength from God and came to appreciate the beauty and power of an ordinary life lived well.Love, Amy: An Accidental Memoir Told in Newsletters from China is one woman’s deeply moving journey of self-transformation. If you like humorous anecdotes, immersions in Eastern culture, and honest stories that aren’t afraid to dig deep, then you’ll love Amy Young’s heartfelt tale.

 About the Author

Amy YoungAmy Young is a writer, speaker, and advocate for embracing the messy middle of your one glorious life.

She is the author of Looming TransitionsTwenty Two Activities for Families in Transitionand The Looming Transitions Workbook, and also created the blog The Messy Middle ( Amy has been a part of Velvet Ashes, (an online community for missionaries) from the beginning, and contributes regularly to A Life Overseas. Ms Young enjoys nothing more than being with her people, wherever they are in the world. She also enjoys cheering on the Denver Broncos and Kansas Jayhawks. After nearly twenty years in China, she returned to Denver and much to her shock, discovered the joys of gardening.

Guest Post from Amy Young

The tug for a life that is “Anything but Boring”

When I was in college the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Sarah Plain and Tall changed my life. You’ve probably seen it and been moved too. Sarah, a spinster by the standard of her day, moves from Boston to the fields of Kansas to consider marrying a widower and help him raise his children and work his farm. Her brother could not understand why Sarah would move from so-called civilization to the middle of nowhere. But the longing she felt for her life to matter resonated deeply with me.

I was in the liminal space between adolescence and adulthood. Like Sarah, I knew I could stay where I was and live a good life, but I wanted more. And so I moved to China.

Change the world stories

Our world is one that loves big, change-the-world stories. I love them too. Notably, I remember reading The End of the Spear, the story of Jim Elliott and his friends who were martyred for their faith. Also, I lost myself in the stories of Gladys Aylward, William Carey, Lottie Moon, and Amy Carmichael. Furthermore, I remember reading about a missionary that had some worm pulled out of his stomach that was the size of a large snake. Disgusting! Fascinating! All for the gospel!

The life of faith was exciting and God was on the move all the time! While it is true, the life of faith is exciting and God is on the move, it is also ordinary, boring, disappointing, and confusing. When I started compiling the letters I wrote from my days in China, I was embarrassed by what “first year Amy” said. She was so clueless, so uninformed, so willing to display her lack of cultural knowledge. I wanted to put my hand over her mouth and ask her to please pipe down because she did not really believe what she was saying. But she did, “first year Amy” could not know what “fifteen year in China Amy” knew.

These change the world stories I love? Turns out they have been more sanitized than I realized without showing the cultural and ministry progression that must have taken place.

Wanting my life to matter

Even now, knowing what I know, part of me wishes my newsletters contained miracles and throngs coming to Christ because of my work. I thought throngs and miracles were what a “real” cross-cultural worker would do. I thought that would show that my life mattered, like Sarah’s when she moved to Kansas. Don’t we all want our lives to matter?

I believed that mattering was measurable. By compiling and writing this book the lesson Love, Amy has taught me is that too often we confuse size with significance. I still hear the whisper that says, “Amy, really? You wrote about the cultural beliefs that influence standing in line and you think that is worth people giving of their prayer, money, and time?” Part of me is reluctant even now to publish these letters because they are common. In truth, I am happy with my life and the contributions I have made. Of course, I have regrets and wish I’d handled certain situations differently. But if all we hear are the spectacular stories, we can miss the gift our beautifully ordinary lives can be.

Jesus makes the insignificant matter

Who made it into the Gospels? A widow and her two mites. A boy and his few fish. She is described as offering out of her poverty. His common lunch was used to feed more than he could have imagined. Jesus did not tend to elevate those in power or those who seemed impressive.

My first year, a fellow teacher in China told me, “You’re lucky you’re still in your first year. Wait until your second year and you have told all your stories. You’ll have nothing to say in your newsletters.” Isn’t that the heart of what we fear—that we will have nothing to say with our lives? The secret to combating this fear is not that secretive. Show up and be present. Taken individually, these letters don’t add up to much, but put them together and much to my surprise, month after month I wrote an accidental memoir.

As ordinary as it is, I do have to say, life in China was anything but boring! If you love memoirs and want to hear stories that will make you laugh or cringe (and sometimes both), join me on a college campus in China.

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15da0cca-ee99-4a28-a146-cedc1035fd6cTo celebrate her tour, Amy is giving away a grand prize of a letter writing basket that includes a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

I love Authors Interview 2 this is Janet Mitchell

I love authors Interview 2

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Janet Lynn Mitchell

This is Janet Lynn Mitchell

Welcome to “I love Authors Interview 2” in this interview we meet Janet Lynn Mitchell, author of Food for Thought – Let’s all give Janet a warm greeting.


I’m so glad you are doing a blog tour with Celebrate Lit as it gives me an opportunity to get to know you better.

So hello Janet, please come and take a seat on my oranges and lemons couch next to me.

Janet – Thank you, Margaret, it’s a pleasure to be here.

Now I am going to mix up things a bit Janet, and while you are sitting comfortably I want you to imagine that you are stranded on a desert island!

Janet – Sounds fun.

Ok, so my first question. Who would you like to be marooned on the island with and why?

Janet – If I were marooned on an island, I would want to be there with my assistant Keri Spring. I laugh more with Keri than anyone. Together we can find humor in almost anything. And I think being stranded on an island would require laughter just to survive!

Margaret – I’m with you on that – laughter is so important.

So you are looking out to sea hoping to see a ship to rescue you, sadly there are none on the horizon, therefore, what luxury would you like to have washed up on the beach?

Janet – I would love to have a bathtub and a large bucket of popcorn from the movie theatre.

Margaret – Oh, that’s funny, you have all that sea, and you want a bathtub. Okay, those are on their way.

Let’s talk a little about your book. What favourite sentence do you like from your most recent published book?

Janet – James 1:2-3 says, “Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.” Note that this Scripture does not say if but when. Trials will come our way. The great joy we are to experience comes from knowing that God is in control. Waves will come to rock our boats, but God has asked parents of children with special needs to step out into the deep waters of trust. Waves will continue to toss and turn us, but way down deep, the ocean is still.

Margaret – That is beautiful Janet. Gosh, I needed to hear that. Thank you.

Now, this is going to be interesting – You are allowed to invite another person to stay with you on the desert island, which of your characters would you choose and why?

Janet –  I’d love for my husband to come stay with Keri and I. I’m sure we’d be giggling while he tried to explain how serious the situation was. We’d listen to him and try to explain “sometimes you can do nothing but laugh!”

Margaret – So now there are three of you on the island, it is getting a bit crowded! I did say character but hey, sounds like you are all characters. I suspect any rescuer will find you from the cacophony of laughter!

On the island, you have time to think, although with all that laughter I have my doubts – but can you tell me why you decided to become a writer?

Janet – I couldn’t help it. I fell in love with Jesus and wanted to tell the world—everyone and anyone who would listen. The Flipbooks were specifically compiled as I knew that Scripture is God’s way of speaking to us. It was also important to me that other’s realize that God cares about every part of us and loves us extravagantly.

Margaret – That’s a great reason, Janet, and I am sure these books will help a lot of readers.

Being from England, we talk a lot about the weather. My final question then is  – The desert island is very hot, do you like hot or cold weather and which helps you focus on your writing better?

I take advantage of the weather like it’s a friend. In the winter I sit under an electric throw by the fireplace and write. In the summer I sit out by our pool soaking up the sun with a pencil in hand. I guess that I love writing so much that I adapt to whatever situation I find myself in. Yet, if it’s too hot, I might melt! I’ve written parts of a chapter of a book waiting in the lines at Disneyland, sitting in a hospital bed, in hotels, vacationing in the Holy Lands, while on a cruise and even in a bathroom!

Margaret – It seems in all things you are inspired, Janet. That is a beautiful way to be. I love the way your positivity comes across.

Times up

Margaret – Sadly our time on the couch is over, and you have been rescued from the desert island to continue your everyday life. It has been an immense pleasure to meet you, Janet.

Thank you, for being such a good sport.  I hope you have a successful blog tour.

Janet – Thank you, Margaret, for having me!

Margaret – It has been great fun. Janet Lynn Mitchell everyone. Yes, give her a round of applause.

Read about Janet Lynn Mitchell’s Food for Thought

And before I round up this interview Janet has kindly donated a FREE GIVEAWAY – scroll down to the end of the blog where you can see the details, but first please read all about Janet and her book Food for Thought below.

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About the Book


Title: Food for Thought

Author: Janet Lynn Mitchell

Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help

Release Date: December 1, 2017

Food for Thought is filled with personalized verses just for you. It’s been written to help you claim God’s Word as your own. The thoughts included within the verses are from fellow dieters. Food for Thought is not meant to be a substitute for actual Scripture, but an addition, bringing you new insight, perspective, hope and encouragement as you move toward and reach your weight-loss goal. Blank pages have been placed in the back so that you can add additional Scripture and/or words of encouragement. Recite these verses and include them when you pray. Then watch as God’s Word rejuvenates and empowers you. Experience your faith increasing, as faith comes by hearing, reading, speaking, and living the Word of God.

About the Author

Janet Profile

Candid, dynamic, friendly…and memorable are some of the words used to describe Janet Mitchell. Her fun, engaging style keeps her audiences wanting more. As a master storyteller, she shares her heart, passions and faith, relating incidents from her life that will touch you and make you laugh. The author addresses relevant life issues and how it just takes one to make a difference in your world!

Past and present
Janet has held staff positions with Youth for Christ and Forest Home Christian Conference Center and has served as the director of a Christian preschool. She is also a CLASS Speaker (Christian Leaders, Authors, and Speakers) and is a popular speaker for women’s events, MOPS, family camps and single-parent groups.
An incredible lady
As a senior in high school, Janet lost the use of her legs following surgery. On the night of her tenth surgery, she met Marty, who became her cheerleader and was alongside her as she learned to walk again. Eventually, he became her husband. Janet and Marty have been married for over thirty-five years and have three children. Janet’s knee problems reoccurred when she was thirty-two. She was horrified to learn she had been a victim of medical negligence, fraud and concealment. Her additional surgeries had been attempts to correct the mistakes. Janet has since become a voice for others who have suffered medical fraud. Assembly Bill 2571, borne out of her misfortunes, unanimously passed both the California Assembly and the Senate and was signed into state law on August 31, 2000. Her story, Taking a Stand, has motivated others to “take a stand” and remain firm in their faith through the good, bad, and the outrageous.
Janet has been featured on radio programs across the nation, including popular programs such as Focus on the Family and Billy Graham’s Decision Today. Janet has appeared on television programs such as, Fox, CBS and ABC News, Aspiring Women, The Harvest Show, and Chuck and Jenny. Her stories and articles have appeared in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Multnomah’s Stories for the Extreme Teen, and in magazines such as Woman’s World, Light and Life, and Celebrate Life. Her Testimony, “When Doctors Make Mistakes,” was published in the July/August 2005 issue of Today’s Christian Woman magazine.
Other books by Janet
Janet’s book, A Special Kind of Love, published by Broadman and Holman and Focus on the Family, has been highlighted by Rick Warren in his “Ministry Toolbox.” Her Hands on Faith: Family Nights and Hands on Faith: Family Fun books by Carson- Dellosa are now available along with Janet’s five new Praying Scripture Flip Books. Janet’s Taking a Stand was released in November of 2006. It is truly a testimony of God’s faithfulness through the good, bad and outrageous. This past year Janet’s latest book, Words Matter became available. One thing Janet has learned is:
It just takes one to change the world we live in.

Blog Stops

Multifarious, January 5

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, January 5

Splashes of JoyJanuary 6

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, January 6

Mary Hake, January 7

proud to be an autism mom, January 7

Reading is my Super Power, January 8 (Interview)

A Greater YesJanuary 8

Bibliophile Reviews, January 9

Texas Book-aholic, January 10

Carpe Diem, January 11

A Baker’s Perspective, January 12

Pursuing Stacie , January 13

Jeanette’s Thoughts, January 14

Remembrancy, January 15

Pink Granny’s Journey, January 16

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 16

Janices book reviewsJanuary 17

margaret kazmierczak, January 17 (Interview)

Simple Harvest Reads, January 18 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

BigreadersiteJanuary 18

GiveawayGiveaway for Food for thought

To celebrate her tour, Janet is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

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Margaret Kazmierczak meets Karen Ingalls
Hi Karen, thank you for accepting my invitation to talk to my readers about your book Outshine.
Thank you, Margaret, it is a pleasure to be here. 
Karen just to let my readers know before we start you are a cancer survivor.  
Yes, I am.

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