I’m a contributing author of Jesus Talked to Me Today: True Stories of Children’s Encounters with Angels, Miracles, and God, by James Stuart Bell. My story, “Jesus in My Pocket,” tells how I embraced Jesus as my true friend when the tiny doll I hid in my desk at school proved to be an unreliable companion.
After the book released I discovered stories related to other dolls from my childhood. Troll’s free spirit, Betsy McCall’s abuse, Raggedy Ann’s coming of age, Skipper’s perfectionism – I expect they’ll all show up in a future book.
I’m a mother of four and a retired foster mom. My husband of more than forty years is Jerry, and at last count we had eight grandchildren, the most recent arriving through fostering and adoption.
As I cared for children, and now in my stories and devotionals, I follow Jesus’s example by using things we can all relate to, like a storm, a seed, and a wedding feast, to bring about a better understanding of God. It worked for him . . .
Here’s more fascinating stuff
- I’m often asked to write devotionals for Pathways – Moments with God, published by Warner Press.
- You can usually find me at Oregon Christian Writers conferences, which occur four times a year.
- I’m learning to play classical guitar (for my ears only).
- My favorite activities include family and friends gathering around a camp fire, playing with children, exploring Oregon, managing base camp while my husband hunts, watching documentaries with my favorite guy, and after all that, reading historical novels.
- p.s. I’d like to write a historical novel.