From Chicken Soup for the Christian Family Soul


Cynthia Culp Allen has published 400 articles in newspapers and magazines such as Focus on Family, Decision, Guideposts and others. She is a frequent speaker at churches, conferences and women’s retreats across the country.

Cynthia has been married for twenty-five years and has five children.

Beth Arbogast resides in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with her husband, Will, and two young sons, Joshua and Nicholas. Besides spending time with family, she enjoys being involved with church activities and planning weddings and special occasions. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University, and is an avid reader and collector of Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She can be reached at 1710 Stone Mill, Kalamazoo, MI 49006 or by calling 616-343-3937.

Steve Baal is an award-winning freelance writer with numerous national, regional and local credits for articles on a wide variety of subjects.

Robert F. Baldwin was a laborer, machine operator, hobo, banjo picker, newspaper reporter, editor of a weekly newspaper, and a freelance journalist before he began writing children’s books. He is the author of three religious books for adults and three for children. His most recent title is This Is the Sea That Feeds Us. He resides in Newcastle, Maine.

Richard Bauman has been a freelance writer for over twenty-five years. His articles about spirituality, history, travel, and self-help have appeared in numerous national publications. Richard and Donna, his wife of thirty-eight years, reside in West Covina, California. They have two adult children and three grandsons.

L.Maggie Baxter is a single mother of four grown children and seven precious grandchildren. She is a teacher during the school months and loves to garden, camp, hike and canoe in her spare time.

Aubrey Beauchamp has been the USA coordinator for Hospital Christian Fellowship since 1972. She is also the editor/publisher of A New Heart magazine and has written several books. She can be contacted at P.O. Box 4004, San Clemente, CA 92674. E-mail [email protected] Edward J. Beckwell is a seventy-four-year-old cancer survivor and retired trucking executive. He writes short stories and, along with his brother, he coauthored a book Hi-Goodbye, Detroit. He can be reached at 22837 Doremus, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080.

Graciela Beecher is currently a Spanish correspondent of Today’s Catholic Newspaper at the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, in Indiana. His work has appeared in numerous publications, such as The Holy Rosary and Notable Hispanic-American Women. He can be reached at 2904 Shawnee Dr., Fort Wayne, IN.

Dawn Billings, a licensed professional counselor, is the author of two books, Greatness and Children: Learn the Rules, and ABC’s of Becoming Great. She travels nationally, speaking on leadership and greatness, violence prevention, and character education. She can be reached toll free at 877-UR GREAT, or e-mail [email protected].

Arthur Bowler is a writer, speaker and co-pastor of the largest Protestant church in Zurich, Switzerland. A native of Massachusetts, he relocated to Switzerland after graduating from Harvard Divinity School and now lives with his Swiss wife and two daughters. He can be reached at [email protected] or by writing to Rautistrasse 114, 8048 Zurich, Switzerland.

J. Douglas Burford lives in Mission, Kansas, with his wife, daughter and two sons. They have the privilege of living near his mother and stepfather, as well as his wife’s parents. Perhaps because of losing his father, Doug makes it a priority to spend time with his children. Doug is pastor of the Ward Parkway Presbyterian Church.

Renie Burghardt of rural Doniphan, Missouri, was born in Hungary. She immigrated to the United States at the age of fifteen with her grandparents. A freelance writer, Renie also enjoys reading, gardening, raising Silkieu chickens, observing nature, and most of all, spending time with her granddaughter. You can reach her at [email protected]

Candy Chand is a freelance writer living in Antelope, California. She is a wife and the mother of Tiffany and Nicholas, her constant reminders that miracles are everywhere, if we only open our hearts to embrace them.

Jim Comstock was an author, lecturer, humorist, editor and publisher. He passed on May 22, 1996. Jim was one of West Virginia’s most well-known writers. After returning from Guam in 1946, he and Bronson McClung began the

Nicholas County News Leader. Ten years later he began the West Virginia Hillbilly. During his fifty-year newspaper career, Jim was awarded six honorary doctorate degrees. He and his wife, the former Ola Stowers, are the parents of three children, Jay Comstock, Sandra Comstock Ferguson and Elaine Comstock Nagy.

Jeanne Converse lives in upstate New York with her husband of forty-nine years. They have seven children, twenty-one grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Her articles have been published in farm publications and newspapers. Jeanne is currently working on a young adult novel.

Kathleen Dixon is a present-day disciple of Jesus Christ, her mission field is a rehabilitation hospital in Chico, California. “The right attitude is everything,” she says, “if you want to be in the right place at the right time, to be part of the blessings and miracles of God.”

Mia Watkins Dockter survived cancer four times, a serious brain tumor and multiple sclerosis with no permanent aftereffects. She taught school for seventeen years and has a master’s degree in administration. Mia lives with her husband, Darin, in Southern California. She can be contacted by e-mail at

John W. Doll has been writing nostalgia and memories since his retirement from the Los Angeles Times. He lives in a 100-year-old home in the middle of an orange/avocado grove. With the Times he did international marketing and recently completed a chartbook titled, Autumn Leaves Around the World. The short stories and poems were each written in different countries and designated accordingly. The book can be purchased by writing John at 2377 Grand Ave., Fillmore, CA 93015 or by faxing 805-524-3821.

Kathryn Fanning, from Oklahoma City, teaches aspiring writers how to get published. A freelancer and former national magazine editor, her main interests are her four grandchildren and finding the truth about her husband Major Hugh Fanning, missing in action after his A6 Intruder was downed over North Vietnam in 1967.

Arthur Gordon was born in Savannah, Georgia. He has been managing editor for Good Housekeeping magazine, editor-in-chief for Cosmopolitan and editorial director for Guideposts and Airforce Magazine. He has written two books, Reprisal and A Touch of Wonder.

Lini R. Grol is a Canadian citizen from the Netherlands, who has written poetry, stories, plays and illustrations in books and periodicals in The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Belgium, South Africa, the United States and Canada. She received the Canadian Authors Award from the Canadian Club of Hamilton Ontario.

John Edmund Haggai has spent a lifetime studying and teaching leadership. He is the founder and CEO of Haggai Institute, a unique provider of advanced leadership training to credential leaders in over 150 developing nations. His vision for world evangelism has taken him around the globe more than eighty times.

Jeanne Hill is an author, inspirational speaker and contributing editor to Guideposts magazine. She has published hundreds of short stories and magazine articles, several of which have won Best Published Article awards in national competition. She has also published two inspirational books: Daily Breath, Word Books and Secrets of Prayer-Joy. She resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Michele T. Huey is a feature writer and photographer for her local newspaper, where she writes a weekly feature column, People Who Make a Difference, and a weekly devotional column, Minute Meditations. Michele was the winner of the Jean Berg Memorial Award, given to identify and encourage a talented writer, at the 1997 St. David’s Christian Writers Conference. The founder and former leader of the Punxsutawney Area Christian Writers Fellowship, Michele taught English for twelve years, and has taught journalism and creative writing classes. A wife, mother of three, and grandmother, Michele lives in the country with her husband and youngest son.

Vicki Huffman is a freelance editor/writer who has worked for Cook Communications and Thomas Nelson Publishers. Vicki has won several EPA awards for her outstanding column and interview/profile articles. Vicki lives in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband Richard, who is fairly well behaved, and two dogs who aren’t. The Huffmans have two grown children and three (remarkably beautiful) grandchildren. Vicki is available for editing, speaking engagements or writing assignments. She can be contacted at 118 Sun Valley Dr., Mt. Juliet, TN 37122, phone: 615-754-4880 or by fax at 615-754-4807.

Sonia Jones was born and raised in London, England, and later spent her teenage years in Greenwich, Connecticut. She received a Ph.D. in romance languages from Harvard and then accepted a position as chairperson of the Spanish department, where she taught for twenty years.

Maxine Karpen, a registered professional nurse, made a mid-life career switch to writing in 1981. She has authored a romance novel, a nursing textbook, a chapter in a health guide, and has had over 400 articles published and reprinted worldwide. An award-winning writer, she also lectures at writers’ conferences. Maxine can be reached at m[email protected]

Kimberly White Kerl lives in Greenville, South Carolina, with her husband, Marvin, daughter, Erin, and son, Nicholas. She allows the rich flavor of life’s experiences to permeate and inspire her architectural career and freelance writing projects. She writes poems, short stories, essays, and critiques. She can be contacted by e-mail at [email protected]

Cheryl Kirking, “a Ripplemaker,” is a popular conference speaker who encourages others nationwide through splashes of insights, humor and original songs. A songwriter, she has recorded six CDs. She is the author of A Hundred Ripples. Contact her at P.O. Box 525, Lake Mills, WI 53551. Phone: 920-648-8959; e-mail [email protected]

Vicki L. Kitchner has taught physically and mentally disabled children for sixteen years. She is the co-founder of Sky’s the Limit, which produces educational and therapeutic materials and has developed a children’s musical CD entitled: It’s Circle Time! She has had several articles published in magazines and has just completed her first novel entitled Shades of Rage. Ms. Kitchner has been married for nine years and she and her husband enjoy backpacking, travel and reading.

Tammy Laws Lawson’s hobbies include writing and reading. Tammy’s favorite books are the Chicken Soup books. Tammy is married and has six children, three grandsons and one son-in-law.

Patricia S. Laye, author of romance-suspense and six regency novels, teaches at writers’ conferences and colleges throughout the South. She resides with her husband on a farm where she is currently working on a mainstream novel and a mystery. She travels worldwide exploring new settings for her novels.

Richard Lederer is the author of more than 2,000 books and articles about laughing and humor including his bestselling Anguished English and his current book, Sleeping Dogs Don’t Lay. He has been elected International Punster of the Year.

Tom C. Long has been in ministry for over thirty years, twenty of which were spent in the youth room. He currently lives in Southern California with his wife and two daughters and is the senior pastor at Heritage Christian Fellowship. Pastor Tom’s passion is to preach the word of God and lead people to Jesus Christ.

Patricia Lorenz is an internationally known inspirational, art-of-living writer whose true stories have been featured in a number of Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She’s the author of Stuff That Matters for Single Parents and A Hug a Day for Single Parents and has had over 400 articles published in numerous magazines. As an inspirational speaker, Patricia packs a wallop with her take-away messages. You may write to her at 7457 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Oak Creek, WI 53154. For speaking engagements contact Associated Speakers, Inc., at 800-437-7577.

Tim Madigan is a senior feature writer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram newspaper in Fort Worth, Texas. He lives with his wife, Catherine, and children Patrick and Melanie in Arlington, Texas. His e-mail address is [email protected] com.

Mayo Mathers is a columnist for Virtue magazine, contributing editor for Today’s Christian Women, and a freelance writer who has contributed to nine books and coauthored Like a Pebble Tossed and The Legacy of a Prayer.

Lorie McCrone has been married for twenty-five years to Joe, a most wonderful husband. Lorie and Joe share their home with two dalmatians, Storm and Danny, and a twenty-one-year-old cat named Sheba. Her hobbies revolve around her dogs; she trains and shows them in obedience, agility and road-trip competitions. Lorie is currently writing a book that tells the stories of the many dogs, and their owners, who have touched her life. She’s worked at the IBM Corporation in Endicott, New York, for twenty years, and is currently an accountant in the relocation department.

Robert J. McMullen Jr. is a retired Presbyterian minister. After duty as a pilot in World War II with missions over Germany, he served churches in West Virginia, suburban Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Charlotte. He and his wife have three children, one with cerebral palsy.

Cynthia Mercati is a playwright with over thirty scripts published and produced. She is also a professional actress and performs with a children’s theater company, often appearing in her own shows. She was recently awarded The Bonderman Youth Playwriting Award. She’s also written several children’s books, and frequently contributes commentaries to national newspapers. One of her essays appeared in A Second Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul. Cynthia has two children, one dachshund, and loves movies, the Chicago White Sox, and doing workshops for all ages on playwriting.

Roberta L. Messner, is a quality-management specialist, author and inspirational speaker. She has written over 100 articles, which have appeared in over 100 different publications, as well as two books. Her work has appeared in other Chicken Soup books and she is a regular contributor to Guideposts and Daily Guideposts. She is also a field editor and photo stylist for a number of home-decorating publications.

J. Michael Miller is a retired United Methodist Minister living in Roswell, Georgia. He entered the ministry in 1964 and earned degrees from Boston University’s School of Theology and Graduate School. He served as pastor of United Methodist churches in Massachusetts and Illinois and was associate professor of Old Testament at Oral Roberts University School of Theology in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for seven years. Dr. Miller has written several Sunday school curricula for the United Methodist Church. He and his wife, Dolores, are the parents of two married daughters and they have eight grandchildren.

Nancy Miller is a freelance writer who specializes in short stories about her children and grandchildren. “The Smell of Rain” is a true story about her granddaughter, Danae Blessing. Nancy hopes others will embrace the emotion of the story, and realize that they, too, are one of God’s greatest masterpieces. Elaine Minamide has been married for fifteen yeas and has three children. Elaine is a junior high English teacher at her children’s school who writes freelance from home. She has a BA and MA in English. She writes for newspapers, family and parenting magazines and has also had children’s fiction books published.

Gerald Moore, whose written work ranges from short stories to political speeches, is the author of numerous magazine articles. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he has been a reporter and magazine editor. He worked as an environmental technical writer in New York City where he lives with his wife, Joyce Nereaux.

Susan Morin resides in Passadumkeag, Maine, with her husband Victor, six cats and two dogs. She is the mother of a blended family of five children, ages twenty-one to thirty-four. At United Baptist Church in Old Town, Maine, she serves as women’s ministry coordinator and teaches adult and women’s Bible study classes.

Carla Muir is a freelance writer of poetry and stories that have been published in More Stories for the Heart, and Keepsakes for the Heart, with Multnomah; Glimpses of Heaven, and Do Not Lose Heart, with Zondervan and A Second Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul. She can be reached through her agent, Susan Yates, at Yates & Yates, LLP 714-835-3742.

Jo Ann Nahirny, a New Jersey native now living in Florida, is the mother of two, and has served as a foster mother for eight neglected and abused children between the ages of one and seven. She and her husband, Michael, became foster parents in 1994. She is a graduate of St. Peter’s College and holds a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University.

John Neilsen is a professor at Western Michigan University and speaks frequently on simplifying life, staying in tune with values and managing professional stress. John can be reached at [email protected]

Richard O’Donnell has had articles appear in a number of anthologies, most notably those published by Yankee, Inc., and Smithsonian. He currently is working as a freelance writer and enjoys collecting old-time radio shows. Richard considers himself a short story and movie buff.

Mary Treacy O’Keefe, a mother of four teenagers, plans to become a certified spiritual director after completing her master’s degree in theology. A hospice volunteer, she loves to hear about the many ways God is present in peoples’ lives. You can e-mail her at [email protected]

Sharon M. Palmer is currently employed by the American Red Cross in the Finger Lakes as the coordinator for the Meals on Wheels program in North Seneca County, New York. Sherry credits her mentor, M. Kay Miller, and the Hazel Green Writers for instilling in her the desire to write, “for the fun of it,” and for helping her see the potential in her work. When she isn’t writing she enjoys spending time with her nine-year-old son, Charley, who has Down’s syndrome. He is the blessing of her life and the inspiration for most of her writings. She is eternally grateful for her husband’s unwavering support.

Victor Parachin is an ordained minister in the Christian church. He has served churches in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and the Los Angles area. He is a freelance writer and author of several books. He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with his wife and three children.

Sean Patrick has published his family-oriented series in Catholic Digest since 1987. His stories about his Irish-American family have been published in a book, Patrick’s Corner. A former deputy sheriff, he now lives in rural retirement in the heavily Amish area of northeast Ohio.

Dawn Philips lives near Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. She attended the University of Alberta, taught in one-room schools, and developed programs to integrate special needs children into regular school systems. She is married with four children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Rick Phillips is an internationally recognized speaker focusing on highly customized sales and customer service systems. The author of several Chicken Soup stories, Rick speaks to thousands each year on developing the skills necessary to be successful in the millennium. You can reach Rick at [email protected]

Rebecca Manley Pippert is a bestselling author and internationally acclaimed speaker whose modern classic Out of the Salt Shaker, which is now available in its twentieth anniversary edition revised and expanded, has sold more than a half a million copies and has been translated into over twenty-five languages. She is the author of Hope Has Its Reasons and A Heart Like His. A skilled inspirational and motivational speaker, Becky has spoken extensively nationally and internationally. She lives with her husband, Dick, and two children Elizabeth and David. Contact her at: [email protected].

Penny Porter is one of the most successful freelancers ever to hit Reader’s Digest. She has published stories in a wide range of national circulation magazines, including Arizona Highways, Catholic Digest, Guideposts, and Honda, and her work has appeared in several Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Penny often writes non-fiction accounts of her experiences and adventures with her husband and six children while cattle ranching in their remote ranch in Arizona. She has compiled her first illustrated collection of true stories, Heartstrings and Tail-Tuggers, (Ravenhawk Books).

Ellen Ingersoll Plum was born and raised in the Atlantic City area. Ellen became interested in the scholarship program for the Miss America pageant. After serving for ten years as chairman of the National Hostess Committee, she became the first women president. Her husband, Neil, was owner of the Plum Funeral Homes.

Cathy L. Seehuetter is a proud mother of four children (one who is now her own special guardian angel) and two adorable grandsons. She has been an on-again off-again student for thirty-plus years, hoping to return to college to become a grief counselor. She is a regular contributor to The Bulletin Board, and the chapter co-leader and newsletter editor of the St. Paul, Minnesota, chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a support group for bereaved parents. Her desire is to give back by helping newly bereaved see that there is hope at the end of their long and difficult journey down the grief road.

Michael Jordan Segal works as a psychotherapist. Shawn Elyse Segal is a happy and healthy eight-year-old, and Sharon is working part time as a speech pathologist and full time at her #1 job of being a mother. Mike has written an autobiography entitled, Never Say Quit and is looking for a publisher. He is available for public speaking engagements. E-mail him at: [email protected]

Cheryl Walterman Stewart is a freelance writer and harpist living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with her husband, Jim. She is a graduate of CLASS, a training course for speakers and enjoys teaching on relationships and communication skills.

Marilyn K. Strube has been married for twenty-seven years and has five daughters. Marilyn works part time as a clerk at a nearby community hospital and does freelance writing for Guideposts the rest of the time.

Alan Struthers Jr. is a business and financial writer. Alan has written for major corporations and for government officials. Articles based on his speeches have appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times and other newspapers. He has a successful Christian financial planning practice in northern New Jersey. He is also a musician who has recorded two CDs playing the bluegrass banjo.

LeAnn Thieman is a nationally acclaimed speaker and author and a member of the National Speakers Association. LeAnn inspires audiences to truly live their priorities and balance their lives physically, mentally, and spiritually while making a difference in the world. She coauthored “This Must Be My Brother.” You can contact her at LeAnn

Nanette Thorsen-Snipes has published over 350 articles, columns, devotions and reprints in over thirty-five publications including Honor Books, Christian Reader and others. She has also won many awards including Writer of the Year. She can be contacted by e-mail at [email protected]

Carol Holladay Treiber was born in 1935 in New London, Connecticut. She is married to Henry Treiber and has two sons and one grandson. Carol is a retired teacher and spends her time volunteering at churches, hospitals and fairs as Bubbles, the Christian Clown. She has won numerous awards for her writing including the Higher Goals in Christian Journalism Award in 1998 for Annie Mae’s Honor. E-mail her at: [email protected]

Eva Unga writes for the Woman’s World magazine.

Todd W. Van Beck is the school director of the New England Institute of Funeral Service education at Mount Ida College in Newton Center, Massachusetts. Mr. Van Beck is in demand as a motivational speaker and seminar leader on a wide range of human service topics. Mr. Van Beck can be reached at Todd [email protected]

Charlotte “Charlie” Volnek has been married to her beloved Michael for twenty years and together they have three wonderful blessings for the Lord above: Christopher, Alex and Keri. As a Christian mother, Charlie focuses on raising her family in the glory of God and writing to inspire and encourage youth of today to follow the life of Jesus.

William Webber is an American Baptist pastor, public speaker and author. For a copy of his bestselling, award-winning book A Rustle of Angels, Stories About Angels in Real Life and Scripture, please send $15.00 to William Webber, 275 Celeste Dr., Riverside, CA 92507. You may reach him also by fax at 909-784-6864.

Richard Whetstone has tried to follow the words of Helen Keller, “life is an adventure, or it’s nothing.” He has been a lawman, cowboy, nurse’s assistant, salesman and whatever else it took to pay the bills. He’s traveled to every state in the Union except Hawaii. Richard is fifty-three years old and has been happily married for the past fourteen years. He has two children and seven grandchildren.

Margaret Wiedyke is a former English teacher, mother of two married daughters and the grandmother of eight-year-old Derek. With her retired husband, Margaret enjoys traveling and baby-sitting her grandson. She also likes to read, write and cook.

Carol Wimmer has devoted her life to ministry through the arts. In addition to poetry, she writes musicals, plays and scripture memory songs for children of all ages published by Sheep School Press. Married for thirty years and the mother of two grown children, Carol currently teaches music, art and drama at Clovis Christian School in Clovis, California. She may be reached at [email protected]

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