I’ve thoroughly enjoyed discovering even more about my writer friends who produce inspirational and challenging content every week. I hope you’ve been enjoying “meeting” these amazing writers, too. Today I bring you writers who tackle difficult subjects and who do it exceedingly well, all while accomplishing amazing feats for God’s kingdom.
As before, this tiny typewriter will mark the beginning of each author’s info.
Yvonne Mulholland Morgan
Yvonne was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is a wife, mom, and grandmother, but most importantly, she is a lover of Jesus and is passionate about prayer and missions. She shares stories of trusting the Lord and watching Christ in action. As a faithful prayer warrior, she trusted God when He called her to help orphans after the loss of her son. He led her to set up orphanages in Myanmar and Nepal.
Learn more about the ministry which resulted — Orphan Relief Effort, a Non-Profit organization, which often propels Yvonne off to travel around the world with her husband to attend the ministry needs. Don’t miss being a part of this. Learn about the needs, pray for this ministry, and give if you’re able. You can find out more about Orphan Relief Effort HERE.Born in Ireland, Yvonne Mulholland Morgan does good all over the world with a focus on Orphan Relief Effort. Plus, she's an #Author and #Blogger. Find her here @YMMauthor. For more info click here: Click To Tweet
As an Amazon Author, you can find all of Yvonne’s published writing HERE. Yvonne is the author of Turning Mountains into Molehills (2017 4RV Publishing), which gives readers a first-hand look at her journey into the mission field.
Turning Mountains into Molehills
Rest in God, a Prayer Journal
Yvonne’s second book is Rest in God Prayer Journal. In this book she walks you through how to pray effectively. Do you struggle with prayer? Yvonne’s new book offers help for your prayer life. I read Yvonne’s blog weekly, and the advice and guidance she offers on this subject have proven to be powerful and entirely applicable to my own prayer life.
Additionally, Yvonne also writes a superb blog weekly HERE. Check it out. Her writing is informative and encouraging. She often writes of the application of lessons learned through the insights the Lord gives her during what seem to be simple moments, but which prove to be uplifting, and full of meaningful truth and encouragement for her and the reader.
Here’s a peek at the opening paragraph of her most recent post.
“Do you look at the context of a Bible verse when you read it? Often, I think we read a verse and accept it at face value. The more I write, the more I find myself digging deeper to understand the meaning behind something. When we know the circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, the whole meaning can change. As I participated in a Bible Study called “That the World May Know,” by Ray Vander Laan, the context of a famous Bible passage changed my thinking. Let’s look at what I learned regarding the 23rd Psalm. . . . ” Continue here.
You can find everything pertaining to the many ministries Yvonne has founded or assisted with right HERE. She’s an amazing woman of strength and character, who has done much good all over the world.
Nancy E. Head
Nancy E. Head is an author, teacher, and activist who has also run for political office. She is staunchly pro-life and often writes on this topic as well as the moral condition of America and how we are losing many of the values that were common in the past.
Learn more about Nancy here: www.nancyehead.com.
Nancy blogs weekly. Over several years of reading her work, I’ve found her to be one of the most candid authors I’ve ever encountered. Her wealth of experiences give her a candor and yet kindness toward those in difficult situations, and her strength of character produces writing directed at those difficulties in ways that are straightforward and frank. I learn much from her weekly blog about where our nation is headed morally and ethically.
Boldly, she writes of the ugly side of the abortion issue, euthanasia, and the pressure on those who attempt to intervene. Her writing presents truth fearlessly, with no hiding of the details about which we may have covered our eyes. Bracing, intellectual, and informative — these descriptors encapsulate her work.@nancyehead is a truth-telling #writer who pens facts that reveal the dark side of issues about which we may have covered our eyes. Her writing is candid, bracing, intellectual & informative, both blogging and published work.… Click To Tweet
Take a look at Nancy’s blog. This is one of her latest featured posts.
HEADlines: The Importance of Meaning
Published in the Mustard Seed Sentinel, June 27, 2020.
“In the 1950s kids lost their innocence . . . In the 1960s, kids lost their authority [the means of direction]. . . In the 1970s, kids lost their love. It was the decade of me-ism dominated by hyphenated words beginning with self. . . Self-image, Self-esteem, Self-assertion… It made for a lonely world. . . In the 1980s, kids lost their hope. . . In the 1990s, kids lost their power to reason. . . In the new millennium, kids woke up and found out that in the midst of all this change, they had lost their imagination,” Ravi Zacharias.
Innocence, authority, love, hope, reason, imagination, all are necessary elements of a functioning people in a functioning society.
Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 in 1950—back when there was still innocence, hope, and imagination. The book is about a society that can no longer find itself. The people have no books, no imagination, and no sense of purpose and meaning.
Bradbury depicts these losses in one of the most chilling moments in literature. A man comes home from work to find his wife passed out—overdosed on sleeping pills. He calls for help assuming the 1950s practice that a doctor will actually come to the house to set her right.
Instead, help comes in the form of two cigarette smoking technicians with a snakelike vacuum cleaner of sorts. They sweep out the woman’s system. She’ll be fine in the morning. It’s no big deal, they say; it’s common. So common, in fact, that they get nine or ten calls a night. Every night. . . .
Nancy is the author of Restoring the Shattered: Illustrating Christ’s Love Through the Church in One Accord. Currently, she is working on a middle reader children’s book, Jude and the Magic Birds (Working title).
Restoring the Shattered
Written in an easy-to-understand, conversational style, Restoring the Shattered is an account of Nancy E. Head’s journey through single-motherhood and poverty. The permanent divide between her and her husband led to a shattering of their family as the children settled into separate camps.
The story begins when Nancy and her children have little to eat. Through a miraculous intervention, God provides—and leads them along their way. Other interventions and more guidance came from people of different denominations, illustrating Christ’s love through the larger Church.
When one of Nancy’s grown children became Catholic, she became more aware of the ways her own evangelical tradition often dismisses Catholic believers and misinterprets many of their doctrines. While doctrines may differ, so many essential beliefs are the same. Restoring the Shattered looks at the causes of the Reformation and other schisms, and how the original schism in Christianity happened because of a mistranslation.
Misunderstanding others’ faith languages feeds so much separation today. Nancy encourages pursuing accord among evangelical, Catholic, and Christian Orthodox communities in order to lead the Church to the kind of ministry that helped Nancy’s family so much and rebuild the ruins of society through obedience to Christ’s call for Christian accord.
During our years of need, Christians encouraged her as she earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Penn State and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Encouragement continued as she embarked on a career in journalism and later turned to a career in teaching, which has included two summers in China. She earned my master’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Currently, Nancy is an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, craft projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
Dr. Pam Morrison
Dr. Pam Morrison is an ordained pastor who has led, or helped to lead, six churches in the Kansas City area over the last few decades. I’ve been greatly blessed by Pam’s loving heart, which shows in her writing and speaking, and her ministry toward those in prison and who are trapped in addiction.
In 2008, Pam began to minister to those in jail. She found her heart greatly moved by women serving sentences in Leavenworth, Kansas. Most, if not all of them, were incarcerated because of drug related offenses. As Pam listened to their stories, the heartbreak of their childhoods, and their longings for their own children, her desire to minister to men and women trying to escape addiction and an endless cycle of jail or prison time grew. The fire of that desire was further fanned by recovering addicts coming to the church she was leading.
Pam has seen firsthand the situations of defeat that threaten to overwhelm people in recovery. She has visited them in jail, sat in courtrooms, testified in custody hearings, ministered and taught in transition communities and prayed for their healing. She also understands the challenges for those on the helping side. She knows what it is to wonder what the right things are to say and do so that you truly help a person in recovery rather than enable them to stay where they are.
But she has a broader and enduring concern that affects all people and that is to help them discover a deep and life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ, to know and receive the Holy Spirit, and to gain a deep understanding of scripture. She longs for people to feel profoundly secure in their faith and out of that, to be able to boldly help others and weather “storms.”
Pam also ministers overseas with preaching, evangelism, and healing prayer. She is currently partnering with Cuban pastors to aid them in their ministries. She welcomes groups to travel with her. She has ministered in Nicaragua, Peru, and Brazil as well.
Jesus and the Addict
Pam believes in the healing ministry of Jesus for the body, soul, and spirit. She practices it and teaches about it in person and in her writing. She has written Jesus and the Addict: Twelve Bible Studies for People Getting Free from Drugs, a book on ministering to people in recovery (in English and Spanish).
Pam has written for CBN, Charisma, and Spirit Fuel. Her Blog, www.pammorrisonministries.com deals with topics of healing and hope.
Cuba is much on her heart though she has ministered in other nations. The people have so little. But those who believe have a faith in God that is profound. The need is to evangelize so many more of the people. She and her husband partner with pastors in Cuba and Pam has made many trips there to minister to the people.
Learn more about Pam’s ministries HERE. Here is a recent blog post.
How to Let Go of the Past
“I Regret My Life Choices”
Who does not have those moments of saying, “if only?” “If only…I had finished school… taken that job rather than been afraid… not made those bad choices… left that relationship sooner… listened to better advice, etc.” We can often dwell in regret and find it hard to let go of the past.
Along with wistfulness or outright sadness about the past may be the thought, “I’ve missed it. The chance I had to live a better way, a fuller life, contribute more, came and went.” This kind of thinking can fill you with pain and “stall” you, as you get lost in backward looking self-disgust.
We watched a movie the other night called “Bottom of the Ninth.” The lead character was a man who forfeited a promising baseball career and the hope of life-long love with a young woman he was dating, when, in a fit of rage, as a 21-year-old, he got into a street fight and accidentally killed another young man. He went to prison for 17 years and once out, found his mind going back again and again to that night. It seemed his life was over – that he simply had to release all dreams and just get by. He felt unending loss was all he could hope for. . . .
All of Pam’s blog posts can be found on her website: Inspiration for Healing, Living, and Growing Through Resilient Faith. You can find her page here. Words of great encouragement are contained within these pages.Learn about @revpmorrison, Pastor, #Author of “Jesus & the Addict,” faith-based recovery, care for poor, healing ministry, and “Rooted by the Stream”on Charisma Podcast Network. Find out more here: Click To Tweet
Spiritual Eyes, Written for the Christian Broadcasting Network
“Years ago, we moved to Kansas so that my husband might take a job. Up to this point, we lived east of Atlanta on a few heavily wooded acres. Our babies were born and brought home to our cedar-sided cabin with its broad front porch. This place was a little “piece of heaven” for us – a small acreage surrounded by neighbors, some in subdivisions, others on their own few acres. Many afternoons, I hiked across the pasture of the neighboring land to see my best friend, Barbara, and her boys. With this move to Kansas, we longed to capture the same lifestyle – a country home with plenty of neighbors, yet a spacious place to raise children. We set out to explore land north of the metro area. I remember how my heart sank as we drove up and down county roads. . . .
Click HERE to read the rest of Pam’s post, Spiritual Eyes, written for CBN.