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By Authors Doreen Hanna and Karen Whiting

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How Did Raising a Modern-Day Princess Come to Fruition?

Author Doreen Hanna was married to Chad for 43 years. Chad’s heavenward journey in 2014 was a celebration of his life, Hanna.Doreen. pic (280x243)leaving a legacy through their two girls: Brandy, married to Roberto Corea for more than 20 years and the mother of Doreen’s four grandchildren. Kamy, is Doreen’s youngest, who is presently single and is a tremendous help to Doreen in this season of her life and ministry.  It seemed only natural that both girls assist in the creation of the Biblically-based “rite of passage” for teen girls curriculum first implemented in 2000, which led to the co-authored book, Raising a Modern-Day Princess with Pam Farrel, published by Focus on the Family in 2010.

Doreen’s recognition for a Biblically-based “rite of passage” led to researching the purpose of a rite of passage because those words are not commonly used in our society today. Yet, they are lived out in our daily lives. A birthday, an anniversary, and graduations are all rites of passage.  They represent transition, worthy of acknowledgement and celebration.  Doreen shares within the pages of Raising a Young Modern-Day Princess true stories of the challenges she faced in raising her daughters in her attempt to encourage the Fruit of the Spirit in their lives and the value of celebrating this rite of passage.

Author Karen Whiting’s formative years included the joy of creative activities with her grandmother. Karen’s marriage led to four children of her own. She used her creative gifting to educate and entertain them over the years.  Karen’s gifts are once again utilized through Raising a Young Modern-Day Princess as each chapter ends with creative activities thatKaren Whiting (princess tiara) reinforce that chapter’s Fruit of the Spirit. In addition, she shares several personal stories that attempted to implement a certain Fruit into the lives of her daughters and the challenges or successes she encountered along the way.

Other contributing authors also share their stories that will bring our reading audience to laughter and sometimes to tears.

Within our homes, and possibly churches too, celebrations of spiritual rites of passage are often overlooked.   How many of us remember the moment we accepted Christ, but we can’t document the time, day, or maybe even the year?  Or the date, time, or place and how we felt after being baptized?  Today we are beginning to celebrate our spiritual steps in our Christian walk that can make a lasting impact in our children’s lives and a significant documented memory.  Like the rocks the children of Israel set in places on their journey to the Promised Land to remember how God met them at those places, our “spiritual steps” are reminders of how God has met us in special places and ways.

Doreen and Karen hope that RYMDP will be heartwarming, insightful, and enjoyable as you implement some of the fun activities that will nurture the Fruit of the Spirit to grow in your daughters’ or possibly granddaughters’ lives, and you will have the joy of seeing it blossom and bear fruit for you and others to enjoy.

A Little More About the Authors:

Doreen Hanna is the Founder & President of Treasured Celebrations. She founded Treasured Celebrations to empower girls of all ages to discover their purpose, value, and strength in today’s society.   She has been accomplishing her goal for more than a decade by training leaders with her same passion.  She has authored the Modern Day Princess books and curriculum published by one of the most highly recognized publishers in the industry, Focus on the Family/ Tyndale.   Her resources have been implemented in every state in our nation and in 22 countries across the world.  She often speaks to women’s groups and parents, and she trains leaders internationally.

Karen Whiting, a freelance writer and author of 22 books, loves to let creativity splash onto the page as she writes. Whether offering creative solutions for busy women or designing crafts for tweens, her books reflect how imagination and writing intersect.  Karen’s books include the popular tween series “God’s Girls” and “God Encounters” Ages 10-12 (small group prayer encounters). Her more than 400 articles and devotions have been published in over four dozen magazines including Brio magazine, Focus on the Family, Today’s Christian Women, Reminisce, and Devo-Zine. Karen also directed an award-winning tween and teen puppet ministry for more than a dozen years and hosted a TV series, “Puppets on Parade,” at WLRN for Miami educational television. Karen is a speaker for women’s groups, retreats, schools, and mother-daughter events.

Thank you, Doreen and Karen, for sharing the exciting news about your new release!





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Meet the Author Marti Pieper

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Marti Pieper’s passion to read, write, and pray has yielded all kinds of adventures. In 2005, her involvement in a prayer project led her to assist Brent and Deanna Higgins as they told their son’s compelling story. The resulting memoir, I Would Die for You: One Student’s Story of Passion, Service, and Faith (Revell, 2008), became a young adult bestseller that the publisher has called a “missions classic.”

Today, Marti continues to use her gifts as author, collaborative writer, and editor. Her latest release is Escape the Lie: Journey to Freedom from the Orphan Heart (Randall House, 2014) written for Dr. Walker Moore, President and Founder of Awe Star Ministries, a student missions-sending organization. This is their third book together.

In addition to her work with nonfiction books, Marti writes and edits for popular Christian teen girls’ magazine, Sisterhood. She also serves as Director of Prayer and Publication for Awe Star Ministries and writer for the Shelby Kennedy Foundation, sponsor of the National Bible Bee.

Marti’s passion for mission service has been reflected in her work. She has had the privilege of traveling to Mexico and Panama with Awe Star Ministries and to Guatemala, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and (this July) Costa Rica as the writer for the Never the Same missions trip co-founded by Susie Shellenberger, founding editor of Sisterhood. Last summer, she climbed several hundred steps in the slums of Lima in pursuit of a story and also had the privilege of joining teens in sandboarding down dunes more than 200 feet high.

Marti is a popular speaker at writers, homeschool, and missions conferences where she shares the wisdom gained from her experiences in writing, editing, homeschooling, and serving on numerous short-term mission trips. Marti also speaks for churches, women’s retreats, and young adults on topics related to missions and prayer.

Marti holds a B.S.Ed. from The Ohio State University and M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is wife to Tom, a worship pastor, and mom to five young adults. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, and at http://www.martipieper.com.

Check out Marti’s novel, ESCAPE THE LIE


Satan’s deceptive tactics block most Christians from the lives God intended. We hide behind rules, masks, and manipulation. We preach the gospel, but our lives proclaim destruction.
Escape the Lie provides answers for the deep-seated problem known as the Orphan Heart. Through powerful, biblical teaching and compelling true-life examples, the book unlocks the door to help you escape the wounds of the past and move into abundant life.

Purchase Links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Escape-Lie-Walker-Moore/dp/0892656859/ref=tmm_pap_title_0
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/escape-the-lie-walker-moore/1119464716?ean=9780892656851
Christian Book Distributors: http://www.christianbook.com/escape-journey-freedom-from-orphan-heart/walker-moore/9780892656851/pd/656851
Randall House: http://www.randallhouse.com/shop/escape-the-lie/

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Meet the Author Max Lewis
A Former Green Beret and Lawyer Now Shares Fourth of July Thoughts

Happy Fourth of July!

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Imagine how the signers of The Declaration of Independence feel while looking down from heaven and listening to their critics. The thought never occurred to me until my publisher asked me to write a fictional short story relating how John Hancock experienced the 4th of July. Before starting, I read Herbert S. Allan’s even-handed biography of Hancock. Yes, the founders were all human: Hancock was vain and a clothes horse, for example. But when you study the founding of America from the perspective of a founder, the greatness of these men staggers you.

“But they didn’t free the slaves and women and blacks couldn’t vote!”

Guess what? No one could meaningfully vote and everyone, everywhere, was in some form of bondage. The English themselves were “subjects.” Except for royalty and a small number of men in a handful of tiny Greek city states, no one had ever controlled their destiny.

Writing in the first person forces you to see things through the eyes of the character or historic figure, to imagine what they felt, wanted, and thought. The founders were operating on uncharted waters, laying the foundation to free all mankind and making things up as they went. They were doing it while at war with the most powerful Empire on the face of the planet. On January 1, 1776, George Washington discovered he had only 8,000 enlistments instead of the 20,000 planned. Georgia and South Carolina announced they would not sign if slavery were denounced, let alone outlawed.

As I imagine Hancock saying, “The hard truth is we will not free the Negro slaves . . . not because we don’t want to, but because we can’t. The southerners would revolt . . . freeing the black man will require a war and the forces of liberty are barely able to fight one war, let alone two.”

On July 4, 1776, the founders were almost to the man well-educated, affluent, and doing quite well as subjects of Britain. In the 18th century, traitors were hung from a gibbet with their hands tied behind their back. Rather than breaking their necks, the traitor took about ten minutes to strangle to death. Traitors’ property was forfeited, so their families were left impoverished. While the founders were signing their own death warrant, Benedict Arnold was trying to keep his army from disintegrating as he retreated from the disastrous Canadian campaign. “I have often thought how much happier I would have been,” said Washington, “if, instead of accepting a command under such circumstances, I had taken up a musket on my shoulder and entered the ranks.”

They were great men; yet, consider the petulance with which they were treated. While reviewing “The Price they Paid” e-mail about the founders, the left wing site “Snopes” called it part true, part false. Why? Here’s an example: “Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.” Snopes – “yeah, well . . . she was already sick.” Seriously. I paraphrase, so check it out for yourselves. Part of the disdain appears to be petty racism, sexism, and anti-Christianity.  The founders were white male Christians, but there may be something deeper. Writing about an attack on the the framers, Professor Walter Williams wrote, “If I believed in conspiracies, I’d say (Time’s) article is part of a leftist agenda to undermine respect for the founding values of our nation.”

Hancock might have said, “No doubt, those who hate liberty and embrace hate amongst the races will use this against us not only now, but far into the future. We can only trust this and future generations will be wise enough to detect the charlatan, understand his aim, and reject his deception. That battle is for another time and will be fought by other men. We must fight the one in front of us now.”

“This is a column of opinion and satire” Max Lewis says then adds that he knows of no undisclosed facts. Contact Lewis, the author of John Hancock, in Remington Colt’s Revolutionary War Series, and visit him at josephmaxlewis.com then click on Rimersburg Rules. © Joseph M. Lewis


The Amazon Kindle link to “John Hancock” is: http://www.amazon.com/Remington-Colts-Revolutionary-War-Independence-ebook/dp/B00KND49O2/ref=la_B008ZHHUBW_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1404224548&sr=1-5

To link to listen in on the blogtalk radio show with Joseph Max Lewis discussing “The Declaration of Independence”: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gelatisscoop/2014/07/03/joseph-max-lewis-discusses-the-declaration-of-independence

To stop by Mr. Lewis’ website and connect with him: http://www.josephmaxlewis.com


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Meet the Author Tanya Stowe


Novelist Tanya Stowe has had an Eclectic Career:
Working as a freelance writer, Tanya’s profiles have featured celebrities such as Fabio and New York Times Bestselling authors LaVyrle Spencer, Shirlee Busbee, and Heather Graham. Excerpts from Tanya’s reviews have appeared on the book covers and the promotional material of publishers, and her articles have appeared in diverse national publications. Tanya wrote grants, participated in a collection of women’s survival stories and collaborated on a full-length Christmas musical that sold out its performances. She also worked as a marketing assistant and as an event coordinator doing a stint with the American Cancer Society.

How About Tanya’s “Other” Life?

Tanya has been married to her high school sweetheart for thirty-nine years. They have four children and nineteen…soon to be twenty…grandchildren. Recently her husband retired from government work after living in the Middle East for two years.

More Details about her Writing:
Tanya writes inspirational romances with an unexpected edge. She fills her stories with the unusual…gifts of the spirit in Tender Touch and spiritual warfare in Haunted Hearts. In Never Ending Night she explores the horrors of a Civil War battle and unravels a mystery. Tender Trust treks to the Old West. Leap of Faith brushes wings with an angel, and White Christmas wraps romance in the traditions of a small town holiday. No matter where Tanya goes…on a journey through the past or contemporary adventures in new lands…be prepared for the extraordinary.

Something Not Many People Know…
Tanya says, “I wanted to be an Egyptologist when I was in high school. When I realized I could just write about ancient Egypt and not dig in the dirt, I changed directions.
Thanks, Tanya, for allowing us to take a peek at your interesting life and career today.

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Meet the Author Frances Gregory Pasch


 Frances Gregory Pasch has a unique story. She loves to share it with others to give them hope that it is never too late to be used by God.

“I have always loved God, but my life changed dramatically in 1983 at the age of fifty. It was a new beginning. One day, my teenage son, Brian, came home from school and caught me off guard with two questions.

“Why didn’t you tell us that we could have a personal relationship with Jesus?  Why didn’t you tell us that we could know for sure that we would live eternally with Him?” I didn’t know how to answer, so I asked him to explain. Brian shared that one of his teachers was a Christian and was helping some of the students with the Bible after school. He was excited and his excitement lit a spark in me. So, in addition to attending my own church, I started attending the church where he and some of his friends went.

“My husband Jim and I had taken our five boys faithfully to church throughout the years. They made their communion and confirmation, but there were no Bible studies our family could attend.

“After attending Bible study at Brian’s church and fellowshipping with other Christians, I invited Jesus into my heart in1983 and began an exciting adventure.  As a result of this new relationship with God, He gifted me with writing poems which were published in my church’s bulletin. This was surprising since I had never learned the mechanics of writing poetry in high school or college.

I eventually found a writers’ group and within a short time was appointed the leader. I have been leading the group for 22 years and love encouraging writers to submit their work. Most writers love to write but are hesitant to market their writing.”


“I have also attended writers’ conferences yearly where I learned to write devotions and improve my writing skills,” she says. “For the past thirty years my poems and devotions have been regularly published in numerous Sunday school papers, magazines, and compilations.”

Fran also makes her own Christmas cards, incorporating her poetry. She has a weekly devotional e-mail ministry to over 300 people.


Pasch.Fran.Bk.Cover“My first book was published in December 2013, a month after my 80th birthday. Double Vision: Seeing God in Everyday Life through Devotions and Poetry is a collection of 30 devotions, each paired with a poem on the same topic. It is a double eye-opener, two ways of looking at the same spiritual truth. Each individual devotion and matching poem could be used as a short Bible study. The book’s format makes it a good gift book.”


Many people don’t know that in the 80s Fran was considered a Coupon Queen. She wasn’t officially crowned, but the local newspaper wrote a long article and posted a picture of her throwing handsful of coupons in the air. She did heavy duty couponing and refunding and even taught classes at two night schools. With five sons to feed and an average family income, the time spent was worthwhile. Over the years, she saved thousands of dollars by watching sales, comparing prices, and shopping at stores that offered double coupons. She even attended a coupon club, went to a coupon convention, and wrote a couponing column.Pasch.Fran.Picture.Younger.Days


Fran has lived in New Jersey all of her life. She attended Georgian Court College in Lakewood, New Jersey, which is now a university. She has a B.S. in Business Administration. She married her husband, Jim, in 1958. They have five grown sons and nine grandchildren.

Follow Fran at her website: francesgregorypasch.com

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Meet the Author Karen Whiting



Karen’s Background

Karen Whiting grew up in a small rural dairy community in Connecticut and then married a Coast Guard officer with whom she enjoyed moving and living in different areas of the US. Family has always been important for Karen. She lived on the same street with many relatives and loved being part of an extended family. She also found the military community is a family too. Her greatest joy is being part of God’s family. Karen and her husband reared five children and she now has nine grandchildren. With a degree in math, Karen never expected to become an author. Friends urged her to write about the activities she created for her family, and God also nudged her to write. It’s been a delightful learning experience, and Karen just completed her twentieth book. (Look for it in 2015).

Karen’s Published Works

Karen is the author of several inspirational craft and activity oriented books for girls, including God’s Girls and The One Year My Princess Devotions. Her books for women include pocket guides on time management and one-year devotionals. Her award winning co-authored book, Stories of Faith and Courage From the Home Front shares true accounts of women, families, and volunteers on the home front of American Wars from 1755 to the present day. Her newest release is Nature Girl: A Guide to Caring for God’s Creation. It’s packed full of information, activities, experiments, and fun get-togethers for girls.

Fun Facts About Karen

  • Karen and her family directed a teen puppet ministry for thirteen years that combined her love of youth with her creativity and interest in puppetry.
  • She loved Howdy Doody as a girl and so enjoyed learning puppetry as an adult from Margo Rose, one of Howdy’s creators.
  • She enjoys adventure. Karen has ridden a camel in the Canary Islands, scuba dove off the coast of Bermuda, white-water rafted in Australia, and enjoyed horseback riding in may countries and states.
  • Karen survived unexpected disasters, including four lightning strikes, two major hurricanes (though one damaged half her home), and two spontaneous fires to her homes.
  • Karen is part of the Just18Summers blog that shares ways to maximize the parenting years.
  • Her children time how quickly she moves from sitting with them to getting on the floor and playing with her grandchildren. They know she’ll always be a child at heart.
  • Growing up in the country she learned to sew, knit, crochet, rug-hook, can, and many other crafts and homemaking skills. She still enjoys them all!
  • As a teen, Karen did acrobatic clown performances to help raise money for charity causes.
  • Karen’s mind works like a popcorn popper that continually pops out new ideas. She uses the brainstorming ability to write her books and also to help other authors and ministry leaders.
  • Karen has been a member of Officer’s Christian Fellowship for four decades and helps with OCF activities and Bible studies at the US Naval Academy.

Check out Karen’s latest book!

 Nature Girl: a guide to caring for God’s creation



Explore and enjoy the outdoors while learning how to conserve resources and care for God’s creation. Spa parties with recipes to create skin care products, parties at the park, and healthy eating gatherings make the book fun for girls. Experiments with soil, solar energy, and more help girls investigate nature. Crafts, games, and fun quizzes add make learning exciting. The 175 pages, co-authored with her daughter Rebecca White, are packed with information and fun!

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Lisa’s Background:

Lisa Lawmaster Hess is a transplanted Jersey girl who has lived in Pennsylvania for most of her adult life.

Did she always want to be a writer? Lisa tells us, “In my eighth grade career report, I declared my intention to become a magazine journalist, but once at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, I studied psychology and education.” After earning her master’s degree, Lisa worked as an elementary school counselor until June 2012. Now, she keeps busy as an adjunct professor at York College of PA by day, as a community education instructor in the evening, and writing whenever she can.

Lisa’s Published Works:

Lisa is the author of Acting Assertively and Diverse Divorce, both inspired by her interactions with her elementary school students. Currently, she’s at work on a non-fiction book on organization, a sequel to Casting the First Stone and revisions on a novel with a whole new cast of characters. For more information about Lisa, check out her website (www.L2Hess.com) or read her blog (“The Porch Swing Chronicles”) at www.L2Hess.blogspot.com. Casting the First Stone is her first novel.

Fun Facts about Lisa:

  • Lisa is an adjunct professor of psychology at York College of Pennsylvania.
  • She loves to tap dance but is incredibly rusty.
  • Her favorite place to write is on a screened-in porch at the condo she and her husband rent at the beach. Their traveling companion is their teenage daughter, Leah, and there’s usually another teen along for the ride to keep things interesting.
  • The title of her blog, “The Porch Swing Chronicles” was born when she wrote the first post sitting on a porch swing at her brother-and sister-in-law’s house one Memorial Day weekend.
  • She developed a love of theatre in high school and she still does community theatre shows whenever she can. Currently, she’s in rehearsal for a cabaret that will be performed in April.
  • Lisa sings with the contemporary choir at her church.
  • Her Snyder County connection is a school counseling internship in the Selinsgrove School District under the tutelage of Wendy Hummel (still a Union County resident).
  • Lisa spent six years living on-and off-campus in Lewisburg, PA, while pursuing her BA in psychology and her MS in education at Bucknell. During her final summer in Lewisburg, she worked the early A.M. shift at a daycare and evening hours at the Short Stop Mart, and she recalls more than one occasion in grad school when she was scraping change together to get her staple dinner—a meatball grinder from House of Pizza on Market St. In 1985, a grinder and a soda cost $3.17, a meal she still seeks out whenever she visits Lewisburg.

Thanks, Lisa, for stopping by my blog today and letting us know a little bit about you and your latest work!

Casting the First Stone

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Marita Mercer and Angel Alessio are linked by only one thing—a relationship with the same man. When Angel’s husband decides to pursue custody of the child he fathered with Marita thirteen years ago, both women are forced to consider what they will—and won’t—do to protect the lives they have built and the families they have created.



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