Their Voices Mattered to Jesus and Still Do

Their Voices Mattered to Jesus and Still Do

The Bible tells us that Jesus was countercultural. His Jewish upbringing and the mores of his day tell us that he lived in a world with many boundaries between races, religions, and also gender. The life of women in biblical times was oppressive. In this patriarchal...

The Sacred Table

The Sacred Table

I grew up in an Italian family in a predominantly Italian community in the western suburbs of Chicago where I learned how the pillars of my ethnic heritage are open hearts, open doors, warm hospitality, and the sacredness of the table. My grandparents emigrated to...

6 Ways Cancer Moves Us

6 Ways Cancer Moves Us

We are both cancer survivors, my husband and I. Like many people, I had always feared hearing that diagnosis. My father, a non-smoker, had lung cancer, passing on at age 68 just three months after being diagnosed. My mother had bladder cancer in her 80s that required...

Being a Woman in Ministry

Being a Woman in Ministry

I have the pleasure of introducing you to Jenny Rae Armstrong, a teaching pastor of Darrow Road Wesleyan Church in Superior, Wisconsin.   Jenny is an award-winning freelance journalist who writes about faith, social justice, missional living and women’s issues for...

The Last Cupcake

The Last Cupcake

“If I hear, ‘You have such a pretty face’ one more time, I am going to scream. Really. It won’t matter who said it and it won’t matter where I am. I am simply going to scream.” Jemma cradled her old school, low tech, corded landline phone in the crook between her...

An Interview with Author Sharon Garlough Brown

An Interview with Author Sharon Garlough Brown

Author Sharon Garlough Brown (MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary) is a pastor, spiritual director and retreat leader who is passionate about shepherding others deep into the love of God. Her book Sensible Shoes was named one of television personality Kathie Lee...

I Want to be a Redwood

Jeremiah 17:5—8: This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans and turn their hearts away from the Lord. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, on the salty...

Inspiration from Nonna   

A true survivor. That’s what I think of when I remember my maternal grandmother. She was a woman who experienced being left behind when, as a young bride, her husband sailed for America for a better life for his family; a tragic mishap in which her firstborn daughter...

Camping Angels

The first smile, the first tooth, the first steps, the first word. As a new parent, these are the wonderful, magical moments you anticipate and cherish as your first child grows—forever etched in your memory like a frozen slice of time and place. But there’s one...

Terri Kraus
After writing nine co-authored historical and contemporary novels with best-selling author/husband, Jim, Terri added her award-winning interior designer’s eye to her world of fiction with her last contemporary trilogy—the Project Restoration Series—to which she came naturally, having survived the remodel, renovation, and restoration of three separate personal residences, along with those of her clients. After completing an abridgment of Les Miserables she is writing a devotional—both for Tyndale House—and has also returned to historical fiction. Terri has been blessed with the opportunity to travel extensively internationally. A graduate of the University of Illinois, she taught Interior Design at the college level for eight years, and directed women’s ministries at her church for six years. 100% Italian, she enjoys all things from the culture of her heritage. She on the Board of The Re:New Project, a ministry to refugee women. Terri has served as President of Redbud Writers Guild for the past 6 years.

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