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Books and Articles

Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides

Each reading in this devotional book offers a personal experience story written by Shirley Brosius, Janine Boyer or Kim Messinger along with a "Guilt Trip to Avoid" and a way to "Take the Joy Ride." The book includes 183 readings, enough for six months of daily meditation, brief enough to be read during television commercials. You may order the book at the Friends of the Heart link to your right.

Sisterhood of Faith: 365 Life-Changing Stories About Women Who Made a Difference

Missionaries and martyrs, media personalities and ministers, all are women of faith whose stories are captured in 365 inspirational profiles that invite a reader's response. This book goes beyond the perplexing dialogue about the role of women and focuses on some who have devoted themselves to living out God's love. Order the book by clicking on one of the links at the bottom of the column on the right. You may order the book at the Friends of the Heart link to your right.

Never On a Sunday

On the Sundays of my childhood, some things weren't even considered.

"Wonderful Children, Beautiful Life"

The stories of parents dealing with the challenges of raising children with Down Syndrome.

"Released Time Program Marks 35 Years"

Most states allow children to be released from school for religious instruction. A Pennsylvania program is now in it's 35th year and going strong. Read all about it!

Persons, Places and Things: Memories From the 1940s and 1950s That Molded My Life

This spiral-bound publication offers Shirley's memories of special people, places and things that she encountered growing up part of a Pennsylvania Dutch community. She writes about everything from quilting parties to spooky legends, from clay pipes to butter churns, from May Day to threshing day. The self-published 8x11-inch, 94-page publication includes photos scanned from her childhood photo albums. The price is $15, which includes shipping and sales tax. To order, click on "Contact the Author" on the right side of the page and send Shirley your mailing address. She will include an invoice with the book.

"Five Steps to Turn Memories Into One-Page Memoirs"

If you've ever wanted to write your memoirs but were put off by thinking of writing a long essay or a book, try Shirley's five steps to writing one-page memoirs. This article tells how to prime the pump of your memory and create a legacy to influence future generations.