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God's peace. Is it illusive? Early last month I told you about my son’s oncology visit. The turmoil had been present for several weeks prior—the mass in his shoulder ever growing and causing an enormous, unthinkable amount of pain and suffering. After what seemed an...
The grace of God meets us when we face hard things. Just this week my son phoned, and I recognized his somber tone. “Mom, it turns out I don’t have a torn muscle but a mass.” As I write this, he’s at the oncologist’s office to learn his prognosis. As far as I am...
Help is something every human needs—like air and water or food and clothing. My young nephew, Evan, up from his nap—screamed. The poor fellow did this every time. His gentle father, Ross, in tune to his needs would go and pull him from the crib, along with hiaper (a...
Loved by Choice offers a clear and uplifting look at adoption from virtually every perspective. It is comprised of true stories that reflect the joys and the difficulties of those touched by adoption. Families working out an overseas adoption, those creating interracial families, grandparents, birth mothers, and even birth fathers are among the many who tell their stories. Two appendices define adoption terms and outline resources that will be helpful to those exploring adoption. The emphasis of Loved by Choice, though, is to demonstrate how adoption can complete a family. It’s a poignant celebration of adoption, led by those who understand it best. This book’s pro-life, positive, and upbeat message will be a welcomed source for women facing pregnancy choices, anyone working with unwed mothers, adoptees, adoption advocates, pro-life advocates, couples considering adoption, and anyone else interested in stories that celebrate adoption. Loved by Choice will also be popular at the many adoption-related conferences, book readings, and fairs that take place around the world.
Writer Workshop and Conference Topics
THE FIVE SPIRITUAL SENSES IN YOUR WRITING
The five natural senses ground a story, evoke emotion, create atmosphere, and make it memorable. Inspirational writers should want more than moral and wholesome books. How can their stories breathe life? Learn how to incorporate the spiritual senses in your writing.
WEAVING GRACE INTO YOUR STORY
It’s all in the way you say it. The Word teaches the letter of the law kills, but the Spirit brings life. Your story can give life and bring hope in the most unexpected ways.
WHERE FICTION AND NONFICTION INTERSECT
Ann’s a storyteller. When she presents two compelling stories, which is fiction and which is not? Will the audience be able to tell? Fundamental truths apply to every story. Explore the transforming power of a good one.
THE BELIEVING WRITER AND REJECTION
How to handle the hurt of rejection, learn from the difficult, believe the impossible, promote others, and still maintain your vision.
Ann McCauley married her sweetheart, Randy, forty-one years ago. The McCauleys have seven children (one in heaven), four internationally adopted from South Korea, the Philippines, and Siberia. Ann’s first stories were published by Baker/ Revell in the book, Loved by Choice—True Stories That Celebrate Adoption. The addition of each child to the McCauley home gave Ann the greatest personal satisfaction. She was born to be a mother. She’s learned so much about human nature, the crippling of insecurity, the power of love, the gentle greatness of the Heavenly Father, and her experiences add richness to every book project and speaking opportunity.