We are most grateful to our Contributors who add value to VineWords: Devotions and More by writing content. Here are the Bios of our regular Contributors….
Meet Our Contributor
Ed Chappelle is the Founder and Administrator of Come to the Table Facebook group, a place where people of faith are encouraged to connect with others and share testimonies, articles, and prayer needs. He has been an ordained minister since 2010.
Ed and his wife Kym are known for their animal rescue ministry, Critter Care. Their “family” includes dogs, cats, birds, a guinea pigs, sugar sliders, ferrets, geckos, bearded dragons, tropical fish, and a plethora of God’s creatures. Some people say Ed and Kym genealogy can be traced to Noah.
Ed served in the United States Air Force for over four years, earning the rank of Sergeant. He was eight years old when Apollo 11 went to the moon. His love for his country, the armed forces, and space exploration compelled him to write the tribute, Man on the Moon. He contributes devotions to Come to the Table, VineWords, and to other ministries.
Contact: Come to the Table
About Our Contributor
Hi! I’m Maria T. Henriksen, author of the novel, Not Again and I’m excited to share my book with you.
As a mother of boy/girl teenage twins and a substitute of all ages, I am immersed in the lives of young ones. Not Again addresses many of the challenges teens face today in a profound and sometimes witty way.
During the revisions of my novel, I experienced a tremendous amount of physical pain and stress. As a result, I found it necessary to employ coping mechanisms to get me through that difficult season of my life. In turn, I incorporated those same techniques in my novel. My hope is that readers in various stages of life, not just teenagers will be transformed by the inspirational messages.
Thank you for allowing me to share my baby with you and I hope you enjoy my novel as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Here is a book description/blurb of my debut novel called Not Again:
Christina De Rosa holds a potentially deadly secret that threatens to get out. As an innocent young teenager, Christina survives a terrifying detailed sexual assault that destroys her self-worth and trust.
In her daily struggle, Christina searches for ways to keep her torment at bay, so she can function as a “normal” teenager. Meanwhile, Christina’s spiritual journey leads her down a path causing conflict within, as she’s riddled with guilt and shame.
A chance encounter with her longtime, hot crush, Avery Evans, sparks a fire in Christina that she can’t extinguish. As the sweet, loving, knight in shining armor he readily portrays, Avery offers the safety and security that Christina craves.
In her quest for internal peace, Christina must make a decision. Will she give her heart, body and soul to the super popular, Avery Evans?
Will Christina’s nightmares become all-consuming or will her discoveries lead her to a renewed way of life?
Find out if true love triumphs in this edgy, faith-based young adult page-tuner, set in the 1980s.
*Not Again is NOT your typical Christian coming of age story. Fierce faith doesn’t come without a fight. Prepare for heartache, self-harm, traumatic events, real romance, and actual scripture in these pages.
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JULIE SOUZA BRADLEY LILLY
Hi! I’m Julie Lilly. I am the writer of Prayers of a Ragamuffin Warrior and one of the chief cooks and bottle washers at Gift of Thorns on Facebook.
When asked about who I am, I am quick to tell you that I am a worshipper, a servant, blessed wife, step-mom of four adult children, caregiver, retired chiropractor, writer and most-importantly, a forgiven daughter of God.
With thirty-plus years in healthcare, I am passionate about seeing the broken come to receive healing and find wholeness in right-relationship with the Creator. Through my own multiple injuries, PTSD, a traumatic brain injury and other health concerns, I have found the generosity of God to be true to His Word, in turning all things together for the good, for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
For those entrusted with a thorn in the flesh, it is one of my greatest joys to see the discovery of the treasure the Father hides tucked in among the thorns. God is good and His mercies endure forever!
I pray that we will come together as a body of believers who will honor the Lord and encourage one another toward wholeness, spiritual growth and mountain-moving faith. Thank you for allowing me the honor and privilege of being one of your servant leaders here at VineWords. I pray that you will come, be refreshed, be encouraged in your faith, be an encourager to others, and grow in your faith and love for God! My husband, Bryan, and I will be praying for you! God bless you! ❤️
For more encouragement visit my websites. At Prayers of a Ragamuffin Warrior, you will find encouraging articles with prayers. And check out Gift of Thorns, where you will find powerful and life-changing input from great teachers and writers who are passionate about pursuing God.
Meet Our Contributor
LEE ANN MANCINI
Lee Ann Mancini received a BA in Biblical and Theological Studies from Regent University, a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Trinity International University) as well as two Master’s degrees from Knox Theological Seminary in Biblical and Theological Studies and Christian and Classical Studies.
She is the author and executive producer of the new Sea Kids animation series, which can be found on Right Now Media, Pure Flix, and Trinity Broadcasting Network, and available for purchase at SeaKidsTV.com. Mancini is an active member of her local community, visiting schools to share the Sea Kids series with children. For information about the Sea Kids series visit SeaKidsTV.com.
She also holds a board position with the Alexandrian Forum, under the tutelage of Dr. Warren Gage Th.M., J.D., Ph.D., an organization seeking to bring a greater understanding of the Bible by hosting annual Typology Conferences in South Florida dedicated to the theme of Christ as the center of Scripture. Lee Ann speaks to women groups regarding the redemptive power of the gospel represented through the types of brides of the Church.
Lee Ann maintains memberships with organizations such as the Christian Women in Media Association and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association which is an origination for Christian women writers and speakers.
Award-winning Christian children’s author http://glmpublishing.net
Adjunct Professor and Board Member at South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary http://sfbc.edu
COMING SOON! Sea Kids TV
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Glenda Shouse is a devotion writer. She is published at The Upper Room and is a regular contributor to VineWords: Devotions and More. She is working alongside two friends to complete her first devotional entitled, Love-Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships.
Glenda’s prayer shawl ministry, Three-Strand Cord, focuses on imparting hope to ladies going through difficult times. Each recipient is gifted with a hand-crocheted or knitted prayer shawl. When possible, Glenda delivers these shawls personally, and prays for each individual.
Those who know Glenda well, are aware of her gifting as a prayer warrior. She is a powerhouse of prayer, because she has a close relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Glenda is passionate about praying.
In her spare time, Glenda enjoys her role as “Gammy” to her two grandsons. She also enjoys reading, crocheting, and knitting.