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Michele Renee DeRouin

Michele’s Books:

Coming Soon: Swimming From the Shadows

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About the Author

After growing up in Bakersfield, California, Michele earned a degree in Child Psychology and spent twenty years working in social services. In 2001, she moved to the mountains of Arizona where she learned to hunt, fish, and rock climb. During that time, she felt God moving her to write a book. In 2017, she moved to the island of Oahu, Hawaii, where she retired from social work and began to write her first novel.

Michele has two grown children and one grandchild. In addition to her love for the outdoors, Michele enjoys painting with watercolors and digital mediums and has sold over 200 pieces of art. Her strong faith in God has helped her to overcome many obstacles and her heartache inspired much of her first book, Cracks in the Floor of Heaven. Michele has also been blessed with many gifts from God, who has taught her how to have joy despite pain and hope in the midst of hardship. She remains an optimist, has a heart for helping others, and plans to write many more books that she hopes will bring light into the darkness and healing into the lives of hurting people.

First Name Acrostic:

My faith keeps me

In the light because I am

Chosen for a purpose

Helping others creates an

Ease in trusting God and

Loving others makes

Everyday special

Travel Bucket List Items: All of the Hawaiian islands, New Zealand, and the national parks.

An Accomplishment She’s Proud Of: Her move to Hawaii.

Five Favorites:

Hobby: Swimming and body surfing

Food: Fish tacos

Music: For King and Country and ’80’s tunes

Movie: Burnt

Season: Summer

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Chrisann Dawson

Chrisann’s Books:

Coming Soon: CONGO EBOLA

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About the Author

Chrisann and her husband Gale, along with their three children, lived in the Congo, Africa (formerly Zaire) for seven years doing mission work. They learned the Lingala language, became emerged in the culture, and established lifelong friendships with the Congolese people, who continue to do the work of their non-profit mission, Rise Congo.

Now living in Payson, Arizona, Chrisann works part-time for the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, doing vision and hearing screenings for preschool children in her county. She also works as a member of a chaplain team with Gale at Payson Christian Clinic, and she continues to pursue her writing dreams.

First Name Acrostic:

Classic

His handiwork

Risen with Christ

Idealistic

Sense but not Sensibility

Abundantly blessed

Noble

Nice (most days)

Travel Bucket List Items: Tombstone, Antelope Canyon, and a cruise among the Hawaiian islands.

An Accomplishment She’s Proud Of: Her marriage and family. Additionally, she’s thankful for her great circle of friends.

Five Favorites:

First cup of coffee; a brand new journal; her kids;  her friends; and, her main character, James, who now lives out the adventures she’s too tired to continue having.

Website: https://www.chrisanndawson.com/

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Ben Cooper

Ben’s Books:

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About the Author

Ben is a farm raised husband, father, beekeeper, author, speaker, and friend. After a 43-year career working for Maryland Department of Agriculture, he retired early to write, teach, speak, and live the dream in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains of southern Pennsylvania. He is proud of all five of his now adult children and volunteers for various organizations. He is thankful to live in an area where he gets to experience all four seasons, but wishes Winter would only last until mid-February.

First Name Acrostic:

B-eliever in the finished work of Jesus Christ

E-ncourager of others

N-othing better than Cherry Pepsi and Reese’s peanut butter cups

 

Travel Bucket List Items: Yosemite National Park; Staffordshire England where his family originated; he would like to hike the “Golden Mile” that the gold rush seekers had to climb to reach Alaska.

An Accomplishment He’s Proud Of: Receiving the George W. Imirie Award for Excellence in Beekeeping Education from the Maryland State Beekeepers Association.

Five Favorites:

Movie: Muppet Christmas Carol

Childhood gift: A John Deere pedal tractor

Coffee drink: More of an iced tea person.

Season: Late Spring / early Summer

Book: Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret by Dr. & Mrs.Howard Taylor

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Mary C. Carroll

Mary’s Books:

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About the Author

Mary has a four-year degree in electro-mechanical engineering from Miami University and a master’s in education from Xavier University. She was fortunate enough to earn a blended online learning certificate from the University of Cincinnati and retains a current teaching certificate in the state of Ohio for 7-12 math.

Having homeschooled her three children, who are all grown up, married, and now providing her with grandchildren, Mary credits God for training her, without her even realizing it, to launch His Vessel Academy, which provides live, online, interactive education. Specifically, the school’s mission is to illuminate the connection between mathematics and the Creator by integrating every mathematical subject, topic, and concept into a framework that glorifies God.

​“All the curriculum was created with God’s knowledge and my pen.  I can honestly say I had no idea God said so much about math.  I have been involved with math most of my life and love it.  I am only now learning about math through God’s eyes and I have to admit it is sometimes mind-blowing.  He has challenged me to really look for Him in my math curriculum and He has never disappointed in showing me some amazing ideas.” – Mary C. Carroll

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Robert J. Broderick

Robert’s Book:
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Book Quote:

“I have no real recollection at what point I decided to go forward, but as the guys began filing out, I walked to the front of the auditorium and told the officer I would volunteer. Without comment, he turned to the table behind him, picked up a piece of paper, and handed it down to me. The paper simply said, “I will jump from an airplane in flight.” I signed the paper and gave it back to him. He then asked me to hand up my Form 6. Immediately thereafter, my Form 6 was stamped with large red letters: PARATROOPS. At that precise moment, I became a marked man.”

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Alysha Abrams

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About the Author

Alysha Brooke Abrams is one of four siblings and her parents have been married for almost five decades. She has spent her entire life in the Pacific Northwest. The trees and the water are where she feels most at home and most connected to God. She was in education for fourteen years before going back to school and pursuing a degree in Organizational and Humanitarian Leadership. She graduated from Northwest University in May of 2023, and plans on pursuing a career in full time ministry. Alysha is a self-proclaimed “huge book nerd” and loves to read. She has also had a deep desire to paint with words for as long as she can remember. Alysha lives with her husband, son, dog, cat, and tortoise. She loves to garden, hike, forest bathe, explore the outdoors, is very involved in her church, and loves to serve others.

First Name Acrostic:

Altruism is my goal

Lover of creation

Yearn to love others

Seattle born and raised

Happiest in nature

All in for Jesus!

Travel Bucket List Items: Visiting all the national parks in the U.S.; Israel; and, swimming with sea turtles.

An Accomplishment She’s Proud Of: Going back to school as an adult to better her future.

Five Favorites:

  1. Trying new coffee shops with her husband
  2. Japanese gardens
  3. Camping with her family
  4. The smell of new rain
  5. Snuggling with her son

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