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Number of Pages: 306
Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 9.02 X 5.98 X 0.81 (inches)|
Author: Martha Abbey Miller
Located in: Westlake Village, CA
Submitted: August 30, 2016
Tell us a little about yourself. Born in Kansas and raised in Minnesota, I am a Midwesterner at heart, though I thoroughly enjoy sunny California. I would rather be outdoors than in, and I'd rather be writing than doing most anything else. Over the past eight years, I have researched, written, and performed many one-woman shows, including first-person portrayals of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Margaret Mitchell, Anne Frank, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Frances Landers. Hope Personified: Frances Maschal Landers is my first book.
What was your motivation behind this project? I knew that the story of Frances Landers, Pere Jean-Wilfrid Albert, and Haiti Education Foundation is one that needs to be widely shared. I also wanted to honor those across the United States and Haiti who have changed the lives of so many tens of thousands of Haitians, through education.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Three things. I would love for readers--no matter age or circumstance--to be inspired by Frances Landers and thus always mindful of helping others. I want readers to get to know the beautiful people of Haiti who have given their lives to the hope that Jesus Christ offers them. And I pray that those doing ministry in difficult places throughout the world will be encouraged by Hope Personified.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Since I had not been to Haiti since 2002, I was brought back in touch with the fortitude and faith of the villagers in the mountains, and the dedication of those like Frances Landers who help them. I was reminded that God gifts each of us uniquely and when we open ourselves to trust Him, miracles do happen.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My list is long, including Jesus Christ; my family (especially my late grandmother Marny) and close friends; pastors Gary Alan Dickey, Bill Hybels, Brian Long, Max Lucado, John Ortberg, and the late Pere Jean-Wilfrid Albert and Peter Marshall; authors Richard Foster, Anne Frank, Jan Karon, C. S. Lewis, Francine Rivers, and Phillip Yancey; the late Frances Landers and all those associated with Haiti Education Foundation; the beautiful people of Haiti; a large number of California middle school girls whom I had the privilege of mentoring; gardeners everywhere; and the many artists who, over the centuries, have created countless beautiful and moving hymns.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Though I had a wonderful thirty-year career in marketing and communications, my two favorite jobs were post-retirement ones. First, just for fun and to be among people and plants, I worked in The Home Depot's garden department. Second, I spent several terrific years on the staff of my church, helping match people's gifts to ministry needs. My second career as a writer and dramatist has been icing on the cake!