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The Mockingbird’s Song

{August 2020}

A widow with two children, Sylvia Beiler feels her mother is being too over-protective and meddlesome when she meets Dennis Weaver while bird watching. When the budding romance is squelched and troubling events start happening at the family-run greenhouse again, Sylvia must confront her reoccurring anxieties.

June 27, 2020

A Joyful Heart

The first novel I had published is called “A Merry Heart.” It’s about an Amish schoolteacher who has become negative and lost her faith in God. Some people lose faith when going through difficulties, like many of us are dealing with right now.

Do you have any favorite Bible verses that have helped you during times of sadness, depression, or a weakened faith? One of my favorite scriptures is found in Proverbs 17:22 — “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine; but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” What this verse means is that a joyful heart is like medicine to our soul — making us feel better physically and emotionally. Whereas, a broken spirit (or a depressed state) can cause is to feel unwell.

The need to find joy in life. even while going through hardships, is emphasized in my novel, “A Merry Heart.” What are the benefits of having a joyful heart? Why does God want us to find joy in life?