After becoming a wife and mother, I started writing these crazy family letters about life with our two young sons, letters that usually began with crying or some kind of melt-down. My own! Mom would always call and say, “You need to write a book!” I’d look across the kitchen table at those two little boys sitting with bowls of artificial flavorings, dyes, and preservatives and reply, “Mom, I can’t get a grocery list put together.” Not a real inspirational or motivational time.
After she died, Dad reminded me that Mom had wanted me to write a book. Our sons were young adults and beginning to ask their own questions about Mom meeting Dad. Let’s just say I was not in the PLU library studying at the time. Before getting too focused on the tee-hee moments, I wanted to tell our story in the context of a wonderful marriage, a very blessed family. I wanted my boys to know how the fruit of God’s Spirit had been a part of each one of us.
And you know what? I wrote a book. And then I wrote a second book. And then came a third book.
In writing I saw how my delightfully ordinary life was tightly bound to God’s extraordinary love and faithfulness.
In writing I connected antics and vulnerabilities to bigger, more important lessons in life.
In writing I saw how God’s been in the details—always has been, always will be.
He’s been there for you, too. We all have stories to tell. We all have stories that connect to bigger, more important lessons in life. My inspirational goal is to have you embrace your own delightfully ordinary place in God’s story, to see the connections to His extraordinary love and faithfulness. My motivational goal is convince you to get your story and those connections down in print. I’d love for you to say, “If she can do it, I can do it, too.”
Bouquet of Wisdom is a book of thirty reflections from the garden, personal stories paired with a flower and a lesson. Deanna looks back on a little girl who found courage in a bouquet of sticky dandelions. She remembers the teenager who wilted in the spotlight of a daffodil pageant. She treasures Christmas memories that included poinsettias in a hospital, paperwhites sitting on rocks, and beautiful blue hydrangeas in Brazil. Some blossoms remind her of God’s faithfulness; others emphasize his care. Each experience was a lesson learned-in season and out of season, in the garden and in life.
Fruit of My Spirit is for anyone who’s ever questioned God’s ability to love and forgive, who’s ever wondered about their place in God’s family or God’s place in theirs. Nowadnick offers hope for those who dare to question, who secretly wonder, and who fear to ask. Through stories of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, you will experience the enormity of God, too. In a memoir of missteps and misdeeds, Deanna Nowadnick writes of the hugeness of God’s love and faithfulness. Reframing life in God’s grace, she discovers an indescribable, indefinable, inexplicable love that has encircled her without fail through joyous, sad, cringe-worthy, heartwarming, forgettable, memorable moments in life.
Signs in Life begins with a late night encounter with local law enforcement. In the harsh glare of a flashlight, author Deanna Nowadnick learns the consequences of speeding through a stop sign. Other incidents follow. All are linked to the divine signs she’s encountered in that bigger journey through life. Join Deanna as she shares humorous anecdotes and inspirational lessons from her travels with God. See the signs in life. She might be speeding through a stop sign–yet again!–while you’re carefully navigating a busy street, but together we’re all part of a bigger journey, a greater purpose. We’re all part of God’s great story.