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Heart of the Author

Heart of the Author
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As he is driving home from a minister's conference, Baptist minister Don Piper collides with a semi-truck that crosses into his lane. He is pronounced dead at the scene. For the next 90 minutes, Piper experiences heaven where he is greeted by those who had influenced him spiritually. He hears beautiful music and feels true peace.

Back on earth, a passing minister who had also been at the conference is led to pray for Don even though he knows the man is dead. Piper miraculously comes back to life and the bliss of heaven is replaced by a long and painful recovery.

For years Piper kept his heavenly experience to himself. Finally, however, friends and family convinced him to share his remarkable story.

Cecil Murphey

Cecil Murphey

Cecil Murphey has written more than 100 books that have sold six million copies in more than 20 languages. This amazing and prolific writer has also created nearly 700 articles for a variety of publications.

Cecil has co-authored a number of autobiographies and books for well-known personalities. The all-star lineup includes Dr. Ben Carson, renowned surgeon (Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story and Think Big); singer B.J. Thomas (In Tune); Franklin Graham (Rebel with a Cause, for which hewon the 1995 Gold Medallion Award); and Norman Vaughn, the last survivor of Admiral Byrdís Antarctica Expedition (With Byrd at the Bottom of the World).

One of Cecilís most recent books, I Choose to Stay (with Salome Thomas-EL), has been optioned by a major movie studio. Touchdown Alexander, the story of Seattle SeahawksMVP running back Shaun Alexander, is another best seller. 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper) has now sold more than two million copies, was the catalyst for several follow-up books, and also has been optioned for a feature film.

Prior to launching his career as a full-time writer and speaker, Cecil served as pastor of Riverdale Presbyterian Church in Metro Atlanta, as a volunteer hospital chaplain for ten years, and was a missionary in Kenya for six. He holds bachelorís degrees in education and religious education, as well as masterís degrees in education and theology. Cecil was awarded an honorary Doctor of Literature from The Richmond Virginia Seminary for his contributions to the writing field.Cecil has chosen to spend this season of his life to speak and to write from his heart. This servant of the Lord, transparent and vulnerable, provides nourishment for spiritual growth, encouragement for day-to-day living, and a hand to hold for caregivers. Cecil Ė The Man Behind the Words Ė with more than 25 years of writing, teaching, and speaking experience, knows how to love others right where they are.

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As girls enter their tween and teen years, it's especially important for them to have an open and growing relationship with their father. Unfortunately, this is often the time when parental relationships are strained. "The One Year Father-Daughter Devotions" can foster communication and understanding; and it's a wonderful way for a father to bond with his daughter during a crucial point in her life. Each of the 365 devotions begins with an introductory story, then daddy-daughter time provides discussion questions, activities, or other practical applications of the daily lesson. A "What's the Word" section gives a related Bible verse to help bring God's Word alive as father and daughter apply the Scripture to their lives. Written by three fathers, the devotions have a tone that is conversational and relatable: the authors use everything from flavored potato chips to the Etch-A-Sketch game to share truths about God's Word and to help fathers and daughters relate to each other.

Karen Whiting

Karen Whiting

Whiting is an author and speaker with thirteen published books, and hundreds of articles and short pieces for over four dozen publishers including Focus on the Family Magazine and Christian Parenting Today. She was a contributing writer for Focus on Your Child 2008-2009, writes a quarterly article for Enrichment Journal for pastors and leaders of the Assemblies of God, a quarterly column for Discipleship Ideas magazine, and writes a family page for a monthly denominational newspaper. Whiting has also been the community producer and host of the television series, Puppets On Parade, for Miami educational TV.

Whiting has a heart for families and encourages families to connect and live more fully for God. She is a mother of five and a grandmother.
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Mara Keegan is an uber-successful mother and a widow of three years. She's been chasing success and all the "good things in life" for her family to make up for the cruel whim God played on them by taking her husband. In an effort to be the perfect mom, she decides to make a photo memory quilt, a graduation present for her daughter, Cadence. She s not yet finished when she experiences a heart attack. While Mara recuperates, she revisits the choices she's made that led to this physically and spiritually broken heart. The memory quilt must be finished in time for Cadence's big day, but Mara struggles with her burgeoning feelings for the man who must keep Mara's business going during her recovery, Joel Ryan. Can Joel find his way into Mara's heart and onto Cadence's quilt?

Jesse Florea

Jesse Florea

Jesse Florea has worked at Focus on the Family for nearly twenty years. For more than fifteen, he's been the editor of Focus on the Family Clubhouse (for boys and girls ages eight to twelve). He's also worked as the associate editor of Breakaway magazine (teen boys) and developed and edited the Growing Years Edition of Focus on the Family magazine and the Focus on Your Child's Tween Ages newsletter. He earned bachelor and master's degrees in communications from Wheaton College, Ill. Additionally, Jesse has written or co-written seven books (including The One Year Sports Devotions for Kids, Adventures of Average Boy: Growing Up Super Average, The One-Year Devos for Sports Fans and The One-Year Everyday Devotions with Tyndale House Publishers). He lives with his wife, Stephanie, and two teenagers, Nate and Amber, in Colorado Springs.
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