Sunday, August 8, 2010

Meet Sophie Dawson

Sophie Dawson writes Historical Christian Fiction which of course has romance and a happy ending. Her goal is to share the wisdom of God she has found in His Word, through study and worship, as well as reflection on events in her life.

Married for over 36 years, with two sons, a daughter-in-law and granddaughter, Sophie lives on a family farm in rural western Illinois. A stay at home mom, she has done a variety of things including professional machine quilting, treasurer of International Machine Quilters Associations, is a hospital board member, and for a number of years head of the visual media team at her church.

Urged by our Lord to leave her work at church behind, Sophie is now writing and has published Healing Love and Lord’s Love, the first two books in the Cottonwood Series. Her stories in faithful living illustrate that by obeying God’s commands, setting self aside and making the tough but right choices will lead to a blessed life and conforming more each day to the image of Christ.


Twitter: @sophiedawson76

Healing Love eBook
Healing Love pBook

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Meet Shelley Wilburn

Shelley Wilburn grew up in the small, Southern Illinois town of West Frankfort. Just an hour away from Paducah, Kentucky, her husband jokingly tells people, "We're just far enough this side of the river that we wear shoes." Shelley says, "Speak for yourself!" She loves going barefoot, but when she does have to wear socks and shoes, she makes sure her socks are mismatched. "Gives 'em character!" she says.

She married her high-school sweetheart, Don (DA), in 1983 and together they have raised three children (two girls and a boy) who are all now married. In July of 2012, they became "Empty Nesters" (yeah right). They also have two grand-boys.

Shelley's writing is a "gift from God." She has written many poems, self-published a poetry book, and has written many magazine articles. She recently got into blogging and says that has taken off, "only by the grace of God." In May of 2012, she was healed of a lifetime of oppression and intimidation, mental and emotional. She surrendered herself and her hands to the Lord and He gave her a ministry to write her Journey to Forgiveness, helping hurting women find healing through her story. Through her website, women can mend their fences and experience "Healing Our Lives Through the Hand of God."

In addition to writing, being a wife, mom, and "Nonney," Shelley loves to read, play with her grandsons, play music and dance, ride motorcycles, quilt, and many other things. She has what she calls a "warped" sense of humor. Loves to laugh, and loves to make others laugh. Shelley came to know the Lord when she was seventeen, but over the years has fallen more in love with Him than ever before, especially since her healing. Although she's from Southern Illinois, Shelley loves the mountains and continually tries to talk her husband into taking her to her favorite spot in the Smoky Mountains... Maggie Valley, North Carolina. She and her husband ride their motorcycle there as much as they can. Together, they have a unique motorcycle ministry called Where 2? You can link to it through her website.

Shelley loves hearing from readers and friends. She will be posting on The Barn Door on the 8th of every month, writing about various things going on around her in her neck of the woods. You can also reach her through Facebook, email, and her website, at


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