Story by Story Walking Together

We just finished Fave Lifestyle’s first series of “Conversations on the Purple Couch.” Our topic? Following God.
Rachel Young walked with us out of the bright lights of network television to a wonderful small business
opportunity. Cindy Toledo walked with us through grief to joy. Heather Eder walked with us with words of
encouragement. Heather Rousey walked with us from her bookstore and coffee shop to her campaign
headquarters. Lynsie Hagen walked with us through our community handing out sandwiches and flowers.

Story by story we walked together. Because life really is not Pinterest perfect. Real life is not a perfectly
cropped Instagram post. That’s easy to forget when stuff happens. Real life has unexpected twists and turns.
We decide to leave the “dream” job. We awake to unimaginable loss. Real life also gives us moments we never
expected. We find words that can encourage and empower others. We step out of the pew and into civic
responsibilities. We hear a small voice from the backseat saying, “Mom, let’s give her flowers.”

Your story is so very important. Sharing your own walk of faith inspires others. Your own real-life adventures
serve as a wonderful witness to an awesome God.

Richard Rohr, a Franciscan friar said, “The genius of the biblical story is that, instead of simply giving us ‘seven
habits for highly effective people,’ it gives us permission and even direction to take conscious ownership of our
own story at every level, every part of life and experience. God will use all of this material, even the negative
parts, to bring life and love.”

Life and love have given you wisdom and experience. Wisdom and experience, even the negative parts, have
given you insight and perspective. Insight and perspective have fostered in you creativity and imagination. Tell
your story.

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Watch Video Below and Meet Deanna!

Deanna Nowadnick

Deanna Nowadnick

Speaker | Writer | Author


Deanna Nowadnick

Before my father died, he reminded me that Mom had asked me to write a book. At the time the boys were in college, and the notion of writing was unfathomable. Writers write books. By the time my boys were adults, I’d run out of excuses. I was also at that age when I could pause and reflect.

Fruit of My Spirit: Reframing Life in God’s Grace was my first publishing endeavor. My second was Signs in Life: Finding Direction in Our Travels with God. Both are collections of stories that tell of God’s love and faithfulness. Both tell of His remarkable grace and mercy.

When not writing, I serve as the Client Service Coordinator for The Planner’s Edge, an investment advisory firm in Washington state. I’m active in my church, serving on the Leadership Team and gathering with a wonderful group of ladies to study and giggle over lattes and chocolate. On my desk is a rock with the words “Choose Joy!” etched in it. It’s my inspiration for each day. As an author, it is my hope that my own words might share that joy we find together as children of God.

With Him, it can be so.


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