Thursday, September 24, 2009

Just had to share this video with you. Hope you'll take a moment to watch and listen with your heart. Do you ever struggle with forgiveness - yourself or someone else? Perhaps this will help.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Below is an interview by Cara Putman with author Sara Mills - enjoy!

***NOTE: Sara Mills, whose new book Miss Match (to follow the first release, Miss Fortune) from Moody Press, has just lost her husband to a heart attack. Please pray for her and her children as we help her promote her new book. Thanks to Cara Putman for allowing us to use her excellent interview. You can find Sara at

Miss Fortune and Miss Match are delightful books set in NYC in 1947. Tell us how you got the idea for Allie and these books...

I got the idea for Miss Fortune in the middle of the night, when all good ideas come to me:One sleepless night I was watching The Maltese Falcon and I started to wonder how different the story would be if Sam Spade had been a woman. She'd never have fallen for Miss Wunderly's charms and lies. She'd have been smart and tough and she would have solved the case in half the time it took Sam because she wouldn't spend all of her time smoking cigarettes and calling her secretary Precious.

The thought of a hard-boiled female detective got my mind whirling.I paused the movie and sat in my darkened living room thinking about how much fun a female Sam Spade could be.

Intrigued but not yet ready to dash to my computer, I changed disks and put on Casablanca (my all time favorite movie ever). The sweeping love story, a tale full of hard choices and sacrifice was what finally made the whole idea click in my mind. If I could just combine the P.I. detective story of the Maltese Falcon with the love story from Casablanca, and make Sam Spade more of a Samantha, I could have the best of all worlds.

These books are so good, I wish I'd written them. How did you set the stage to capture that gritty PI feel without being dark?

I find that a lot of PI stories are gritty and dark, focusing on the worst of the humanity, and while I wanted the Allie Fortune mysteries to be exciting and tension-filled I didn’t want them to be stark and hopeless.One of the things I tried to do to counteract the darkness was to give Allie a multi-layered life. She has cases, relationships, friends and family, all of which I hope combine to make the stories textured, rich and full of life.

Allie is a character I'd love to have coffee with. What did she teach you while you wrote these books?

Allie was a great character to write. One of the things I learned from her was that human relationships (man/woman, mother/daughter, friends) are complicated and full of unspoken rules and expectations. Allie is a rule-breaker at heart and it complicates her life on a regular basis. One of the storylines I loved most is Allie’s relationship with her mother and how it grows and changes and how it’s shaped her.Another dimension of Allie’s character that really taught me a lot was her willingness to do whatever was needed to help those she loves. There is no price on that kind of friendship and it’s a characteristic I’d like to see more of in myself. Okay I admit it, I’ve got a bit of a friend-crush on Allie. LOL.

One last question: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would that be and who would you take with you?

If I could go anywhere right now I’d head to Monterey, California (I’m writing a book set there right now) and I’d plant myself on the beach with a notebook, writing my story as the waves crashed. Sounds like my idea of heaven on earth. There’s something about the wind-shaped Cypress trees and the crash of the surf in Monterey that calls to me. I don’t know why, it just is.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Two days ago, March 23, my husband and I celebrated thirty-seven years of marriage. In this day and age that's a long time. We went out to dinner with friends who were also celebrating an anniversary, played a game with them, and then watched some TV.

It wasn't particularly exciting, but it made me think about our relationship with the Lord. It isn't always fireworks, but isn't it nice to just be secure in Him? How nice to relax with the One who knows me so well.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Yesterday I was watching television and noticing how many ads there are in regard to weight loss - exercise equipment, special low calorie foods, and appetite suppressants galore. I wonder how many of those celebrities and other people will gain back their weight when they return to eating regular food or quit taking their diet pills. Sadly, I think it will be nearly all of them.

Then I realized that the Lord has given us very special appetite suppressants that are with us all the time in the form of the Holy Spirit, and the armor of God in Ephesians 6. Our problem is that we don't listen to the Holy Spirit and we selectively put on the armor!

Listen up and get dressed!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

This has been an exciting month for me in regard to my speaking engagements. I was blessed to speak to a group of ladies in Neodesha, Kansas. The setting was a charming Victorian Bed and Breakfast and the ladies came from several different churches. Their desire is to grow in their relationship with the Lord and they are committed to meeting together each week for a Bible study. I am blessed that they will be using my book and workbook as their guide for the next twelve weeks. Here's the great part! Even though many of them are not trying to lose weight (my book is called "Winning the Battle of the Bulge: It's Not Just About the Weight") they understand that the principles in the book apply to every area of their lives.

I'll let you know about my other speaking engagement later in the week.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Happy New Year to you all! It's that time of year when we are all making resolutions, and right at the top of the list is - LOSE WEIGHT!

This year why don't you try something different? Why not change your heart before you try to change your eating habits? If you don't change the way you think you will not be able to permanently change the way you act. Our hearts need to be focused on a life of obedience, not a temporary diet.