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Start the year out right with this week’s Amish Wisdom. Authos Lisa Wingate and Judy Christie will be chatting about how to make changes this year … changes that matter.

For a chance to win a copy of both Lisa’s and Judy’s books, leave a comment {HERE}. Winner will be announced next week via email.

More about Lisa: Lisa Wingate is an award-winning journalist, magazine columnist, popular inspirational speaker andanational bestselling author.  Lisa is one of a select group of authors to find success in both the Christian and general markets in mainstream fiction. Her works have been featured by the National Reader’s Club of America, AOL Book Picks, Doubleday Book Club, the Literary Guild, American Profiles, Crossings Book Club, Women’s World Magazine, Family Circle Magazine, and have been short-listed for various awards, including the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Book of the Year Award, which her book Never Say Never won in 2011.  Lisa also spends time on the road as a motivational speaker. Via internet, she shares with readers as far away as India, where her book, Tending Roses, has been used to promote women’s literacy, and as close to home as Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the county library system has used Tending Roses to help volunteers teach adults to read.  Recently, the group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa for the National Civies Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life. www.lisawingate.com.

More about Blue Moon BayHeather Hampton returns to Moses Lake, Texas, to help facilitate the sale of a family farm as part of a planned industrial plant that will provide the area with much-needed jobs. Heather’s future fiance has brokered the deal, and Heather is in line to do her first large-scale architectural design–if the deal goes through.

But the currents of Moses Lake have a way of taking visitors on unexpected journeys. What was intended to be a quick trip suddenly morphs into Valentine’s week–with her old high school crush, Blaine Underhill, the handsome banker who just happens to be opposing Heather’s project. Spending the holiday in an ex-funeral parlor seems like a nightmare, but as Heather connects with Blaine and reconnects with her uncle’s aging Mennonite housekeeper, Ruth, she slowly finds herself being drawn into the family and the lakeside hometown she thought she’d left behind for good.

More about Judy: Judy Christie is an author and consultant who lives in Northwest Louisiana.
She writes inspirational fiction and nonfiction.  Her popular Green series chronicles the goings-on in the small Louisiana town of Green and is part of Abingdon Press’s new inspirational fiction line.

Judy is also the author of the popular Hurry Less, Worry Less nonfiction series, published by Abingdon Press.

Wreath, published in October 2011, is Judy’s first young adult book. Look for it and a free download on her books page!

Judy was a journalist for many years and is  a frequent speaker at retreats and workshops. She works with clients around the country on how to slow down and enjoy each day more and how to set and meet goals. www.judychristie.com

More about Hurry Less, Worry Less: Live a More Meaningful and Joyful Life  
Hectic. Rushed. Noisy. Exhausted. We live in a world where we know these words all too well. Is it even possible to live at a slower pace?

Judy Christie assures us that, with God’s help, it is possible to learn to live with less hurry and worry, to recover the joy of living. Hurry Less, Worry Less offers practical ideas and strategies to help you begin your own path toward change.

Crucial steps include:
Determining what your ideal life would look like
Creating a new road map for your life
Letting go of your worries and trusting in God
Cutting down on the “noise” in your life and listening for guidance
Discovering God’s will for your life
Making a commitment to persist in your journey

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