Wednesday, May 11, 2011

GEMS OF WISDOM - Angela Breidenbach - Free Book

I'm thrilled to have my good friend Angela Breidenbach her today.

About the author:
Angela Breidenbach is Mrs. Montana International 2009, a multi-award winning inspirational speaker and the author of the Gems of Wisdom: For a Treasure-filled Lifefrom Journey Press, the Creative Cooking Series including the new release of Creative Cooking for Simple Elegance and the new Kindle release, Creative Cooking for Colitis. Other works by Angela include compilation books and devotionals from Guidepost, Group, and articles in magazines, ezines, and newspapers. She connects missions to her work with Hope’s Promise Orphan Ministries and the Jadyn Fred Foundation. She’s certified in mentor/peer counseling as a Stephen Minister and life coach. Angela serves as an assisting minister for her congregation in Missoula, MT. She volunteered as the American Christian Fiction Writer's publicity officer for two years. Not only did she walk the hard line of deciding to donate her mom's brain for the study of schizophrenia, but she’s also on the brain donation list at the Brain Bank-Harvard McLean Hospital. Angela is married with a combined family of six grown children and two grand children. Gems of Wisdom: For a Treasure-filled Life releases May 2011 from Journey Press, a Sheaf House imprint.

Angie, you say that you have wandered in grief and made all sorts of wrong choices. How do we manage to keep from being destroyed by these?

Angela: When we realized that all our experiences are a training ground for growth, we can begin to accept even our own mistakes. We tend to bury or be ashamed of what we’ve done wrong. But the most wonderful gift is ours if we accept we’ve learned amazing lessons in wisdom from those errors.

Why do you believe people hide things they don’t know how to deal with? How do we get past this pretense and pretending?

Angela: It’s scary to believe people will accept us for our flaws. But when we see those flaws as gifts to help others overcome their struggles, we become more willing to be transparent. I want to mention that transparency and discretion are crucial partners. There’s no reason to share every detail with everyone. Share when you know the person next to you needs to be loved and helped from what you’ve been through. Don’t share when it’s just gossip fodder or won’t uplift those who hear.

Why do you say it’s a good thing to face difficulty and not have it easy?

Angela: I love watching people. In observing (and in recognition in my own life) I’ve noticed that those who’ve struggled tend to be those who achieve. Those who’ve struggled tend to be those who minister to others from what they’ve overcome. The strugglers? They’re the world changers.

About the book:
In Gems of Wisdom: For A Treasure-Filled Life you'll embark on a treasure hunt for God's unique gems of wisdom. Be empowered, learn to influence through your own life lessons, and preserve important relationships. Gems of Wisdom invites the reader on a treasure hunt to find important life concepts represented by the beautiful stones God created. Excellent for Bible study and book clubs as well as individual study.

Interact with or learn more about Angela Breidenbach:
Interested in having Angela speak? Contact Christian Speaker Services 800.871.9012 x40250
 Thank you, Angie, for dropping by during your busy schedule.
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Charity said...

This sounds like an interesting and much needed book. Please enter me. Thanks from IL.


Angela Breidenbach said...

I'm so appreciative, Lena, for being featured on your blog. What a treat!

Anonymous said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. Love your name.LOL

Angela from Kentucky

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read angela's inspirational book :)

karenk...from PA
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Brenda said...

The book sounds like a really interesting read! Please enter me.
Brenda From Michigan.

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CarlybirdK said...

This book sounds wonderful. I would love to win a copy. Thank you!
Carly (in between the Triad and the Triangle, NC)

Robyn said...

Our women's group is looking for something new to use as a Bible study. Sounds like a great fit.

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Patsy said...

Sounds like a great book! Count me in.
From the Bible Belt


Angela Carpenter/ Ohio said...

I wonder why I love your name too :)would love to win this book....Thanks

Angela C./Ohio

Abigail said...

would love to win this book.
Abigail Richmond
Blanch, N.C.

kylady717 said...

Would love to win this book too. thanks,
Mona G./Ohio

Edwina said...

Angie has beensuch an inspiration and encourager to me since I joined ACFW. I would be delighted to win her book!

from the great state of GEORGIA

Shirley Thompson/Illinois said...

Please enter my name to win a copy of this book. Thanks

Robyn said...

Loved the interview. I think the book sounds great.

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Kristie said...

That was such an interesting decision to donate your mom's brain to science. I'm bipolar and think about donating mine sometimes. Your book sounds like a good read. Like wisdom from an old friend. I'm from Ohio.

Angela Breidenbach said...

Thank you for commenting, friends. To Kristie, yes, brain donation is a really interesting experience. I felt it would be something that might benefit the world long term and that I might get some answers too. I did, but not the immediate answers I wished for. I found out my mom had tons of scarring from strokes that no one knew she'd had. What a shock! It explained her falls and shaking because the strokes were in the motor region of her brain. I found out she definitely was a schizophrenic too. But no answer as to why. The big why.

I'm also a brain donor. I'm hoping that with the information they can glean in comparison study, that someday, we can find answers and cures. But most of all, I hope to help change damaged relationships that we all have.

To me, brain donation (or organ donation) is a true gift to those that follow us.