Michele's Books

Living Bravely: 50-Week Super Incredible Faith Devotional

I’m so excited to announce my latest book project is for children! Living Bravely will be released on August 1st.

Here is what you can expect to discover on the inside.

God wants to give you super incredible strength! Strength to love others. Courage to stand up for what is right. Boldness to share about Jesus. Each week you will strengthen your faith as you learn about our amazing God and what it means to live bravely for Him! This action-packed, full-color devotional for kids ages 6-9 is unique! Each of its 100 devotions includes a relatable story and fun activities on God s truths. It features 200 mind-bending puzzles, word play, and more!

Sound super incredible? It will be!


The Gift of Conflict: 3 Insights into How Conflict Is Valuable from Culture of Peace

Three reasons conflict is good.

Hendrickson Publishers Blog

By Jocelyn Lee, Editorial/Marketing Intern

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:5–6).

Culture of Peace is a book that acknowledges that conflict hurts. Whenever we disagree with others or get into a fight that threatens our relationships, the whole process can leave us feeling tired and weary. Often, it feels though conflict is a burden we just have to tolerate or persevere through in order to get to the better seasons of our relationships.

However, Culture of Peace also discusses how conflict might be enormously beneficial. The various authors reveal that since the highest call of all Christians is to glorify God by imitating Christ, conflict presents a unique opportunity to be more like him…

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10 Ways to Avoid Stress and Renew Mental Health from Take Care of Yourself

Love my publisher.
Love their blog.
You will too.

Hendrickson Publishers Blog

By Tirzah Frank, Assistant Editor

Dr. Pablo Martinez’s Take Care of Yourself: Survive and Thrive in Christian Ministry is a petite book packed with comprehensive self-care advice. It’s geared specifically toward people in ministry, but much of Martinez’s advice is applicable to everyone. Here are ten self-care suggestions I gleaned from Take Care of Yourself: five things to do and five to avoid.

First, I had to grapple with one question:

Why should I take care of myself?

Dr. Martinez points out that many Christians feel guilty about caring for themselves, as if prioritizing self-care is lazy or selfish. And taking care of yourself can seem a bit backward. When I first learned about self-care (by which I mean anything that you do to rest, rejuvenate, or restore yourself), it seemed to directly contradict the Christian values of self-sacrifice and putting others’ needs first, so I was very…

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8 Striking Truths about Friendship from Michele Howe’s Book, Part 2: Facing Your “Bad” Friends

Excellent commentary from Maggie Swofford!!! Do not miss this. 🙂

Hendrickson Publishers Blog

By Maggie Swofford, Marketing & Editorial Assistant

While we had some fun musing about our uplifting, healthy friendships in my last blog post about Michele Howe’s book Navigating the Friendship Maze, now it’s time to delve into the hard stuff: how to deal with friends who are bringing us down, who are corrupting our good natures, and whose relationship with us is on the rocks.

It’s hard enough to maintain good friendships as it is, let alone to do the hard work of analyzing whether or not your friendship is truly what it could or should be. While facing the difficult reality of friendships that are going poorly or are near destruction can feel incredibly isolating—who wants to cut off someone who used to be a source of joy and love in our lives!—Howe moves through this sensitive subject dexterously and with much intentionality. Here’s a peek into…

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8 Striking Truths about Friendship from Michele Howe’s Book, Part 1: Signs of a “Good” Friend

Maggie Swofford shares her thoughts on what makes a good friend. Insightful. Delightful. Inspirational.

Hendrickson Publishers Blog

By Maggie Swofford, Marketing & Editorial Assistant

Friendship is a complicated subject that I love to think about because of all the fascinating dynamics and emotions that go into finding and sustaining a true, deep friendship. As a result of my curiosity and excitement in regards to digging into the details of what makes a friendship a good one, you can imagine my glee at getting the chance to read Michele Howe’s book Navigating the Friendship Maze: The Search for Authentic Friendship. As I dove into Howe’s thoughtful advice, there were so many fascinating points that I could barely keep up! She attacks friendship head-on, addressing topics and issues I hadn’t thought of. She doesn’t evade the difficult and complicated matters of “bad” friends and gives sensitive advice on how to cut off unhealthy friendships. Not only that, but she discusses intimate details that friendships should possess in…

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