Saturday, May 28, 2011

Angie Briedenbach's Gems of Wisdom

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 Life from Journey Press, the Creative Cooking Series including the new release of Creative Cooking for Simple Elegance (soon to be on Kindle and Nook) and Creative Cooking for Colitis on Kindle/Nook.

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.

Angela also teaches online classes and coaches one-on-one in courageous confidence, personal growth, and powerful living. 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. Angela is at home in the country or on stage in front of large audiences.

Angie's Life Verse is: “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” Romans 8: 26-27

Angie is a member of the Christian Speaker Services, ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), AWSA (Advanced Writers Speakers Association), and RWA (Romance Writers of America)

Interested in having Angela speak? Contact Christian Speaker Services 800.871.9012 x40250

You can find Angie online at: on Wednesdays each week

Gems of Wisdom

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 and now with the bonus companion guide included.

You will find a treasure trove of gems that will equip you to make sound decisions. There is no place for negativity. Embrace life and savor the words to come. -- Margaret Daley

Thoughtful, insightful, heart-touching. Leaves the reader blessed in God's faithfulness. Thank you for being brave enough to confront these battles head on, & for sharing your heart. -- Tracie Peterson, best-selling author of Embers of Love

Here's an excerpt of Gems of Wisdom:

Gem of Wisdom
Search for Wisdom as you would search for silver or hidden treasure.
—Proverbs 2: 4, CEV

From a Personal Place: Angie’s Story

I ran before I fell apart. Door after door in the sterile clinic kept me out. Out in the hall. Out in public where privacy became the mythical siren song before I fell apart. I needed seclusion, and I needed it now—before I fell apart.

The final door swung open onto an empty treatment room that smelled of medicinal alcohol. The heavy door closed behind me, only to have a nurse catch it. I turned to beg for a moment, just one moment. But there’d be no moment. She entered wielding compassion.

I backed away from the sweetness of her weapon.

She advanced. And touched me.

I slid down the white paint and hit the cold tiles.

“Are you okay?” Her voice echoed from somewhere above me, tinny and distant.

Misery, at this moment, did not want company.

Eva, mother of two, my mom, was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia at twenty-three, around my second birthday. I never had that close mother/daughter relationship—and now I never would. I had to accept that no miracle medicine would give me the mother I’d craved my entire life.

I could not restore my mother’s health or sanity. No doctor, no drug, nothing would make it all better. Nothing would change anything. Hope, the stuff of fairy tales, exploded. I reeled from the power.

Resigned, I rested my head against the wall. I could almost see the iridescent glitter of fine dust settled all around me. I closed my eyes.

What was left?


I still shiver when I think about that time, that emotional void. It was very dark down in that hole.

How was I supposed to see in the suffocating dark? Were valuable gems waiting to be discovered?

How dark is the place where you are right now? Have your hopes come face to face with reality? Are you lost in the dark looking for a way out? Let’s strike a match and light the space right here.

I invite you on a treasure hunt, an adventure that reveals not only hidden treasures, but also the pirates who try to steal it. An adventure that will give you tools to uncover the gems of wisdom that make this journey rewarding. This book is your treasure map. The stories and concepts in these pages will help you to delve inside and find your own gems of wisdom to fill up your treasure chest. The Companion Guide at the back of the book provides space to write your answers to the questions in the first part of the book. Helpful features include the following.

Pique Points: thought-provoking questions.

Ponder Points: tidbits to entice an open mind.

Personal Places: tender and true stories from the hearts of volunteers, shared to help others.

Pirates: creative fiction portrayals of cutthroat negative attitudes, situations, and feelings that get in the way of healthy living (based on real historical pirates.)

Putting It All Together: tying all the loose ends together in each chapter so it’s easy to understand and easy to put into practice.

Polishing Point: real-life options to solve real-life dilemmas and suggestions on how to put them into practice.

Gemstones: gems of wisdom awarded as new concepts learned along the treasure hunt route.

Definitions: a little more perspective on some words and ideas sprinkled throughout the book.

Tips: tried and true gem chips that have worked for others.

The Gems of Wisdom Companion Guide at the end of the book with space to record your answers to the questions included in each chapter.

Your captain and crew stand ready to help you navigate the changes ahead until you can pilot your own vessel. Come fill your treasure chest. Battle your pirates and win the gems of wisdom. You can win. You must win!

Ahoy there, matey. Welcome aboard!

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Angie is giving away a copy of Gems of Wisdom. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Joanne Sher said...

Oohh - please enter me!

Anonymous said...

This book sounds good!

Linda said...

I "met" Angie through winning a time of advise for blogging. She has a warm, gentle personality that oozes love. Gems of Wisdom would be a delight to win.

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Linda Kish said...

Sounds great. Count me in please.

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Christine Lindsay said...

It's true---what a treasure trove this book would be. christine(dot)d(dot)schmidtke(at)gmail(dot)com

Meredith said...

This book sounds good! Great excerpt!

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Judy B said...

This sounds like a good read. I'd love to win it. I enjoyed the interview too.

Judy B

Amy said...

This book sounds good. Please enter me. Thanks.


ann said...

Sign me up to win the book.....thanks


karenk said...

please count me in...thanks :)

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apple blossom said...

sounds like a good book please include me in this giveaway. thanks

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Jo said...

I would love to read a copy of this book. Please enter me.


Merry said...

I love the treasure of Scripture, this sounds like an encouraging book. Please include me in the drawing!
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