Saturday, September 26, 2015

Signs in Life by Deanna Nowadnick

Back Cover Blurb:
SIGNS IN LIFE begins with a late night encounter with local law enforcement. In the harsh glare of a flashlight, author Deanna Nowadnick learns the consequences of speeding through a stop sign. Other incidents follow. All are linked to the divine signs she’s encountered in that bigger journey through life.

Join Deanna as she shares humorous anecdotes and inspirational lessons from her travels with God. See the signs in life. She might be speeding through a stop sign—yet again!—while you’re carefully navigating a busy street, but together we’re all part of a bigger journey, a greater purpose. We’re all part of God’s great story.

As she used to tell her young sons, “Buckle up. We’re going for a ride.”

Read an Excerpt:


“If you’re going to ticket me, then ticket me!” I scrambled out of the car, slammed the door, and kicked the rear tire. Squinting into the harsh glare of a flashlight, my first words were louder than necessary, “If you’re going to ticket me, then ticket me! I just want to get home.” Not giving the police officer a chance to respond, I continued, still annoyed, still defiantly frustrated, “I’m tired. Really—I just want to get home!”

“And I just need you to slow down, ma’am. I actually stopped you, because I really just needed you to slow down and stop—at the sign back there. You’re in a school zone. It’s dark. There’s traffic.”

The officer was right. Traveling home from the gym, I’d failed to stop at a busy corner. Distracted by a young mother’s ever present to-do list, I’d rolled through an intersection, the middle school on my left, a railroad crossing on my right. Fortunately a man with a badge had cared enough to give me a much deserved warning and an undeniable lesson: road signs are an important part of safe travel.

Road signs are everywhere: SPEED LIMIT 25, SCHOOL ZONE, STOP. Yet even with signs telling us what to do and how best to do it, we still miss the signs, overlook and ignore them. But signs in life surround us for a reason and I’ve gotten costly reminders of their importance. A patrol car’s red and blue flashing lights have refocused my attention on the speed limit—more than once. Traffic cameras have reminded me to slow down in a school zone—twice. And a police officer has re-emphasized the importance of coming to a complete stop at a busy intersection.

In addition to traffic signs, I have also overlooked and ignored directional signs. I live in Monroe, Washington, about an hour’s drive from Seattle. On a trip into the city, I programmed my car’s navigation system to get me from the freeway to a waterfront restaurant. After three turns, I decided I knew better than my digital guide. I didn’t. I made wrong turn after wrong turn and silently cursed the afternoon’s traffic. The delay cost me time and patience and taught me a second undeniable lesson: road signs are not just an important part of safe travel, but there are consequences when ignored and overlooked.

So why don’t I follow the signs, block after block, turn after turn? Why don’t I heed the high resolution images on my car’s high definition screen? The signs were all there: a black and white sign alerting me to the speed limit, a red sign reminding me to stop, a yellow sign warning of the school zone. There were signs telling me of the exit ahead and the turn on my right. Still I ignored some, skipped others, and overlooked many. Why did I, why do I, ignore the help?

And if I struggle to get around the block, how will I ever survive the bigger journey? How will I navigate life? Not the quick trip to the grocery store, but the longer journey through adulthood? Not only the daily commute, but the more onerous trek through times of trial? Not just the trip into the city, but the turn into temptation? What about my travels as a wife and mother, sister and friend? What about my travels with God?

Signs in Life tells of my journey and the divine signs I’ve encountered along the way. In my travels, there have been directional signs, mileposts, and cautionary signs. There have been exit signs and speed limit signs. There have been signs that were seen and others that were heard. All have helped me follow God and find His purpose for my life. By sharing the signs in my life, I hope you’ll be able to see the signs in yours. I might be speeding through a stop sign—again!—while you’re navigating a busy street, but our journeys are very similar. I think we all want to be part of a greater purpose. We all want help and guidance in our understanding of God and His plans for us. And when we miss the signs, real and divine, we want to know that God will redirect and refocus us, that He will get us back on track. My pastor, Robin Dugall says, “Life with God is not just about a heavenly destination. Our travels with God are part of His story, His purpose, travels that begin right now.”

Whenever we got in the car, I used to tell my boys, “Buckle up. We’re going for a ride.” In life we’re all going for a ride. Our travels with God are an adventure in discovery and growth, an opportunity for each one of us to repeat the words of Moses, “Here I am.”

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What Readers are Saying:
“Deanna’s stories are engaging. Her writing flows like a comfy conversation. Her reflections on God’s love are instructive and inspiring. Wow!”   --Karen Kramer Farris

“Before reading this wonderfully insightful and delightfully human book, I used to look at every road sign with nonchalance. Now I see and hear the hand and voice of God urging me on, loving me, and gently reminding me of His presence and guidance. Thank you, Deanna!”  --Rev. Dr. Robin J. Dugall

About Deanna:

Deanna Nowadnick lives in Monroe, Washington with her husband, Kurt. When not responding to traffic citations, she provides administrative support for The Planner’s Edge, an investment advisory firm. Deanna’s active in her church, playing the violin and serving on the leadership team. She’s also part of several women’s groups. Her leisure time is filled with knitting, walks in the sunshine, and vanilla ice cream with chocolate chunks and peanut butter swirls.  

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DEANNA is giving away a copy of SIGNS IN LIFE. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


Kim Amundsen said...

Like the excerpt.kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

Linda Kish said...

What an interesting way to look at life. I love it. I'd love to read more. I look at traffic as the need to slow down not as a hindrance (most of the time). I've tried to teach that to my son because he is always in a rush.

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Connie said...

I will definitely be more observant as I travel down the road AND life's highway. This interview has made me stop and think and I am sure Deanna's book would do even more!
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Deanna Nowadnick said...

Ladies, I appreciate your comments. I got my right knee replaced earlier this month, so I'm a little late with my thanks. Yes, I never expected to be sharing stories about my driving antics and their connection to our much bigger journey in life. Very fun!

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