Donna VanLiere | NY Times Bestselling Author of "The Christmas Shoes" & Featured speaker on Women of Faith, eWomen and Among Friends national conferences

Donna VanLiere

NY Times Bestselling Author of "The Christmas Shoes" & Featured speaker on Women of Faith, eWomen and Among Friends national conferences

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Donna VanLiere

Donna is... ..a mom, a wife, an animal lover, and a closet comedian at home. She's passionate about cooking (...and eating), reading, movies and teaching, inspiring, challenging and encouraging dreamers! She doesn't like watching sports on TV but is a huge fan of athletes under five feet tall who call her Mom. Donna also loves to write books. As a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, her 13 titles include The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing - both of which were adapted into movies starring Rob Lowe, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Neil Patrick Harris. Both movies garnered stellar ratings for CBS. The Christmas Hope starring Madeline Stowe was adapted by Lifetime Television. Donna's non-seasonal novel's, The Good Dream, Angels of Morgan Hill and non-fiction works like Finding Grace and High Calling - the biography of Space Shuttle Columbia Commander Rick Husband - capture the same warmth and poignancy as her Christmas books. Donna has won a Retailer's Choice Award for Fiction, a Dove Award, a Silver Angel Award, two Audie Awards for best inspirational fiction, has been a nominee for a Gold Medallion Book of the Year and is an inductee in the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Hall of Excellence joining such luminaries as Coretta Scott King, Hugh Downs, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and Senator John Glenn. She also serves on the board of directors for National House of Hope, a residency program that is offered in several states for abused and at-risk teens. (By the way, if you're looking for a place to give or to serve, look no further than here Donna's mini-van is staring down 200,000 miles as she runs her kids to school, softball and baseball practices, Tae Kwon Do, church, and the grocery store all while promising her editor to meet her book deadlines (...which occasionally does happen). She loves to spend her summers with her family around the swimming pool or doing lots of camping. One of Donna's great loves is teaching and speaking. She has appeared at countless events around the country including keynote addresses at the prestigious Patricia Adams Lecture Series at Heidelberg University, Women of Faith, Among Friends Conferences and Extraordinary Women. Her latest book, The Christmas Light will be in stores October 2014 and her fourth movie, The Christmas Secret (starring Bethany Joy Lenz of One Tree Hill and Dexter) is currently in production and will air on the Hallmark Channel in late fall/early winter 2014.

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Finding Grace

Teaching from Ephesians 1. “God works everything out according to his will and to the praise of his glorious grace.” Just as he did with Hagar, Martha and Donna in her own life, God turns our garbage into glory. There is no praise, there is no glory if we hold onto our baggage Donna uses poignant teaching and humor to lead the audience into a greater awareness of grace and God’s plan for each of our lives.

Rebuilding the Altar

Teaching from I Kings 17 & 18. God has not called us to be safe. He has called us to be brave. Being brave requires that we throw off the fear of failure and embrace faith. Throughout our lives we are thrust into situations that will force us to make a safe choice or a brave choice. The Bible says that Elijah…repaired the altar of the Lord that had been thrown down. For many, it is time to repair the altar of the Lord that has been thrown down in our own lives. Repairing and rebuilding lives requires bravery and in this inspirational talk Donna uses Biblical and modern examples to inspire bravery in all of us.

Christmas Teas

Donna uses The Christmas Journey, a narrative she has read for churches and events for twenty years in addition to speaking on the wonder of Christmas to usher the audience into the Christmas season. Each person is invited to know Christ personally.

The Power of Story

People want to leave something behind on paper that says: This is who I was; This is what I believed; Keep this on your shelf as a remembrance. Not everyone is able to write a book but each of us is a walking story read by countless others everyday. The truth of our story isn’t one that can be painted on canvas or framed for the wall but it’s a truth that is lived out every day of our lives. This 20-minute inspirational talk about the story of our lives is perfect for banquets, fundraisers and university events.

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Author Reveals How 'The Christmas Secret' Can Bring People to God

Written by Emma Koonse The author of the best-selling book "The Christmas Shoes," and the subsequent hit TV movie, Donna VanLiere is returning to television this holiday season...
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