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Linda Bryant

Topic: "Finding the Real You"
HER VISION: to encourage people to SLOW DOWN enough to notice and treasure the people and the moments of their life. Her dream is that this will strengthen relationships and increase compassion by removing the walls between generations, races, and income levels.  In order to do this, she has to do the same. SHE SLOWS DOWN by spending time in creation and put her hands in the dirt of her garden to nurture her plants to bloom and grow. The garden is symbolic for her desire for people. She loves to watch people bloom and grow!  Some key words that really matter to her are: authentic, nurturing, learning, slowing, personal, and integrated. 

HER BACKGROUND: Growing up on a farm near Millbrook, Illinois provided the backdrop for falling in love with the outside world.  She fell in love with books.  Her children still don’t believe her when she says that there wasn’t a subject in school that she didn’t love. She loves to learn.  In fact, her husband teasingly accused her of homeschooling her children so that she could keep learning day after day.  After high school, she went to Wheaton College and graduated with a degree in Sociology.  She has always loved to study people…to hear their stories….and to gather intimately with the people she loves. 

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Rachel Allord

Topic: "Your Story, God's Glory" - Everyone has a story, yet our small, broken stories can become part of the most glorious story ever told.

Novelist Rachel Allord grew up as a pastor’s kid, vowed never to marry a pastor, and has been contentedly married to her husband, a worship pastor, for eighteen years. She holds a B.A. in English education and is privileged to be both a biological and adoptive mother. Rachel blogs and her stories and articles have appeared in MomSense, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and various other publications.
Her debut novel, Mother of My Son, released in May 2013. She resides here in Stevens Point, Wisconsin where she avidly consumes coffee, sushi, and novels– preferably at the same time.

You can see the trailer to Rachel's novel below:

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