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On the cover: Melany Carlson, popular author of books for women, teens, and children. In 2019, an adaptation of her novel All Summer Long was made into a Hallmark movie.

Features

6          Melody Carlson: Crafter of Words, Lover of Stories

by Stephanie Rische

Melody Carlson didn’t find her calling as an author until she was in her 30s, but since then she’s written more than 200 books, with a focus on the grand story of redemption.

12   1st Place — An Unexpected Prayer Closet

by Kristi Woods

Life is a spiritual battle that can only be successfully fought on our knees. One mom watched victory unfold      as her son’s high school football team turned into prayer warriors for the Lord.

14        2nd Place — Queenie

by Ann Kronwald

As a young girl, Jill earned the nickname “Queenie” for being bossy. Now after a lifetime of walking with            Jesus, she’s given that moniker an entirely different meaning.

16        3rd Place — Mercy House: A Refuge for the Hurting

by Jen Allee

Beverly Metzger turned her loss into an offering to the Lord for those who need a temporary place to stay.

28        Author Spotlight

Joel Rosenberg, Lynn Austin, and Mesu Andrews share a behind-the-scenes look at their inspiration and                 writing processes.

32        Writers Resource Guide

Find almost every service a writer needs, including training, editing, proofreading, graphic design,       translation, traditional publishing, self-publishing, printing, marketing, fulfillment, distribution, and more.

36        Creating a New Story Through Grace Relations

by Pam Walker

Dr. Charles Ware, founder of the groundbreaking ministry Grace Relations, explains why true, lasting racial                 reconciliation is built through loving relationships.

39        Why Hymns Endure the Test of Time

by Laura Smith

Contemporary songs often skyrocket to the top of the charts only to be forgotten and replaced with new hits.                 Hymns, however, are passed from generation to generation. Discover what sets them apart.

41        Christmas Gift Guide

Find gifts here that honor the Lord and encourage spiritual growth.

Columns

10        Living in Wisdom

A Servant’s Heart

18        Ask Dr. Walt

Healthy Habits for Lifetime

22        Live Right Now

Dealing With Disappointment

24        Turning Point

Healer of the Brokenhearted

26        Dave Says

Long-Term Financial Planning

58        Persecution Report

India’s Hindus Increase Attacks on Christians

62        Grace Notes

The Ugly Doll

Departments

4          The Fine Print

20        “The Landing” Blog

25        Daily Bible Connection

54        Laugh Lines

56        Quick Takes

60        Kids of the Kingdom