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People who are changing the world

Pastor Susan Cruz - Founder & President of Catalyst4Christ Ministries and my dear friend. God uses Susan in amazing ways to help people realize His amazing love, mercy and grace! She's an anointed teacher, evangelist and a true warrior of the faith.  I'm so blessed to partner with her in ministry.

Kim Peacock - Victor over grief, author and encourager, dear friend, that's Kim. She is real and transparent about her journey through the loss of her sweet daughter, Nicole. You can find her offering hope to grieving parents through her blog, Wild Victorious Heart and in her recent book Victorious Heart. Kim is a true hero of the faith!

Max Lucado - One of my favorite authors!  His voice carries you into the presence of God.  He has a rare grasp of God's Grace.  

Ann Vokamp - I received her calendar as a gift and it is awesome! Yes, I mean fearfully wonderful!  She has tasted and seen the goodness of the Lord and shares it with the world.  Her book One Thousand Gifts needs to be on your "Must Read List".  I am also enjoying her blog, I hope you do too: Ann's blog

Beth Moore - She pulls, pushes, stretches and downright forces you to grow!  If you've done one of her Bible studies, then you've chewed on the Word of God and savored every bite.  (Just an FYI- the first Bible study I ever did was her "A Woman's Heart: God's Dwelling Place" a study of the Old Testament Tabernacle.)  

Andy Stanley - been blessed to sit under his teaching at the past few Catalyst West conferences and all I can say is wow!  Leader to leaders he presses us upward into the knowledge of God! I encourage you to be encouraged!


Life changing ministries

Catalyst4ChristA ministry that draws believers of all backgrounds together to grow deeper in their relationship with Christ through encounter weekends, conferences & retreats. Come, be divinely interrupted...

Heart Change - This retreat introduces you to the heart of the Father in a way you've never experienced before! 

Power-filled writing

Praise-and-Worship - A wonderful gathering place where worshippers bring a vareity of gifts before the King of Kings.  Take some time there, be challenged to worship in fresh ways.

Victorious Heart - Kim Peacock -- Hope for parents who are grieving! A faith-filled, victorious journey through grief. A must read for parent walking through the loss of a child.

My Utmost for His Highest - Oswald Chambers -- This book is life changing! It will challenge you to be who God intended you to be.

A Love Worth Giving - Max Lucado -- My favorite author!  His words are so vivid the not only come to life, they call you in...

Jesus Calling - Sarah Young -- A life changing devotional.  What happens when you dare to spend some of your prayer time not just giving God a laundry list of needs, but sit quietly instead to hear what He has to say?  I challenge you to find out!




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  1. I love you Auntie! You so inspire me and God's grace truly does pour out of you! Not into one neat little glass, but spilling and leaking through the cracks and brokenness to everyone around you. It's beautiful to be broken when we are the Children of God!
    ~P

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