Michele Howe – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Burdens Do a Body Good: Meeting Life’s Challenges with Strength (and Soul) which I co-authored with my Toledo, OH, orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Christopher A. Foetisch.

Being a woman in today’s world means wrestling—physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally—with lots of weighty struggles. Lifestyle mentor Michele Howe and orthopedic surgeon Christopher Foetisch offer a well-rounded “training manual” filled with inspirational insight and practical advice for handling life’s toughest battles with inner and outer strength. Thematic chapters begin with Howe’s trademark real-life vignettes and essays on personal and situational topics: loss, sorrow, aging, job displacement, divorce, parenting issues, financial setbacks, illness, and more.

Women will identify with the experiences of other women, and how each found and developed the emotional and spiritual strength to meet the challenges she faced. Foetisch then provides practical weight-bearing “exercises” for body and soul health, and information on staying strong and well, no matter your age or circumstances. Valuable take-away action thoughts, meaningful quotations, and concluding Scripture verses complete the “workout.”

Women will be delighted and surprised at the recommendations, choices, and options available to them. They’ll discover new ways of dealing with old problems and develop the multifaceted fitness they need to fearlessly face all of life’s challenges.

Tell us something about yourself.

Michele Howe is a reviewer for Publishers Weekly, FaithfulReader.com, Aspiring Retail, Foreword Magazine, TeenReads.com, KidsRead.com, among many others national and international publications. She has published over 1000 reviews/articles and has been featured on numerous radio shows across the country speaking on topics such as parenting and a diverse range of women’s health issues. Her work has been published in MORE, FIRST for Women, Good Housekeeping, Christianity Today, Discipleship Journal, Midwest Living, Parentlife, Fullfill, Christian Single, Single Parent Family, Focus on the Family, and Connections. She also does copywriting and manuscript reviewing for several publishing houses including New Growth Press.

Michele is the author of ten books for women. Her book, “Going It Alone: Meeting the Challenges of Being a Single Mom” (Hendrickson Publishers), provided hope and practical helps for single moms new to parenting solo. She has also authored “Pilgrim Prayers for Single Mothers” (Pilgrim Press) and a third book of helps for single mothers titled, “Successful Single Moms” (Pilgrim Press.) In addition to these resources for single mothers, Michele wrote four separate titles combining real life stories with inspirational prayer retreats. These titles published by (Jossey-Bass) include: “Prayers for Homeschooling Moms,” “Prayers to Nourish a Woman””s Heart,” “Prayers of Comfort and Strength” and “Prayers for New and Expecting Moms.”

Her newest books include a follow-up resource to “Going it Alone” titled, “Still Going It Alone: Mothering with Faith and Finesse Once the Children Have Grown” (Hendrickson Publishers) and “Burdens Do a Body Good: Meeting Life’s Challenges with Strength and Soul” co-authored with orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Christopher A. Foetisch (Hendrickson Publishers).

In addition to her article and books writing, Michele writes a weekly women””s lifestyle and single parenting column at www.bizymoms.com. Read Michele’s column at: http://www.bizymoms.com/experts/michele-howe/index.html In line with her passion for working with single parents, Michele’s resources offer encouragement to women of all ages by challenging them to exercise their combination of strengths, skills, and life wisdom in pursuit of a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. Recognizing that life is often difficult, women can learn how to recognize (and find solace in) significant life-markers and by so doing, acquire the strength to embrace their daily challenges.

What inspired you to write this book?

Burdens Do a Body Good was developed after Michele underwent four shoulder surgeries and saw the need for a practical women’s inspirational health-related book.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

My next project is a book that will profile 20 individuals with various disabilities/disfigurements/diseases titled The Beauty Inside Us All: How Our Bodies Make a Way Against All Odds. This text tells the story of each person’s health struggles and how they coped with their pain/limitations/ongoing challenges. Then, I follow up with a specialist who offers what remarkable things were going on inside their bodies as they fought their disease and/or their bodies worked to regain health. This is a real inside out look at the marvelous way our bodies continue to fight for life against all odds.

Along the lines of my new book project, I am also writing various medical articles including these surgery observations. See: http://www.monroenews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009710259965 and http://www.monroenews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2010702289972

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?


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