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If you met Susan face to face would you like her?
What would you see?
An older woman with an engaging smile, soft brown eyes that 'tear up' when hearing of the hurts of others, and as you would discover after a while... a loyal friend who doesn't gossip and keeps your secrets.
Born and raised in the beautiful border town of Peebles in Scotland, she learned to 'make do and mend' as the old-fashioned saying went. Rationing in the UK lasted well into the 1950s and when they were no longer required, like granny's button box, the ration books were great fun for a small child to play with.
Over the years since then Susan has had a number of temporary occupations and a couple of very rewarding careers all of which has added to her understanding of human nature and shows in the characterisations in her novel.
We are Divorced. A book for children and also used in training sessions with the leaders of children's clubs, to help them better understand the children in their groups.
Co-founded a programme called Koinonia for the Western Australian Anglican Diocese, the purpose of which was to prepare children for communion.
Co-authored several books on 'Children in the Church'.
Hold the Faith - Part 1 in the Apostle John series (Feb 2013)
Grow in Grace - Part 2 in the Apostle John series (August 2013)
Of course there were also the help guides...
A Certified computer trainer who saw the need of learners to have clearer manuals, Susan painstakingly compiled 'How to Books' for her clients. One of the larger manuals was used for several years by the Registered Training Centre where she worked as a contract trainer.
Master qualifications in Microsoft Office 2007
Several Certificate IV Business qualifications
Small business owner
And from all these - many experiences... all of which make Susan who she is today.
on Aug. 25, 2013 :
In the second book in the Apostle John series, "Grow in Grace" brings us back to Ephesus in the first century A.D. We revisit old friends: the apostle John, his granddaughter Naomi, her husband Samuel and John's great-grandson Benjamin. As Christians in a pagan city, in the midst of the Roman Empire, they deal with trials of faith, opposition from the world around them, and the very real, ever-present danger of imprisonment and death for refusing to worship the Roman Emperor as a god. And while all this is going on, the last living apostle, John, works to set down his memories of walking with Christ, in what will later become the Gospel of John. I loved reading about young Benjamin as he grows in the faith, getting to know God better, and makes some important decisions about his life. This book made daily life for the early Christians seem very real to me, and I felt as if I was leaving old friends when I read the last page. And always, the question in the back of my mind, the question this book provokes: If you had been there, among the early Christians, what would you have done? How would you have handled the trials? Would you have grown in grace? This is even better than the first book, "Hold the Faith"! I am looking forward to Book 3...
(reviewed within a week of purchase)