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Meet Cheri Cowell! (Christian Authors Network Scavenger Hunt Stop #14)

Fri, 2016-07-08 16:29 -- Jocelyn Green

WELCOME to Stop #14 in the Christian Authors Network Scavenger Hunt! We hope you enjoy meeting twenty-five authors as you chase down clues for the chance to win our grand prize: one book from each one of us, for a total of twenty-five books!

For details about how to enter the drawing, visit this page. It’s also the starting point for the blog hop, so if you’ve missed any stops before mine, you can get started in order from that page.

*The scavenger hunt is going on from now until midnight on July 23, 2016.

Without further ado, let's talk to Cheri Cowell!

Cheri, you won an award this year, tell us about it.

I was honored to win the Selah Award in the gift book devotional category for my book, 365 Devotions for Peace published by Zondervan. I'm also thrilled that it is not only available at your local Christian bookstores but also in those book racks next to the flowers at truck stops and grocery stores. I pray it helps many who are searching for peace in this troubled world.

On your website you are called a "sidewalk theologian," what does that mean?

I love taking the complicated questions of faith and breaking them down, making them simple, like talking with a friend while standing together on the sidewalk of life. I have a seminary degree, but have found joy in communicating truths simply.

That's great! Is that what your new Bible study does?

Yes. One Story, One Mission, One God is a 12-week overview of the entire Bible, and it is written for those who may have gotten the stories of the Bible in bits and pieces but don't know how it all fits together. I want people to know the Bible isn't two stories–an Old one and a New one–but it is one story with one mission from beginning to end, about the One True God. If you leave a comment on my blog where I interview my scavenger hunt author, you will be entered to win a drawing for a signed copy.

You've written other books, tell us about those.

My first book was Direction: Discernment for the Decisions of your Life, about knowing God's will. I've also written Parables and Word Pictures, a Bible study in the popular Following God series, and Living the Story: Reaching Outside the Church Walls, about how to share the gospel in a new way to reach a new generation.

Tell us a little about you and how people can learn more.

My wonderful husband of 31 years, Randy, and I live in Orlando Florida. I love National Parks, scrapbooking, and flowers. I love to connect with readers through my website, blog, quarterly newsletters, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Thank you Cheri!

OK hunters, the phrase from this stop is: We operate

Don’t miss the next stop on Cheri’s blog where she will be hosting Margaret Brownley! And if you missed my interview on Sherry Kyle’s blog, find it here!

When you're ready to enter the contest for the grand prize (after collecting phrases from all stops), click here to send in your entry:


As an extra thank you for being here, I'm giving away one copy of one of my Civil War novels, winner's choice! (For an overview of each of the four novels, visit my fiction page here.) For a print copy, the drawing is open to U.S. residents only. If you're an international reader and you win, I'm happy to send you an e-book format! To enter this individual drawing for one of my novels, simply leave a comment telling me which novel you'd like to win and why.

By the way, if you haven't already, be sure to sign up for my e-newsletter here, which will keep you updated with my new releases. (I have three books coming out between September 2016 and March 2017!) Just for signing up, you'll also receive for FREE The Christian Historical Fiction Travel Guide! It's a seven-page document full of my favorite books and the related sites you can visit! With plenty of input from other avid readers, the books on this list span four centuries of American history and reach from sea to shining sea. Enjoy!

About the Author: 

Jocelyn Green

Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning and bestselling author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including The Mark of the King; Wedded to War; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. Her books have garnered starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly, and have been honored with the Christy Award, the gold medal from the Military Writers Society of America, and the Golden Scroll Award from the Advanced Writers & Speakers Association. She graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. As a speaker, Jocelyn inspires faith and courage in her audiences. She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two children in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Visit her at


Submitted by Paula Campbell on
Oh! I love historical books of this time period. I would like the earliest one, if they are a series, if not, any would be greatly appreciated!

Submitted by Jocelyn Green on
Hi Paula! Yes, it's a series, so you'd want to start with Wedded to War. Thanks for being here!

Submitted by Jocelyn Green on
Thank you Rhonda! I appreciate you stopping by and entering!

Submitted by Cathy Carroll on
Yankee In Atlanta would be my choice for the drawing. I have your first book but have not read the others. Since a maternal GG-Grandmother was a young woman in Atlanta during the Civil War, and most of that family fought for the South but part fought for the North, I think that book in particular would be very interesting to me! It was a fascinating and tragic period in history.

Submitted by Jocelyn Green on
Cathy, wow, that is fascinating family history! Yes, I bet you'd enjoy Yankee in Atlanta. It also picks up the story of two characters from the first book. Thank you!

Submitted by Angie Carroll on
I would like Yankee in Atlanta because I like the stories where the woman is disguised as a man for a secret reason.

Submitted by KayM on
I have read Widow of Gettysburg, which I really enjoyed, and I have Yankee in Atlanta, so I think I'd like to have Spy of Richmond. Thank you so much for offering a copy.

Submitted by Jocelyn Green on
Sounds like a good plan! Thanks so much for entering and for getting started in the series! Characters from both Widow of Gettysburg and Yankee in Atlanta will show up in Spy of Richmond, too. :)

Submitted by Rachael Koppendrayer on
Spy of Richmond - I'd love to read more about the pro-Unionists trapped in the capitol of the Confederacy!

Submitted by Jocelyn Green on
Rachael, great choice. I think Spy of Richmond is my favorite book in the series. I think. :)

Submitted by Rachel Koppleberger on
I would pick Wedded to War since it's the first book it the series.

Submitted by Jocelyn Green on
Rachel, that would be fantastic! Thanks for entering the drawing!

Submitted by Lucy Reynolds on
Thank you for the chance. I would want the first one in the series. God bless!

Submitted by Stephanie Allen on
I love reading historical fiction books about the Civil War. I have read your first book in this series, and I really enjoyed it. Any of the other three would be fine, but I kind of would like to read them in order. So I guess Widow of Gettysburg would be my choice. Thanks for this terrific opportunity.

Submitted by Jocelyn Green on
Stephanie, I agree, it would be best to continue in order with Widow of Gettysburg. Thank you so much!

Submitted by Dani M on
I think that I'd want most to read The Mark of the King, actually, being a midwife-wannabe, but of the Civil War ones (and I love the Civil War), I would want to read the Spy of Richmond.

Submitted by Jocelyn Green on
Dani, that's great! The Mark of the King isn't published yet, but I hope you'll keep it in mind for when it releases in January. In the meantime, I have plenty of Civil War novels to help fill the time. :)

Submitted by Trixi O. on
I would start from the beginning with "Wedded to War" since I haven't YET read any of your books :-) Thank you for your participation in the scavenger hunt & extra book giveaway1

Submitted by Jocelyn Green on
Hi Trixi, I love the emphasis on "YET". :) Thanks for participating in the drawing!

Submitted by Laciee S on
The story for Yankee in Atlanta sounds like one of the most interesting books I've heard of in a while, especially because the heroine won't leave Atlanta at it's toughest time, thanks for the giveaway.

Submitted by Jocelyn Green on
Hi Laciee, thank you so much! My research on Atlanta during the Civil War was so fascinating, definitely more than what most people think of with Gone with the Wind. :) Best wishes!

Submitted by Susan P on
Fun post today! I have the first two, so I would love to have Yankee in Atlanta to add to my two. Thanks for sharing!

Submitted by Bree Herron on
I would love to start with the first one, as I haven't had the chance yet to read your work. Thank you for the chance!

Submitted by Jocelyn Green on
Hi Bree, I'd love for you to get started in the series, especially if you are a fan of historical fiction! Wedded to War was a Christy Finalist, so hopefully you would enjoy it, too. :)

Submitted by Jocelyn Green on
Hi Karen, then this series is right up your alley. Thank you so much for entering!

Submitted by Marcia Hill on
I'd love either the nurse or midwife one. As an RN for many years, I love reading historical fiction of the nurses who came before me.

Submitted by Jocelyn Green on
Hi Marcia, I bet you'd love Wedded to War especially, then! It has the most medical content out of any of my books, although Widow of Gettysburg does have quite a bit, as well, since the setting is a field hospital. :) Thanks for participating!

Submitted by Carla K. on
Thank you for participating in the scavenger hunt and giving us a bonus chance of winning one of your books. I am really enjoying the hunt! I would love to read 'Yankee in Atlanta' in order to find out Caitlin's secrets!

Submitted by Jocelyn Green on
Hi Carla! You are most welcome! Oh yes, Caitlin has a whole passel of secrets, and I really run her through the mill in Yankee in Atlanta! :) Best wishes!

Submitted by Caryl Kane on
I enjoy historical fiction! I would choose book one since I haven't begun this series. Thank you for participating in the scavenger hunt.

Submitted by Jocelyn Green on
Hi Caryl, that's a wonderful idea. Wedded to War is a great place to start! Thank you!

Submitted by Maryann on
I would love to win The Widow of Gettysburg. Liberty sounds like a wonderful character. I would love to read her story and Gettysburg and its rich history has always fascinated me.

Submitted by Jocelyn Green on
Hi Maryann, If you are fascinated by Gettysburg history, I bet you'd really enjoy Widow of Gettysburg to see what life was like for the civilians! Thanks for entering the give-away!

Submitted by Mary Koester on
Hi Jocelyn! My first post disappeared so I'm trying again. Thanks for the link to the site. I think I would enjoy Yankee in Atlanta. I do enjoy a novel that reveals secrets as it goes along. Sounds like an interesting storyline. Thanks, Mary

Submitted by Jocelyn Green on
Thanks so much, Mary! Caitlin McKae has plenty of secrets, that's for sure. :) You are entered in the drawing, best wishes!

Submitted by Beth Erin on
I love the Civil War time period and I've been itching to get my hands on your titles. If I were to win the giveaway, I'd go with the first of the series, Wedded to War (and then proceed to get my hands on the rest of them)! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!

Submitted by Jocelyn Green on
Hi Beth Erin, I'm tickled to hear you've been itching to read this series! I do hope you have a chance to do so, soon. Thanks for entering the drawing, and best wishes!

Submitted by Becky Smith on
I'd like to read Wedded to War, although I will have to read all of your books! Historical fiction is fun to read! Thank you. I enjoyed reading the blog!

Submitted by Jocelyn Green on
Hi Becky, I love that line of thinking! ;) I hope you have a chance to read them all soon! I'll mark you down for Wedded as your choice. Thanks!

Submitted by Amy on
I love Civil War era books! Well, I have the first book in the series, so I suppose the next one I get should be Widow of Gettysburg. So that would be my choice! :)

Submitted by Jocelyn Green on
Hi Amy, I agree with you, Widow of Gettysburg is the next logical choice! Thank you for entering!

Submitted by Beth Rumbaugh on
You are a new author to me. I would enjoy either an e-book or a print version...although, if I got a print version I could take it to the library so more can read it (I work there 2 days a week).

Submitted by Jocelyn Green on
Hi Beth, I am so pleased to see you here! Welcome! A print version sounds like a great idea, thank you for entering the drawing!


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