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Interview with Author, Cynthia L. Simmons

I’m so excited to host Author Cynthia L. Simmons today. Her new Bible study came out in mid-April. I’ve written lessons and devotions before, but the thought of completing an entire nonfiction book blows my mind. So I had a few questions for her.

Marji – Where did the concept of this Bible study originate?

Cynthia – This Bible study is based on the stories in Struggles and Triumphs: Women in History Who Overcame. For instance, Henry VIII of England disliked that fact that his wife, Kateryn, chose to advise him to continue reforming the Church of England. In the study guide I guide the student through passages on submission and compare Kateryn’s activity with Biblical examples.

Marji – I love the idea of connecting to your first book. Why did you select the women you did?

Cynthia – I related to each of them in a special way. For instance, Princess Alice was the Florence Nightingale of the German province of Hesse. My background is nursing so her work fascinated me.

Marji – Which woman do you most relate to and why?

Cynthia – In addition to Princess Alice, I liked Katie Luther. She raised a very large family and managed a busy household. Also I felt camaraderie with Susannah Spurgeon. She often sat with her husband while he prepared sermons. My husband is an elder and I often assist while he prepares material to present.

Marji – Which woman do you most admire?

Cynthia – I admire Katie Luther’s abilities. She managed her husband’s affairs so well that she made him wealthy.

Marji – I had no idea! What do you hope your readers will take away from your study?

Cynthia – I hope they’ll be encouraged by the ladies who walked by faith, and gain a deeper understanding of the Word.

Marji – I’m certainly intrigued! So what are you working on now?

Cynthia – I’m finishing a historical fiction novel on banking during the Civil War.

Marji – Oh, I’m a sucker for a good historical! I look forward to hearing more about it! I’m so glad Cynthia could stop by and share with us about her new Bible Study. More information on Struggles and Triumphs is below.

What’s wrong with our world? Shouldn’t a God who claims to be all powerful and flawless prevent suffering? How can we continue to believe when storms rage on in our lives? If you’ve ever had tough questions like these Struggles and Triumphs Study Guide is the book for you. Author Cynthia L. Simmons will guide you toward answers with her unique and enlightening approach. Her twelve-week Bible study for ladies comes from stories of real women as told in Struggles and Triumphs: Women in History Who Overcame. As you study, you’ll come to understand God’s perspective on timeless issues that impact your life. The carefully chosen Scriptures combined with interesting historical information will challenge and encourage you.

Watch the trailer at: http://youtu.be/HOP9HY7xTXU

Purchase the book at: http://www.lulu.com/shop/cynthia-simmons/struggles-and-triumphs-workbook/paperback/product-20038687.html

Cynthia L Simmons and her husband, Ray, have five children and reside in Atlanta. She has taught for over twenty years as a homeschool mother and Bible teacher. Active in Christian Authors Guild (CAG), she conducts writing workshops and has served as president, vice president, and conference director. In December 2009 the membership granted her Life Time Membership for her numerous contributions to writers.  “Cindy” is fond of history and writes both historical fiction and nonfiction. Her writing appeared in CAG publications, NATHHAN NEWS, Chattanooga Regional Historical Magazine, Georgia Right to Life Newsletter, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Catholic Exchange, and Christian Devotions.us. Her first book, Struggles and Triumphs, came out in 2008. While promoting her book, she had interviews on radio and TV across the nation and was nominated for 2008 Georgia Author of the year. She also conducts monthly podcasts called CAG Spotlight in which she interviews authors and VIPs in the writing industry. At present she is completing a twelve week Bible study using the stories in Struggles and Triumphs.

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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