Featured Writing Addict: Katie Savage

Katie Savage

1081979_10200633667577147_1051736652_nKatie Savage was born into the Protestant Evangelical Christian tradition and has been writing about it ever since. (Although she will refuse to show you any of her prayer journals from high school. Those are totally embarrassing.)  Katie has a BA in Creative Writing and English Education from Point Loma Nazarene University.

After college, Katie spent time teaching high school and junior high English and earning her MFA from the University of Kansas. She and Scott now live in Kansas City, with their two children, Miles and Genevieve. They are members of Redemption Church, where Scott is the associate pastor. Grace in the Maybe: Instructions on Not Knowing Everything about God is her first book.

What’s Katie Savage’s Genre?

Personal essays about faith, with a style somewhere between Anne Lamott and Ann Voskamp

What’s on Katie’s Heart?

“It seems to me that somewhere in the recent future, many Christians have begun to feel pressured to know all of the answers when it comes to God. I remember seeing a T-shirt in a Christian bookstore that said, “God said it. I believe it. That settles it.” When I was a girl, that sounded great! But as I’ve matured in my faith, I’ve come to realize that there is a great deal of mystery and unknowing when we talk about God. This is not a lack of faith—the acknowledgment that we don’t know all the answers about how God operates—in fact, I think the realization has deepened my faith and has helped me to understand, in the depths, that God is so much bigger and more holy than we have the capacity to gauge. Grace in the Maybe is all about how we can find glimpses of God’s nature in the everyday movements of our lives, in each spiritual season of faith, regardless of whether this gives us answers to anything.”

What is Katie Savage’s book about?

Grace in the Maybe: Instructions on Not Knowing Everything about God

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Excerpt from the book: “There was a time when I knew everything about God. I was young (you’re not surprised) and relatively arrogant (now you’re really not surprised). My team always won when we played Bible trivia games in my church youth group. I knew the stories of Jonah and Daniel and Saul like they were my own family stories; I could quote the most popular Bible verses; I memorized the order of the biblical books and could spell all their names. Somewhere along the way, I lost all that knowledge about God—or at least I began to realize how much there was to learn. Each day I was a Christian seemed to be a step backward in understanding my faith. I started acknowledging the questions in my heart, began discussing those questions with friends and fellow saints, as those in the church are called, however undeserving the label may sometimes seem. And I discovered, after whining about how difficult all of this Christian stuff was, that the mystery of not knowing was also absolutely, undeniably wonderful.”

What Others Are Saying:

“Katie Savage is smart, funny, and a little bit sassy. She writes with a feminine voice… vibrant, earthy, and honest enough to appeal to both genders. When I read her work I find myself hoping that if I don’t take myself too seriously, maybe even I can see God. ” 
(Tim Suttle, pastor, author of Public Jesus)
“Although I myself am not religious, I found this wonderful collection to be thought provoking and often hilarious—Katie writes with humility, warmth, and complete candor. She knows how to tell a story, and I have no doubt that her smart observations and searching honesty will soon make her the favorite writer of many readers.” 
(Laura Moriarty, author of The Chaperone)

To reach Katie Savage, buy her books, or schedule a book-signing event:

Featured Writing Addict: Susan Cottrell

Susan Cottrell

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Susan Cottrell is a writer, speaker, and teacher. She is thrilled with her new book, The Marriage Renovation. Married 27 years, she and Rob had to go through their own renovation, and God did more than they ever thought possible. They have five (nearly) grown children. Susan homeschooled for some twenty years… until she ran out of energy! She loves to lead retreats and seminars, and teach women, couples and teens about the freedom for which Christ set them free (Galatians 5:1). Contact her directly, or read her post at marriagerenovation.com.

What’s Susan’s Genre?

Nonfiction: Marriage, Parenting—from the perspective of abiding in Christ.

What’s on Susan’s Heart?

“My heart beats for the discouraged, defeated Christian, to share the freedom that comes from the abiding life of Jesus Christ. I am passionate to teach. I am available on a limited basis to lead retreats for women or couples on MARRIAGE, the ABIDING LIFE OF CHRIST, and PARENTING. I also speak to teens, and young adults, teaching them that the great big God they learned about in church is not stuck in their Bibles, but offers them life on the edge! I am also available for other speaking engagements and teaching opportunities at your church, Bible study or small group.”

What are Susan’s books?

[Susan’s more recent releases]
The Marriage Renovation:
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From The Marriage Renovation… “You’re in the right place, and I believe that by the end of our journey together, we will have the foundations to restore joy and intimacy. You may be new in your marriage and you’ve never had a major disagreement. Or you may be considering divorce. Or perhaps you are somewhere in between — it’s not terrible but it’s not great — even if you’re disgruntled that marriage is not all it was cracked up to be. Wherever you stand, I reach across the pages to say, so much more is available to you. I’m with you, I’ve crawled through the trenches on my hands and knees. God has broken me in places I didn’t know I had places, and He’s healed me as I never thought possible. Let’s take this journey together.”

How Not to Lose Your Teen:
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From a sea of parenting advice, emerges How Not to Lose Your Teen—it is a break-through, and intelligent look at parents and teens. Intimate and relatable, Susan shows parents how to decrease their teens’ dependence on them and increase their dependence on Christ. You will be relieved and encouraged as you walk this entertaining and heart-rending journey with Susan.

To reach Susan, buy her books, or schedule her to teach:

Susan’s husband, Rob:

Robert Cottrell, is an indie recording worship artist, his music can be downloaded for free on reverbnation.com, or found on facebook.comRobert Cottrell Music is contemporary Christian worship, a style that is both uplifting and relaxing, with a focus on the grace and love of Jesus. Tender and intimate, his music is not only enjoyable, but also recognizable.164239_10201685175397890_1362926097_n