Everyone knows that as you move through the journey that is occupying your time here on earth, you need to be thankful every day for those that you are surrounded with in your personal and professional life.  It has been my privilege to work with and learn from some really great authors, speakers, and leaders in the corporate world during the last 30 years.  Here are some individuals and organizations that are “bookmarked” in my favorites list when it comes to recommending great people to get to know.  I hope you enjoy their insight as much as I do!

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Les and Leslie Parrot

Les and Leslie Parrot

www.lesandleslie.com

A husband-and-wife team who not only share the same name, but the same passion for helping others build healthy relationships. In 1991, the Parrotts founded the Center for Relationship Development on the campus of Seattle Pacific University – a groundbreaking program dedicated to teaching the basics of good relationships. Be sure to visit www.lesandleslie.com for insight into what this duo has to offer you and your organization.

Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni Eareckson Tada

www.joniandfriends.org

Joni Eareckson Tada’s powerfully inspiring story and role as Founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center make her a glowing advocate for people with disabilities. In addition to being an accomplished artist, author and humanitarian, Ms. Tada has led the radio broadcast “Joni and Friends” since 1982. For more information about Joni and her story, visit www.joniandfriends.org.

Mary Rice Hopkins

Mary Rice Hopkins

www.maryricehopkins.com

With music, ministry and fun, Mary Rice Hopkins has brought joy and the love of Jesus to many over the past 30 years. She is the recipient of the Dove Foundation Seal of Approval, and has produced 30 albums and 6 DVDs, 2 children’s books, and a weekly TV special along with Darcie Maze on Trinity Broadcasting Network (“Puppets with a Heart”).

Jan Silvious

Jan Silvious

www.jansilvious.com

As a speaker and an author, Jan Silvious has been reaching out to women for over 25 years, helping them to live fully and to embrace an intelligent attitude toward life.
Whether it is through her books, speaking engagements or personal coaching, your perspective will change and ‘a changed perspective changes everything.

Babbie Mason

Babbie Mason

www.babbie.com

An award-winning singer, songwriter, teacher and TV talk show host, Babbie Mason shows no signs of stopping. Taking the message of God’s love to an audience of women has led Babbie to author the motivating book, Embraced By God, Celebrating Who And Whose You Are (Abingdon) and a companion CD called, Embrace. With every song,she underscores the book’s timely message; you are loved by God and He has a wonderful plan for you.

Ken Davis

Ken Davis

www.kendavis.com

As president of Ken Davis Productions and Lighten Up ministries, Ken Davis is a favorite on the national circuit of motivational and inspirational speakers. His mixture of side-splitting humor and his powerful insights on living fully alive have inspired audiences around the world. Ken has designed each message to make a positive difference in the quality of people’s lives motivating them to live Fully Alive!

Liz Curtis Higgs

Liz Curtis Higgs

www.lizcurtishiggs.com

As a respected speaker, radio personality, author of the best-selling Bad Girls of the Bible series (among others), Liz is a full-time Encourager of women. Liz is dedicated to helping women of faith embrace God’s truth and His grace in a way that is “real,” scripturally sound and funny!

Shari Rusch Furnstahl

Shari Rusch Furnstahl

www.sharirusch.com

When it comes to understanding and empowering children who are “at risk” or have special needs, Shari Rusch Furnstahl is second to none. Her latest book, From Stumbling Blocks to Stepping Stones (Help and Hope for Special Needs Kids), is a poignant look into the struggles of such children and offers insights for parents and teachers to help these children achieve way beyond the assessment. Shari’s approach is sure to shed light on the hope present within the challenge of special needs education.

Dennis Trittin

Dennis Trittin

www.dennistrittin.com

Dennis Trittin, Founder and CEO of Lifesmart Publishing, LLC, and author of Parenting for the Launch: Raising Teens to Succeed in the Real World and What I Wish I Knew When I was 18: Life Lessons for the Road Ahead, specializes in “equipping young adults for real world success.” He aims to help parents and educators develop well-rounded children, students and ultimately grown people.

Kevin Lehman

Kevin Lehman

www.drleman.com

Dr. Kevin Leman is an expert on nurturing relationships of all kinds. Whether it’s your marriage, your business relationships, your parenting issues or even the way you relate to yourself, Leman has something to say that is worth saying. His books have helped many people revolutionize the way they parent and Cynthia highly recommends his insights.

Laurie Winslow Sargent

Laurie Winslow Sargent

www.parentingbyfaith.com

Laurie Winslow Sargent began her writing career in the 1990’s as a contributing editor for Christian Parenting Today magazine, and soon branched out, writing for 28 magazines including Parenting, Baby Talk, and Writer’s Digest. For the past 20 years Laurie has enjoyed teaching others how to write and sell magazine articles. Laurie currently has the honor of editing Finding God Daily in addition to writing her own blogs.

Tim Kimmell

Tim Kimmell

www.familymatters.net

Founder and Executive Director of Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel believes in cultivating loving and nurturing homes for the betterment of children and whole families. Dr. Kimmel is a prolific national speaker on his child-rearing model, Grace Based Parenting, and has authored books on the subject, including: Grace Based Parenting: Raising Kids for True Greatness, Grace Filled Marriage and Connecting Church and Home.