Heather J. Kirk is a writer, speaker, fine art photographer, graphic designer and fashion designer. Ms. Kirk successfully presented a TEDx Fountain Hills talk titled "The Weaver of Light and Life," honoring God’s role in every aspect of our lives to bring about His purpose that is also meaningful for each of us. She is available for speaking engagements for small groups, large groups, studies, education and to do readings from her books: "We ...a spirit seeking harmony for a world that's out of sync" and “I Water Dead Plants: a book of poetry and belief.” She frequently speaks and teaches on hope in the midst of trials, intercultural interactions, and living a radical and faith-filled life for Christ. Her gift and purpose is to help others find, and step into, their own purposes. Heather has been a featured artist in Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine. Her art has shown nationally, including at: de Young Museum in San Francisco; The Hubbard Museum of the American West in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico; dana gallery in Missoula, Montana; Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts in Steamboat Springs, Colorado; and The Art Institute and Gallery in Salisbury, Maryland. In Arizona, her art has shown at: Off Madison Avenue, Van Gogh’s Ear, Shemer Art Center, Gammage Auditorium, Herberger Theater, @ Central Gallery, and Tempe Community Galleries. Heather’s art is in several private and corporate collections, including: American Sport Art Museum and Archives in Daphne, Alabama; St. Joseph’s Barrows Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona; Ovations for the Cure of Ovarian Cancer in Natick, Massachusetts; and Eller Graduate School of Management, The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Heather does what she calls “Art and Fashion for a Cause.” Whether it is traditional 2D art or her images printed on fabrics and fashion, she donates a portion of the profits to non-profits related to the image (like wild horses) or the country the photo was taken in. Her favorite type of charity are those that prevent and intervene in sex and human trafficking. Once entering the fashion industry, new awareness made it important that clothes she creates and buys are made by companies paying fair wages to garment workers. As a writer, Heather has contributed writings to various journals, such as Alive Now, The Bible Advocate, and two Chicken Soup for the Soul books – ‘finding my faith’ and ‘Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul.’ Ms. Kirk has received a Vermont Studio Center Poetry Residency and an Arizona Commission on the Arts Professional Development Grant. She leads a Bible Study and Writing group called Writing on Purpose / Writing for God, creating a mutual learning and encouraging environment for those who feel their purpose is to write to bring glory to God and to encourage others along their life and spiritual paths. Heather J. Kirk’s art can be seen at https://heather-kirk.pixels.com/ For links to her Books, Graphic Design Services, Fashion for a Cause, go to http://HeatherJKirk.com You can reach her at HJKirk@juno.com In order of Appearance: Irene Smith – “You can fight more with an ARMY than by yourself!” Irene Smith was born in Dallas, Texas...and raised in Los Angeles. California. She is currently a licensed insurance agent in Arizona. A proud mother of two children and five grandchildren. Her passion for writing was birthed out of having a chronic illness that caused her to see things, and the power of her miraculous God, from a totally different prospective. She hopes to inspire others to follow their passion and to believe.
James Montgomery – “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood / The weapons of our warfare are not carnal” James Montgomery was born in Albuquerque, NM. He currently lives in Arizona where, for the past 4 years, James has worked as a special education math teacher, including a specialization in working with autistic students. James has a unique spiritual background. Starting in a more spiritually inclined (charismatic) congregations, he then shifted to a church that was expository in its teaching. James’ “sinful season” of life consisted of dabbling in recreational drugs and tasting alcoholism. He transparently admits to being hooked on porn from the age of 18 to 24, and sexual relationships from the age of 22 to 23. By the grace of God, James was set me free from those things. He feels called to write and speak about how to become an overcomer in these areas. He has found that the root of most of our issues lies not with the external symptoms that lead to social problems, but by something that is harder to see—like regret. He has found that the key to freedom is service and reading God’s Word with diligence. The Word washes us clean, as Christ does for His church, or as a husband covers his wife (Ephesians 5). In his podcasts, James openly shares about life’s struggles, and the answers he has found to the spiritual battle against the flesh. Listen in to his refreshing openness and honesty about typically taboo, or just challenging, topics. “Not for the Faint of Heart: Christian Biblical understanding and theology. Conviction vs. constraint. Life purpose and meaning for our time here on earth. Jesus and his freedom.” https://anchor.fm/brother.james!/
Kevin Montgomery – “Standing Firm on the God’s Promises” Kevin Montgomery was born in Albuquerque, NM. He currently lives in Arizona, after spending over a year in Vietnam teaching English as a Second Language. After listening to a relationship series by Pastor Michael Todd, he took to heart understanding and communicating to other young men from a Christian point of view how to meet those needs: Honor, Respect and Sex. Leaving the third for a discussion other than a bio, Kevin considered the different ways he had sought honor and respect. He found that neither sports nor work nor the pursuit of wealth fulfilled either. When a friend introduced Kevin to volunteer opportunities, he felt his heart leading him to one answer: serving and giving back to my community. Through conversations with his father, and seeing the lack of paternal involvement in so many other’s lives, Kevin determined the highest level of honor and respect revolves around raising a family and kids who love God and serve Him. Being a great leader of a household, a father, a husband, a friend, a son. And community member. To Kevin, that means instead of looking around and expecting someone and/or everyone else to teach and model these principals, especially for young men, he intends to do it – though his example and through speaking and writing about it whenever possible..
Anna Bullington: “Blanketed in Truth” and “The Battle Cry” Anna Bullington is from Durham, Ontario, Canada, and currently lives in Camden, Tennessee. Anna is an artist. She loves to sing, being creative, and especially to laugh! God recently called her to write a book to prepare the Bride of Christ to meet her groom. “I See FIT: Encounters with the King” is currently in pre-production. Anna is the creator and administrator for the Facebook Group “The KINGs House,” which is designed to help you see WHO you are and WHAT you are called to do! To help you receive Understanding regarding things that are very important for you to know in order for you to carry out your personal assignment from the KING! He has called you here for ‘Such a time as this’!”
Heather J. Kirk – “Righteousness That Latches On” After birthing my own book, as a mid-wife of sorts, I decided to help other authors deliver (publish) their labors of love and messages of God and hope. I am poet, artist, and graphic designer. I use my art and writing to bring awareness and raise funds for important causes. Graphic Design: https://hjkirk.wixsite.com/heatherkirkgraphics Books: https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B006N6C0JE We…a spirit seeking harmony for a world that’s out of sync; I Water Dead Plants: a book of poetry and belief For more extensive information, See Entrant Bio.
Gloria Cerda – “The Walk of Peace” Gloria Cerda is from Chicago. She and her husband Julio live in Phoenix, Arizona. She works for the Industrial Commission of Arizona, which “administers and enforces state laws relating to the protection of life, health, safety and welfare of Arizona's employees”. The mission fits well with Gloria’s natural inclination to protect and care for others, both physically and spiritually. She attends both church ant Bible Study at Dream City Church and rarely arrives without bringing a friend or guest along with her. Gloria daily walks out peace – the part of the armor she chose to write about. She brings a sense of calm and peace to every situation. She loves to hand craft gifts that remind people of how God loves them – a journal or a prayer box with a verse or a personal message on it. It is both a ministry and a kind of meditative process. That doesn’t mean life is easy. But through every trial, she prays and depends on God. If she gets discouraged she says, “I'm going to shake myself out of this , pick up my sword and start using what God has already put in me, in Jesus name.” In the past year Gloria has begun writing her life story to share with others just how to do that – no matter how difficult things seem.
Heather J. Kirk – “Mustard Seed Shield” See Entrant Bio.
Kaye Guerrero – “Helmet of Salvation” Kaye Guerrero is a Jesus-lover, wife, and mother of two from Scottsdale, AZ. She credits her faith to her 91-year-old grandmother who taught her how to pray and brought her to church at a young age. Kaye attributes much of her Bible knowledge to her family’s former New Jersey pastor, the late Rev. Ric Anciado, who she describes as “someone who taught meaty, dissertation-like sermons every Sunday service,” back when she was in high school. Kaye currently works as a marketing and branding consultant for new entrepreneurs looking to launch and establish a social media presence. She leads a women’s small group for Impact Church Scottsdale, and writes for her blog https://everydayuncluttered.com/.
Lora Harvey – “The Prayer or Outstretched Arms” Lora Harvey's lineage is full of creatives, so the love of reading, writing, and art comes naturally. Writing short stories and poems from a young age, she recently began the pathway of drafting her first book. She also paints when words need to become visual and her music playlist hits just right. Lora volunteers regularly at Impact Church in both the Women's Ministry and Operations Department and loves spending time with close friends. Born in Colorado and raised mostly in Wyoming, she currently makes Arizona her home with her two amazing young adult children. Lora's short fiction piece "My Luxurious Hollow" was published in Issue 2 of Lost Pen Magazine and she is currently working with other Christian writers on an anthology of the Armor of God. You can visit her blog, My Lamp and Light, https://mylampandlight.blog/ Her art can be found on H Originals at: https://www.facebook.com/H.Originals.custom/ “All who are gifted artisans among you shall come and make all that the Lord has commanded:” Exodus 35:10 (NKJV)
Lauryn Andres: “Prayer of the sword of the spirit” Lauryn Andres was born into a Mennonite family in Canada. At age of 11, Lauryn attended a Billy Graham tent revival with her family, where God began to convict her heart. In college, she studied theology, business administration, agriculture and theater arts. She owned and managed women’s clothing stores in Toronto for 20 years, during which she married and had two children. In 1994, Lauryn moved to Arizona and opened a sign company, where she later became a business consultant and managed a furniture store. She now works with low income families, finding funds to help with their severe health care needs. Eventually God brought her to Scottsdale Bible church, where Christ is the abundant center of life. When Lauryn’s son Travis was 7, he was struck by a car and pronounced clinically dead for many minutes before being revived. Through prayers and the miracles of God’s love, his vitals stabilized, though he remained in a coma for a year. At that point Lauryn was told Travis would die within the year. Losing her marriage, stores suffering, emotions spinning out of control, and fighting for her son’s life, she had but two choices: lose all hope and faith in God, or cling to Gods promises. She asked God to help her grow in faith. Mentally, prayerfully, and with purpose, Lauryn put on God’s Full Armor, particularly relying on Faith and Grace. She stood firm, refusing to believe the doctors and their poor prognosis, and clutched the mighty Sword to her heart. Her son remains alive today, nearly 4 decades later! Though severely brain damaged, and his health lately remains a challenge, Travis continues to be blessing in her life – only by God's grace. He brings joy to all whose lives he touches. Lauryn visits her daughter Tammy and husband, and her two wonderful grandchildren whenever possible. An avid hiker, Lauryn often brings a journal to write in while view the pristine wonders of God’s creation. This has led to many devotion style poems and prayers that compare and contrast the inner spirit to the outer world. Lauryn says, “I wish to proudly declare before others, in my journey of faith through trials, loss and redemption, God IS faithful. Though we stumble, and often lose faith for a season, and are tempted in a very fallen world, He does bring us home!”
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