Thinking About Suicide is a Christian faith-based website focusing on suicide prevention and offering help to survivors, including family members who have lost loved ones to this tragedy.
Our writers (connected with AWSA, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) are passionate about offering new hope to those who are depressed and the people who care about them.
We are sponsored by Right to the Heart’s God Test website, where you can take a quick test to see how well you know God. Right to the Heart is a 501 (c) 3 ministry that serves in many different ways and has seen hundreds of thousands of people come to faith, and find helps and encouragement.
Linda Evans Shepherd
Linda Evans Shepherd is the President of Right to the Heart and the publisher of both Finding God Daily and Thinking About Suicide. She also pens many of the articles. Linda has been married for over 30 years and has two children. She’s also the author of over 30 books, including:
- When You Don’t Know What to Pray, How to Talk to God About Anything
- When You Can’t Find God, How to Ignite the Power of His Presence
- When You Need a Miracle, How to Ask God for the Impossible (coming in 2012)
- The Potluck Club novels and series.
Meet our Writing Team
Karen Boerger is a retired parochial teacher and administrator, and after her retirement she became a caregiver advocate. With seven caregiving experiences she undertands the emotional roller coaster that family caregivers go through and speaks around the country helping caregivers with the emotional side of caregiving. Karen has co-authored three books, JOY-spirations for Caregivers, Blessings and Prayers for Caregivers, and Blessings and Prayers for Those with Cancer. She has also written numerous devotionals, magazine and newspaper articles, and stories for compilation books. Read her monthly newsletters for caregivers, Nuggets of Hope, at her website www.karenboerger.com.
©Martha Bolton. Martha has a passion to encourage those who are struggling to hang on to hope and like the rest of our team is hoping to save lives and encourage others. Martha has written for many well-known comedians including Bob Hope and Phyllis Diller, is a novelist (Josiah for President, 2012, Zondervan), and is a writer for stage and screen. She has been nominated for both an Emmy and Dove Award for lyrics and scriptwriting, and has written dozens of award-winning parodies, as well as children’s and adult musicals. Find out more about Martha at marthabolton.com.
Angela Breidenbach is a speaker and coach in relationships, mental, and physical health. She’s the author of Gems of Wisdom: For a Treasure-filled Life for women wanting to overcome negative pasts and change their future. She’s certified in mentor/peer counseling as a Stephen Minister and life coach. Angela serves as an assisting minister for her congregation in Montana. Her next book, A Healing Heart, releases April 2013 from Abingdon Press.
Dianne E. Butts
Dianne E. Butts [ www.DianneEButts.com ] has over 275 articles and short fiction in more than fifty magazines and books. After losing her Dad to cancer at 15 and her brother to a drunk driver two days after her 18th birthday plus two grandparents around the same time, Dianne has a heart for those who grieve the loss of a loved one. She wrote about grief in her book Dear America: A Letter of Comfort & Hope to a Grieving Nation . Her most recent book is Deliver Me [ www.DeliverMeBook.blogspot.com ]. She enjoys riding her motorcycle with her husband, Hal, and gardening with her cat, P.C.
Lisa is the founder of Rest Ministries which serves the chronically ill on their journey with illness and pain, including daily devotionals. Rest Ministries also sponsors a National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week. She is a speaker and the author of various books on chronic illness including Why Can’t I Make People Understand and Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend. She has lived with rheumatoid arthritis for nearly 20 years and resides in California with her husband and 9-year-old son.
Janet Perez Eckles
Although blind, bestselling author, Janet Perez Eckles helps thousands see the best of life. She reveals the path to freedom from despair and defeat. Her own victory over tragedy is detailed in her #1 bestselling book, Simply Salsa: Dancing Without Fear at God’s Fiesta.
Pat is the author of two books and co-author of three. Her primary life’s mission is to love her Lord with ALL of her heart (Matthew 22:37). Currently she is the Director of Homemaking Programs and Distinguished Professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Liz Cowen Furman
Karen Kosman is an author and inspirational speaker. She has authored two books: Wounded by Words and Too Soon to Say Goodbye: Healing and Hope for Suicide Victims and Survivors, co-authored with Susan Osborn and Jeenie Gordon. Karen is a popular speaker for Celebrate Recovery,StephenMinistries, and other women’s ministries. Karen’ts books may be ordered from New Hope Publishers.
N.J. Lindquist grew up feeling out of place, like Hans Christian Anderson’s ugly duckling. At the same time, she believed God had a plan for her, too, to become a swan. Now, through her speaking and her award-winning novels and nonfiction, N.J. helps others find the courage to become all they were created to be.
Deborah Lovett is an International Speaker for Women’s Events, Retreats, and Conferences. If you are looking for a speaker with a fresh Word from the Lord, Deborah is your woman. She is the author of Gushing Springs, a Bible Study on the “Woman at the Well,” which is available at her website: www.DeborahLovett.com. Join her on facebook, twitter, linked in, and her blog through her website.
Karen O’Connor is an award-winning author of 70+ published books, hundreds of magazine articles, a featured speaker at conferences and ministry events, and a writing instructor and editor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. Visit Karen on the web at karenoconnor.com.
Susan Titus Osborn
Susan is the director of the Christian Communicator Manuscript Critique Service. She has authored 30 books, her latest being Wounded by Words and and Too Soon to Say Goodbye: Healing and Hope for Suicide Victims and Survivors, co-authored by Jeenie Gordon and Karen Kosman. Books may be ordered from New Hope Publishers.
Linda W. Rooks
Linda has a passion to bring hope to those in despair–because she’s been there. She found hope during a three year marital separation and was able to restore her marriage. Linda is the author of Broken Heart on Hold, Surviving Separation. She’s published in a number of national magazines and is a regular contributor to Tapestry from Walk Thru the Bible. You can visit her website at http://brokenheartonhold.com
Laurie W. Sargent
Laurie W. Sargent (Hope4You) is our blog editor, managing SEO, WordPress text and images, and scheduling of posts. Laurie sincerely hopes that hurting people will be able to find renewed purpose for living through this blog. Laurie formerly worked at the Overlake Hospital Medical Center psychiatric unit in occupational therapy as a COTA, in Bellevue, WA with suicidal inpatients. From 1984-1992 she was a counselor and board member for the Crisis Support Network in Pacific County, WA, an organization assisting victims of domestic violence and child abuse. Laurie has also been a parenting book author, magazine writer and writing instructor since 1988.
Peggy Sue Wells
Delivering enCOURAGEment and inspiration, PeggySue Wells is the author of a dozen published books including Rediscovering Your Happily Ever After (Kregel), What To Do When You’re Scared To Death (Lion Hudson), What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Say To Your Own Family (AMG), and Moving from Hopeless ot Hopeful for newly divorced moms. She has authored over 1000 articles. The great connector, she is an interactive speaker nationally and internationally, and teaches writing at conferences. Visit her website at www.PeggySueWells.com Peggy is also a soulmedic with Remedy.fm.
Penny Monetti is a motivational speaker and author of “Called to Serve: Encouragement, Support, and Inspiration for Military Families” and “Honored to Serve: Guidance and Encouragement for Military Families in Transition.” www.calledtoserveministry.com. Penny is certified through the American Association of Christian Counselors and the American Counseling Association to help families battling posttraumatic stress. She and her husband have appeared as guests on numerous radio and television programs, including Focus on the Family.