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Simply Stories Podcast

Nov 14, 2019

Today my conversation is with the lovely and wise, Rachel Fordham. One of the things that this podcast has blessed me with is story after story of God's faithfulness in the lives of believers, even imaginary ones. And today Rachel shares her journey of becoming an author and how through that experience, the stories God placed in her heart ministered to her through horribly hard seasons.

I love how Rachel speaks so easily of the goodness and faithfulness of God, and honestly that is how her stories read as well. The faith of her characters and the struggle with a broken world and the broken choices we make, even as people of faith, just flow so naturally from her pen, and I hope you’ll grab a copy of one of her books and savor them. Her first one is called The Hope of Azure Springs and the second is Yours Truly Thomas. Just within the last couple of weeks, she’s revealed the name and cover art for her 2020 release and it’s called A Life Once Dreamed so we’ll all have to stay tuned for that release next year! 

“We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains; it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” - C.S. Lewis - The Problem of Pain 

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Dead Letter Office

My Dearest Friend: Letters of John and Abigail Adams

All Things Hamilton: (I’m a huge #hamilhead)

the Musical // A little peak: “Your Obedient Servant” - (sorry about the language)

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (book that inspired the show)

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin- Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter (the crazy story of “Hamilton”) 

  1. S.  Lewis

Charles Martin 

Annie F. Downs

My convo with Bethany Turner :: Wooing Cadie McCaffrey and Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck

My convo with Lynn Blackburn :: “My methods are descriptive not prescriptive.”

**Two other great stories that are told via letters: The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis and Letters From A Skeptic: A Son Wrestles with His Father’s Questions About Christianity by David Cook 

**All book links in these show notes are affiliate links

Scripture References:

Psalm 30:5

Psalm 90:12

Psalm 90:4

Luke 10:25-37

Luke 15:11-32

Galatians 5:22

Rachel’s Books:

The Hope of Azure Springs 

Yours Truly, Thomas

New 2020 book! A Life Once Dreamed

Connecting with Rachel: 




*Intro and outro music by