Room At The Table

Encouraging Stories from Special Needs Families

Do you have a special needs child or know someone who is?

Room at the Table: Encouraging Stories from Special Needs Families is a collection of real-life experiences that will encourage, enlighten, and equip readers to minister to individuals and families with special needs within their communities. It also contains a light-hearted look at life through the eyes of these extraordinary individuals.

People with special needs are compassionate individuals who love freely and desire love in return. There is no need to fear them or allow their disabilities to intimidate you. As individuals also made in God’s image, their wants and needs are the same as yours and mine. We are all children of God with our own special needs.

This collection of stories will inspire and instill in your hearts a greater desire to show the kindness of God to “one of the least of these.” (Matthew 25:40 NIV)

Meet my co-author

As my co-author, Stephanie Pavlantos, and I sought God’s will concerning the development of this book, God brought to mind the 2 Samuel 9 account of David and Mephibosheth. King David eagerly searched for someone within the house of Saul to whom he could show God’s kindness. Ziba, a servant of Saul’s household, replied to his plea, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet.” Later, when Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son, came and bowed before him, King David said, “I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”

There was room at the king’s table for a man who was far less than perfect. King David’s impartial, loving act of kindness not only reveals the essence of the “man after God’s own heart,” but reflects the spirit of a loving Heavenly King, who invites us all, regardless of our “special needs,” to sit with Him at His table. Please come! —Starr Ayers

Emma’s Quest

(Dream Beyond Tomorrow Book 2)

This time, she’ll cling tighter, pray harder, and fight longer for the man she loves.

When Caroline Myers and her sister Kate find a wilted red rose on their mother’s headstone, the door to Emma Rose Walsh’s past swings open.

As the dark clouds of war escalate in Europe, Emma leaves her North Carolina home and the soldier whose heart has never stopped longing for hers. However, when Andrew Brown, the charming Scotsman who’d won her affection, fails to meet her train in Chicago, Emma questions her hasty decision. Hundreds of miles now separate her from all that’s familiar and the people she loves.

Has she misread Drew? Did her rush to heal her past prompt her to dismiss warning bells and ignore common sense?

For The Love Of Emma

(Dream Beyond Tomorrow Book 1)

“I dreamt of Noah last night. He was going to ask me to marry him …”

A rose-covered grave, seventy-nine letters, and a scribbled note unearth buried emotions and the timeless beauty of first love.

When Caroline Myers discovers a box of letters in her deceased mother’s trunk, she’s captivated by the romance that unfolds between her mother, Emma Rose Walsh, a nineteen-year-old waitress, and Noah Anderson, a handsome young soldier.

Determined to read between the lines, Caroline and her sister, Kate, set out on a search that leads them to the North Carolina foothills and the padlocked gate of the Anderson family cemetery. Will the one who holds the key keep them from unearthing long-buried secrets and fulfilling a request their mother tucked inside the box sixty-four years earlier? Will they find closure—or encounter a surprising revelation that plunges them deeper into the past?

Based on a true story from the author’s family.


Creative Ways to Spread Hope When Life Hurts

“I wish there were something I could do to ease the pain.”

How often do women see a friend in distress or crisis, but feel helpless to really make a difference? Hopelifter: Creative Ways to Spread Hope When Life Hurts takes the mystery out of how to be the hands and feet of Jesus to anyone in need of hope, comfort and care.  Kathe Wunnenberg, whose hope-lifting ministry has impacted the lives of thousands, demonstrates simple, practical ways that acts of creative compassion can transform lives.

Whether it’s encouraging a jobless friend, lifting the spirits of someone trapped in depression, leaving an anonymous gift for a grieving mother, hosting a starting-over shower for a divorced friend, or playing one small part in long-term support for a family in deep crisis, daily opportunities to make a difference in hurting lives are limitless for a Hopelifter.

The perfect book for women who want to spread hope in their friendships, workplace, neighborhoods, and homes, and ideal for those in caring roles in churches and ministries.

Reasons To Smile

Celebrating People Living with Down Syndrome

This compilation of 56 encouraging and eye-opening short writings by a variety of authors across the globe celebrates the lives of people living with Down syndrome. Together with 56 inspiring “slice of life” photos, these candid true stories, including the renowned “Welcome to Holland,” provide inspiration and connection. Parents and families of children living with Down syndrome will discover a wealth of positivity and valuable guidance. Special education teachers, social workers, mental health professionals, and policy makers will find helpful information and insight from stories regarding behavioral health. And anyone who is looking to learn more about Down syndrome will discover a world full of possibilities they never knew existed.

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