Susan J. Reinhardt Speaks Up!

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Everyone’s Story welcomes back author Susan J. Reinhardt. Susan and I belong to the same literary agency, but also like many other authors and writerly friends, I’ve met Susan through the circles of social media and I’m so happy we did! This week Susan speaks up on God’s plan for us, even if we don’t initially react favorably to it. Do check out Susan’s BookGiveaway offer. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

 

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BookGiveaway:

Susan is offering 1 randomly chosen commenter  1 Kindle edition of The Moses Conspiracy. The winner will be announced between 6-7 PM EST on September 15th.

** For Giveaways: it’s not necessary to insert your private email information within comments.

New Back Cover Copy for The Moses Conspiracy:

In 2025, two seemingly unconnected events set a diabolical plan in motion. Ellie and John Zimmerman find themselves embroiled in a life-threatening investigation, fighting a shadowy enemy.

Several years after a terrorist attack on Washington, D.C., Ellie and her son, Peter, go on a field trip to the nation’s capital. Her greatest fear is realized when they become separated. Back home, John witnesses a buggy accident with unusual circumstances.

Caught between strained family relationships and ominous warnings from a faceless enemy, the couple relies on God for wisdom and protection. When the true nature of a past tragedy is revealed, will they survive the heartache it brings?

 

God Has a Plan – A Good One! by Susan J. Reinhardt

Seventeen years ago, a counselor asked me, “What do you see for yourself in the future? What dreams do you have?” I searched my mind and heart, but there was a giant blank spot. One of the verses she gave me was Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

I determined in my heart that I wanted to obey the Lord and do whatever He wanted me to do. At first, it was hard to distinguish His voice from my own thoughts, but I soon learned. If I thought He was telling me to call someone, I did it. Many small opportunities popped up – God assignments.

During this learning time, my cat, Sarah, died. I was heartbroken, and everyone wanted to give me another kitty to love. Although I liked the idea, I sensed a “wait” in my heart. Later in this story, you’ll see why.

My friends and I decided to attend a conference at a Bible School in upstate New York. The whole atmosphere seemed charged with God’s Presence. Instead of being joyful, I entered a period of intense turmoil.

The Lord nudged me to apply to this school for one year, and I wanted no part of it. I was financially stable for the first time in years. My mother lived with me, and her care presented a dilemma. Besides all that, I’d already gone to Bible School and graduated. My desires and God’s direction appeared in direct opposition to each other.

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When I said, “Yes, Lord, I’ll go to Bible School,” it seemed like I was destroying everything I’d built over the past few years. Ah, but God was at work behind the scenes. I can see that now in retrospect, but at the time, it was a mystery.

Two weeks after I made the commitment to return to school, I received a message from eHarmony.com. I’d cancelled my membership as a way of breaking ties with my past. Surprise, surprise, an email informed me, “Congratulations, you have a match. David, from Souderton, PA…” I blinked at the computer screen. “Whaaat? Is this some kind of joke, Lord?”

My best friend shrugged it off when I told her about the message. “None of the others worked out, so what’s the big deal about answering?” I figured as soon as he heard I was off to Bible School, he would make a quick exit from our communication.

Except, he didn’t.

David loved the Lord, and the Bible School element got his attention. We talked for hours on the telephone and then met in person. When he returned home from our first date, he called me and asked if I wanted to pursue the relationship. I said, “Yes.” His next statement totally shocked me. “I’m going to marry you.”

During the year at Bible School, he came to see me every weekend. He stayed in the Men’s Dorm and often did work around the school. His support helped me navigate the difficulties of studying after so many years.

You may be wondering right now and asking, “What does this have to do with writing and God’s plans for a future and a hope?”

  1. If I hadn’t listened to the Lord and gone to Bible School, David would probably have moved on to one of his other matches.

  1. If I’d taken in another cat, it would have short-circuited our fledgling relationship. He was allergic to cats.

  1. If our marriage hadn’t taken place, I wouldn’t have moved to Pennsylvania. Here I found other Christian writers, plus my wonderful husband encouraged me to pursue publication.

  1. Even though our time together was short (3 1/2 years), God used my Beloved to set me on this writing journey. When cancer robbed his life, the Lord helped me move forward with the love of dear friends and family.

  1. The Lord showed me He wanted a future and a hope, but it took my cooperation and obedience for everything to fall into place.

I’m re-learning some of these principles as challenges arise daily. As long as I know God is for me and wants the best for my future, I can face them with courage and faith.

Susan’s Ah-hahs To Tweet:

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Author’s Bio:

Susan J. Reinhardt began her journey as a non-fiction writer. After numerous devotionals, short articles, and several contributions to anthologies were published, she switched gears and entered the world of fiction. The Moses Conspiracy is the first book in The Moses Trilogy.

A widow, daughter, stepmom, and active church member, Susan resides in Pennsylvania. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, couponing, gardening, and finding small treasures in antique shops.

Places to connect with Susan:

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Goodreads

Pinterest

LinkedIn

Amazon

Susan and I look forward to your comments.

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19 comments to Susan J. Reinhardt Speaks Up!

  • Susan, thank you so much for this blog. In order to hear God’s words to us, we have to be in conversation with Him enough that we recognize His voice. He will never take us where He doesn’t prepare us to be. Looking forward to reading your book!

    • elaineadmin

      Pat, you’ve made me wonder whether those who cry out that “God never listens to what I have to say” or “I never hear a peep from the Man upstairs” is because he or she doesn’t recognize His voice, as you’ve said. Good insight!

  • It’s great to learn more about Susan. Thanks to both of you for sharing the interview. Please don’t enter me in the giveaway; I already have all of Susan’s books. 🙂

  • Hi Elaine – Thanks so much for having me on your blog. It’s always a privilege and a great joy.

    Hi Pat – Excellent points. There are so many things vying for our attention today. Unless we set aside time for the Lord, we’ll be continually distracted.

  • Hi Karen – Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I’m so glad you’re enjoying my books. 🙂

    Hi Elaine – Aww, thank you. I love what you did with the meme. You’re such a blessing to the authors you feature.

  • Enjoyed your testimony, Susan! God often does lead us by unusual ways. I’m curious to know what Bible school you went to in Upstate New York. (I live in New York too).
    Your book sounds interesting.
    Thank you, Elaine, for introducing us to another interesting writer.

    • elaineadmin

      AnnaLee, thanks so much for your visit. Glad you thought to ask about the school Susan attended because I’m curious too 😊 I’m glad you enjoyed Susan’s feature, my friend.

  • Hi AnnaLee and Elaine – I went to Pinecrest Bible Training Center, in Salisbury Center, NY. It was 14 years ago and is no longer there. They changed their name and moved to Virginia. The weather up there was something else. It snowed 36″ just before I started and then 6″-8″ every day after that for several weeks. I felt like I was in Alaska!

    • elaineadmin

      Susan, I just Googled Pinecrest to learn that it’s north of Gloversville (AnnaLee used to live there!), on the way toward the Adirondacks. No wonder why you had so much snow and cold weather.

  • Ann Ellison

    Enjoyed the interview and beautiful testimony. The book sounds like a good one.

  • Esther Bandy

    Elaine, thank you for inviting Susan to your blog. Susan, thank you for sharing your journey with us and for offering a giveaway for The Moses Conspiracy. I look forward to reading it.

  • elaineadmin

    Susan, thanks for making this past week on Everyone’s Story a pleasant time. You’re such a joy to host, and I hope to see you back on the blog again!

    Thanks too for your lovely BookGiveaway…

    And the winner of Susan J. Reinhardt’s novel, The Moses Conspiracy, is…

    AnnaLee. Congratulations, AnnaLee. Both Susan and I will contact you via direct email.

    Blessings to all.

  • Hi Ann – Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I hope you’ll check out The Moses Conspiracy on Amazon, as well as my social media links. It’s always a joy getting to know readers.

    Hi Esther – I appreciate the kind words. Happy reading!

    Hi AnnaLee – I emailed you this evening. As soon as I verify this is where you want The Moses Conspiracy sent, I’ll get it to you.

    Elaine – What can I say? You’ve been a wonderful support to me over the years. God bless!

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