Embraced by the Father Giveaway with Susanne Sheppmann

Thanks to all of you who left comments on my last post about minding your own sin. The winner of the ESV Bible is:

Anita: Timestamp June 14th; 11:15 am

Send your home address to me at [email protected] so I can ship it out to you!


Well, since last October we have been meeting on Wednesdays to discuss and encourage each other in the areas of eating and exercise. (If you are new, you can click on Weight Loss Wednesdays in the sidebar to read the past posts)

Today will be a little bit different.

We are going to talk about an exercise. Dancing to be exact. But with a twist.

Dancing with our Heavenly Father.

The longer I journey on the road to health (and a healthy weight) the more I see the connection to my relationship with God.

When I am obedient and eating healthy, I feel close to Him.

When I am rebellious and eating junk, I don’t.

It is kind of like a dance. When I am being sensible and making good choices, I feel in sync with Him.

I love that feeling. Makes me wonder why I ever take the wrong road and break the dance with turning to food instead of to God.

Today, I want to introduce you to my friend and fellow Proverbs 31 speaker Susanne Sheppmann. She has just written a book that will help you to do grow your relationship with God which will result in many areas of your life getting better. This can include your eating/exercising habits. It is called Embraced by the Father.

Susanne is so kind to offer one of you not only a signed copy of her new book, but a $10.00 Starbucks card to go along with it. If you want to take a peek at the book’s trailer, here it is along with a short interview with Susanne.

* Susanne, tell us a little about what life is like at your house this summer.

Karen, I am having a delightful summer.  I just had my four-year-old granddaughter for an entire week.  Fun stuff—great memories!  Now I am relaxing and catching up on some leisure reading which is my favorite thing in the world to do.  And I am looking forward to the Proverbs 31 She Speaks conference.  Every year it is a highlight of my summer.

*What prompted you to write Embraced by the Father?

My book, Embraced by the Father: Finding Grace in the Names of God is somewhat of a memoir and a Bible study.  I have always been intrigued by the various names of God such as El Roi—the God Who See Me and Jehovah Nissi—the Lord is my Banner.  What I have discovered over my journey as a Christ follower’s is that the names of God reflect His character and power in my personal life.  I enjoyed writing Embraced in a dance metaphor because God is my dance partner for eternity.

*Why is it important for women to have strong connection to the Heavenly Father?

My relationship with my biological father was anything but loving.  Learning to experience my relationship with God as my Father has been a long and tumultuous road.  It has been difficult to believe that the Lord is my “perfect daddy.”  But, He has proved himself faithful and worthy of my trust.  I pray every woman will know the love of God as her Abba—Daddy.  I know that as women learn to trust the heavenly Father it helps to enhance our spiritual walk and our personal relationships with others.

*How are the names of God important to you?

The names of God are important to know and understand.  Through the various names He reveals the perfection of His character and personality.  These terms enable us to experience the Lord in a more intimate and personal relationship.

*How do you hope women are different after reading your book?

I pray that every woman who reads Embraced by the Father comes away with a deeper understanding of God’s power and sovereignty in her life.  I want the readers to that know that no matter how hard becomes (and life is hard) that God is always there as your dance partner.  He wants lead your through the joys and sorrows of this life.  God desires to be your dance partner on the dance floor of life.


Okay gals, I hope that encourages you today!

Please hop on and leave a comment. You regulars (and newcomers!) let us know how your week went and how we can be praying for you. Any visitors who would just like to be entered in the giveaway, simply say “I’m in!”. The winner will be announced tomorrow–when we have yet another giveaway–especially for dads!

See you then!


  1. Hi Karen, the last couple of weeks have not been good for me,
    I was on vacation the week of June14-18, although I walked a few times that week, my food choices were not so good. Then last week I walked regularly again, but again my food choices were not so good. This week started the same way. I have been not eating alot of wrong things, its the little things that trip me up. I need to get back on the fruit and vegetable thing and just start over. Thanks for the devotion today

  2. I have making better choices and certainly tell in the way my body feels–more energy. Great analogy Susanne, I too did not have a great relationship with my dad, but am learning to count on my heavenly Daddy–He never fails or disappoints. Hope everyone has a blessed week!

  3. Amazing book – the different names associated with God is such an intriguing topic! thanks for including my entry! :)

  4. Hi, lost 300 grams this week which is great considering I haven’t been to WW for 2 weeks. Thanks for Lindsey’s reminder last week that it is all about God and I had been making it all about me and food. Have a great week.

  5. Wow! You won’t believe where I am right now?
    I’m at my daughter’s tap and ballet class waiting for her.
    I decided to check in while I wait. What a beautiful metaphor!
    Thank you for sharing. I am so thankful to Abba Father for all His love!!!

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