A few fun questions for you…
What Bible passage or story best describes your personal journey of faith?
John 16:33 (King James) – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
I have a Bible collection and many translations. The key word for me in the verse is different in so many versions. I was raised on the KJV which is “Be of good cheer” but other translations are “but take heart,” “but take courage,” “be courageous,” “but have confidence,” “cheer up.”
I will speak more about this in answer to another question below, but this verse is what I stand on every day. I need His help to cheer up, take heart, and be courageous and confident. On my own, I am unable. As a family, we have had troubles/tribulations that drive us to His feet, at the cross.
What’s the title of the last GREAT book you read?
I read both fiction and nonfiction. For the fiction category it would have to be The Reason by William Sirls who wrote this book while in prison. He found that Christ was pursuing him and turned around to find Him. William self-published this and sold 70,000 copies. He has a few others out now too and they have made this one into a movie. William and I have become friends, and he will actually be on our cover in December 2016.
In the nonfiction category is a book, not yet released (I get to read a lot of books before they are published) by President Bush impersonator John Morgan. John was a reluctant impersonator of the President but this has turned into an incredible ministry that God uses to reach so many. I believe his book The Way on Fear will have a profound impact in and out of the church.
John and I have also become friends and we do all we can to help his ministry.
God sometimes sends us down an unexpected path, one that blesses us more than our original plan. Have you ever experienced such a Divine Detour?
I have had several such divine detours. Nora and I have been married for thirty years now and it feels like thirty days. She is truly my best friend, and love of my life. We have four children. Christopher is in Northern California and I don’t get to speak with him nearly enough. I am very proud of him. Luke is my second son, and he is in the Navy and can’t tell us what he does. We do not get to speak with him nearly enough either. Hilary, my daughter, does all of our graphics for the magazine and the digital work on our videos. She has two children, Brayden and Madelynn, and they light up my life. Her husband, Austin, is like another son.
My youngest son was born with VACTERL and Isaac has had forty surgeries in his short eighteen years on Planet Earth. The detour God took us on here has been a major blessing.
Isaac is beginning to work with us on our Book Fun TV venture and he is one of the most talented editors I know. He is creative and courageous. We have faced medical bills and time away from work and life to get what Isaac has needed and it has pushed us together as a family in ways that are difficult to explain.
That is really all I can say about this, other than to say that Isaac is my hero, for the courage I see in him, the way he cheers us all up, the way he took heart when every bully from preschool through high school has made him a target of their insecurities, the confidence he maintains in who he is in Christ, silently, in the storms that I have seen him sail through. I hope to be half the man that Isaac has become. I thought I was a man, until I witnessed his life and I can only aspire to be like him.
Thank you, Fred! It’s an honor to have you as a guest at Divine Detour.
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Dear Kathy: I love Phred and Nora’s story and family. It means a lot that they would share it with all of us and that you would put it all together for us to read. Honestly, this should be a book. Thank you.
Jacqueline Gillam Fairchild–author: Estate of Mind
Her Majesty’s English Tea Room
Thanks, Jacqueline! Nice to meet a fellow author.
Hmmm… a book you say? LOL Thanks! AND thanks for all that you do to support TBCN
Wow, I really enjoyed this inside view of the family behind BookFun. And Chris? Well, I’m not sure what he was born with, but my own son, who died when he was 25, suffered greatly from an auto-imunne disability. He is my hero, also, Fred. So I get this! God bless you!
My heart goes out to you, Jean Ann. Thanks for your kind words.
Chris was born with GOOD LOOKS 🙂
Isaac has been challenged by V.A.C.T.E.R.L. but he has the good looks too!
Jean Ann my heart goes out to you and your family. God Bless you! Thanks for your comments and support!
Fred and Nora are really special people. We first met Nora when she supervised our books signing at their local Lifeway store. God’s prospering their Book Club endeavor couldn’t happen to nicer people.
Blessings to you both!
You two are wonderful! Thanks Diane and Dave!
Great magazine! How fun to meet the family and have faces to your names 🙂
I agree, Deanna!
How nice to know more about Fred and Nora’s story. I so admire them. I look forward to being active in Book Fun again when I finally finish my sequel to An island Just for Us. So many readers wanted to know what happened to my characters, I started it in spite of a major move that took a year out of my life and special time dealing with my husband’s illness.
Barbara, may God bless your work for Him…
God bless you Barbara! We will be here when you finish the book and we are praying for you and your husband!
I enjoy reading the Book Fun Magazine, it has great articles. Thank you Fred for sharing about you & your family.
Thanks for stopping by, Tina!
You are most welcome Tina and thanks for all that you do to support Book Fun and our sponsors. I love your reviews!
Great interview! The last part about Isaac is very touching.
Thanks, Edward. Blessings!
Thanks Edward. Isaac is a blessing to us every single day
He actually has a You Tube Channel and has started shooting and editing videos for us as well.
Thank you for sharing the family side of Fred and also his inspiration and motivation to start the magazine. I love the magazine and the people behind it. It was wonderful to hear about Isaac
Thanks for your note, Carol. Blessings!
Thank you Carol. Thanks for all that you do to support Book Fun TV!!
Wow! Such an inspiring interview! Blessings to entire St. Laurent family! Book Club Network has been so wonderful. Now, we know why!
Thank you, Tammi!
Thank you Tammi! Your support for TBCN means a lot to us.
Fred, it was an honor to host you and learn more about Nora and your beautiful family. Thanks for the hard work you do on behalf of readers and writers.
The honor was mine, Kathy. Thanks for the opportunity to share our hearts here with everyone.
Bullys do tend to feed on their own insecurities. A sad state for sure. And I love it when parents say their children are their heros.
I love that too, Gail. The thought that our children will carry out our work—even better than we have. One generation improving upon the other. It’s a beautiful and encouraging thought.
I know how important a good family is and how struggle and loss can bring a family together, the story of your family is an inspiration and a help to others, we lost my next to the oldest grand daughter last December, it happen so fast one minute she was fine the next she was gone, it’s faith in the Great Spirit that that brings us through, thank you so much for all the work you do and your lie story.
Thank you for sharing about your faith, Bear Stands Alone. May God continue to grant you complete peace concerning the loss of your granddaughter.