Sarah Geringer is a Christian author, blogger, podcaster and artist from southeast Missouri. She is a wife of 20 years and mom of three. Her must-haves are hot tea, flowers, chocolate, and of course, books.
Q: I love your writing journey and think it will encourage readers. You have several published works. For example: Transforming Your Thought Life; The Fruitful Life; Newness of Life, and several others. Would you share how you started writing and where you are today?
A: I started keeping a journal at age 10, and now I have a full bookshelf of journals. One of my junior high teachers complimented my writing, and that’s when I first considered becoming a writer. I majored in English and art, but I put my creative dreams on hold when my children were little. I started blogging in 2010 and got serious about it in 2015. Between 2016 and 2017 I self-published three books, and soon after, I quit my day job to write full-time. Now I coach other Christian writers, write for pay, and write my own books and courses.
Q: You are a mother. That alone can keep a woman’s schedule full, but you also have a YouTube channel (share something about this), Bible studies, and also offer free and paid courses from your website link. You are a speaker and artist, as well as a blogger in addition to the books you write. What is most challenging with all you have going on? What project are you working on right now? Please share your joys and pains with this project and what kind of writing you really enjoy writing. For example, The non-fiction books, short story, narrative, essay, novel writing or another type.
A: As a Type A, Enneagram 1 gal, I love staying busy and having many projects going at one time. It’s challenging to keep all the balls up in the air, but it’s a little easier now that my children are older. I’m finding success by using a Google calendar, along with a paper planner, to stay on track with daily tasks (and giving myself grace when I don’t meet daily goals). Right now I’m developing my podcast for adult children of divorce, which is also available to watch on YouTube. My other YouTube channel is on Christian meditation. I am focused on using video to expand my platform.
Q: You write non-fiction to encourage women and help them find peace through God’s word. Can you elaborate on this? Of everything you’ve written so far, what is your favorite piece and why?
A: I still love my first book, Christmas Peace for Busy Moms, which I self-published in 2016. In fact, I reread it every December to choose peace instead of stress. When we spend time in God’s Word every day, especially in busy seasons like the holiday season, we can find peace in every problem we face. That’s what I’m passionate about teaching women how to do.
Q: How has writing helped you slow down and find your own peace?
A: Thoughts are powerful, and I love your mention in how to use a scripture for the entire year to help focus your thoughts.
Q: What prompted you to begin doing this, then begin sharing it with others?
A: Back in 2016, I was linking up with many bloggers. Several of them were choosing a word for the year to define their focus. I chose a verse of Scripture for the year rather than a single word. I made Isaiah 26:3 into a screensaver on my desktop computer and looked at it literally thousands of times in 2017. It truly helped me choose peace instead of anxiety when I quit my job and began working from home full time. Now I love speaking about this topic with groups of women.
Q: What is your favorite genre to read, and what book has impacted your writing the most?
A: I read over 100 books per year, and around 90 of those are Christian non-fiction. The book in this genre that has helped me most is Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. Aside from the Bible, no other book has changed my life more. It helped me move from codependency to health.
Q: Would you share how your background and life has shaped your writing and given you a faith-based foundation for your writing and ministry?
A. I grew up in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, which places high priorities on learning the Bible and developing a sense of awe and wonder at God’s holiness. This solid foundation has given me a deep love and appreciation for God’s Word. At age 15, I had a “born again” experience after watching a Dr. Charles Stanley sermon on TV, like we did many Sunday evenings. This experience powerfully shaped my personal relationship with God.
Q: What do you hope readers will take away from your writing?
A. I am a very practical person. I want takeaways that I can apply right away from books I read. My hope is that my readers find at least one practical takeaway from every post, article or book I write. The more practical they see that God’s Word is for their daily lives, the more they will crave to learn more.
Q: The writer’s life is challenging and also rewarding. Share where you see your journey going and what you hope to find when you get there.
A. In the fall of 2021, a teen girl version of my book Transforming Your Thought Life will be released, so I will be reaching out to this new harvest field in my ministry. I also want to minister more to wives in difficult marriages, as well as to both men and women who are adult children of divorce. My hope is that I will one day be able to write and speak full-time for my own ministry.
Q: If there’s anything else you’d like to share, please do so.
A. On my Instagram page this November and December, I’ll be sharing tips on how to choose peace in the 2020 holiday season. I hope you’ll join me there!
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