Gretchen E K Engel

A Day of Prayer 

A Day of Prayer 

There is so much going on in the world right now, we need to stop and pray. I’m not sure what that looks like for you. Maybe a day of prayer. Maybe a fast. Maybe jump starting a habit of making prayer a daily habit like brushing your teeth. You do brush your teeth daily, […]

Review of Alara’s Call

Review of Alara’s Call

Celebrating the Release of Kristen Stieffel’s Debut Novel I am so excited about the release of our own Kristen Stieffel’s Alara’s Call, The Prophet’s Chronicle Book 1. Although Alara’s Call fits into the fantasy category of speculative fiction as a “sword opera” set in a fictional world, there is no magic. Alara’s visions, and other characters’ […]

10 Things That Make Me Happy

10 Things That Make Me Happy

It’s Labor Day, so I’m kind of resting up and doing an easy post based on a Facebook post from the other day. The challenge was to come up with 10 things that make you inexplicably happy. I ended up with 10 and realized I left off two of my favorite things.   1. Having […]

5 Reasons Why I’m a Bad Influence

5 Reasons Why I’m a Bad Influence

I fed my kids pie for dinner Yes, you read that right. I fed my kids pie for dinner last night. Did I mention the crust is made with butter and lard? That’s not low-fat ice cream either but Blue Bell vanilla bean. We might have had some sushi and warm crusty bread too. But […]

Out on a High Note

Well, I didn’t expect this to happen. A couple of months ago I posted about how I came in third in a 5K race. It happened again. Except this time it wasn’t in a race where the majority of participants walked. And it wasn’t a 5K but a half marathon! I will clarify, it wasn’t […]

The Most Important Moment 

The Most Important Moment 

There were so many fun, crazy, touching, and important moments that happened at Realm Makers this year it should have been hard picking just one. I mean I took took a call from my husband (who was trying to find me) just as I was about to meet Ted Dekker. Perfect timing! My kids got […]

Just Listen 

Just Listen 

I’m back after Realm Makers (well almost). I’m in Las Vegas nursing a Realm Makers and too much food at the Paris buffet hangover. This was my third Realm Makers and my focus was on coordinating volunteers (my official role), pitching, mentoring appointments, and catching up with my people. On the surface, I’m the bubbly […]