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Jo-Anne Berthelsen

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Jo-Anne Berthelsen lives in Sydney but grew up in Brisbane. She holds degrees in Arts and Theology and has worked as a high school teacher, editor and secretary, as well as in local church ministry. Jo-Anne loves communicating through both the written and spoken word. She is the author of five published novels – Heléna, All the Days of My Life, Laura, Jenna and Heléna’s Legacy, with a sixth, The Inheritance, due for release in 2013. Her first non-fiction work Soul Friend: The story of a shared spiritual journey was released in October 2012. Jo-Anne loves music, reading, mentoring younger women, and sharing with community groups about writing. She is married to a retired minister and has three grown-up children and three grandchildren.

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Soul Friend: The story of a...
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The Inheritance
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Helena's Legacy
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All the Days of My Life
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Jo 17There can be some scary moments in bringing up children. This past week, our one year old granddaughter began running very high temperatures and coughing in a weird way. In the end, she was diagnosed as having a chest infection, plus mild croup.

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Laura (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Dec 30, 2009 05:41PM
Description: Can you imagine growing up totally blind, yet longing to attend a normal school and be treated the same as anyone else? Despite encountering rejection, discouragement and injustice, Laura Harding is determined to prove that those with perceived disabilities can achieve whatever they want to in life. At times Laura needs all the strength she can muster to hold onto her dreams – but will it be enough? And can she ever have faith in a God who seems to have let her down in so many ways? This story honours those who with great courage and determination have overcome so much to develop their God-given gifts to the full, thereby blessing and inspiring us all.
All the Days of My Life (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Dec 30, 2009 05:33PM
Description: Heléna arrives in Australia after a long sea voyage, and is sent to a migrant camp at Bathurst, where she is told there is little chance of pursuing her music career in her new country. She begins work in a factory in Brisbane, but eventually moves to Sydney, where new friends help her to pursue her dreams. In the years that follow, Heléna experiences great joy but also deep trials, yet manages to hold onto her faith in God, helping others, in the process, to come to terms with their own past and move on. Inspired by the real experiences of a post-war Czech immigrant to Australia, this story seeks to encourage all who read it to continue trusting God, whatever happens. NB:This is the sequel to my first novel 'Helena' but can also be read as a 'stand-alone' novel.
Helena (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Twenty-year-old Czech music student, Heléna, meets and marries Stefan only months before the outbreak of World War Two, while preparing for a career as a concert pianist. Stefan is heavily involved in the underground movement in their homeland, as is Heléna’s father. In the ensuing years, Heléna’s faith and courage are challenged to the utmost, as she faces great personal tragedy and danger, and suffers loss of family, friends, wealth and career. Eventually she flees her homeland, hoping to begin a new life in Australia. This book is based on the true story of a remarkable woman whose inner strength and courage impacted many. It has been written in the hope that others might be similarly inspired to continue to ‘keep the faith’, whatever the difficulties encountered as they journey through life.

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'Dear God, it’s me and it’s urgent' is another excellent and useful collection of prayers and quotations in similar vein to Marion Stroud’s earlier anthology, 'It’s just you and me, Lord'. Again, Marion’s prayers are drawn from various aspects of a w ...more
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Well done to Marion Stroud for this heartfelt book of prayers, 'It's Just You and Me, Lord'. While I don't normally relish relating to other people's written prayers, I found the ones in this little volume very honest and practical--indeed, like a co ...more
" Thanks so much, Ruth. Yes, it did all go well in the end--our daughter and her husband had a little girl late last Tuesday. Her name is Maxine and of ...more "
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Jo-Anne Berthelsen said "yes" to attending God's Panoply Giveaway
date: June 21, 2013 01:00AM
location: Australia
description: To celebrate the upcoming publication of my latest book, God's Panoply, I'd love to invite you to the giveaway:

There is also a special giveaway for Australasian residents (that's Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and some odd territories like Christmas Island), so please feel free to enter twice if you are a 'local'!

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