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Susan Meissner was born in San Diego, California, the second of three. She spent her childhood in just two houses.
Her first writings are a laughable collection of oddly worded poems and predictable stories she wrote when she was eight.

She attended Point Loma College in San Diego, and married her husband, Bob, who is now an associate pastor and a chaplain in the Air Force Reserves, in 1980. When she is not working on a new novel, she is directing the small groups ministries at The Church at Rancho Bernardo. She also enjoy teaching workshops on writing and dream-following, spending time with my family, music, reading great books, and traveling.

The Invention of WingsThe Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

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Some years back, when I first read The Secret Life Of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, I remember thinking I wanted to be able to do with words what this author had done, and that is construct a compelling story with the perfect mix of simplicity and complexity such that people who read what I wrote would not soon forget it. It wasn't so much... Read more of this blog post »
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For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
All the Light We Cannot See
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This book had me thinking on it whenever I wasn't reading its pages. It's that kind of book. Hauntingly sad and yet beautiful. I've read a number of World War II books that still resonate with me long after I've read them - books like Life After Life ...more
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“I used to think mercy meant showing kindness to someone who didn't deserve it, as if only the recipient defined the act. The girl in between has learned that mercy is defined by its giver. Our flaws are obvious, yet we are loved and able t love, if we choose, because there is that bit of the divine still smoldering in us.”
Susan Meissner, The Shape of Mercy

“When you only do what is expected of you, you never learn what you would've done had you chosen for yourself.”
Susan Meissner, The Shape of Mercy

“I don't know very many people who can piece together eloquent prayers when their souls are wounded. Words don't come at those times, but tears do. I have always thought of my tears as prayers.”
Susan Meissner, The Shape of Mercy


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