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Author Jo Russell

Award-winning author, blogger, involved church leader, and speaker Jo Russell keeps us laughing at every day challenges through her experiences including hardships which build faith. She is a popular Stonecroft Ministries speaker. Learn about biblical parenting and lifestyle in her books, articles, devotionals and blogs. Jo reaches out to show others how to help themselves and to believe that with God, all things are possible. Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? provides  unique Christian devotions that work well as an individual spiritual growth plan or for Bible study fellowship. The book was the first place winner in the spiritual category of the 2013 Beach Book Festival Contest. Jo is a retired reading teacher, who pursued a career in retail sales, learning much about the how-to and fix-it business. These skills are often needed by women who are trying to fix a toilet while the doorbell is ringing and one of the children smashes another’s finger in the door. She has won several national writing contests for humor, including the Society of Southwestern Authors humor award. Her inspirational stories, devotionals, and humor have been in dozens of magazines including Open Windows and Arizona Highways. As an anthology contributor, she has been published in six, including Chicken Soup for the SoulShaping the New You (December, 2010) and Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Power of Forgiveness (December, 2014),  Heavenly Humor for the Dieter’s Soul (October, 2011) and two other Barbour Publishing devotions, ONE (April, 2015) and Daily Wisdom for Women ~ 2016 Collection (end of 2015). Jo lives is a small northeast Arizona town where she seeks out humor, finds it and brings it to life in her writing. What to expect of Toastmaster-trained Jo as your speaker: She will create a custom-designed message just for your group, whether it is for a small group event, workshop, inspirational speech, or coaching. All messages have an uplifting, positive concept that with God’s help, no challenge is too hard to handle.

Contact Jo Russell at her business mailbox,

jorussell@ button-to-god.com, Facebook, or Twitter.

What people are saying….

Bob Seymour, retired pastor, Valley View Southern Baptist Church, Snowflake, Arizona. “With stories you can’t forget, Jo captures the audience with humor and wisdom.” Deedo Wooley, Red Hat Queen and President, Pinetop Prissie’s Red Hats, Pinetop, Arizona. “We always enjoy Jo’s funny and zany talks. They give us a smiles and energy!” Nancy Stidham, pastor’s wife, Cornerstone Community Church, Lakeside, AZ. : “As keynote at our Women’s Fellowship Fair, Jo inspired an enthusiastic crowd with her humor, stage antics, and solid Biblical message.” Wanda Pratt, Women’s Retreat Coordinator, Burton Camp, August, 2013 “Jo has a way of taking a serious subject and making it funny and informative. She taught a workshop at our women’s retreat called, “Can Kermit and Miss Piggy Live Happily Ever After? A Biblical Concept of Marriage.” We enjoyed it so much!

Partial list of speaking topics: 

Can Kermit and Miss Piggy Ever Live Happily Ever After? A Biblical Concept of Marriage Count your blessings even when the toilet is overflowing! Attitude is a choice and makes all the difference in quality of life. It’s Never Too Late for Love! Besides learning more about God’s love for each of us, the author shares the humorous story of a senior courtship. Danger, Detours and Motherhood  What can God do with a rebellious “Do it my way” person? Change her completely. Getting Over Messiness – and Other Impossible Habits Ask God for help in getting over the impossible and experience his sense of humor! The Value of Life As God Sees It: Every Baby Counts! [Pro-life message] Navigating the Narrow Window: Getting a Marriage License Ain’t for Sissies! Choosing God’s way is a narrow road, but one paved with rich experiences and contentment. Never Give Up! Get Up Every Time You Fall! Jo’s own life experiences reflect the benefit of rising from the ashes of every difficulty. Just How Deep is the Water Anyway? Transform fear and trembling to confidence in God’s Living Water More Effective Time Management, More Time with God Organizational tips that help in all areas of life. For Christian writers/authors: Encouragement, hands-on exercises, markets, developing your following, including social media, shameless publicity and promotion that always makes the media. For Schools: What’s it Like Being a Writer? A nose for news, accuracy in media stories, writing news, researched non-fiction writing;journal/memoir/fiction writing