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Terrie Childress

Writing from the soul to glorify God


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About Terrie

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My first best friend in life was my sister. And all my other friends were books, or the characters who lived inside them.

My favorite book as a child was Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers, because she was the epitome of magical adventures. And I loved adventures, like riding my bike to the pretend grocery store and swinging so high that I could almost touch my toe on a bowing tree branch; though, my fear of heights always squashed that reality.

While my adventures were lacking the extraordinary magic of Mary Poppins, I carried that book with me everywhere I went, hoping "to pull all manner of wonders" out of my empty purse each time I revealed the cover to the light of day. Then, up, up, and away would go my imagination at the crackling sound of the opened cover and the smell of the much-loved ink-soaked pages.

My friendship with books led me to their first best friends, Pencil and Paper. And I've been hanging out with those 

two since my teenage years when I developed a love for writing poetry, and later, children's stories.

With a degree in Education and a graduate of The Institute of Children's Literature in Writing for Children and Teenagers, my best stories happened in my reading classroom where the curious minds of my students became lively characters on the tip of Pencil and the blank canvas of Paper.

Detoured is my first book for adults, retracing my breast cancer journey and told with a blend of drama, mystery, humor, and suspense with the hand of God always on the wheel, steering me through every sharp turn.

Since the launch of my book, God has been calling me to assignments related to Detoured, and I am following His call on every new path He leads me. Now retired from the educational arena, the hands of my time are directed by God's hands.

When I'm not at my writing desk, I'm out creating more memorable stories with my husband and our golden retriever.  

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DETOURED Paperback Version Released October 22, 2020!!!

Buy Your Copy Now at Amazon, Books-A-Million (BAM), Barnes & Noble, Google Play Books, and other book retailers! Enjoy, dear readers!

If you're a fan of Regina Brett's, God Never Blinks, you'll love this inspirational, dramatic, and unforgettable memoir through unimaginable turns with God at the wheel.  

I have some exciting news I want to share with you! I am so humbly honored to be partnering again this year with the American Cancer Society Harrisonburg/Rockingham Relay for Life in their mission to fund cancer research, an array of patient support services, and advocacy efforts to eradicate cancer, for good!

On Saturday, June 1, 2024, I will be joining their fundraising efforts and commemorating those we've lost, celebrating survivors, and honoring those currently navigating this journey with the sale of my latest book, DETOURED-My Ride Through Cancer with God as Chauffeur, at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds from 2pm-8pm. I will be signing and selling DETOURED at a special price of only $10.00 (while supply lasts!), so come early to get yours for someone you know trekking this path, or for yourself. I'm so grateful and blessed that this title has become 'the favorite among hospital Book Club Support Groups for breast cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers.' And I hope it will continue to serve as a roadmap of great hope for many, many more!

I look forward to seeing you there! But if you can't make it, please join me in supporting this crucial cause by clicking the link below to donate on my Relay for Life page. And, be rest assured that no amount given is ever too small! The final day to collect donations for Relay 2024 is Friday, June 28th!


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