Author Interview

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A little about myself:

I am a speaker, teacher, pastor’s wife, and musician.  I am active in my church, community, and missions.  I have a personal ministry that encourages believers to grow spiritually and develop their gifts.  I have been married for 27 years and have two children.  I post articles on this website to encourage growth.

The motivation behind this project:

In 2003, God gave me a personal ministry called Come Unto Me Ministries.  The foundational scripture verse is Matthew 11:28-30, and the purpose of this ministry is to write, teach, speak, counsel, and support.  Over the years, God gave me scripture verses and thoughts that I jotted down.  And then one day, He prompted me to compile a book.  No Ordinary Invitation: Called to Live a Life of Eternal Purpose was the result.

What I hope people will gain from this project:

My goal is to help revolutionize lives.  I want to inspire and encourage people to grow in their personal walks with God and surrender to what He is calling them to do.  He invites each of us to multiple things, and it is important to know what those things are and respond to them.  I hope people will take time for introspection as they read this book, and once they have done this, take action.  One person can make a difference, and one person can change the world.  This is what I desire to do, and I hope to help others do the same.

How I was personally impacted by working on this project:

As I was writing, I was taught, convicted, challenged, and encouraged.  I had to take time for introspection, and after I did this, I was inspired to take action.  Writing this book was a journey for me, and it brought about spiritual growth.

Some of my influences, sources of inspiration, and favorite authors / artists:

My greatest source of inspiration comes from God and His Word.  I am also inspired by those who are committed to impact the world for Christ.  I have been inspired by the biographies of missionaries and persecuted Christians.  Some of the authors I enjoy are Elisabeth Elliot, Charles Spurgeon, Priscilla Shirer, and Max Lucado.


I am often asked what my favorite part of writing the book was.  My answer is, “The now.”  I am so blessed to see the impact this book is having upon people’s lives.  It is humbling to know God has used me to help others in their pursuit of Him.  It has been a joy to meet my readers and hear their hearts.

A parting thought:

You are in my prayers.  May you hear and know His voice and respond to His great love for you.

“I hope that you will search out what it is that He has invited you to
do. May you be inspired by these things, but more than just be inspired,
may you act upon the invitations and be blessed.  May you RSVP with a yes to God’s invitations to you.”

Francee Strain, No Ordinary Invitation: Called to Live a Life of Eternal Purpose, (Bloomington, IN: WestBow Press, 2017), 7.

Author photo by Suzanne Jenkins