How I Found My Tribe and a Book Give-away

Nobody operates in a vacuum. Whatever you do in life, you probably have fellow travelers who share your passion — whether it’s cooking, parenting, building houses or writing. I have friends and acquaintances in all walks of life, but fellow writers are my “people”. I’m writing today for the blog at Breathe Christian Writers’ Conference about how to find and nurture your “tribe”. Join me there and check out the other awesome blog posts.

Back in the days when I was a news reporter sitting in a little cubicle writing feature stories and obituaries, I was energized by the buzz of conversation and activity swirling around the newsroom. Whenever I needed encouragement or information, I’d stop by a fellow reporter’s desk for a chat and come away refreshed and ready to get back to the task at hand. Fellow journalists were my first writers’ group. (Read more)

And here’s something special for you — a beautiful new (3)

What are you reading during this most Holy of weeks leading up to Easter? I’ve been in the Gospels, considering each of the accounts of the Passion of Christ during Lent, but this week I’m seeing the life of Christ through the eyes of five women in scripture.

In “The Day I Met Jesus”, encounters with Christ are written as diaries of the woman caught in adultery, the prostitute, the Samaritan woman, the woman with a flow of blood and the woman Jesus loved.

Mary DeMuth has beautifully recreated the stories told in the gospels with words that might have been hidden in the hearts of these women. Co-author Frank Viola adds a scripture-based commentary on each of the diaries.

Reading these poignant stories as I prepare to celebrate Christ’s resurrection has personalized for me the Savior’s impact on people who knew Him when He walked the earth.

I am making a copy of “The Day I Met Jesus” available to someone who reads the full blog post at Breathe and returns here with a comment. I’m trusting you!


  1. Connie

    You are my inspiration! Thank you for the beautiful reminder — and the encouragement you give to me to keep on writing. Your words are always uplifting, giving us all a reason to look within and look up. Thank you.


      Thanks, Connie!

  2. Cindy Miller

    Great encouraging post! Thanks!


      Thank you, Cindy!

  3. Tara

    Ingrid, writers are my people too! Loved your post on the Breathe website. Those Ws are so helpful. I went to a writing group at the local library before I moved. It was good UNTIL someone berated me for writing about my family’s journey with mental illness. I remember walking out that night in tears. I have a feeling she was having her own struggles. I would love to find a group here locally. Maybe I’ll have to start one myself. This Holy Week I’m reading Ann Voskamps 1000 Gifts. I just finished Annie Downs’ Lets All Be Brave. Your book sounds so cool. Blessings my friend!!


      Thank you, Tara. I’m delighted to share with you “The Day I Met Jesus”. Email me with your address at and I’ll dispatch a copy to you direct from Amazon ASAP. God bless you in your effort to build a “tribe” in your community. Don’t give up on finding people who support and encourage you on your journey. By the way, I love Ann Voskamp’s 1000 Gifts. Maybe I need to check out the new Annie Downs book, too!


      Honored and delighted, Mary. I’m loving the stories and Frank’s beautiful commentaries. Thank you both for writing it!

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