Phil Sims, a Vietnam veteran, served in the US Navy for seven years, five of them aboard the USS Midway CVA41. He’s a Boy Scout scoutmaster, a member of the Gideons International, and the author of Not Without Purpose. He and his wife, Alma, reside in West Monroe, Louisiana. They have three grown children and six grandchildren. Not Without Purpose is set at the end of the conflict in Vietnam and twenty-eight year old Eric Sanderson has just returned home. The young marine is disillusioned, depressed, and haunted by what he’s experienced. In the space of a few days, circumstances will force him to rethink any remaining values he may have. Meanwhile, a teen’s obedience to God will be tested, and a small North Carolina mountain town will be brought to its knees in prayer. Sometimes things go very wrong, but never without God’s permission and never without purpose. Phil Sims has written a moving story of the power of a person’s choice to offer others an opportunity to experience the redemptive grace of Christ. If you like history, mystery, and faith, do check out Not Without Purpose. I’m not only pleased to congratulate Phil on the release of his debut novel, I’m honored to take this opportunity to thank him for his service to our country. Check it out at Amazon and get your copy today. Hugs, Shellie
I tell people all the time that I have the best readers and radio listeners out there, anywhere. I’m Elvis and his blue suede shoes serious! The All Things Southern community rocks. For illustration I give you a glimpse into my email box last night. I got in from a weekend retreat and was cleaning out the inbox when order #2291 came through for three of the new “Keep Calm and Bless Their Hearts” Southern Pearl T-Shirts. Right after it I found a second order, #2292, with this message in the “special notes” section. Backstory before you see it– the orders were placed by a mother/daughter combo from Georgia I met last year when I did a conference at their church. Yes, I asked permission before clipping out this section of the order and posting it, and yes, I’ve laughed today every time I’ve thought of it, which is why I share it with you. With that, I give you the second order, lovingly placed by the daughter of the duo. Are you laughing?
Thank you for your patience! I finally got the new ATS T-Shirts in the shopping cart! They’re being modeled by my BFF’s beautiful daughter, Jaclyn. Photography by my talented daughter-in-law, Carey! The ATS Southern Pearls emblem is on the front and a great southern belle saying is on the back. But, the more you read it, the more I hope you hear the Lord reminding us all to, “Keep calm and bless the hearts of those who may be temping us to explode!” Of course, as is often the case with me and technology, I can’t seem to get the attribute boxes to show up when you order. I’ve sent my darling brainiac child (the lovely Ms. Belleicious), a note to help me. In the meantime, should you just be having a hissy fit to place that order, feel free to note your preferred color and size in the comment box and I will see to it. The ATS Bless Their Hearts T-Shirt comes in pink, blue, green, and brown and you may order it in M,L,Xl,2XL and 3XL Get yours “while supplies last!” Right now, I’m headed to a ladies retreat with my girlfriends from church. Yippy Skippy! See y’all on the flip flop. Hugs, Shellie
Ten multiple choice questions that shouldn’t take more than thirty seconds and it’s entirely anonymous. Can you do it? Hugs, Shellie Getting to Know You!