I am Betsy Lowery: wife, mother, knitter, preacher’s daughter, seminary grad, church employee, North Carolina native, and author of three books about living with faith in God as a response to His faithfulness to us.
When God called me into Christian ministry, only He knew the path ahead – a seminary degree in Christian Education, moving to Alabama (where I’d never set foot before) to start my adult life as an employee at Woman’s Missionary Union national office, starting a family, transitioning to church staff support work and developing a personal ministry of writing.
My first book, Pause: Everyday Prayers for Everyday Women, though out of print, is still available for purchase online. Eleven years after it was published, I completed my first novel and then a sequel. Both books were released in January 2019.
When I need a break from writing, I get my knitting out. (And vice versa.) I’ve knitted everything from sweaters and skirts to mop covers and Christmas ornaments, and I love trying new patterns (or inventing them…as in the gray rope scarf I’m wearing in my photo above) as well as coaching and encouraging newer knitters. I am a proud, active member of Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild and even wound up being the group’s newsletter editor for 2018 and 2019. Follow my knitting adventures on Instagram (@theknittinghour) and at Long Tail and Short Tales.
A confirmed morning person, I am driven (*PUN ALERT*) to leave home ahead of most traffic in order to start the day with quiet time in a church classroom or at Panera Bread, where knitting or writing over breakfast is ideal in an atmosphere with just enough background noise.
At work, I currently write and design website, social media, and newsletter content for Vestavia Hills Baptist Church, having served in Baptist ministry since 1985. My home church is Dawson Memorial. I have had articles published in Baptist literature, and my full-length script, Look At My Son (a dramedy about two angels on earth, “Mary” and “Joe,” and titled according to the central piece of music presented), was produced as a Christmas pageant at First Baptist Church of Pelham.
Pause: Everyday Prayers for Everyday Women (2004, Revell) – a brief prayer for each day of the year
A Stranger’s Promise – A curious tourist finds herself way off the beaten track – and in over her head!
No Doubt It’s Love – A handsome young musician and his fiancée face unexpected opposition – from very different sources! (sequel to A Stranger’s Promise)
Read more about A Stranger’s Promise and No Doubt It’s Love, a two-part southern fiction series centering on Joan Ryan and her son’s trip to the altar, on Books by Betsy Lowery, a Facebook page. There’s a lot of prayer and ministry “stuff” going on under the surface of authorship for me. Themes and challenges in my novels reflect this fact, and I hope you will discover some of that and share it with a friend.
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