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12 Ways to Turn Your Pain into Praise

Sapphires from Psalms

Better Than Jewels

Linda Newton is an international speaker who engages her audiences with authentic transparency and down-home humor. As an Empowerment Educator, she teaches folks from her first book 12 Ways to Turn Your Pain Into Praise how to find healing and strength for a better life. Whether she is counseling, writing, blogging, or speaking, it is her desire to help you~

Turn heartbreak in your life into hope
•    Let go of stinkin’ thinkin’ and embrace abundant living

•    Connect you with the joy you can have in God's constant care.

"I would love to partner with you and your ministry team to create a one-two day conference, a weekend retreat, or a workshop. If you are thinking about putting together an event, let's talk. Whether it's at women’s retreats, singles' gatherings, ladies' luncheons, or in an individual counseling session, my goal is for those listening to laugh, learn, and leave feeling closer to the Lord!" Linda Newton

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Tech-Pecked or Tuned In: Finding God in a Digital World uses up-to-date research in neuroscience, biblical insights, effective counseling tools for balancing tech connections and winding down to find God in today’s digitally dominated world. Tech-pecked, is a term the authors coined to describe the detrimental conditions that arise from the vigilant response of tech users to every ping, ding or buzz, real or imagined, a result of constant dependence on digital devices.

Ask yourself:

Are digital distractions constantly interrupting your concentration?

Do you find yourself obsessed by how many “Likes” you get on a post or pic?

Despite the number of “Friends” you have, do you still feel like no one really knows you?

Does your on-line life consume time for real life relationships with family, with friends, with God?

The authors are twin sisters and counselors who work on both the East and West Coasts and have treated countless individuals from boomers to millennials who believe that they need to stay connected to their digital devices, yet all the while their true connections are crumbling around them. The twin therapists provide helpful information and useable tools to motivate you to move from tech-pecked to tech-checked as you seek to use the best of what the digital world has to offer without becoming enslaved to it. You will see success stories of real people with real struggles who have learned how to manage alert overload and tune-in to a daily connection with God that offers satisfaction and peace.

With personal stories and therapeutic insights, the authors pave the way for you to

  • Understand how digital distractions generate anxiety that taxes your body and your brain and what to do about it.

  • Find insights to get the best life hacks that tech provides without the vices your devices can create.

  • Learn to be present in the present as you seek to connect with real live people right in front of you instead of digital substitutes.

  • Experience greater productivity and creative flow as you learn how to set boundaries with multitasking.

  • Discover ways to quiet your mind in a world addicted to noise and speed so that you can idle down and connect with a caring God.

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I have stories in each of these Chicken Soup for the Soul books. They are available on

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude was just released. Here is an article about it: