I attended a very special award ceremony this year thanks to my friend and author Kathi Macias. She invited me to the Golden Scroll Award banquet. Her book RED INK was nominated for book of the year. I was excited to be there with her and my husband to cheer her on. I pinched myself to make sure this experience was real and not a dream. I couldn't believe all the amazing people in the room. More about this event later. I just wanted to share the first author who's book touched me in a real way. Carol Kent.

AWSA Announces Golden Scroll Award Winners (below taken from their website - - You can see other pictures from that event

Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA) announced their 2011 winners for the Golden Scroll Awards, Sunday, July 10 th, at the Omni at CNN Center in Atlanta.

Honored for outstanding ministry partnership with their authors, the Golden Scroll Publisher of the Year winner went to Discovery House. “ Although small in comparison to other houses, Discovery House demonstrates an enormous capacity to serve the Lord,” said author Penny Monetti.

The Editor of the Year winner went to Terry Glaspey of Harvest House Publishers. Author Connie Cavanaugh said of Terry, “Regardless of whether he is dealing with an author who sells in the millions or in the thousands, he treats us all with dignity, respect and love.”

The Fiction Editor of the Year winner went to Tyndale House Publisher’s Jan Stob. Jeanette Windle said of Stob, “She encourages, motivates, and cheers me on in my writing, but what I most appreciate is that when I think I've turned in a good book, she won't let me rest until it's an excellent one."

The 2011 Golden Scroll book awards Novel of the Year went to Kathi Macias for Red Ink (New Hope Publishers), a gripping novel loosely based on a true story about a young Chinese woman who is forced to abort her second child, and eventually goes to prison for her faith.

The Nonfiction Book of the Year went to Margot Starbuck for The Girl in the Orange Dress (IVP Books), a cleverly written, poignant memoir regarding the author’s search for a true “father who does not fail.”

Becky Harling was named AWSA Member of the Year. AWSA founder Linda Evans Shepherd said, “Becky is both an abuse and cancer survivor. She inspires audiences, readers as well as our own prayer team to spend time daily praising God.”

Kathi Macias presented The Beyond Me Award to Yvonne Ortega. Macias said, “Yvonne has been through many heartaches and trials, yet she continues to allow God to use her pain to minister to others. She is indeed a “beyond me” person, modeling a “you-first life in a me-first world.”

The 2011 Golden Scroll Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Patsy Clairmont. Carol Kent said of Clairmont, “ As a much loved keynote speaker at Women of Faith arena events, Patsy’s triumph over agoraphobia has opened doors for her to share God’s healing power through spoken and written words."

Clairmont keynoted the event, with Linda Gilden as emcee. Authors Carol Kent and Linda Evans Shepherd presented the awards. Recording artist Gwen Smith performed a parody written by Martha Bolton and dedicated to editors and publishers. Following the banquet, Hollywood screenwriting consultant Linda Seger discussed turning Christian books into movies.

AWSA, an outreach of Right to the Heart Ministries, consists of over 300 top ICRS women authors who both publish and speak nationally. See

I was Thrilled to catch up with Carol Kent whose book BETWEEN A ROCK AND A GRACE PLACE touched and encouraged me right when I needed it most.

About Carol : 

Carol Kent is a popular international public speaker best known for being dynamic, humorous, encouraging, and biblical. She is a former radio show co-host and her messages have been featured on Focus on the Family.  She has been a keynote speaker at Women of Faith, Time Out for Women, and Heritage Keepers arena events; she has also spoken at The Praise Gathering for Believers and at Vision New England’s Congress. She has also been a featured speaker at many of the Extraordinary Women and Women of Joy events.

Carol has spoken internationally in South Africa, Germany, Bulgaria, China, Korea, Hong Kong, Guatemala, Mexico, and Canada. She regularly appears on a wide variety of nationally syndicated radio and television broadcasts. Past appearances have included the Billy Graham Prime Time TV Special, Dateline NBC, CNN LIVE, WE TV, Deborah Norville Tonight on MSNBC, The Harvest Show, Aspiring Women, Significant Living, In Touch with Charles Stanley, Focus on the Family, On Main Street, LIFE Today with James Robison, Prime Time America, Midday Connection, Family Life Today, HomeWord with Jim Burns, Key Life Network with Steve Brown, and 100 Huntley Street TV. Carol has also been a keynote speaker for the televised and nationally syndicated women’s conference sponsored by Church Communications Network.
She is the president of Speak Up Speaker Services, a Christian speakers’ bureau, and the founder and director of Speak Up With Confidence seminars, a ministry committed to helping Christians develop their communication skills. She has also founded the nonprofit organization, Speak Up for Hope, which benefits inmates and their families.

She holds a master’s degree in communication arts and a bachelor’s degree in speech education. She has taught speech and drama, and directed women’s ministries at a large Midwestern church. She is also on the advisory boards of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and MOPS International.

By Carol Kent
Publlished by: Zondervan
ISBN# 978-0-310-33098-1
209 Pages

Back Cover: From bestselling author Carol Kent comes a riveting journey of facing the impassible obstacles of life and discovering the last thing ever expected--the sweet spot of grace.

REVIEW: I’m so thankful to have received a review copy of such an inspiring novel. The reader can get the essence of this heart warming, non-fiction book by reading the dedication Carol wrote to her parents.

“Thank you for consistently pressing into the rock and reminding me to find the place off safety and grace in the middle of my darkest hours.”

I appreciated this story filled with hope and joy found in the most unlikely places. Carol Kent not only chares her story of how her and her husband are finding that in their weakness God is strong, but that he also provides the peace that passes all understanding in the middle of the storms of life. Carol and her husband don’t claim to have it all together, nor do they tell you how life becomes easier after your son has been in prison for life for nine years.

Carol says, “As our family is living out a realty far different from what we once dreamed, God has repeatedly reminded us of his favor in the middle of difficulties. There is hope and joy in the darkness…..we could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only join the world…Joy is not the absence of trouble but the presence of Christ…Joy is experiencing God’s peace in the middle of impossible circumstances and sensing his care when life is anything but fun!”

Life can be tough and taking one day at a time is all we can do. Just like Paul who prayed for the thorn to be taken from his side. Carol talks about Paul praising God in prison under the most horrible conditions and moving on with the thorn in his side God chose not to remove.

Carol Kent along with others share their stories where God showed in the most unexpected ways. These stories were ones that provided hope and inspiration in the most impossible of situations!

Some of the chapter names are Grace in the hardest of places, Angels in Disguise, Longing for a Better Life, The Secret Power of Gratitude, Unexpected Kindness, Why do you Weep? And Dwelling in the Grace Place.

No matter what you face in life dwelling in the grace place is where you want to be with your heavenly father. This book is not a how to book, follow steps one, two and three and God will do this. Not it’s a book filled with real people walking out their faith in the middle of the storm, relying on God to be there like He said he would.

I know that I’ll be reading this book over and over again. I want to go back and really spend sometime in the back of each chapter where Carol provides questions and scriptures to meditate on. I just can’t say enough great things about this powerfully moving, hopeful book. It’s a must read for the hurting and for those people who want to be Jesus with skin on to the people around them.

NOTE: It was a thrill to meet up with Carol that day. I tried to express to her how her book touched me through tears and pauses. She was most gracious to wait as I struggled to talk. Wow, what a woman and what a book! I highly recommend it.

Nora St. Laurent
The Book Club Network


  1. Comment on my facebook page today!

    She is a very special woman and is touching so many loces. Wonderful review. I was there that day too, am an AWSA gal, so glad you had fun. I am honored to be among these women too who make an eternal difference from their scars?

    Lisa Copen

  2. I was a guest and honored to sit among you! I agree with you about each of you making an eternal difference from their scars! Wow!

    Thanks Lisa!

    I appreciate you telling me that!

    Nora St.Laurent
    The Book Club Network

  3. Between a Rock and A Grace Place is a compelling book that stays with you. Transparent. Powerful. I read it on my Nook and kept going back to it when in waiting rooms, coffee shops, etc. When some family news jolted me, I turned to the book as a companion for scriptural insights. It ministered to me.