About the Book
Book: Marriage Matters
Author: Cheri Swalwell
Genre: Non-fiction/Christian Biblical Marriage
Release Date: November 22, 2019
Marriage joins two imperfect people who pledge to love, honor, and commit to each other for life. Eleven couples graciously chose to share their stories within the pages of this book because they believe in the sanctity of marriage. None of the couples are perfect, but they come alongside you and your spouse with experience and encouragement as you pray about how to live out your own marriage. Some of the couples work in full-time ministry, others have chosen the military as their career. Some couples have faced the issue of infertility while others have had to deal with sickness or death. Some couples have been remarried, others married later in life, and others have dealt with seemingly more than any one couple should have to face in a lifetime. All of the couples have one thing in common – their love for God and their commitment to marriage God’s way.Grab your favorite beverage in a comfy chair and get ready to be encouraged. Buy your own copy today, and one for a friend, because Marriage Matters!
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About the Author
Cheri Swalwell is a Christ follower who thoroughly enjoys her calling to be a wife, mother, and writer, in that order. Cheri loves to encourage people through her Spoken from the Heart devotionals, Bible study Caring for the Caregiver and other compilation books dealing with the subjects of miscarriage and cancer. For a full list of books and where they are sold visit www.cheriswalwell.com. If you want to sign up to her newsletter to stay updated on all the latest news, you will also receive a full-length devotional free, as her way of saying thanks for joining!
More from Cheri
Back in 2007, long before writing was even on my radar, I had a conversation with God about writing a book that would offer hope to those who had lost a child. We had lost our baby the December prior, and I needed to know I would smile again someday. Little did I know that conversation 12 years ago would result in a series of compilation books encouraging others about various topics. The first one, Hope During Heartache was published in 2014, and it’s 13 different men and women’s stories about how they found hope after dealing with the death of a child.
In early 2015, I had another conversation with God and asked Him … “What’s next? Do You have any other compilation books you’d like me to share with others to bring encouragement?” In 2018, Peace During the Pain was published (a book about how to find peace after the diagnosis of cancer) which is 12 different men and women’s stories either about their own personal journey or the journey of a family member.
The goal for 2020 is to publish Joy During the Journey, a compilation of people who have found joy despite living with chronic illness.
During my 2015 conversation, I asked God if He would allow me to write a compilation book about a “happier” topic than death, cancer, and chronic illness. And in His goodness, He said yes! That is when He told me I could write about the topic of marriage, a topic I truly love because being married and having children has always been my heart’s desire. Not only do I get to share encouragement, support, and wisdom from 11 different couples with you in this book, an added bonus is that one of the couples is my parents, another is my youth pastor and his wife, whom I’ve admired for over 25+ years, and yet another is my present pastor and his wife. All three of these couples have significantly modeled biblical marriage for me throughout the years. But that’s not all. There are also military couples, couples who have suffered circumstances no couple should ever have to face, and new friends I’ve met through the writing of this book. I believe you will enjoy as much as I have the encouragement and wisdom from each and every couple who took the time to share a little about their life with you. I’m excited to share the stories between these pages … so sit back, grab your favorite beverage and be prepared to get encouraged!
Author Interview with Cheri Swalwell
If you could invite one person to dinner, who would it be and what would you cook?
I answered this question because it made me laugh thinking about how it pertains to me personally. Anyone who knows me, knows I cannot cook. Not that I don’t like to cook (although I don’t), but I CANNOT cook! I try … and fail pretty much every single time. I had a season where I ventured out to try new recipes and my family thanks me for not doing that again. Now I stick with our three to five consistent “no-fail” meals.
So, if I could invite one person to dinner, I’d invite someone I admire spiritually. That would be a tough choice for me. I’d either pick someone like Louie Giglio, Greg Laurie, Priscilla Shrier, or Ravi Zacharias. Or, I’d pick someone like Chris Pratt and find out about how and when he became a Christian. I think my family would love it if I picked Chris Pratt because then we could say we ate with Star-Lord, and I’m pretty sure he would have us laughing all night long. Laughing is good.
But I wouldn’t cook. I’d order out so we could all relax and enjoy the evening (and a good dinner!)
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing energizes me. I work multiple “day jobs” so I love the days I get to write – either fiction or nonfiction. I’ve always considered myself God’s secretary, typing what He wants written down. I always say “All mistakes are mine; If you’re encouraged – He gets the glory.” I truly love having a chance to encourage and support people through nonfiction and hopefully entertain and encourage people through fiction. Who knows, though, some of my nonfiction might entertain people as well. LOL
How did writing this book grow you spiritually?
I had finished writing some heavy subject matter books and this one was supposed to be my “lighter book,” the one that people enjoy and it doesn’t make them cry. And while I hope that’s true (that it is an enjoyable and encouraging read), I learned the enemy was as opposed (or maybe more) to this book being published as he was my other heavier topics. While writing and in the process of publishing Marriage Matters, I felt the enemy attacking my marriage, my family, my relationships. I learned through this experience to ask for and make sure I’m covered in prayer when approaching any project because the enemy isn’t going to happy when I’m choosing to share biblical truths with the world, on any topic. (Sidenote: Our marriage and family has come out stronger. And God gets the glory for that also.)
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Spending time with family is my favorite pastime. Whether we’re watching movies or TV shows, hiking, playing games, traveling, going out, or working around the house, spending time with those God has blessed me with is my absolute favorite pastime. Second to that would be reading, usually a fiction book.
When did you start writing?
I never wanted to be a writer. Ever. In fact, I had to be tutored my senior year in high school in order to pass English. My goal was to be a stay-at-home mom or if I couldn’t do that, a child psychologist. God, however, had other plans. In 2005, I told Him I wanted our family to make a difference for Him – however He chose, we would be obedient. And writing is the path He chose. I started my first blogs in 2011, wrote and published my first devotional book in 2013, and since then have published 27 nonfiction books, with a fiction line coming out in 2020. I am truly God’s secretary, giving Him all the glory for the words He has given me to write. And I will continue down this path until He tells me otherwise. I can honestly say He has taken the desires He has for me and turned them into something I absolutely love! Only God!
Thank you Cheri for letting us get to know you better!
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