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 Books Written by Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Life-Giving Choices ~ 60 Days to What Matters Most (releasing Nov. 4, 2019)

Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Someone once told me, “Don’t settle for the good when you can choose the best.” And so began my lifelong quest for that which brings life, joy, and meaning. And the courage to choose it. Of course, I have both stumbled and soared in the process. Discovering that while there are myriad ways we can choose to spend our lives, only a few essentials truly matter. Life-Giving Choices will help you:

  • Be empowered to simplify and focus on the essentials.
  • Identify challenges you face in juggling responsibilities.
  • Find freedom to release the pressure of striving to do it all. 
  • Learn scriptural truths reinforcing your identity as God’s beloved. 
  • Begin daily steps to pursue specific action. 

Will you invest the next sixty days in pursuing changes that will last? Join me in becoming that wise woman who embraces a full life with both serenity and strength. 

Soul Strong ~ 7 Keys to a Vibrant Life (releasing February 17, 2020)

Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Do You Want to be Soul Strong?

For anyone who has ever wondered…

  • How do I know if my life is making a difference? 
  • How do I persevere through discouragement or disaster?
  • How do I move forward spiritually and with purpose?  

Though I’m not particularly strong on my own, God has helped me embrace 7 decisions for living authentically and loving extravagantly! I wrote them all down (including many vulnerable life lessons and fun stories) in this interactive guide. Because I’ve discovered that the answer to the above questions is in learning how to live Soul Strong. It’s a deep commitment and an even deeper empowerment. It’s making mistakes while standing daily in need of God’s grace and mercy.

Will you embrace these 7 decisions offering soul strength for the story God calls you to live?

  1. Live Loved
  2. Be Authentic
  3. Dwell Deep
  4. Pray Always
  5. Overcome Pain
  6. Extend Kindness
  7. Share Stories

Ordinary Graces ~ Word Gifts for Any Season

Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Everyone loves to receive a gift. And God has given us many, such as his grace—the gift we don’t deserve and can never earn. Promises from the One who declares we are already loved, already accepted, already created in his image. The question becomes, will we truly receive that gift? Will the reality of it actually change the way we think and notice and reach out?

God’s Word will stand forever, in any season of life. These truths prompt us to respond with compassion and courage. Through inspiring devotions, Lucinda Secrest McDowell reveals biblical blessings that remind us that: God’s promises give us strength, God’s grace can be most evident at our weakest points, a proper response to our abundance of blessings is simply gratitude, and the “more” we are all looking for is the same abundant life that Jesus came to give us. Would you like to receive these gifts of ordinary grace? Join Lucinda in focusing on one word a day through devotional readings and short benedictions for any and every season to explore the many facets of Grace, Strength, Gratitude, and Life. Click HERE for Interview on Writing Ordinary Graces and for all Endorsements.

Dwelling Places ~ Words to Live in Every Season

Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Do you long for serenity and refuge, peace and hope? Are you seeking a deeper spiritual life through a closer relationship with God? If you’re tired of dwelling in busyness and noise, then perhaps one word a day can change your life. Award-winning author Lucinda Secrest McDowell knows that if you spend time each day turning to God’s Word for wisdom and guidance, your faith can flourish and grow.

Through short and inspiring readings, McDowell unpacks a single word – such as mercy, beauty, gratitude, or grace – to reveal a biblical blessing or challenge relevant to where you are. Full of stories and illustrations to empower you to live the word you have just read, each devotional ends with a benediction, written as if God were speaking directly to you. These “dwelling places” that offer the joy of God’s promise and presence cover four seasons: fall, Advent, Lent, and summer. Whether in the midst of busy holiday schedules, holy days, ordinary moments, or changing seasons, a deeper faith can be as simple as a single word. Click HERE for Endorsements of Dwelling Places   Click HERE for details on having A Day to Dwell Event.

Refresh ~ A Spa for Your Soul

Lucinda Secrest McDowell

refresh verb, give new strength or energy to; reinvigorate.

If you are desperate for new strength and eager for energy to live your impossible life, you may need a spa for your soul. refresh! – a spa for your soul is filled with creative ways to look at life through the lens of God’s love and care. Jesus will cleanse your tarnished past, quench your thirst for more, and offer refreshing depth to your spiritual life. He is the One who knows you best and loves you most. You can balance the constant demands of everyday life with your soul’s hunger for meaning. So if you are overwhelmed or exhausted, cling to the God who says, “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” (Jeremiah 31:25)

Live These Words ~ An Active Response to God 

Lucinda Secrest McDowell   

Do you ever struggle between being with God and doing for God? Now you can truly embrace both–sitting at the Master’s feet as well as walking in His way. Live These Words examines forty vibrant words from the Word and gives you action points to enrich your life. Out of the being will come the doing. Filled with prayers from throughout the centuries, and practical application for living out the words you have studied each day. Click HERE for Live These Words Endorsements, Launch Party at Mark Twain House and Contest Photos


Quilts from Heaven ~ Parables from the Patchwork of Life   (currently out of print)

Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Quilting hobbyist Lucinda Secrest McDowell sees each moment as a piece of quilt that God weaves together to make a glorious lifelong work of art. In Quilts from Heaven, she thoughtfully recognizes the threads of faithfulness, stitches filled with love, and the all-important lining of His grace while assembling her own patchwork of Scripture, testimony, and heartwarming stories. Most uniquely, the author compares the designs from many traditional quilting patterns to God’s intricate work in every person’s life.

30 Ways to Embrace Life ~ Wise Women Share Their Stories  (currently out of print)

Lucinda Secrest McDowell

What do wise women know? A variety of Christian women authors tell their stories of tragedy and triumph, faith and fun, possibilities and perseverance. As a story teller Lucinda Secrest McDowell, who edited the volume and contributed to it, engages both heart and mind. A perfect present for yourself.

Role of a Lifetime ~ Your Part in God’s Stor(currently out of print)

Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Everyone loves a good story. What’s yours? In Role of a Lifetime, author Lucinda Secrest McDowell helps read­ers better understand their unique part and important purpose in the greater story of God’s kingdom. Indeed, each life is cast into an ongoing adventure, but too often we play it safe, assuming ourselves to be minor characters. McDowell storyboards a pathway toward passion and significance, a life marked by radical faith and an ever deepening relationship with God that will make a difference in our own lives and the lives of others. Questions and journal space following each chapter encourage further introspection or group discussion.Move from the mundane to the magnificent. Embrace the part you were born to play.

A Southern Style Christmas  (currently out of print)

Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Celebrate Christmas with a touch of southern warmth. This elegant, full-color gift book boasts a wonderful collection of heartwarming stories, poems, regional traditions, and recipes from people whose roots and hearts are deep in the South. Enjoy reflections by great writers and well-known Southerners. No matter where you live, this book will help you soak up the beauty of Christmas. Includes selections from:Jan Karon, Liz Curtis Higgs, Max Lucado, Anne Rivers Siddons, Charles Allen, Michael Card, Ruth Bell Graham, Catherine Marshall and others.

Amazed by Grace (currently out of print)

Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Amazed By Grace presents God’s grace as a gift we don’t deserve and can never earn no matter how hard we try. This book reveals how grace permeates every area of our lives, bringing true freedom and a new understanding of God’s unconditional love! Includes personal and candid stories of my life as a ‘recovering POW’ (prisoner of works). Discussion questions make it ideal for a group study on grace.

God’s Purpose for You (a First Place for Health Bible Study)

Lucinda Secrest McDowell


Better Together (a First Place for Health Bible Study)

Lucinda Secrest McDowell





Fit and Healthy Summer (a First Place for Health Bible Study)

Lucinda Secrest McDowell




What We’ve Learned So Far  (currently out of print)

Lucinda Secrest McDowell





Women’s Spiritual Passages  (currently out of print)

Lucinda Secrest McDowell