"Much of what I know today will not be so tomorrow...." This quote from a devotion in "People of Faith in a Changing World" reflects the uncertainty of our world. Jo Bower has kept a journal through the changes in her life, and shares her devotions based on those journals. The journals grew from the prayers she began writing in college as a discipline for her prayer life. The devotions reflect an extraordinarily honest record of the author's thoughts, emotions and opinions as she faces the things all "People of Faith" struggle with in this ever shifting culture. Encouragement, God's faithfulness, growth, unity, asking 'why, ' balance, change, the Christian walk and service, and overcoming are all themes readers will encounter in "People of Faith in a Changing World." Seasonal Devotions are also part of this collection.
Jo Bower was raised in parsonages in Kansas, Colorado, and Oklahoma. She attended Oklahoma Wesleyan University and Oklahoma State University, where she studied elementary education and music. She married a pastor and they served churches in Texas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas and Louisiana. She lives in Alexandria, Louisiana where her husband is now a hospice chaplain. Jo began writing seriously in college. She resorted to writing prayers because she found it difficult to block out all other thoughts and concentrate on prayers. The discipline of writing forced her to focus on prayer and God. Jo has written about her spiritual journey in "I Think I Lost My Why." "Reader's Plays for Small Churches (of all sizes)" was written year by year as she wrote and produced seasonal plays in the small churches her husband pastored. Several plays are collaborations between her and the children and teens she was working with. She also writes an Inspirational Science Fiction series of novels called the Universal Science Ship M. Curie Discoveries. Jo is also a sacred improvisational pianist and often doesn't know whether music or writing is her primary passion.