Annie Yorty

Why I Started Writing:

I wrote and illustrated my first book in third grade to chronicle the lives of my numerous pets. In high school I wrote for the yearbook and edited the newspaper. Then my writing simmered on the back burner for many years while I worked and raised children, though I wrote business manuals and created homeschool curriculum and devotions. When my children graduated from homeschool, God prodded me through my husband to finally pursue my lifelong plan to write for publishing. Now I write to encourage those living through difficult circumstances to perceive God’s person, presence, provision, and purpose.

Authors Who Have Influenced Me:

My desire to write grew out of a love for books at a very young age. The exciting adventures of animals in Jim Kjelgaard’s books sparked my young imagination. At age eleven, Isaac Asimov’s master storytelling in Foundation Trilogy wowed me. Classic authors such as Dickens, Tolstoy, and Hugo awakened my spirit to truth.  Much later in life I discovered the world of Christian books. Christian authors who have influenced me to write for God’s glory are Francine Rivers, Frank Peretti, C.S. Lewis, and Warren Wiersbe.

Books I Have Written:

I have contributed to three book compilations:

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Dogs: 101 Tales of Family, Friendship & Fun

Everyday Joy! (to be published in 2022)

Room at the Table (to be published in 2022)

What I'm Working On Now:

God’s Heart Revealed Through Down Syndrome: From Ignorance to Bliss

What do you do when life comes at you sideways? Try to jump out of the way? Go with the flow? Resist, attempting to get it back on the straight and narrow?

Be inspired as you join me on my journey mothering a child with Down syndrome to see how God uses the unexpected in life to grow and change those who are willing.

I also contribute articles and devotions every month at Crosswalk.


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