KNCSB Women Author New Books

June 2010

Kristi Burchfiel is the author of Without Regrets: A Study of Ecclesiastes.”

She is pastor’s wife at Southwest Baptist Church in Wichita, Kan.

“Without Regrets” started seven years ago as a personal study of the Old Testament book written by Solomon, according to an article in the Ark Valley News.

“The book of Ecclesiastes is about the regrets Solomon has at the end of his life,” Burchfiel said in the article. “... He was a very wealthy king and yet he realized that at the end of life, we’re all going to die and there is no way to ensure that the people coming after you will handle your things as wisely as you did.”

Burchfiel’s home church is Calvary Baptist Church in Valley Center, Kan. She graduated from Valley Center High School. Her parents are Mike and Pam Porter of Valley Center.

She graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a bachelor’s degree in 1999 and received a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy in 2001. She is married to D Burchfiel, and they have two children, ages 3 and 1.

Carolyn Gibbs is the author of “Family Matters: God’s View.” The book is timely help for families in today’s world. God’s view is not the world’s view, but God loves you and God loves your family. He wants your family to survive the problems of the world that affect families and relationships. The world says if it feels good, or it profits you, that’s O.K. Do what’s good for you. God has a different view.

Gibbs said, “Over the years of teaching, and free-lance journalism, I have met many people hurting people. Marriages were in trouble, children were out of control, and many were caught in a web of anger, abuse, addiction, and did not know where to turn. Through Christian counseling courses, experiences, and God’s guidance, I believe my first book, can offer insight and practical, scripture based help.”

The book is available at, or Spring Arbor. For more information you can go to

Tara Rye is a member of Westside Church in Omaha, Nebraska. She is a regular contributor to the women’s page in the Baptist Digest. She has written two books in the area of missions. Below are reviews of each of the books.

“Kids Can Do Missions Too!”  is a great overview of the types of short term projects that families can be involved in in an overseas field of service.  Tara does a great job of sharing the experience from a kid’s point of view.  I would highly recommend it to churches as part of their missions education process for young people.  It is provides a proper focus on the evangelistic and humanitarian aspects of missions.
“Mandy Mouse Lives at Lydia House” made me cry.  The average age of a homeless person in the U. S. A. is eight years old, so it is very fitting that this story is told from the perspective of a child.  I believe that this tale does a good job of actually showing the thoughts and emotions of a child in this situation in a way that will communicate to both children and adults in our churches.

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